Answering your questions: is cloud backup safe? Can I host my own cloud?

These are some common questions to a pretty abstract concept. Whenever you “back up to the cloud” there will be a server out there somewhere with your information. Whether you use Apple’s iCloud, Google’s Google Drive, Microsoft’s OneDrive, or the well known independents DropBox and SpiderOak, or even paid “backup” solutions which offer syncing, like Mozy and Carbonite, you are trusting your data to someone else. I understand how uncomfortable that can make some people – whether it’s just for your peace of mind, or for privacy reasons. Continue reading “Answering your questions: is cloud backup safe? Can I host my own cloud?”

3 easy steps to disable Facebook Auto-Play videos

Facebook’s new auto-playing video strategy is causing headaches. I disabled it when it was first introduced I’m shocked that, even a year later, not everybody else did. Maybe they just didn’t know how? This can make your facebook faster, keep your internet running speedier for other things, and alleviate the pressure on your bandwidth cap.

Luckily, it’s an easy fix!

  1. In the upper right hand corner, near the notifications, click the downward facing arrow, then click Settings.
  2. On the left, at the bottom, click Videos.
  3. Using the bottom drop down, change “auto-play videos” to “Off.”

Facebook Messenger isn't QUITE as bad as everyone is making it out to be

The Facebook Messenger App for Android has gotten a LOT of bad press, lately, so I wanted to clear up a few misconceptions.

Before I discuss the app itself, first, let me say I’m not on Facebook’s side of much of anything. I detest the service, I lie to it whenever possible, and I really wish the world would move on to a new platform. But as much as I dislike Facebook as a service, the Messenger app itself is getting raked over the coals for taking less information than Candy Crush! As people go around Facebook clicking “Share” and “Like” on every little thing they see, they don’t realize they are giving the people who created those Facebook pages just as many permissions as this app they are complaining about. The ACLU created the Hi, Nice to Meet You application to show just what you reveal when you click “LIKE.”

So, having said that, let’s actually look at why the app isn’t as bad as people are saying. Continue reading “Facebook Messenger isn't QUITE as bad as everyone is making it out to be”

How to repair Super Game Boy games missing sound

A few years ago, I bought a Super Game Boy on eBay. Certain sounds appeared to work, like hitting the L+R Buttons to bring up the menu, worked with no problem. But the games I played had no music or sounds!

Luckily, I found a forum that proposed an answer. I don’t have the electronics expertise to verify this myself (I only recently found someone who may attempt the fix for me), but several of the comments confirmed this to be a known issue and this was the correct solution! After a recent attempt to revisit the old forum, it turns out the domain has expired. I have posted the text of the solution in other places, but I wanted to archive the text as well as the image that was originally provided in the forum. See below for the fix!


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The author’s instructions indicate you should replace the two caps near each other with “4.7 25V” caps – and if you have a graphic glitching issues, you can replace the 3rd capacitor (just above pin 58) with a “22 6.3V” capacitor.