Reset Echo Dot to Restore Proper Alexa Operation

The Echo Dot smart speakers need a hard reset now and then.  This restores them to their out-of-box, factory default states.  This also corrects many abnormal behaviors in these speakers.  So, we show you how to reset Echo Dot in this piece.  Why?  Because this often corrects erratic behaviors in these speakers, and prepares them … Continue reading Reset Echo Dot to Restore Proper Alexa Operation



Rinnai On-Demand Water Heater Problems, Issues

In this piece we look at Rinnai on-demand water heater problems customers sometime see. A Rinnai on-demand water heater offers many real advantages over traditional hot water tank units.  But drawbacks, limitations, and disadvantages exist for them too. Now to be certain, Rinnai on-demand water heaters can be a great investment in your home’s overall … Continue reading Rinnai On-Demand Water Heater Problems, Issues



JBL Flip 4 Change Name, How to Rename This Speaker

When you scan for in-range Bluetooth speakers, your JBL Flip 4 speaker shows up as “JBL Flip 4” by default.  But you can change this name using the JBL Connect app along with an iOS or Android based mobile device.  In the post, we outline the JBL Flip 4 change name routine, step by step. … Continue reading JBL Flip 4 Change Name, How to Rename This Speaker



Best Noise Cancelling Headphones: Bose QC35

We suggest the Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless active noise cancelling headphones as the best noise cancelling headphones for airplane riders.  They are a yet another revised and improved version of the QC15 earphones, and indeed a step up from the QC25 wired phones. Best Noise Cancelling Headphones for Airplane Travelers While these cost even more … Continue reading Best Noise Cancelling Headphones: Bose QC35



How to Connect Echo Dot to Bluetooth Speaker

You use your Echo Dot speaker as a Bluetooth speaker. But you can also connect Echo Dot to Bluetooth speaker as well.  That is, you can then hear Echo Dot audio through that external Bluetooth speaker, wirelessly. We show here how to pair an Echo Dot 2 speaker to a Bluetooth speaker in the following … Continue reading How to Connect Echo Dot to Bluetooth Speaker



Staples USB 2 Stick Drive 64GB Review

Bought the Staples USB 2 stick drive 64GB version, at Staples® of course, to create a recovery drive for a new laptop computer.  Here we review the pros and cons of this thumb drive that we ran into in this effort. This stick drive installed without any problems, received copied data as quickly as other high speed … Continue reading Staples USB 2 Stick Drive 64GB Review



Hard Reset Alexa Echo Dot Instructions

The Alexa Echo Dot talking speakers need a hard reset every so often. This restores them to out-of-box, factory default state. Hard resetting them also fixes many weird behaviors they might show.  Resetting prepares them for sale or gifting. So here, we offer these hard reset Alexa Echo Dot instructions for the three current generations … Continue reading Hard Reset Alexa Echo Dot Instructions



Changing WiFi on Amazon Echo Dot Gen 2 Speaker

It’s not necessary to completely erase your Amazon Echo Dot Gen 2 settings in the Alexa app, just to change the WiFi network to which your Dot connects.  Armed with your tablet and the Alexa app, changing your Dot 2 to a different WiFi network is a breeze.  We give instruction here on changing WiFi … Continue reading Changing WiFi on Amazon Echo Dot Gen 2 Speaker



AT&T 922 Speakerphone Office Telephone Review

I’ve owned two copies of this    AT&T 922 Speakerphone Telephone    since 2000, and used them for full-time telecommuting from my home office for three years. I’ve also given them as Christmas gifts and received only highly positive feedback.  The built-in speakerphone is highly intelligible at both ends of the conversation, and when using the handset … Continue reading AT&T 922 Speakerphone Office Telephone Review



GE Bright Stik LED Light Bulb Review

For this review, we tested a few of the GE Bright Stik LED light bulbs situated around our apartment. Indeed, if they last as long as the CREE predicts, we looked at, then they’ll pay for themselves.  They’ll pay for themselves at least six times over by the time they burn out. We’ve used one … Continue reading GE Bright Stik LED Light Bulb Review