How to Get Alexa to Play Spotify Playlists

You can ask an Amazon Alexa smart speaker to play any public playlist on Spotify, as well as playlists that you’ve created in your own Spotify account.  Yes, in order to play anything from Spotify, you need to have at least created a Spotify account, and linked it to your Amazon account via the Alexa … Continue reading How to Get Alexa to Play Spotify Playlists



Amazon Alexa App on iOS Screenshot Picture Gallery 2016

We’ve snapped many pictures of the Amazon Alexa app, run on the iOS platform, for the various posts we’re writing about the Echo speaker devices that this app controls.  We’ve put these photos together here in one post for quick and easy viewing and perusing.  Often times, viewing some screenshots is all it takes to … Continue reading Amazon Alexa App on iOS Screenshot Picture Gallery 2016



Google Home App Screenshots 2017

We’ve snapped many pictures of the Google Home app, run on the iOS platform, for the various posts we’re writing about the devices that this app controls.  We’ve put these photos together here in one post for quick and easy viewing and perusing, and we’ll add more here as we add them to new posts.  … Continue reading Google Home App Screenshots 2017



How to Install and Set Up Cortana App for Microsoft Invoke Smart Speaker

If your mission is to set up a new Microsoft Invoke Cortana smart speaker from Harman Kardon, you’ll need either the PC, Android, or iOS version of the Cortana app running on a machine that’s on the same network as the one where the Invoke speaker will be hosted.  You must install and set up … Continue reading How to Install and Set Up Cortana App for Microsoft Invoke Smart Speaker



How to Shut Down Windows Without Applying Updates

When Windows updates are pending, as when some new ones have downloaded since the last time your computer started up, they generally wait to install until the next time the computer shuts down.  During shutdown, the first stage of installation takes place, which can take many minutes to complete before the computer boots again. Sometimes, you … Continue reading How to Shut Down Windows Without Applying Updates



Disabling Windows 10 Upgrade Notifications in Earlier Windows Versions

Be aware, should your Windows 7 computer offer you to upgrade to Windows 10, that its assurance that your PC is compatible may not always be true.  We found this out on a Dell Inspiron N5110 laptop machine.  Upon upgrade to Windows 10, the machine hung during booting, with the hard drive light glowing constantly.  … Continue reading Disabling Windows 10 Upgrade Notifications in Earlier Windows Versions



Winamp Player Free Download

The Winamp Player is an easy-to-work software based media file player that we used exclusively on DJ gigs to play music files to the crowds.  We still run Winamp version 5.66 on Windows 10 computers without problems.  So we don’t lose the download packages, we’ve posted all the Windows versions we have here.  These are all … Continue reading Winamp Player Free Download



Finding Radio Stream URL Using URL Snooper 2 for Windows

If you like listening to an Internet radio station on your computer on the station’s web site, but would like to play it on an Internet radio that does not contain a web browser for playing, you may need to know the actual radio stream URL.  if your radio’s aggregator (E.g. Reciva, OOTunes, Radio Demon, et … Continue reading Finding Radio Stream URL Using URL Snooper 2 for Windows



Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) Pros and Cons

Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) is an aural bit stream compression technique that has supplanted other popular, yet older compression algorithms like MP3, and to date, it appears to be the best lossy audio compression standard.  That is, for a given bit rate, you’ll experience the highest quality sound from AAC.  Indeed, it features excellent sound … Continue reading Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) Pros and Cons