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



What Is Amazon XXX in Amazon Echo Speakers

What is Amazon XXX?  This is a special Wi-Fi network that Amazon smart speakers create during setup.  The smart speaker itself becomes the access point of this network.  Then, a device running the Alexa app connects to this amazon xxx network.  Next, it sends user preferred settings to the speaker.  The smart speaker then saves … Continue reading What Is Amazon XXX in Amazon Echo Speakers



How to Install Glass Block Windows, with Pictures

We replaced ten basement windows with these Redi2set pre assembled glass block window panels, pictured below.  You save the hardship of laying individual blocks when installing these eight block pre-formed units.  Major time saver.  In this post, we share our experience and hints we found on how to install glass block windows in our home … Continue reading How to Install Glass Block Windows, with Pictures



AC Adapter Specs for Amazon Echo Generation 2

Here, we give the AC adapter specs for the Amazon Echo Generation 2 smart speaker.  Now the US version of this power plug has non folding AC prongs and a six-foot long attached cord. Plus, it is is light weight for its 21 watt power output. It’s square, compact width and height allows easy fitting … Continue reading AC Adapter Specs for Amazon Echo Generation 2



Sony MDR V4 Stereo Headphones Review

We’ve owned the Sony MDR-V4 Headphones for several years. This gave us a chance to play them on many CD players, iPads, mixing boards, headphone amps, and stereo receivers. The MDR-V4 dynamic earphones offer good sound of any unit in their price class. They reproduce the high frequencies clearly.  Not too strong on the bass, especially … Continue reading Sony MDR V4 Stereo Headphones Review



Sony MDR EX10LP Make Believe Earbuds Review

The Sony Make Believe MDR-EX10LP Earbuds excel in their punchy mid range. But they suffer from weak bass as well as treble response. About the 9mm dome drivers here.  They cut the really highs and really lows. So  what you gain in small design, you lose in richness of sound. But on the bright side, … Continue reading Sony MDR EX10LP Make Believe Earbuds 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



iClever IC TC02 Wall Charger Review, Dual Port USB

This review of the iClever IC TC02 dual port 24W USB wall charger adapter, describes how this is one of the cheapest high-current USB wall adapters we have seen. Yet it works flawlessly and lasts a very long time. At under $9 per unit, this AC USB adapter can charge even the highest demand tablet … Continue reading iClever IC TC02 Wall Charger Review, Dual Port USB



Gain Washing Machine Cleaner Review

Once upon a time, we were new to front loader high efficiency (HE) washing machines.  And in those early days, we learned the hard way about the need to keep these clean.  Indeed, front loaders especially can smell bad if not cleaned now and then.  So, these Gain washing machine cleaner pouches came in handy. … Continue reading Gain Washing Machine Cleaner Review



Homemade Fruit Fly Trap; Cooking Sherry and Dish Soap

No matter where we’ve lived in the northeast and Midwest, fruit flies bug us every summer. So we discovered this homemade fruit fly trap recipe and were amazed at how quickly it worked. But fruit flies love the scent of very ripe, fermenting, or rotting fruit. So this sherry based trap occurred to us, as … Continue reading Homemade Fruit Fly Trap; Cooking Sherry and Dish Soap