Yes, You Can Change Alexa’s Name, Here’s How

You can indeed change the name that the Amazon Alexa enabled speakers respond to when you say it.  Current choices are, “Alexa…,” “Amazon…,” “Computer…,” and “Echo…” The word is the name you call out when you want the popular voice assistant to wake up and start listening for a follow-up command / question.  It’s how you “get her attention,” so to speak.  … Continue reading Yes, You Can Change Alexa’s Name, Here’s How

APC P11VNT3 SurgeArrest Surge Protector Review

People have owned the APC P11VNT3 SurgeArrest Surge Protector power, have observed them “tripping out” during nearby electrical storms, and have yet to lose any device plugged into them. Close by lightning strikes, refrigerator/freezer startups and shut downs, or any other source of high voltage spikes just don’t seem to get through to sensitive home theater and computer  electronics, when protected by the … Continue reading APC P11VNT3 SurgeArrest Surge Protector Review

Belkin PureAV Hone Theater Surge Protector Review

We’ve owned a couple of these Belkin PureAV surge protector power strips since the mid 2000s, have observed them “kicking in” during nearby thunderstorms, and have yet to lose any device plugged into them. Close by lightning strikes, large motor startups and shut downs, or any other source of power spikes just don’t seem to get through to … Continue reading Belkin PureAV Hone Theater Surge Protector Review

How to Freshen Up a Smelly Washing Machine

For both top loader and front loader washing machines, the best ways to freshen up most any clothes washer, are about the same in terms of effectiveness, because initially, they all completely remove dank odors from inside the washer quite well. Although the bleach and the commercial products discussed below, may offer more lasting freshness protection between applications, the … Continue reading How to Freshen Up a Smelly Washing Machine

Reboot Amazon Echo Gen 2 Dot Instructions

You may wish to reboot Amazon Echo Gen 2 Dot speaker if it behaves strangely, becomes non responsive to questions and commands, emits unusual sounds, and so on. However, before attempting any extensive troubleshooting, always try a speaker reboot first. This often clears up many problems such as Wi-Fi connectivity issues.  Plus, trying a reboot initially avoids … Continue reading Reboot Amazon Echo Gen 2 Dot Instructions

How to Reboot Original Google Home Smart Speaker

You may wish to reboot your Google Home speaker if it begins behaving erratically, becomes non responsive to questions and commands, emits strange noises and so on. Always try a speaker restart first, as this often clears up many problems, and avoids the unnecessary action of hard resetting your speaker. Google Home Speaker Reboot Method … Continue reading How to Reboot Original Google Home Smart Speaker

How to Install HP DeskJet 3630 Series Wireless Printer

Here, we walk you through how we installed our HP DeskJet 3630 series wireless printer (the HP DeskJet 3632 all in one printer to be exact). In summary, you would unpack the printer, install the ink cartridges, connect the printer to power, turn it on, add paper, and then install the necessary HP printer drivers … Continue reading How to Install HP DeskJet 3630 Series Wireless Printer

How to Replace Empty Ink Cartridges in HP 3630 Series DeskJet Printer

Before Replacing Ink Cartridges 1. Buy new, genuine HP ink cartridges.  They may be purchased at many office supply stores such as Staples and OfficeMax, places with larger electronics shops such as Walmart, or you may buy them directly from the online HP Store.  HP also offers printer cartridge recycling services, which we strongly recommend … Continue reading How to Replace Empty Ink Cartridges in HP 3630 Series DeskJet Printer

HP DeskJet 3630 Factory Reset, How To

If your HP 3630 series printer ever behaves strangely, do a factory reset.  Or, when you need to update its wireless network settings, you also perform a hard reset.  A hard reset restores the 3630 to factory default settings.  Once the HP DeskJet 3630 factory reset ends, you can set it up anew.  E.g. You … Continue reading HP DeskJet 3630 Factory Reset, How To

HP DeskJet 3630 Series Wireless Printer Setup Instructions

Perform this wireless setup procedure to clear out the existing WiFi settings on the printer and connect it to a different wireless network. Changing WiFi networks becomes necessary after replacing a router / access point that has a different network name or password than the old network.  You’d also likely do this when moving the … Continue reading HP DeskJet 3630 Series Wireless Printer Setup Instructions