How to Reboot the Google Chromecast Audio Receiver Device

You may wish to reboot your Google Chromecast Audio receiver if it exhibits unstable performance, becomes non responsive to cast requests, emits strange noises through the attached speakers, breaks up, chirps unexpectedly, or other oddities. Always try a Chromecast device restart first (described here), as this often clears up many problems, and avoids the unnecessary … Continue reading How to Reboot the Google Chromecast Audio Receiver Device



How to Free Up a Stalled Garbage Disposal

Often, we travel, or otherwise, do not run the kitchen garbage disposal for several days at a time.  Disposals featuring iron along their interiors are particularly prone to seizing up when not run for a period.  When you turn the switch on and all you hear is a low hum, you know that your disposal … Continue reading How to Free Up a Stalled Garbage Disposal



How to Change Amazon Echo Dot Wake Word

You can indeed change the wake word that the Amazon Alexa enabled speakers such as the Echo Dot, respond to when you say it.  Current choices are, “Alexa…,” “Amazon…,” “Computer…,” and “Echo…”  The wake word is the name you utter when you want the smart speaker to wake up and start listening for a follow-up command / question.  It’s how you “get her attention,” … Continue reading How to Change Amazon Echo Dot Wake Word



How to Change Amazon Echo Dot Name

You can indeed change the name that the Amazon Alexa enabled speakers such as the Echo Dot 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 … Continue reading How to Change Amazon Echo Dot Name



How to Clear Settings on Honeywell Thermostat RTH9580WF

Clearing out all customization settings such as Wi-Fi and schedules, lock screen passwords, and restoring the Honeywell RTH9580WF Touchscreen Thermostat to factory default condition, is accomplished with the instructions below. This procedure is recommended when troubleshooting intelligent thermostats, to rule out the possibility that corrupted settings could be causing the thermostat to malfunction. Keep in mind however, that after doing … Continue reading How to Clear Settings on Honeywell Thermostat RTH9580WF



How to Change Alexa Wake Word

You can indeed change the wake word that the Amazon Alexa enabled speakers respond to when you say it.  Current choices are, “Alexa…,” “Amazon…,” “Computer…,” and “Echo…”  The wake word is the name you utter when you want the smart speaker to wake up and start listening for a follow-up command / question.  It’s how you “get her attention,” so to speak.  This setting … Continue reading How to Change Alexa Wake Word



How to Reset Comcast Remote XR2 to Factory Default

Sometimes, most remote controls develop strange behaviors which require a factory default reset to clear up.  These include some key presses not registering, stuck-on transmit lights, and key presses sending the wrong commands (the channel up down buttons actually change the volume, or pressing the SAT key actually switching the remote over to DVD player … Continue reading How to Reset Comcast Remote XR2 to Factory Default



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



How to Restart a Honeywell Thermostat

You may wish to reboot your Honeywell thermostat if it starts behaving strangely, freezes, hangs, does not turn on or off the furnace even though the current temperature and current setting are far apart, will not connect to Wi-Fi, is not properly sending information periodically to the Honeywell Total Comfort Connect servers on the internet, et al. Before attempting … Continue reading How to Restart a Honeywell Thermostat