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Quick Tip

Will A WiFi Adapter Work With A Surface 3?

Poor wireless reception can be the bane of anyone’s existence. A reader asked, “Will a WiFi adapter work on a Microsoft Surface 3, which has a USB port?   Do you know of anything like this that will work on an iPad and iPhone?

A USB WiFi adapter will work with a Surface 3 for two reasons:  1: A Surface 3 is a PC running the full version of Windows and 2: It has a USB port.  Whether or not it will improve your WiFi reception will depend on what speed you’re paying for and the speed and strength of the signal your router is broadcasting. If your Surface 3 is picking up the full speed put out by your router, an adapter won’t be able to improve it.

There’s nothing you can attach directly to an iPhone or iPad to boost WiFi reception, but you could purchase a WiFi extender to extend the range of a WiFi signal in your home. As along as your reception problems aren’t caused by something structural or interference from another device, this can greatly improve your connectivity.

~ Cynthia

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On the list of great inventions of all time, Super Glue has to rank right up there.

Yeah there are other kinds of glue out there like the white stuff you used in kindergarten or a hot glue gun. But they only work with certain kinds of materials. 

If you've got a broken plastic piece you need to reattach, it's just not going to work with Elmer's Glue. And even if it is a surface it works with, you've got to hold the piece in place FOREVER before it sets. Who has the time? Who has the patience?

You name it! And It bonds in seconds! No standing there holding something in place forever or pulling out fifteen clamps and hoping it holds.

If you want to glue more than one kind of material with other glues, you'd need 15 different bottles. One for wood, one for ceramic, one for paper, one for plastic... Who has the space? Why not let one glue do it all?

Let's talk about hot glue... It only works on some surfaces and it can cause serious injury because it gets so hot! You need to work with a bowl of ice water nearby to plunge your hand into if you want to stay safe.

What can it do for you? Repair jewelry, toys, broken ceramics, cup handles, plastic knobs. If it's broke...Super Glue can fix it. Unlike some glues, it dries completely transparent! So it won't ruin the look of what you've repaired.

Don't forget things like wiper blades and rubber seals - because Super Glue works with rubber and vinyl. In fact it works with any plastic you can think of including Plexiglas and PVC!

Let's talk about clothes. Need to tack an emergency hem, but don't sew? Super Glue works with fabric. Use it to repair shoes and accessories like purses and belts.  Super Glue works with leather, vinyl, metal and more!

Now we all know that glue can get messy - but this glue has a precise control tip to make sure the glue only goes where you need it. No Mess and Complete Control!

This stuff is amazing for crafters! It glues everything to everything which means you can make ANYTHING! Scrapbooking, shadow boxes, miniatures, planes, trains, automobiles and dolls! If you can make it, this glue will hold it together!

The only downfall of Super Glue is that usually comes in really small tubes. There's nothing worse than running out of glue right in the middle of a project! That's why you'll love this deal!

Keep a tube in the basement, one in the kitchen, one in the garage and one in the glove compartment! No running around looking for glue in an emergency! You've got plenty!

And check out the price! Only $2.97!  Click the store link below!

Super Glue may stick around forever, but this sale won't. Get yours before Wednesday or the price jumps back to $4.97


Computers 101

Amazon Email Scam - What To Look Out For

An email scam came to my attention this weekend. Scammers were flooding my inbox with the same trick.  I must have received 7 of them in two days.


There are all kinds of red flags here. An email from Amazon wouldn’t come from a name, it would come from Amazon customer service. And Amazon doesn’t have any such thing as points. Open it and you see a direction to “Click here.”


I’m guessing this Amazon scam is big now because of the recent judgment against Apple, requiring them to offer a refund to Amazon customers who were forced to pay more for certain books because Apple has forced the publishers to fix the price at a certain point. The settlement was made in the form of store credit. Amazon has been reminding those with store credit left to spend it.

If someone wasn’t playing close attention, they might think this was a notice that their store credit was about to expire.  Of course, if you click this link, there’s a whole lot of bad things that might happen.

You could end up on a fake site that asks for your Amazon information. Then they might steal your credit card info or use your account info to buy items and have them shipped to them.  Or, even worse, you might end up on a site that downloads spyware on your PC to steal your information or perhaps download ransomware that locks up your PC.

As always, if you think an email like this might be for real, just go to your account . Don’t click on the link in the email. Go to the web page for your account and check on the claims made in the email. These scammers won’t content themselves to just target Amazon users. Expect to see notices that everything from fuel points to frequent flier miles is ready to expire. Always be cautious before you click.

~ Cynthia

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On The Move

Rooting A Phone: How Does It Work?

If you own a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet, you’ve probably come across the term ‘root’ or ‘rooting’. Perhaps you went to use an app and it tells you that it ‘needs root’ to work. Maybe you’ve walked past a mobile phone repair shop and noted that they sold ‘rooting’ services. So what is it? How do you ‘root’ a device?

Smartphone Data Usage

First, let’s take a look at what the term means. Obviously, ‘rooting’ has nothing to do with plants or trees! The root we’re talking about here is the root directory of a device, specifically Android ones. ‘Rooting’ for Androids is what ‘jailbreaking’ is for Apple phones. When phones and tablets are created, developers lock away important system software within the root directory of the device. This is why you’ll sometimes buy a phone that will come with pre-installed apps that can’t be uninstalled; they’re installed in the root and can’t be removed by normal means.

Of course, this means that if you had access to this root directory, you’d have far more control over what you can access and what your device can do. This is the main appeal for people who root their devices; the ability to delve into these files and tweak them to their heart’s content. It usually involves...

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From The Archives

New Keyboard App Helps Disabled Kids Communicate

SwiftKey makes a nifty little keyboard app that can make your phone or tablet much easier to use. Once you install it, you can “draw” lines to keys to form words instead of trying to hunt and peck with one finger. The app learns the words you use frequently and enables you to type faster and more accurately on your keyboard.

The developers have a new app out called SwiftKey Symbols. This symbol-based keyboard app for Android is designed to help young, special-needs users who have limited verbal skills communicate better.


Members of the SwiftKey staff who have family members with Autism got together to come up with a free app that could help those with talking and learning difficulties communicate more easily with their family members.

The visited a school that specializes in kids with learning difficulties and worked with the staff and pupils to come up with the app.

The developers say that a lot of current (and somewhat expensive) communication tools are slow to respond and frustrate the kids. Using the predictive technology from the SwiftKey keyboard, they designed this new app.  Since it’s an Android app, no additional special tools other than an Android device are required.

Click here to learn more about how this keyboard can help those with problems communicating.


Today's Feature


Waterfall Photography

It’s 5:00AM and my obnoxious alarm shatters the silence, bringing an abrupt end to my slumber and jarring me out of bed. As my synapses slowly start to fire, I notice the pitter-patter of raindrops as they dance upon the top of my camper.

A grin starts to draw across my face, but not because I think I’m going back to bed. See, I’m out for waterfalls and conditions are about as ideal as they can get.

Let’s face it – if you’re a landscape photographer, waterfalls tend to be on the menu. After all, they can be found in just about any region, with even the driest places occasionally receiving a transitory flow now and then. However, getting a wall hanger isn’t as simple as it seems.

The biggest challenge with waterfalls is that, when you’re standing face to face with them, they seem deceptively easy to photograph. It’s only upon returning home and facing some disappointing files on your computer do you realize maybe transforming that liquid beauty into a unique photo was tougher than you thought.

The truth is capturing a stunner takes an intelligent mix of planning, effort, and persistence. Let’s examine eight essential tips for capturing better waterfall photos.

#1. Go For Great Conditions

The only path to incredible waterfall photos is to shoot when the conditions are right. Sounds relatively simple, but so many people miss the photographic boat on this one.

First, consider water flow. Good water flow is absolutely critical to putting a winning shot on your memory card. Anemic amounts of water will always equal a disappointing photo, and a gushing overflow will destroy the elegance of the chute. Do the Goldilocks thing and hit the falls when the water flow looks “just right”.

Of course, half of what makes a great waterfall photo is the...

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Amanda's Coolsite


When I found this open access journal devoted to the art of the long eighteenth century I couldn’t pass up the chance to share it with all of you. I love this time period!

To learn more about the journal check out their About page. This is a new journal that will be published twice a year, and in between they’ll be releasing content in the Notes & Queries section.

You can check out the first issue by heading over to the Current Issue section. I love that the articles include photographs for reference to the topic that is being written about! That way you can really see what the author means. One of my favorites from this issue was the graffiti article. I always conceive of graffiti as thoroughly modern, despite knowing that there is a ton of historical graffiti out there. It was really neat to see examples of it and learn about the history.

To see the themes of what’s coming up next be sure to check out the Future Issues. I’m really excited for the Louvre Local issue coming out sometime this fall.

I’m so excited to learn more about art through this journal. Go check it out for yourself today!


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One More Big Deal

Audio Quality with Comfort to Match

If you use earbuds, you know how bad they can get.

A lot of companies throw free earbuds in with their audio products... and you quickly realize why they're free! In fact, they tend to be so uncomfortable and annoying, you almost want to ask for a refund just for your time spent trying them out!

You need an upgrade to earbuds that KNOW how to sound good!

Because, let's face it: if your earbuds are uncomfortable... doesn't matter HOW they sound!

It only takes 2-3 minutes before your ears start stinging and screaming for you to take them out.

That's TOTALLY useless!

These really are simply a great set of earphones that you can take where ever you go! Or even at home! If you're a late-night PC user or have an audio-jack in your TV... you can keep the noise down while fully enjoying your music, show, or software!!

And the cord is long enough (~45 inches) without being too long so as to get tangled and in the way (another small point but something I've noticed as a problem with other earphones I've tried!)

Make It Comfortable!

Aren't you tired of earbuds that are just one size? Not everyone has the same ears! By allowing the silicone to "squish" a bit, these won't just FORCE your ear to wear the same size everyone else is!

So in addition to them being softer than usual... can actually make them a PERFECT FIT for your ears!

And in case you were wonderin', this is the common plug (3.5 mm) that fits into the front of your computer and most other audio devices, like portable radios, laptops, CD / DVD / MP3 players, iPods etc.

Do NOT let the low price fool you on this.

We just happened to get a great deal on these so we're passin' along the savings! Believe it or not, today these are just $4.97!

PS - At this price, might want to consider picking up 2 or three of these so you have one at your computer, one in the car and one you can stick in your pocket or purse for walks or bike rides!

Warning - This price is set to increase soon! Don't pay $6.97 for 'em later - grab 'em today!



Monthly Wallpaper

September Wallpaper Is Ready!

The featured desktop wallpaper for September is ready for you to download!

Check out the featured images below and stop by the site - hundreds to choose from.

All can be found here and are 100% free:

Oh, and if you enjoy these images, please tell your friends!

Ghost Crab

I found this little guy the last time I was in Florida. He was busy doing some tunnel maintenance and he would pop up from time to time with his claws full of sand. As he worked his excavation …(More)

Hurricane River Sunset

I was on my fall trip and decided to spend some time at the Hurricane River area. I had been to this location before and had always struggled to find a composition I liked. So, I spent quite a bit of time in a mental tug-of-war trying to decide if I even wanted to give this another go. In the end I decided to take an evening and see what I could make of it. Upon arriving, I went down to the river to check out the scene. The first thing that ...(More)

Marching Fawn

I love this little fawn! I had spotted her a few times out at my local park and I love the erratic spotting she has going on. It’s kind of like the fawn equivalent of a bad hair day I suppose. Regardless, she’s generally ..(More)

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As always, the wallpaper is 100% free, so enjoy!


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