Showing posts from July, 2015

How Can I Stay Connected to Younger Family Members While I Travel?

Okay, I have to admit.  Although I try, I know I am not completely up with the times.  My kids often think I am getting old and out of touch, and I am okay with that; however I still want to have a great relationship with them and keep up with what they are doing. For that reason, I decided to try to stay as up-to-date with their technology as I can in order to stay connected with them. In order to do this, I got an Instagram account – one of the most popular social media apps for today’s younger generation. 
Instagram Instagram is designed to share photos and videos with others that follow you.  It also allows you to see the pictures and videos of those you choose to follow, which is why I originally got the app.  I was able to keep up with my kids’, nieces’, and nephews’ activities through what they posted.  When my nephew posted a picture of his Friday night football game win, I could “like” it or even make a comment to congratulate him.  When our son posted a picture of him at a col…

A Few Things You May Not Know About LED Lights for Your RV

The History
Let’s get the boring stuff out of the way. History was never my favorite subject, but here it goes. The LED, or Light Emitting Diode, was invented as far back as 1927 by a Russian with the illustrious name of Oleg Vladimirovich Losev. However, it wasn't until 1962 that Nick Holonyak (an equally impressive name) working at General Electric Corporation produced the first practical LED. With advances in technology, the efficiency and light output continued to increase, together with the ability to produce light in a wide variety of colors.

How do they work?
The LED produces light “directly” by utilizing semiconductor technology. As electricity (electrons) move through the semiconductor, they move from one energy level to another and release energy in the form of light (a photon). This compared to incandescent lights which 
produce light by passing current through a filament. As the filament heats up, the hot filament releases energy (heat). Only 10% of this heat energy is wha…

Should I Download the New Windows 10?

If you’ve been using a Windows 7 or 8 PC lately, you may have noticed a new icon on the taskbar in the bottom-right. Microsoft is releasing the new Windows 10, and you can go ahead and sign-up for a free download when it releases! Just click the Windows logo on the taskbar and follow the simple instructions, and Windows 10 will download to your device once it’s released on July 29th. You can then install it whenever it is convenient for you.

            Only industry insiders have seen Windows 10, but Microsoft promises that it will be familiar and easy-to-use, and that it will be compatible with all current hardware and software. Even documents and files will be preserved in the upgrade. Once it’s here, we’ll be sure to let you know how it is, and whether or not it’s worth upgrading. There’s no harm in going ahead and signing up though - the free download is a limited time offer!

How can I Save Data While Still Streaming Videos?

You probably know that higher quality video uses more data to stream, but did you know that your favorite video services may be set to stream the highest quality by default (and use up the most data)? Hulu, Netflix, and YouTube all have quality options, and automatically select the highest quality that your connection speed can currently handle. This is great for getting high quality video, but not so great for your data limit each month! You can lower these by clicking on the gear icon on the video player for YouTube and Hulu. In Netflix, just go to Your Account, then Your Profile, and look under Playback Settings. 

Netflix Step 1: (found in the top right corner of your computer screen)  Click "Your                                       Account" once you log in to your account.

Can I Connect my 50 Amp RV to a 30 Amp Service?

Can I connect my 50A RV to a 30A Service?

The short answer is yes, however there are some issues that you need to consider when you do this. The first thing to know is that if you are in a 50 Amp RV and there is 50 Amp service available then you should go to the site that is dedicated to 50 Amp service. Some people will try to save a few dollars by going to a 30 Amp site, and while you may get away with it, in the long run you could be opening yourself up to potential RV issues. So rule number one: only use a 30 Amp if 50 Amp is not available.

Now let’s get into the electrical considerations. If your 50 Amp RV is plugged into a 30 Amp service, you will not be able to use everything in your RV. You cannot count on the campground breakers to protect your RV from an overload situation. Let’s look at the numbers. A 30 Amp service will provide you with 3600 watts of availability. I arrive at this number because a 30 Amp service is run by one 120 volt line, so 30 Amps times 120 volts = 3600 w…

So What's up With the Smartwatches?

You may have seen a smartwatch by now. Major tech companies like Apple, Samsung, and Motorola have all started to produce these devices, and they are set to become the next big gadget in the public eye. Other than being hip, what do they really bring to the table? Is it worth looking like you have a Casio calculator strapped to your wrist? Is a smartwatch right for you?
Advertisements will show off all the fancy voice controls and heartbeat sensors in their shiny new device, but the fact is that a smartwatch isn’t much use if it doesn’t work well as a watch. So does it operate fine as a watch? Yes, they keep time, but that’s easy. They have well-lit digital screens, like a phone or tablet,that can easily be read in any light - but remain completely dim when you’re not using them. The usual timekeeping conveniences found in digital watches are all there: timer, stopwatch, and 
alarm functions are all built-in, and without the confusing button schemes of old digital watches. Everything us…