Monthly Archives: August 2013

Q&A: Adding music to an iPod

Q&A: Adding music to an iPod
Q&A: Adding music to an iPod

Introducing a YouTube series on “How To Load Music On Your iDevice”!

Reader Sue asks:

I have an iphone, and I have an ipod. I would love to put my music on my iphone.
How do I do this?
do people still use IPODS?  Am I old-fashioned?

No, you’re not old fashioned!  Like you, I have an iPhone, but I also have two iPods of varying vintages that are still in service and still get used regularly.  My original 5GB iPod – the one that came out in 2002 with the black and white screen and click wheel – is a backup audio source at The Hubs’ church.  My other iPod – fall 2006 vintage – is in service at the offices of Smiling Dog Systems. Read the rest of this entry

Welcome!

Welcome!
Welcome!

Just wanting to say hello to all the new readers in the last couple days!  If you’d do me a favor, click on the Ask A Question link at the top of the page, and submit your questions – nerdy, housewifey, or otherwise – I’d appreciate it :-)  Coming soon – how to make chipotle garlic salsa, how to set up a playlist on iTunes, how to sync music to your iPod, and more!

Q&A: Homemade Bacon Bits

Q&A: Homemade Bacon Bits
Q&A: Homemade Bacon Bits

Reader Tish asks:

 

I have 12 pounds of bacon in my freezer – I would like to fry some and make it into “bits” and store it. Any handy tips on how to keep it from turning into a big bacon ball?

 

12 pounds of bacon?!?!  You know where I live – why haven’t you come over yet?  😉  Well, here’s how you can make your own bacon bits! Read the rest of this entry

Tutorial: Swapping RAM in a Mac Mini

Tutorial: Swapping RAM in a Mac Mini
Tutorial: Swapping RAM in a Mac Mini

I’m currently rocking a mid 2010 model Mac Mini.  This was the first Mini to come in the “squat” unibody aluminum format, and the last to have a built-in optical drive.  It came with a pair of 1 GB memory modules.  I had since upgraded one of those to a 2 GB module, but I had been experiencing some odd issues with my Mini’s performance, so I decided to upgrade the memory once again.  Fortunately, upgrading the RAM in a Mac Mini is one of the cheapest and easiest upgrades you can do. Read the rest of this entry

Tutorial: How to hang a light in a closet

Tutorial: How to hang a light in a closet
Tutorial: How to hang a light in a closet

We’ve got a closet underneath our stairway that we use to store out-of-season clothes, Christmas wrapping paper and decorations, suitcases, etc.  Of course, there’s no light permanently installed in there!  I found a short lamp – the kind you might hang under a kitchen cabinet – that would work perfectly for this space. Read the rest of this entry

Recipe: Laundry Soap!

Recipe: Laundry Soap!
Recipe: Laundry Soap!

For several years now, I’ve made my own laundry soap.  I got sick of spending a minimum of $5 a month on store-bought soap, so I decided to give making my own soap a go.  At first I used the recipe out of the Duggar family’s book – the usual recipe that it seems everyone starts with.  One bar of Fels Naptha, some washing soda (NOT baking soda!), some Borax, and a 5-gallon bucket, some leftover “regular” laundry soap containers if you want to store in them, and you’re in business.  About $2 of materials and a little time made about 6 months’ worth of laundry soap for the two of us.  I ran out of soap in my last bucket a couple weeks ago, and have been using sample packs of Tide and those Purex all-in-one sheets while I’ve been recovering from my broadcast engineering exam.  Now, I’ve got the time to make some more laundry soap, and thought I’d try a different recipe. Read the rest of this entry