Category Archives: Tutorials

Quick Tip: How to see behind things

Quick Tip: How to see behind things
Quick Tip: How to see behind things

I just got a Google Chromecast, and wanted to see if my kitchen TV has an HDMI port so I could use it on that TV.  Now, said kitchen TV is mounted under a cabinet with very little space to negotiate behind it.  How is one supposed to discern the existence of an HDMI port when one is too lazy to google for the manual?  With one’s cell phone, of course! Read the rest of this entry

Quick Tip: Canning Inventory Sheet

Quick Tip: Canning Inventory Sheet
Quick Tip: Canning Inventory Sheet

So, I canned 9 pints and a 12 oz. jar of peppers and onions yesterday, and I need to find a home for them in my cupboard.  I was thinking of taking New Year’s Day (yep, thinking out that far ahead) to do a canned goods inventory, to see what I’ve got left and what I want to can during 2014.  But as I was trying to find space for these 10 new jars, I figured I should just do the inventory now.  That way, if Bountiful Baskets has some good deals on case goods, I know what I could use to can.   Read the rest of this entry

Tutorial: Changing a car battery

Tutorial: Changing a car battery
Tutorial: Changing a car battery

Up on Limestone Mountain outside of Lander, WY, helping retune an antenna rig.  Try to start Truckzilla to listen to the football game … click click click.  Dead battery.  Fortunately, another one of the guys on the crew that day was able to jump start us.  No problems for a month, until we were pointing a satellite dish on a hill partway between Laramie and Cheyenne.  Dish pointed, went to start up Truckzilla to go home, and you guessed it – click, click, click.  Dead battery.  We tried a few different unorthodox “don’t try this at home, kids” ways to trickle charge, the battery, but in the end, a nice man in a tow truck used the Square card reader on his iPhone to relieve us of $85 in exchange for jumping the truck.  We stopped at Walmart on the way home to get a new battery, and The Hubs left me in charge of changing batteries.  Trust me, it’s a lot easier than you think to change the battery in your car, truck, SUV, what have you.  Been there, done that on my scooter! Read the rest of this entry

How fast is your internet connection … really?

How fast is your internet connection … really?
How fast is your internet connection … really?

Face it, we’ve all seen those commercials where one internet provider claims their speed is 10x faster than the competitor.  Look closely at their fine print – of course your claims of 15 Mbps will be 10x someone else’s 1.5 Mbps! Read the rest of this entry

Quick Tips: Deleting a message on an iDevice with iOS7

Quick Tips: Deleting a message on an iDevice with iOS7
Quick Tips: Deleting a message on an iDevice with iOS7

Like most of the Apple fanbois and fangrrrls out there, I updated both of my iDevices to iOS7 on the first day it was available.  There are definitely some new days of doing things that will take some getting used to!  It took me a bit to figure out how to delete a single message from a text “conversation” on my iPhone 5, like maybe I’d used a Redbox code, or I was messaging myself a reminder and wanted to delete the message after I’d done the task.  I stumbled across how to do this.   Read the rest of this entry

Bountiful Baskets – 31 August 2013

Bountiful Baskets – 31 August 2013
Bountiful Baskets – 31 August 2013

Hooray, it’s Bountiful Baskets time again!  If you have BB in your area, look into it!  If you don’t, you’re missing out!  A simple way to describe BB is that it’s a co-op or CSA without the up-front investment or long term commitment.  Here’s how Sally and Tanya, the heads of BB, describe it:

We hope you enjoyed your experience with Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op (BBFC). BBFC distributes produce baskets, organic produce baskets, artisan bread and sandwich bread every other week. Read the rest of this entry

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