20 Jul 2021

Review: MyQ Chamberlain Smart Garage Control (myQ-G0401-ES)

By |2021-07-20T09:40:02-07:00Jul 20, 2021 - Tuesday|Product Reviews, Reviews, Security|0 Comments

Read: 10 mins. The myQ Chamberlain Smart Garage Control provides a homeowner the option to remotely control the garage door via a smartphone app with real-time notification and other conveniences, including scheduled closes for when you accidentally left it open. I had strong security and hacking concerns. See what they were, what steps I took to address them, and what I thought of the device.

25 Mar 2021

Review: Netgear ReadyNAS 314 / Ultra 4 NAS with Plex Media Server

By |2021-09-09T23:27:44-07:00Mar 25, 2021 - Thursday|Product Reviews, Reviews, Technology|0 Comments

Read: 13 mins. Losing important data -- documents and treasured photos -- can be a frustrating, sad, and time-consuming ordeal! I had encountered multiple losses over the past, two decades, and that experience prompted me to look into Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices to provide data protection and disaster recovery. The Netgear ReadyNAS series had reliably safeguarded my data and also had been hosting the Plex Media Server: a free software that presents your movie, TV, music, and personal video collection in a beautiful, Netflix-like interface. In this review, I share why the ReadyNAS had become my favorite NAS and provide comprehensive tips on making the most of it.

6 Feb 2021

WordPress Speed Optimization with Custom FontAwesome Icon Font (Avada Theme)

By |2021-09-10T00:26:53-07:00Feb 6, 2021 - Saturday|Technology|0 Comments

Read: 6 mins. If you care about optimizing your website's performance to improve its search engine ranking, one of the things to evaluate is the number or size of fonts in use. The Avada Theme used by this site is wonderful but also very bloated. I went to create a Custom Icon Font with just the images the site needs to speed up the time it takes to load this site. However, I unexpectedly ran into an issue of the icons disappearing from the Classic Editor (TinyMCE) toolbar. This post details the problem and the workaround I implemented.

20 Jan 2021

Taskbar Icon/Button Width Too Wide in Windows 10

By |2021-09-09T23:10:03-07:00Jan 20, 2021 - Wednesday|Technology|3 Comments

Read: 2 mins. I recently ran into an odd, visual behavior with the Windows 10 Taskbar where each application label was too wide and wasted valuable screen estate. Rather than showing just the first handful of characters of the application name and cutting off the rest, each button took up a wide portion of the taskbar. Here is how to fix or change the Taskbar buttons' minimum width back to default or to a desired length.

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