Mar 08 2013

Another Macbook Pro No Sound Problem Tip

Macbook Pro sound problem solvedBack in July of 2012, I had a computer problem — no sound on my Macbook Pro. After I fixed the issue, I posted a tip titled Fixing Sound on Macbook Pro.

Guess what? The no sound problem just happened to me again. (I hope you were sitting down when you read that. If not, we apologize but accept no responsibility.)

Because I’m getting older (again, hope you were sitting down) I didn’t remember what I did to fix the sound problem on my Macbook the last time. However, I still came up with almost the exact same solution.

Googling “mac no sound” got me to a page at Apple.com that essentially treats you like a moron. It doesn’t say “are you sure you turned your computer on?” But it comes pretty darn close.

A couple of links down I found another page on Apple.com filled with suggestions such as “resetting the PRAM”, which I’ve done before and is not physically painful despite the phrasing. Further down in the same discussion thread was a much simpler solution:

Hi.  I had the same problem this morning, and guessed that it might have something to do with the mechanical switch that’s built into the headphone socket.  I just gently plugged and unplugged a pair of headphones into the socket a couple of time and voila, it worked again.

I did this. It worked immediately.

I refer to Internet/World Wide Web comments as “The Hive”. In this case, The Hive was very helpful. Thank you. Live long and prosper.

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via No sound from MacBook Pro: Apple Support Communities.


Aug 15 2012

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Launch Event

Samsung unveiled their latest tablet, the Galaxy Note 10.1 at a launch event in New York City today. We were there. It’s a cool piece of technology. Here is a promotional video.

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First impressions: Read more »


Jul 22 2012

Cool Binder Clip Tricks (Tips)

Always fun to get tips on using objects in ways other than they were intended to be used. Of these 10 cool binder clip tricks (via LifeHacker), I’ve done the following:

– Smartphone stand: I keep a binder clip or two in each of my various bags just in case I need to prop up my cellphone on a plane or in a Starbucks. Makes watching video or reading an article a more hands-free experience.

Here’s a video that seems to be the way I do it.

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More binder clip tips (that rhymes!) after the jump.

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Jul 07 2012

Fixing Sound on MacBook Pro

Macbook Pro Sound Greyed Out

The sound on my Macbook Pro wasn’t working. Specifically the built-in speakers. I couldn’t figure out why. Headphones worked, as did a USB speaker. Eventually I figured out how to fix my sound problem, so I thought I’d share it with you. Here’s a Tech Tip from me, but really from the Internet.

Initial attempts to Google the problem didn’t help. Read more »


Jul 02 2012

No Flash On New Android Versions? Why? (Off-Topic)

DaddyTips Rant

Excuse me whilst I go off-topic for a moment to discuss the fact that Adobe has decreed that they will not be making a new version of Flash for new versions of Android. This is… frustrating.

I’ve wanted an Android Tablet for a long time. A big reason is because I want to be able to use my Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited subscription on it. Read more »


Jun 04 2012

New Hybrid Laptop From Asus

This looks cool — the new Asus Taichi, a new laptop-tablet hybrid. Gizmodo calls it the technological equivalent of a mullet. I’m not sure if they mean that as a good thing or a bad thing.

For those who can’t decide between an ultrabook’s handy QWERTY keyboard, and a slim tablet’s touchscreen UI, Asus has just revealed a hybrid, double-duty display solution. Wait a second: Business in front, party in the back? That sounds awfully familiar.

Emphasis added. Sorry.

via Gizmodo, Asus Taichi: Ultrabook in Front, Tablet in the Back


Apr 19 2012

Angry Wife 2 for Android (No, Seriously)

Haven’t played this Android app, or its predecessor, which was presumably called Angry Wife. Unless this is a Mormon-themed game where you have 2 wives. We doubt it.

According to the description, this game actually features a wife throwing dishes at her husband. She’s mad at him for drinking too much and being a hero. Or something like that.

Here’s how the development meeting probably went: “Hey guys. I have an idea. What if they had smartphones in the 1950’s?”

Angry Wives 2 (via Dolphin Browser, which I do use and generally like)