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Smartwatch Review

I just want to say that I am no expert on smartphone watches. This is my review of what I have used and see what is out there.

So the first thing in buying a smartwatch is basically what phone you have. If you have an iPhone then you have to get an IOS phone compatible. If its an Android phone then you need to get an Android compatible watch. Some of the watches are compatible with both platforms. They are limited.

So I have an iPhone. I have started because I started with the Apple platform before. Got ipods etc before an iPhone. When my kids, wife, and I started using the iPhone I started and likely will never change to Android.

I am a tech guy that deals with all  iPhones, Android phones, Blackberry phones. The main thing that I like iPhones  over all the others as a tech person is I know where all the settings are!!! Android like to change locations for settings for say email config etc. It is a nightmare on finding certain locations of where everything is. For the iPhone I basically go to settings  and go from there.

The major benefit for Android is that they are very customized. The major disadvantage is they are custom to vulnerable for spyware/virus.

The major for IOS is they are very common knowable and more secure with their scrutiny of apps. The disadvantage is they are not custom able and very formation (which for someone that needs to check/change settings is an advantage).

I started out with a flip phone. Then a sort of smart phone Nokia. I then went to Blackberry because of the keyboard and convenience. When the iPhone came out the major thing that changed my mine was the browser. Before the iPhone the browser was crap on any phone before this. The iPhone was very close to true websites. Getting use to a none keyboard and going to a screen keyboard took sometime but was not that bad. When iPhone introduced apps and good apps it was a no brainer. iPhone was really first (One of the only first for Apple to produce something first. Mostly repeat and do better (hello ipod).

Back to the watches. I started off with a Pebble. Why? Because my reason for a smartwatch was to notify emails, SMS etc. I did not care if I could start a conversion with the watch. Don’t really care about health monitoring. I attach my phone with a clip  to my belt. I maybe old fashion I don’t know but the reason I do is if I have a pocket that I put my phone in (pant, shirt etc) I am afraid it would drop or get squished.

A notification  on  my wrist is so much faster and (safer) than grabbing my  phone from a clip on my belt and trying to look at it to see if its junk mail or a true emergency.

So that the Pebble  obsolete (wish it was not. The true first pioneer companies that started the smartwatch) is over (Fitbit a good company on there own BUT started a smart watch MUCH more expensive ) bought them out it has not been the same.

My last Pebble I bought ($250) I lost. Went on amazon.ca and found the same watch for $79. So I got it. Never looked back.

So now there is a new company that if/when my existing Pebble smartwatch gives up the ghost I will very consider ( If they are still around!!!)

Its called Weloop. Here is the following  link.

The watch reminds me of Pebble  with the simplicity and battery life. The largest factor for this smartwatch is its $150 to buy AND THE BATTERY LIFE IS 30 DAYS!!!!. My Pebble will get 4-5 days. The iWatch will get 2 days if you are lucky and don’t use it!!!!

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HP LaserJet 401 Printing Issues With Windows 10

Client upgraded PCs to new with Windows 10. Issue is the ones with an HP LaserJet 401 printers the driver installed fine and it would print fine. After shutdown and with printer down and then start it up again it would not print. It would also load the built in USB driver disk from the Printer. (The cause of the problem). To fix this go into Device Manager (Right Click This PC. Select properties then Device Manager).  Under DVD/CD-ROM drives you will see HP Smart Install USB Device. Right click and select update driver. Specify to search automatically. It will then download the update from MS (which basically disables it) and then restart the PC. You should be able to print again.

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Sending Outlook Email Body Of Message Is Blank

Have a client running Office 365 with Outlook 2016 and when sending an email the body of the email is blank when the recipient gets the email.

Searched online and the following post fixed my problem.

Basically the fix is below:

Open regedit

Locate the key – Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\{version number}\Outlook\Preferences

create a DWORD (32bit) called DisableTNEF

enter a value of 1

Exit regedit and send a test email and your problems will be resolved!


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I Use Dropbox And Why

I have tried most cloud data service. Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive are the 3 major ones. I am sure there are many others that I have tried and not tried but I like to use something that is popular and compatible. Dropbox is one of the oldest and one of the most compatible ones. At the start Dropbox is supported on almost everything. When Dropbox got hacked I was worried so I tried the others. Google and OneDrive are a very popular because of the eco system. If you are MS person (like I am) and you want to use say online Office then this would be the right choice. Much like if you are into Google apps and want to access data then Google Drive would be the right choice. Again I use Gmail and it can be handy. The major issue of why I use Dropbox for a majority of my data that I need to access between my PC and my phone is password protection!! I have commented to MS on when password protected files like .xls files to access from OneDrive. Hello you created Excel and OneDrive but you don’t support password files in OneDrive from the phone???? I just checked and they seem to support password files but the speed to open a file from my phone was extremely slow!! So I tried Google Drive on the same issue. The opening files seems very fast BUT they can’t open password protected files on the phone!!

This is where 3rd party apps are better than the big guys. Really drives me crazy. I am a MS guy. Why? Well 98% of my clients use MS and need to use MS to be able to run the MS apps. If you run Autocad, Sage 50, PCLaw, Accpac you need a Windows PC.

What do you use for cloud data service and why?

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Why Outlook Is The Best Email App

I have dealt with many email applications over 25+ years. I use Gmail for personal email from the days when you had to get invite for it. I love Gmail for a lot of thing. Before that it was Eudora!! Best personal email ever before online email. I have used Outlook Express , etc. BUT for business it has been Outlook. I have used Outlook since its beginning of Outlook 97. I even have used MS sharing email before Exchange. Outlook is the email of choice for all my clients and for most of the business world. The email,calendar ,contacts is the heart of the app. Me and some of my clients live with the share of contacts. There is something with Outlook that has nothing with other similar apps.



Go Outlook!!

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