Archive for September, 2012

September 30th, 2012 Comments off

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Online Audio Cutter

September 26th, 2012 Comments off

Ever need to edit MP3s? My son sings old Elvis music and I find myself needing to modify songs sometimes by chopping off the long pause at the beginning or shortening them to fit in a certain time frame during a play or something. I’ve used Audacity in the past and it works great but I didn’t have it loaded on my machine recently and found this website that did the trick in record time! No software needed… Check out if you ever need to shorten Suspicious Minds like I did!

MP3 Cut

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Galaxy S3 Lock Screen Customization

September 20th, 2012 Comments off

After you set up a screen lock, you’ll also be able to control what info appears on it. Go into Settings, tap on Security, then tap on Lock screen options. From here, you’ll be able to set up Shortcuts, turn on the Information ticker, get quick access to the camera, set up a Clock or Dual clocks, turn on weather widget and you can even toggle the Ripple effect.

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Galaxy S3 Screen Lock Choices

September 18th, 2012 Comments off

Secure your Galaxy S3 with a choice of screen locks. This can be done by going into the Settings and then tapping on Security. Tap Screen Lock and you will have the choices of Swipe, Motion, Face unlock, Face and voice, Pattern, PIN or Pinword.

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Galaxy S3 Encryption

September 17th, 2012 Comments off

If you need/want to encrypt your Samsung Galaxy S3, go into Settings, tap on Security and then tap on either Encrypt device or Encrypt SD card. Once initiated, you’ll go through on-screen instructions for securing your device with encryption.

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Outside Light Pole Sensor

September 15th, 2012 Comments off

Well, I finally got tired of not having a light and it going out after not long at all because it was on all the time. The sensor that makes it only light up from dusk til dawn was about 10 years old now I guess and the lens was all cloudy which kinda defeats the purpose. I’m not much of an electrician but this was a quick easy fix. I finally found the sensor at Lowe’s for only about $14. Lowe’s link here.


Can’t say I had ever even noticed the sensor at the bottom of the pole and I’m pretty sure the cover hadn’t been removed since the house was built in 2003. Took the plate off, pulled the sensor out, replaced with new one, and put my hand back up inside and hoped there wasn’t a black widow in there waiting! Works now though. Here is what my pole looked like.

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Display Battery Percentage

September 15th, 2012 Comments off

The Samsung Galaxy S3 lets you easily see how much juice is really left on your device. Go to Setttings, then Display and then check the “Display battery percentage” box.

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IT Security Unemployment Rate

September 11th, 2012 Comments off

Like it or not, you have to continually keep up to date on security to maintain your CISSP certification. I may have complained about CPEs in the past but now that I’ve looked into it more, it can be done for free if you put in a little effort.

Hord Tipton, executive director of professional certification body (ISC)2 says, “That is why certification is important, he said, because it not only certifies core information security skills, but also ensures skills remain up to date and relevant.”

Interesting article and about unemployment and information security. article here.

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Power Button to Answer/End Phone Calls

September 10th, 2012 Comments off

I figured there must be a better way to answer a call besides swiping even though I haven’t been able to make myself get used to doing this yet. You can use your Galaxy S3’s Home button to answer and end phone calls so you don’t have to swipe the screen. To enable the feature, go to Settings, choose the Accessibility options and then click to open the Call Answering/Ending settings.

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Logitech Harmony 650

September 9th, 2012 1 comment

So my father-in-law somehow lost his remote control we gave him for Christmas a year or two ago and he went back to using about 14 remotes to watch TV! Not sure how you lose a remote control that you use everyday but we are thinking the dogs may have ate it! Anyway after a month or two he had to have another one and went to Best Buy to get a newer model. He ended up getting the Logitech Harmony 650.

I went over this evening to get it set up. I’ve never had one of these remotes but they are pretty cool if you don’t like having a bunch of different remotes. This Harmony remote:

Logitech Harmony 650

~Can replaces up to 5 other remotes
~Supports 5000+ brands
~Very simple online setup using your PC
~Color screen shows your favorite-channel icons plus commands for easy navigation
~One-click activity buttons like “Watch a DVD” automatically switch the right devices to the right settings

I think it probably took longer to get all the device IDs than it did making it all work. All in all, very easy setup and nice looking remote control. Heck he even knows now that he can pause and rewind a show on TV with the DVR he’s had for a couple of years. The new remote didn’t make that happen, he just didn’t know he could pause TV all this time!

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