Cutting the Cord

Introducing a NEW series on TechyMike.com:  “Cutting the Cord”. I have talked about some of the shifts in technology (Videoconferencing, HDTV, Wireless Networking, Digital TV, Blu-Ray, etc) in this blog, and guess what?  The technology world is once again on the verge of a major shift: This time in the area of visual content viewing. Cable TV companies offering hundreds of channels for a very … Continue reading Cutting the Cord

Google Releases the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

A few days ago, Google announced the release of their second version Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. I purchased my Pixel XL in November 2016, and have been super happy with it…..still am! In the year, I have taken tons of pictures (see some of them below), participated in the Oreo Beta test, and now have the full version of Oreo on my Pixel … Continue reading Google Releases the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Using Adobe Photoshop Elements 15

Our nonprofit (ForCarol.com), my book review blog, TracyReaderDad.com, and this blog need the assistance of Photoshop, almost on a daily basis.  BUT…..since I am now fully “retired”, we have to conserve as much as possible, and being on a fixed income (the blogs only cost me money), the $9.99 a month is not something I can afford long term. In the past year or two, I … Continue reading Using Adobe Photoshop Elements 15

Online Security: Easy, Common Sense, Precautions

Updated 9/10/2018, 10/10/2018, 1/23/2020 I read a headline today stating that Podesta’s password was “password”.  How STUPID!  In 2016, when his email was hacked, this was UNFORGIVABLY STUPID.  And look what happened. I have given some tips in the past in this blog, and today, I will re-iterate a few simple steps you can take to protect yourself from online hacks in 2017 2018 2020. (Or at … Continue reading Online Security: Easy, Common Sense, Precautions

Pixel XL vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Camera Comparision

Those of you follow this blog know that I love(d) my Samsung Galaxy Note 4.   In addition to the Note 4 being reliable, fast, and rugged, I was especially impressed with the Note 4’s camera, which handled everything from low light concerts to bright light landscapes with equal aplumb. Alas, time passes and my 2 year commitment was about to come to an end … Continue reading Pixel XL vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Camera Comparision

Taking a Break From Facebook: Creativity Returns

Being TechyMike, I always try to be on the leading edge (with a few noteable exceptions chronicled in this blog).  As such, I was eager to jump on Social Media when it started, and have been active ever since.  But, being TechyMike, also means I am, by nature, an introvert tending towards long hours of deep contemplation…..alone. That is probably why long distance running was … Continue reading Taking a Break From Facebook: Creativity Returns

Pixel XL Depth of Field 

Trying something new….posting from my new Pixel XL to TechyMike. Took a few pictures of Blaze and our fern this morning testing the depth of field of the Pixel XL camera. I first focused on the fern with Blaze blurry in the background. Then I focused on Blaze in the background and now the fern is blurry. Summary Testing uploading a post via my Pixel … Continue reading Pixel XL Depth of Field