Author Archives: Mike Pihlman

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

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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

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Online Security: Easy, Common Sense, Precautions

Updated 9/10/2018, 10/10/2018 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

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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

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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

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