Make Android TV work with a USB Ethernet Adapter

AndroidTV USB Ethernet AdapterThese days, streaming is all the rage.

Whether you have a smart TV, a streaming stick, Blu-Ray player, soundbar, or even some projectors, many of these gizmos come with Android TV built in.

Too many of them also only have WiFi – no Ethernet jack to be found! This is particularly irritating for those of us who want to go wired and avoid the Wireless Wonderland.

So, how to get Ethernet? Well, you just buy a USB-Ethernet adapter, right?

Yes – sort of…

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Do surge protectors really work? Sort of…

Do surge protectors work? Sort of...With everything getting more expensive these days, you want to be sure your costly electronics stay protected.

One of the most common ways is to plug them all into a surge protector.

The question is: Do these things really work?

The answer is, as usual: It’s complicated!

Join me for a look at 3 different types/levels of surge suppressors, how these gizmos really work, and how best to protect your techie goodies from unfortunate zaps.

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Why phone SAR ratings are silly

SAR ratings are useless!The Specific Absorption Rate, or SAR, of a phone shows how much energy from radio frequency waves is absorbed by body parts – head, torso, whole body, etc.

The idea is that phones can be certified as “safe”, while also allowing some sort of comparison between different phones. In reality, the whole thing is a bit of a bad joke.

Even the FCC admits SAR is a pretty useless rating!

Join me for another fascinating look inside our modern “Wireless Wonderland”!

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When NOT to use Dirty Electricity filters!

When Dirty Electricity filters are actually dangerous...Dirty Electricity is when all our wondrous gizmos generate noise that couples to the human body from the electrical wiring in our homes, schools, places of work, and so on.

Fortunately, there are simple filters you can get that reduce the dangers from this type of noise.

UNfortunately, you need to be careful using these filters if you have a backup generator!

Join me for a look at one of the pitfalls of D.E. filters…

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The biggest tech company you’ve never heard of

TSMC: The most important tech company in the worldWe all know about Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and so on.

But there’s one tech company that’s utterly massive in its importance to the entire industry, and no one is talking about it.

Well, to be precise, no one is talking about what MIGHT happen should the current,um, global mayhem go one step too far…

Join me as I take a look at TSMC: the biggest tech company you’ve never heard of!

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NVMe drive missing or not booting? There’s a simple fix!

NVMe inaccessible boot deviceOn the one hand, NVMe drives are blazingly fast. On the other hand, getting them to work with Windows – or even your BIOS – can be a bit of a nightmare.

I recently upgraded several computers that had SATA SSDs. I wanted to upgrade each one to an NVMe drive.

So, I used Paragon Hard Disk Manager and just copied the SATA C: to the new NVMe drive, upgraded the hardware in each puter, and then tried to boot: NO DICE!

Windows 10 kept giving me a blue screen at boot with the message: INACESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE.

Worse yet, it seemed the BIOS/UEFI wouldn’t even detect the NVMe drive properly. WTH?!

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The quietest gaming keyboard in the entire universe!

Quietest Gaming Keyboard EVER!Despite the prevalence of touch devices these days, chances are you still have an “old fashioned” computer with a keyboard.

Many keyboards are very quiet and comfortable to type on, but they don’t last very long. Enter the Gaming Keyboard!

It’s old school durability and reliability meets modern tech.

Only trouble is, these things are SUPER noisy to type on… Or at least, they were super noisy.

Behold the world’s most silent gaming keyboard!

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Foot Pedals: The input device you didn’t know you needed!

Behold the USB Foot Pedal!Everyone knows about keyboard and mice… But the foot pedal?! What the heck?

Surprisingly enough, it turns out that they’re not so expensive and very easy to set up – if you use the right software.

Speaking of software, it’s exactly because of NCH’s Pedable application that this thing is so incredibly useful.

You can use your foot to do 3 (or even 6) different things – including in games!

Foot pedals aren’t just for translators and transcribers…

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