Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Samsung Gear S3 Smartwatch

June 27th, 2017 Comments off

I recently received some wearable technology as a gift and spent time testing different platforms and implementations.

Samsung Gear S3

I settled on the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier as my smartwatch of choice.

One feature’s details with which I was unfamiliar when I purchased the watch is the Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST).

For Apple and Android mobile device users who setup and use Apple Pay or Google Wallet, Samsung’s MST uses Samsung Pay but with a twist.

Where Apple Pay and Google Wallet depend on NFC, the Samsung Gear S3 opens a new opportunity for paying.


Mini-Bluetooth Keyboard with Touchpad

July 28th, 2016 Comments off
QQ-Tech Mini Bluetooth keyboard with touchpad

QQ-Tech Mini Bluetooth keyboard with touchpad


I’ve been trying the QQ-Tech mini Bluetooth keyboard for a few months and it’s turned out to be a handy device.


The keyboard is powered by a rechargeable, internal LI battery.  The keyboard takes a mini-USB cable for charging.

mini-USB power

mini-USB power


The touchpad works well on connected devices.  I’ve tried it with my Android devices and my Windows Surface Pro 4 tablet.  The device provides several special character/feature capabilities that are difficult or unavailable using the Swype virtual keyboard I normally use on the Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

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Raspberry Pi WAP and Proxy

August 8th, 2015 Comments off

I decided to convert my old Raspberry Pi (also available from AdafruitAmazon and many more) into both a Web Access Portal (WAP) and a proxy for filtering traffic and gaining insight into domains access (where is traffic that comes out of my house going).

Older Pi Model B+

Raspberry Pi WAP


This setup required some capabilities

  • Internet access for the Pi
  • Wireless access for the Pi to host other devices
    • Wireless USB dongle
    • Ability to share connection/host other devices
    • Ability to serve DHCP assignments
  • Proxy through which traffic must pass (thus providing both insight and some control)



Android Lock Screen, Auto-Lock and Screen Timeout

December 3rd, 2014 Comments off

While preparing a Lunch-n-Learn at work I found that I wasn’t satisfied with finding a simple How-To on Android 4.4.2 Lock Screen, Passcode and Screen Timeout so I’m publishing this.


The first step we’ll undertake is setting a timeout for the Android display on the device.  To access the Setting menu pull down from the top of the display and choose the gear icon at the top right of the display.

You’ll scroll down the Settings menu until you see Device section and then look for Display.

Display Menu

Display Menu



New Router (Asus RT AC66R) Delivers Faster Results

September 15th, 2014 Comments off

After a lightning strike across the street blew out a transformer we’ve noticed erratic behavior on both the Linksys WRT310 wifi-enabled router and the Netgear gigabit switch used for the wired connections in the home office.  I awoke the other day to find that all wifi access was dead and no matter how I worked with the wifi I couldn’t restore it.  I quickly realized the switch had died silently some days before and the laptops had switched over to the wifi.