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About Regina Miller

I have been writing professionally since the 90s and I love consumer tech. What better opportunity to combine these two passions than right here? My special take on consumer tech is this: I've been a broke college student with an ailing computer, the mother of a bazillion children all with tech "needs" and on a shoestring budget and for more than a decade the owner of a small business. Noticing a theme? Good. My passion is making what you have work the way you need it to and finding cost-effective solutions in technology to make your life easier. More convenient. More effective. It's all about quality of life, my friend :) We all have the same 24 hours in a day. Let's make them count.

Just When You’ve Lost All Hope For Decent WiFi…

Just when you've lost all hope for decent WiFi... There's a new line of products on the market that is solving a lot of people's in-home WiFi woes. Mesh Router systems offer a sort of WiFi blanket through its coverage area, without dead spots or weaker signal, when properly configured. Whether your house is [...]

By |2018-07-12T09:29:53-05:00April 2nd, 2018|Categories: Consumer Tech, Home Networking|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Wireless Network Connection and Windows 10 Microsoft Edge

Wireless Network Connection and Windows 10 Microsoft Edge Q. My computer has always connected to my wireless network just fine until recently. Now it says it’s connected but I can’t when I try to go to websites I get a message that the page can’t be found.  How do I fix this? A. [...]

By |2018-04-16T10:20:35-05:00March 28th, 2018|Categories: Home Networking, Windows, Windows 10|

Switching From Yahoo to Gmail

Switching From Yahoo to Gmail Q. People keep telling me I need to get a Gmail address. I’ve had my Yahoo email address for over 20 years and I don’t want really want to change it if I don’t have to. Is it really necessary to switch to Gmail? A. While you don’t [...]

By |2018-04-16T09:55:58-05:00March 26th, 2018|Categories: Email Troubleshooting|Tags: , , |

What To Do When Parental Controls Don’t Seem To Be Doing The Job

What To Do When Parental Controls Don't Seem To Be Doing The Job Many times I get calls from worried parents, frustrated that despite enabling parental controls on their child’s line through the wireless carrier, the problems persist: installing and using forbidden apps, time limits skirted, and contact with others that were assumed blocked. [...]

By |2018-04-16T10:41:56-05:00February 12th, 2018|Categories: Home Networking|

Alexa and Google and Smart Homes, Oh My!

Do I need a Google Home Mini or Amazon Echo Dot? This is the question of the season, if not of the upcoming year. The answer is “Yes.” Well, you might not need one, but there’s a good chance you’d love one. Let’s start with a brief explanation of what these two home tech [...]

By |2018-04-16T11:57:13-05:00December 11th, 2017|Categories: Consumer Tech, Home Networking|Tags: , , , , , |

Back to the Basics Before You Update to iOS 11

Back to the Basics Before Major Updates The Basics There are some really cool features in iOS 11, make no mistake. Like all major updates though, some users are having issues.  Me, for example, as I write this hours before catching a flight and breaking my phone with an update. Personally, [...]

By |2018-04-16T11:00:29-05:00September 28th, 2017|Categories: iOS 11, iPhone, Software Update|

Fitness and Nutrition Tracking on Smartphones

Fitness and Nutrition Tracking on Smartphones Q. I'm looking for an app for my smartphone to track the nutrition of the food I eat throughout the day and there are so many to choose from. Can you recommend one? A. The choices can be overwhelming. There are not only a lot of good [...]

By |2018-04-16T15:32:14-05:00September 7th, 2017|Categories: Consumer Tech, Fitness Tech, Uncategorized|

Five things everyone one needs to know about their wireless network even if they are not technically inclined.

5 things everyone needs to know about their home wireless network Let’s face it, we all feel the need for speed and any hiccups we get along the way frustrate us to no end.  So, how do we align what we expect to what is reasonable to expect from our in-home WiFi? Let me [...]

By |2018-04-16T15:40:16-05:00June 27th, 2017|Categories: Home Networking|Tags: , , , |