• Screen Time is Unreliable

    Screen Time is Unreliable

    Screen Time on iOS is good, but needs to get a lot better. Let me lay out the ways.


  • Be Sure You Are Fast Charging Your Stuff

    Be Sure You Are Fast Charging Your Stuff

    If you have upgraded your iPhone or Apple Watch over the years, you’ve probably just removed the new device, put away the box, and used all of your existing cables and chargers. If you have done that, you may be missing out on fast charging.


  • A Page for Photos

    A Page for Photos

    I receive a number of emails asking about photography and camera gear. I’m happy to help, but the responses can be a bit repetitive. I decided to make a new page solely for recent photos and the camera gear that I am currently using. You can find the Photos page here. It’s true that “the…


  • Travel Charger Packs

    Travel Charger Packs

    Now that the kids are traveling on their own more, I’ve put together some travel charger packs for them to grab. It’s a lot easier than unwrapping the cables from the charging stations. (Note: our charging station is in a public part of the house. Remember, kids shouldn’t have their phones in their room overnight.…


  • Use Captions for Travel Photos

    Use Captions for Travel Photos

    I recently returned from a trip to Israel. It is a beautiful country with wonderful people. The time spent there was enlightening and confirming for me and I’ll have plenty more to say about it in the future. A quick photography tip. A couple years ago, Apple added the ability to add quick captions to…


  • Add an AirTag to a Harmony Remote

    Add an AirTag to a Harmony Remote

    In our house, the remote in the main room is always misplaced. Somehow it is in cushions, below couches, and in the wrong room constantly. We get tired of looking for it. Today we purchased an AirTag and just used gorilla tape to attach it to the top of the Harmony Remote. That was easy.…


  • On Screen Time in iOS 15

    On Screen Time in iOS 15

    Today is the release date for iOS 15, the latest operating system for your iPhone. You can see all the new features here or read an in-depth review here. Overall, it’s a nice upgrade. I just want to make thre quick observations on Apple’s Screen Time. It is a tool to limit and monitor the…


  • Helping kids organize their money through teaching and technology

    Helping kids organize their money through teaching and technology

    Our kids are good savers. They stash most of their money away to plan for big purchases.  The most difficult part of this habit was trying to keep track of it all. There were random bills and coins placed here and there. We’d take trips to the store and they didn’t recall how much they…


  • Beat The Algorithms

    Beat The Algorithms

    Social media is all about the algorithms. They are designed to keep you on the site, steer you to make purchases, and keep you enraged and engaged.  This isn’t good. It’s profitable (for them) but not healthy for you.  Controlling the time you spend online is one more way of being 100 percent responsible for…


  • What of all the videos?

    What of all the videos?

    Everywhere you look, people are snapping photos and recording videos. Our phones are full of these memories and yet digital dust collects on the majority of them. Every year, new phones are released and online storage is increased so these mounds of personal media can be stored somewhere. Who is going to watch all these…


  • Technology and Families

    Technology and Families

    I’ve written before about using technology with intent. It is a commitment of a little time up front that pays plentifully in time and attention over years. It’s time to tap the glass again. Especially for families. Apple shared a new site called, “Apple for Kids.” (Update: It looks like that page is no longer…


  • How to manually merge two Apple IDs to one

    Since 2020 is made for pain, I decided to make some big moves that I have been putting off for a while. The email migration took a while, but the new setup is so much better. My reliance on Google as a company is very minimal now. I am very happy with how this move turned…


  • An offer to stay connected

    An offer to stay connected

    We have a drawer full of iPods, iPads, Kindles, etc. They are not the most current release, but they’re operable and in good shape. We’d like to gift them out for any kids that don’t have a way to be connected right now. (Please don’t take them and sell them.) I know that requesting can…


  • Moving from Gmail to Fastmail…kind of

    I wrote that tweet nearly a year ago, but the desire to make a move from gmail had been around for a long time before this request. I created a gmail account in 2004 as it was fast, free and offered plenty of space. It has always worked mostly well but I was looking for…


  • Use location-based reminders to remember gate codes

    In Las Vegas, gated communities are common and increasing in popularity. Supposedly it’s a way to keep crime and loitering down. That’s the positive side of it.  The negative aspects include constant repairs paid for by HOA fees. Also, it’s a pain to constantly ring friends/family/deliveries/etc through the gate when they arrive. And it’s not…


  • Take the time to understand and organize your tech

    I attended the Apple Developer conference in June where they introduced a new feature called Screen Time. Primarily, this is a way for iPhone users to understand how much and how often they use their phones. It’s a much needed update that will be released this Fall. There have been a number of other apps…


  • Using Technology with Intent

    I recently spoke at a conference geared toward families, productive time and eternal values. Part of my message was that technology can be a very useful tool when used properly, but can quickly become idle time. As a tool, I’ve heard of a cell phone being likened to a shovel. When we need a shovel:…