December 6, 2023


Step Into The Technology

No Wi-Fi? Personal hotspot to rescue

5 min read
Joy Schwabach

Joy Schwabach

Most cars currently appear with a cell hotspot, enabling everyone’s gadgets to remain related to the online at a charge ranging in between $20 and $40 a thirty day period. But what if you have an older car or truck?

A reader needed to browse the newspaper on his iPad in the auto due to the fact he likes its larger display screen. Considering the fact that there’s no Wi-Fi in his more mature vehicle, he desired some way to connect his iPad to the world-wide-web.

I instructed him to go to “Settings” on his Iphone, then “Cellular” and tap “Personal Hotspot” to turn it on.  Just after he did that, his iPad was in a position to share the iPhone’s cellular community. “Works good,” he mentioned.

To consider it on my Android cellular phone, I went to “Settings,” then “Network & Web,” then “Hotspot and Tethering,” and tapped “Wi-Fi hotspot.” Then I toggled the change to “on.” I created a notice of the hotspot identify, “Pixel_1644,” tapped “password,” and wrote it down. Then, from my other units, all I had to do was opt for the Pixel_1644 as my community, sort in the password and voilà, I was sharing the cellular relationship with my cell phone. With it, I browsed the web from two computer systems, two tablets and an Iphone. I could have been by yourself in a forest alternatively of at house with the router turned off.

Sadly, the hotspot characteristic is not obtainable on each individual cellphone company approach. For case in point, when a buddy experimented with it, he obtained a concept that Tracfone does not cover knowledge sharing on his system. My Tracfone system is the very same cost as his, $130 a yr, but it worked high-quality. Alternatively, you could obtain a committed cellular hotspot and get a company approach for it, setting up at around $10 a thirty day period.

Surviving a power outage

A reader said an vehicle incident destroyed or ruined a significant transformer, triggering the electric power to go out. “Do you have any thought how significant a backup device would be wanted to ability our Dish receiver and television?” he questioned.

Most TVs are 117 watts and the optimum-rated satellite dish is 28 watts. Insert them alongside one another and you get 145 watts. The Allwei Portable Power Station, $186 on Amazon, has 280 watt several hours and receives good assessments. With that, the reader’s Tv set and Dish receiver could be powered for virtually two several hours, extended plenty of for him to check out his most loved demonstrate. For a lot more facts on watt usage, appear up “Power Use of Household Appliances,” from It lists all the things from air fryers to Xboxes.

Gasoline-driven turbines operate for six to 12 several hours, but you can’t run them inside unless of course you want to be asphyxiated. They are for camping.

Who’s monitoring you

The most current version of the Vivaldi internet browser is pure genius when it arrives to blocking trackers and adverts. Blocking them cuts as a result of the litter of a web site to make it load speedily.

When a buddy examined it for a month, it quickly blocked more than 8,000 trackers and above 5,000 adverts, largely news web-sites. In my exam, “Motor vehicle and Driver” is briefly at the prime of the tracking list. Google doesn’t display up simply because its monitoring relies on concealed options that Vivaldi automatically blocks. No include-ins demanded.

Vivaldi also has awesome customization. For case in point, when I save recipes to my looking through list, I can form them by title and other standards. The aspect panel is complete of gems like that, in addition to backlinks to your downloads, your search heritage, your calendar, and additional. But the far more the merrier. Apart from Vivaldi, I’m applying 6 other browsers, including Chrome.

Iphone shortcuts

I’m always emailing: “Thank you for your variety observe.” Now I can type “tykn” and my Apple iphone will generate it out for me.

That’s an instance of the iPhone’s “text replacement” characteristic. Even if you really don’t incorporate any shortcuts of your individual, the Iphone commences you out with 1. Kind “omw” in a textual content or someplace and it will transform to “on my way.”

To include your possess shortcuts, go to “Settings.” Below “General,” obtain “Keyboard,” then “text substitution.” Faucet the in addition sign, and form the phrase you want. Then kind your shortcut and “save.”  I additional “See you later,” so when I style “syl,” the Apple iphone fills in the total sentence.

Outsmarting the repair service shop

A reader explained to me how he thwarted the local restore shop. They preferred to market him a new personal computer. He insisted his outdated Gateway could be repaired.

It begun with an mistake information expressing that the lover no extended worked. “The fix guy explained to me he couldn’t take care of it owing to its age and pieces shortage,” the reader wrote. “But he could sell me a further pc. So I went house and bought the make, model and serial quantity, and seemed for it on eBay.” He discovered it for $18. “I’m not qualified to do the maintenance myself,” he stated, “and do not have the appropriate equipment for the job.

So, if an outdated dude needs an old computer system set by this shop — the only one I can get to in the location — he’s a ‘blowed-up sucker’ who can easily be marketed a pc when the shop will not want to do the fix. Even when the part necessary is recognized and readily available at a affordable price tag,” he additional.

What occurred future? “When they’ve received you in a bind, they know it. Me? I put a 6-inch fan up coming to the cooling vents on the tower and turned it on. Cools the tower and they can go to blazes!”

This report at first appeared on Telegram & Gazette: No WiFi? Own hotspot to rescue | Newsphere by AF themes.