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Notes on Using Hey Siri on your Mac and iPhone and HomePods…

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Well, now that I have all of these devices, it is pretty complicated to figure out how to get Hey Siri working properly across all of them. First, this actually works really well with a “cloud” of HomePod Minis at home, It is pretty crazy that you can literally whisper “hey siri” and something hears…

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Cross-posting from WordPress to Reddit (but not Instagram and maybe Medium…)

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Well, one of these days, I’ll move my main site to the JAMStack, but for now, I’m still on WordPress for tong family.com and one of the cool things that jetpack gives you for free is cross posting to Facebook, Twitter, Linked and Tumblr I think. As an example right now I probably the same…

Rich is on Ryan’s Ride the Lightening Tesla Unofficial Podcast

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I’ve been meaning to these but @ryan is completely amazing and a great commentator. Listen to episode 300 where I’m the pro tip of the week! Long and short use abrp for long road trips and charge at v3 stops because you don’t share with the other station. On Apple, Spotify and other places. I’ll…

The journal of random facts: Varmilo keyboard, and cool visualizations plus why does LinkedIn disconnect?

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OK, some quick and silly notes, mainly to clear out my many tabs open but some random thoughts On the latest keyboard love… Varmilo VA87-Mac vs. Keychron K2 and Corsair. I’ve got to say, I’ve been liking the wireless keyboard, the Keychron K2 but I’ve been finding it a bit flaky in that it will…

The confusing nearly great world that is HomeKit, Secure Video, AirPlay 2 when using HomePod, iDevices, LG, Denon and Samsung and Macs with Airfoil

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Ok I feel like Apple HomeKit is so close to greatness, but it’s like all the piece parts are there but it lacks the now traditional Apple let’s hide the complexity. But the idea that any iOS or Siri device can be the universal remote to control your smart home is really great. Related to…

Podcast 2021-04-29 Of GarageBand, iCloud, Windows Nightmares, Drones setup problems, Mac cleanup, Smart Home and Champagne

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Sorry to be so late doing this, to be truthful, I managed to delete all my GarageBand data when I recreated my machine, so some notes on how to make that that doesn’t happen to you, so you can see more at tongfamily.com, leave me at voice message at anchor.fm or tweet me at @richtong: GarageBand and backups Windows…

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GarageBand for Dummies or relearning it in five minutes

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OK, these professional applications (GarageBand is really just a cut down version of a pro application) are incredibly confusing. The main problem is that the overall user model is hard to understand, so the whole thing seems super mysterious. It would be so much useful if they just gave an explanation of how the internals…

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The nightmare that is GarageBand, and iMovie and Rebuilding your mac

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Well, I rebuilt my Mac completely last month because I thought I had horrible problems with Zoom and crashes. It turns out that it probably wasn’t that at all, but actually something much simpler which was that the connection was not seated properly with the camera. But since I rebuilt it, I kind of just…

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Quick Clean up of a Mac and a Samsung TV Monitor

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I almost never have the open time to get on a busy Mac and I don’t want to an update things without checking things first, but if you do have a setup that involved an Intel MacBook Pro 256GB and a Samsung Q60 monitor, here are some notes on things to do: The Samsung Q60…

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Ugh version nightmares with PowerShell and really using Windows Terminal

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OK, I’m an idiot and did not realize the big transitions happening with PowerShell, it explains why a bunch of the Google commands don’t work like Remove-Service. The short story is that Powershell v5 is kept for compatibility reasons, but Microsoft has moved on to Powershell Core which is a cross-platform version that is Powershell…