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Not many new songs, though, but I recently discovered that I can tether my smart phone to my netbook PC and use the phone just like a router, which is neat. And, I can also do this wireless as well instead of using a USB cable. So, even in locations where I don't have free WI-FI and still have a cell phone connection, I can access the internet and use my PC. This is really neat stuff.

I recently purchased a smart watch for my wife, a stand alone that is essentially a cell phone and a PC on your wrist. She absolutely hated it, so I gave it to my daughter. I thought it was pretty neat and had shades of an advanced Dick Tracy wrist phone painted all over it. But, what the Hell do I know? wink

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I was watching a you-tube video on my phone in front of a "smart" TV and it asked me if I wanted to watch it on the TV, I used to build computers, now my appliances have powers I don't realize.

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I now have a smart TV on my boat, I guess I'll have to read the instruction manual on that device, too. Lots of neat, new high-tech devices available to sailors these days.

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I have had my laptop computer and printer for about five years. I usually work in one room and printer is in another, and got up every time I needed to print something, carried laptop to printer, and hooked up to cable. Low and behold I recently found something on my computer that allowed me to connect to printer wirelessly. Learning “new” tricks all the time.
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... I can also do this wireless as well instead of using a USB cable. So, even in locations where I don't have free WI-FI and still have a cell phone connection, I can access the internet and use my PC. This is really neat stuff....
Check your plan and keep an eye on your usage, with some plans and companies it gets real expensive if you use extra GB, and smart tv or video over the phone can use a lot of data.Most companies now have some version of unlimited plan.
This season I bought a used Verizon jetpack online and added it to my existing account. No additional contract, I can delete or suspend it for the winter, so it ends up at about $20 a month. It can be hauled up the mast in a plastic bag or box for a better connection and if my iphone goes in the drink or gets lost the hotpot and a tablet (or smart tv) can be used for backup communications.
Several weeks ago during a daylong downpour in Still Pond (real bad cell service) I caught up on old movies and a few tv series, had internet and played with Amazon music.

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I recently purchased a smart watch for my wife, a stand alone that is essentially a cell phone and a PC on your wrist. She absolutely hated it, so I gave it to my daughter. I thought it was pretty neat and had shades of an advanced Dick Tracy wrist phone painted all over it.
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My wife got me a smart watch for x-mas. I am a tech geek but would not have chosen to go this far but now that i have it, it's pretty cool. Being up on a ladder when I get a phone call I can tap my watch and continue working while I have a conversation.

The only place I am not high tech is on my sailboats.

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As a parent of teenagers, it's easy to fall back on the trope: they're young, so they know way more about tech than I do. So why the hell do I still get phone calls while I'm working that the internet is out and dad can you talk me through resetting the router, or dad why can't I print from the ipad?
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Not many new songs, though, but I recently discovered that I can tether my smart phone to my netbook PC and use the phone just like a router, which is neat. And, I can also do this wireless as well instead of using a USB cable. So, even in locations where I don't have free WI-FI and still have a cell phone connection, I can access the internet and use my PC. This is really neat stuff.

I recently purchased a smart watch for my wife, a stand alone that is essentially a cell phone and a PC on your wrist. She absolutely hated it, so I gave it to my daughter. I thought it was pretty neat and had shades of an advanced Dick Tracy wrist phone painted all over it. But, what the Hell do I know? wink

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I just learned something new yesterday. I got a 60% discount coupon from Deluxe, so I figured I would order some business checks. I use about a dozen per year so have not bought them in about eight years.

The Deluxe lady talked me into buying a few of what they call echecks.

When I pay a vendor from my bank's website the bank prints out a check and then mails it, and the vendor receives it in a few days.

If I use a "Deluxe" echeck however, it creates an email with a pdf with the top third a check and the bottom two-thirds assuring the recipient that banks will accept it and how to prove it is real. The eCheck prints on plain paper and your vendor gets their money at the speed of email. Instead of emailing it you can print it yourself and just hand it to someone.

For someone cruising it might come in handy.

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