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TiVo Bolt Replacement Hard Drive Options

I recently had to replace the hard drive in my TiVo Bolt which turned out to be an easy process but I initially chose the wrong drive. Here’s the right set of options for replacing the hard drive in a TiVo Bolt DVR.

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How to Force Google Maps to 2D Satellite View

By default Google Maps in satellite view shows trees and objects in a fake 3D view that distorts images and hides things that would otherwise be easy to see. To switch back to the flat 2D view use these links.

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What Is OhmConnect and How Does it Work?

At its most basic OhmConnect pays you when you save electricity.

During peak demand times OhmConnect will give you a one hour window called an OhmHour during which you need to use less than electricity than the utility forecasts you’ll use. If you beat the forecast they pay you a small amount. If you progress through the membership levels and consistently beat your forecast your earning rate goes up.

The peak demand OhmHour times tend to be in the 5-9PM range and are always one hour. You’re typically given a heads up the day before that one is coming up.

Above the dashboard shows a successful OhmHour and a payout of 83 points.

Points are redeemed through PayPal, Amazon, Target or a number of other options at one point equal to one cent.

The easiest way to beat your forecast is to automate energy savings. For example put a smart plug on your refrigerator. When the OhmHour happens the service will automatically cut power to your fridge. Your food will be just fine without power for an hour as long as you don’t leave the door open.

Network connected thermostats also are an easy way to reduce power usage. By turning off air conditioning for an hour it’s pretty easy to cut back electricity usage dramatically.

To ensure a successful OhmHour you can also take a brute force approach and just flip your main breaker and then go read a book for an hour.

In addition to points you also earn tokens. Tokens are a currency on the OhmHour platform that can be used to do things like opt our of an OhmHour, increase your baseline forecast or protect a streak.

If you sign up here I get $20 and you get $10 on enrollment and $10 when connecting your first smart device.

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LED Light Bulbs Won’t Turn Off and Stay On Dim

After replacing compact fluorescent bulbs on a bathroom with LED light bulbs the new bulbs stay on very dimly at all times. When the switch is turned on they come on normally but when the switch is off they stay on dim. What causes this? 

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Extend Samsung Galaxy S6 Battery Life

If you need to get more battery life out of your Samsung Galaxy S6 here are the steps I followed that seem to help.

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Logitech Marathon Mouse M705 Erratic Scrolling Fix

My Logitech M705 started acting strange with scrolling. Ideally one scroll of the scroll wheel would produce the same amount of scrolling each time and in the proper direction. Instead it would jump around, bounce back in the wrong direction and be generally unpredictable. The fix that worked for me was updating the firmware on the unifying receiver. 

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Stop Adobe Flash from Crashing in Firefox

For some time now Adobe Flash has been causing Firefox to freeze for a few seconds and then comes up with a message that Flash has crashed. I don’t know why I lived with it for so long but here’s how to fix it and stop it from happening.

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Fix Broken Notifications on HTC One

HTC’s update for the One M7 to fix the no audio on phone calls problem was nice. But it broke notifications for almost everything. Here is how to fix the HTC One M7 or M8 no notifications problem.

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HP Slate 8 Pro Android 4.4.2 KitKat Upgrade

I was pleasantly surprised by an update notification on my HP Slate 8 Pro letting me know that Android 4.4.2 was now available.

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How to Change Batteries in Comcast Xfinity Home Thermostat

If a big battery icon appears on your Comcast Xfinity Home Radio Thermostat CT-30 that means it’s time to swap out the old ones for three fresh AA batteries. It sounds easy, but the details are important.