Bloviating about batteries


During our November 21 show we discussed care and useage of batteries.


Belief, experience, and science can influence how someone decides on the best way to configure their electronic devices. Here is some information that may help you determine your preferred way to use batteries.

From HP:
Should I fully charge the battery before I use the computer?
No. Lithium ion batteries are more efficient than nickel based rechargeable batteries and go through a formation process during manufacturing. They do not require the initial loading prior to use.

From Dell:
16. Should I completely discharge my battery before I charge it?
No, with current lithium ion batteries this practice does not improve the runtime of the battery. This practice is a holdover from the days in which NiMH batteries were used.

From Microsoft:
Use your battery to keep it fresh. Don’t keep your computer plugged in all the time. It’s a good idea to discharge and then recharge your laptop battery about once a month. Also, you should let your battery run down before you recharge it.

And from Cadex, a company that “has been recognized as a world leader in battery testing”, is a website named Battery University…which is referred to by various peers of mine.


November 7 show: new Apple TV, and StumbleUpon, explained…

We learn about the trials and tribulations that occurred when one of the guys attempted to purchase an Apple TV.

A review of the latest generation of Apple TV…is it worth the money?

The premiere/debut of “The 60-second TechBlast”.

ANDY explains why “arguing with a woman is like reading the software license agreement”.  (Again, ANDY said this…)

And our Website of the Week:  StumbleUpon


Links related to our October 31 show…

Here are some links to things that were mentioned in our October 31 show…if you’re not familiar with some of the lingo we used during that episode, these might be of some benefit to you:






wireless access point


(internet service) speedtest

EULA (End-User License Agreement)

TOS (Terms of Service)


Know before you fly…a drone

During our October 10 show, we droned-on about…drones (that are now available for purchase).

The Federal Aviation Administration is moving towards mandating (all) drones be registered. Until then, here is information about using “Unmanned Aircraft Systems” (UAS).


Model Aircraft Operations
…are for hobby or recreational purposes only.

…Individuals flying for hobby or recreation are strongly encouraged to follow safety guidelines, which include:
Don’t fly an aircraft that weighs more than 55 lbs
Don’t fly within 5 miles of an airport unless you contact the airport and control tower before flying
Remain well clear of and do not interfere with manned aircraft operations
Don’t fly near people or stadiums
Fly below 400 feet and remain clear of surrounding obstacles
Keep the aircraft within visual line of sight at all times
Don’t be careless or reckless with your unmanned aircraft – you could be fined for endangering people or other aircraft

The FAA has partnered with several industry associations to promote Know Before You Fly, a campaign to educate the public about using unmanned aircraft…


Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Frequently Asked Questions


Samsung Galaxy 6 edge+ phone is fantastic!

Periscope, Rdio, Wurrly, the Samsung Galaxy 6 edge+, and the Samsung Galaxy Note5 were discussed on a television segment with Andy.  (And he didn’t even say “Hi” to me…)

When he wasn’t looking, I was able to use the phones…enjoyed watching live streaming videos…made some long distance calls (that I never paid for)…took some “selfies” (that I hope my mother never finds out about)…

Continue reading Samsung Galaxy 6 edge+ phone is fantastic!

September 19 show…audio, notes, and links

The audio file of the show can be downloaded and streamed from here.


We talk to an Uber driver, and Justin explains how he uses Uber…without paying for it.

“…driving jobs for independent contractors in Tucson…work as much or as little as you want. Uber takes care of all the details…”


Also, Uber is working with the UA College of Optical Sciences:

Brian McClendon, vice president of advanced technologies for Uber…”it’s clear that Arizona welcomes innovation.”

“…I look forward to working with Arizona…”


iOS 9 has been released. Some got it (S!ick)…some didn’t (Andy)…and others don’t care (what’s-his-name/Justin).


We learn that Apple uses end-to-end encryption in iMessage and FaceTime…

And in a related issue, Microsoft is resisting to comply with a warrant which orders it disclose contents of an email account…because the data is kept in a different country.


The cats of TechtalkRadio have new shirts for their “uniform”. And, so do cats.  (Again:  Justin’s fault.  Hey…I’m writing the post, I get to pick-on whom I choose to…)


And here are some links related to subjects discussed during the show:

“…With Slingbox, you can watch live cable or satellite TV, video apps, recorded shows, and on demand shows on your phone, tablet, and computer. Anywhere in the world. Literally.”

Yahoo Livetext is live video texting, without sound…

“Tile is a tiny Bluetooth tracker and easy-to-use app that finds everyday items in seconds—like your phone, keys, and wallet.”

“Gazelle buys mostly Apple products, iPhones, iPads, iPods, Macbooks, Macs, select Apple TVs & Apple Displays. We also buy a select group of other smartphones and tablets like Samsung, Microsoft. LG and HTC to name a few…”

“Find your bacon lover. Introducing Sizzl – a real dating app for bacon lovers. Connect with thousands of like-minded lovers who share your selective taste in bacon…”


(I’m) Up (on) Periscope!…

Andy has been bugging me…(this time) about using Periscope.

In one of the posts on our blog I stated I was waiting for something to be done by personnel at Periscope. It was to change my username. You can now follow me at “Slick1”.

My thanks to the “Periscope people” (Nader/Jamie/all) for being nice to look into the issue for me. Some of our conversations is posted below…


SEP 02, 2015

Dear Periscope Team,

I assumed I would be allowed to use my Twitter name with Periscope…

Is there any possibility I can request to have “slick” assigned to me?


SEP 04, 2015

Nader replied:


We are now able to change usernames on our end. Please note that this is a one-time request. We have alerted our team this is a feature users want for the future. In order to change your username, please provide the following: 1. Provide your current username. 2. Confirm what you would like as your new username. (No spaces or special characters.) 3. Provide your Twitter account or phone number. Once we have the above information, we will do our best to help you out.

Happy Scoping,

Periscope Team


SEP 04, 2015

S!ick replied:

Cool! Thank you very much…

My current Periscope username is: slick1

(To match my Twitter account,) I am requesting: slick

My current Twitter username is Slick (


SEP 17, 2015

Jamie replied:


Unfortunately, we weren’t able to change your username because it was already taken. Do you have another in mind? Let us know!

Happy Scoping,

Periscope Team


The Microsoft Hidden Easter Egg!

Happy 8 Bit Day from Microsoft, One of the ways the company is celebrating is by letting you find the Hidden Egg! I remember playing with my son Ricardo on old 8 Bit Games and he always knew the Codes to find the Easter Eggs and yes, The Cheats!! Here ya go –

Go to and click in the Search Bar in the Top Left, Once There, press the up arrow key then up arrow again, down arrow, down arrow, left arrow, right arrow, left arrow, right arrow, and finally enter the B and the A and hit return.

Watch for the 8-Bit T-rex at the Bottom of the Screen,  then three coins which can be dragged to a slot that will appear saying insert coins (How many of these did we spend in Arcades)

It will provide you some links to games! Now, you can also visit our Main Page at – Click on the Listen Live graphic, then select Menu, you will see a Joystick there where you can play some cool games as well!

Happy 8-Bit Day!