How-To

How Do You Define a PowerShell Function That Requires Elevation?

PowerShell can be extremely useful for a lot of everyday tasks as is, but if you need to tweak some functions with a bit of safety in mind, then how do you define a function so that it requires elevation? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question. Today’s Question & Answer session comes to us ... Read More »

How to Create a Local Backup of Your Synology NAS

“Create a backup of my NAS?” you might say. “isn’t the NAS the backup though?” Not so fast—not all backups are equal, and a backup isn’t truly a backup until there’s a cold storage copy of it somewhere. Let’s take a look at how to back up your Synology NAS for the ultimate data redundancy. Although the Synology NAS platform—including the ... Read More »

How to Get the Most Out of Your Ecobee3 Smart Thermostat

While the Nest Thermostat may be the coolest smart thermostat on the block, the Ecobee3 has all sorts of neat features that the Nest Thermostat lacks. However, are you actually taking advantage of them all? Here’s how to get the most out of your Ecobee3 smart thermostat. Lock It with a PIN Code If you don’t want other household members ... Read More »

How to Turn an Android Tablet Into a Desktop Notification Center

Android tablets seem to be slumping hard: sales are down and developers aren’t interested in supporting them with specific apps…not even Google. But with slumping interest comes depressed secondhand market sales, so tablets are also hard to get rid of. There are a lot of things you can do with a tablet you’re not using, but my favorite use is ... Read More »

How to Customize Your Plex Screensaver with Photos and Fanart

The default “screensaver” for Plex Home Theater clients is to simply dim the screen. Let’s do away with that boring method and replace the dimming effect with fanart from your media collection or personal photos. While the setup process is simple, there are a few caveats worth covering before we dive in. First and foremost, this trick only works on completely ... Read More »

How to Unlock Your Kevo Smart Lock Without Your Phone

The Kwikset Kevo mostly relies on your smartphone for locking and unlocking, but what if your phone died or you just forgot to bring it with you when you left the house? You’re not completely out of luck, and with a couple of preventive measures, you can rest easy knowing that you can still unlock your door even if your ... Read More »

How to Share Synced Plex Videos from One Device to Another

The Plex mobile apps for iOS and Android have a really neat but frequently overlooked feature: you can turn your mobile device into a tiny media server to share synced content with nearby devices, including other mobile devices and streaming apps. If you’re just now learning about the feature, you might be curious exactly when such a setup—streaming from your ... Read More »

What Does the Builtin Command in Bash Do?

The builtin commands in Bash can be extremely useful, but what does “builtin” itself actually do? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question. Today’s Question & Answer session comes to us courtesy of SuperUser—a subdivision of Stack Exchange, a community-driven grouping of Q&A web sites. The Question SuperUser reader lfalin wants to know what the ... Read More »

How to Randomize Your Hue Lights for Extra Vacation Security

If you want to give the illusion that you’re home when you’re really on vacation, your Phillips Hue smart bulbs now have a “presence mimicking” feature that makes crafting the illusion dead simple. Historically, it was a wee bit of a pain to configure your Hue lights to mimic a whole house presence. Early on you had to either rely on ... Read More »

What Is YouTube TV, and Can It Replace Your Cable Subscription?

It seem like everyone is jumping on the streaming live TV train these days, and with Google getting YouTube on board, it’s worth a closer look. While there are things to like about YouTube TV, I feel like Google still has a lot of work to do to make this a legitimate option for everyone. What Is YouTube TV? In a nutshell, ... Read More »