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 »

Screen Savers Haven’t Been Useful For Decades. Why Are They Still Here?

I was walking through the dorms in 2003 when I saw it: a desk with three computer monitors, all with a Matrix screen saver scrolling green text. It’s laughable in retrospect, but I thought it was just the coolest. Don’t lie, you would have too. These days I don’t use a screen saver, and you probably don’t either. There’s a reason ... Read More »

How to Stop and Restart Applications On Your Synology NAS

Just like desktop applications, the application packages on your Synology NAS need an occasional restart—but unlike desktop applications, it’s a little less clear on how you do so. Let’s dive into the why, when, and how of restarting application packages. Unlike the apps that you open and close with frequency on your desktop computer, application packages on your Synology NAS ... Read More »

How to Install a Wired Security Camera System

If you’ve decided to get a wired security camera system instead of a Wi-Fi camera, the setup is a bit more involved, but you’ll end up with a better system in the end. Here’s how to install wired security cameras. For this guide, we’ll be installing an EZVIZ 1080p system, which comes with a DVR that locally records footage 24/7. No matter ... Read More »

How to Manually and Automatically Update Your Synology NAS Packages

Keeping the operating system of your Synology NAS up to date is only half of the smooth home server experience: the other half is keeping all your application packages up to date, too. Let’s look at how to manually update your packages as well as how to automate the process. In our guide to getting started with your Synology NAS, we ... Read More »

How to Install and Set Up the Kwikset Kevo Smart Lock

Traditional door locks work just fine, but if you want to add some smarts to the security of your home, a smart lock is a good way to go. Here’s how to install and set up the Kwikset Kevo smart lock. Before you get started, make sure that replacing a deadbolt is something that you’re comfortable doing. It’s pretty easy ... Read More »

How to Back Up Your Stardew Valley Game Saves

Stardew Valley, the smash hit indie farming simulation role-playing game, is the kind of game players get quite attached to after sinking a lot of time into their farms, their relationships with the characters, and building their skills. Let’s look at how to safely backup your game so your farm is always safe. Before we dive into the specifics of ... Read More »

Five Hidden Amazon Echo Features Worth Checking Out

The Amazon Echo is packed with tons of useful voice commands, but not all of them are obvious. You can also interact with Alexa from other devices or services, which is even less obvious. Here are some of the most useful features you can try out both on the device and while you’re away from your Echo. Try Alexa from Your ... Read More »

How to Schedule Automatic Maintenance on Windows 10 (and What It Does)

Windows 10 automatically performs system maintenance tasks like security scanning and disk optimization on a schedule. By default, Windows runs these tasks every day at 2 AM and wakes up your PC to do it if it’s sleeping. The Automatic Maintenance feature was added in Windows 8, so you’ll see the same options on a Windows 8 PC. What Is ... Read More »

How to Disable the “Quick Access” Shortcuts in Google Drive

Recently, Google introduced a new feature in Google Drive that makes it easier to quickly access recently-opened or recently-edited files by displaying them at the top of the Google Drive page. However, if you want to disable this feature, you can do so easily. Many users probably like this feature, but for some it’s just an annoyance and takes up ... Read More »