Being Handy

Several years ago to removed an old flourescent light fixture in my kitchen and installed a new CFL bulb and fixture.  It was a nice round fixture that used a T9 and a T12 Circline bulbs.  The bulbs should last for several years, but the don’t, and once again I have to purchase new bulbs.  Not this time.

I removed the light fixture in the kitchen and replaced it with the light fixture from our bedroom. Then I installed a new light fixture (got it from a friend) in the bedroom.  I installed new Ecosmart LED lights that use 6.5 watts of power that replace 65 watt bulbs.  Kitchen looks brighter, and the new light fixture in the bedroom looks great.

“I’m handy, now.” – Dr. Niles Craneiu

Need Drone Time

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Went to he office in my basement for the first time in about 2 weeks and noticed I have my drone sitting on my desk waiting for me.  Everytime I thjnk I’m going to fly, something else comes up.  Need to get out there and shoot some video.

Replaced my iPhone Battery

Two weeks ago (November 16, 2018) I scheduled an appointment to replace my iPhone 6S battery at the Apple Store.  I wanted to get this done while the price was still $29.99.  A quick diagnostic and it was determined that I needed a new battery.

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I left my phone with the technician and was asked to come back in an hour.  My phone was ready right on time.  Thanks Apple!

If you need your battery replaced under the “slowing down iPhones due to battery health”, you better hurry.  It ends in 2018.

How to Disable Norton Security Extensions Popups on Mac

Back in October 2018, I purchased a 15″ 2017 Macbook Pro and to use as my main computer for home and the office.  To be compliant, I installed Norton Security on my Mac and enabled all the features including those pesky browser extensions.  The browser extensions disabled my ability to search Google from my Safari home screen and disabled my password manager, 1Password (one of my favorite applications).  So I removed the extensions and thought everything was good to go.

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Every few days I would receive a pop-up asking me to install the Norton browser extensions.  No matter what, you can’t get out of it.  Your only options are to Remind Me Later or Add.  I searched the Internet and found that nobody had a solution.  So I reached out to Norton and had the issue fixed with 30 minutes.  All you need to do is install the extensions for all your browsers and then turn them off.  Here are the steps

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  1. Open Norton Security and click Advance.
  2. Click on Safe Web and select Safari.
  3. Install Norton Safe Search and Norton Password Manager extensions in Safari.
  4. With Safari still open, click Safari from the menu bar and select Preferences.
  5. Click on Extension and remove the check from the box.

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  1. Open Norton Security and click Advance.
  2. Click on Safe Web and select Chrome.
  3. Follow all the prompts to install the extensions Norton Safe Web, Safe Search, and Password Manager.
  4. Click the three dots on the menu and select More Tools and then Extensions.
  5. Turn off the Norton extensions by clicking on the blue slider button.

Ten days and about five different Wi-Fi networks later, and I have not been bothered with extension pop-ups!

October Challenge

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My October Challeng was to walk 156.4 miles and I beat the goal today with a total of 158.4 miles completed with seven days remaining.  I walk about 2.25 miles per day during lunch and when I can, I walk more at night.

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I enjoyed this challenge.  Going for walks at night and listening to a custom playlist is relaxing… a good way to unwind after a long day of solving IT problems.  Tonight I enjoyed a liesure walk at the local mall and picked up a small coffee (a big name brand that I normally don’t drink) to finish off the evening.  No crowds and enjoyed some window shopping.