Alan Pringle

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Router reset timer: $10 (or less) well spent

Every wireless router I’ve owned needed rebooting every once in a while—usually a matter of unplugging it for a few seconds. My TRENDnet TEW-812DRU router is no exception, but I’ve automated rebooting with an inexpensive router reset timer.
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One year later: 2015 Honda Fit actual mileage

I bought my third-generation 2015 Honda Fit EX (automatic transmission) a year ago today. Since then, I’ve put 18,475 miles on it while tracking the MPG of every tank of gas. My 2015 Honda Fit actual mileage for the year is… <drumroll>

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$2 monitor stand hack: silverware chest

Stacked phone books are functional but unattractive as a monitor stand.

stack of phone books under monitor

Stacked phone books as a monitor stand: UGLY

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SwiftKey em dash

I strongly prefer the SwiftKey keyboard over the stock Android keyboard, and I have used SwiftKey on my Droid Razr Maxx and Droid Maxx smartphones. But it took a little searching to figure out how to type em dashes.

Here’s how to type a SwiftKey em dash:

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