Saturday, May 16, 2015

I Found A Blog With Helpful Tech Tips & Tutorials!

Today my Saturday Spotlight is shining on a source of information that I am very excited to share with you! It has the potential to save you time and prevent some moments of frustration. You will be wanting to say thanks - not to me, but to the blogger whom I just discovered this week!

Pearls - but not from an oyster!

I just found a type of pearls I really like - German pearls! I'm not talking about the kind that come out of oysters. I am referring to a website I was lucky enough to find yesterday, at the linkup party, Foodie FriDIY. The name of the blog is .... German Pearls!

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The pearls of the website are not jewelry. They are “pearls” of information, to help non tech-type people - like me! The blogger, Amy, is a self-professed “tech-geek,” and she writes posts with “tips and tricks for using your computer, smart phones and more.”  Her site is (I think) fairly new, but she has already posted quite a few excellent articles that are worth spending some time reading.

Amy provides "Tech tips for non-tech types"

The first post of Amy's that I discovered was Help Me Find My iPhone! Update these Settings Now to Find Your iPhone Later. I felt confident that I had already enabled the
locator feature on my phone, but decided to use her test to see if I had done it all correctly.

I was shocked, when the name and number of someone I barely know (named Anna) appeared as the owner of my iPhone 5s! Anna and I once served on a committee together, and I occasionally still see her, but haven't really talked to her in years. It would be quite a surprise if she got a call, letting her know that my missing phone had been found!

Siri couldn't figure out who I was!

So, why was this random person identified as the owner of my phone? I think I know. A useful feature on the iPhone is the verbal "intelligent virtual personal assistant" named Siri.When I first got the phone, Siri kept calling me by my husband’s name. (I think the account was registered to him, so at that point my husband was probably identified as the owner. I got tired of being called his name, so had quite a conversation with Siri trying to explain who I was! Siri finally agreed that I was not my husband (!) but then began to call me “Anna.”  At that point I gave up, and Anna has been Siri's name for me ever since. Somehow, I must have selected this Anna from my contacts, as the identified owner of my phone.

German Pearls to the rescue

It took me only about two minutes to clear up the entire misunderstanding with that helpful but confused voice (Siri) in my phone.  The tutorial on German Pearls  outlines step-by-step instructions for how to be sure contact information is in place. Anna will no longer get the call, if my phone is lost and found.

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Tech tips that are easy to follow

Amy's tutorials are all so clearly written that even someone as technologically challenged as I am can follow them. I now know some easy ways to extend the life of my cell phone battery. I really think her shortcuts for when I use my keyboard will save me time, and filling out forms on my iPhone is going to be a lot quicker now.

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I could continue to rave, but the best proof of the value of Amy's blog is to go there and look around a bit for yourself. 

Then, I hope you'll come back and tell me what you think!

Have a wonderful weekend!

How technically savvy are you?

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  1. Susan, I'm so overwhelmed!! Thank you for the kind words and sweet post! I love tech and helping people with their tech issues give me such great joy. I'm glad I had a positive impact on your life in some way!!!

    1. I love providing people with ways to make the most of all their moments. I can't offer any sort of tech advice myself - but I was happy to share your useful and easy to understand website Amy! I hope your weekend was wonderful!

  2. Exactly what I need. Someone who can give instructions that I can understand. Welcome to my world, German Pearls!

    1. It is what I have been needing too, Diane! I think we can learn a lot from Amy!

    2. Thanks Diane! If you ever need any tech help I'm here for ya! :)

  3. Thank you so much. I am a techno idiot, and I have book-marked that site for hours of education. I do love the ways we learn (and grow) here in the blogosphere.

    1. Blogging is quite an education! And I wear the white cap when it comes to anything technical as well.

    2. I hope you find lots of useful tips! :)

  4. Thans for stopping by Mary Maria!

  5. I'm so glad you found German Pearls, and shared it with us! I am always in need to tech advice, and I'm sure this will come in handy!

  6. I agree heading there after I leave here. I am always in need of tech help. I don't use Apple products though I am a Samsung user. I hope she does stuff for that as well.

    1. Hi Rena - I hope you like the site! I've been doing a lot of iPhone / iPad stuff but am starting to branch out to Android. I also have tips for windows, internet stuff, etc. And, I love doing research and learning new things so if you're ever stumped, feel free to reach out to me and I'll try to help! :)


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