Friday, November 18, 2016

Hidden Features for Apple iPhone You Probably Didn't Know

Facts Verse10 Brilliant iPhone Tricks You Didn't Know

A little long on the intro, but some helpful tips and ideas for some using the Apple iPhone.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Trouble with Error Msg: Attribute name "async" associated with an element type "script" must be followed by the ' = ' character"

If you get an error like this when implementing Google Adsense Code ...

Attribute name "async" associated with an element type "script" must be followed by the ' = ' character.".

The software device is looking for proper XHTML for the async snippet that is HTML5 compatible.

Try replacing <script async src="...">


 <script async="async" src="...">.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Does Twitter Have an RSS Feed Address? Twitter No Longer Has RSS Feature

Twitter used to have the capability to feed and RSS file, but Twitter deprecated the feature.

The feed had and address as structured below ...

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Best Way to Improve Battery Life on iPhones and iPads from Apple Per Each Charge

Turn Off Push Mail

Most people use text messaging for instant messaging and alerts. Therefore most people don't need a constant connection with their mail server. Plus whenever a user opens Mail, a connection is established to the server and mail is received.

To stop you Apple iPhone from continuously checking the email server to see if the server has new mail, users can tell the iPhone to check every 15, 30 or 60 minutes.  That means the Apple iPhone will fetch the mail in one of those time intervals.

If you ever are in a position where you need to hear an incoming email immediately, you can always turn PUSH back on.

Go to Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars -> Fetch New Data

Right under your list of Mail Accounts, you will see "Fetch New Data" ... It will be configured to PUSH or FETCH. If it says PUSH, the user's phone is using a lot of battery power.

Touch PUSH >

Scroll to the bottom and choose Every 15, 30 Minutes or Hourly under Fetch.

If necessary for each individual email account that may be configured to FETCH, tap on each individual email account and, if possible, change it to FETCH. Each individual email account will pickup the FETCH interval specified above.

For example, AOL stayed on PUSH when the main FETCH was configured. It can be changed to FETCH individually.

Simplest Way to Gain Daily Battery Charge Life
This is the simplest way to gain daily battery life with a few simple configurations.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Don't Deprecate the CENTER Tag; There Is No Simpler and More Reliable Replacement in HTML, XTML, or CSS

The <center> tag is a simple way of quickly center-aligning blocks of text, Twitter embed code, Facebook embed code, and images by encapsulating the container in a <center> tag

Centered with the <CENTER></CENTER> tag (functions properly) ...

So-called experts recommend people use <div style="text-align:center">xyz</div>

This works for text and images, and Facebook embeds, but it doesn't work for Twitter embeds.

Twitter single post embed centered with <div style="text-align:center"> (DOES NOT WORK) ...
Notice that the embed below is left aligned. It is not centered.

Twitter timelines are centered properly with , but individual Tweet post embeds do NOT center properly. 

How does Blogger center?
The code works with plain text.

This text is center by Blogger formatting.

Blogger uses <div style="text-align: center;">

Interesting comment ...

"The CENTER element is exactly equivalent to specifying the DIV element with the align attribute set to "center"." except it is clear by looking at the tag that it is centered. If this was a valid reason, we could depricate <strong>, <b>, all <h> and other tags and say they do the same thing as <span> with some css. besides, XHTML doesn't even recognize HTML5 tags such as canvas. It is only deprecated because of the war against marquees, centers, tables, frame which is purely religious, as they all have a place. – Dmitry Jun 5 at 18:23

Seen on Why is the <center> tag deprecated in HTML?

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Costly Adapter Required Now Headphone Jack Has Been Removed from Apple iPhone 7

Mirror explains that the ability to charge and listen to music at the same time will users an extra 35£. A costly adapter will be required to split the sound and power capabilities out of the lightning port.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

What Are Acceptable Signal Levels for Comcast for High-Speed Internet Modem to Maintain Audio Streams, Video Streams?

When you have intermittent interruptions in audio streams or video streams while using your Comcast Internet service, you might have a technician come to check your Cable Modem, and the technician might tell you that everything is fine with your modem because the Downstream (Rx) Power Level is in the "Acceptable" range. Then the next day or even the same night you have signal problems again, and you lose a video stream or lose an audio stream connection. You might also see timeout errors, or certain sections of web pages might load a lot more slowly than other sections of the web page. You might notice that you are waiting abnormally long for an embedded Tweet, or Facebook picture, or Google map to appear on a web page. The page seems out of sync. There is a good chance you might have a problem with your Downstream (Rx) Receive Power Level.

In order to have good Internet speed, good web page loading, and well-functioning audio streams and video streams; a household or business must have good signal levels going into the cable modem. Here is an unofficial table that is believed to be accurate or close to accurate regarding downstream power levels that users receive at their Cable Modems ...

Downstream (Rx) Receive Power Level:
-7 dBmV to +7 dBmV "Recommended"
-8 dBmV to -10 dBmV / +8 dBmV to +10 dBmV - "Acceptable"
-11 dBmV to -15 dBmV / +11 dBmV to +15 dBmV - "Maximum"
Lower than -15 dBmV & Higher than +15 dBmV - "Out Of Spec."

Rx = Receive

Comcast techs usually quote the "Acceptable" range when you ask them what levels are "good" coming to the modem. (Note: None of the techs have ever mentioned SNR (Signal-to-Noise Ratio) or QAM modulation. SNR is another factor that could be causing problems, but you can't fix SNR problems yourself.) Downstream (Rx) Receive Power Level problems are probably more common than other problems.

Take note that even if you are too high or too low but within the "Maximum" range you might have problems, such as slow loading pages, pages that don't don't load all the sections of a web page, and audio and video streams that disconnect. You might even have temporary problems when you're are within the "Acceptable" limits but are near the outer limits of the "Acceptable" range.

You can check your own levels by logging into your modem from your own home network while you are at your home or business. The web address to access your modem is usually

The default admin name and password is ...


Here is an example of how to check your levels. From your browser at your home or business connected to your Comcast/Xfinity network, type in your browser's URL address line.

Enter your admin name and password ("admin" and "password").

In the menu at the left, go to Connection: XFINITY Network

You should see a table that is titled "Gateway > Connection > XFINITY Network"

In the table, look for Downstream: Power Level. You can compare your levels to the Downstream (Rx) Power Level at the top of this article. Ideally you want to have levels in between -7 dBmV to +7 dBmV.

If you see a level that is too low (-11 dBmV or -15 or worse), you need to contact Comcast because you need a stronger signal. If you are at -15 dBmV you probably don't have any Internet service at all.  Keep in mind that if have a level like -8 dBmV, changes in weather and temperature can possibly change the signal to a lower level. If you are having intermittent problems, weather conditions might drop your signal "Out of Spec" when you deserve a better signal coming to your house or business. Call Comcast.

If you see a level that is too high (+15 dBmV or even +8 dBmV) you might be able to fix the problem yourself by putting a splitter or a cable coupler in between the Comcast line into your house (or business) and your Cable Modem. A good splitter causes a drop of about 3.5 dBmV (-3 dBmV). Every location where there is a break in the coax cable line there will be a power loss. If you have a power level of +10 dBmV and you put the splitter on the line, you should then see a modified Downstream (Rx) Power Level of 6.5 dBmV. There are also 1-to-4 splitters that drop the signal about 7 dBmV (-7 dBmV). Keep in mind that changes in weather can also increase as well as lower the power level signal relative to the time you observed the readings.

This is a simple solution to the problem of a signal that is too high out of range or near the upper limit of an acceptable Downstream Power Level.   Keep in mind also that other problems can also cause changes in signal. There are situations when technicians forget to cover boxes on utility poles. This causes the boxes to fill with water, which can cause serious line problems. Squirrels can also chew on lines and cause disconnections or signal problems from loss of insulation.  Technicians often work at night. Whether they are working at night or during the day, they might make a quick change on the cable line that interrupts the signal for only a few seconds. This might not be noticed when you are loading a regular web page, but it might freeze your audio or video stream.

Also keep in mind that your audio stream or video stream source may also have technical problems. The source could have line problems, or the source could be overloaded by viewers.

If you are having trouble, try to get your Downstream (Rx) Receive Power Level in the "Recommended" level, which might provide a simple resolution. If you still have problems, then make sure Comcast rules out other potential problems up the line.

Monday, June 27, 2016

How Much Data Is Used During Audio Streaming on a 3G/4G Smartphone?

According to Verizon Wireless the data usage for audio streaming is 60 MB/hr.

Audio Track Download (3 1/2 min at 192 kbps) = 7 MB

1 MB = 1,024 KB
1 GB = 1,024 MB

Verizon Wireless Data Calculator