Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Join Wifi Network Using QR Code - Android

There are a couple of ways to use a QR code to join a WiFi network on an Android smartphone.

The method shown below on the left uses the camera and is the quickest way.  When the QR code is recognized, its SSID (pointed to by the red arrow) is displayed.  Just touch to join.  

The method on the right is accessed by Settings ... Network & internet ... Wi-Fi.  Touch the QR code icon (again, the red arrow) to the right of the "Add network" option then scan the code.  

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Join Wifi Network Using QR Code - iOS

On an iPhone or iPad, all you need to do to join a WiFi network via QR code is to open the camera app and point it at the code.  As seen below at the top-left corner, your device will automatically recognize the QR code and prompt you to join that network.  Touch that message and you're attached.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Watch Stadium

The Ball State football game on September 18th was available to watch on a new-to-me service called Watch Stadium, available at the link below.  We thought we were going to have to watch it on a computer, but after I noticed that you could enter your zip code to find it on TV, I did, not expecting any, and was surprised to find a few over-the-air options.  I quickly hooked up an antenna and had the TV scan to find all available channels, then searched through them until I found Stadium.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Roast Chicken

Doesn't get simpler or tastier than this.  Smear a combination of softened butter, lemon zest, rosemary, salt, and pepper both inside and on the outside of a whole chicken.  Drizzle one lemon's worth of juice on the outside and stuff the inside with lemon halves and rosemary springs.  Bake in a pre-heated oven at 400 degrees for an hour and fifteen minutes.  Save the drumsticks for me.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Sharing WiFi

Sorry, Android only to produce the QR Code.  But Apple users can scan it too.

A quick way to share a WiFi network and its password is using a QR code like the one shown below. 
To display the QR code, navigate these steps:

1. Touch "Settings"
2. Touch "Network & internet"
3. Touch the network you want to share then touch "Share"

That network might be located in "Saved networks", if you not near to it.

Next week I'll cover how you scan it from Android and Apple smartphones.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Libman Grill Brush

Thanks go to my stepson Pat for clueing me in on a better grill brush.  The Libman HighPower brush seen below is the best I've used and it will take care of these burger remnants in no time.  Once or twice a year, I'll use my pressure washer to give the grill plates a super-duper cleaning.  If I remember correctly, I found this at Walmart for about $8.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Caulking With Painters Tape

The caulking around the bathroom sink was getting dirty, and thanks to my brother-in-law Albert, I was able to make the new caulk straight and even.  The trick is to use painters tape to outline the area, apply the caulk and use a wet finger to smooth it out.  Wait for an hour let the caulk begin to harden, then remove the tape and make any final adjustments.  This is the first time in my life I've actually been proud of a caulking job that I did myself.


Monday, September 13, 2021

MapQuest RoutePlanner

I ran across MapQuest RoutePlanner, which will optimize a route containing up to 26 addresses. The data can be entered manually, pasted, or uploaded via an Excel or CSV file, to produce a list and a map.  On the list of addresses I tried as a test, it was not a surprise that the route was more or less a circle.  Later on, I was surprised, and should not have been, to find that the circular route was in the clockwise direction, favoring right-hand turns.  That just makes complete sense.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Gnocchi Board

We picked up this handy gnocchi board at Dorothy Lane Market's cooking school and it's a serious upgrade from using the tines of a fork to shape the gnocchi.  While I can't say that I'm as proficient as Mamma Giuliana demonstrates in the YouTube video at the link below, give me a few more batches and I think I'll come close.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

One Less Needle

When I gave blood twenty years ago the worst part, by far, was having the tip of a finger stabbed by a needle.  They would take a few drops and drop them in a mysterious liquid which made sure my hemoglobin was high enough to allow me to give blood.  Roll time forward to 2020 and that finger stick was amazingly painless.  They still got their drops and I still got a bandaid, but it was a great improvement.  

All that has gone by the wayside this year with the introduction of the OrSense NBM200, the machine shown below.  You just put your finger in the ring‐shaped sensor probe and a minute later it displays its results.  All that's left is the sting of the vein-tapping needle, but who knows, maybe they'll find a way to eliminate that and make Dr. McCoy proud.