Want a honest review of the new eero wifi gear? read on

Okay so I have a in house wifi network that had dark spots (poor data through put ). So I started reading up on new wifi technology I found EERO online and it looked pretty cool tech. So I bought a starter kit from Amazon ( 3 EERO's in a box) plus a single EERO just in case! The packaging is very very nicely done. you have to download the app for iOS or Android to setup your network. So out of the box they come, plugged in the one that said start here, disconnected my secureWiFI router from my FIOS connection (ethernet right from the side of the house), plug in the ethernet cable to the EERO from the access box on the side of the house, an ethernet cable back to my gig ethernet switch. It took about 10 minutes to setup the account and the first EERO, then went to installing the second one about 45 to 50 feet away (a few walls in the way of course). Plugged in the power to the EERO and another ethernet cable into another gig ethernet switch, waited for the blue light on the unit to blink and hit the proceed button in the EERO app on my iPhone 6s Plus and about 5 minutes or less the second unit was configured and working (very slick) went upstairs and plugged in the third EERO and waited for the blinking light and that one was configured as well, EERO says 3 units would cover your average home (nope I needed a fourth unit), so opened up the last box and plugged that unit in our bedroom waited for the blue light to blink and pushed proceed on the iOS app. I reattached all of the wifi and hardwired devices to the new network everything attached quickly except my daughter's iPad mini (not sure why it took like 8 minutes to connect). So the firmware was the earliest release on the software provided, it seems on Friday;s EERO push out updates automatically and updates their devices (that is really nice so you don't have to download software and update the devices manually). We have been using it for about 3 weeks now and it passes data very quickly ( I have an 100MB FIOS pipe) almost at wireline speed. I am planning to hardwire the last 2 EERO's to my network this weekend, since that was a recommend configuration on the web site. Over all I am a happy camper, now the cost is not cheep the units are about $100.00 each but overall they are worth the cost

Looking for a Genealogy App for your Mac, iPhone, iPod, iPad? I got some answers UPDATED

Here are my recommendations base upon testing and usage: Updated!

Roots Magic 7 these are windows applications but can be run on MAC's via MacBridge (a customized version of Crossover) for $9.95. You will still need to purchase a full version of Roots Magic (for the license file key to use in MacBridge). Is MacBridge as good as the windows version? Sort of you can open your family information just like in Windows. the MacBridge application is stable. Someday soon Roots Magic promises a true OS X app. They have an iOS app but it is read only of your Family file so it is useless if you are away from your MAC, you can't add information with the iOS to your family file.

Pros and Cons: Very good windows application very stable, but no real MAC app, using windows emulation has its drawbacks on a MAC machines. They have great documentations and support migrating of PAF, FTM and other file formats Needs a iOS app that allows for reading and writing of genealogy data!

iFamily is a great genealogy app for the MAC, it is easy to use and support importing of data via gedcom files up to version 5.5. iFamily for Leopard is a genealogy application for people who think differently. Whereas other genealogy software tends to emphasize the family unit, this software's focus is on each individual person. This distinction is subtle and is a feature of iFamily for Leopard. In iFamily for Leopard you can see at a glance whether an individual has more than 2 parents, more than 1 spouse or the number of siblings they had. Parent-child relationships may be natural (the default), step, adopted or foster relationships. Available for purchase since October 2006, iFamily has had more than 60 versions released, leading to a richly featured product that is stable and user friendly, utilized by a healthy community of users.

Pros: great support forum, customer focused. Cons: no iOS application.

Reunion is another really great app for the MAC, it is simple to use and has a Mac World Editor's Choice Award: Reunion is a genealogy software program — a "family tree program" — for the Macintosh. Reunion is also available as a companion product on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and the iPad. Reunion Touch is an application for Reunion 11 users that replaces the previous "Reunion for iOS". The current version of Reunion 11 for Macintosh received the highest rating for genealogy software in MacWorld, MacAddict, and Mac Home Journal magazines. Reunion also received a MacWorld Editor's Choice award. The latest release 11 (2015) the upgrade price 49.95 (unless you are in PA then it is more)..

I bought this app because it was suppose to the be the best genaelogy app for the MAC (2009), upgraded to most current release it has won me back as a customer.

Pros: Great user interface (UI) good documentation Cons: iPad app cost 15.00 and you proably shell out 100.00 (49.99 for the upgrade per release) for the mac app that you must have in order to use the iOS app.

Mac Family Tree is a very visual applcation for the MAC. I have been using this app since release 3 (now at release 7), the developers have made great strides in the user interface! The reports and charts are first class! Your family tree:

Easily enter and then visualize your family history. Be it creating reports, diagrams or browsing your data in the innovative 3D view called Virtual Tree - MacFamilyTree offers a solution for every task. Get an overview of where you hail from and maybe enthuse your relatives about exploring your family's past at your upcoming family reunion.

Pros: Great UI, activily being improved, very visual, resonable price for product and updates, iOS app 15.00, iOS app can import and export gedcom files. New 7.x version is out and is a huge improvement over the original 6.x software stream

Cons: Version 7.x for IOS does require that you repurchase the application. Issues with the current release importing and exporting gedcom files even from older releases, iOS app freezes up when using large family files (31 to 43 Mb) **note this has been fixed with the last application update for iOS **, must have desk top version of software to sync data on the same WiFi network. Syncing of data takes forever on large files or just plain crashes both sides. Tech support is germany, slow responses at times. Web site is confusing since they have multiple products.

2015 Wrap-up

Well it has been a interesting year, medical issues, eye surgery, new roof on the house. Life just happened this year to the negative, but we are taking it in strife! Its a good time to be alive. the Kids are all good, Jason and Lindsey bought a home in Everett Washington, Chis has been at his job for a year. Cam is working for Costco during the holiday season. Nikki is back working at Joannes fabrics, Zach is being Zach and searching for is passion in life. Sue is sewing and loves being a Grandmother (Nana) to our 6 grand children and taking care of me. We are all wanting to wish our family friend as Merry Christmas and Happy holidays

Airmail new mail app for MAC OS X Updated

UPDATE: I have purchased Airmail from the mac app store. So far Airmail supports IMAP, Exchange, POP3, email accounts (Google, mac.com, me.com, icloud.com, yahoo.com, as well as my website email). The App is $1.99 in the apple app store. So far it has preformed very well over all. I love the interface or UI!. I believe Airmail is just as good or better than the built in Mail.app! It is very easy to use.

UPDATE: Exchange support is here, POP3 is here (current release 1.38) update via the App Store!

NOWYOU CAN GET AIRMAIL 2.0 for $9.99 at the app store ( I don't think the app isworth more than $2.99 )

Smart watches I have tested to date

Well I wanted to start with the U8 smart watch I bought off of Geek one of my favorite places to by stuff. The unit I got won't power up (bummer) getting a refund on this puppy as soon as geek support sends me the how to's. I got my GV9 watch on Saturday from Geek, so far it is pretty nice, its really built for the Android user (since it can be a phone as well!) it will connect to a iPhone 5 or better via bluetooth but there is not an app in the App store that works with it. You can get some things off your iPhone like you last numbers dialed bluetooth audio. Overall the GV9 is very nice bit of kit!

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