Bluetooth keyboard troubleshooting

I am actually typing this post on my J. Burrows iPad bluetooth keyboard. It’s a folder so the iPad clips into the top and the keyboard is at the bottom. What they say is true. It slides out of the two holders. Felt stickers have not helped so I might use some double sided tape. It’s not really an issue for me. Casual mobile technology means you have to forgo the professionally perfect approach and this is a very comfortable keyboard. I have used a Logitech one too and that was quite good but the keys and the key action on this suits me better.

One of the issues I first had setting it up was getting it to type properly. It was typing random letters and then I realised it was using the French AZERTY keyboard but not exactly. What to do? I went into the settings to the General section and found the keyboards. I removed them all except the English one. Monolingualism is curable but not in this technological age apparently. Once I had done that I could connect the keyboard and it has been playing nicely ever since. I might let it settle in, as you do with new devices, and then try loading my other keyboards back. I’d like to think in 2019 , with a new iPad , that I could access keyboards in other languages via Bluetooth. We’ll see. I hadn’t even had the French keyboard selected. That’s what was weird about this. No matter. It’s fine for now.

Working on your privacy

Two things you can do without going any further are switching off bluetooth unless you need it and turning off location if you  don’t need it. Location is still detected via Google but  you  do not need to go out of your way to tell everyone where you are. Turn location on when you really need it. For some reason my Linux Mint 17.2 has bluetooth on by default. For privacy’s sake it should be the other way around.

Now for some links which will help you to make some good decisions about privacy and know how to manage it:

Lifewire has 10 things for you to look at to help improve your privacy.

spreadprivacy has tips for iPad and iPhone users.

wired   has tips for managing privacy on android devices.

PC Mag has some good information to help you manage Google privacy.

The video gives you security information about Safari.

On websites and accounts you use, check your settings. Look at the privacy policy for the websites and accounts. None of this is perfect at the moment. Privacy and security are ongoing issues. You also need to be prepared to let key people know what you think are acceptable and unacceptable terms of privacy. If they don’t know they will do what they think is right.

 

 

Blue Tooth Adapter Windows 10

blutooth adapterGetting the Targus USB Ultra-Mini Bluetooth 2.00 Adapter to be fully functional on Windows 10 was not as straightforward as on Linux. The adapter had come with a mini CD with the drivers. My desktop has a vertical CD drive and my laptop sucks the CD into a black hole . I needed a tray CD player to use that and get the driver. For Linux loading the driver had not mattered.  The USB adapter was picked up straight away by Windows 10 as a bluetooth device and it was showing in Device Manager and the system tray. It was not able to send files to my phone and my phone was not able to send files to it even though they had paired. I then got the dreaded Code 43 error and uninstalled it and reinstalled it to no avail. I tried loading Targus drivers from the Net. Epic fail on that one but as Windows was trying to find my phone the computer did actually send files to it. Not the other way around, though. So I tweeted my problem. I always do when I am stuck. It makes me feel better and it is amazing how suddenly you get a breakthrough in problem solving. I went to the Targus Australia site, to support and downloaded a driver from there. Still nothing so I tweeted again tagging Samsung, Targus and Windows 10. Finally!! The phone magically put up the screen where I have to allow the device to be discovered which I had not had to do in Linux. The system tray icon had everything I needed on the menu and I was in business. I could send files back and forth both ways and it was really effective. I think I needed to have Australian drivers and Windows 10 is naturally very prudent and careful. It is very security conscious. Now my adapter works on my laptop and my desktop and as I said in the last post, it is about options. Always remember to reboot Windows when you load a driver. It  likes that.

USB Bluetooth adapter

Blueman It is the teenniest thing. I just happened to find this bluetooth adapter in its package when I was op shopping. Never overlook a bargain. It means I have options. I connected my Targus USB Ultra-Mini Bluetooth 2.00 Adapter with EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) to my Ubuntu laptop and we were in business…sort of. It connected , lit up and I could send files from the laptop to my Samsung S5 phone . Sending files to the laptop from the phone was not working and no matter what I did ….nothing. That was the main reason I wanted the bluetooth connection. Yes, I can connect the wire to my phone and transfer things that way. Yes, I can use Dropbox which is very efficient when I have access to wifi. Bluetooth bluetooth adaptorgives me a wireless option when I don’t want to use wires and I don’t have wifi access. It also means I can use it on my desktop computer. I googled to get help, as you do. I found this help on a Linux Mint tutorial and found by loading the Blueman programme from the Ubuntu Software Centre I could have full functionality with phone and laptop. The devices connected quickly and the files transferred easily both ways. I did not need to install the obext ftp.

Don’t try this at home or anywhere else!

I love gadgets. I love looking at gadgets. I am always amazed at how inventive and creative people are and when it comes to a fancy phone you’ve invested in, it is always good to know you can do more and more with it. Then I saw the first gadget on this video and had kittens. Why would you put your smartphone in a drone and just let it fly up into the air anywhere? Over the ocean? In the mountains? Off a balcony? My brain had a million thoughts all at once. I could just see it. The drone malfunctions, there appears to be no remote, your fancy phone noses dives into oblivion. Do manufacturers see us coming? Is this drone safer than it appears? Even if you use it in a controllable, contained environment what if it did crash…and smash your phone screen? Is the screen protected in some way? I cannot understand why you’d put your expensive phone into a drone and just let it fly away. Recipe for disaster is it not? The other gadgets more than made up for it. Yes, it would be good to have lenses which improve close up photo quality, the 3D scanner was incredibly impressive, the air button was such a good idea and the wifi/bluetooth earbud charger case was a well thought out idea and I can see it being popular. Are those earbuds a health risk , though? You could read these forum posts and have your own thoughts. You could also read the really helpful article on Electricsense. I think we need experts to weigh in on this with us and give us some clear and definite information.

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