Author: Rod Trent

Community Update: Upcoming Changes for myITforum.com

Hi, all! Periodically, we like to update the community on what we have planned and where this ship is headed. myITforum.com began its reemergence as a lone entity in January of this year after being managed by a corporate entity for several years. Unfortunately, despite hopeful opportunity, most community projects like myITforum falter under corporate control. As most of you know already, after th...

myITforum Community: Help Us Help You and Get a Chance at a $100 Amazon Gift Card

Many of you have noticed that we’re busy building the next generation of myITforum.com.  I know many of you are excited about seeing myITforum.com and this community restored to its original glory. And, while the tenets of a good community remain steeped in traditional values, time does change things. Time changes how people participate and interact in community and it alters the needs and r...

Learn About MSIX Starting March 28 in a Two-part Web Series

I’m happy to announce I’m part of an upcoming effort to help educate the masses on Microsoft’s new MSIX technology. For those that have worked with Windows Installer (MSI) technology in the past, MSIX is similar in many ways. But, what MSIX does now (or is intended to ultimately do) is to bring new capabilities for software packaging and deployment to a world where MSI just isn&#...

WaterField Wants Your Help to Crowdsource Its Next Generation Wallet Creations

WaterField has long been a favorite vendor of mine for premium computer bags. I rarely travel without a WaterField bag on my arm. When I do travel without a WaterField bag it’s only for testing and I quickly switch back. The company’s offerings are hard to beat and frankly, I miss the convenience they provide. My WaterField bags and I have had some awesome adventures together. The prem...

Add the Convenience of an all-in-one Keyboard and Mouse to Fire TV with the AuviPal R9 2.4GHz Wireless Mini

On-screen keyboarding isn’t a favorite activity for anyone. For tablets, it’s an OK experience, but when trying to navigate and input characters quickly for devices like Fire TV, Roku, Xbox, and others, it can be frustrating and excruciatingly slow. I’ve cobbled together Bluetooth keyboards and mice and even then the experience is less than optimum. Sitting in bed with a full key...

What’s in Store for myITforum in 2019

Seeing a few pieces of thinly veiled communications filter around the socialsphere, many of you have asked as about what’s in store for myITforum.com in 2019. We can’t share everything yet, but there are a few pieces that I think will be important to understand as we close out 2018 and head into the new year. Myself and a couple partners have some big things planned for myITforum in 20...

About: BlitzWolf Bluetooth True Wireless Earbuds

The latest craze in earbuds is the devices that connect to each other wirelessly and then connect to the audio source. These types can run anywhere from $100 to $500 or more. I have a pair of Bragi Dash that I’ve owned since they were first released. At the time, they were revolutionary. They have since hit the dustpile because the battery has degraded so much over time. They used to be my f...

About: Inateck USB-C Wall Charger

Its hard to beat the quality of Inateck devices. I was first clued-in to Inateck a couple years back, ironically, with a wall charging device – much like this latest version. The construction of this latest version is just as quality-great as previous versions. This is really what makes devices from Inateck a good choice when looking for a mobile charging device. There are a number of simila...

Mini Review: Inateck 9-in-1 USB C Hub

Combining connection options and features value always gets my attention. I recently tested the Inateck 9-in-1 USB C Hub, which combines several connection options for those with mobility needs. In its compact and light footprint that’s driven by USB-C, it delivers the following ports: USB-C, 2 USB 3.0, 1 HDMI, 1 VGA, 1 Ethernet, 1 SD, and 1 Micro SD memory card readers. For those that trave...

Review: RAVPower FileHub Plus with WiFi, Mobile Charging, and SD Card Reader

What started as a need to improve the WiFi signal in my office has turned into a valuable travel gadget. A couple months back my home office network equipment was upgraded by my Internet provider, Spectrum. Spectrum promised that I’d have stronger WiFi signals with full coverage over the entirety of the house. This didn’t exactly work the way they promised. While the signal was stronge...

Microsoft Removes Buggy Windows 10 1809 Upgrade

On Friday, we took the extraordinary step of removing any links to downloads of Windows 10 1809 from our site. We did this because we could no longer recommend the upgrade due to the enormous volume (though Microsoft says ‘isolated’) of complaints about bugs, but more importantly, because it would delete actual user files in some cases. We took a stand. Someone had to. Buy allowing suc...

Alexa Skill of the Week: SOLO: A Star Wars Story Co-Pilot Quiz

Each week, we take a look at new and important Alexa skills you might want to consider enabling for your Alexa device. Amazon continues to improve Alexa with its own updates, but skills are software components that allow Alexa users to extend functionality across all Alexa-enabled devices in use for very specific functions.  Before we get started with this week’s skill coverage, it’s importa...