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Joshua Lowcock sometimes blogs on non-work-related topics, most of which are posted below. For the more technically-skewed posts, you can find a list of those here. Separate from the blog, there is also a list of handy websites, lifehacks, and other useful tips here.

Joshua also publishes a weekly email, called Last Week in Digital Media. The newsletter summarizes the latest news in digital media, marketing, and technology of the week. The email newsletter has been published for over several years and is available as both a (limited) free or paid subscription.

Recent Blog Posts

Guide: Castle Wolfenstein C64 Escape Scene

If you have ever wondered, this is the final scene of Castle Wolfenstein when you escape the aforementioned castle. This the Commdore 64 (C64) scene. In this screenshot, I made it out in uniform but without the war plans. Castle Wolfenstein was and really is still such a great game. I remember the first time I made it out and I was ecstatic. Thank you to the late Silas Warner and MUSE for all the great memories ...
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Guide: Castle Wolfenstein C64 Instructions

Important I am not affiliated with any of the products and companies listed in this review. I also can’t provide you with technical support if you get stuck. If you find this helpful and want to say thanks, please buy me a coffee. It keeps this page ad-free. Thank you! Welcome to CASTLE WOLFENSTEIN Mate, the internet brought you here to get instructions out of me... One of my favorite games of all time is Castle Wolfenstein originally for the Commodore 64 (C64). Castle Wolfenstein is a stealth game. It is one of the first stealth games and somewhat defines the stealth ...
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List of Verizon G3100/Verizon E3200 Compatible Smart Home Devices

This is a list of smart home devices compatible with the Verizon G3100 and Verizon E3200 router. This list is crowdsourced from people who have submitted the device name to me (Thanks!). Important. I do not own these devices and cannot provide support for setup or use. Unless otherwise noted, a smart home device listed below is compatible. If it's not listed, it's because I don't know. For what it's worth, I've had no issues with anything connected via ethernet. Most modern Smart TVs and Smart Phones should have no issue connecting to the Verizon G3100. If you're a device ...
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Works! How to Download your entire Google Photos Library

Important I am not affiliated with Google or any of the companies mention and this is my personal experience.  If you find this helpful and want to say thanks, please buy me a coffee or buy my book on Amazon (it's not about technology!). It helps keeps this page ad-free. Thank you! On November 11, 2020, Google announced plans to end free unlimited photo storage on Google Photos. The new Google Photos limit will be 15GB which Google claims is equivalent to 15GB. The Google Photos storage limit will come into effect on June 2021. After which, if you go over 15GB you will ...
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Tip: G3100/E3200 Replacement Power Supply/Power Brick

The short answer is there is no aftermarket power supply or power brick you can buy for the G3100/E3200. I have tried several options on Amazon without luck. Your best hope is to try Verizon FiOS support to see if they can replace or send one to you. Although, I personally found more luck going to a Verizon equipment drop-off site (the place Verizon lets you return unwanted equipment) to get a replacement. FYI Verizon does not stock G3100 or E3200 power supply bricks in their standard retail stores. If this changes, I'll update the post. Other things you may ...
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Tip: The Best Replacement USB C Laptop Charger (Dell, Lenovo, HP)

If you're like me, you're probably frustrated with the large power brick that ships with your laptop. It takes up too much room in your bag, it's impossible to keep the cables tidy, etc. If you're after a smaller and easy to keep tidy laptop charging setup, then I can help. This is my personal laptop charging setup. I use a Lenovo Laptop which according to the power brick is a 45W charger. Most laptops require at least 45W. You can check what you need on the brick of your original charger but a word of advice, you're unlikely to ...
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Works! How to sign out of the AppStore on iOS 14

Important I am not affiliated with Apple and this is my personal experience. I am not paid by Apple. If you find this helpful and want to say thanks, please buy me a coffee or buy my book on Amazon (it has nothing to do with technology). It helps keeps this page ad-free. Thank you! With Apple iOS 14 releasing on Sept 16th in the US, they have made further changes to the way the Apple ID is both used, accessed, and controlled. If you have different user accounts for iCloud and a different one for the AppStore such as you need ...
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Works! How to Factory Reset the J5 Create ScreenCast / Connection Troubleshooting

Important I am not affiliated with J5 and this is my personal experience. I am not paid by J5. If you find this helpful and want to say thanks, please buy me a coffee. It keeps this page ad-free. Thank you! j5 Create ScreenCast The j5 Create ScreenCast (technically the JVAW56) is a dongle like device that lets you wirelessly connect to your TV or monitor. I picked up mine from Best Buy where it retails for about US$50. But it's also available on their website. I use Windows but also iOS (iPhone and iPad) so I needed something that was agnostic ...
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