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Ernes Railey

I'm a writer, copywriter, editor, and blogger. Technical Writer & Video Editor at Cisco Systems, contributor to Make Tech Easier.

Technology

Enhance Your Music-Listening Experience with These 7 Firefox Add-ons

Firefox is famous for its vast extensions library which has various add-ons and themes that you can use to customize your browser. You can find almost anything in the extensions library, and music-related add-ons are no exception. From playback controls for your favorite music platforms to audio equalizers and song recognition software, Firefox’s extensions library offers several add-ons that can enhance your online listening experience. App for Spotify is a simpler, lighter alternative to Spot

Chrome vs. Firefox Quantum - Which One Is the Better Browser

Like most matters on the Internet, there are numerous threads dedicated to answering one of the Web’s most divisive questions: Which is better, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox? Chrome has held the title of “most popular web browser” since 2016, but with the release of Firefox Quantum, people are beginning to wonder whether Chrome will remain at the top. Google says that its browser is still the best on the market, but Mozilla insists that Firefox can outpace and outperform its long-time rival.

How to Disable Pocket in Firefox on Desktop and Mobile

Pocket, which was previously known as “Read It Later,” is a free service and application that lets you save content to view later. Pocket is built into the Firefox browser and appears as a small button beside the address bar. Pocket lets you save articles, web pages, or videos in your desktop browser and open them later on your phone using the Pocket app, even when you’re offline. Pocket is a convenient tool to have, but not everyone is a fan of the built-in feature. In fact, several users comp

How to Sync Your Outlook Contact Lists with iPhone

iPhones are usually pretty good about keeping your contacts up to date across your devices and applications. But sometimes, due to incorrect permissions settings or general bugs, your contacts list on Outlook might stop synchronizing with your phone. If you’re having trouble keeping the contacts on your Outlook account synced with your iPhone, here are a few workarounds you can try to sync Outlook contact lists with iPhone.

What Is First-Party Isolation and How to Enable It in Firefox

With the release of Firefox 55, Mozilla added a new privacy feature, called First-Party Isolation, that safeguards users from cross-site tracking. Once you turn on FPI, ad trackers can’t trace your web activity or see all the cookies dropped to your system. Here’s how you can enable First-Party Isolation in Firefox. In short, First-Party Isolation (FPI) restricts access to cookies, the cache, and similar data to domain level only. This means that when you enable FPI, advertising agencies can’t

Camera Not Available or Working on Mac? Here's How to Fix It

Don’t panic if your camera suddenly stops working during a video call or if you see a “No camera connected” or “No camera available” error when you launch an app. Camera issues on the Mac are usually minor, and their solutions can be as simple as just shutting down and powering up your computer. If you’re having trouble using your Mac’s built-in camera, try one of these quick fixes to get it working again. If you need to use your camera right away or can’t dedicate a lot of time to troubleshoot

7 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do with Your Email Inbox

You might be tempted to dismiss email as obsolete because it is no longer as popular as instant messaging and other types of online communication. But there’s more to email than receiving weekly newsletters and spam or managing business correspondence. With an email account you can send text messages, upload files, update your social media, and even control the smart technology in your home. Sending texts from your email account may seem unnecessary, but it can be helpful if you’re away from yo

Pick Up Where You Left Off Using "Continue on PC" for Windows 10

Microsoft made several improvements to Windows 10 when they released the Fall Creators Update in October 2017. One such improvement was the addition of cross-device web browsing functionality. The new feature “Continue on PC” connects your PC to your iPhone or Android device so that you can share web pages between them. This article shows how you can set up your own seamless web browsing experience. 1. Open “Settings -> Phone” and choose to add a phone. If you don’t have this option, you need t

Safari Not Working on Your iPhone? Here's How to Fix It

Although iPhones and iPads support other apps to reach the Web, Safari remains the most favored and frequently used browser for iOS users. Troubleshooting on Safari can be frustrating, especially if its issues prevent you from searching for a solution online. Here are a few common reasons why Safari may not be working on your iPhone and how to fix the problems. If you’ve ever panicked after Safari closed unexpectedly and couldn’t get the app to start, you probably encountered a bug that affects

How to Fix a Black Screen on Your iPhone

The infamous, unresponsive black screen, otherwise known as the Black Screen of Death, is a common problem on iOS devices. Nothing is scarier than a sudden black screen to an iPhone user because it can mean that their phone has severe damage. If you encounter the Black Screen of Death, don’t panic. There are a few fixes you can try to get your phone working again. Related: Have a Slow iPhone? How to Check If Apple Is Throttling Your iPhone Believe it or not, your phone battery may just be empt

Lifestyle & Health

History of the Crewneck T-Shirt: An Iconic American Style

The “crewneck,” “crew neck,” or “crew-neck” refers to a variation of shirt or sweater with a round, collarless neckline. There are many types of round-necked shirts that seem similar to the crew neck (such as scoop neck shirts), but what sets crew necks apart is as much the design of their necklines their history. A crew neck shirt typically fits tightly around the base of the wearer’s neck, and the material of the fitted piece is ribbed and sewn onto shirts or sweaters separately. This necklin

Allergies Around the World

Allergies are the most common form of chronic disease, and they affect millions of people around the world every day. Although they fall under the label “disease,” allergies are just the body’s extreme response to usually non-threatening elements. You develop an allergy when your immune system encounters an unfamiliar substance and overacts to it. The typical symptoms associated with allergies, such as a runny nose, itching, rashes, watery eyes, sneezing and inflammation, are the body’s hyperse

Snoring Surgery Cost & Insurance Answers

Snoring is a problem that plagues millions of individuals all over the world, and while it seems harmless, intensive snoring can increase your risk of serious health problems. Snoring symptoms have various causes, but the primary reason behind the issue is the same. When you sleep, the muscles in your throat relax and can constrict your airways. The sound of snoring is vibration from oxygen moving through block passages as you breathe. If you’ve exhausted other forms of treatment and are considering [...]

How to Stay Hydrated This Summer

The average human body contains about 40 to 70 percent water, and almost every internal process needs that fluid to function. For humans, water is life. We can survive up to three weeks without food but less than seven days without water. Staying hydrated keeps people healthy, but it can be difficult to manage when seasons change and temperatures increase. In the summer, your body works tirelessly to maintain its standard temperature [...]

Senior Citizens Resource Guide

Atlanta, Georgia, is a vibrant, fast-paced city with a nationally acclaimed business sector and the fastest growing technology jobs in the country. Atlanta is not only a prime location for anyone hoping to settle down in the American south, but this youthful city is also the perfect place for senior citizens. From free event admission, inexpensive pottery classes and discounted dinners to special city tours and seniors-only trips, the City of Atlanta [...]

Anti Snoring Pillows That Actually Work

I’ve spent the last few years testing the selection of anti-snoring pillows available on the market. After many trials, I have made several conclusions based on my personal experience and want to share some of my test results. It is important to me to have a comfortable and effective anti-snoring pillow when I sleep at night. Using the right pillow for your level of snoring should be one of your first considerations when you begin [...]

Automobiles & Engineering

Safety Tips: Driving in the Rain

To stay alert while driving is particularly important in situations when your vision is partially obstructed, so be cautious and stay calm while driving in the rain. Keep both hands on the wheel at all times. During heavy rain or storms, turn off all distractions such as cell phones or the radio and focus on the road. Many states require you drive with your headlights on while it rains, even during the day. Driving with your headlights on will help you see the road and helps other drivers see [...]

Tips for Extending the Life of 10+ Year Vehicles

No one thinks they’ll be driving the same car forever. In fact, few drivers hold on to the same vehicle for more than six years. However, if your car passes the ten-year benchmark, you don’t need to make drastic changes or purchase new parts to keep it running smoothly. Fortunate individuals whose cars last 15 or even 20 years simply pay close attention to the quality of care their cars receive. Care and maintenance instructions are slightly different for every car [...]

What Happens if You Do Not Change Your Oil?

Oil is arguably the most important fluid your car needs, besides fuel, and its upkeep is essential to the vitality of your vehicle. Oil lubricates, cleans, and keeps the car engine from overheating. Yet, many drivers push their oil well past recommended limits or skip oil changes altogether. They don’t realize the risks these actions pose to their vehicles. Using the same oil once or twice won’t have a significant effect on your car. However, the longer you go without changing your oil, the more

Nitrogen vs. Air in Your Tires

Managing tires is a key concern for motorists and essential to the overall health of their vehicles. While uncontrollable elements such as road conditions and weather can affect the lifespan of your tires, the type of gas you fill them with plays a significant role as well. For the unaware, nitrogen is often offered as an alternative to air for tire inflation. However, there is a lot of controversy surrounding its supposed benefits and whether getting a “nitrogen upgrade” for your tires is a worthwhile investment. If you’re wondering whether nitrogen or plain air is the right choice for you, it’s best to a look at the pros and cons of using either gas.

A Manual for Fuel Diagnostics for DIY Home Maintenance

Fuel injectors are a vital part of your car’s fuel system. They are responsible for supplying the engine with fuel in a similar manner that blood vessels carry blood to the human heart. There are two primary types of fuel injection systems: direct fuel injection (DI) and port-fuel injection (PFI). PFI systems spray fuel into a valve in the intake manifold. Unlike in DI systems, fuel and air mix in the manifold and flow into the cylinders when the intake valve opens [...]

Advice from a Mechanic: Do Fuel Cleaners Work?

Fuel is the lifeblood of your vehicle and keeping the fuel injectors it travels through clean and clear is essential for your engine’s health and longevity. Unfortunately, fuel injectors are prone to fouling and clogging, and it’s virtually impossible to stop the processes that make them dirty. Fuel injectors are responsible for sending pressurized and atomized gasoline or diesel to the engine. Depending on the type of engine you have, your fuel injectors will either spray fuel into the intake

Boost Your MPG with These 4 Tips

Cars are an integral part of our daily lives, and most adults in the United States use cars instead of public transportation to get from one place to another. Moreover, depending on where you live and the type of car you drive, filling up your gas tank can be a substantial expense. If you want to lessen the burden on your wallet and get more miles to every gallon, use these four tips to increase your car’s fuel efficiency. One of the first things to do, if you want to optimize your gas mileage,

All About GE Circuit Breakers: Spectra RMS

Circuit breakers are vital to any industrial or commercial electrical system. A circuit breaker and its types act as a stopgap whenever things go wrong in a building’s wiring, shutting down power when current flow is too high. Without this safety equipment in place, electrical systems run the risk of reduced functionality or damage due to excessive current. Circuit breakers aren’t limited to building installation. Depending on the type and rating, they can also be used with mining and military [...]

Guide to GE Circuit Breakers: Q-Line

Circuit breakers are vitally important components of electrical wiring, as they essentially serve as automatic on-off switches for electrical structures. Without circuit breakers, the dangers of electricity distribution in buildings and for large applications would far outweigh the benefits. Circuit breakers instantaneously react to their circuits and shut off the flow of electricity to prevent hazards until the problems can be addressed. Although there is no official classification system for circuit breakers, they are often sorted into categories based on general characteristics, such as [...]

Cutler-Hammer Series C Circuit Breakers - Everything You Need to Know

Circuit breakers are an important part of any industrial or commercial electrical system. Circuit breakers are essentially failsafe switches that automatically shut off power when they detect a problem in a system's electrical structure. Without circuit breakers to halt the flow of current when issues arise, electricity would be too dangerous to distribute on a large scale. Circuit breakers instantaneously react to their circuits and shut off the flow of electricity to prevent hazards until the problems can be addressed. Although there is no official classification system for circuit breakers [...]

Food & Culture

Why Hoshizaki Ice Makers Are So Reliable

There’s no denying that Hoshizaki ice makers are among the most well-crafted appliances available on the market. From stand-alone ice makers to under-counter ice machines to large industrial ice-making units, Hoshizaki’s products have been dominating the commercial ice making market for over 70 years. But what is it about Hoshizaki ice makers that inspire worldwide confidence? What makes these ice makers so reliable? The answer lies in their building materials and in their design. The Hoshizak

10 Essential Restaurant Equipment & Supplies You Need in Your Kitchen

If you’re planning to start a restaurant, one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is how to set up your kitchen. The kitchen will be the center of your business and the place where your menu comes to life. That being the case, you’ll need high-quality equipment that can withstand the pressures of daily use. Careful planning and research are necessary to maximize the efficiency and functionality of your kitchen. Consider the following 10 essential restaurant equipment as you bra

How to Select the Best American Flag for Your Specific Needs

Finding the best flag for your intended display is no easy task. Depending on your flag’s function, your location and where you want your flag displayed, available options can vary drastically. When choosing a flag, it’s important to consider its purpose, as that will help you determine the size and the material of your potential investment. If you’re considering setting up a display for an indoor setting, like in your home or a public lounge, you’ll have a large variety of materials and flagpo

Guilt-Free Road Trips—Healthiest Fast Food Options for Your Family

You’ve made sure your car is mechanically sound before a big road trip, mapped out the route, and packed all of your kids’ favorite toys.  Now use this guide to make the healthiest dining choices while on the road. Instead of one large meal, you should eat smaller amounts of healthy foods throughout the day. Eating small portions tells the brain there is a large supply of food, so it’s okay to burn calories quickly, which will give you more energy. Limiting a large portion [...]

Pizza Crust Variations

Pizza has a long and colorful history. Since its inception in the 1800s, pizza has carved a place for itself into everything from fast food to restaurant dining, and the key to pizza’s culinary success lies in its adaptability. Chefs and food enthusiasts from all over the world have created their own version of this humble Italian dish, constructing regional varieties so iconic that tourists travel far and wide simply to try them. To the novice pizza chef, navigating the numerous sauces, toppin

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