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April 15, 2019
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Cell Phone Alternatives for Kids

Written by: Mark Lambert Video Transcript Transcript Coming Soon! Recent studies have shown that 112% of American kids and pre-teens desperately want a smartphone. We’re pretty sure we read that somewhere. It’s probably the most common and all-pervasive bone of contention in a household blessed with children: they won’t stop whining, whining and (just when you thought it was safe to restart your Netflix show) whining some more for a cell phone. But you may be saying no for really good reasons! Cellphones and their constant stream of social media and gaming are huge distractions for kids and adults alike. Not to mention the fees and the potential risks you’re bringing into their lives. It’s a big decision to make, and as much as your pre-pubescent minion would hate to hear you say it, they just may not be ready. Here’s our take on the cellphone dilemma, along with a […]
April 12, 2019
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Wedding Planning Apps

Video Transcript Transcript Coming Soon! Weddings are a kind of odd cultural phenomenon. On the one hand, they’re meant to be romantic — and to be fair, more often than not they actually, genuinely are. On the other hand, they’re work. None of that gooey romance stuff happens unless you work really hard to get those logistics details, bridesmaid’s “disagreements” and financial considerations properly squared away. Case in point: This “spontaneous” picture required six months of planning and the services of a professional leaf-arranger.   If you’re planning on getting hitched in the near future, chances are at some point you’ll feel like you’re drowning in a sea of stuff to organize, resolve or generally keep track of. If you’re willing to dabble in a bit of nerdistry though, the whole process can be much easier. That’s right, you guessed it! There are a bunch of free apps and tools […]
April 9, 2019
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How to De-stress Your Family With Tech

Video Transcript Mel: And with Nerds On Call… Marianne: That’s right, our friend Ryan Eldridge is just here. I have to tell you, technology is not the first thing I think of when it comes to de-stressing. I barely know how to use my iPhone. Ryan: Yes. Marianne: But you’ve found some great sites that actually can help a family, a crazy family like yours . . . Ryan: Yes. Marianne: . . . Build a little camaraderie with that. Ryan: Yes, I have a 6-year-old and a 3-year-old and it can get a little crazy in our house, and one of the first things that we notice is that our 6-year-old wants to help. Marianne: That’s great. Ryan: But a lot of times we’re like, “No, no, no, no, we don’t want you to break anything or whatever.” Here’s a great way. This is called My Job Chart, myjobchart.com, […]
March 28, 2019
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Windows 7 End Of Life – A Few Things You Should Know

The march of progress can’t be stopped! This is as true of your computer’s operating system (OS) as it is of trouser fashion trends. Things don’t stay the same. In the near future, Windows 7 will reach the end of its product lifecycle. At this point, it’ll no longer be supported by Microsoft; and like an old pair of unfortunately high-waisted trousers, it’ll be time to put it out to pasture. So what does that mean, exactly? This article is going to give you a quick rundown of what you should know in the lead up to Windows 7’s triumphant exit from the technological stage. OS Updates versus OS Upgrades Explained Let’s get the ball rolling by explaining updates versus upgrades. Unlike your favorite pair of acid wash jeans, OS’s actually do gradually change through a miraculous process called updates. These updates typically occur automatically (although you can set it […]
March 22, 2019

Cutting Screen Time For Kids: Saying no to Yourself

[ad_1] Video Transcript Julissa: Definitely.   Male: She has two phones, everybody, and she is checking them right now. Hold them.   Julissa: We are dying on screen set.   Courtney: See.   Marianne: This is why she needs to be in this segment.   Julissa: I know, I know. You know and now, of course, the phone will tell you how much time you spend all week. I deactivated that, I don’t want to know. All right. And if it does show up, I blame it on my kids. All right. So well, Ryan is back and talking about trying to break free from the phones and how you can use your phone to help you do that, right?   Ryan: Yeah. So iOS 12 came out with Screen Time so for iPhone users, we can finally see how much time we’re spending on social media or different apps […]
March 20, 2019

Keep your Video Gamer Playing Safely

[ad_1] Video Transcript Julissa: Kids from getting in over their heads with video games. Courtney with our resident nerd, an avid video gamer, of course. Tips to keep the gamer playing safely.   Courtney: We don’t just have one nerd, we have 1.5 nerds today.   Julissa: 1.5?   Courtney: Yes. We’ve got Ryan Eldridge. And who’s this lovely [crosstalk 00:00:16]?   Ryan: This is Jackson Danger Eldridge.   Courtney: Jackson Danger Eldridge.   Ryan: That is his real middle name, everybody.   Courtney: I love it. You’re the coolest dad ever.   Ryan: So he’s been on the show a few times. This is what sort of, like, his expertise is Fortnite. He plays it almost every day in the morning, like, when mom and dad are sleeping in. He plays a little Fortnite. He plays it with his cousins who are up and ready, so we’ll bring him […]
March 19, 2019

Help Your Kids Find Calm With These Mindfulness Apps

[ad_1] Video Transcript Courtney: Hey, if your child struggles with temper tantrums, stress, or even anger, there are apps that might be able to help.   Marianne: Julissa and our favorite nerd on call have more about how to find them.   Julissa: There is an app for everything, right? I love it. All right, so yes, Ryan is here. My kids…they definitely have some temper tantrums and if you tell me there’s an app for that, I’m going to download it.   Ryan: There is, at my house, we practice mindfulness. In fact, we call it the magic trick. So whenever there’s a problem or they’re getting frustrated, we just say, “Hey, just take a few breaths, relax, just calm down.” It’s the magic trick it makes everything better. So there’s benefits to this. It can increase attention and focus. It increases impulse control like when they’re getting up, […]
March 15, 2019
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Valentine’s Gift Ideas For Guys | Nerds on Call

[ad_1] The overwhelming majority of guy-nerds seem to have a fascination with tech toys. If it requires batteries, goes beep or has one of those tiny reset buttons you can only reach with a paperclip, your garden-variety nerd will likely be drawn to it, like the proverbial moth to the metaphorical flame. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we wanted to do a quick round-up of cool nerd gifts for guys. After all, what says ‘I love everything about you—even your weirdness’ better than a cool nerd gift! So without any needless indulgence in romantic pleasantries, let us delve into the true nature of nerd romance, and take a walk through some serious tech which is sure to set his nerdoid heart aflutter. Proclaim Your Love With On-point Gaming Gear That’s right! We’re starting right in a guy nerd’s heartland. So here’s the thing about gaming. The more cutting edge and […]
March 12, 2019

The Nerd’s Guide to Finding Your Valentine on Dating Apps

[ad_1] Video Transcript Ken: What better than two men who have been happily married for a long time to tell you how to get a date for Valentine’s Day? Of course, Ryan Eldridge here with Nerds on Call. And how am I gonna do this, sir? Ryan: Married guys and a nerd, right? Ken: Who better? Ryan: I mean, I know all about the Internet and getting dates is all…whatever, anyway. Ken: Who better to tell you about dating than two married guys and a nerd? Here we go. Ryan: So we talk about Tinder. Tinder’s kind of like the modern dating. So MaryAnn found her husband on match.com. I don’t know if a lot of viewers know that. But Tinder’s kind of like the new thing, right? And it’s owned by match.com. And it’s really more about…originally, it was more about just kinda like the casual hook-up. Like, I’m […]
March 10, 2019
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Windows 7 End Of Life

[ad_1] The march of progress can’t be stopped! This is as true of your computer’s operating system (OS) as it is of trouser fashion trends. Things don’t stay the same. In the near future, Windows 7 will reach the end of its product lifecycle. At this point, it’ll no longer be supported by Microsoft; and like an old pair of unfortunately high-waisted trousers, it’ll be time to put it out to pasture. So what does that mean, exactly? This article is going to give you a quick rundown of what you should know in the lead up to Windows 7’s triumphant exit from the technological stage. OS Updates versus OS Upgrades Explained Let’s get the ball rolling by explaining updates versus upgrades. Unlike your favorite pair of acid wash jeans, OS’s actually do gradually change through a miraculous process called updates. These updates typically occur automatically (although you can set […]