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Improve your Touch ID

Have you ever been annoyed when your Touch ID is not working? This might happen if your hands are wet or the sensor is dirty.

I tried this hack and it seems to have improved my results. You basically scan the same fingerprint multiple times as different fingers. If you don't know how to set up your Touch ID or would like a refresher, here are the instructions from the newly minted Trillion dollar company that is Apple.

I'm not sure if it is the placebo effect, but it seems to work better than before.

Give it whirl and let me know what you think!

Next post next Saturday, 6:30 a.m.


How to Fix A Kindle that Won't Download (Stuck on Pending)

Our family loves all things Harry Potter. Several years ago we visited Universal in Orlando for my wife's birthday. If you are a fan of the books or movies and get the chance to go, I highly recommend it. The first time you step into Hogsmeade or Diagon Alley, it feels as if you have apparated into that world.

There is also something magical about the Kindle. Being able to store hundreds of books in a slim, lightweight package, never losing your place again, and bringing your local bookstore or library to you. So wonderful - until it stops working. Enter technical troubleshooting hell.

This happened to me the other day to me as I attempted to download a copy of J.K. Rowling's the Cursed Child onto the Kindle. For some reason, it wouldn't download and just displayed a "Pending" message. I tried the usual, obvious fixes:

  • Turn WiFi off and on - check

  • Turn the Kindle off and on - check

  • Redeliver from the Amazon store - check

For all my efforts, all I received was the same "Pending" message.

Luckily, there is an EZPZ fix for a stuck Kindle:

Step 1: Hold the power button for about 20 seconds (even when the screen goes black, make sure you keep holding down the button)
Step 2: Release the power button. The screen should flicker. Next you’ll see the Kindle start-up screen and a fill-up bar.
Step 3: Go back to the book that was stuck and if it has not downloaded already, try again and it should work this time.

Thanks to Scott Allen at for originally sharing this information. You are a champion!

Try these EZPZ steps first before becoming this guy.


Now that your Kindle is working, do you want to leave it to chance whether you connect with someone or not? Do you enjoy the awkward silences that litter professional meetings, conferences and social events?

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The Genius Trick to Mixing All Natural Peanut Butter

Have you ever had to stir a jar of all natural or organic peanut butter? Halfway through did you feel like making a Workers' Compensation claim for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or Tennis Elbow? The good news is there is an EZPZ method to do this more quickly, less painfully, and at little to no cost.

What most people, including myself do is use a spoon and try to stir things in the jar or if I'm feeling ambitious, in a bowl and then putting everything back in the jar. The problem is a spoon is not an ideal tool for the job of re-integrating the oil into the peanut butter. Instead, try this.

A potato masher is a tool a lot of people will already have and if you don't, it doesn't cost much to pick up an affordable one. Just pour the oil on top into a bowl and scoop out some peanut butter. Mash until blended to your satisfaction and repeat. Since using a potato masher instead of a spoon, I've cut my time in half and as a bonus, look like a good husband for following through on my wife's suggestion.

The article The Genius Trick To Storing Natural Peanut Butter, No Stirring Required, which I shamelessly stole from to name this post, also has a nifty EZPZ trick for storing your all natural peanut butter.

Good luck and please try this. Your wrist and elbow will thank you!

Next post next Saturday, 6:30 a.m.