Technology Articles

Here are several short, quick insights on a variety of technology topics I find interesting.

Python IDE: PyCharm Overview

Python IDE: PyCharm Overview

Getting into helping define/manage multiple Python projects with a variety of developers Great 8 minute intro video to a Python IDE (Integrated Development Environment) Pycharm https://www.jetbrains.com/pycharm/ Have used Sublime Text 3 (https://www.sublimetext.com/)...

Quick 30 minute Intro to PHP

Quick 30 minute Intro to PHP

I remember learning 6502 Assembly Language in junior high/high school on my Commodore Vic 20/64, Turbo Pascal in High School and then Fortran/PL1 in college.. Neat history behind the language variants... Today its automation/integration w/Python and Wordpress...

New AirPods v2

New AirPods v2

Just received the new version 2 Apple AirPods. It is interesting having the Siri A.I. assistant fully available, just by speaking, without having to touch or tap anything or get your phone out. They seem to respond much quicker when connecting two different devices...

Realistic screen time solutions for kids (and their parents)

Realistic screen time solutions for kids (and their parents)

Mobile media time for zero-to-eight year-olds has tripled between 2013 and 2017, from an average of 15 minutes per day to 48 minutes per day. 59 percent say their kids are “addicted” to their screens, while 66 percent say their kids spend too much time on screens....

Intro to Chromebooks

Intro to Chromebooks

Last year I got involved with the project at our kids school, Bible Center School, to champion the roll-out of Chromebooks to the 5th graders and up who attend the school. I wanted to share a series of blog posts about my learning more about them and post some...

iPhone 6s video quality options

iPhone 6s video quality options

I'm sticking with 30 frames per second but going with the high definition format. I think it would be interesting to have a choice for this closer to the actual camera interface versus down in the settings. I can see situations we might want to change it dynamically...

My Personal Blog Posting Schedule

My Personal Blog Posting Schedule

I get asked many times how I've organized publishing and posting on two blogs. Here's the approach I use. One or two personal posts per day I write, post and share a short article or two on my personal ww.paulhelmick.com  blog each day. Mostly these are comments on...

Results of Jetpack Publicize Posting

Results of Jetpack Publicize Posting

Overall I'm very pleased. As soon as the post was published on my WordPress site, the article was crossposted to my social networks almost instantly. The representation of the post on different social networks was more than adequate for most general business needs....

Test of WP Scheduled Post Triggering WPBufferPro

Test of WP Scheduled Post Triggering WPBufferPro

Testing if a scheduled post in Wordpress will trigger my platform plugin WP-Buffer-Pro to handle the immediate social distribution of the post.  If it's successful a photo post will be immediately shared on all three of my social networks.

Just got a new ATT Microcell (the small/black one)

Just got a new ATT Microcell (the small/black one)

I am interested to see how much better it does compared to the old triangle one (white/orange) we have.    They say the connection quality range and 4G data speeds are much improved. Or home is on top of a mountain and we often only have one or two bars of...

Free MP3 Skype Recorder

Free MP3 Skype Recorder

Skype is an invaluable tool in business. Personally I use Skype to make the great majority of outbound phone calls each day from my office computer or MacBook air. From time to time it is important to be able to record the call for training purposes or to have a...