How to Restart Your Fitbit

If your Fitbit Charge HR has one of the following problems, it may be fixed by a restart:

  • Not tracking your steps or other stats
  • Not responding to button presses, taps, or swipes
  • Not syncing
  • Charged but doesn’t turn on

NOTE:  This tip works for both Fitbit Charge and Charge HR.

How to restart your Fitbit Charge or Charge HR

  1. Plug your charging cable into the USB port on your computer or any UL-certified USB wall charger.
  2. Insert the other end into the port on the back of your Fitbit Charge or Fitbit Charge HR.
  3. Your tracker will begin charging…
  4. Press and hold the button for about 10 seconds until you see the Fitbit icon and a version number.
  5. Release the button.
  6. Unplug your tracker from the charging cable.
  7. The aforementioned problems should now be resolved.

For all other Fitbit models, please refer to this website for instructions.

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Getting OneNote Screen Clipping Shortcut to Work on Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

OneNoteUndoubtedly, OneNote is one of the most useful applications in Microsoft Office. Using OneNote, you can quickly do screen grabs of anything you see on your screen.

By default, Windows Key + S is the hotkey combination for the OneNote screen clipping feature.

However, with the release of Windows 8.1 and later, the same hotkey combination is taken up by the Windows’ own Search functionality which makes it unavailable for the OneNote counterpart.

This article shows you how to resolve this conflict by assigning a different hotkey to the OneNote screen clipping functionality.

Assigning Windows Key + A as the OneNote Screen Clipping Hotkey

To fix this issue, we will assign Windows Key + A as the hotkey combination for the OneNote Screen Clipping functionality.  We will use the Registry Editor to accomplish this.

  1. On Windows 8.1, press Windows Key + R. Then, type Regedt32.exe in Run dialog box and hit Enter to launch the Registry Editor.
  2. In Registry Editor, navigate to the following location:

    NOTE: The instruction here refers to Office 2013 which has a version number 15.0. If you’re using Office 2010, replace 15.0 with 14.0. If you’re using Office 2007, replace 15.0 with 12.0.

  3. In the right pane of this location, create a new DWORD (32-bit) by Right-clicking -> New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value.
    Replace “New Value #1” with ScreenClippingShortcutKey.
  4. After the new DWORD is created, double-click on ScreenClippingShortcutKey to modify its value.
  5. In the “Value data” field, with the Base Hexadecimal radio button selected, put in 41. This will set the hotkey combination to Windows Key + A. Click OK to confirm the changes.
    Edit DWORD
  6. Reboot your computer.
  7. After rebooting, you will be able to activate the OneNote Screen Clipping functionality by pressing Windows Key + A.  Enjoy!

NOTE:  If you want to use Windows Key + S for the hotkey, simply replace the “Value data” with 53 (Base Hexadecimal radio button selected).

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How to Enable “Game Mode” on HDTV

What is “Game Mode”?

Game Mode is an option that display manufacturers put into their HDTVs to disable certain image processing protocols when its enabled. It usually makes your picture look worse.

Why would anyone want to turn on “Game Mode”?

Because your pretty picture is the reason your controller and inputs feel sluggish. By enabling “Game Mode”, you are disabling certain features of the TV to reduce picture quality, and in return you get more responsive inputs on your controller. The less your TV has to work, the more responsive your controller is.

Game Mode varies by manufacturer. Some manufacturers require you to go into a settings menu and enable it from there, while others require you to change picture settings. This article explains how to turn on Game Mode on some of the major brands of TVs.


Samsung keeps it consistent when it comes to enabling Game Mode on most of their recent HDTVs. It usually involves navigating to “Setup”, and then going to “General”. You will see an option for “Game Mode” over there. Use your remote to enable this option.

Update: Some Samsung displays can further lower their input lag over using Game Mode, by renaming the HDMI input to “PC”. Usually, this only works on the dedicated PC HDMI port, which for Samsung HDTVs is usually HDMI 1. If you’re not satisfied using Game Mode, check out the PC relabeling trick!


Sony HDTVs are very different from the other brands covered here, because they require your remote control to access the Scene menu. Look on your remote for a button labeled “Scene” and press it. Once pressed, it will bring up a scene selection menu pictured below. Simply select “Game” and it will select Game Mode for you.

LG Electronics

HDTVs from LG enable Game Mode by going into the Picture Menu. That menu has an option called “Picture Mode”. It lets you select modes such as Standard, Vivid, etc. In that menu, there is an option for “Game”, set your picture mode to that in order to enable it. This location is convenient because you don’t have to go into extra menus outside of picture in order to enable it. Smart placement by LG.


Sharp HDTVs require you to go into “Picture Settings” and change the “AV MODE” setting to “Game”. This method is almost identical to the way LG does it in their televisions. You don’t have to dig through a lot of confusing menus to enable it.


Panasonic’s Game Mode can be enabled from the “Picture” menu, similar to LG and Sharp HDTVs. Once in the menu, select between different modes until you find the “Game” setting.

DisplayLag Website

Finally, if you are shopping for a new HDTV, be sure to check out the DisplayLag website for ratings and comparisons.

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How to Pronounce Japanese Words

sushiHere are some Japanese words that most non-Japanese people often mispronounce.  This article will show you how to say these words the true Japanese way.

Anime – Japanese animation isn’t pronounced “A-ni-mei” like “animal” — it’s “ah-ni-meh.” The differences might sound subtle or trivial, but if you say it the “American” way in Japan, people may not understand you.

Bonsai – The art of crafting sculpture out of trees is mispronounced a lot as “banzai,” but that’s a Japanese cheer. The correct way to say it is “bohn-sigh.”

Daikon – The pungent Japanese radish, which seems to be more and more available in American supermarkets’ produce sections, is often pronounced “DYE-conn.” Try saying “dai-kohn,” where the subtle different in the first syllable is a softer “eye” sound, and the second syllable rhymes with “loan,” but cut off short.

Futon – The traditional Japanese sleeping mat (and cover — we grew up with thick warm futon that were used both beneath us and as covers) became popular with trendy American yuppies in the ’80s, with hippie stores cranking out clunky beds and convertible sofas that used futon cushions. But those stores’ employees and their shoppers always called them “FOO-tawn.” The Japanese pronunciation is a clipped first syllable, almost just an “F,” and a shortened second: “f’tohn.”

Gyoza – The Japanese word for the Chinese “potsticker” dumpling is too often spoken as “gee-YO-za,” instead of “gyo-zuh.” Westerners seem to have an innate need to add extra syllables. They also do it to Tokyo, which should be just two syllable, “Toh-Kyo” but is often stretched into “Toe-kee-yo.”

Harakiri – The act of ritual suicide, which is also called “seppuku” (“stomach-cutting”) was an extreme way that samurai showed fealty to their lords when they failed, or when their lords died (or for lords to exit the world with honor after they failed). It’s most commonly pronounced “harry-carry” by Americans, which drives me nuts. It’s “ha-rra-kiri,” just like it looks.

Hiroshima – The city in southern Japan that suffered the first atomic bomb explosion, leading to the end of WWII, is today pronounced by Americans as “Huh-ROE-shi-muh,” but it’s actually “He-ro-shi-mah,” with shorter syllables and no emphasis. The “R” should be a little bit trilled, not a Western “R’ sound like “roe.”

Kamikaze – The word was popularized after WWII because of the suicide missions by the desperate Japanese military towards the close of the war. Today, I hear it in names for drinks or silly sushi rolls, and it’s often pronounced “kaw-maw-KAW-zee” instead of “kah-mi-kah-zeh.” Literally, it means “divine wind” or “wind of the gods”: “kami” is spirit or god, and “kaze” is wind. It refers to a sudden storm that blew out of nowhere and helped repel invaders in ancient Japanese history, and was poetically applied to the doomed young (barely men) pilots that were ordered in suicide missions to slam their planes into US warships because Japan had out of bombs.

Karaoke – This one gets me but it’s already so established it sounds forced if someone says it correctly. It’s like saying “bu-rrree-toh” Spanish-style in a Taco Bell. Americans universally say “carry-okee,” but the Japanese pronunciation is “kara-oh-keh.” The “R” in the “kara” part is trilled almost like an L, so it should rhyme with “ka-lah.” Karaoke is a shortened combination of two words (Japanese love to do this with words), “karappo” which means empty, and “okestora,” which is a transliteration of orchestra. Literally, karaoke means “empty orchestra”: music with no band. Cool, huh?

Kobe – The word wasn’t often pronounced in the US until the rise of the city’s namesake, super-expensive beef, and the rise of Kobe Bryant, the Lakers’ basketball superstar. Now everyone says it like the NBA player, “KOE-bee” instead of the more subdued “Koh-beh.”

Manga – With Japanese comics and animation becoming so popular in the West, I often hear both anime and manga mispronounced. The word for comics is “mahn-gah,” not “MAN-guh.”

Nagano – This drove me crazy during the Winter Olympics. It’s three short syllables with no emphasis: “nah-ga-noh,” not “NAAH-guh-noe.”

Napa – The long-leafed cabbage is pronounced “nah-pah,” not “NAP-puh.” That’s the northern California valley where they make wine, or the auto parts company. Sometimes, the differences may sound subtle, like the differences between “hat” and “hot” for my mom.

Okinawa – The GIs come back from the Pacific and call the former island nation that’s now Japan’s southernmost state, “OH-kuh-NAW-waw” — it’s as if the Japanese had a drawl, which of course they don’t. Try saying, “O-ki-nah-wuh,” with no emphasis on any syllable. (BTW, Japanese doesn’t really have intonation, that is, emphasized syllables, except that in conversation, I think some syllables do get emphasized.)

Origami – This one’s kind of tricky, because the main problem with the word for the art of Japanese folded paper, is the rolled or trilled “R” sound, which isn’t part of English. Many people say “oh-RI-guh-mee” (as in polygamy) but it should be more like “oh-rree-gah-mee.”

Panko – Japanese breadcrumbs, often used as a coating instead of flour batter for dishes such as fried shrimp, or in Wendy’s case, their new fish sandwich. Instead of “PAN-koe,” try “pahn-koh.”

Ramen – Yes, one of the most familiar of all Japanese words, a staple of college students’ diets everywhere, is often pronounced “raw-MEN” or “RAW-men” by non-Japanese. But the dish is actually a Japanized version of the word for the traditional Chinese noodle, lo mein, and should be pronounced with more of a rolled “R” sound and no strong emphasis on either syllable: “rrah-men.”

Sake – Rice wine has become a staple in not just Japanese restaurants and sushi bars, but everywhere. But Americans who love the stuff (I can’t stand the taste of it) usually say “saw-kee” as if it were spelled “saki” instead of “sake.” Try saying “sah-keh.”

Shiitake – I hear the much-loved mushroom called “shee-TAW-kee” when it’s actually “shi-tah-keh.” The first syllable is more clipped than “shee” and the second is more clipped than “taw.” The last syllable is not a long “ee” but a short “eh.”

Sudoku – The hugely popular numeric puzzle game is often mispronounced. Sudoku should be really easy. It’s like it’s spelled: Soo-doh-koo. But I constantly hear it said as “So-doo-koo,” “So-doo-koh” or “Soo-doh-koh.”

Tempura – Instead of “temp-OH-ra” or “temp-POUR-uh” for the Japanese fried shrimp and veggies dish, try saying “tem-pu-rrah.” The “U” should not be stretched out, like “poo,” and should be more like the “oo” sound in “look.”

Teriyaki – I hear the marinade called “terry-YACK-ee” all the time, instead of “teh-rri-yah-ki” (with a slightly trilled “R”).

Tokyo – You’d think this one would be easy, but many people, including broadcasters, say “Toe-kee-yo” instead of “Toh-kyoh.” It’s two syllables, not three! The same goes for Kyoto: it’s “Kyo-toh” not “Kee-YO-toe.”

Tsunami – The March 11, 2011 earthquake off Sendai in Japan resulted in lots of media coverage of the resulting tsunami, and it’s driven me nuts to hear “soo-NAH-me,” when it’s pronounced just like the way it’s spelled, with the “T”: “tsu-nah-me.” Extra credit to a couple of NPR anchors and reporters who say it right even though others on the network don’t.

Udon – The traditional fat noodle is a staple in Japan, and Americans are starting to order it in restaurants to, but they have a habit of pronouncing it “ooooo-DAWN.” Try “oo-dohn.” The “oo” part should be short, not dragged out. And the “dohn” part kind of rhymes with “don’t.” My stepson Jared, who used to work in a Japanese fast-food restaurant years ago, wanted to yell at customers who said udon wrong.

Wasabi – Thanks to the TV commercials for Budweiser and the explosion of hip acceptability of sushi, the green stuff you mix into soy sauce became well-known, though it’s usually pronounced “wuh-SAH-bee.” It should be more precise and not so broad: “wah-sah-bi,” three very clipped syllables with none emphasized more than the others.

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How to Deal with Insect Bites

bugsWhether you are camping, gardening, or playing outdoor sports, it is difficult to avoid getting bites from pesky insects.  This article shows you the options available for taking the itch out of insect bites.

(Disclaimer:  This article is purely informational and does not endorse any of the products mentioned.)

Natural Remedies

Taking an oatmeal bath helps soothe pain and itching.  Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Bath is anti-inflammatory and helps retain skin moisture.  Alternatively, you could try applying a paste of baking soda and water to bites or stings; the Sodium Bicarbonate can reduce itch.

Oral Remedies

Benadryl Allergy Caplets are an oral antihistamine (containing Diphenhydramine) which helps reduce the swelling of skin from any insect bite or sting.  It also reduces the itching from mosquito bites and ant stings.  However, it can be sedating.  Other alternatives are:

Topical Antihistamines

These are less potent than Oral Remedies but can still soothe itchiness.  Here are few topical options:

  • After-Bite Gel
  • Benedryl Itch Cream
  • Claritin Skin
  • Polysporin Itch Relief
  • Lanacane

Other Options

Health Canada has approved an all-natural oral mosquito repellant that also claims to repel black flies and other bugs.  It is called Mozi-Q.  Tablets contain Staphysagria, a substance derived from Delphinium plants.

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