Category Archives: technologies

Days 2-7: #20dollarlaptop

As many #pine64 reviewers noted in late 2016, support for the #pine64 is very much a diy affair. Even late in 2017, MfL has had to assemble our own set of resources for setting up the board. The good news is that there is a lot of helpful information out there; the bad news is that it is not all in one place. The best place to start is the Pine64 wiki: Norm24’s schematic overview of the board has been an invaluable resource.


Where To Buy: New Apple iPhone Trade-In Program

If you are looking to buy an iPhone SE, you may want to look into Apple’s new trade-in program, which includes 0% monthly financing for your new phone and applies the value of your old phone to discount the price of the new phone.  In order to enroll in the program, you will need to visit an Apple store.  However, via an online transaction, you can trade-in your old phone for an Apple gift card.


Keeping Up With The Internet: How to add 2GB of storage to your Google Drive account

Wednesday, February 10 is Internet Safety Day!  In addition to announcing this important news (imagine the internet dressed as your school crossing guard?!?!?), Google has announced that to “celebrate” the day, it will add 2GB to each Google drive user who “tunes up” his/her internet security.  Click here to participate in this offer, which expires February 17, 2016.


Keeping Up With The Internet: Setting Up a Low-Cost Personal Website on

Everyone needs to establish a web presence, and, depending on your specific needs, doing so can be free or very inexpensive. For people looking to get started with establishing a web presence for themselves or for a specific project, MfL recommends beginning by registering for a free WordPress account. Once you have set up a WordPress account and chosen a name for your WordPress website, you will have access to a website that you can update and edit regularly. The address for this website will be If you’d like your website address not to include wordpress in the name, there are several options. The least expensive and easiest, is to register your website name with WordPress. You can do this by going to the site dashboard, clicking on Store, and registering a domain. WordPress currently charges $5 per year to register the name and $13 per year to “map” or apply to website. For the majority of individuals, this is really all you need to get started on the web. It will take some time to become familiar with the WordPress dashboard, but it is worth the investment since, at the moment, WordPress is an Open Source application, meaning it can be used for free, and it has a large user base. As a result, many websites are built around it and learning a bit more about how to use this tool is a good investment since you may be able to apply this knowledge in managing not only your own website but for contributing to other websites as well.

If you are developing a website that includes advertising or ecommerce, meaning the ability to sell products, you will need to take a few additional steps. A series of forthcoming posts will cover these issues.

For now, set up your FREE WordPress account and, if you are ready, register your domain name (there will be an annual charge for this).   For those interested in going one step beyond the free WordPress option, you can visit this link for a list of recommended web hosting and domain name service providers.


Turning OFF All Facebook Notifications

To turn off FB notifications, click on the privacy shortcuts button in the upper right hand corner of your screen. It is the button with the little lock icon.

At the bottom of the menu, click “See More Settings.”

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On the left-hand menu, click on “Notifications.”

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Click on, or “edit,” each of the four categories. Turning notifications OFF for some or all of your devices.

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Unlocking Your AT&T Cell Phone

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In 2015, the United States federal government passed an act requiring all cell phone carriers to offer the ability to unlock phones currently subscribed to their networks. As a result, it is possible to unlock a phone on ANY CARRIER for free. MfL currently subscribes to the AT&T network for mobile voice and data service. As a result, we are posting instructions related to unlocking phones owned by AT&T subscribers. Stay posted for instructions on how to unlock phones on other carrier networks. They will be coming soon.