Category Archives: GMG Tech Talk

Huge Spread In North Shore Gas Prices

Y’all might want to download Gas Buddy from either Apple or Google Play stores. I paid $2.40 Saturday in Peabody when I was up there for my daughter’s soccer game. 30 cents or higher is just too much of a swing IMO. 60 cents is insane. 60 cents on 20 gallons is $12.

Here’s the link to download-

Amazon’s Discounting the Echo By $50, For One Day Only

I just paid full price for one last week, UGH!!!

This is the cheapest it’s ever been, everyone I know that has one raves about them and it’s at an unprecedented low price for one day only.

So if you ever wanted one now is the time to act.

I got the white version.

Here’s the link to buy



  • Plays all your music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more using just your voice
  • Introducing Alexa calling and messaging, a new way to be together with family and friends. Just ask Alexa to call or message anyone with an Echo, Echo Dot, or the Alexa App.
  • Fills the room with immersive, 360º omni-directional audio
  • Hears you from across the room with far-field voice recognition, even while music is playing
  • Answers questions, reads the news, reports traffic and weather, reads audiobooks from Audible, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and more using the Alexa Voice Service
  • Controls lights, fans, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, locks, and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Nest, ecobee, and others
  • Always getting smarter and adding new features, plus thousands of skills like Uber, Domino’s, DISH, and more

At $499.99, For 95% of Computer Users This Is A perfect SetUp and All You Need To Spend On A PC

Dell Inspiron 24 3000 Series All-In-One (Intel Core i3, 8 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD)



Read the Reviews and Buy it on Amazon Here $499.99

24 Inch Full HD Screen. Once you use a nice large display like this you’ll never want to squint into a tiny laptop again.

This isn’t for a power user like me that crunches huge videos and needs insane processing power.  This is for everyone else that just likes to check their email, watch some YouTube videos, or Skype call their family members across the country.  This offers everything 95% of people need but it comes at the cheap price because you’re not buying super crazy high end processors which like I said 95% of people never need. 

It all comes with the pedestal stand and one-cord set up with wireless keyboard and mouse which even my mother could set up.

If you’re looking for a great computer (Rick Ardizzoni recommends Dells and it’s all I buy now because they are rock solid) for a cheap price  with a nice big display this is the computer for you.  If you are not editing HD videos all day or playing next year’s super high intense graphics computer games (if you’re over the age of 28 I’m guessing you’re not) then this is all the computer you need.  It also comes with Windows 10 which is the best operating system Microsoft has ever put out.  I hate seeing older people go to Best Buy and get up-selled into thinking they need an i7 processor and a terabyte of storage when they don’t need to spend $1000 and any one of them would be thrilled to be doing their computer stuff on this nice sleek system with a great sized screen for them to look at.

24 inch pedestal screen and built in speakers make it so you don’t have that tangled mess of wires running all over the place.  This is a sleek computer at a total value of a price.

And if you need help setting it up you can call the guy I call for all my computer needs- Donna’s Husband Rick Moore Ardizzoni.  He’s the best for your computer needs- 978-526-9222 

So there you go, my pick for 95% of normal computer users value computer-

Dell Inspiron 24 3000 Series All-In-One (Intel Core i3, 8 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD)

So Rick Doucette Turned Me On To This App On the GloucesterCast “BevRAGE” – Unless you hate money

So if you go out and have a beer or buy any booze, you literally snap a picture of the receipt and they put money into your account.   Real spendable money.  Like I already got $2.  Just Stupid!

Get cash back with the bevRAGE app when you buy beer, wine and liquor.

I’m all in.  If I’m going to Stones or the Brew pub or Minglewood, why wouldn’t I use this?  It’s just like the free rewards card from the Serenitee group where they just pound free stuff onto your account and if you don’t take advantage of it, it’s like pissing money out the window, or the Mass Save home energy audits where they come and replace all your brutally inefficient light bulbs for free and insulate your house and replace all your old temperature controls in your house for nothing.  Don’t take advantage of it while others reap all the rewards. Or going solar with Cazeault Solar where the credits pay for your system and all the energy saving goes or stays right in your pocket!   I’m here to highlight those no-brainer opportunities.  This is one.  Get on it!  Here’s the link to get BevRage on your smart phone.


Here’s some screenshots from my cell phone of current offers-

Get $5 if yo buy a bottle of Baileys, $3 on a handle of Captain Morgans.


Get $4 if you buy a handle of Stoli, $3 on a 750ml bottle of Stoli.


Get $1 if you do any shot at any Bar in town or $1.50 on any Whiskey cocktail.  you just snap a pic of your receipt and money gets added to your account!


$1 on any draught beer.


From the website-

Benefits to Consumers

  • Privacy – Your information is safe with us. Only your link to PayPal will be used in order to process rebates.
  • Discretion – bevRAGE is paperless and mobile. The days of pulling out a coupon for cash back are behind you
  • Discovering new brands – We’re in the know! Diversify your taste portfolio and allow us to introduce you to great brands.
  • Quick cash back – Rather than waiting months for mail-in rebates, bevRAGE deposits money directly into your PayPal account within 48 hours of submitting the receipt.
  • No balance requirements – Redeem once a day, a week, or a month ‚ there are no minimums or maximums.  Use bevRAGE whenever you want and wherever you are.
  • No ads – We won’t plague our users with constant SPAM messages or forcing them to watch videos and take surveys – we’re easy to use and we like it that way.
  • Drink or shop anywhere – See a deal you like? Buy at any store, restaurant or bar and we’ll be sure to redeem. Offers vary by state.


You Know That Right Here In Magnolia Is Home To One Of The Most Innovative Companies In The Web Browser Game? Check Out What Vivaldi Can Do With The Internet of Things!

Back In June we interviewed Vivaldi founder Jon von Tetxchner On The GloucesterCast. Jon set up headquarters for his explosive, revolutionary company at the innovation House in Magnolia, just off of Lexington Ave.

Check Out His Interview Here-

Gloucestercast 188 With @KimSmithDesigns, Jon von Tetzchner, Deb and Frank Sacco, Catherine Ryan, Karen Pischke and @Joey_C

Now this-

Vivaldi introduces the world’s first web browser that controls lights. It also includes various enhancements such as drag tabs and tab stacks between windows, reader mode button, delta updates and improved note taking abilities.

Just announced-

Vivaldi releases its latest version 1.5 today accelerating its pace to create a user-centric web browser. Vivaldi gives you a unique ability – a first for browsers – to control the color of smart-home lighting through browsing. Additionally, this release offers a lot of improvements over previous versions, including being able to drag tabs, tab stacks and tab selections between windows. Significant highlights also include delta updates, reader mode button and automatic screen shots in notes. Download Vivaldi 1.5 today from

Vivaldi’s Light Bulb Moment

Vivaldi treads an adventurous route, going beyond the browser and into the smart home by integrating with Hue color lights from Philips. After enabling Hue in Vivaldi Theme Settings, a tap on the Philips Hue Bridge confirms the connection. Selecting which lights Vivaldi should control, the browser will synchronize your physical surroundings with the color of the web.

Vivaldi 1.5 - Hue Settings

With this light bulb moment, Vivaldi opens the door for new opportunities for seamless integration between the browser and physical space.

“This is just a first step for us but imagine a world where you get notified for a new email or web notification through a light bulb,” explains CEO Jon von Tetzchner. “Vivaldi is all about customisation and flexibility. Integrating with IoT devices like Philips Hue makes it possible for Vivaldi to adapt to you and your everyday life.”

Calling All Music Venues: Turn OFF your TVs until AFTER the Election

David Brooks’ interesting opinion piece in the New York Times points to several sources showing that this election is causing unusual anxiety and I’ll bet two major contributor to this anxiety are all these nasty campaign ads and endless, fear-inducing news coverage that we’re seeing. We’ll we’ve got a cure for that: DON’T WATCH THE NEWS OR THE ADS. Instead of spending the weekend on your couch, go out to experience some LIVE MUSIC and let the music take you away!  You’ve got over a dozen choices on Cape Ann for excellent music and Halloween Parties.  Check out the schedule here.

If you own or manage a restaurant or bar, may we suggest that you turn OFF your TVs — or at least set them to a commercial free NON-NEWS channel so your guests won’t see any of dreadful campaign coverage or obnoxious ads.  Everyone on Cape Ann will thank you for reducing the stress among the population.

Here’s a little bit of fun from 1985 to get you in the mood:


Breaking News: Court Rules Comcast can’t slow down GMG Videos or block GMG posts!

Well, it’s actually A LOT bigger than GMG.  The New York Times just reported the following:

The two-to-one decision from a three-judge panel at the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday came in a case about rules applying to a doctrine known as net neutrality, which prohibit broadband companies from blocking or slowing the delivery of internet content to consumers.

For us, here in Gloucester, it means that Comcast can’t intentionally slow down your streaming of a Netflix movie or a GMG video and it can’t block a GMG post — not even this one!

It’s a big win for GMG and everyone who uses the Internet … but, as you might expect, the fight isn’t over.

Check out the NYT article here.

Online Free Storage- Dropbox Free- All About Making It Easy To Sync and Collaborate and Store Your Files

I wrote this two years ago but it remains my favorite collaboration and sync storage option when working with decent sized files that you can’t transfer by email-


File this under cool free useful stuff on the internet.

What is Dropbox you ask?

From the website-

Dropbox is software that syncs your files online and across your computers

Put your files into your Dropbox folder on one computer, and they’ll automatically appear on any of your other computers that also have Dropbox installed (Windows, Mac, and Linux too!). You can even download Dropbox apps for your smartphone or mobile device (iPhone, iPad, Android, and Blackberry). Everything in your Dropbox is available from the Dropbox website, too.

I use it almost daily for files that I want to have access to on my android phone, desktop computer and iPad.  The feature I like most however is the sharing capability.   I share Dropbox folders with some people I collaborate with on projects like videos from Jim Capillo at Cape Ann TV.  Also Alicia Cox and I share a Dropbox folder for her Alicia Unleashed Podcast.  We share online Dropbox folders in which they share copies the audio and video files of our podcast when they are done editing them and we can both access the files.  I then grab the files from wherever I happen to be: home computer, on my mobile android phone or on my iPad at a coffee shop and I can then upload them to the blog.  The difference between this way of sharing and storing files through email is that Dropbox hosts them everywhere at once because it is stored to the cloud and you can transfer and store huge files that would never be allowed through regular email because they are too large.  you’d never be able to transfer a file that big through email.

You get 2GB of free cloud storage and it opens up a ton of possibilities to host music, pictures or movies which you can stream from any of your devices.

You can’t beat it so if you want to get something  cool for free, you can go to the Dropbox website and sign up for a free account here

Here are some reviews from trusted tech websites that can probably explain it even better than me-

The appeal is its utter simplicity — it’s essentially invisible, doing the task that isn’t hard but none of us care to remember to do, namely, backing up our files.

from “There’s room yet in the cloud”

by G.F., The Economist – 8/24/10

We’re building the fabric for a new, different kind of Web, where your files follow you to whichever device you happen to be working on.

from “Dropbox: Files without Borders”

by Victoria Barret, Forbes – 6/10/10

Pick a file: a photo, text document, PDF, … or anything supported on the iPad. Tap the “Open In” icon and choose from the list of available apps. You’re done.

from “Dropbox Updated for iPad, External Editing Added”

by Charlie Sorrel, Wired – 5/4/10

Dropbox is better.

Dropbox replaces:

  • Emailing file attachments to yourself and other people
  • Using USB drives to move files between computers
  • Renaming files to keep a history of previous versions
  • Complicated backup software and hardware
  • And more!

Not convinced yet? Then take a look at our list of features. Otherwise, go ahead and get started!

Download Dropbox

Lifehacker posted a good explanation of ways to collaborate using Dropbox today.

Example: Here’s The Android App I Built For Our Lobstermen

I built this app exclusively as a tool for our lobstermen with a bunch of tools they can use at their fingertips.

Here are some screenshots of the Captain Joe and Sons Lobsterman’s App on my phone and a list of the features-


Contact > Captain Joe & Sons address and contact Info

Call Frank Direct > Dials my partner Frank With a press of the button

Call Joe Direct > Dials me with a press of the button

Marine Forecast > Direct Link To the Latest NOAA Marine Forecast

Mass Bay Buoy > Direct Link To Wind, Wave height At the Mass Bay Buoy

Gloucester Tides > Direct Link To Current Gloucester Harbor Tide Chart


Gloucester MA Radar > One Button Tap For Current Radar

Email > Initiated an email addressed to me

Captain Joe and Sons Blog > A List of the latest posts on the Captain Joe and Sons Blog

Map > Interactive Map Showing Location

Video > The Latest YouTube Videos Featuring Scenes from Captain Joe and Sons

GMG App > A Link to download the latest GMG App


This Is the camera Buy For This Holiday Season…

Stupid great deal with two excellent lenses covering near and far and it’s $453 off today for $696

Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 55-210mm and 16-50mm Power Zoom Lenses

  • Amazing quality in half the size & weight of conventional DSLRs, World’s fastest auto focus6 at 0.06 seconds and 179 AF points, Shoot 11 frames per second so you never miss any of the action
  • Capture life in high resolution and in low light with 24MP APS-C sensor and two lenses provide the tools you’ll need to start shooting immediately, Instant sharing via smartphone with Wi-Fi and NFC
  • What you see is what you get with built-in OLED viewfinder, Easy and intuitive controls help you shoot like a pro, Record Full HD 1080/24/60P video, Convenient features and intuitive controls help you shoot like a pro


Read the reviews here

Only 3 days left to join Patrick Stewart (whose new show premieres tonight) in supporting Ocean Alliance’s Snotbot!

You’ve heard about SNOTBOT, right?  OK, maybe you’re just visiting, so you haven’t heard about this yet.  Let me explain: few other Kickstarter pledges could be better for the future of Gloucester (and anyone who lives or visits here) than this one — really, no kidding.  You’ll be helping Ocean Alliance develop revolutionary drone technology for whale research — and there’s no telling what they might discover.  But what ever it is, you’ll be a part of it along with iconic actor Patrick Stewart (Jean Luc Picard on “Star Trek”, with a new show called “Blunt Talk” premiering TONIGHT on Starz)!

This is good for Ocean Alliance (which translates good for Gloucester because we want them to thrive here), good for whales, good for our planet, and good for all of us who will benefit from whatever they discover using this new gizmo!  So pledge now right here.

GMG Tech Talk- The Headphones I use to Record the GloucesterCast and are now half Off On amazon



Sony MDRV6 Studio Monitor Headphones 50% Off At Amazon Click Here For The Deal

I’ve had a pair for 4 years now.  this model came out over 20 years ago and still tops the charts for audiophiles.  They are so incredibly comfortable.  if you listen to music or a podcast with these instead of earbuds one time, you’ll never want to go back and for 50% off it’s a stupid awesome investment.  I LOOOOOOOVE mine.

Here they are Friday night when we taped episode 8-


Google Putting the link to Google+ In A Submenu Tells Me They’ve Conceded To Facebook


Above you see a screenshot of my Google Home page.  Before the first link in the top right hand corner was a link to your Google+ page.  Now it’s buried in the submenu.  I like Google+, it’s a billion times cleaner than Facebook, but the first to the party Facebookisn’t going anywhere while Google has relugated Google+ to a submenu.

Just thought it’s worth noting for the geeks like me out there.

First Test With The Behringer Microamp Working Out! Here’s The Setup

So far so good! The Behringer microamp is powering several sets of headphones without any interference so our podcast guests will be able to monitor the soundboard/podcast editing app #Bossjock as we record!

I’ll do a more comprehensive review and detailed explanation of the connections soon!

We will be using it to tape The Gloucestercast tonight Live At Cape Ann Giclee for the “by Land, Sea, and Air” Opening reception.

New Podcast Studio Gear! Giving It A shot Tonight With The Gang- Taping Live At Cape Ann Giclee

The Parts All Arrived. Tonight’s the night we test The BEHRINGER MICROAMP headphone amplifier system with the iPad, Samson Go Mic, and Bossjock app. 
We’ll take some pictures of the set-up and results having all our podcast gusts be able to listen to the show as we record it!

2015-08-13 10.13.01

Taping  at the by Land, Sea, and Sky opening at Cape Ann Giclee Tonight! Come down and watch.


Download the Cape Ann Cultural Districts Mobile app today and promote to visitors to Cape Ann all season!

Get It On iTunes Here


Get It For Android Here



The “Cape Ann Cultural Districts” mobile app is available in the Apple and Android apps stores and can be downloaded free on these sites or scan the QR code.

The mobile all continues to increase awareness of Cape Ann’s creative communities, individual artists, museums, recreational attractions, historic sites, restaurants, lodgings and businesses. The mobile app provides a free, consolidated, flexible platform to access information and way-finding for each of the four state-designated Cape Ann cultural districts – Essex River, Gloucester’s Harbor town, Gloucester’s Rocky Neck and Rockport.

Each cultural district has its own page and directory listing of cultural offerings and businesses that include a description, location, phone number, directions and links to web sites and other associated social media sites.   This year visitors and residents who download the app with find calendar event links to interesting and engaging activities around Cape Ann.  The consolidation of events in one app will make is easier to plan, locate and enjoy all that the area has to offer.  Several merchants on Cape Ann will be offering discount coupons which will only be available through the app. 


Jean Grobe


app screen shot cropped

Updated With Mobile Phone Screenshot Demo- #GloucesterMA SeeClickFix App Which Allows Citizens To Report Public Works Issues

So Mayor Theken announced that the SeeClickFix App that Sal DiStefano talked about on GloucesterCast 129 (listen here) is live!  I went to the City website to find it but there wasn’t any hyperlink, just instructions that it was actually out there and live.  Knowing that most people won’t follow through with a web search to go and find it and download it I’ll provide the direct links to download the app. I also produced a screenshot video from my cell phone of just how easy it is to download and use (see below).

First the direct links to get the App fr Android and Apple-

For Android Click Here


For iPhone Click Here



While you’re At It, Might As Well Download The GMG Android App Free Here


Next The Screenshot Demo Of How Easy The SeeClickFix App Is To Download and Use-

And Another For The GMG App-

and Mayor Theken’s original press release-

Gloucester will use SeeClickFix to improve quality of life and encourage civic participation

Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken today announced that the City of Gloucester has launched a new program that will allow residents to report quality-of-life issues and request municipal services through an online and mobile interface. Powered by SeeClickFix, the place-based reporting platform allows Gloucester residents to document neighborhood concerns and improvements, ranging from litter or flooding to damaged sidewalks and malfunctioning traffic signals.

“Gloucester is proud to provide the community with an easy-to-use web tool that helps them access services and make positive changes in the community,” said Mayor Romeo Theken.

With the online and mobile reporting platform, residents can report quality-of-life concerns through service request categories via the City of Gloucester website, mobile applications (e.g., iPhone and Android), a Facebook App, and the website The platform allows Gloucester residents to provide locations, descriptions, and photos of any issue, in real time. Once a resident submits a concern, the platform issues an alert that becomes public information available to any resident. This will allow the City of Gloucester to acknowledge a service request, route it to the proper department and update the request as needed, including after the matter has been resolved.

The platform also allows Gloucester residents to view, comment on, and vote to fix problems that are submitted by their neighbors. Citizens can even create their own “watch areas” to receive notifications about any category of issues in their community and subsequently follow the progress of all related service requests—not just the one they reported.   Reports can be submitted and tracked from the City of Gloucester website directly ( Residents will also find links to download SeeClickFix mobile applications on the City’s website.

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