Apple AirPods Low Volume? Here’s a Gross Fix!

AirPods Low Volume Fix - Suck the Grills

My AirPods are awesome, and I love them. They are one of the best products Apple has made since the iPod; however, with such a tiny item that’s going in and out of your ears all the time (a gross place to start), they are bound to acquire some wear and tear.

If your Apple AirPods have Low Volume (lower than when you first bought them), there’s a really good chance they have ear wax build up on the speaker grills. The fix is pretty gross, but it fixed mine brilliantly, and my AirPods were down to about 70% of the loudness from when I first bought them.

The Fix – Suck the Speaker Grills

I know, it’s gross.

  1. Grab a microfiber cloth.
  2. Wipe away the currently visible earwax.
  3. Enclose the large speaker grill of one AirPod with your lips, and suck like you’re drinking from a straw (don’t inhale)
  4. Do this for about 25 seconds, wipe away the newly visible wax, and repeat once more
  5. Do this again for the other AirPod

You can also do this on the smaller grills (I did), and wipe them away too.  You don’t need to do this on the microphone grill at the bottom of the AirPods, unless you’ve been sticking that in your ears.  (Just kidding, I know you aren’t doing that.)

Did it work for you?

I didn’t commit enough the first time I tried this – I only lightly sucked on it and then gave up.  The second time, I really committed, and it worked like a charm. If it doesn’t work on the first attempt, really try to suck that wax out like your life depends on it.

Let me know how it worked for you in the comments below!

New Desk HiFi Audio Setup (Audiophile)

HiFi Desk Audio Setup Audiophile - Hack Your Productivity

(Infographic picture at bottom of post)

When I really need to focus on getting work done, I have to turn the music in my headphones up really loud.  My headphones are Sennheiser HD600, which have an impedance of 300 ohms.  This means they are a bit harder to drive than other ‘normal’ headphones.

When I listen straight out of the headphone jack from my MacBook Pro – even at max volume – they don’t get as loud as they are capable of getting.  This is where my headphone amp comes in handy.

So now, I want a way to get digital audio out of my MacBook Pro, then send a fresh analog signal into the O2 headphone amp, to be amplified into my headphones.  However, I also want to be able to easily switch between headphones and desk stereo speakers.

The downside with using optical out from my MacBook is that it’s a fixed level, so I can’t adjust the volume with my keyboard knob any more.  So now I’ll have to use the knob on the desk speakers and the knob on my headphone amplifier – but that’s a small price to pay for high quality – very amplified sound.

Here’s an infographic to display how my setup will function when I get the remaining parts.

HiFi Desk Audio Setup Audiophile - Hack Your Productivity

Microsoft To-Do is Replacing Wunderlist

Microsoft To-Do - Maximize Your Productivity

Microsoft To-Do - Maximize Your Productivity

I do indeed use Wunderlist quite a bit to help with my Productivity, but I also rely heavily on Office365, so I’m thinking although it’s scary to think Wunderlist will be gone, it’ll be cool to see what extra features Microsoft can add / come up with to make it even better!

Original Story

I Hate Gimme Putts (When Not Hit)

I Hate Gimme Puts - Casey Friday

I Hate Gimme Puts - Casey Friday

I’ve been playing golf a lot more, and as with most things I do, I LOVE to track all the data behind the game, so I can more effectively practice to improve my game.  I probably love golf more than all other sports because of the variation in scenery and pretty views.

My least favorite thing, though, is when people take gimme putts.  When you look at my handicap graph in the above photo, that is exact.  I want to know EXACTLY how much I’m improving, so I count every single shot.  Every shot into the woods, every mishit driver shot, and every. single. putt.

If gimme putts were acceptable to skip in the PGA Tour, The Masters might have had a different outcome!  In fact, all tournaments would have a different outcome.  And as you might know from reading my content, there’s something else I really like: Slick Deals.

If I skip putts on the golf course, I’m not getting my money’s worth for the round.

I enjoy putting just as much as I enjoy hitting with irons, so why would I skip that part of the game?  Especially when I paid to be there?

Rant over.

Awesome Headphone Hanger – Organize My Desk

Aluminum Headphone Desk Hanger - Organize My Desk

I usually store my headphones on my desk somewhere, but it’s always annoying having them taking up valuable space that could either be housing something else, or just adding visual clutter to my workspace.

My Sennheiser HD600 cans came with a desk clamp / mount, but I donated it while we lived in the trailer thinking I’d never need it.  This new aluminum headphone hanger is even nicer than the Sennheiser one I got, and it works great!  It comes with two screws, if you want some added stability / security, but I’ve had it attached to my desk with only the 3M double sided tape for three days now, and it’s held up great.  Feels super sturdy!

This is a great way to clean up your workspace and make you feel like a badass at the same time!

Aluminum Headphone Desk Hanger - Organize My Desk

The little rubber half sphere you see is also a great way to route and organize the cables on your desk.  I got a pack of 6, and still have 4 left to add somewhere on my desk!

Aluminum Headphone Hanger at Amazon - Organize My Desk             Rubber Desk Cable Organizer at Amazon - Organize My Desk

Truck Storage = Awesome

Truck Grocery Storage - Nissan Frontier

Seriously, I’ve always hated trucks.  I always thought they were so pointless.  So much space that you’re not using the majority of the time.

However, after keeping our truck post-travel-trailer life, we both absolutely love having this truck.  I still want to line the front doors with Dynamat, but it’s so comfortable, super reliable, and just look at this grocery storage!  Not a single thing in the cab with me!

Truck Grocery Storage - Nissan Frontier