Category Archives: Help

Expand FM Band

I just bought a C.CRANE CC Pocket radio.  While reading the setup instructions I found a section on expanding the FM band.  I wasn’t really sure what that meant so I looked it up.  Apparently, different parts of the world use different ranges in the FM band.

FM, or frequency modulated radio waves, can be generated at any frequency.  However, the 30 to 300 megahertz (MHz), or  very high frequency (VHF) range, is most commonly used.  The Americas, which is ITU region 2, broadcasts in the 88 to 108 MHz range.  Expanding the frequency of the C.CRANE Pocket radio will be useful should I travel abroad.

Make Your Own Ringtones For iPhone or Android Phone

I found this video on how to create my own custom ringtones for my iPhone (or android). It is a little old but still works well. I’m using iTunes version 12.5.5.5.

Here is a summary of the steps:

  1. Open iTunes and select a song.
  2. Right click on the highlighted song and select “Get Info”.
  3. Click on the “Options” tab.
  4. Check both boxes next to “Start” and “Stop” – This is the start and stop times you want to use as a ringtone. (I believe the tone length has to be less than or equal to 45 seconds. Anything longer will not be recognized by iPhone as a ringtone.)
  5. Click “OK”
  6. From the file menu at the top left of iTunes select “Convert” > “Create AAC Version”. This will create a copy of the file and place it directly underneath the original file.
  7. Highlight the original file and turn off the check boxes next to “Start” and “Stop” to restore the file to its original condition.
  8. Now, drag and drop the new, AAC file, to your desktop.
  9. Rename the file extension on your desktop to .mp3r or .mp4r.
  10. Delete the ACC version inside of iTunes
  11. Drag and drop the .mp3r or .mp4r file from your desktop to your “Tones” folder in iTunes.
  12. Connect your iPhone to your computer and synchronize the tones folder.  (Note: Sometimes my computer recognizes my iPhone without plugging it in.)

Let me know if you run into any trouble.

Google Search Tips


I was listening to an interview with Pat Flynn a few days ago and I learned a technique for searching with google. When you enter text entered between quotes “ “ google will search the web for words entered in the same order that you entered between the quotes.

If you add ; website.name after the “quoted” text “ google will return pages from the website, entered after the semi colon, containing the words in the order entered between quotes.

Example: “Google Search Tips” ; crippysworld.com will return pages from crippysworld.com that contains the words, Google Search Tips, in that order.