Welcome To WordCutter!

Frank GatesHello! Frank Gates here. I am the WordCutter. I want to thank you for visiting. This site is focused on digital technology. Your digital technology. Photos, videos, music, phones, laptops, home networks, and the rest of it. All translated into easy-to-understand, non-technical language.

Start enjoying all your media, on all your devices, all the time!

What is this site?

Tablet, desktop, laptop and mobile phoneThis site is the go-to site for your home media. It has the "how-to" about everything from running cables, cutting-the-cord, setting-up your router, and all the parts and pieces that make up all of your HomeMedia.


Man looking at mobile phoneThis website is all about beginners. It is built for regular folks who just want to enjoy all their photos, home videos, music, and so on. It is a non-technical "How-To" website with step-by-step instructions to guide you through your entire media world. Sources, hardware, software, tools, and techniques. Everything you need to organize your own personal media collections.

Where do I start?

The first step is to go to the "Home Media BASICS" page. It will explain all the sixteen steps and how to navigate around the site.

But there are no rules. You can just bounce around wherever you want to go and check it out. You are in the driver's seat. (There's even some motorcycle stuff in here.)

My credentials?

Hi, I'm Frank Gates. I spent 35 years in cable TV, (CableClips) and I am going to share that experience with you by showing you how I put together my own home media system and how I enjoy it every day.

I have made just about all the mistakes and have figured out what works, and what doesn't work. My technical credo is:

“I do not work for technology; I make technology work for me.”

(Click here to see my background)

Cigarette Pack Surprise

Cigarette Pack Surprise

This is about the time in the Santa Monica ready room when one of the big bosses was visiting and asked the tech if he could borrow a cigarette. The tech pulled out open a soft pack of Marlboros and shook a cigarette out for the big boss to catch. When it came out it wasn’t a cigarette.