Google Opinion Rewards – App Review

If you have an android phone, go and download Google Opinion Rewards. This application will give you surveys to answer every few days for you to answer.

In just under 2 years, I have earned $45.69 from this application. This has allowed me to buy books, some applications and some add-ons for applications as well. Now $45 may not seem like a lot but that is free money, that I earned by answering simple survey questions.

The survey money lasts only one year but if you use your phone a lot you will find ways to spend this free Google play money before you lose your cash.

Cordcutting

To start off on the new year, my wife and I decided to cancel our cable to save some money. We are saving about $80 a month via Time Warner.  We already had a Netflix subscription and WWE Network subscription, so we already had plenty of content to watch besides cable programs. My wife also had an Amazon Prime subscription so we could search for programming on that as well if we couldn’t agree on a Netflix solution.

We also have a habit of watching Twitch streams as well. When my wife and I originally moved into our house we started without cable service for 6 months. We then had cable for about a year. We originally got cable to watch live sports but have decided to give that up.

We are currently in the process of looking into getting an antenna to capture some local channels available of the air.  We are also looking into all the different streaming platforms. Currently we are using our Xbox One and an Amazon Fire Stick. All of our TVs are smart TVs but we don’t really use that function of the TV. We have a Playstation that we could use for streaming options as well but don’t use it that often.

One streaming option we are looking into is the History Vault, but at this time the only place we could watch it is on a computer which currently doesn’t suit of home setup. Although we are looking at Rokus to try so we may be trying History Vault shortly after the Roku.

Here is to a new year and new adventures.

Ninite and GetMacApps

In years of using computers, I wish I had come across the website Ninite earlier.
Below is a list of the normal programs I install using Ninite on a new computer that I would use.

  • Java 8
  • Microsoft .NET 4.6.01590
  • Microsoft Silverlight 5.1.50901.0
  • Adobe Air 24.0.0.180
  • Shockwave
  • Firefox
  • Google Chrome
  • Malwarebytes
  • Thunderbird
  • Skype
  • TeamViewer 12
  • Steam
  • Notepad++
  • VLC Player

After using Ninite for many windows computer setups, I wondering if there was a MAC version of it. That is what I discovered Get Mac Apps.

This is what I normally install on a new MAC computer.

  • Google Chrome
  • Firefox
  • f.lux
  • Skype
  • Thunderbird
  • VLC Player
  • Filezilla
  • Steam

f.lux – Review

In my last post you read about my main computer that I use. One program that I use to enhance my experience with it is f.lux. My work on the computer tends to go into the night and bright lights regardless of time of day give me headaches usually.

f.lux is a program that alters the display’s color temperature to reduce eye strain and to help with sleep. Since I used the computer a lot at night, I gave this program a shot and have never looked back. I now have it installed on every computer I use.

One aspect I can’t wait to try out in the future is the Philips Hue LED lighting. Right now I don’t have a Philips Hue system but that is on my list of things to buy and try out this year.

If you don’t trust me read their research about their program. Give it a try for at least a week and see how it works for you. It will take a couple of days to adjust to the monitor.

Gaming PC Specs

Welcome to 2017! 2016 was a great year filed with many great adventures.

Within the last year I have invested in a gaming/video editing computer. I mainly used to be a console gamer via the Xbox systems but have started trying more PC games as well. Below is my current build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item
CPU Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive
Storage Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 960 4GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card
Case Corsair SPEC-01 RED ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
Optical Drive Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit
Keyboard UtechSmart Saturn Wired Gaming Keyboard
Monitor ASUS VN248H-P Slim Bezel Black 23.8″ 5ms (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor IPS 80,000,000:1, Built-in Speakers

I have my operating system and a few main programs and games on the Samsung solid state harddrive, while the rest of the data and games on the Western Digital Black harddrive. For any pictures, music and main documents I have stored on a separate computer, which is used a a home media server that is linked up with the rest of my network. A future post will be made about my network. This is the best computer but it gets the job done.

New Host, New Blog, New Year

Greetings all,

I recently just switched hosting providers for this blog. I went from Stablehost to Digtal Ocean. With this switch I wanted to start from scratch to try some new things out.

In regards to Stablehost, I still have a couple of sites hosted on their service, and only switched to try out a service with a different outlook on web hosting. My past experiences with web hosting providers I was using cPanel as the main backend, but with Digital Ocean I am trying a different way to manage the website to further my understanding of ssh.

And with the new year approaching it is a good time to try different things.

Welcome to the new blog!

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