Wink Hub 2 versus Wink Hub 1

I have been working on getting into the Home Automation game, after finally buying a house of my own. I started out with a Wink Hub 1, that I had bought with the GE-Link bulbs a couple of years ago, on a deal around Christmas time. I was then part of the large Wink outage, in which the wrong certificate was pushed to the device. I was playing around, because I knew that any automation devices … [Read more...]

What are millennials thinking about?

I am a participant in the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey Summer Institute for Educators. We've officially been in session a week, and it is very interesting to network with local businesses, tour facilities, and sit down with both public and private sector companies to identify what skill-sets are sought. And one major theme centers around millennials. Millennials (as defined by … [Read more...]

To the friends I’ve lost along the way

It's really interesting to realize that as life goes on, it tends to get a little more lonely.  You lose touch, and eventually lose friends. The most important fact is to realize that loss of friends is natural. The first time I started to realize this fact was college. Everyone from high school goes off, to their own corner of the world. And out of your group of friends, you only really … [Read more...]

SiriusXM lost me as a customer to Spotify, and how to get the best deal on SiriusXM

SiriusXM (SIRI) was one of the ways that I listed to music when purchasing my 2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited. I was just starting to use Spotify, and Pandora was unreliable over 4g. But SiriusXM lost me as a customer, mostly due to information here on the internet. And SiriusXM wants to gain subscribers to keep investors happy, so all you have to do is wait them out. The phrase I started … [Read more...]

4 Social Media Customer Service Tips for 2016

With social media and our "always on" society, customer service has become one of the most important ways in which businesses can engage with stakeholders and improve brand loyalty. I've spent the last couple of weeks reviewing some important facets that are crucial to ensuring a positive response of major brands and services . Ranked below, (in order) are the most important strategies to keep in … [Read more...]

Bitdefender Box Review- Not Ready for Primetime

From my Amazon.com review of the Bitdefender Box. "I received a Bitdefender Box test unit, and can't imagine anyone ever purchasing this device. The first major flaw- It give its own DHCP connections. I have a pfsense box behind my modem, and was thinking I could use this in line before my guest wifi/Internet of Things network. It doesn't work that way. The second flaw- 100mbps ports. Why … [Read more...]

Becoming a Social Media Consultant, Summer 2015

It's officially Summer for me, as I've wrapped up my first year of teaching in a new district. As you might recall, last year, I tried to become a social media consultant. I didn't have much luck, as I had only a few weeks before school started, and it's hard trying to get in touch with local businesses. Local businesses just don't think about social media the same way that larger corporations … [Read more...]

The Chimney Story- How Ridgway Chimney Service NJ ruined our Chimney

We just bought our first house. Our first house ever. We were really good about everything. We had a Home Inspection, and discovered some issues. Many of the issues were known about- a damaged masonry stoop on the guest entrance, settling sidewalk, a fence that has seen better days. Our building inspector did advise us to get some professionals in- one was for a Chimney Service, and the other for … [Read more...]

Congrats, Pioneer Class of 2015

I'll preface it with this- I had hoped that I would have seen you folks graduate. I started with you, you were my first group of students, and you all hold a special place in my heart. Life is messy. I started writing this speech when you were freshmen. Dear Graduates, Faculty, School Committee Members, Families and Guests, I'm going to be facing you, Graduates, because you are the reason … [Read more...]

After failed Google+, will Google buy Twitter

The news of the day in the social media world is that Twitter stock has risen 4%, based on takeover claims. According to Mashable: Twitter shares spiked by as much as 4% on Tuesday amid gossip in the investment community that the company had hired advisors — reportedly including Goldman Sachs — to deal with takeover bids. I bet the next news that we start to hear is about Google and their focus … [Read more...]