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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Neiko 51031A 1-Inch by 15-Feet Ratcheting Tie-Down with Soft-Grip Levers and PVC-Coated Hooks , 4-Set Review

From my Amazon.com review of  Neiko 51031A 1-Inch by 15-Feet Ratcheting Tie-Down with Soft-Grip Levers and PVC-Coated Hooks , 4-Set I bought these for a recent move, using a Budget truck. They were great- I purchased the 15-feet so that I could wrap the tie-downs around furniture so that it would stay put in the truck. The color was easy to spot when we were unloading, and no marks were left on … [Read more...]

Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 120GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Single Unit Version Internal Solid State Drive MZ-7TE120BW Review

Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 120GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Single Unit Version Internal Solid State Drive MZ-7TE120BW, as per my Amazon Review: I own several of the 840 series drives, and have not been disappointed by one of them. All of the drives have been reliable, and have greatly sped up the systems that I placed them in.I used one of drives in a laptop- it has slightly extended battery … [Read more...]

iOttie Easy Smart Tap Dashboard Car Desk Mount Holder Cradle for iPad mini Review

iOttie Easy Smart Tap Dashboard Car Desk Mount Holder Cradle for iPad mini (HLCRIO106) based on my Amazon Review: I bought this so I could use Waze on my iPad mini as a navigation device for my car. I checked the laws of most states, and in the United States, and iPad mini is about the maximum size you can use for navigation within the drivers view.This stand is great, and I can attach it both … [Read more...]

TP-LINK TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender Review

TP-LINK TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, Wall Plug design, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator review from my Amazon.com account: As others have pointed out, this product disconnects frequently and leaves the internet unusable until you reset it. I've updated the firmware and worked with support, but there are just issues with this device. TP-Link support was … [Read more...]

Las Vegas Casino Reviews/ Things to do in Las Vegas

My family and I recently went on a trip to Las Vegas during what was my winter break from teaching.  The vacation was fun, despite our frustrations of actually getting to Las Vegas due to annoyances with Southwest Airlines.  I will be talking about what you can do on your vacation and what we frustrations we ran into while vacationing.  This list is in no particular order. The … [Read more...]

Vacation to Las Vegas- Day 1

Today has looked a lot like the picture I posted above- we’ve been in the airport for most of it.  Our originally plane was set to leave Manchester, NH at 6:20 am this morning, and we had planned to wake up around 3 am to drive to the airport.  We were again using Southwest Airlines Vacations, which we had luck with when we went to Disney World last year.  The phone rang this … [Read more...]