Monday, December 22, 2014
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
After researching all I could, finally called the company to see what they would do. With the device syncing up to their servers, they can see that the battery in the Fitbit is not holding a charge anymore and went bad. They would never say exactly what those lights meant but I'm going to associate it with the battery going out in the Fitbit, which is therefore a dead unit and unusable.
We were past the warranty but they wanted a receipt for when it was purchased. I didn't have it but knew the dates for when we bought it. Since they can see that we were on our 2nd device and when we connected it to their servers, it shows the dates when it was done. Since I knew the exact dates for when we purchased it, and they could see it in their system, they waived needing the receipt. So we have a new Fitbit on the way.
Monday, November 10, 2014
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Looks like I need to go back and check this app out again. I was using Google Reader until it went down. Then I switched to Feedly which I have been enjoying.
Flipboard gets a makeover and thousands of new topics http://www.engadget.com/2014/10/30/flipboard-version-3-android-ios/?ncid=rss_truncated
Monday, October 27, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Well, this kills Hulu from ever getting the CBS shows. As many shows as I watch live on CBS, I will probably end up getting this.
CBS launches its own TV-streaming service for $6 a month http://www.engadget.com/2014/10/16/cbs-all-access-launch/?ncid=rss_truncated
Monday, October 6, 2014
Saturday, October 4, 2014
I definitely grew up looking to Saturday morning cartoons. It's sad that you can't catch it on prime time anymore.
This Is the First Weekend in America With No Saturday Morning Cartoons http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/kotaku/vip/~3/OH5UXFKaa7k/+Fahey
Friday, October 3, 2014
I declined to merge my SMS with hangouts when the option was first given but maybe I should give it a shot.
The Best Text Messaging Replacement for Android http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/lifehacker/vip/~3/EaAXNm1l2FA/the-best-text-messaging-replacement-for-android
Friday, September 5, 2014
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Friday, August 29, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Maybe it's just because of my past but I think this movie is worth watching. I went to bed thinking about this movie and couldn't get it out of my head the entire next day. On my 2nd day and I'm still thinking of parts in the movie. I'm also trying to control my urge to speed down the road right now too. This movie will just make you want to go race.
This movie was also filmed in the town right above mine. So when that scene showed up in the movie, I knew exactly every part of it as I've been through those spots quite a few times. Was awesome to see it in a movie.
I'm going to have to watch this movie again.
There is one bike shop in town that everyone knows but I just don't like the place. They wanted $70 to get the bike right. All I wanted was the gears fixed.
A friend of mine told me that a new bicycle shop opened up recently near him. Looked it up and called him. Explained everything and he told me he'll make it work for $15. Told him I'd be there later that afternoon.
So took the bike and come to find out, the back part of the gear that hangs down was bent. No way I would have known that. He bent it back out and showed me this type has so much play in it is easy to mess up. He showed me one he had in his shop and how much more sturdy it was. You could really tell the difference between the two. His was only $20 too. He tweaked it and got all the gears changing properly. He only charged me $15. Told him I would send anybody I know there to him. He was really knowledgeable on everything with bikes.
So I take the bike home and I have only one issue with the gears. When I'm in 7th gear and I shift to 6th gear, it won't shift. If I go to 5, it will go to 5. Then if I go to 6, it will go to 6. With all the issues I've had, I can just deal with this until something happens and I replace out those parts. For now I've been riding around the neighborhood without any other problems. From what the bike shop owner told me, this bike doing real mountain biking wouldn't last and something would break. For what I'm doing, he said it was perfect. So I'll eventually take it off road so I can see how it does.
Final conclusion if you buy this bike. Take it to someone to get it tuned in properly after buying it. even if it's $70 as it'll be worth it if you really like the bike otherwise you should just fork out the money and buy a $500+ bike where this stuff won't happen. Well, it could but less chances of it happening.
Friday, August 8, 2014
Friday, August 1, 2014
Thursday, July 31, 2014
I called the next day around lunch time and the bike is ready. Drive up and get the bike with no problems. Now is the part where reading the reviews online matter. I knew from what I read that they never put the bikes together properly and I needed to check a few things.
First thing I checked was the tires. Every tire shows what psi you put in them right there on the tire. It's not hard to figure out. The front tire was at 25 psi and the back tire was at 20 psi. The tire shows 50 psi on it so I had to pump them up. The manager praised his bike person but now the doubts rise quickly. I adjust the seat for my height which is just a clamp to hold it, so no problem doing that. I get my kids and we go for a short ride. While riding the bike keeps making a rubbing noise, the grips where sliding off the handle, you can hear the gears grinding and the gears are slipping. I see the brakes are rubbing on the tire as it goes around. Head back to the house and I work on adjusting the brakes. I can't get it right for anything so I spin the tire around and sure enough the tire is not straight. You can see it going in and out hitting the brakes. Read online this happens so I got a small wrench to try to adjust the spokes as I don't have the spoke wrench tool. They make 3 sizes of those spoke wrench tools and the manual does not tell you what size you need. (On a side note the manual doesn't tell you how to change the gears on the bike either. You would think that would be something it should have?) They run about $7 a piece so you would need to buy all 3 to make sure you get the right one if you try to fix it yourself. Saw you could use a wrench but don't use any with the grips or you can mess up the spokes. I own a small wrench but it slips even though it looks like it's turning. So I ended up warping the tire more as some did turn but others didn't. So now the bike is messed up to the point where I can't ride it.
I'm pretty frustrated so the next day I called the only bike shop in town and they charge $70 for a full tune up on the bike. I'm not trying to spend more money on a bike that wasn't right to begin with so I call my local Wal-Mart, twice, as the lady answering the phone didn't have a clue. Asked for the manager and she was more than helpful. She told me to bring the bike in and her bike employee would look at the bike to fix it. So I took off a couple hours from work to get the bike and take it to him. Walked into the back with him and he is trying to adjust the brakes to make it work even when I told him the tire is not straight. I had asked him earlier if he had spoke wrenches, which he said yes but I didn't see any around. He never tried to adjust the spokes at all. He finally said the tire was just bad. He went and pulled a tire off another bike which was better but it still isn't quite straight. It is better than the one I had though.
While he was away I was checking out the gears in the back to see if they lined up properly. While looking I saw that the chain was always touching this metal part that the chain went through. Asked him if it should do that and he said no, it should touch at all. He adjusted it some to to keep it off. The other thing I noticed while he was gone was the gears on the back tired. When you spin the tire, there is a wobble to the gears. He said he had never seen that and knows it shouldn't be like that. I was out of time and had to get back to work. So I left the bike with him while he worked on fixing it.
I came back later that day and he had it ready. Said he grabbed and replaced out the back tired but it did the same thing. So the wobble is still there. I called up the company since I can't find this green color anywhere else and I'm trying to keep the bike, not return it for a refund. They initiated my 1 year warranty and are sending me a whole new back tire with gears. I'm also getting new grips to replace the ones I have now. They shipped it UPS ground so it's going to be a week before I even get the parts to see if this is going to fix it. Good thing I get 90 days to return the bike back.
So while I'm waiting, I'm going to ride this bike to see if it's worth keeping. I've rode it three times now. Twice with my kids and once by myself. After the first ride I realized the guy never pumped the front tire up to 50 psi and it was at 25. So stupidly aggravating when I told him about it, yet he still did the same thing the other guy did. So pumped the tire up like it should be. He adjusted the front brake so good that if have to stop immediately, it literally stops the front wheel. The back tire goes up and I literally almost went over the handle bars. Yet the back brakes do stop me but are loose. I can tell they are not right as the brakes almost touch the handle bar when I pull on them. If they touch, they are not adjusted right. So I'm going to have to adjust the back brakes to make them tighter. I hope the tire isn't warped any where because if it's going in and out. I'll never get it adjusted right. At least it'll be good practice before the replacement part comes in and I'll have to do it anyway. I still think the front tire is not quite straight but it's pretty close, so I'm not messing with it.
After riding for 30+ minutes on the bike, the seat is definitely too hard. My butt was starting to hurt and I was ready to get off the bike. So if I keep the bike, I'll be looking at getting a new seat.
Another thing I already bought was a pair of gloves with my fingers exposed. The grips on this bike dig into my hand and they were hurting the entire afternoon after I got done riding. Having the gloves gives me padding and helps my hands out a bunch. So yet another investment.
I'll post an update or I'll update this post once I get the new parts in and test out the bike with them. If it's not worth keeping the bike as it's still bad, I'll be looking for a new bike. If anyone has any suggestions on a good cheap bike, please let me know.
I'm excited as I get Carcassonne for free. I loved playing that game on the Xbox.
Amazon's offering 30 free Android apps to help make you a better person http://www.engadget.com/2014/07/31/amazon-appstore-free-android-apps/?ncid=rss_truncated
Monday, July 7, 2014
Of course they have watched some videos on it and we ended up buying the Xbox 360 version of it. Which adds on a ton of stuff the pocket edition doesn't have. I didn't find out an update is coming to add more stuff to the pocket edition but that's a few months away.
So I put it on my phone and created 3 places to live as I know they would join in once they knew I had it. I started playing also so I could see what they were doing and figure out answers they kept asking. Even though I ended up asking them questions all the time to learn new stuff myself. Never thought that day would come this soon.
So they love joining my world for the stuff I've built for them to run around it. They've been gone for the weekend so I've done a few things that they will have to explore to find. I'm sure they will like them once they find them.
I'll definitely be buying the Xbox One edition when it comes out later this year. I just hope they are smart enough to allow a Xbox 360 edition to connect to the Xbox One. I know the Xbox One will be bigger but when you connect, you connect to that world, not your own so it should be able to handle it unless the code just isn't going to allow that to happen. Guess will see.
You'll definitely recognize the world you're running around in if you play the LEGO Lord of the Rings game. I can it's going to be a little different but the same even though I'm still currently running through the story line. I've had to stop a few times just to take a better look at the graphics in the game. The details are extremely good and you almost don't even realize how good they are just running through the game without paying attention to it. They've done a suburb job on the graphics in this game.
One thing I'm noticing is that when you break certain objects, you get items out of them and not just coins this time around. Running through the game you will hit spots where you have to use those items to build something. Without them, you can't do it. I'm only going to assume that when you're playing during a level that if you break all the objects you'll have what you need in the board at that time to do it. However, outside of that, you can trade items for other items which means this could be a daunting task to get something if you don't have the materials needed. You'll be doing some hunting around to say the least. So far I've been trying to collect all I could along the way and I haven't ran into but 1 place where I didn't have an item that someone wanted. The game told me I could only get it in a certain board and I wasn't even to that point in the game yet. I just ran through it so I think I picked up what I needed, just not sure if I got enough of it, which will require a replay of the board. Not like I won't be doing that anyway to 100% the game.
All the rest of the norm you're use to is back in the game. So finding and collecting everything is going to be a daunting task as always. I've finished all the rest up to the point, don't plan to stop now. Plus my kids always enjoy playing these games so we keep them.
I guess what pulls you in is the fact that it's not to far off in the distant future. They are using head gear to immerse themselves into a virtual reality game. Only problem is when SAO comes online, the Game Master (Creator) came in and had turned the log off option out of the game. All the head gear was built to where if they died in the game, they would die in the real world as well. The helmets were designed to fry your brain for easy terms.
The only way to escape is t beat the 100th floor of this tower. No easy task by any means.
It's definitely something worth watching as you can relate to it in the real world for how people act in MMO's online.
Sword Art Online 2 just started on July 4th and I've watched the 1st episode of that. I'll definitely be waiting to watch each episode each week.
Friday, July 4, 2014
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Gotta love how companies quietly do things. Well see how much this gets used. I'm definitely gonna check it out.
Amazon Unveils Amazon Music, a New Ad-Free Streaming Service http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/lifehacker/vip/~3/0vGkdlDIqMQ/amazon-unveils-amazon-music-a-new-ad-free-streaming-se-1589813321
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Following certain rules when attacking make a really big difference in a war.
- Make sure your Town Hall is protected in the middle of your base with Clan Castle right beside it.
- Make sure the Clan Castle is full of your strongest troops: Dragons, Wizards, Witches, or Archers (Archers if your Clan Castle is extremely hard to get too).
- Try to make your Clan Castle troops hard to pull out so that you
- You have to 3 star all the lower bases. No excuse not getting those and not getting those will make you lose a war very easily.
- Attract Barb King, Archer Queen, and flush ALL Clan Castle troops out of the castle. Once they are out, pull to a corner and drop troops to kill them all.
- During war if it noticed the the clan has made the Clan Castle extremely hard to get troops out and they are filled with archers. Make sure to bring 1 lightening spell with you. Pull Barb King and Archer Queen to kill. Once you have killed them, start your attack. Only deploy half your troops. Once all the archers have come out the clan castle and are closely grouped together, drop the lightening spell to kill them all or majority. Then drop the rest of your troops to finish off the attack.
Those are some helpful tips for any clan dedicated and wanting to win at clan wars. Make sure your members are active as if they are not active, then you will be missing attacks and that's less chance you will have to 3 star every base.
This is definitely a fun game and it's enjoyable to play. Some of the achievements add a little bit of a grind but it's not so bad that you would skip by it as it's very attainable in a short period of time. Like 1-2 weeks of grinding out all the massive zombie kills you need for example.
The DLC in the game was definitely intriguing and add some great stories that happened during your story line for how things happened in the city. The only downside is it's not worth the cost and I got the season pass on it. Maybe if it was half the price, then it would have been worth it. It's not worth $30, that's for sure.
I'll definitely be looking forward to a 4th if the put one out but for now, if you're in a zombie killing mood, this game will fulfill your needs.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
More updates for stuff that should have already been a day one release. Maybe by Christmas, 1 year later, will have the box we're supposed to have had on day one.
June Xbox One Update Adds Real Name Support And Other Handy Options http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/kotaku/vip/~3/44JsXFiMyf0/june-xbox-one-update-adds-real-name-support-and-other-h-1579480381
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
I've been watching some videos and it's looking pretty good. The part I think will be the hardest is actually making sure everyone in the clan attacks the appropriate level. It has a recommended base to attack but if you can beat a higher one, you should but we have to hit all the bases to win the most stars to earn all the loot we get.
One thing that hasn't been said yet is if donating troops to the clan side will boost your donations for the week. I hope it does but nobody has given that answer that I've seen.
So today I've got to redesign my village to protect my town hall to try and stop the other clans from getting 3 stars on my base. I'll post my updated village once I got it done and know it's working.
We've got some new members in our clan so I've updated the clan listing to show who the new people are and removing some who left.
Also promoted QD to Co-Leader. He'll be able to help me and Ben out in the clan for sure.
Friday, March 28, 2014
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Friday, February 7, 2014
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Thursday, January 23, 2014