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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Samsung S8 and Disappearing Messaging Notification Sound

Happy St. Paddy's Day!
Not original idea but it worked!

Recently my S8 stopped providing me with a sound when I received a text message.   Needless to say this was highly annoying as I constantly had to check and see if I had gotten a text.  I spent several hours trying all of the fixes online to no avail.   I found a safe mode suggestion thru T-Mobile.  https://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-34283

I did not know how to get to safe mode.  When in safe mode all of the apps not necessary to run the phone are grayed out.   I listed them and then started to delete them one by one with a reboot in between.  I got bored and started deleting several and then rebooting so I don’t know which app was the villain but after one final reboot I had my sound notification back.   I reinstalled things like Uber and Lyft but several which I never used anyway I left off.   Sound is still working so that is good news.  

I am new to Comcast for my cellular plan.  The Comcast tech concluded I needed a new phone.  I was pretty sure it was a software issue but bowed to his “expertise.”  He was very helpful and friendly but not as knowledgeable as I think he should have been.  Anyway I was suppose to get a new phone in exchange for my almost new phone at no charge so I had no complaints.  However in the interim I kept (diligently or obsessively)  working on the problem and found it was software.   So Kudos for service to Comcast Mobile but get some more training for your online techs. 

BTW if you haven’t looked into Comcast Mobile, look at it.  It is saving me $$$ over my old Verizon plan and I have not had a bit of trouble with the service.

If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Sabrent 10W qi Wireless Fast Charger Charging Pad

Sabrent 10W qi Wireless Fast Charger Charging Pad, Universally compatible with all qi enabled phones [AC Adapter Not Included] Space Gray (WL-QIFC-GRY)

I plugged this into a charger leftover from an S4.  It started right up.  It works with my S8 and is slim enough to be easy to pack.  I really like it. 

Mostly from Vendor,  Note: Connect to a 15W or higher QC2.0 / QC3.0 adapter for fast charge. this QI Charger will not charge through metal cases or cases thicker than 3 mm.  It works fine though my waterproof case.

Compatible with All Qi-Enabled Phones: Includes iPhone X, iPhone 8, 8 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Plus; non-Qi enabled phones are still compatible but will require a Qi wireless charging cover to power up

Fast Charge Qi Devices: 7.5W wireless charging for iPhone X, 8 Plus, and 8 is enabled in iOS 11.2 or later for fast charging. 10W output for all Qi Fast Charge devices, like the Samsung Galaxy S8 / S7; or conventional 5W for Qi-enabled, non-Fast Charge devices

Charge Up Safely: Fail-safe circuitry prevents overcharging, over-current, over-voltage, overheating, and short circuit

Ultra Slim Profile: The sleek and compact design makes it the perfect accessory for any room

If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Briggs & Riley Kinzie Street, Large Backpack

This is a very good looking backpack.  I would go as far as to say sophisticated if that word can be applied to a backpack.  I would like to have a commission on the zippers on this thing.  There are zippers all over the place.  It has many useful pockets and this can easily replace an over night bag with the spacious large pocket.   The straps are a bit narrow but that can easily be remedied with a couple of lambs wool sleeves which I have used on other backpacks as well.   This is not a camp in the wilderness backpack though, this is a backpack that will accessories your travel accruements quite nicely.  This is a backpack you could carry into a board meeting.  Of course at $279.00 you may need to be on the board to afford it. 

Proprietary Tartex
Polyester lining
Zipper closure
16" shoulder drop
18" high
12" wide

If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

AmazonBasics Mechanical Feel Gaming Keyboard

AmazonBasics Mechanical Feel Gaming Keyboard

This feels like a very sturdy keyboard.  Considering the passion exhibited by some gamers that is a good thing.  I like the mechanical feel.  Even though the back lighting really doesn’t accomplish a thing, I like it.  I particularly like it in the evening when the lighting is dim you can still type and see your keys.  I realize the true touch typist doesn’t need that but…. I do.  I programmed a Macro and it worked.   I think this keyboard will be very popular with the gamers and perhaps even those of us who will just like the feel and the lighting. 

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

LEGO City Great Vehicles Monster Truck 60180 Building Kit (192 Piece)

As an admitted LEGO fan, I couldn’t help but love this truck.  I had little wooden bricks as a child and when my children were born, LEGOs existed and I was hooked.  Now unto the next generation and LEGO mania continues.  This is a fun toy and as with all LEGO sets there is freedom to use the imagination to customize.

·                        Includes a Monster truck driver minifigure
·                        Features a colorful Monster truck with massive wheels, air scoop on the hood and working suspension, plus a buildable ramp
·                        This children's toy is suitable for ages 6-12
·                        Monster truck measures over 4” (12cm) high, 5” (14cm) long and 3” (9cm) wide
·                        Ramp measures over 3” (9cm) wide, 2” (6cm) deep and under 1” (2cm) high.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

HOT SKY Bluetooth Wireless Earphones with microphone

HOT SKY Automatic Turn On and Pair Earphones Bluetooth Wireless True Wireless Bluetooth Earphones with microphone Ear Buds Sweatproof Wireless Earphones with mic and Charging Case BS209FD-R

I wanted to really like these due to the size and convenience.  You pop them into the charging case to charge them and they are super light weight.  The sound was pretty good.  Thumping bass is an exaggeration.  There was bass but it certainly wasn’t thumping.  My big concern was that the left ear piece kept cutting out.  I though it might be losing the pairing so I put them back in the charger and restarted.  The ear  pieces said they paired.  I tried again and found the left one cutting out again.   I switched from one tablet to another brand of tablet and found the same issue.  So the cutting out is a biggie for me. 

Although a major factor in liking these would be the size and lightness that can be bit of a problem as well.  I found that if I adjusted them in my ear I could turn them off accidentally.  That is a touch annoying. They have great range, I left the tablet on my desk and went to the garage and still had great clarity.

Overall I liked them but the cut out of the left ear piece is a problem.  Watching TV where you lose the one ear would probably be ok but I found music cutting out on one ear a definite issue.

  • AUTOMATE CONNECT FUNCTION – Open case to turn on, pick up BS209FD-R Wireless True Wireless Bluetooth Earphones to twins pair then enter into pairing mode with phone. Put down and close the case to auto turn off and charge
  • CHARGING CASE - True Wireless earbuds BS209FD-R include charging case with 300mah battery can charge earphones bluetooth wireless 3 times
  • HIGH QUALITY AUDIO – Eventhough it is wireless it lets you enjoy High quality audio and great stereo balance
  • QUICK & EASY BLUETOOTH 4.1 PAIRING –Bluetooth V4.1 each wireless earbud perfectly captures deep, thumping bass and ultra-clear treble to improve the range of your listening experience. And with Bluetooth 4.1, your music stream will remain flawless
  • GREAT STEREO – Great stereo balance less than 3dB. Frequency range: 20-20Khz frequency response

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Sabrent USB 3.0 to SATA External Hard Drive Docking Station for 2.5" or 3.5"' HDD, SSD [Support UASP] (EC-UBLB)

This worked beautifully, right out of the box.  No instructions read, no forethought, really   just plain dumb luck.  I wanted to get the review written and decided to wing it.  Luckily it worked. I tested it with a 1TB Hitachi drive.  It accessed the files quickly and worked perfectly.  I love having the ability to swap out drives via USB.

From the vendor:
The Sabrent SATA Hard Drive Docking Station enables you to access desktop or laptop hard drives, without the frustration of assembling hard drive enclosures. By inserting a 2.5"/3.5" SATA hard drive directly into this docking station, you can quickly access drive contents and transfer files. Plus you can swap out hard drives effortlessly with plug and play mounting. Transfer data quickly and easily through USB 3.0 at speeds up to 5Gbps.

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