Don't call it a resolution, but this year I will be attempting pretty much the same thing I said I would do last year: more blog writing and more book reading. Last year was a definite success (21 books read compared to, um, zero? the year before) and 12 blog posts written. This year, I want to do even more.
So if you're reading this, look forward to more blog posts here throughout the year. I'm not decided yet on exactly what to write...the Internet hardly needs another tech review blog, and long opinion pieces are a dime a dozen. I like writing stuff that helps people, like my encouragement to go prepaid. I plan more "apps you've never heard of" posts, and probably more home improvement posts as I tackle some fun sounding projects this year.
So here's to a happy, healthy new year for everyone. I'm looking forward to it!
Saturday, December 27, 2014
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I always assumed that the problem was me and that owning a Kindle wouldn't be any different. After all, why should the brand of ebook reader make a difference as to how much I use it?
Boy was I wrong.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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People are naturally resistant to change, especially one that requires effort. I saw a survey once that asked people how much they would need to save to consider switching mobile phone carriers. The numbers were staggering: the vast majority of people wouldn't switch even if they would save 25%, and most still said they wouldn't switch even if they could save 50%. Why? Because they viewed it as too much of a hassle.
Today, though, it's not the hassle it once was. With number porting, online activation, etc. switching providers only takes a few minutes in most cases and since your number comes with you, none of your contacts will even know anything changed. Plus, if you have an unlocked phone, you can switch carriers without even needing a new phone, just swap SIM cards and go.
If you're ready to lower your phone bill, though, it's easier than you think, even though there is some effort involved. If you could cut your phone bill literally in half, would you? Prepaid is the way to go.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Since I have a Kindle now and am starting to read again, I thought I would take advantage of my blog here to highlight some of the noteworthy books I come across. Look for more posts like this in the future
First up in my notable books post is one I recently read called The Atopia Chronicles by Matthew Mather. It's a sort-of science fiction book set in the not-too-distant future. Don't worry, no spoilers here.
In this fictional future, the world's population has grown almost out of control and the wealthy and elite have escaped to a new floating city called Atopia. Atopia isn't affiliated with any government or country and has its own system of governance, defense system, etc.
Sunday, August 3, 2014
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I read an article several years ago that changed the way I perceive shopping forever. Everyone should read it, seriously. Go read it now and then come back, I'll wait.
Done? Okay, good. It's actually not an article, but an excerpt from a book called Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture. I haven't read the whole book, but the excerpt article definitely makes me want to read more. Anyway, the excerpt article talks specifically about shopping at outlets. It describes the way outlet malls use mind games to entice customers to spend more money. Every store employs tactics like this, of course, but outlets do it in ways that seem contradictory. While a grocery store may put the highest margin products on an endcap where you're sure to see them, outlets intentionally make shopping difficult, appealing to mindset that inconvenience equals savings.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
I could recommend dozens of books that I read in those days, and in some cases, I still do.
Lately, though, I've fallen off. Between work, the kids, and all of my DIY homeowner projects, I haven't had the time to read books like I used to. I still read, a lot actually. Just not books. I've been reading blogs, tech news, and longform articles for years now, and they have slowly replaced books as my primary reading material.
I've tried to get back into book reading in the past. I've owned a Nook ereader and a Nook tablet, but neither were perfect for various reasons (both sold on eBay long ago). I've also tried reading ebooks on my phone, but that didn't work for me either due to distractions and battery concerns.
Well, I'm trying again. I now have a Kindle Paperwhite which I can honestly say is the nicest ereader I've ever used. I'll write another post about the Kindle later, but for now, I'll say that it is helping facilitate my renewed attempt at reading again. I want to get back into the habit of reading books regularly. I miss getting absorbed in a story and really enjoying a story. I want my children to grow up seeing me reading a lot.
So let's get started. I just finished a non-fiction book about how to improve the workplace, and now I'm reading a military thriller fiction book. I set up profile on Goodreads (add me as a friend if you want), and I'll report back with any books I find particularly enjoyable.
Reading is something I used to love. I want to love it again.
Friday, July 25, 2014
In case you missed it, Android Wear stormed onto the scene recently, bringing three new smartwatches from Samsung, LG, and Motorola. The new watches promise to be the future of wearable computing, and provide Google's vision of what smartwatches should be. All three of the Android Wear watches have vibrant color touchscreens along with features like a microphone, accelerometer, etc.
I've had my Pebble since December 2013, and I was excited to see what kind if improvements Android Wear would bring. And it sure did bring some killer new ideas to the smartwatch arena, especially in regards to voice control. But after seeing the current crop of Android Wear watches, as well as the ones coming later this year, I will definitely be keeping my Pebble and not getting an Android Wear watch. At least not for a while. Here's why: