Thursday, December 22, 2016

Losing weight and Misc Updates

So I have not posted since April. I guess I owe my website an update.

What is up with me? Well I am now losing weight fast and furiously. I have lost nearly 60 pounds since October 31st.

I had weight loss surgery. It has changed my life. I am eating less and feeling awesome. As I move forward I am eating the Keto way. It is wonderful.

I am the Kiwanis Governor now. Lots of work, lots of travel. But I do it for the kids.

That's it for now. I hate writing as everyone knows.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Vlogging or Blogging?

This day in age there are generally two ways for a novice like myself to get my message out to masses. Blogging and Vlogging.

First off a Blog is the easiest way since you don't need to speak well, don't need to worry about camera shyness. don't even really need to write well - I am a prime example of this.

But when you look at blogs there are thousands of them. And without Google Reader (May it rest in Peace) it is very hard to keep track of your reading material. There is no general great way of continuously reaching your readers. Sure you can have the subscribe to your email blasts. Mail Chimp does a great job with this. But does it? I get well over a thousand emails a day. Unless the title is so intriguing that I NEED to open the email it will go the way of the rest of the emails in my inbox, never read.

Sure there is Feedly. I use it actually and like it, but does it really work as well? Is it just another email program, piling with lost blog posts waiting to be read?

Some, like Mike Elgan, have done well using Google+ to get his message out to his readers.

But say you are like Mike with millions of followers and you generate traffic. Are you making money on it? Highly doubtful. I am not seeing people making millions on a blog. So why bother?

Then you have Vlogging. YouTube is the king of the blogs. If you want to be seen you move to YouTube. But again here you are lost in a land of good looking people trying to be famous. You do come upon someone that fits a niche, like technology and they have lots of views. And I know you can make money on YouTube. But again how does someone like me, A 40 something man, old and fat, going to get viewers on a Vlog when you have college age women and men who look much nicer then I do getting the hits.

So is the internet becoming High School again? Is it the popular kids are the ones getting the internet gold, or is the internet the Wild West, home of the free where anyone can make it?

What do you think of all this? Do you have suggestions? Leave a comment and let's discuss.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

How I turned the Pixel C into my new laptop

Recently Google came out with a tablet that would become their flagship tablet. The Pixel C. Most people believe the Pixel C was originally a Chrome 2-1 that didn't work out.

When I first started using the Pixel C I was not impresseed. Sure the size of the tablet was nice. But it lacked many of the things the iPad Pro had including multi screen support and a long list of tablet ready apps.

Well after some corrections I was able to fall in love with the Pixel and use it as my primary computer. They were -

1) Download the new Android M Beta. For a beta copy it is awesome. Very little problems, in fact enough that I forget I am using a beta product. This beta brings dual screen control to the game which is needed for multitasking.

2) Downloaded a rotate app and set it up for Landscape Only mode in dock. This little change opened the tablet to every app on the app store. If I open an app that is not meant for tablet, the app keeps it in landscape mode and the app, although stretched out a little uses good use of the real estate.

3) Set up a remote desktop system - Sometimes  you just need to use a PC. If it is for  running pc software to coding. I can log into my computer and work on it from my small tablet.

4) The biggest done, and the one that makes the Pixel stand up over the iPad Pro - Mouse Support. Sometimes you need to work on a website in its native form and it is not touch friendly. Even though Apple has the amazing Apple Pencil (The Pixel's downfall) the iPad Pro does not allow mouse support. On the Pixel I am able to link a bluetooth mouse with the tablet and use it like a laptop.

These 4 things have helped me turn my Pixel C into my daily driver of tablets. Have you switched to tablet only on the road? Share your experiences with me.