Friday, May 15, 2015

Mlias M9 Smartphone from GearBest Review

I recently purchased a new Smartphone for my wife to replace the $39 Nokia Lumia with Windows. I first have to admit that for the price the Lumia was a pretty good phone; it never really had an issue, it was tougher than it looked, allowed for offline map downloading, and generally did what a smartphone should.

Then I came across a deal from GearBest (from which I've purchased items cheap before but with good quality and not complaints) for an Andriod 5 inch smartphone running KitKat for $84.99.  The camera is 8.0 MP on the back and all the other specs are virtually identical to my Nexus 5 ($349 purchase from google directly).  The only downside from GearBest can be how long the shipping can take, but seeing that it normally comes from Hong Kong, understandable.

Now that we've had the phone (unlocked by-the-way, on a $25 a month At&t plan) for a while I can't see any reason to spend $300+, never-mind $600 (iPhone, Samsung, etc...) on a phone ever again. I will reserve the right to take back some of the thoughts if it doesn't last much longer, but that said for that price it'll only have to make it another month to still be better value than the top phones.

Andriod runs smooth on it;  Apps don't crash (I've had an LG that crashed constantly); the screen is clearer then my Nexus; and if we drop it it isn't the end of the world.  The camera might not be as good as other 8MP's you've used but it's far better than the Lumia 4MP we had prior.

Mlias M9 Andriod Smartphone at GearBest

Friday, April 17, 2015

Replacing Tie Rods on a 3rd generation Acura TL

For those out there still driving the 3rd Gen Acura TL, the tie rods might need replacing soon if you haven't already.  I have a step-by-step video explaining the process.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Let China win!

President Obama announced the creation of a Trade Enforcement Unit to investigate “unfair trade practices in countries like China,” where many American goods are manufactured. “We will not go back to an economy weakened by outsourcing.” - President Obama during State of the Union Address.  

The President's 'feel-good' attempts at making our economy better are drastically lacking substance.  I cringe when I hear him 'urge' colleges to make tuition more affordable; clearly he doesn't come close to understanding the market.  The irony in the government trying to make anything more affordable (housing, Health Care, Education, ...) is the consistent inflation in those same markets caused by the government.  In terms of outsourcing and competing with China there are only so many things that can be done - and we should end it there.

Trade tariffs are really the only tool against this - but at some point I think economically it makes more sense to give up.

If a country is willing to subsidize a product and keep their people in complete poverty to a level that even after a big tax still beats our prices, then I say move on, buy the product and forget about it.

Think about it - if China wants to sell their Hankook tires at a price far below American tires with similar quality by taxing their own people then you can't win that battle. Buy their tires or make advancements far beyond Chinese tires. Yes it can/will hurt American jobs at first, but the entire country will be able to afford better tires at a cheaper price. We'll get more jobs elsewhere and our standard of living will improve off their poverty. The cotton gin destroyed thousands of American jobs as well - but everyone could afford a shirt. Advancements play out to be a positive economic move.

There are many economic situations that there are not easy solutions; in fact I'd argue that we chase better solutions indefinitely (i.e. financial regulations). We need to stop spending so much time and effort on problems with no solutions. Financial regulation will never catch up to the market. Name a time when the regulations were ahead of the market. Solution: put people in jail that steal/commit fraud/etc... Don't bail those out that fail. Keep the playing field fair. Done - move on.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Derren Brown: Apocalypse

One of the best pulled off pranks (if-you-will) that I've seen.  Well worth the watch.  Derren Brown is a genius. To make someone believe the apocalypse is real and happening sounds far fetched - but watch and see.

Second and final part:

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Americans need to start asking the same questions

We bailed out our defunct banks.  We've even helped bail out Europe with our Fed.  More people need to start standing up like the Irish Journalist. @vincentbrowne

Monday, February 27, 2012

Illegal Everything

John Stossel is at it again.  Interesting show, especially the drug war piece on Portugal.  Does he shine to much of a positive light on it? or is it basically true?  How many gangs/violence would there be here if it were legal?  Makes you wonder.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Lytro: Light Field Camera

Is this the Camera that changes it all?  One picture - as many focus points as you want. Lytro introduces a camera that will instantly make everyone that has it better at taking pictures; much better.  Not just that - think about the potential uses as well - especially if/when it becomes available for video.  Surveillance cameras will never miss a face again.  The crazy zooming in on anything in a picture that you see in movies or CSI - and then managing to focus the object - is now real.

Monday, January 30, 2012