Router Review AND Contest! Daddy’s Corner

Daddy Here!  As the techie-geek, I thought I would handle this one.  
So what is all around us yet can be so aggravating to actually use and keep using you want to pull your hair out?

Answer: The Internet.  If your connection to the Internet seems to be more of a chore then a pleasure it might be time to rethink some of your tech.  There are a few components to look at first of all, call your provider.  Ask them if they see any errors on their end that would cause there error.  Nine out of ten times this won’t really help, but it is worth a try.  Next up check your wires, look for frays and lose connections.  Don’t try to repair the wires just get new ones.  
Next up your router.  This is a biggie.  You want to get something that can cook it yet won’t break the bank or be over complicated.  Up comes the Cisco Linksys E4200.  This wireless router is dual band runs on gigabit speed and runs on the wireless n protocol.  IF you aren’t all that tech savvy, all that means is it is very up to date and will give you the speed for your kids or husband to kick tush in their on line video games, you the ability to use the Internet for browsing and photo uploading and of course the little ones the ability to check out what a spaceship really does in a video form.   

Setup of the router was incredibly easy.  Took about an hour and that includes setting up the security.  Interesting tidbit when switching to a new router we had a friend who complained the internal log caught allot of blocked traffic.  Odd part is there was a clear increase in speed.  So not only was their router slower but also less secure and thus leaking bandwidth. Some more nifty characteristics are the ease of use.  Lest say you are having some guests over and they aren’t of the highest regard.  You can set up a private network allowing only limited access to the Internet.  There are also parental controls which can be used to limit access time and also sites themselves.
The Linksys E4200 wireless router is perfect for anyone interested in building the ultimate connected home. The E4200 is the first building block that can handle gaming consoles, HDTV streaming video, Roku boxes, eReaders, smartphones, and anything other wireless device that needs screaming connectivity. Also, with back to school fast approaching, now is a great time for parents to make sure their homes are well-equipped for their kids to succeed academically and maximize learning from home to school.  A simple and cost-effective way to make the home an ideal learning environment is to transform the home into a learning hotspot with home wireless.

Today’s middle and high school students have grown up with mobile technology and feel most comfortable in a wireless environment for anytime/anywhere studying, interactive web research, easy collaboration and communication and parent accessibility.  The wireless home learning environment also more closely aligns with how they use technology at school. The Linksys E4200 router from Cisco (http://homestore.cisco.com/E4200) lets parents easily set, use and manage their own home wireless. The E4200 is also perfect for college students setting up wireless in their first home away from home.


This router is a great upgrade and an easy one to install and use,  With a little knowledge and some studying up it has a whole lot of bells and whistles.
Enjoy 🙂
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DISCLOSURE: I received the above product in order to facilitate this post.  All opinions are mine, yours may differ.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited by law.  Open to US shipping addresses only.  Limited to US residents; 18 years old and above.  Sponsor is responsible for providing and mailing prize. Ends Oct. 2, 2011

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Brave Rooney App

‘BRAVE ROONEY’, spotlighted today by Publisher’s Weekly:    http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/index.html
Until September 9, the publisher is having a “Back to School” special with the app selling for only .99.  To get a glimpse, go to:  http://youtu.be/tnwjCipvwDM.”
Maybe something for your kiddos  🙂  

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8 Incredible Bible Verse iPhone Apps

What do you do if you want to regularly expose yourself to Bible verses
but you don’t want to always have to have a Bible on hand or to have to
seek out new verses each time you want new verses to ponder? That’s
easy. Just turn to your iPhone. Here are 8 incredible Bible verse iPhone
apps and some of the blessings that they can bestow upon you.

New Verses On A Regular Basis

These iPhone apps can give you Bible verses to mull over anytime you
want. You can get new ones daily, hourly, or just whenever you want
a new one to think about. You may not have large amounts of time to
sit down and read the Bible on a daily basis but to be active in your faith
you need to be studying it always. These Bible verse iPhone apps are an
excellent addition to any Bible study regimen.

Inspiration

These verses can help to provide you with inspiration. It is common for
people to get distracted by life and to forget to live up to their religious
ideals but these verses can provide the inspiration that will help you to do
that. These verses are priceless when you face tough times and when you
need to remember the presence of God in all things and all people.

Guidance

When you aren’t sure what to do in your life then these verses can
provide guidance in addition to comfort and inspiration. They can help
you to make the right decisions and to keep your faith in mind no matter
what you may be doing. If you are looking for some direction in your life
then what better place is there to turn than the Bible itself?

Bible Verse Search

Some of these apps allow you to search for specific Bible verses just in
case you want to review your favorites or if you want to search for various
topics. If the Bible verses that you are receiving from the random verse
generator aren’t quite giving you what you need on any given day then
this is a wonderful option for you to use. As you build up your knowledge
of Bibles verses then this tool will be more helpful as you wish to revisit
the ones most relevant for you at any point in time.

The Whole Bible

Not all of these apps are limited to giving you random verses from a bank
of verses. Some can generate random verses but they also give you the
option of reading the entire Bible. The verses are a nice addition to any
study regimen but for true understanding of the Bible you will want to
be constantly reading passages. Some of the apps below even create
a program for you so that you can complete the entire Bible in only one
year’s time. This is a fantastic option if you are not doing that already.

1. Bible Memory Verses
2. ABC Bible Verses
3. Bible HD
4. Bible Verses Free
5. Fighter Verses
6. iBibleSpace
7. God’s Bible
8. Daily Bible Audio

Tom H. Reinecker is quite passionate about Christian education
and connecting students with accredited Christian online colleges.

Disclosure- this is a sponsored guest post.   I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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Pardon my dust! I’m getting a makeover!

I’m getting a bloggy makeover, so please pardon my dust (and random uglyness!  Everything is everywhere, so unorganized looking!) while it is getting pretty   🙂
No pain, no gain, right? LOL
Thanks!
~Samantha

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Fotobounce

Hello, bloggy buddies!  I recently heard of a fun site called Fotobounce. What may you ask is Fotobounce?  Fotobounce is a freeware program to help organize photos based on various criteria, or tags.  These tags include people via facial recognition, geotagging, date, event, really anything you would want to organize photos by.  First of all the facial recognition is very neat, works quite well and is actually creepy good at its job.  It picked out Little Man, Kamikaze and myself after selecting who was who in the pictures.  Tagging the pictures in every way was really easy.  Fotobounce links up to facebook and twitter too.  The most difficult part of setting up Fotobounce was… well.. nothing… I guess if i had to pick one thing it would be the download, it was very strenuous.  I had to build tug the bytes the the internet byte at a time using my web browser, phew hard work lol.

Another cool feature is sharing, which can be done with any photo set created, or the set as a whole.  Then you can share it with other Fotobounce users or invite via Facebook and Twitter, super easy.

The software itself runs quickly and easily and is compatible with mac, pc and with the new remote viewer is available on Android, Windows, Mac and Linux systems.  You are able to view your pictures with pretty much anything made in the last 5 years that has and internet connection.

Disclosure- this is a sponsored post- all opinions are my own, yours may differ.  

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EA SPORTS Active 2- Good Idea for Dad!

 Hey there and welcome to Daddy’s Corner!  For any of you new readers, that means that this post is by daddy- me!  But Mom says to mention that this is a GREAT idea for Father’s Day- and I concur! 
EA is one of the biggest most well known video game publishers out right now.  They make some great titles, including: Mass Effect, John Madden Football, and SSX ( I personally can’t wait for the newest installment of SSX, I love this game, go Kaori!!)  One of their newest franchise is EA Active.  Active is EA’s jump into the exercise/ self help genre.  It acts as both and exercise program as well as a life-style tool.  The exercises are varied and go from simple warm ups and stretches to running/biking/squats.  Also the graphics are very good, you can very clearly see exactly what should be done next, and your personal trainer (I picked Devon, seems like a cool cat) is quite good at showing you how to do each workout properly.  The backgrounds are also varied and gorgeous, from sprawling deserts to flowing waterfalls.  What I enjoyed about the workouts is they are varied.  Warm ups are just that, to stretch you out before burning those calories.  They also vary in intensity and length, from a quick 10 minutes cardio burn to longer 45 minute sessions.  You can pick a mountain to conquer on bike, pumping your feet and doing squats to do jumps and tricks or maybe off road skateboarding, with balancing and speed controlled by how deeply you squat and jump.
A great tool included in Active 2 is the calender, not only does this game help you workout but also helps you figure out when you should be working out and helps you fit exercise in your schedule.   
 
There are also tips on eating and life style changes.  An exercise routine isn’t the only portion of a healthy life as you all know.  Burgers for three meals a day and EA Active will still lead to problems down the line.  As you work out and progress through your routine, number one you feel better, and number two it actually rewards you with medals and trophies, Even PlayStation trophies so all your on-line buddies can see how well you are doing. 
There are lots of features included in Active 2.  One of the most prominent ones is the new body tracking feature and heart monitor.  (Both of which are included.)  These looks like arm bands with small mp3 player on them.  Very easy to put on and hardly noticeable once in place.  The sensors are very responsive and pick up your motion easily.  Even in the most cardio intensive workouts, where you are running in place, pumping your arms and hoping up and down doing squats. 
I know this is a minor feature but still one I really like, custom playlists.  You can rip your mp3s off your cd’s or copy them off your mp3 player, you can import a playlist into the game.  Don’t like the hip hop or electronic music included?  Change it up.  Get pumped with some classic Queen, or maybe some rocking Live, according to the wife.  The choice is yours.  I found myself building my next playslist as a cool down after my workout more often then not.   🙂
 
We have the PlayStation 3 version of EA Active 2 and I can definitely see myself using it regularly.  It looks like it could be a nice change of pace from blowing up alien space ships and saving the world.  Saving myself from an early demise sounds like a good idea as well.
Until next time- Daddy

I have a new website domain- please read!

Hey bloggy buddies!
As you may see, I moved to the .com now, so if you linked to me, or have my button- can you maybe change it?  I updated the button, of course  🙂 
The old ones won’t work anymore after 2 more days.

ALSO- I lost a few things in the transfer- like my blogroll, LOL.  So, if you were on there before, or want to be on there now and will put mine up on yours- Please let me know!

Buttons too!  If we had previously swapped buttons- please let me know and we can re-swap!  🙂 
Have a great day, bloggy buddies!
~Samantha

MY GROCERY MASTER

“MY GROCERY MASTER” iPHONE APPLICATION LAUNCHES RECIPE CHALLENGE FOR SPECIALTY DIETS

Enter Your Gluten-Free, Lactose-Free or Kosher Recipe For A Chance To Win A Trip to San Francisco or New York City!
DEADLINE:August 31, 2011
KENSINGTON, MD (May 2011) —  My Grocery Master, the application has been helping people find specialty food products on their iPhone, iPod Touch and iPads wants to know what YOU create with the products you find from the application.  Whether you look to the My Grocery Master to assist you in following a gluten-free, lactose-free of kosher diet, we want you to tell us your favorite recipe.
The application, My Grocery Master, allows users to browse and search a database of over 100,000 specialty food products, 360 name brands and over 100 supermarkets. “We’re delighted to save people time and energy looking for the products they need by making them available at the convenient touch of a button,” says Steven Friedman, President of Nosh Maven LLC. “We are thrilled to invite our users to engage in this first-ever “My Grocery Master Recipe Challenge”.
From April through July 31, 2011, people across the United States are invited to share their best recipes; gluten-free, lactose-free or kosher, for a chance to win a trip to San Francisco or New York City!  Nine finalists, three from each category will receive a $100.00.  Three first place winners, one from each category will receive $250.00. One overall grand prize winner will win an all expenses paid weekend getaway for two in San Francisco or New York City.  Judging will be based on taste, creativity, ease of preparation and adherence to theme.So whether you have the best gluten-free appetizer, best kosher entrée or lactose free dessert we want to hear from you!

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