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Google Project Fi – Nexus 6p review Day 1

Google Project Fi – Nexus 6p review Day 1

IMG_20151103_092836Today I had my first commute with the new service.

630 am – 1040am Battery down to 47%. Not great it is about the same with my 2yo note 3.

Youtube streaming the whole train ride (train delayed)

Streaming Music during walk to the office and in the shower

800 MB of data used ūüôĀ according tot he phone ¬†but only .04gb of data on Google Fi That is only 40 MB. ¬†WOW! (maybe this is delayed. I will wait and see)update I did use 800 mb it was a delay in the First dashboard

I still hit some of my dead spots and there were good chunks of the tunnel that were dead  but I was able to atleast get 3g for about 50% of the tunnel.


Testing the Camera Р I took both these photos while I was moving. I do not stop!  Both are taking photos of mixed lighting conditions. The software image stabilization is amazing.  the bottom image looks fuzzy at first but if you zoom in, it is really clear, it is more of the haze that is in the air over NYC.IMG_20151103_092916

Google Project Fi – Testing do you use less data?

Google Project Fi – Testing do you use less data?

My Project Fi testing and review.

I have wanted to test Google’s Project Fi service for a while. 2 things have been stopping me.

  1. I needed to buy a new phone that works with it
  2. I have unlimited data with T-mobile and I use alot of data.

With the a new Nexus 6P about to arrive at my door any day now, my first excuse was gone.

I currently commute 4 hours a day 3-4 days a week right now and I chew thru data like crazy while trying to pass the time or be productive. I hit close to 10GB a month pretty consistently. on Google Fi that will cost me close to $120 a month.   I have unlimited with T-mobile at $70 a month that works out to be $78 out the door.

Why would I ever switch?

  1. I think there is chance that I could use less data on Fi. Fi uses Sprint, T-mobile and WiFi hot spots and data is free over hotspots. and there are alot of hotspots along my commute. including Cablevison that runs its own mobile service over it’s wifi hotspots. as a Cablevision customer i get access to those hotspots as well.
    • Why doesn’t this work today?¬† it isn’t smart enough without google fi’s system. ¬†EX: If i am on hotspot A and request a website, but since i am moving by the time the website comes back I am on to hotspot B. the webpage data thinks I am still at Hotspot A and can’t route it to me. ¬†Fi’s could brain should be able to figure this all out.
  2. Improved Service coverage.  Since Fi uses 3 different networks at once, coverage should be better than t-mobile alone.  T-mo is pretty good in my area, but there are chunks of my train ride where data coverage drops out for good amounts of time. Not to mention no coverage in any of the tunnels or subways.  I am not sure is Sprint has coverage there either, but i am gonna test it.


Risks of going to Google Fi .

  1. They will screw up my google voice number.  I think this risk is low, but that is the number everyone knows and I do business on.
  2. The service will be shut down. It is called “PROJECT” Fi and the word Project doesn’t seem to inspire confidence that the service is a fully developed product that Google is committed to. The big G has a history of shutting down projects on a whim or because of “Insert corporate BS here”.
  3. Monitoring and Privacy – Google already knows more about me than I ever will, what is giving them this too going to change?


My Fi sim card will be here shortly. I am not letting go on my t-mo plan yet so I can test them side by side and let you know who comes out on top.

Dell Venue Pro 8 – Not charging

Dell Venue Pro 8 – Not charging

Dell Venue Pro 8 – Not charging.
This is a pretty common reported issue with this device, but the reality is that people are assuming any Micro USB cable and charger will work.  They Will NOT.

When in doubt use the supplied cable and charger together. 99% of the time this will work.

The issue is this tablet needs a 2 amp power source AND a charge only cable (charge only cables have the data pins shorted). Some cables dont work no matter what.   For example: the cable that came with my Chromecast will not work not matter what charger I am using.

The stock Dell cable will work with the stock charger, my samsung charger, my google nexus 7 charger and my battery pack.  The stock cable will not charge when plugged in to a Pc, or USB hub or an older charging device.

I have noticed my Samsung cable will work with my Nexus7 charger, but will not work with my other 2amp wall chargers.  Lots of reports that Nexus7 charger is smart enough to short the right pins as needed.

Dell Venue Pro 8

Dell Venue Pro 8

I picked up my new train companion the other day.  I bought a used 64gb version.

I am still getting used to windows 8.1, but it is really getting alot of use.  I have a case and bluetooth keyboard on the way and I hope that it will make it a ton more usefull.  Even tho it is a full desktop version of windows, I do miss some of my apps (like google hangouts).


More to come after i really get to put it to the test.

I Hacked my own site.

I Hacked my own site.

I did something stupid this week. I took down my own site. I was using the config file from this site as example for my new site and My new site went up fast and easy. At the same time I didn’t realize I had copied the new file in to the wrong directory. Ouch! my site was down. even worse it wasn’t really down just blank content so my monitoring service didn’t pick it up.


10 Steps to move WordPress off Amazon EC2

10 Steps to move WordPress off Amazon EC2

512px-CERN_Server_03As I wrote in my previous post, I have moved my sites off Amazon EC2 to a Droplet at DigitalOcean.

This is not a detailed step by step, but this is broad strokes that I used to move my EC2 Ubuntu WordPress site to my DigitalOcean Ubuntu LAMP droplet.

I was running 10 plus WordPress sites on one mirco EC2.  several are using WP multisite.  The database was an RDS store.

Step 1.  Download a copy of my  /var/www directory

Step 2. Do a MySql dump of the database

Step 3. Upload the /var/www to the new server

Step 4. Restore the mySql dump file on the new server

Step 5. Setup MySql permissions and edit WP congif files to match.

Step 6. Copy vHost files and run a2ensite

Step 7.Point domain names to new ip address

Step 8. Give www-data the proper write access.

Step 9. TEST TEST TEST the sites on the new server

Step 10. Shutdown EC2 instance and Delete EC2 and RDS.

Bonus Step 11. Pocket the $65 a month I am saving

Moving Off Amazon AWS EC2 to DigitalOcean

Moving Off Amazon AWS EC2 to DigitalOcean

In some of my previous posts I talk about how I have moved this site and my others to and from several Hosts.

My site started with GoDaddy then moved to 1and1 and was with 1and1 for many years till my site really stated to slowdown there.

I moved some of my sites back to godaddy they were ok for a while too then things stated to get slow there too.

I eventually bit the bullet and went with an Amazon EC2 and RDS.  the cost was much higher than I had been paying with Godaddy or 1and1 but my hope was that it was going to be fast and stable.  On the EC2 it was fast but soon I was having to restart my instance once a day to be stable.  Keep in mind, I run about 10 low traffic sites . The EC2 and RDS on Amazon I thought would run me about $30 a month, but lately my costs have been skyrocketing to $70+ a month.  Most of which are from I/O costs.

So I have made the move to DigitalOcean for an amazing price of $5 per month.  I may have to move up to their $10 a month plan once all my sites are moved over.

The server is amazingly fast and now I will test how reliable I find them.

Time for a site revamp

Time for a site revamp

I have been crazy busy like usual, but pretty much all my time has been going to one of my clients.   Now this are calming down with this client I plan on making more progress online.

I hope to have a new site design by the end of the week for this site and a few others.

Since more and more of what I am doing is business related I think this site will move in that direction, but this is still a place for me to put reviews and whatever I feel like.

Testing myself and a new mini blog

Testing myself and a new mini blog

I have put up my own separate mini blog just to document some of the things I have worked on and some of the things I continue to work on.

Part of that is challenging my self.  I have started working on Question 2 of

here is what I have after my first brute force attempt: The rest of these will go on my new miniblog

Each new term in the Fibonacci sequence is generated by adding the previous two terms. By starting with 1 and 2, the first 10 terms will be:

1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, ...

By considering the terms in the Fibonacci sequence whose values do not exceed four million, find the sum of the even-valued terms.

def fibo(max)
fib1 = 0
fib2 = 1
sum =0

while fib2 < max
   if fib2 % 2 == 0
    sum += fib2

fibnum = fib2 + fib1
fib1 = fib2
fib2 = fibnum
puts sum

App Academy application process – Part 1

App Academy application process – Part 1

So a few days after I submitted my application I received the first Challenge.

In the instructions of the challenge invitation, there were links to resources and samples.  I took 2 days to fully review those resources.  You can take as much time as you need to prepare, but when you actually start the challenge you only have a short while.

What really helped prepare me was working thru the sample problems.  Not only did it help me prepare, it was a fun challenge.  I also felt I learned alot from working the sample challenges.

Taking the Challenge

I found the coding challenge a little more difficult than I expected, but not because the¬†puzzles¬†were complicated. My biggest issue was the time dead line, I felt alot of¬†pressure¬†but i liked it, it was a good pressure. ¬†For me one of the issues I face was being out of school for so long, I was not 100% confident in my remembering¬†certain¬†mathematical¬†definitions. ¬†Nothing that a quick¬†Google¬†search couldn’t solve, to reassure my self but it ate some of the time. In Ruby there is always more than one way to do¬†something¬†and I would struggle back and forth testing one way or the other.


I think getting ready for the next challenge and just better myself I am going to work on a few more quizes/challenges just to get my mind in to thinking like a programmer.