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Installing Google Play app store on your Kindle Fire 2017

Installing Google Play app store on your Kindle Fire 2017

If you have one of the cheap $50 kindle fire tablets that has been updated to the latest Fire OS 5.3.2.1  here is how you install the google play store on it

New Year New Knowledge

New Year New Knowledge

I am working diligently at expanding my personal knowledge with a goal of completing some of the bigger project ideas I have.

I am pretty good with smaller DevOps projects, or at least enough to get by, but that is not enough for me.  I am working hard to become conscious competence at a few things this year.  Right now I am working on becoming a Junior Full Stack JavaScript Developer  and once I reach some proficiency with that I am working on some Junior DevOps knowledge (AWS/Docker/Kubernetes ).  I know this is a alot of info for one year,  but you have to have goals.

In addition to all that I have a list of woodworking/house projects I need to get done and I have a massive Family surprise coming in this year too.

You might see some changes/additions to this site I build out some projects to test my skills.

 

Blogging again and other updates

Blogging again and other updates

My Why: I have been struggling with the purpose of this site, then I realized that the site is for me and not really anyone else.  I use it as a tool to look back and remember what I was doing in the past or as a public tracker to hold me accountable.   It is also a place for me to test new server configs and other web experiments.

The Server:   I am still on Digital Ocean but I have streamlined and optimized my droplets.   I have moved keys sites to their own droplet and moved bunch of smaller sites on to one droplet.    In the mass reconfiguration I moved this site in a mad dash.  I did it quick and dirty and I did not reinstall any plugins or add any ads or other normal WordPress tools.  I am working on bringing some of these features back.

The Business:   I own and run a few part time companies.   I will say that things have been on the slower side for me lately.   I feel that I have spent too much time working in my business rather on it for too long.   This have left them in need of repair so to speak.  I am now in a rebuilding/redefining phase of the different companies.  I am pairing down the functions that I do not enjoy doing or don’t offer me growth (even if they are proven money makers) and investing in things that push me outside my comfort zone or are most important to me.

The Person: Me that is.   I am really working on me and trying to rebuild me in the image I have of me.   I have alot things I want to do  and running out of time to do them in.   I am trying to do the really hard stuff and define where I want to be and how to get there.  I truly believe this is a life long effort.  Next year will not be about me, it will be about the next generation.

NEXT:  Stay tuned

 

 

New for 2016, lets start by shutting down a business.

New for 2016, lets start by shutting down a business.

As part of a challenge with a buddy of mine, we both agreed we needed some motivation and we challenged each other build and launch a business in 30 days.

I am happy to say that I found a Niche, built a website and started selling a product in 30 days.

What I learned is that I don’t enjoy retailing a physical product. I was selling a real physical product online.    While retailing one low margin product was just the start of the plan. Adding new products was key to the long term Success.

I really started running the math and the work involved. I needed to add ALOT more products and ALOT more sales to make it worth my time.   When I got right down to it, I didn’t enjoy it and wasn’t excited to expand it.    I have alot of exciting projects to work on that I much more passionate about.

This business was a fun challenge, but the opportunity cost of running it was to expensive and I should be working on something I am more passionate about, like helping other small businesses.

I dumped Google Fi

I dumped Google Fi

So after about 20 Days on FI i was over my 10 gigs of data.  the coverage was not really better than T-mobile in my area except in the train tunnel, but it was not worth the cost.

 

Canceling my account and porting my number back to Google voice was SUPER easy.  All wireless carries should be made to make it that easy.

 

If they even have a cost effective unlimited plan I would switch to Google Fi, but it is not ready for me yet.

Video editing build. Skylark core i7 6700k teaser.

Video editing build. Skylark core i7 6700k teaser.

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I picked up these parts today and the new build video will go up by the end of the weekend I hope.

Intel Skylake 6700k core i7 processor
Gigabyte z170x motherboard
16 gb of Ram
A new cooler
I already have  a 1tb Samsung Ssd
I have 8 TB useable in my synology NAS for storage

Blogging and posting

Blogging and posting

I am working on a ton of other projects and work is killing me, so i have not had the chance to update this site in a while.

I am hoping that as I build some new sites that I have something to post here, more often.

Working on the following:

1. Work – given

2. racing and race car blog

3. Membership site.

4. Consulting with a few start ups.

The Alfa romeo 4C is just not worth it.

The Alfa romeo 4C is just not worth it.

Alfa spent a lot of money building the 4C.  And in turn they are going to charge you a lot of money for the privilege of owning one.

In the US the first 500 will cost over $70,000.  Why the high price for a stripped out go kart?
First is the name this is the first car with the Alfa name to be sold in the USA for ages.
Second is this car is carbon fiber and it costs a lot to make.
Third. It looks great.

But I feel in typical Italian fashion they missed something in the engineering department.  They used exotic materials,  cut out all non essential items (like power steering) and made it really small with no trunk storage space and still the car will weigh in over 2500lbs for the us market.

2500lbs is light for a modern car. But the 2015 Mazda Miata mx5 will weight under 2300lbs and not be made of exotic carbon fiber.
As a result you will probably be able to buy 3 MX-5s for the price of an Alfa.
Not to mention the Alfa will be

really

expensive to insure.
I have yet to drive both of these cars (the mx-5 is not out yet) but I am pretty sure my opinion will stay the same once I do.
For 70 grand there are a lot of other cars I would want to own. Porsche cayman. Even at the 55 grand entry point to come later. I will would rather live with a bmw m235 or buy 2 mx-5s.

But come ask me I get to drive it.

Server down as mysql corrupted

Server down as mysql corrupted

So I have been struggling the last few days with keeping my sever up.   I thought I was simply running out of memory and I probably was.  Today nothing I did would work to bring it back up.
In the end it seemed the mysql table was corrupted.  This was most likely caused by running out of memory.
Well I upgraded my server with more memory and restored the site from a backup and all seems good now.