May the Force Be With Alexa

Alexa is far from perfect, but if you’re into accessories and you’re a Star Wars/Mandalorian fan, you can now add some Baby Yoda ears to ensure that the Force will always be with her.

If you have the 3rd Gen Amazon Echo Dot, you are in for an adorable view. I mean, this looks pretty cute, doesn’t it?

Starting on August 20, 2020, you can add this practical and collectible piece from Otterbox to your Amazon family. Baby Yoda ears are not just for decoration — with a brand like Otterbox, you know you will be getting more than just that.

They are a trustworthy brand, so you don’t have to worry this product won’t hold up. This piece comes with a solid non-slip stand/base that looks like it will fully protect your device, especially if it falls on the floor. They claim it’s made for easy interactive functions, so some thought was put into it. It’s been built with audio in mind and that is very important when buying expensive things like this for these devices.

If only we could mess around with the voices in the Echo to make it sound like Yoda, that would be a lot of added fun! 

That’s it. That’s this post. Truly adorable Baby Yoda ears are!

Is Technology Actually Getting Better?

I used to love tech a lot more, but now, I feel like tech is getting worse. Keep playing with my time and money, and I have every right to be mad.

In the tech world, you would think as time goes on, and we learn from past technology mistakes, life would be just wonderful, sharing our world with our devices and having some trust in developers. But here we are in 2020 and that’s not what’s really going on. What’s up with the bad software that we pay hundreds of dollars for?

Developers, designers and businesses improve technology and software every day – that’s their job. But is the technology improving or getting worse?

Let’s just think here for a minute. Consumers buy very expensive devices and depend on apps every single day. But yet some multi-millionaire developers and companies give us people mostly CRAP. By this I mean you give us the most bugged software to work with. Just providing nothing to us but shit that should have been properly beta tested, and making our lives miserable. The worst part is this is the new normal and I don’t like it one bit.

Example: Projects you work for hours on may have gotten deleted for no reason, data recovery doesn’t work, blocked software, Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) crashes, unexpected errors, missing user data, performance issues, broken apps. Things just don’t work properly like they should. Some apps won’t work unless you provide something, like your information of some sort. To me that’s just weird and IMHO I think they are taking it way too far. In some cases companies might even warn you about troubled updates facing new problems. Seriously? You don’t fully test products before they are released or what? It’s all out there on the internet! Thousands of articles, reviews, opinions can be read on some of these topics. Oh and these days, you can’t just reply on one device. You may need two or even three. There is so much going on in the technology world that just makes absolutely no sense and there is definitely something strange about it!

Do you think it’s just poor old baby boomers that can’t figure it out? You are wrong. I’m young and I have enough experience with tech to know the problems are not just because of a user’s knowledge; that has something to do with it, but in most cases it doesn’t. If you think it through, maybe you won’t be so quick to judge someone for thinking the new times are just a bit ridiculous. Things are moving way too fast and software/devices are not getting tested properly. It’s all about money, money, money, money! All these billionaires care about is hoarding $$$, rather than putting that money back into making sure things work properly and make our lives easier. If they knew how to handle it, they would make users happy by making sure UI is simple, or at least have some option to change to the updated version or keep to the old within a certain amount of time. They just go ahead and change it like it’s nobody’s business. So the people that think it is just baby boomers who don’t know what they are doing, are you telling me if an app just closes, or you lose your work, that this is the times we are working in and you are okay with it?

We spend way too much time trying to diagnose the problem when we shouldn’t have to do this, especially with the price we have to pay for our devices. That’s the job of the developers/companies. Like honestly, can’t the software/device just work without so many annoying issues?! We should be able to use our technology with fewer problems. This makes me think, what the hell are developers doing? If you decide to send crash report logs/diagnostics back to the developers and it still isn’t getting fixed properly, why the hell are they asking for that information if they are using us for dummy material anyways? And what the hell are they doing with their time?

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, people have been relying on technology more than ever before. While working from home, a lot of people have been experiencing a lot of technical difficulties that make no sense. How is anyone supposed to get any work done? Oh, because you already have millions (or billions) of dollars feeding through so who gives a shit about anyone else, perhaps? Not everyone is going to have a high-end computer like the workplace does, let’s give some people a break here.

Is it because they know people will put up with it? Consumers buy these things and once it breaks or stops working they just buy more? Are developers being lazy? Not working hard enough? Developers and businesses are taking us for granted, they have way too much power! Incidents where our information has been stolen and it’s our fault because we didn’t read the terms and conditions? Please, your terms and conditions suck and you know it. I bet some developers/companies, once their terms and conditions are all figured out, attach it to the app/software with a sneaky smile because some know they are getting something extra out of it. That was supposed to get better too, but I don’t see that happening soon. I’m not saying all developers are bad, just the ones that have a reputation or got caught.

There are so many intelligent designers and developers on the internet, there are so many people that actually care that could make things work better. Why isn’t there more of that?

I’m pissed. I’m so mad. There is absolutely no reason software and devices need to be the way they are. When there is a bad app, bad software, anything you buy that’s super expensive and it turns out bad, that’s BS. This is just something else out of this world. You have so much money to work with, you have millions of customers but yet you treat them like they don’t deserve the very best you have to offer.

Brave Web Browser: You Stupid Idiots, You’ve Been Caught

Why didn’t you just do it right from the beginning? I gave you a great review and now I’m questioning why I did.

As a business owner, you damn well know your customers depend on trust, and you might have slightly blew it. Brave is fairly new, and making sure they are doing it the right way from the start should have been their top priority, showing us that we can trust this company and build that relationship up. As a new company, this is very important. Sure, you can say you are sorry and promise to never do it again, but who is going to completely trust you now. We don’t know what you are capable of doing next, if anything.

If you don’t already know, this is what they did. When browsing, they replaced crypto-related URLs with affiliated links. Affiliated links means Brave earns commission. That’s pretty tricky and most definitely will cause frustration to their users. When it was brought to their attention, the team tried covering their asses and suggested that it was a bug. No thanks, forget it. No one believes that.

Will this change Brave’s reputation? I would imagine it would.

IMO what they did is BAD. But it isn’t as bad compared to what some companies have done and the ones who haven’t been caught and are still getting away with their dirty little shenanigans. 😉

I believe that the Brave platform is still good. They still provide good services like ad blocker, and it’s perfect for creators. You create content, you get tipped, and you get paid. I feel like what they offer is really good. And like I said, even though what they did is bad, you can still benefit from using Brave’s web browser; they should have just been honest from the get-go. If you are afraid of leaving your details with Brave, I think it’s safe. I don’t think they are going to pull anything stupid for a while. Well, at least let’s hope so.

Fido Internet Review: Update

It’s been almost a year since I wrote about Fido’s Internet. I believe it’s time you guys need an update to see how Fido is holding up. After a year, I’m giving Fido’s internet an 8 out of 10.

It looks like once you’ve reached a year with Fido, they may just offer you affordable deals you can work with.

Like I said it’s been a few months and I’m still satisfied. I have experienced some disconnections, but I have been using more devices on the network than I was a few months ago – 4 consoles, 2 PCs, phones, tablet, TV and possibly more. Seems like a lot of devieces connected at once, but that’s just life. I’m not sure, but I think it’s my device usage all at once that could be choking out the internet and making it cloggy ONCE in a while. It doesn’t happen a lot, about twice weekly and at random times. But really, that’s nothing. Not all the time, but when there are a few devices connected at once on the same network, at the same time, we can’t really expect a 100% connection all the time. That’s just a bit unrealistic.

If you are experiencing modem issues, this usually calls for a reset. It’s time to give her a little rest. There is so much feed going through to the modem to satisfy our needs. If problems occur, reset it. You can do this by unplugging the power cord at the back of the modem. The normal wait time before you should plug it back in is around 1 minute, but I like to give her around 10 minutes. 5 minutes off and 5 minutes to get her gears going again. Reconnect the power adapter to the modem after 5 minutes. Once this is done, I find I don’t seem to experience as many disconnections. Before you even think about saying 10 minutes is too long, it’s actually not. That 10 minutes could be used to take a break or complete another task while you’re waiting. And who couldn’t use an extra 10 minutes away from internet anyways?

I have yet to get a LAN cable to see if it makes a difference… but using a LAN cable should make the connection stronger. If you have a LAN cable around the home and are using devices that support it, I would definitely be using it. Preferably Cat6 or higher. You can’t rely on wi-fi entirely to do a great job.

I’ve also taken a peek into the modem settings. You can check yours too by typing 192.168.0.1 into any web browser on any device. When you get here you will see username and password. Username is always going to be “cusadmin” which is the default and your password is what your wi-fi password is. Once you get into your Hitron modem, you will see lots of information about your device. To see how many devices are connected, just click on the basic tab on the top. If you see devices you no longer wish to keep on the list, you should remove them. Devices that are no longer being used shouldn’t be on the list as it will take up space which you don’t need anyways. This might help the connection be more stable. Another thing you can try is a device reboot. You can do this by clicking on Admin and at the very end click on device reset, and now the orange box that says Reboot. You can also change your username and password here as well.

These tips and tricks have helped me and I hope they help you too if you are experiencing disconnections. It’s true – usually a great deal means it’s garbage and there could be something fishy about it. But in this case I believe it’s worth it. You can’t expect a solid connection 100% of the time and for the price you just can’t beat Fido internet. You are better off trying the troubleshooting tips and go get a stress snack or get your body moving while you wait.

If you’re considering Home Internet from Fido, I would still go for it. The flaws aren’t that bad to want to change to another company that is probably way more expensive for what you get, and you could experience even more issues, so why bother if this option is more affordable and just as good?

Another good thing you can take advantage of (especially during this time) is that you can self-install it yourself. This keeps you and others safe. Self-install and home delivery means no contact and nothing to worry about in this department.

In Ontario – I’m very happy with Fido.

Why Are Emojis So Hard To Find on Smartphones/Tablets?

I know most of you reading this can relate. If you’re looking for an emoji or especially a specific emoji… good luck finding it in under 40 seconds. You keep thinking, “yeah, I believe I saw a fairy or a pair of socks somewhere in this list but I’m not 100 % sure.”

Preinstalled system keyboard emojis are VERY UNORGANIZED imo.

It should be a very easy thing to do, to find the emoji you’re looking for. But with the preinstalled keyboards the emojis are all over the place, therefore trying to quickly find that specific emoji is hard. I just want to get on with it, not have to scan my eyeballs for that certain emoji, keeping scrolling and scrolling. Ha! It’s bad enough the emojis are small and hard to see on top of all that in the small boxed area. Okay, sure, then there’s the Frequently Used tab for the emojis you use the most, but finding the perfect emoji within all the pages to scroll from for your message is just a pain.

Emojis are POPULAR. They are a big thing being used by millions of users each and every day. Businesses have also come a long way using emojis in the business world. (Weird right?) But mostly if you post and interact on social media, you will find that emojis come in handy.

I use a lot of different emojis throughout the day. I’m so tired of scrolling through them when they are so unorganized. It seriously does take up some time. On my last straw of finally getting frustrated that finding emojis takes way too long, I had to see what can be done about it. Thankfully, I came across a few apps that will make your emoji productivity much easier. At first when I started using the app it sure was a breeze. An easy search for the emoji you are looking for and it’s right there, right away and you don’t have to worry about your poor little eyeballs scanning the screen trying to find that certain emoji and no more soaking up too much of your time.

Here is the first option I tried:

Gboard – The Google Keyboard
Android: Rating: 4.5 – ‎5,675,271 votes
iOS: Rating: 4.1 – ‎26,947 reviews

The bad: It’s a great keyboard but it doesn’t work properly. I tried it out, but it seems there is some glitchy stuff going on. The keyboard freezes at random times and the app seems to crash at times when you are typing.

It’s not just an emoji finder, there’s more. Within the keyboard you can also find GIFs, Google Search, Translate, YouTube, Maps and Contacts. You can also customize your theme to any picture in your album. There are also lots of customization tweaks you can choose in the keyboard settings.

If you depend on emojis and don’t want to waste time, this will still make a good option. If you find the app buggy, you can always switch back to the default keyboard and just use this one for emoji hunting.

Another app you can try (but not for free) is Fixmoji. US Apple Store also has EmoKey, although it is not available in Canada.

Apple, please make a search button for iOS so we don’t have to install weird apps on our devices. I know you believe in security, right? Protect us from weird 3rd party and give us what we ask for! I think adding a search button is within reason 🙂 And please don’t add anymore emojis until you’ve considered a search button – I just can’t take anymore being added without them properly being organized.