Dollarama Tech Finds: Homedeco Cinema Lightbox

If you are on the lookout for an LED changeable quote sign, or maybe you might want one after seeing how good this one is, check out what I found at Dollarama.

Homedeco’s cinema lightbox is pretty much identical to one that you would buy at a higher price tag. It’s much cheaper than what most places would sell these for as the expensive ones are way overpriced, in my opinion. It’s a good deal, and it looks like this one is going to be a regular Dollarama item. So chances are, if you try to find one next time you go to your local Dollarama, you might be able to bring one of these nifty signs home with you for only $4.00.

What’s included? 

85 letters, numbers and symbols printed on what they call a transfer sheet. There are 4-A’s, 2-B’s, 2-C’s, 2-D’s, 4-E’s, 2-F’s, 2-G’s, 3-H’s, 4-I’s, 2-J’s, 2-K’s, 3-L’s, 3-M’s, 3-N’s, 4-O’s, 2-P’s, 1-Q, 2-R’s, 4-S’s, 3-T’s, 4-U’s, 2-V’s, 2-W’s, 1-X, 2-Y’s, 1-Z, numbers 0-9, &, @, #, !, 2 hearts, umbrella, snowflake, and a cloud with rain. Everything you could ever want, right?! Note that you will need to split apart the transfer sheet as it comes as one piece. Also, the letters do slide off super fast and quick if you are not careful.

The light box is pretty simple and straightforward out of the box. You will need a small star screwdriver to remove the screw at the back for the batteries, but they are easy to install and they don’t pop out. It is a very solid backing.

It’s solid and sturdy. I have it hanging on my wall and it’s very secure. Hanging and removing this lightbox from the wall is very easy to do, but just be careful not to tip it over on the side too much. 

There is a switch on the side to turn it off and on, which is a really nice feature. The switch is very solid and secure when turning it off and on while it’s on the wall especially.

The light box is an extremely super cute room decor item for any room, for any occasion, special announcements, photoshoots, weddings and so much more. It looks amazing when placed anywhere, with the light on or off. It’s such a fun thing at the right price. I’ve always wanted this, or something like it, but I would never pay more than $8 for it.

This box allows you to be creative with words. I placed mine in my office, and it’s a perfect addition there. It’s a great motivational piece to inspire you each and every day if you wanted to give yourself encouraging words to live by. You could also use it to leave fun messages for your significant other or other family members or roommates. Kids in particular should get a kick out of it.

I absolutely give this light box a 100% thumbs up. Don’t forget to buy the batteries! It requires four AA’s. Have fun with your box, and remember, if it’s worth saying, it’s worth saying in light!

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.

Gentek True Wireless 2 Bluetooth Earbuds Review

Model: TW2

Bluetooth version: 4.2

Battery: 50mAh x2

Case Battery: 400mAH

Standby: 40 Hrs

Playtime: 2 Hrs

My review: 3/10

I bought these wireless Bluetooth earbuds because as we all know, AirPods are way too expensive. Since they were cheap, I thought I would give them a try and test them out.

Here’s what I think about these knockoffs:

As soon as I paired the buds with my phone, they worked right away. They were charged when I opened them at about a 95 % charge, so I couldn’t wait to start using them.  I did notice that after 15-20 minutes they died. I took that to mean the buds needed a full charge to get the full experience.

The battery – is terrible, but the case holds some pretty good charges. The box says it holds up to 4 complete charges which is very true. However, when they are fully charged you will still only get around 15-20 minutes until they die. This I do find very annoying since you will have to keep charging them.

Audio calls – are the worst! The other end will keep saying “what? I can’t hear you” every so often. These buds are not noise canceling earbuds whatsoever and the sound quality is terrible. I ended up disconnecting and talking on my iPhone instead.

Cutting in and out while in your pocket – I found that once the earbuds are connected and you put your smartphone in your pocket, the connection will cut in and out in a weird way. However, when I connected on Windows 10 OS, I didn’t notice any cut outs. Using these with your PC might stop that interference.

Volume – the volume is just the right amount. It doesn’t go up too high or too low.

Comfortability – Not too comfortable in your ears. They feel a bit bulky and odd if you have smaller ears.

I’m just using these for my PC and if I need to get some fast chores done around the house. Although they could be worse and the price is right, I wouldn’t recommend wasting your money on these cheap earbuds. Try and save for something better – your ears will thank you later!