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Cheap Alternative to a Electric Guitar Case

Monday, September 7th, 2020
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Guitar cases are quite expensive, at least the hardshell ones. If you get a double rifle / shotgun hard case, it will fit many electric guitars (at least ones without a harsh neck angle). They are about 5-10 inches longer than needed, but you can use that extra space to store rags, picks, strings, etc. You can usually find these for about $30-$70 brand new and of course used, for less than that.

The High Cost of Treadmill Lubricants & Their Hidden Chemical Makeup

Monday, July 27th, 2020
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I’ve noticed some treadmills say not to use silicon based lubricants and to use wax based ones. But they sell like a half an ounce for like $30. Imagine trying to get regular maintenance on your car, like an oil change and not knowing what kind of oil they used. Not only that, imagine that oil change cost $750. That’s the world of treadmill lubricants. They don’t want to say the composition of the lubricant because then people will just buy it from the cheapest place. So instead everyone keeps it a secret to charge over 10 times what it should cost. Someday their “ingredients” or special snake oil might be revealed, but everyone in the game, knows not to release this information.

Activating iFit for NordicTrack Treadmills is Not Required

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020
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NordicTrack makes it seem as if it is required to activate iFit for their treadmills to work. They put labels all over the box and in the manuals and on the device saying you must activate it in order to use it. It says the treadmill is locked until you do so. This is NOT TRUE.

NordicTrack iFit Registration Activate Activation Button

All you have to do is hold down the iFit button on the treadmill for like 15-30 seconds and it will allow you to move on. Your treadmill will work with all buttons on the machine, no matter if you turn it off or unplug it.

iFit appears to be some special feature that allows you to have custom workout routines, stored information but I think it only works on tablets and smartphones. Meaning there are no buttons on the device itself that require it. iFit also requires a subscription fee $15 a month. Basically they want to be able to track how you use the device, but also charge you for the extra App software features, that aren’t necessary. I think one of them uses Google street view and displays it on your tablet or smartphone so you can virtually jog that area.

Although part of me wonders if they will use this to see how many people actually use their devices and for how long. As in they can make machines that break within 2 years or possibly after 200 uses or something. As they might see many customers don’t use them anymore after that or something.

These machines are expensive enough and honestly I don’t think you really gain much by losing access to the apps and tracking. The tracking would be nice, but not in the fact it is sending it to NordicTrack. Many of their treadmills are considered “Smart Treadmills” which means, they are keeping personal information on people and how people use devices.

Also trying to break out of the “subscription” fee, will be hard. That’s on purpose, they don’t want you to cancel easily. Expect long phone calls, slow customer response and so forth as they hope you give up and just keep paying. Another option might be to use a prepaid credit card or use a credit card you plan to cancel briefly afterwards, but then they still can track your usage.

Amazon Hides Prices During Pandemic?

Saturday, March 21st, 2020
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Is it me or is Amazon now hiding prices for all items during the pandemic, at least on the item details page? Or is just the way things are now? You now have to click on a button before you see the price of the item.

2020 Boringest Year Ever Due to CoronaVirus

Sunday, March 15th, 2020
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Will COVID-19 end up making 2020 the most boring year ever? We’ve been told the soonest a vaccine might be made is 1-1.5 years. And if 1 person has the virus, it can spread all over again. They aren’t sure if you can get it twice or not. The belief is that after the 1st time of getting it your immune system will react much faster, but it doesn’t guarantee any immunity to it. So event, activities will be shut down for safety. I get it, better safe than sorry and for precautions.

But will this help popularize e-Sports (competitive online gaming) and online D&D board gaming? Will the jobs of the future be more open to remote working now. Will they finally approve online University degrees to be accredited (if so expect 50% or more Universities and colleges across the nation to go out of business when this is over with).

No one else has mentioned this, but its going to be a long year. Time to find new hobbies and dust off the old ones.

Prohands Grip Master vs VariGrip

Friday, January 31st, 2020
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Prohands Grip Master or Prohands Via is a tool to help strengthen your fingers or hand grip. The problem I see most with this device, is that people get one that is too strong for them. Your pinky and ring finger are actually weaker than you think, so you have to start off much weaker than you expect. That is where the VariGrip Therapy has an advantage. Because with the Varigrip you can adjust the strength for each finger. Although I wish the adjustments had a bigger range. Because odds are your index and middle finger (even on your non-dominant hand) are multiple times stronger than your ring and pinky finger. So you’ll probably have to buy a VariGrip that is very weak for the pinky and ring fingers and get those to catch up to the index and middle fingers in strength. So it doesn’t make sense to buy the Grip Master because it only has 1 fixed resistance level. You won’t be able to grow with it. You will have to go through multiples of these devices either way though, but at least with the VariGrip you can go through less. Once you get to a decent strength the VariGrip Sport does offer a wider range of resistance.

Keep Getting Holes in Your Socks?

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020
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If you keep getting holes in your socks, make sure you don’t wear them on concrete. Concrete acts like sandpaper on them and will thin them out and cause holes in them fast. Get a pair of slip on shoes you can put on quickly instead of walking in socks on rough surfaces.

Don’t Buy BlueTooth Devices Without aptX Support

Monday, January 13th, 2020
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Bluetooth devices with aptX support offer low latency. It makes a big difference. As I had tried to setup my guitar playing setup with an aptX transmitter from the amp and regular bluetooth headphones. The delay was over 1 second. After finally getting aptX headphones also, the delay is there, but its slight enough, it doesn’t throw me off. It’s well under a forth of a second. I was able to get used to that and its fast enough it doesn’t bug me and isn’t that noticable. But without aptX I felt as though someone else was playing and many times the lag was so bad it would just abandon the signal almost as if it was trying to catch up.

I’m sure as technology gets better, there will be something better than aptX, but its pretty good right now. So definitely don’t invest any money in any transmitters, headphones or speakers that don’t support aptX.

Nustay.com Rip Off

Wednesday, January 1st, 2020
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Nustay shows up as the cheapest hotel in Google maps, but don’t let that fool you. Once you input your CC information, it will then tell you that the price has been updated as prices fluctuate. The thing is that, it will say this every time. It’s how they are able to say they are the lowest rate out there, but in reality they are the same price as everyone else. But since Google can’t see that “updated” price, which is the real price (until the user enters in their credit card information), they are listed as the cheapest place to book a hotel / motel.