Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Adgitize Shutting Down

I used three different advertising sites for promoting my blogs.

I got the most out of them by regularly visiting other members blogs.

I considered it manual labor and found it worth my time for the exposure they gave me.

Last fall, one of them closed down, and as of the end of this month, another one will be shutting down.

All three of them worked great together with the system I used.

Now it is down to only one.

And that one site is the oldest one, but it isn't what it used to be either.

I am really bummed that these two quality sites are no longer around.

If anyone uses any other good sites to promote their blogs, I would love to hear about it.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Snapdragon Stadium?

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Snapdragon by Qualcomm for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I'm sure that you are wondering just what is Snapdragon Stadium.

Many in the sports world are familiar with the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.

Well, from December 18 through December 28, the Snapdragon Stadium and Qualcomm Stadium are one and the same.

This is a first for something like this, and it will happen for eleven days only.

Qualcomm, a wireless chip company, is the parent company of Snapdragon, and since they hold the naming rights for the Mission Valley stadium, they are allowed to do this.

Snapdragon makes application processors that power many of the smartphones that we all use.

Snapdragon processors by Qualcomm are the digital brains inside mobile devices made by Samsung, LG, HTC, and Nokia.

There will be several special events taking place in the Snapdragon Stadium during these 11 days.

The stadium will feature a Sunday night game with the Chargers playing Baltimore.

There will also be two college bowl games.

The first is the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on December 21,

And on December 28, the stadium will be hosting the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl.

The change hopes to make consumers aware of the Snapdragon processors in their phones, likening it to the phrase of the brand "Intel inside" for computers.





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Monday, December 19, 2011

Optical Cord

We purchased a new flat screen LED TV about two months ago.

We have been very pleased with the picture quality of this set, but the sound that comes out of those speakers built into it is just atrocious.

We have tried adjusting them with the settings to no avail.

We even plugged a pair of good quality speakers into the headphone jack to get a better sound.

It did sound better, but the volume on the TV set was in the high 80's.  It only went to 100.

We still couldn't hear it very well at times, and I kept thinking that the internal parts of the TV would blow up having the volume set that high, but not letting the sound come out at that high volume.

We searched online, and found a soundbar that we could add to help with the sound quality.

But it was expensive.

So we gave it some more thought, and wondered if we could set up the TV sound to come through the DVD player that has surround sound speakers attached to it.

By purchasing an optical digital cord, we could connect the two, and it should work.

It took a lot of configuring with the settings in the DVD player and the TV, but we eventually got it to work.

And the sound is great.

But when we play a VHS tape in the VCR, the sound deteriorates so badly, that all we hear after a few minutes is a mind-boggling deep hum.

It doesn't matter what tape we play, within 2-3 minutes that hum and vibration is all we hear.

We will have to do some research to find out what the problem is and how to fix it.

But we will enjoy the sound of the TV now as we use it regularly!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Two Screens in One

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of LG DoublePlay™ for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

These cell phones keep getting more amazing.

Just when you think the newest piece of technology cannot be beat, something new comes out that just blows it away.

In this case it is the LG DoublePlay - a cell phone with two screens.

It brings multi-tasking to an all new level.

Each touch screen is customizable and they can work together or independently. 

At first glance it looks like a regular cell phone.

But when that QWERTY kepboard slides out - that is when the surprise is revealed.

The second screen is embedded in the middle of the split QWERTY keyboard.

This device comes with a five megapixel camera that has an LED flash for those low light photos.

There is also a 720p HD video recorder to capture great videos.

Check out this Android 2.3  LG DoublePlay™ device over at T-Mobile, which is the only place you can find it.

How many hours do you spend texting or surfing the social networks on your cell phone?

Do you think this new LG DoublePlay would change the way you do these things?

I know one thing - it will certainly save a lot of time with it's multi-tasking capabilities.

Leave me a comment to let me know how this handy new device can help you.

This new technology is certainly amazing.

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Google Analytics

Interested in how your website is performing?

Then Google Analytics can help you out.

It is not something I would have thought about when I made my blogs.

But when I wanted to try making some money with them, it became an important thing.

And I would not have known about it if it hadn't been for one of my earning websites that required them.

I have since accessed them myself, and even though they are a bit confusing unless you are someone who uses this info, I found them pretty interesting.

One of the most important stats gives the number of visitors to your website.

It also breaks it down by country and there are all kinds of stats and percentages that they derive from that info.

Not quite sure how to put it all to use for my benefit, but it does tell a lot of info about the traffic.

 It requires a bit of back-end searching in the html for the site in order to set them up, but most of the directions are pretty easy to follow.

Once the code is installed, it reports back to google all the info in those charts.

Check it out, and if you have any tips on how to successfully use the info, I would love to hear them!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Klout Network

I just discovered a newer networking platform called Klout.

Not sure how big it has gotten yet, but here is my profile if anyone wants to add me to their network.

It was pretty easy to set up and it pulled in both my Twitter and Facebook  friends.

It seems to be a score of how one is rated in popularity or influence on the internet.

Not quite sure how to use it yet, but I will keep checking back with it to see how things progress.

What has your experience been with them?