I tried E-Bug Repellent and it came back to bite me (literally)

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Quick Rant Post Today:

Finally, a post not about the market … and it’s about digital mosquito repellent. Half rant, half public service announcement, half science (yes, three halves – as you can see none of them are math though)…

A couple of days ago I ran into this app that claimed to be digital mosquito repellent via high pitch noise. Amazing right? First thing I did was download it and walk into the woods on a hot August day, and then I preceded to get bit a lot.

 

Okay, research time.

 

First link on my Google search: an article by the BBC explaining how electronic bug repellents don’t work; with the article wrapping up with the following (though I suggest you read the article yourself):

In fact, it is thought that female mosquitoes have a very weak sensitivity to sound in general. [which is important to note, seeing only female mosquitoes bite].

Not trusting just one source I did some more reading and found plenty of other articles saying about the same thing. Now, I’m not going to mention any specific products, but the e-repellent industry as a whole seems pretty much like a failure to me.

 

Anyone else try these with a different experience? Let me know below.

 

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3 Mini Hacks for Android

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I know what you are thinking, this is going to be the same cheesy advice you can find on anywhere on any technology blog. But this is where you are wrong, today I am going to share 3 different “mini hacks” that are not as widely known and that may just come in handy.

 

Set Your Date Back

Want to squeeze another day to finish that ebook/audiobook you got from the library? Is that game going to make you wait 24 hours unless you make a micro transaction? Try setting your phone’s date ahead or behind to satisfy that app. It’s generally pretty simple to do, although it varies a bit from phone to phone.

Also, be sure to turn your data off that way the app doesn’t know that something fishy is going on (this trick really only works on apps that run offline).

 

Disable Background Data To Save a Few MB

A lot of newer android devices have the ability to disable an app’s data unless you are using it at that moment. This can be a life saver if you are on a capped data plan. It’s generally under Settings/Apps/”App Name”/Data Usage/Disable Background Data (of course it may vary from device to device). Now the app will not use data unless it is open (although keep in mind if you were to disable background data on an app like Hangouts you will not get messages unless it’s open).

 

Also, as a bonus, if you are sick of an apps constant notifications you can disable notifications from that app specifically on most phones (or tablets). Just go to Settings/Apps/”App Name”/Notifications.

 

Get a Call Recorder

First of all, you NEED to know whether your municipality is a single or dual consent before you start recording your conversations; especially if you were to plan on using a recorded call in a court case.

However, even without recording your conversations with others (I mean, who really calls people today anyways…), there are still a lot of uses. Perhaps you get a robo call (an important one) and it’s one of those really hard to understand ones and you want to be able to play it back to better understand it. Or you are expecting an automated call but can’t take it (perhaps you’ll be at work) you can always answer it, then immediately mute your phone and listen to it later.

 

Or perhaps you just want to troll one of those scam calls that start with “Hello, I’m calling about your credit card” or “Hello, this is the last time we will reach you regarding your car’s extended warranty” and then keep a recording of it.

 

Conclusion:

Well, I hope you found these tips useful. I tried to keep mainly towards the lesser known tips and tricks instead of just the same old ones you can find anywhere.

 

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How To Stake PIVX

Yesterday I posted a spotlight on PIVX and promised that my next post would be instructions on how to stake the PIVX you own. Well, this is that post.

 

Step 1: Download The Wallet

Head to pivx.org/wallet/ and download the wallet (or check your repository on Linux). Although there are light wallets and a mobile wallet for Android/IOS you will need a regular wallet to stake your coins.

Once it finishes just install it just like any other program. You should be able to do that, right?

 

Step 2: Basic Set Up

Now that you have installed the program, time to open it. Choose the default directory and be sure to allow “\Program Files\Pivx\pivx-qt.exe” through your firewall if you’ve got one and wait for it to load.

 

After you get past the spash screen go to settings/encrypt wallet and choose a password. Then back up your wallet and password in a safe location.

 

Step 3: Sync

Now for the longest but easiest task. In the bottom left corner it will say “synchronizing with network”. Just wait for that to finish before moving on to the next step.

 

Step 4: Funding

Now that you have a synchronized wallet with your private keys backed up you can send your funds from your exchange or other wallet to your desktop wallet. Just hit “receive” and then send to that address.

 

Step 5: Configuring

Now you need to go to Tools and click on “Open Configuration File”. Choose your favorite text editor and type “staking=1” into the doc (without the “” of course). Now save and close.

 

Finally, hit “Settings” then “Unlock Wallet”, enter your password, and check the box underneath your password. Then hit “Okay”.

 

Step 6: Done

Now just let the wallet run on your device. You can let it run in the background on your PC, or you could buy a second device (like a Raspberry Pi) to host your wallet (you could also use a VPS, but that’s sometimes risky and beyond the scope of my guide).

 

Happy Staking!

 

Conclusion:

Thanks for reading my guide, I hope it served you well. Again, if you never read it, check out my previous post so that this post does not seem quite as random.

 

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A Review of Android Browsers

A Review of Android Browsers

Want to get the best out of your Android browsing experience? Then don’t make the mistake of using the browser preinstalled on your phone, instead you will probably want to “shop around” so-to-speak and try a couple until you find the one that best suits your needs. Sorry to you Apple users, but I’ve never had an IPhone and can’t help you here.

Don’t have the time to check out a bunch of random ones? Don’t worry, I have been switching back and forth between browsers since I had an Android 1.5 Device. Here are my results:

 

Chrome: The Best All-Round
I know that I said that you don’t want to stick with the default browser that came on your phone, but if your phone came with Chrome on it then you might just be good. Chrome has a great balance of speed, security, and ease of use; so if none of the other browsers mentioned here have a feature that catches your eye then you would probably do best to stick with Chrome.

 

Firefox: The Most Advanced
Although it tends to be a bit slower than Chrome, Firefox has the ability to install addons just like the desktop version (Chrome for mobile does not have this ability). For those who consider themselves power users, or those who just like their addons should really check out Firefox for Android.

 

Opera Mini: Very Lightweight
Although Opera browser seems to suffer a bit when compared to the top browsers, Opera Mini fills it’s own little niche. Weighing in at an only about 10mb to download (although a bit more when installed), it is extremely lightweight and works wonders on an older device. In addition to that, it also has a data saver setting which can help you when browsing on a device that has a data cap and a web page download option that way you can save a page and view it offline.

 

Dolphin: Lightweight & Plugins
A bit of a lesser known browser, dolphin is perfect for somebody who wants to install plugins but needs a more lightweight browser because one can’t run Firefox well on his device. The cons? I have found dolphin to be a little unstable and the plugins have to be installed as separate apps.

 

Tenta Browser: Built in Privacy
The last on this list, it is really only useful for those who value their privacy as it comes with a bit of a learning curve. With built in profiles and a free proxy service anybody looking for a little anonymity on their phone should give this a try.

 

 

Conclusion:
Well, I hope that you gained something by reading this article. I encourage you to check out the browsers I’ve mentioned (and even ones that I have not mentioned) and find the one that best suits you. Believe me, even though it sounds trivial it can really make a huge difference for you if you do a lot of mobile browsing.

 

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