How I bought a CHEAP Keurig Coffee Maker for Half Price!

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How I bought a CHEAP Keurig Coffee Maker for Half Price!
How I bought a CHEAP Keurig Coffee Maker for Half Price!

Hey guys! Today, I’m going to show you how I purchased my CHEAP Keurig coffee maker for half price (~$50). They average about $90-$120 on Amazon at the writing of this article. I was able to buy this one at $53.37; very close to half the average price. How was I able to do this? Simple! Amazon Warehouse deals

🙂 A great way to get items at a lower price, with almost no noticeable damage (depending on what the item description says)

Video of the Keurig Coffee Maker (60fps)

 

1Check the Amazon Warehouse Deals

You go to the Product page, then below the short description near the Product image, click the “See other”. On this page you’ll find other sellers, both new & used ones, that are for sell. Normally you’ll find the Amazon Warehouse deals at the top of this page if there are any available.

 

2Find the best deal

Look over the amazon warehouse deals for the best condition one at a price you’re willing to pay. Also be sure to read what day Amazon expects it to “Arrives between” so you know how long you’ll be waiting. After that you’ll want to checkout and purchase it!

3Congratulations! You ordered a pre-owned Keurig at an amazing lower price!

I purchased mine at under half price of the retail value which is WAY CHEAPER and there was absolutely nothing wrong it with! Came with original papers, box, everything! Just be sure to double check the item description you plan to buy!

Hope this has helped you! 😀

How to set up BunnyCDN with WordPress using WP Rocket

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How to set up BunnyCDN with WordPress using WP Rocket
How to set up BunnyCDN with WordPress using WP Rocket

Setting up BunnyCDN with your WordPress site is simple. It only takes a couple of minutes and can be done in 4 simple steps.

Step 1: Create a pull zone

First thing first, you need to create your pull zone. To do this, simply go to your BunnyCDN control panel, enter the name of the pull zone and enter the URL of your blog as the Origin URL. For a more advanced info check out How To Create Your First Pull Zone

 

Create a pull zone with cdnbunnyStep 2: Install WP Rocket plugin

Next, we will install the WP Rocket plugin. This will enable your WordPress site to use the BunnyCDN. Purchase WP Rocket from their Official website (https://wp-rocket.me) and receive the zip file with the plugin inside. To install it, simply go to Plugins->Add New, Click the “upload plugin” button at the top, and click on Install Now. After the installation is finished, click on the “Activate plugin” button.

Upload WP Rocket plugin

Step 3: Configure WP Rocket to use a CDN

In order for WP Rocket to use BunnyCDN as your CDN, you need to set some things up. First, go to Settings->WP Rocket from the WordPress sidebar (alternatively you can use the WP Rocket drop down menu at the top of the admin panel, and select Settings.) Then click the “CDN” tab and you’ll see this section in the screenshot. Click on the checkbox beside “Enable Content Delivery Network.”

Enable CDN with WP Rocket

Step 4: Configure WP Rocket to use BunnyCDN

While still in the CDN tab, scroll down to the configuration section and enter the hostname you have created in step 1 into the “Replace site’s hostname with” field like shown on the screenshot. Click on Save Changes and you’re done. Your WordPress site is now using BunnyCDN and should load much faster for users around the world.

Enter your hostname for pullzone in wprocket for cdnbunny

Samsung Galaxy S8 Review

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My Galaxy S8 Review
My Galaxy S8 Review

I was able to purchase with preorder the Samsung Galaxy S8 through Verizon Wireless. They expedited my order to get it 2 days (04/19/2017) before release (04/21/2017) before it hits store shelves. What is funny is Verizon shipped it to Fedex last Saturday (04/15/2017) but requested it to be delivered the 19th instead of standard time. Funny really! Anyways, let’s jump into my first impressions of the phone for this Galaxy S8 review. Let’s open the box of the 2017 phone of the year!

Galaxy S8 box
Galaxy S8 box

First Impressions

When I watched the Samsung “Unpacked 2017” live event announcement of the Galaxy S8, I was not impressed. Compared to their previous S7 and S5 events, this one lacked luster to me. After watching 30 minutes into the event, I quickly noticed Samsung wasn’t noting anything worthy like Camera quality upgrade, Battery improvement, Front facing speakers, Qualcomm 4.0 quick charge, nothing along those lines. It was a huge turn off to be frank. Then after I hear they removed the fingerprint reader from the front and placed it to the right backside of the phone, my hopes were practically shot down.

So why did I purchase the Galaxy S8 depict the flaws I instantly saw in the phone?

Promotional Details

The pre-order rewards / goodies were enough to sway me (alone with the other benefits of having the Galaxy S8. I was able to sell my Galaxy S7 for around $300, purchase the S8 for $269.99 with tax on 2 year contract with Verizon Wireless, and early terminate that contract for $175. I plan to buy the ultimate $99 samsung experience reward.

So let me quickly break that down… Hope you’ll benefit from this with the Galaxy S8 review 🙂 Warning: Verizon contracts are only for B2B accounts and existing grandfathered-in customer accounts. If you are on the Edge, Unlimited, or New Verizon plans, this transaction won’t work for you! Sorry 🙁 But you can still trade in your Galaxy S7 for $300 and get the S8 for $15/mo if you have the VZN Unlimited plan.

  • Sold Galaxy S7: +$300
  • Galaxy S8 (with taxes): -$269.99 (Valued $720 without taxes)
  • Early terminate contract: -$175
  • Ultimate Samsung Pre-order Gift: -$99 (Valued over $500)
  • Total: $243.99 (Value over $1,200)

Onto the Galaxy S8 Review

1Battery Life

Story developing… Check back in 2 days

2Camera Quality

Story developing… Check back in 2 days

3Phone Cases / Tempered Glass protectors

I bought 1 phone case, and 1 tempered glass screen protector for my Galaxy S8.. Here are the Amazon links!

  1. Spigen Rugged Armor Galaxy S8
    Spigen Rugged Armor Galaxy S8

    Spigen Rugged Armor Galaxy S8 Case

  2. Tempered Glass Protectors MP Mall Galaxy S8
    Tempered Glass Protectors MP Mall Galaxy S8

    MP-Mall 2-PACK (lifetime replacement guarantee) [Tempered Glass] [Full Cover] for Galaxy S8

 

4Charging Speed

Disappointedly, Samsung has limited the Galaxy S8 to charging with Qualcomm 2.0 quickcharge, instead of the feature Quickcharge 4.0 the Snapdragon 835 comes with. This limits the vase improvement of charging speed, and even temperature regulating safety measures that 4.0 would bring. Over 20% speed improvement just from 3.0 to 4.0. Qualcomm even states in their blog “Quick Charge 4 is expected to be commercially available in the first half of 2017”

Perhaps Samsung will introduce this later on? We can only hope so!

5Fingerprint Reader Issues

I honestly didn’t have that bad of an issue with the fingerprint reader. I like to hold the phone in my left hand, and my finger naturally just falls on it. Now I do prefer the face unlock because of speed, but for purchases and sensitive data I will use the fingerprint lock. But Samsung honestly could have done the Galaxy S8 justice by putting the fingerprint reader in the middle of the back like the Google Pixel and other LG phones already do.

6Should I upgrade from the S7 to the S8?

That would depend on if you’re looking for these improvements

  • Battery life
  • Rear Camera
  • Fingerprint reader on front or middle of back

If so, then no, don’t upgrade just yet. Wait until Note 8 or Galaxy S9 next year. But if you’re needing an upgrade, and want the latest phone which a wonderful camera, bigger and pretty display, Iris scanner, Samsung Bixby, and Samsung support? Then really consider the S8 if you can afford it. It’s a really good phone, but it’s not a milestone improvement from the Galaxy S7.

 

7Recommended Video Reviews

Here are some great videos of trustworthy YouTubers who have already reviewed the Galaxy S8 or S8+ and they share their thoughts about it. Totally check them out!

 

How to fully backup a linux server to B2 Backblaze with Hashbackup

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How to backup a linux server to B2 Backblaze Cloud with Hashbackup

In this guide, I’ll show you how to backup your server with Hashbackup and send it to B2 Backblaze cloud storage. We all hate the idea of losing your server files, or we’ve all experience the dreaded server RAID hard drive crash.. Well this is a foolproof way to prevent the headache that comes with a server crash. Once you set this up on your server, you’ll have ease of mind from any worry that a complete snapshot of your linux server is saved off-site to a cheap but reliable cloud host. It will be encrypted and compressed before being uploaded. This will backup all files from your root of server, and even MYSQL databases.

This is an easy way to backup your Linux server to B2 Backblaze!

This includes VPS and Dedicated servers that run Linux.

I’ve used it already to backup and restore my VPS server which was using CWP (Centos Web Panel); after restoring I only needed to update CWP to the new IP address, and rebuild my apache vhosts. Everything else such as MYSQL, passwords, files, settings, SSH settings, and software worked perfectly!

Requirements

  • Hashbackup (Download link)
  • B2 Backblaze Cloud account (Link)
  • CentOS 6 (64bit, I recommend) [This can work with other OS, I’m just showing how I set it up on my server with my specs]

 

Step 1. Setup B2 Backblaze Cloud

We first need to create your account and get your Account ID, and Application Key. Once you have signed up, and linked your account to a debit/credit card incase you go over your limit, you’ll find your ID and Key on the Buckets page.

1a. Create a Bucket

You need to create a container/bucket to store your server files in from the backup. Simply click Create Bucket button on the “My Buckets” page of your b2 Backblaze cloud account. Copy the following details into a notepad or save it somewhere. You’ll need it to setup Hashbackup

  • accountid
  • appkey
  • bucket name

1b. Add payment information

If you haven’t already, you’ll need to add a debit or credit card for B2 Backblaze Cloud to charge if you go over your limit like Download bandwidth, or Storage space. They charge once you meet a threshold, and once a month. Be sure to add a card so your backups continue to work.

1c. Set your Account Bandwidth and Storage limits

Go to your Caps & Alerts page and set your limits. I’d suggest allowing yourself to download the amount your server can hold. If your server has 180GB of storage, then at least set that as the download cap so when you go to restore, it will have enough to allowed bandwidth to do what it needs. Set your Storage cap the same way if you prefer.

Or you can remove the Caps and set it as “Unlimited”

But either way, make sure to allow your server enough to do its job properly.

Step 2. Setup Hashbackup on your Server

If you haven’t already, download Hashbackup. If you’re using a 64bit server, then grab the “linux-64bit.tar.gz”

Copy only the “hb” file to your server in the /usr/bin folder.

Be sure to make it executable! File permission 755 on the hb file.

2a. Initiate Hashbackup

Now that HB is installed on the server, time to set it up correctly. Run these commands

hb init -c /root/hbdir

Change hbdir to whatever name folder you want to create to store the backups in locally, then send to B2 backblaze. If you don’t care, then just leave it the way it is. If the directory already exists, it must be empty or init will complain. During initialization, an inex.conf file will be created, listing files that should be excluded from the backup.  You may want to review and modify this before your first backup.

After running the command above, COPY THE KEY.CONF file to your computer locally and BACK IT UP! You must have this file to restore any backups in the future!!

Do NOT edit the key.conf at all

2b. Exclude files you don’t want to backup

In the “inex.conf” found inside “/root/hbdir” folder, you can tell Hashbackup what files and directories to ignore when backing up. By default after running the init command, it will make the file and add this.

 ex /home/*/.bash_history
 ex /home/*/.emacs.d
 ex /home/*/.gvfs
 ex *.vmem
 ex /proc/
 ex /tmp/
 ex /var/tmp/

You can add more directories or file types to ignore following the pattern above.

2c. Add B2 Backblaze login details to Hashbackup

We need to create a blank “dest.conf” file in your /root/hbdir folder. You can do this with this SSH command

cd /root/hbdir

touch dest.conf

Then edit & paste this in the file

 destname b2
 type b2
 accountid 123456789012
 appkey 1234567890123456789012345678901234567890
 bucket hbbackup
 dir myhost1

Replace the accountid, appkey, and bucket with the details you had in Step 1a.

Replace “myhost1” after dir with your server hostname. You can choose anything really. This is the folder it will store inside the b2 bucket. I prefer to set this to the server hostname. e.a. (s1.example.com)

Then save the file.

MAKE A COPY OF DEST.CONF along with KEY.CONF from Step 2a; These are the two files you require to restore your backup from the cloud.

Step 3. Setup a Routine (Cronjob) for Daily backup

What I like to do to make things easy, is put this into a single sh script to run with Cronjob. Makes it a lot easier and cleaner.

Create “backup.sh” file in your /root directory and paste this in it

#!/bin/bash

/usr/bin/hb log backup -c /root/hbdir /; /usr/bin/hb log retain -c /root/hbdir -s3d2m;

This will make complete backups of your server from /

It will store the last 3 backups, and 1 single extra backup from the last 2 months. Change the 3 and the 2 to suit your need. I prefer it this way. This will also auto-upload your backup’s to B2 Backblaze Cloud, encrypted and compressed. It will delete the older backups aswell to save storage.

Save the backup.sh and make it executable (755 file permissions)

Step 3a. Create the Cronjob

This will make the server run the backup.sh on a daily schedule. Once a day it will run this and perform the SH script. Be sure that the sh script is executable (755 file permission)

Open up your crontab to add the cronjob with this command

crontab -e

Then paste this

0 0 * * * /root/./backup.sh

Then to save and close do this

Press Ctrl + Q

type :wq

Hit enter

You’ve just added the cronjob to the crontab. You can do “crontab -e” to be sure it’s there.

You’re done!

You just

  • install & setup hashbackup,
  • created a B2 Backblaze account
  • connected b2 with hashbackup
  • created a backup.sh script
  • created cronjob with crontab to run the backup.sh daily

Wait 24 hours, then check your B2 Backblaze buckets on your account page, and see if you see new files and storage being taken, if so, then it’s working correctly!

If you want to manually force a backup, just run /root/./backup.sh

Backup complete and uploaded to b2 backblaze cloud
Backup complete and uploaded to b2 backblaze cloud

I’ll write a new post on how to recover your server with B2 Backblaze using Hashbackup soon. But to put it simply, you need to copy your “dest.conf” & “key.conf” on the new server in a folder “/root/hbdir” then run this command

hb recover -c /root/hbdir

then when prompted, type y and hit enter with the question “Proceed with recovery?”

Cheers! Leave a comment if you had issues, or happy that I wrote this guide 🙂 Hope you found it useful!

 

Crucial MX300 525GB SATA 2.5 Inch Internal Solid State Drive Review

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Crucial MX300 525GB SATA 2.5 Inch Internal Solid State Drive
Crucial MX300 525GB SATA 2.5 Inch Internal Solid State Drive

An excellent SSD upgrade for any Laptop! Love their Momentum Cache too! Sent my speeds flying 10x faster on Seq reads & writes!

Purchase on Amazon

• Hot Tip: If you buy this, download their software to use Momentum Cache! Here is the link you won’t regret it!

speeds
speeds

Pros
• Super fast read and write speeds with Momentum Cache enabled!!
Seq (Q32T1) 2635 MB/s Read – 3021MB/s Write
4K (Q32T1) 339.3MB/s Read – 304MB/s Write
Seq 4343MB/s Read – 3700MB/s Write
4K 359.3MB/s Read – 306.3MB/s Write
• Easy firmware updates, and has encryption disk options native to the software.
• Super easy to setup and migrate from HDD to the SSD. I used EaseUS ToDo Backup Free to migrate all my data over. The partition master wants you to upgrade to pro, but their backup software will let you do it free.

Cons
• I had issues using the included Acronis Data Migration due to my Dell laptop has UEFI secured boot enabled. Which caused it to fail every time I tried. SO I used the software mentioned above, EaseUS ToDo Backup free to migrate my data over without any issues.
• The Crucial Storage Executive software using your internet browser to manage the settings. I’d honestly prefer it use it’s on GUI instead of the Chrome/Firefox browser. Would be nice to see this added in an update.

So overall, would I suggest you buy this for your Laptop or external drive enclosure? ABSOLUTELY YES! Without a second thought.
I’d highly suggest Crucial over Kingston because Kingston doesn’t have any alternative software benefit like caching. Only Crucial and Samsung do I think. Correct me if I missed a brand that does offer it.

Squooshi Filling Station + New Larger G.O. 8 Pack! Review

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Product Image
Product Image

Let me tell you, this is a LIFESAVER when you have grandkids or guests over that have kids! Perfect for refreshing them during the Summer or just as a snack in the evening.
Take a look at my photos for a closer look at what it looks like for Yogurt to be inside them. I also show you a good type of Yogurt you can get from Wal-Mart for the kids.

Purchase on Amazon

Pros
• Easy to fill with Yogurt or Fruit Smoothies. I prefer to pour into them rather than using the included tool for filling them.
• Tight Childproof “No-Spill” zip-up seal on the bottom
• Just overall awesome for any grandparents or people who have kids over often!

Cons
• Wish the packets were transparent so you can see all the left over Yogurt and food when cleaning
• Wish the Push-down tool when filling the packets wasn’t so hard. Have to really work it to make it work.
• May be difficult to clean if you don’t use something like a tooth-brush to get in the corners and the tight areas.

Would give 5 stars if the packets were transparent…So sorry, but going with 4 stars because I do like the product 🙂

Overview: If you have kids over, your grandparents, or you have kids yourself; this is a great thing to have in the refrigerator. You can eat from them immediately, or put them in the fridge, or even FREEZE them! How awesome right? I’d recommend this to you if you have kids at all really. That’s how I feel. 🙂

How to upload 60fps 1080p Videos to Google Photos

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Google Photos Videos Storage

Everybody loves Google Photos for their phone and tablet right? And how they offer FREE Unlimited storage for all your Photos and Videos (up to 1080p) to 20 minutes. But for us avid video recorders, we love using our new smartphones with 60fps videos, sometimes even 4k resolution. Well there is a secret way to upload 60fps 1080p videos and it still fall inside the Unlimited Storage option with Google Photos. Here’s how to do it!

Steps to do

Step 1. Go to Google Photos on your Phone

  • Open up Google Photos app on your phone/tablet (Android or iPhone)
  • Go into Settings
  • Select “Unlimited Storage”
  • Begin “backup of everything”

Step 2. Go to YouTube.com

Instead of going to Photos.google.com to see your videos, do this.

  • Go to YouTube.com/Upload
  • On the right sidebar; click Import near “Import your videos from Google Photos”
  • Select the video and click Import
  • Set the Privacy setting from Public to “Private”
  • Once the video is processed, you can go to My Videos to view the 60fps 1080p videos. It will also have 720p 60fps videos once you import them.

Complete!

You’ve successfully imported the 60fps 1080p version of your video directly from Google Photos library into your YouTube. Now you can watch it forever on there, and even delete it once you don’t want it. Don’t worry though! It’s still stored on Google Photos and you can always reimport the video again!

How to Empty/Clear Dovecot Mailboxes command

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How to clear dovecot emails and mailboxes

If you use Postfix and Dovecot you will at some point be filled with lots of SPAM emails and you’ll want to empty or clear your mailboxes. I had a mailbox setup for my website, and it piled up to over 200MB worth of junk mail that was wasting space on my server. I googled how to clear the mailboxes, but couldn’t find a clear answer. So that’s the purpose of this little guide. Just to show you exactly how to empty all the SPAM mail from your dovecot mailboxes. You can specify which mailboxes you’d like to empty, but for this example, I’ll show you how to clear all mailboxes.

Step 1. Login to SSH Terminal

You’ll need to login via SSH and with ROOT login details.

Step 2. Execute command

doveadm expunge -A mailbox INBOX ALL

This tells the server to purge/clear/empty “-A” which means all, mailboxes in the folder INBOX. If you wish to only do a certain email address, run this command

doveadm expunge -u example@domain.com mailbox INBOX ALL

Replace the example email address with the real one.

Step 3. Done!

You’re done! All mailboxes are cleared and emptied. Now you can have a cleaner server 🙂

 

Note: This clears/empties ALL Mail from the INBOXES. Even the GOOD mail you may want to keep. 

How T-Mobile and Amazon could BOOM!

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How T-Mobile and Amazon could BOOM together

I’m a fan of how T-Mobile sets a different trend for the cellular market (Such as no contracts, freedom of music, great prices) and I see ways they could expand even further.

I’m a fan of how Amazon makes online shopping convenient, more pleasant than traveling to Walmart, and keeps things fresh with ideas (Such as Alexa and Prime Shipping)

But what I’d like to see, is these two major companies combine their power and technology to create the ultimate helper device.

I introduce..

Amazon Tap with T-Mobile!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ugqcUYdHRA

The point of the Amazon tap is to be your “One-Click” personal assistant, but it lacks one thing.

Ability to listen everywhere

You can only talk and really communicate with the Amazon Tap when you’re inside Wi-Fi. This is a huge hurdle and problem! The point of the device is to be mobile, and take commands from anywhere as shown in their pilot video. Here is a quote from the Amazon product page for the Amazon tap

Discover and enjoy music, all in one place. Just tap the microphone button and ask for a song, artist, or genre. Stream directly over Wi-Fi from Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and more.

Do you see the problem and opportunity with this? No?

I want to refresh your memory then of what T-Mobile currently offers, Music Freedom.

What if, T-Mobile gave Amazon to opportunity to pay an extremely low rate for bandwidth for the Tap device for all the Prime customers, so that we can use the Tap device anywhere we want, anytime we want, without any charges? That’s right! If T-Mobile was to offer to sell Amazon a Wholesale rate of bandwidth to encourage Prime members to use the Tap device without the strings of WiFi; can you imagine the hook that would be for customers?!

This wouldn’t be deceitful or difficult at all!

All requests already flow through the Amazon.com domain when you speak to Alexa. So all T-Mobile would need to do is offer the streaming for free with that device, and perhaps also offer Amazon the chance to pay for customers small bandwidth so we can use it everywhere, without any payments or fees! We are paying Amazon Prime membership yearly after all, so that would help cover bandwidth costs.

I see this as a huge opportunity for both companies to innovate and change how we look at devices.

To truly be “Mobile” again with our devices.

There is Power in the Name of Jesus – Chords

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There is Power in the Name of Jesus

Verse 1

 
A  
C 
mother barely  
G/B 
twenty, 
 
 
Am 
out there on her  
C/G 
own
 
A  
F 
teenage in boy in  
C/E 
prison, 
 
be
Dm 
fore he’s even  
G 
grown
 
C 
Illness of a  
G/B 
loved one, a  
Am 
widow no one  
C/G 
calls
 
But  
F 
there is one  
C/E 
solution, one  
Dm 
answer for it  
Gsus 
all 
 
 
G 

Chorus

 
F/G 
There 
 
 
G 
is 
 
 
C 
power 
 
 
Dm 
in the name of  
C/E 
Jesus
 
There is  
F 
hope, there is  
C/E 
strength, and  
Dm 
victory to  
G 
claim
 
G/Ab 
There is  
Am 
healing 
 
 
C/G 
in His holy  
F 
presence 
 
 
C/E 
 
There is  
Dm 
power 
 
 
G 
in His  
C 
name

Verse 2

 
A  
C 
nation needing  
G/B 
healing, 
 
 
Am 
fighting for her  
C/G 
life
 
A  
F 
church that needs  
C/E 
revival, a  
Dm 
broken man and  
G 
wife.
 
But  
C 
in the name in  
G/B 
Jesus, the  
Am 
chains of bondage  
C/G 
fall,
 
F 
Prayers are heard and  
C/E 
answered, 
 
 
Dm 
when God’s children  
Gsus 
call 
 
 
G 

These chords and lyrics may in inaccurate, but it’s the way I enjoy playing the song, and perhaps you will too.
~Ben