Oct 24

ATT CL2939 Line In Use with MagicJack Plus

Quite a while ago I had a Line In Use problem on my phone with the MagicJack which was fixed with replacing the MagicJack  but I do have a new Line In Use problem that shows up with my AT&T CL2939 phone with the Magic Jack Plus when it is plugged into an outlet and directly into the router.

Yet if I have my MagicJack Plus plugged into the USB port of the PC the Line In Use immediately goes away.  I also noticed this appears to be an issue with the phone more than the Magic Jack because if I unplug the phone cable, the phone will say Line In Use no matter what even when nothing is plugged into it.

From what I read this seems like a voltage detection issue and perhaps the phone got too much voltage, or damaged, it is just weird how MagicJack Plus only when in USB will work but not when A/C outlet, tried 4 different AC outlets and cables.  It seems to send more voltage to the phone when it is plugged into USB or something.

Because the phone does it no matter what even when nothing is plugged into it, I simply plug in MagicJack while it is in USB and the Line in Use goes away, then I unplug phone cord from phone, and Line In Use comes back.  Replaced batteries, as some said if battery is low it could cause issue and no luck there.

I likely will end up buying a replacement phone, but this tells me that the Line In Use problem may not always be a MagicJack issue but can also end up being a phone issue as well.

Oct 10

Why I Still Recommend Blog Engage and Affiliate Lights

I have had numerous people ask me if I still recommend Blog Engage over the years, and I have to say that I do still recommend it for many in certain circumstances.  First of all not only do I love the Affiliate Lights program which allows you to earn fantastic recurring commissions as a blogger and online entrepreneur I like the Blog Engage RSS Syndication service, but you will find I like it for different reasons than some other bloggers.

You Want Blog Engage If You Are A Blogger

First I will tell you that Blog Engage is slanted to be more beneficial for those who are in the Blogging, SEO and Social Media as well as online affiliate and entrepreneurial niches.  The site has “Blog Engage” in it and you will find many experienced bloggers who are more than happy to share advice, feedback and critique your site so that you can optimize, tweak and get a design down that will work for you.  The Blog Engage Facebook group is still a great place to go to get information and feedback and chatting with other bloggers live on the Blog Engage system will yield you some networking and contacts you may not find out on your own just searching.

Bloggers tend to be more reciprocal in helping share content for a share in Blog Engage, they tend to also be more interested in leaving comments when they visit your article if they are part of Blog Engage (again this is my experience, because there are bloggers in this network, bloggers see the value of comments more than casual readers so are more likely to leave comments on an article after they read it and more likely to share it on social media than non-blogger visitors).

Because many of the bloggers know each other, if you earn the respect of one of the more experienced bloggers and they share your article you will likely get the attention and notice of other bloggers as well.  I have not seen any judgement or apathy toward new bloggers trying to get their own little space of the Internet in an overly crowded market.

Video Bloggers

YouTube Videos are notoriously hard to get views and attention on if you aren’t creating super wacky and viral content that is more entertainment than informative.  Blog Engage with YouTube syndication can help get your video content more reach and your video helps establish an identity with readers putting a face to a name and style in a way that written content doesn’t always effectively do.

Blog Engage helps raise awareness for my videos and actually helps with visibility to my YouTube content even more than my technology blog over the past several months which is of huge benefit to me as I am growing very rapidly in the video space and more brands I work with want to see video productions made with their products.

This does translate into more video views, and while as a tech blog my articles may not grab the attention of other bloggers in the system like Blogging, SEO and Social Media sites do, hence I get usually less than 1,000 visits per month from Blog Engage for DragonBlogger, I do get hundreds of extra video views on my YouTube videos which is very beneficial.

I still see Blog Engage providing the most value to eager bloggers who are not yet established, this is a way to really jumpstart your content especially if you write high quality content that adds value to the community it will get you traffic boosts and attention early on.  But like anyone in any system, don’t write generic overview content that respouts the same garbage over and over, be unique, have personality and write about very current and recent trends that you have researched and know about.  Don’t look like a noob and write about Panda updates if you really don’t know anything about them and you are just parroting what you read somewhere, focus on testing something and researching and learning and sharing what you learn and you will get benefit from Blog Engage and provide value to your readers in general.

Oh, and you can actually make some darn good earnings from promoting Blog Engage too, I almost as much per month from Affiliate Light as I do from AdSense on my blogs and this is recurring subscription earnings too!

Join Blog Engage RSS Syndication and start having your content syndicated across multiple sites and social media channels today!

Join Affiliate Lights Now, Sign Up For Free and start earning recurring commissions by promoting a service that only helps others syndicate their content so they get more audience and potential eyes viewing their content.

Oct 09

Fire HD Kids Edition Tablets

Better late than never but Amazon brings it with it’s Fire HD Kids Edition Tablets which come in both 6″ and 7″ versions where the rubberized case fully protects the Kindle Fire HD and Amazon offers a 2 year no questions asked warranty if the product cracks, breaks or is otherwise damaged you get it replaced.

 

The Fire HD Kids Edition tablet also comes with 1 full year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited which gives a ton of content for kids to play, read and watch, over 5,000 pieces of content according to Amazon at this time.  You can also create profiles set play time limits and the Fire HD Kids Edition has full camera and video support.

It comes in Blue, Green or Pink and honestly I think is a fantastic choice for a child 6 or under, this gives the more power and more apps, movies and TV show content than any other kid friendly tablet and the warranty is just phenomenal.

Now at $149 for the 6″ version you can get cheaper tablets, but you are unlikely to find any other tablet that gives you that much free content for a year (Books, Movies, TV Shows with such easy access) as well as support a 2 year warranty against damages.  However, I would say that if your child is over 7, then a full Kindle Fire HDX at $179 with a nice protective case would be a better choice because it would have more content and open up more for them to do with it.

Overall though the Fire HD Kindle Tablet appears to be another great product by Amazon targeting younger kids and helping them wean out of infant tablets for toddlers into an intermediate tablet that doesn’t skimp on power or functionality.  The fact that this tablet comes with Bluetooth support and 1280×800 resolution is also a great deal as most cheap tablets are 1024×768 resolution and many don’t include Bluetooth in the lowest price range.

Oct 07

5 Excellent Power Banks to Keep Your Mobile Devices Charged

I have about nearly 10 mobile batteries in my house and constantly rotate out 3 or 4 of them whenever I travel for a variety of purposes.  If I know I will only be gone a day or two, I will pick smaller batteries that are easier to pack in a small bag.  But if I am going to be gone 4 or more days I will pack my larger batteries and on smaller portable one to make sure I have ample power to keep my mobile devices charged before I am able to get to an A/C outlet.  This could be you spend long hours in a conference room or in meetings for a full day, or you simply are stuck on a flight for 6+ hours to you just being a passenger in a really long road trip.

These 5 External Batteries which are also known as Power Banks or Portable Batteries, will help make sure your USB chargeable mobile devices stay fully charged for as long as you need them to between access to an A/C Wall outlet.

EC Technology 22400mAh External Battery

 

The EC Technology 22400mAh External battery provides an amazing amount of power in this battery that is about twice as long and as thick as an iPhone 6.  It has 2 USB ports and can charge a Smartphone and a tablet at the same time, doesn’t matter if you use Android or iOS devices it will charge them.  It’s power bank can charge a smartphone 10+ times and it has enough battery to charge a full 10″ tablet 2-3 times depending on the battery size of your tablet.  All in all, this is one of the best bang for the buck external batteries as it also has an LED flashlight built in for finding cables in the dark. The one disadvantage is it’s size, it is very bulky and too bulky for a purse, pocket or other small pouch and this one is better for longer trips where you pack a full travel back or have a backpack like if you are going on a multiday camping adventure.

You can buy the EC Technology 22400mAh External Battery here.

 

Anker  2nd Gen Astro 3 12000mAh Battery

 

The Anker 2nd Gen Astro 3 is one of my all time favorite external batteries, not only does it have 3 USB ports so that you can charge 2 smart phones and 1 tablet at the same time, but it has IQ ports that are able to charge up to 4A off a single port, so you literally don’t have to worry about 1 port being only for Samsung tablets, another only for iPhone…etc.  You can plug any device into any port and it will adjust and provide just the right amount of power to make sure your device charges quickly.  The little circle of light showing how much charge is left has more indicators than a typical 4 button light too and a quick shake will wake up the battery and start charging whatever is connected to it or show you how much battery is left.

It does have mid range capacity and is slightly thicker but shorter than the EC Technology power bank, but it makes up for less capacity with being able to charge 3 mobile devices at the same time.

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RAVPower Deluxe External Battery Charger

 

RavPower also makes a fine 14000mAh external battery that also has an LED flashlight built in.  This one can charge a Smartphone 7-8 times and offers tablet and phone charging at the same time.  It is smaller and thinner than both the previous 2 chargers listed and has slightly more capacity than the Anker Astro 3 though doesn’t have a 3rd USB port.

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New Trent PowerPak Xtreme

The New Trent PowerPak Xtreme is an ideal choice for those who go into the Wilderness or in environments where there is a good chance your external battery will face the harsh elements of nature.  This pairs perfectly if you use a Lifeproof or Otterbox Defender case and this is the only one of the batteries listed in this post that is Waterproof, Dirt Proof and Shock Proof.  Meaning this thing can handle rain, and being dropped in the dirt and is ideal if you are hiking or camping in deserts or the forest.  This 12000mAh External Battery comes in either Gray or Orange and is perfect if you really need an external battery than can withstand a drop or the elements.

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Anker 2nd Gen Astro Mini

 

Finally the last device in our roundup is listed because out of all the lipstick external batteries (which is what they are called because they are shaped like a lipstick and only slightly larger) this one has the most capacity at 3200mAh.  This one is extremely portable and comes in 4 color choices (Black, Silver, Gold or Pink as pictured above).  This is the most portable of just about all the external batteries and really is ideal if you need to slip it in your pocket or a small bag or purse and just carry enough charge to keep your phone alive for up to 7 extra hours of talk time or up to 70 hours of music play time according to the product specs.  It will only charge your smartphone and not a tablet but if you are in a pinch and need the ultimate portable smartphone charger then the Anker Astro Mini is the one you want.

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Oct 06

Playing Some Guild Wars 2 Again

This past weekend my oldest son decided to start a new character in Guild Wars 2 and get back into the game after taking a 6 month hiatus, he had grown a little weary and got tired of the game but recently after experiencing the new structured changes in how they designed the levels, reward system and pacing of the traits, skills and ability increases he really found it to be quite exciting and almost like a new game again.  I already have 2 level 80 characters but had not played the game much as I enjoyed playing it more with my kids than solo and was quite honestly distracted by Hearthstone and Destiny for the past several months but it was fun to dive back in to Guild Wars 2 and I am looking forward to taking my 3rd character Gunther Dragonclaw who also was my very 1st character created 2 years ago to Level 80.  He is currently level 63.

My son even was asking for Guild Wars 2 branded headphones, mouse and mouse pad (I have the SteelSeries Mousepad) lately.

I still think that for MMORPG games that don’t have a monthly subscription fee, Guild Wars 2 is one of the best choices, though I do wish that the level 1 – 20 content and the daily events were a little more varied, after playing them and moving through the low level areas for 2 years there is little variation anywhere except for the living story at this point anymore.

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