starting over…

this is rather pointless…

ran into problems, tried to restore database and now pretty much nothing works.. I give up
so I guess it’s time to start all over again… oh well, a chance to start a new I guess…

I got a few posts restored, but not many.. who knows why it won’t work correctly anymore, my luck I guess… oh well.. 6 months worth of posts pretty much all gone

The Consumerist and other stuffs

Hey, my post about my great experience with Streamlight and their customer service hit the front page of The Consumerist today, and it’s also being ‘StumbledUpon’ as well…

oh and I got this today for review:

hehe.. cool RC Toy!!!

Oh, so that’s the good news, my bad news streak goes on though, my neighbors 50 ft tree fell into my yard last night and is now balancing on my small little tree/bush about to fall into my house and take out my sliding glass doors and my kids bedroom window and possibly damage the addition to my house… it’s a rental property so tracking down the owner took a bit of time, and he tells me to take it up with my insurance company, so I called them and they said it’s most likely his responsibility. I was talking to my insurance rep and he asked me if the tree was dead or alive, well it’s dead, so according to him since the tree is dead and was so tall it lies on the owner to have it removed before something like this happened, he called it negligence on the owners part, so we’ll see what happens there… now I just have to hope and pray my poor little tree doesn’t give out anytime soon…

ah well… Anyone have an extra Four Leaf Clover they can send me? Maybe a horse shoe or even a rabbits foot? I need some help here, this bad streak of mine needs to end…

Streamlight

This post is basically a thank you link to Streamlight for taking care of fixing my flashlight…

Long story short, my cousin died last year, committed suicide, and his wife either threw away his stuff or gave it away. He was into law enforcement so he had quite a collection of related items, and one of the cooler things he owned were various flashlights. So after he died, his wife sold the house and moved out, she said to go in and take whatever I wanted because the new owners were going to demolish it anyway for a parking lot. Well, it’s a shame really the stuff that she left, all the cupboards were full of food, I found literally thousands of pictures of him and the kids and a whole lot of other stuff that most people would not be throwing away… but anyway, one of the things that she left was his Streamlight SL-20XP, if you know about flashlights then Streamlight should be a common name to you, if not, well, they are pretty much the best lights going.

They are very big in law enforcement, emergency services etc because they are extremely durable, lightweight and very bright, and rechargable as well. After bringing the SL-20XP home I found that the switch didn’t quite work right, and Streamlight does offer a lifetime warranty on their products, but I wasn’t sure how it would work since I wasn’t the original owner. So I emailed them and they said to send it back for repairs, not only did they replace the switch, but they gave me a brand new battery and lens as well. The customer service through email was excellent, very friendly and helpful. I’m very happy with my ‘new’ light, that also comes with quite a few memories as well.

I own two 3D cell Maglights and like them very much, I keep one in my car at all times, they are great lights overall, but the Streamlight is much better honestly. It might not be as heavy as the Mag, but it’s much brighter, my 3D cell mag has peak beam candle power of 22,000 with an average of 76.8 Lumens, while the Streamlight has 25,000 peak beam candle power and 150 lumens, this thing is extremely bright, it will brighten up any area…

Anyway, I just wanted to throw a link to Streamlight up, and let everyone know about their great products and excellent customer service!! They really went above and beyond for me, thanks guys!

Here’s a pic of the Streamlight, I have the all black version, and the specs are following the pic…

SL-20XP

The SL-20XP is a full size professional grade, lightweight, high-intensity, rechargeable flashlight.

8 watt halogen bulb with a 100-hour lifetime
Pre-focused halogen beam of up to 25,000 peak beam candlepower; 150 lumens
Lightweight, super-tough nylon polymer case with non-slip rubber comfort grip
Runs 1.5 hours
Constant-on and momentary modes
Three-position (on-off-blink) push-button switch guaranteed for life
High-capacity sub-C, nickel-cadmium rechargeable battery
Length: 13”
Weight: 16 oz.
Available in black, yellow or orange

Digg this story to let everyone know that Streamlight is an excellent company, with customer service that goes above and beyond!

About Career Ramblings

There are so many blogs out there today, where does one go to find good content? We have so many choices where to go, and honestly a lot of them just aren’t that great. Most of the blogs you’ll run across have to do with making money online, and they usually have no clue what they are talking about. Don’t get me wrong, there are some very good blogs about doing this, but they are few and far between…

 

If you are looking for something with good content that is actually helpful you can stop over at Jane May Blogs, she has quite a bit of very good information about ways to make money online. She mentions many tips, tricks and just good ways to do the things you want to, online and even in ‘real life’.

 

Jane May Blogs has sort of a sister site called Career Ramblings, that is essentially about career development, but has so much more there to take in. With a name like Career Ramblings I was pretty much expecting to see a blog about someone bitching and moaning about their career. Blogging about the things that go on in their life and workplace, but it is very far from that.

 

The tagline on the site is ‘Your Professional Development: steps to a successful future’, this tagline is very appropriate for some of the content on the site, as it does pertain to managing your future and making the most of it. Reading through it I found many posts about what students can do to help themselves better prepare for the future, very insightful and interesting reading.

 

A lot of what is on Career Ramblings is helpful stuff that pretty much anyone can use, even the most seasoned professional can learn something I’m sure, but there are some off-topic things that make Career Ramblings have a more personal feeling to it, it’s about business but yet not all business. It’s nice to read through and find sort of a break in the information to gain a bit more insight into the authors, and learn a bit more about who they are, it’s a nice personal touch I think.

 

Quite a bit of what you’ll find on Career Ramblings is advice to the newcomers that are trying to make a go at it in the workplace, such as resume writing tips, and interview tips. You’ll also find much more though, you’ll find advice on promoting an already established business and even tips for getting a business started. The things I’ve found on Career Ramblings are very insightful and helpful, things that can actually help you be everything you can be in your career and in your life. I even found home remodeling, and general money saving tips floating around in there.

 

Overall the writing in the career development related posts is intelligent but not to the point as to confuse people, it is written at a level where everyone can understand it easily, not quite layman’s terms, but still very understandable for even the novice entrepreneur or student. It is done in a friendly style as if they were talking directly to you, almost like you were sitting one on one chatting over coffee.

 

The look and feel of the blog is very good as well, the color scheme is subtle, but personally I might change that background to a darker shade of blue, the main banner sort of blends into it. There are not many ads around to distract you from your reading, they are well placed, and blend in nicely. One thing I might do if I were the owners though is watch the Google ads a bit and maybe filter them, while I was visiting, there was an ad for a ‘get rich quick scheme’ on Career Ramblings, it was gaudy and just out of place. It had, in gold lettering, ‘Get Rich!!!’, and the entire banner was done in a black and sort of metallic gold style. It seemed much out of place, and detracted from the professional feel of the site.

 

Being that I am a ‘professional’ reviewer I could go on and on, the best thing to do is stop by and start reading and learning from their collective knowledge, everyone can always learn more. So this is the end of my review for Career Ramblings, if you wish you can review them as well, it only needs to be 200 words, and they will link back to you, this of course will send a bit of traffic your way and help you out as well. So stop by and check out their Rules post to see what exactly you have to do to get back linked from a PR6 site.

John Chow-Evil Blogger Extraordinarie

Yes John, I do read your blog quite often, but with life and everything I’m a bit behind on the things I need to post about…

If you don’t know who John Chow is, the I suggest you drop by his blog and check it out, he owns The Tech Zone and a few other very popular websites. He is quite a learned person when it comes to making money online, his site features quite a few tips for people just starting out, so by visiting his blog you just might learn something.

 At the moment he is having an ‘Evil Blog’  contest where he is giving away a MicroSoft Zune, and if you have a blog all you have to do is post about the Zune contest to be entered into it.

 One of the prerequisites for the entry is to somehow fit the words ‘make money on the internet’ into the posting as well, I figured since MS wouldn’t give me a Zune for review I might have a chance to get one from John by entering his little contest.

On a side note, I actually met John at CES in 2006, he’s a very interesting to say the least… but more on that at a later date…

DragonSteelMods on YouTube…

If you didn’t know, we have our own YouTube channel, aptly named DragonSteelMods. Here you can find all the movies taken for product reviews, and in-game movies as well for game reviews. The DragonSteelMods channel features 150+ videoa actually, so stop by and check it out when you get the chance and make sure you subscribe as well because I post the movies before the reviews are up, so you can get a peek at what’s coming up for review.

I just updated it yesterday with eight movies of the WowWee DragonFly in action, I need to take a couple more movies and then the review can be posted. When I went to the community center to film the DragonFly, I forgot to take the tail ribbon with me when I went.

If you’re curious, I’m the guy with the hat and ponytail, my friend Wayne helped me out and his friend Barry came over to check it out, as he was very curious about the DragonFly as well. I also took my E-Flite Blade CP RC Helicoptor with me, to play with while the DragonFly was recharging, but it didn’t last long as I crashed it and busted a link on it…

SnoopStick…

Very shortly on DSM I’m going to be posting my review of the SnoopStick from Solid Oak Software. When it was first introduced many people said quite a few things about this product, like it can steal your identity, or it can get your credit card numbers etc, etc etc… Many things were said about it that was just far from the truth, I don’t know why people feel the need to sensationalize things that they really have no clue about…

The review is going to be very in-depth and truly explain what this product is and does, it’s not what everyone claimed it is or was… but it is something that is very useful and overall pretty darn cool…

Look for the review to be posted later today…

EDIT: Review is now live, Click HERE to read it!

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 and of course you can Digg it as well!