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Sunday Share: Saving #bpdriverrewards #gasguzzlinpig

Bryan Hill's Blog - Sun, 05/22/2016 - 8:39am
I love that BP sends me occasional emails showing how much I have saved by using their rewards card. These savings are from my registration date in March of 2014. We try to save every way we can with the #gasguzzlinpig still in service.


Product Review: LinkSys EA9500 Max-Stream AC5400 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router

Bryan Hill's Blog - Sun, 05/22/2016 - 7:01am


This beauty was shipped to me last week, and I just now had a chance to install it. I have a pretty complex network I am installing it on. Our home is a 170 year old, brick, three story (4 levels including the basement) house with a detached two stall garage on a little less then 3/4 of an acre. To maintain a healthy, stable wifi signal through out has been quite a challenge. I have one main router in my attic, that connects via hard wire to several different routers throughout the levels as repeaters/switches. That main router was approximately 5 years old, and was due to be replaced/upgraded. Our Armstrong Internet service/hardware was recently upgraded to 50Mbps, but a speedtest showed that to see those increased speeds, the home network would require an upgrade. That is where this LINKSYS EA9500 MAX-STREAM™ AC5400 Tri-Band WiFi Router comes into play.

I have to mention that when I opened the box on this beast, I was impressed. Everything about it screamed, speed. To it's eight antenna array around the base of it, to it's robust footprint, and its gorgeous led dispaly. This thing is a beaut. It's ashamed that in my install it is tucked away in my data closet, not to be displayed in all it's geeky glory!!! Remember what I mentioned about the footprint, this thing measures 10.4 inches deep by 12.5 inches wide and stands 2.6 inches tall (without antennas). That is not your father's Router. It will not stand on end either. But I imagine the size and antenna array are all designed specifically for the robust speed it advertises on LinkSys's website, up to 2166Mbps. I just did a speed test, and can I get a drum roll....the test results improved considerably. Our download speed was 32Mbps, and now it is 55.5Mbps. Thank you LinkSys. If your looking to drop some cash on a current, fast router. This is one I would suggest. The only downside to it, is it's size. But to get the speeds it promotes, you'll figure out where to "display it in all of it's geeky glory!"

Eventually this unit will be available at BestBuy, I will update it as soon as it is avaiable.

Thanks for visiting my blog and have a blessed day!

* Images provided by LinkSys.com *

** I have a material connection regarding this piece of equipment or its manufacturer. **

Product Review: Acer - Iconia One - 8 Tablet with 16gb and Wifi

Bryan Hill's Blog - Sun, 05/22/2016 - 5:42am


Upon setting up my Acer - Iconia One - 8 Tablet. There was something I did not expect from this ideal sized tablet. It was one quick, very responsive device. It was a breeze to setup, with it's almost current Android OS, Lollipop 5.1. The only real negative matter at hand with this device is it's front facing camera, the quality of it sensor is not up to par. Comparing it to other current devices, it just does not measure up. My review would be 5 stars if it took better selfies...

This is a great device for consuming media, whether it be movies, news, email or social media.

* Images provided by bestbuy.com *

** I have a material connection regarding this piece of equipment or its manufacturer. **

First Camping Trip of 2016. #happyfamily #camping #pymatuning

Bryan Hill's Blog - Sun, 05/15/2016 - 8:01am

Last weekend we ventured out to an old favorite, Pymatuning State Park in Ohio. It was our first trip to kick off 2016's camping season, and our first adventure with our new camper. We bought a 2012 Jayco 1206 this spring and was so excited to try it out. Weather was questionable as we approached the weekend, but we were blessed with a fantastic three day weekend to help celebrate Mother's Day!!

We were a little bummed to find a couple of the sites we liked, had several of their large trees cut down. In fact, there were a bunch of trees campground wide that were cut down. The camp ground really did not look the same.


Since we last camped in Ohio, they moved their camp office and store to what was their education building. It is much bigger and really set up well!!


Here is a shot of me when Brenda declined permission for me to take a selfie with her.


Here is our "new to us" camper and mini van.


Me playing around with my dual camera setting on my LG G3.


Lake, fire, coffee, and dog. A great start to a morning at camp.



Looking across Pymatuning Lake to the Pennsylvania side.





Yes I captured my pale, pasty skin and triple chin in my Love and Be Loved shirt. I am a dork!!!


Georgie is always wanting to be right by my side at camp. Here is staring at me, giving me that "What about me, Dad?" look.



Of course, the random shots that weren't' supposed to be taken....


Thanks for checking my blog post of camping trip. My you have a blessed week and may the Pens win game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

GO PENS!!!




Product Review: Linksys MaxStream RE7000-AC1900 Wall Plug In Range Extender #happyfamily #productreviews

Bryan Hill's Blog - Sun, 05/15/2016 - 6:41am
This unit, a Linksys RE7000-AC1900 Wall Plug In Range Extender with MU-MIMO was something our household has been waiting for quite a while. We have multiple routers in our three level brick home. These help with our coverage when inside the residence, but once we are outside in our detached garage, the wifi signal is sparce at best. A refurbished pc had to reside in the corner, closest to the house with spotty reception. I rely on youtube videos to assist in repairing cars,  boats, lawn mowers, or what ever might be not working. A buffering video is really frustrating.

This unit was so simple to install. I paired with a Linksys EA7500-AC1900 Router w/ Next Gen AC (MU-MIMO). This pairing was so easy, I really assumed it was not going to work. To my amazement, I plugged it in to the said closest corner of the garage and let it link. WOW!!!! I now have excellent signal at any point of my garage, even it's basement. As a bonus, it provides more then adequate signal for the farthest point of our property. This is a must if you any dead-spots in your home/business wireless network.

I will post an update as soon as it becomes available at Best Buy.


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** I have a material connection regarding this piece of equipment or its manufacturer. **

Product Review: Linksys - MAX-STREAM AC1900 #happyfamily #technology #productreview

Bryan Hill's Blog - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 8:45am
This unit was shipped to me by Best Buy in January of this year, and I am just now getting around to posting the review here on my blog. It has been a rock solid addition to our array of router/hot-spots. This unit, a Linksys Max-Stream AC 1900 Dual-Band Wireless Router with 4-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch is available today at Best Buy on sale from its original price of $199.99 to $179.99! 

Upon receiving the unit, I tested it as a stand alone router, the ease of installation and speed of its transfer rates were awesome.

 I then installed it as a repeater to my home network, that also was easy to install, and works great with a variety of other network equipment. Altogether this is one great unit, it's just a little bit of a large footprint with no option to stand it on its side. But I guess with it's array of three antenna's it needs to sit down flat. 


I absolutely recommend this purchase!!

I also recently received an amazing add-on to this gem and will be reviewing it in the near future, here on my blog. If you have any dead spots in your home/business wireless network, be looking for my next review.

As always, thank you for reading my blog and commenting of course. I know my posts have been anything but regular, but I plan on working on a more regular schedule of posting. 
Have a blessed 2nd half of your week!!


Oh, and Go Pens!!!



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** I have a material connection regarding this piece of equipment or its manufacturer. **

Art All Night 2016

Brain overflow ... here ya go! - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 2:09pm
Another Art All Night came and went. It's a one day art show for anyone who wants to join! I usually participate every year. It's always a fun time.

I don't have a lot to say, except wanted to show you some photos from my day! ^_^


First thing we stopped at Thick Bikes. I got a new seat, and boy is it sweet! (LOL Why am I rhyming today??) Right outside the shop were several Baron Batch pieces. Love!


After a short bike ride, we went on over to Church Brew Works. What a fantastic place! It's literally a restaurant inside of an old church. So weirdly awesome. The beer = awesome.


Ever since living in Alexandria, VA, we've been on a quest to find pizza as good as Pizzeria Paradiso. Up until this point we've had no luck. I'm so excited to say, that Church Brew Works is a good second! We got their five cheese pizza and added lamb sausage. Pretty darn delicious.



Art All Night... Always fun with loads to see and do.


Spotted a photo by our friend David McCandless!


Lastly stopped by my painting. LOL. It's always fun to sneak up and see who's looking and listen to their comments...since they have no idea that you're the artist and you're lurking nearby.

If you're an artist of any time (beginner, or professions) I'd definitely recommend submitting to Art All Night next year. It's great and it's FREE!

R.I.P. Prince

Brain overflow ... here ya go! - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 4:40pm

"...Like It's 1999"
R.I.P. Prince1958 - 2016

Steel City Con - April 2016!

Brain overflow ... here ya go! - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 3:18pm


Well, I officially did my first Comic Con. After several people recommending that I try it, I finally bit the bullet and decided to give it a go. I had a great time and am so glad that I did it, but to be completely honest this wasn't a great show for me. I did ok in the end, but realized that I just do better at indy craft shows and such. It was a learning experience...good stuff! Not to mention, I met a bunch of new artist friends which was totally fantastic. Oh! I also had a blast watching all the cosplay, especially all the STAR WARS. I got to see a ton of celebrities with my own eyes (LOL I'm WAY too cheap to pay for an autograph or photo). Travis even bumped into Anthony Daniels in the restroom and had a casual conversation while washing hands. That lucky duck!

 


I was SO happy to see Dark Helmet there!


Oh I want these so badly. Maybe someday I'll buy just one.




Adorable creations by Burrito Princess!


Of course there was a ton of Snapchat shenanigans. Hey, we were there a loooooot of hours. LOL.

Iron Man

Brain overflow ... here ya go! - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 5:06pm
So I talk about my fitness achievements (and woes) so much in real life, but apparently not on here. I guess I just forget! I thought it would be appropriate to post about my latest challenge. I've joined a six week Iron Man challenge with some friends. If you're not familiar, The Iron Man is a mega big triathlon where you swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles. . . in one freaking day! Well, we are doing our own version, only you have six weeks to complete it. I've already completed the swimming part, and it was a huge challenge for me! I hadn't swam laps since high school over 20 years ago. I LOTHE swimming.  Before the challenge started on April 1st I gathered all the necessary accessories...anything to make it all a little less painful. A new swimming suit, goggles, ear plugs and a swim cap. I could of gone without the swim cap, but I didn't want to totally fade my hair out. LOL.

 

I ended up doing the entire 2.4 miles backstroke. I can't swim any other way! If I had to swim more than this exact 2.4 miles I would definitely try to learn out to swim like a normal person, but since I don't plan on doing it much I figured it was fine. It's not that I can't swim belly down, I just don't breathe very well. Oh well! It took me three days swimming at about an hour each time. That's SLOW as all get out, but I DID IT! I'm pretty excited that I pushed through my fears and made it through.



Hahahha lookin fine!
Next part is to bike 112 miles. I'm actually almost done with it. This is the easy peasy part for me. The running will be a challenge, but I'll worry about that when I get to it. :D

My newest tattoo!

Brain overflow ... here ya go! - Sun, 04/10/2016 - 2:14pm
I'm so obsessed with my newest tattoo! I got a couple of "mandalas."I just love beautiful geometric shapes! They fit perfectly into the blank spot at the top of my sleeve too!



Thanks Jonnie Frederick at Electric Empire! Killed it once again.

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