Free 1-year LinkedIn Premium for Service Members, Veterans, etc.

This is a quick review for 1-year LinkedIn premium and I have to say it’s pretty good for U.S. Armed Forces who are now entering civilian job market. I tried this free offer for Veterans and I have to say it the only thing I like was the In Learning section which consist of educational videos for certification, learning new skills, and job interviews preparation. Therefore, this post is about a free service that I recommend for Veterans, service members, and/or military spouses. Like 12 months ago (April 10, 2018), I stumble into this: LinkedIn offers U.S. service members and veterans a free 1-year Premium Career subscription I used it and I have to say Continue reading

Interchangeable: Galaxy s4 i337 to i9505

Interchangeable: Galaxy s4 i337 to i9505
I have a small rant and I want to share it to you: I don't like the Samsung S4 parts list. It’s a good phone, but finding the right part tends to be a chore. Take the i337 and the i9505 phone models, you can interchange the AMOLED screen, but not the USB flex connector. One thing that the iPhones did right was keeping the parts and models simple. To me, the thing Samsung is struggling is efficiency. I see too many parts that are not interchangeable. Anyway, that was my tiny rant, lets fix some phones. So today, I will talk about how to replace the i337 board with the i9505 circuit board. The only reason I am changing the circuit board is that I want to Continue reading

CompTIA A+ Student Voucher

This is a quick post: https://academic-store.comptia.org/p/ACADCompTIAA If you are a student and you need to take the CompTIA A+ certification very soon, I recommend the above link. It gives you a discount for one test. The voucher can be used for the 901 or 902 test. If you are no longer a student and need to take the test and you still use your student email, then the discount voucher will still work. Just one problem, this is only for one test and nothing more. So no books or pretest. There are tons of free PDFs on the internet and free YouTube videos that can help you out if you are a bit rusty. Also, keep in mind that in 2019, CompTIA is going to Continue reading

Micro Connectors Rear Panel Dual HDD/SSD Mounting Bracket Kit review

Micro Connectors Rear Panel Dual HDD/SSD Mounting Bracket Kit review
I once built a HTPC computer (it was a SilverStone Technology Home Theater Computer Case model SST-GD09B-V2 and with an Intel i5 CPU, a cheap micro ATX motherboard, two 1TB hard drives, GTX 970 video card, Samsung 850 EVO 500GB m2, and a generic Blu-ray drive) for my sister around early 2015. Now, I got a call from my sister that the hard drives are getting full and if it’s possible to add a third hard drive. Of course, she said that she won’t spent more than $20 for additional parts. I guess the challenge was finding a hard drive that would have enough space. Lucky for her I had 1 TB hard drive that I did not need; however, the problem is installing Continue reading

Online Advertising: Google Ads

Online Advertising: Google Ads
This is part 2 of online advertising adventures. In October 10, I had a coupon that I purchase from eBay that allow me match up to $150.00 advertising credit for every dollar I spend. Well this is what the eBay seller had in the description: To earn the credit: After entering the code, your advertising campaigns must accrue costs of at least 25$, excluding any taxes, within 30 days. Making a payment of 25$ is not sufficient. The tracking of advertising costs towards 25$ begins after you've entered the code. Just one cautionary tale, although I put a budget of $1.00 dollar a day, some days cost were like 95 cents while some days were like $1.03. Google Ads Continue reading

Online Advertising: Bing Ads

Online Advertising: Bing Ads
It was not long ago, in April 2018, I uploaded my first app to the Google Play store. In the next 6 months I had like over 100 downloads and 98 installs. That means that over 100 people downloaded the app and only 98 people kept the app for more than a day. Fast forward, I wanted to experiment with online advertising and make my app -also my website- more popular. I got a free $100 advertising coupon from Bing ads when I sign up with Microsoft Webmaster Tools. I also added $10 extra to the account because the coupon requires a small amount of money to be deposit in the account to combat fraudulent marketing. So, in October 12, I tried BingAds with a credit Continue reading

Samsung s4 repair: Sim card removed

Samsung s4 repair: Sim card removed
I love my s4, but sometimes you have to accept its faults. One thing you have to keep in mind when purchasing gadgets, moving parts tend to wear down. The S4 phone has 2 points where you have some kind of moving parts and that is the sim and SD card tray. Also, some heat issues tend to expand and contract the sim card connector to the circuit board. Thus a loose connection. When you have a bad sim card tray, you will have the "The mobile network will be unavailable until you restart a valid sim card inserted" message. There are three ways to fix it: replace the sim card tray, re-insert the sim cable to the circuit board, or add a bit pressure to the cable Continue reading

Openclipart.org and creative commons images

There are times when you have to use some art in your work, but you don't have the skills or the money to acquire them. Lucky for you don't have to have money to use other people's works. Today, I will talk about creative commons or licenses that require the user to give credit. Nobody is a master of everything, there are times when you focus on your strong points and let others help you with problems that you can't do or fix. My biggest problem is that I don't draw well. When I need to add an image I use other people's works, but I don't have the money to pay them. That's OK, because I can use images that are in the public domain. For example I like how Continue reading

さよなら Palomar College

さよなら Palomar College
Tutor Training and Computer Science Being a tutor is not about giving the answer to the student, but guide the student to the answer. There are some skills that a tutor must master in order to steer the student to the solution. Listening, empathy and receiving feedback, and having a great communication relationship are the skills that a tutor at Palomar College must master. In the computer science department, the tutor must listen at the student question and see why he/she does not understand. Receiving feedback is an important component for the computer science tutor, due to the nature of different perspectives in computer programing (or networking Continue reading

UX31E SSD is NOT A REAL M.2

I want to squeeze 1 or 2 more years of my 2013 Asus Zenbook UX31E, but there are very limited options I can do my laptop to upgrade the components. This year I wanted to upgrade Windows 8 to Windows 10 Pro, but I worry that upgrading to the newest OS will take a big chunk of my precious drive space. Also, I do remember that the 120GB ssd has less than 500MB (more like less than 150MB) write speeds, but it felt like it was not up the task for a ssd. It booted quickly, yet it felt that writing data to the ssd drive (Yeah I'm the person who says ATM machines) very slow and the 120GB drive seem very small. A quick googling to see if it's possible to upgrade the Continue reading