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Ninja Coffee Bar: DEEP CLEANING/Enhanced cleaning [SOLVED]

The Ninja coffee bars are great devices but they do require descaling and sometimes the normal descale clean does not alleviate the clean light coming on. Thankfully, there is a longer deeper cleaning option available! (See below) Oddly, Ninja seems to make it very hard to find their deep “enhanced cleaning” instructions for the Nina Coffee Bar. I checked their FAQ and support pages with minimal success. Finally, I found the full instructions! 🙂 Here they are for your reference:

Adding external antenna to hotspot from FreedomPop.com

I am a big fan of FreedomPop phones and hotspots. They offer some pretty good hardware with decent connectivity as a nearly free cost, especially once all their “add ons” and “plan upgrades” have been declined or removed from their packages. Specifically, I have: Nexus 5 – it has been a phenomenal phone and was absurdly cheap through FreedomPop. Photon 4G Hotspot  – worked admirably for a remote client location and now serves a local church. Hotspot 2 – just arrived

Amazon “App Only” Deals and Giveaways

Amazon has been running some exclusive “App Only” giveaways for their Android, Fire and iOS (Apple) apps. However, finding the giveaways in the app can be tricky. Thankfully, there is a direct link available! Here is the Link: App Only Giveaway – Amazon.com App By using the direct link on your phone or tablet, you can directly access the giveaways. Please note that there are new giveaways every day! 🙂

Subtitles in VLC on Android TV [SOLVED]

Until today, I have always had trouble with .SRT subtitles when watching videos on my Android TV device (the awesome NVIDIA Shield TV). The subtitle option was always greyed out and there was no way to load subtitles (even if they had the same filenames etc.) 🙁 The issue appears to be related to watching videos over SAMBA and launching VLC via an app like ES File Explorer. In those instance VLC will not be able to locate the subtitles…. Thankfully, there is a

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 40-150mm F4-5.6 R ED Review

The Olympus 40-150mm is an inexpensive ($99 new) micro four thids kit lens that performs very well for the price. The 35mm equivalent of 80-300mm in a very compact package compares favorably to the cheap 70-300mm options out there: Build quality is good and handling is nice on a variety of m43rd bodies. The lens is not stabilized and therefore pairs better with cameras that feature in body image stabilization (most Olympus bodies and a few Panasonic bodies) to help

5k Everyday

Two months ago I was running zero miles a month. One month ago I ran 100 miles and a half marathon thanks to some good friends, mapmyrun, and the extra mile challenge. Now I am setting out to accomplish 5k on foot everyday for 365 days. That comes out to 1825km or ~1134 miles. Self made rules: Days can be more than 5k but not less. Running is preferred but walking is okay as those days will constitute “rest days”. No treadmill. Elliptical

[SOLVED] NVIDIA Shield TV controller won’t power on

The NVIDIA Shield TV has been one of my favorite tech items over the past couple years. It reliably performs a variety of tasks and has truly passed the test of time. However, I did have a recent issue: My shield controller stopped working 🙁 It would not power on, despite being charger 🙁 Thankfully, the fix was very simple: Press and hold the power button on the remote until it powers on (for me it took about 30 seconds)

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