Google Opinion Rewards App Is A SCAM

I’ve been using google opinion rewards for months.  Earning 25 cents here 10 cents there.  Usually I would receive a survey or two a week..I’ve earned a total of $83 doing a total of 289 surveys since 4/9/2016.  That’s an average of a little over 2 surveys per week. But I haven’t received a single survey since July 9th.  Today is August 4th, so no surveys in almost a month.  I went back in my history and never have I gone this long without a Survey (except for the time I replaced my phone an forgot to install it.) So what gives?

So I asked myself, what has changed recently?  Oh yeah, I signed up for Youtube TV recently.  And you guess it, on July 9th.  Coincidence?  I think not. I am pretty sure google has put me at the bottom of their Survey list.  They can’t have me earning too much Google Credits to which I can apply for my streaming service.  It would cut into their profit margin. Well at least Sams Club has discounted Google Play gift cards.  That should help with some of my costs.

Toguard Digital Wireless Backup Reverse Camera

So I was working on my car (2005 Mazda 3 Hatchback) the for past few months. Little fixes here and there. New sparks, new ignition coils, and had to replace my ignition coil connectors. But after working on my car extensively I felt I had enough knowledge to try other things. So I decided to pick up a few things to upgrade my car. The first is the Togaurd Digital Wireless Backup Camera, and the other is was Bluetooh Adapter that integrates into my factory head unit (review will come when I get it from china). But this is my review of the Toguard digital Wireless Backup Camera.

What I bought:
Toguard Camera: https://amzn.to/2O9fPlu
Extra Wire: https://amzn.to/2KnEUGV
T-tap: https://amzn.to/2KoutTK
Add a Circuit: https://amzn.to/2KrEb7A

Pros:
1. Wireless! No stupid wire running to the front of my car.
2. Pretty easy install considering my car’s design. (The reverse lights are on my hatchback hatch and the license plate is on my bumper. Which made it interesting.)
3. The camera automatically turned on when in reverse and remains off in all other gears.
4. Screen is clear.
5. Has guidance lines.
6. Has LED lights on it for reversing at night time.
7. Very little lag from when you put it in reverse.

Cons:
1. Menu navigation was cumbersome. Had to long press buttons to navigate menu screens.
2. Installation was a little difficult, but again mostly due to my car’s design. But could have been a little easier had they made certain wires longer.

Jasgood Military Tactical Belt

It’s been about a year since I purchased this belt (Support my blog and purchase form this link).  And it has been the best belt I’ve ever owned.

First off.  The belt is in the same condition as the day I bought it.  I’ve been through airports and other security checkpoints and I love the peace of mind of not having to remove my belt for these checkpoints.  The grip is good and has not me down yet.  I guess the belt could look more professional for days I wear suits or business attire, but I most of the time, I am shirt untucked kinda guy. So that doesn’t bother me at all.

Chinese Yunmai Scale and Android App Problem and Workaround

So I bought a Yunmai scale a few years ago.  When I ordered it, the seller sent me the Chinese version of the scale.  I complained because all of the instructions were in Chinese, but the seller assured me that sent me the US Manual and told me it will work with the the English App. Now fast forward to present day and the Yunmai app was updated so it restricts the use of Chinese Scale with the English version of the app.  I was angry so I wrong Yunmai an unhappy letter, but no response.  Not even a courtesy email explaining why they are doing this.  I checked Google Play store reviews and found many people with this same issue.  Since I can’t count on Yunmai to do the write thing, I went and sought after my own fix.

So this fix is a workaround and not an official fix per se.  But it will at least allow you to connect.  So basically the fix is side load an old version of the Yunmai app.

  1.  Download the following APK from you Android phone. [LINK: https://www.apkmonk.com/download-app/com.yunmai.scaleen/3_com.yunmai.scaleen_2016-10-27.apk/]
  2. Open the downloaded file.
  3. Android will probably tell you are attempting to install an app via an unknown source.  Just go ahead and allow it.
  4. And voila.  THis app will work.

I know that it may not have the latest and greatest features.  But if you are the accidental owner of Chinese version of the scale in the US,  at least you are not stuck with a dumb scale.


How legit is the Burst Toothbrush

While doing my daily Instagram check I came across a video advertisement about how awesome this new ultrasonic Burst Toothbrush was.  It’s the one where they put smear coffee grounds onto a corn on the cob and they brush sections of it with 3 different brushes.  First a manual brush, then a competitor electric brush, and lastly the Burst toothbrush.  At first I was mesmerized by the advertisement.  Man, look much cleaner it was on the section that was brushed by the Burst toothbrush.  (Have you guys seen this yet?  If you haven’t I’m sure you will soon.)

I decided to to do some research.  YouTube videos, blogs, and reviews.  Everyone was raving.  It is said that thousands of dental professionals recommend this brush.  And how these are exclusively available through dental professionals for $39.99.  Or you could pay the full price of $69.99 on their website.  Wow. That’s amazing.  Isn’t it? This must be legit since you can only get these through dentists.  And thousands of dental professionals recommend this.  But I did some more digging.

Turns out, the company has come up with an ingenious marketing/business model.  First they sell this brush on their website for $69.99.  But they partner with dental professionals to sell these to the public a discounted price.  These partners are what they call Burst Ambassadors.  If you go their site, you can only become a Burst Ambassador if you work in the dental field.  Once you become an ambassador they will pay you a commission for every  one of these you sell. $10 for each brush, $1 for ever replacement head, and $3 for every whitening strips sold.  How brilliant is this?  The only way you can become an affiliate for Burst is to be a “dental professional”.  Now you can say that your product is recommend by thousands of dental professionals.  But what qualifies a person as a dental professional?  I am not sure what the exact requirements are, but I don’t believe you have to be a dentist.  Can you be a dental hygienist?  And secretary at a dental office? Who knows?

Now lets go back to the marketing video with the corn on the cob and coffee grounds.  The more and more I thought about it.  How realistic is this demonstration?  I heard that ambassadors are using dry corn with dry grounds.  And brushing with a manual brush, rotary brush, and Burst brush.  All the reviews I’ve read said that the brush for Burst brush to be ultra soft.  So an ultra soft brush would definitely have an easier time removes dry coffee grounds from between gaps. I wonder if they use an ultra soft manual brush and the electric brush to make things fair.  Also does plaque really act like coffee grounds?  I have my doubts.  In fact, I would think you would need a more firmer brush to remove harden plaque.

It looks like I almost go duped by another viral marketing video.  While video at first glance seemed legit and $39.99 price point was appealing, it turns out the total cost of ownership is another $24 a year.  Because the only way to buy this brush is to subscribe to their $6 every 3 months for a new brush. Which can add up.  A good manual brush would only cost a fraction of that.  Manual brushes have served us fine for decades.  So everyone.  Please think twice before jumping head first into this new toothbrush.


The Comprehensive Cydia Repo Tutorial

While attempting to create my own cydia repo, I’ve ran into many many bumps in the road. Jay Freeman aka Saurik, the father of Cydia, is a genius and all his work is greatly appreciated, but very little can be said about his documentation skills or his affinity to respond to support requests for repository issues. Especially for novices in developing like myself. So while his tutorial greatly assisted me in getting started, I had to gather little bits and pieces of information from all over to get a comprehensive understanding of how Cydia repositories work. The following is a list of key features that most tutorials neglect to cover that I will cover in my tutorial:

1. How do I give my repository an icon?
2. How do I give my sections an icon?
3. How do I give my apps dependencies?
4. How do I setup conflicts?
5. How do I setup firmware requirements?
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