Optoma sent us this HD27 projector for a review and we have to say, it is one of the best we have ever used at a price point around $599 on Amazon. We put this projector through its paces both indoor and outdoor and it performed flawlessly. The audio is my only critisism which is notoriosly terrible on most projectors. If you have a home theater system, this projector is perfect. If you are at all interested in a projecter, we recommend you watch our unboxing and review video before making your final decision.
Yesterday DirecTV announced a new and exciting service. AT&T's DirecTV NOW streaming service is going to enter the market with a huge head start on its competitors. It is a big boost in the right direction having years of relationships and a huge market share to push a lot its negotiations along with the networks.
I bought the DJI Phantom 4 on November, 9th from our local Best Buy after returning our GoPro Karma Drone due to the recall related to the Karma's randomly dropping from the sky. I am familiar with the DJI family as I previously had owned a Phantom 2 Vision + so the Phantom 4 didn't come with a huge learning curve. One thing that is quickly noticed is how far the Phantom has come in a short period of time. The camera is incredible, the airframe is much more stable, and the controller is full of features that I have to learn.
On September 19th Nicholas Woodman of GoPro announced the new Karma Drone. This was a long anticipated announcement and came at a time when GoPro stock prices were shaky, the company needed to deliver a strong product on the heals of the Hero5. The Karma seemed to be a home run. Shortly after the announcement GoPro.com reflected “AVAILABLE OCTOBER 23rd” with no option to pre-order.
GoPro was ahead of the curve with compact folding drone for only a few days before DJI’s announcement of the Mavic Pro had tech bloggers quickly writing Karma off as a failed entry into the drone market.
Apple CarPlay was released in 2014 with Android to follow in 2015. Both options are now finding their way into production vehicles. When I was shopping for a new truck in late January of 2016, I quickly narrowed down my options between a 2015, or a 2016 GMC Sierra. I quickly realized the added features did not justify the much larger price tag of the 2016. I pulled the trigger on the 2015.
Later that night I was fumbling with installing my Belkin Smartphone Car Vent Mount for my iPhone. As I was running my lightning cable behind the dash (I hate seeing cables) my regret set in. I thought, damn it, I DO want Apple CarPlay. That night I took to the internet looking for an aftermarket Play option. Researching aftermarket head units triggered fond memories of 2001 in my 1989 Chevrolet Cavalier outfitted with an aftermarket Pioneer head unit and an obnoxious subwoofer.
LUND has been a name associated with automotive accessories for over 50 years. When it came time to outfit my truck with a Tonneau Cover, they were naturally one of the first names that came to mind. I went out and looked at a wide range of covers from $300 to $2,000. It was surprising to see how many options existed in the Tonneau market. My main sticking points in this order were: budget, keeping bed functionality, aesthetics (low profile), and security.
I ended up going with the LUND Genesis Elite Roll Up Tonneau cover mainly because of the fact that it hit all of my must haves and did it with a fabric unlike most of its competitors. This cover is put together with aluminum rails and premium twill fabric material.
I have been an avid viewer of TFLTruck.com and Mr.Truck for a while now I highly recommend their content. Before I bought my new truck I had seen them using the Weigh Safe Hitch. I knew when I got my new truck this was a must-have product. As a project manager working in construction, several times I had hooked up to a company trailer on a job site that was loaded earlier in the day by others. Determining how much weight is on a trailer is a terrible guessing game especially on a trailer you have never pulled let alone guessing the tongue weight. For the most part, our crews were pulling these trailers with company trucks and could care less how much weight they were putting on the suspension. Not only do I hate that mindset, I was less pleased with it on my own truck. Had I owned the Weigh Safe Hitch, it would have been easy to guesstimate how much weight was on the trailer and then just look for 10% of that on my hitch.
My wife and I moved from New York to Arizona driving separate vehicles. We had a 2015 Toyota RAV4 with a 1 year old German Shorthair Pointer puppy towing a 5×8 enclosed U-Haul trailer equipped with a Midland X-Talker T61. The other car was a 2014 Volkswagen CC with the Midland MicroMobile MXT100. Our journey took us over 2,300 miles over 5 days, about 48 hours of driving.
The Midland MXT100 GMRS radio provided us with the ability to travel safely and keep open communication. The average person would assume in 2015 this could be done with cell phones not realizing many areas on long road trips don’t have gas stations let alone cell phone towers.
In February 2015 my wife and I decided it was time to upgrade our bed from a 10-year-old pillow top. We first tried one of the “Space foam” beds. It was the strangest sleeping experience that after a couple weeks had us demanding the store take it back and refund our money. We had spent over $1,500 on this space age foam bed from our local big box mattress retailer, the salesman had told us that if we didn’t like it they would take it back no questions asked. The offer of the satisfaction guarantee was enough for us to move forward with the purchase. The space age foam was very uncomfortable for both of us. She would lay on the mattress and couldn’t sink in all, it was like laying on bricks covered in foam. I sank in exactly as I should have but my legs weighing less than my torso didn’t seem to settle into the mattress so my feet were left up in the air with no support, it just felt odd. After days of fighting and them refusing to take it back I was able to get the manufacture involved and they gave in and took it back as they said they would at the point of sale. It was not an easy process.
We decided to take the leap and purchase a Sleep Number bed. After going to the mall and laying on a few of their beds, we quickly decided money was no object. When assessing our options, we decided to go with their most popular model which is the P5.
Fast forward to today, we have had this Sleep Number P5 for two years and LOVE it. When we had purchased this bed, we didn’t realize that our next two years were going to be hectic and work would take us all over the country. An unforeseen benefit of this mattress is that it assembles and disassembles so easily that moving is a cinch. We have also had an addition to our family and my wife was a HUGE fan of this bed through her 9 months of pregnancy. Rarely do I rant and rave about purchasing something “for the name” which you will hear a lot of if you make this purchase. But this is certainly worth the money. We recommend it to a lot of people and have probably sold quite a few beds in the last two years.
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