Black Friday Deal! Samsung Wireless Charger Review. 📱

On Black Friday, I purchased a Samsung Wireless Charger on Ebay. This is a QI Standard Pad Type charger that I came across on the front section of the Black Friday deals on Ebay. While this isn’t a new product or even something I desperately wanted, I went ahead and bought it because it was only less than $10.00. I will probably end up using it at work more than anything. 

It arrived yesterday from New York and I immediately unboxed it and plugged it in to my Samsung Fast Charge wall adapter and cable. I can’t remember if that’s the original one that came with my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge or the one we bought at Walmart this summer in Texas, but they are both official Samsung products. There are fakes out there so beware. I did some research on this charging pad and from what I can tell it’s also an official Samsung product. Like I said, you do have to plug this pad into your wall adapter, then lay your phone on top. Once it detects your phone, it will light up blue so that you know it’s charging. The light is annoying at night, especially sitting on my glass top lamp night stand. It didn’t fast charge, which is why there is another version made for fast charging, I have used one before when the Galaxy S8 came out. If I am really in a hurry and need a quick charge, then I will just plug my cable directly into my phone, but for something on a desk, I find the pad type charger a convenient solution. I don’t always like fumbling for a cable, especially at night. While I sleep, I don’t mind a slower charge and I like that the light turns green, letting you know that it is finished charging. I would say it took 2-3 hours to get from 60% to 100%. Once I noticed it was finished, I took it off the pad, which was sometime during the middle of the night. When I woke up I was back at 87%.

Honestly, for the price, I think this was a great buy. I have seen them originally sell for around $40.00. You can purchase newer models that include Fast Charging for twenty-something dollars but I liked the $10.00 price tag and free shipping. The seller was very fast and shipping was updated often so I could track it. I will post a link to the seller as well. I believe they have some of these left. Normally I don’t purchase Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals, but this was something I didn’t want to pass up. I can always use this somewhere or even let my wife use it. I also like that I can keep my Spigen case on my phone while it charges. This is a pretty cool peice of technology and I would advise checking it out.

Link to seller on Ebay: https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F111839821590

Until next time, 

James Virgil Boggs 

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Product review: Beardbrand Four Vices Mustache Wax. 

Well, we are half way through Movember. You know what that means. The Mustaches are growing! I am actually rocking a beard that I have been growing for about a month. I did trim up quite a bit last week but my mustache was completely shaven on Halloween night. The full beard is even now and this morning I trimmed up the edges of my mustache in preparation for my Mustache Wax that I received from Beardbrand this afternoon. I slightly disconnected the mustache from the goatee but left stubble. I wanted to be able to focus more on the mustache. I am thinking about rocking the Beardstache later on this winter.

This blog post is about the mustache wax, so let’s get into it! First off, I am a HUGE FAN of Beardbrand. I love the videos from Founder Eric Bandholz as well as Carlos Costa, Jeff Buoncristiano and Greg Berzinsky. They put out a slew of information on growing beards as well as fostering a style of the urban beardsman. I don’t grow the greatest of beards, but I definitely follow their philosophy of growing what you got!

 I signed up for emails from Beardbrand and every day I would receive new information and videos. At the end of the ten days, I was eligible to receive their Four Vices Mustache Wax for free with a promo code! I added the product to my cart as well as one of the free digital posters they offer. All I paid was $4.99 for shipping and received my wax within a week.

As I opened the package, I found the mustache wax and a vinyl Beardbrand logo sticker. The Mustache Wax didn’t have as much scent as I expected but it was noticeable and not did not deter me away. I enjoy that it is packaged like a tube of chapstick. It fits easily in the pocket for on the go. Much better than the traditional round canisters I’ve purchased in the past. I also like the black and gold labeling. This is a medium hold with natural ingredients like lanolin, cera flava and simmondsia chinensis oil. Not something I’m really familiar with but definitely more premium than other brands I’ve tried. This mustache wax is very easy to apply. Just scrape wax with fingernail and warm between the fingers. I find that it’s very soft and tames those unruly two week old hairs. I notice a slight smell when wearing it, but again not too strong, just enough fragrance to notice it. This is the first product that I have purchased from Beardbrand and I am not at all disappointed. 

I definitely recommend this company and that you subscribe to their YouTube channel. Beardbrand is changing the way Beardsman are viewed by society. I will link a video to one of the videos from Eric Bandholz with the mustache wax. 

https://youtu.be/kovbioAokpU

Beardbrand 

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As they say at Beardbrand,

“Keep on Growing and Beard On!”

Until next time, 

James Virgil Boggs 

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Beard Care. Cremo Beard & Face Wash & Balm. 

The cold weather has definitely hit Northwest Arkansas and that brings up Beard Care. It’s that time of season where many men grow their beards. Beard Care and skin care is a must. This season I am using products from Cremo. I picked them up at Walmart. I always have facial hair, but it’s shorter in the warm weather and I typically go with a Beard Oil. A few years ago, I created my own blend, because I wanted to save some money and learn more about beard care in general. There are a lot of resources online, specifically BeardBrand and The Beard Baron. I have learned a lot from their YouTube videos. I fall in line with the Urban Beardsman style of growing a beard, because it’s more than  just growing the beard. I have adopted new dress styles as well as haircut style. I rock the bald fade with hard part in the summer months and taper fade with hard part during the winter. I enjoy going to Coffee shops, riding my bike, walking trails and just enjoying everything this area has to offer.

Yesterday I picked up a bottle of Cremo Beard and Face Wash. I tried a small amount when I got home, but used it this morning during my normal shower routine. The first thing I noticed was the cooling effect that the peppermint oil left. The smell was amazing and the beard soaked up the wash. My skin felt much softer after using a quarter size amount, lathered up. The main reason Beard Washes are recommended is because they are natural products, free of harsh chemicals that strip beards of their natural oils. 

After the wash, I use the Cremo Beard Balm. This product keeps longer beards in tact, and keeps the skin underneath softer and smoother. With a short beard, I like a good oil but as the beard gets longer, I use balm. I put about a dime size amount in my hand and rub it in together, this creates a thicker type substance, like an oil that can be rubbed into the skin, then evenly distributed using a small Boars Hair Beard Brush. I have been using this brand of balm since March and really enjoy it. 

Neither of these products take much use and will probably last a long time. Both cost $10.00 at Walmart and can be picked up in the shaving area. Cremo offers several other products such as beard softeners, and oils. I would definitely recommend checking them out. Quick and easy to use and get.

Let me know if you decide to try out this Brand of Beard Care. 

Until next time, 

James Virgil Boggs 

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AirPiZero. Kodi Media Center on the Raspberry Pi Zero. 

I’m calling this project “AirPiZero” because I finally settled on what I wanted to use to mount my Raspberry Pi Zero. I have tried several different types of cases from projects that I have disassembled, but I landed on this little Cessna 172 model that I purchased years ago. It was my favorite plane to fly when I moved to Northwest Arkansas nearly 10 years ago.

For this project I am running an updated version of Kodi, OSMC Media Player that I wrote to a 16gb micro SD card. I mainly use Kodi for watching Apple Byte and DIY Network as well as displaying the weather. To control Kodi, I downloaded Yatse from the Google Play Store.

AirPiZero Video 

Getting set up was pretty easy, I wrote the image on this SD card back in February and used it for a little while, but put it away until about a month ago. My first project with this Raspberry Pi Zero was Retropie, but I wasn’t very impressed after I got it. I was later given a Retropie Arcade using a Raspberry Pi 3 and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I wanted to use the Pi Zero for minimum use and Kodi has been a great option.

The connections that I use are a usb hub, that I have a Wi-Fi dongle connected to, a micro USB adapter plugged into the hub, micro USB for power and a really long mini HDMI cable to my Vizio Flat Screen. I had most of the peripherals lying around the house, so the cost of this project was pretty cheap. I really only purchased the Raspberry Pi Zero and HDMI cable online.

I am still in the process of testing it out, but found out last night that the Pi struggled to keep up after about 20 minutes of watching a DIY Network show. It lagged in the first 5 minutes, then played really well, but eventually stopped playing. I keep this Pi upstairs, which is away from the router so that could have a factor as well, but it’s probably more of an issue with the SD Card and Pi itself. I will test out more shows later on and update if it gets better.

This has been a neat little project for such a cheap computer. I’m not sure if I will use the Raspberry Pi for something else or keep it, but I do enjoy it for sure. I will leave the links below for Kodi OSMC and Yatse. Let me know if you decide to create a Kodi Media Player with your Raspberry Pi Zero.

Kodi OSMC 

Yatse 

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James Virgil Boggs 

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Install Firefox on the Raspberry Pi 3. 

I was looking for a different browser to install on my Raspberry Pi 3, and came across Ice Weasel, which actually turned out to be Firefox when I installed it. I was looking for a browser that I could use in full screen mode to display a Weather Dashboard like Weather Underground or DakBoard. 

The update process took around 30 minutes to complete. In the terminal I typed in the following code.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

After the update was complete, I was ready to install Firefox. Again, I typed in the following code. 

sudo apt-get install iceweasel

Once Firefox was installed, I opened it up, I was greeted with an update page, but after the installation, normal updates didn’t appear. Another reason I wanted to try a new browser was to run Netflix, because WideVine isn’t available for Chromium. Netflix said I needed the latest version of Firefox, but at this point I still haven’t gotten it updated. 

I did enjoy using Firefox in full screen mode for Weather Underground, although it was slower than Chromium, I find it an easy to use browser. The Raspberry Pi 3 is mainly used as a Digital Picture Frame and for casting videos via the Raspicast app. I have another tutorial on how to use the Raspberry Pi 3 as a Chromecast Alternative. I will update if I find out how to update for Netflix.

If you install Firefox on your Pi, let me know what you enjoy using, and if you like it over Chromium. I’m not completely sold, but even using DakBoard in Kiosk Mode would convince me to keep it.

Until next time,

James Virgil Boggs

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Not your typical DakBoard 

The DakBoard is a fairly new product that was designed to give you a family style dashboard for displaying photos, news, weather and calendar updates. You can purchase your own DakBoard on their website or build your own using an old monitor and a Raspberry Pi. I chose to use an old laptop that I installed a Linux Distribution on and an existing monitor that I took off its stand. This was a fairly simple process. The main objective was to get rid of Windows 7 and install Linux Mint, I’m running Cinnamon. I used several tutorials I found searching Google. The first thing I did was try out the Linux Distro by creating a boot drive. Eventually I liked it enough that I erased Windows and installed Linux Mint. I would suggest that you Google ways to create a boot drive, and or install Linux directly onto your laptop. It can be a time consuming process.

As you can see above, that is the finished product. But how can you get DakBoard once you have the Linux installed? I simply went to the DakBoard website on Chrome and signed up for a free account. Once you are logged in, you have the option to set up which RSS news feed you want, photos to display, weather feed and of course getting your schedule to display. That is where you need to download Wunderlist, I got mine from the Google Play Store. In this app, you can create your own events that you want displayed on the DakBoard, just make sure to include your account settings in your DakBoard account. By having this app installed, you can easily update, and delete old events. This is great for on the go, because you don’t have to be on the same wireless network. When your DakBoard updates, it will post your new content. Sydney loves that I use this, because she can easily find out my schedule in the morning when she leaves for work.

The thing I love most about the DakBoard website, is that I can login on any device, specifically my Wall Mounted iPad in the bedroom, or my new Raspberry Pi 3 Box Project that I just created. It’s simple, there’s really no difficult process, other than getting the Linux installed, and I only did that because my laptop was old and barely working on Windows 7. As long as you have an updated version of Chrome, it’s pretty easy to get started. My monitor is vga, so I just plugged it in to the laptop and power supply. I had to go into the settings to be able to use it while keeping the lid closed, again I would search for ways to do that. Once you get that done, you can just plug in a keyboard and mouse and edit your settings on DakBoard in Chrome, as well as going full screen mode so that the entire monitor is filled with DakBoard. Unplug your mouse and keyboard and continue to update your settings on a mobile device. Every time it refreshes, you will see new content that you want displayed.

I like this way of using a DakBoard because I don’t like hanging things on the wall, and I didn’t have an extra Raspberry Pi lying around. I enjoy using old electronics for new projects and this is one of my favorites. It’s simple, doesn’t take up much room and is easy to update every week. There’s no need in taking apart the monitor, trying to tape the Raspberry Pi and other peripherals onto the back and then creating a frame around it. If you are interested in purchasing your own DakBoard, I will leave the link below.

DakBoard 

Let me know what you create with DakBoard.

Until next time,

James Virgil Boggs

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Raspberry Pi Box Project 

Link to Instagram video. Raspberry Pi Box Project

 

For this project, I used a Raspberry Pi 3, the casing from a guitar amp that I disassembled, an old Dell Monitor that I also disassembled. I mounted the monitor onto the amp box using zip ties. I put the plastic cover back on the front of the monitor and then hooked everything up to the Pi which is housed in a Samsung Galaxy S4 Box.

The main goal for this project was to be able to stream content from my phone to the Pi, sort of like a Chromecast. I used the tutorial from Don at Novaspirit Tech, follow on Instagram @novaspirittech. His website has the full tutorial along with a YouTube video. I will link below. After following the tutorial and getting the coding into the Pi, I downloaded RaspiCast from the Google Play store. Don said to his knowledge this was only available on Android. To get the ssh to work correctly, I had to find the ip address of my Raspberry Pi, I entered in ifconfig in the terminal and was able to get it. I also changed the settings to work on the 3.5mm audio jack since I’m not using straight hdmi for my monitor, it’s a hdmi to vga connection. After all the ssh settings were entered correctly, I found the video that I wanted to cast, and it worked perfectly. I was able to control the volume and still be able to use my phone for anything else.

I also use the Raspberry Pi as a Digital Picture Frame using a flash drive that I filled with pictures from Sydney and I’s engagement photo shoot. This makes a great addition to the living room. When the Pi wants to go to sleep, I also have a custom screen saver that I installed today. Overall I am pleased with this project. The Raspberry Pi is plugged in directly to the ethernet port on my router, so I can use it for streaming Podcasts as well.

I hope you enjoy this project and I look forward to seeing what you create with the Raspberry Pi!

Until next time.

James Virgil Boggs

Links to the tutorial from Novaspirit Tech

How to use Raspberry Pi as Chromecast Alternative

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Twitter Chat Q&A with Author Jase Rosenburg, hosted by James Virgil Boggs. 

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Social Media Marketing Strategies 

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How many of us have either witnessed our friends or even ourselves get really excited about a new business venture, only to discover that they (We) fail to reach personal sales quotas, or sign up loyal customers or distributors? How often have you seen the same sales tactics? The ones that post strictly to Facebook and only reach out to their personal network? We have all been guilty of it. I have done it. The problem we face is that we continue to post products to the same people. We do this to a point that our friends get tired of seeing the same things, and eventually hit the “Hide” button. Some friends and family will make a purchase or sign up because they want to help, while some do believe in the product. Even the owners should be a “Product of the product”. How do we build our business if we can’t even sell to our close friends and family? What strategies are we putting together to reach outside of our network? This blog post will hopefully point you toward thinking differently when it comes to marketing your business through social media.

Social Media is a huge market. Companies hire “Social Media Managers” to market their brand to a ‘New’ network of people like you and me. How do the major players make a lot of money by selling to regular people like you and me? How would a small business convince people like you and me to purchase their product? The strategy for both large and small business should be the same. It’s really a psychological tactic that is used to persuade us that we need that product or service. The one thing the major players do well is marketing themselves through advertising. TV and Radio used to be the way of this type of marketing. Word of mouth has been and always will be the best way for companies to grow, because their customers are doing the marketing for them. Today, in 2016, Social Media is the new wave of getting the word out. We have at our disposal, the opportunity to reach as many people as we want. We fail in doing so, because we don’t know how. We don’t use social media to our advantage and that is why we only market to the same people over and over. That is why potential customers walk away. We are not using social media in a way that reaches beyond our local network of people. We all have our circle, but how many of us expand beyond that? How can we reach more people with the tools at our disposal? What should we be doing instead of posting simple things in our day to day lives? 

We should be using Twitter, we should be using Facebook. We should be using Instagram and Pinterest. Okay, so some of us are using those apps, but what about those who are not using them to their advantage? This is where “Social Media Marketing Strategies” come into play. Learn how to use hashtags. Research those hashtags to see what type of potential customer is in your market. What do you have to offer someone in their age range or demographic? Write these things down to help you develop a strategy to start reaching these people. Configure your social media accounts in a way that portrays what you are offering. Where are you located? What keywords can you use? Is your updated website listed on the link section? How do your profile and cover photo’s look? Be specific in keeping your description to the point of what you are selling. Don’t use to many unnecessary words. Please keep all of your social accounts updated and analyze the traffic you are getting. This could help you determine whether or not your account should really be active. Blog. I will say this again. Blog. Be personal with your fan base. They need to see updated content about what you or your business is doing. They need to feel like you care and are not just out to sell to them and send them down the road. 

Write good content. If you are unable to use the technology to successfully run or update your blog, then hire someone to do it for you. I am available to post your written content on your blog as often as you send it out. I have packages available on my Services page. You should also promote your blog through all of your active social accounts. I can do that for you as well, but the point is, you need to get that content out there. There is nothing worse than having good digital content and it just sit there. People need to read what you write or listen to your podcasts or Vlogs. To learn more about those terms, use Google. Stay updated, blog weekly, and please do us all a favor and reach out to your customers or fan base. They want you to care. They want you to reply back. This again shows them they are more than just someone who puts money into your pocket. I have seen many artists reach out to their fans, and relationships have been built through Social Media. That’s how Bubba Sparxxx (Mathis) and I connected. Twitter made that relationship possible. Be active. Reach back out and let people know what is going on in the life of yourself and your company.  

The strategies I mentioned are used on a daily basis and guess what? They work! You can’t sit back and create a Facebook page for your business and think it will magically draw traffic to you. Do these things and word of mouth will continue to happen. Again, if you need help, I am here. I am keeping up with the latest trends. I am working on my Hootsuite Podium Social Media Certification so that I can help others market their content to a whole new network that is waiting to discover the latest and greatest. You may have the coolest idea, but if only a few people know, you will never reach your full potential.  

Email me at jboggssales@gmail.com if I can be of assistance to you and your business.  

Until next time,

Virgil Boggs 

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Grace. 

Many of us like to think and talk about the bad things in life. We like to complain when things go wrong. The negatives always come up before the positives. Why is that? Why does it take us awhile before we realize the good in every situation? I’ve yet to figure that out, but maybe you know. What I do know is, that I have been blessed, and am blessed. My blessings come from God’s Grace. I have been reminded all day about God’s Grace. His goodness upon us. His favor towards us in some situations that only He could control. I have had good Gospel conversations today. The first was this morning in a new coffee shop I discovered in Bentonville, Arkansas. It’s called Onyx Coffee Lab and it’s already becoming a favorite spot of mine. I may write a review on that later but the conversation started there as I sat with a friend over coffee and a ham and cheese croissant. I listened. I responded. I even watched the people around me, those mostly in my age range, but I heard of many times in my friends life where God intervened. Where God showed up in circumstances that didn’t make sense to us humans. The point where we start asking why? Why does God have us here? Why didn’t I die when it was expected? Those kinds of questions. Last night in bible study we asked the same question. Why? As believers we can land on those kinds of questions with the answer to only be, to give glory to God, to spread His Gospel message, to proclaim that the kingdom of God is at hand. Our lives should center on the Gospel of Jesus Christ if we proclaim to be followers of Jesus. So if we are followers of Christ and we have answered the why’s with those statements, then shouldn’t we be so amazed at the Grace of God, that we actually look at the positives first and use those experiences in life as a testimony to others? To our believing friends as encouragement and to our non believing friends as a proclamation of such wonderful grace. It’s all wonderful Grace that we can’t describe other than from God himself.

Many of you will read my blog and say “You have had such a hard life the past few years, how can you be so positive”? I can say that it’s because of God’s wonderful Grace and Mercy that I am still here to share these stories with you, because I am confident that He is using it for His kingdom and that my why? Is to bring Him Glory. Yes I have pains deep inside, but I choose to use positivity to point others to Jesus, instead of being “Doom and Gloom”. I am well aware of my surroundings and the current state of the age we live in, but I choose to look at the best in every situation because I am not in control. If I were, things would be ‘out of control’ and not in any order. We want to control life, but sometimes it’s best to be obedient and let God do the controlling. He knows the best direction for us. We just might see Grace. We just might see Mercy. We just might see Love. We just might see God at work. We just might see Jesus.

Take this as a time to reflect on your life and start looking at the situations that you can only describe as “God’s Grace”, you might be surprised at how many times He showed up when you couldn’t even get up on your own. When you find those situations, share them. Be a witness of these things.

Until next time,
Virgil Boggs

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