Amazon Echo

I got notified today that my invite for the Amazon Echo was selected and I am able to order the new Amazon Echo for half price since I am an Amazon Prime Member. So I placed my order today and it is supposed to arrive tomorrow. I will post my experience with the Amazon Echo soon.

Amazon Echo

I got in my Amazon Echo and I love it. The sound quality is great and the voice recognition is very good. I have been playing music from my Amazon Prime account and radio stations from TuneIn. iHeart radio also works with the Amazon Echo. I am sure I will fine more uses for the Amazon Echo as more features develop. It is always connected to the cloud so as new features are added them become immediately available.

I have used it to check the weather, time, news, and more. The unit itself is larger than what I first thought and heavier also. My Amazon Echo is pictured below.

My Amaxon EchoWe are playing more music than we have ever before while at home. The Echo makes a great blue-tooth speaker and I can also play any song, album, artist, or playlist that is on Amazon Prime. We have been asking for weather forecasts, setting alarms and timers, and getting news briefing.

Well, it has been several weeks now since I received my Amazon Echo and I am still loving it. Amazon now has an app for the iPad and iPhone which makes it easy to control the Amazon Echo. You can check your shopping list, select the music you want to play from Amazon Prime, iHeart Radio, and Tune-In. Showed the Amazon Echo to my wife’s boss and she loved it and was going to purchase one for her family and one for her Dad.

Harmony 900 Battery

I had another battery go bad on me. This time it was in my Logitech Harmony 900 Remote. The battery was swollen and I had to completely disassemble the remote to remove the battery. If you look close at the photo below you will see that the battery has swollen. I ordered a replacement battery from Amazon.

Harmony 900 with Swollen Battery

Harmony 900 with Swollen Battery

Here is the replacement battery from Amazon:

Harmony 900 New Battery

Harmony 900 New Battery

Edited: Well, I finally got the new battery for my Harmony 900. It actually came in one week ago but because of late delivers to my job, after we had gone home, and the Thanksgiving holiday, I changed the delivery to my home address on Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Now the battery is already in town at UPS. After changing the delivery address to my home, it took another 5 days before I received the battery, 7 days after it arrived in town. Go figure!

It was real easy to install the new battery and now my Harmony 900 remote works just fine. Then I decided to move the Harmony 900 remote to my bedroom system with a Insignia HDTV, Samsung Blu-Ray, Amazon Fire TV Stick, and Visio Soundbar and purchase a refurbished Harmony Ultimate remote to work my living room system with a Samsung 60in HDTV 3D, Samsung Blu-Ray 3D, Yamaha Receiver, AT&T cable box, Xbox 360, Sony VHS, Pioneer Cassette changer, Pioneer CD changer, Roku 3, Amazon Fire TV, and Google Chromecast. The new Logitech Harmony Ultimate remote is supposed to arrive tomorrow.

My First Snow Blower

With winter coming earlier this year and myself getting older, I decided to finally get me a snow blower, a GreenWorks 26032 12 Amp 20 in. Corded Snow Thrower. Thought I might get a chance this weekend to use it as we did get some snow. Problem was that most of it melted when it hit the driveway and sidewalks. I am sure I will get a chance before too long to put it to use. I know that it will save me a lot of time when I normally have to shovel the driveway. Guess I got it just in time as I see now that the price has increased by almost $40.

 

GreenWorks 26032 12 Amp 20" Corded Snow Thrower

GreenWorks 26032 12 Amp 20″ Corded Snow Thrower

2/28/15

Used my new snow blower for the first time this weekend and it saved me hours of work. Normally I have to shovel part of the driveway, go inside to warn up and rest, go out shovel some more, go back inside to warm up and rest, etc. Usually don’t shovel the sidewalks as I am too tried by the time I get the driveway shoveled.

This weekend I used the new snow thrower and cleaned the driveway and sidewalks in 10-15 minutes and I wasn’t even tried at the end.

Veteran’s Day at Applebee’s for Dinner

My wife and I went to Applebee’s for dinner tonight for Veteran’s Day. Applebee’s had a Veteran’s Menu when I chose the 7 oz Sirloin Steak and my wife chose the Oriental Chicken Salad. Both of our meals were great and the service was great. It was very busy and we arrived at 5 pm. Took us about 20 minutes before we got seated. Thank-you Applebee’s for your support of Veterans.

7 oz SirloinSteak

7 oz SirloinSteak

Oriental Chicken Salad

Oriental Chicken Salad

Veteran’s Day at Chili’s for Lunch

Another Veteran’s Day meal for lunch this time at Chili’s in Moore, Oklahoma. Thought I would wait until after 1 pm to avoid the crowd but Chili’s was still crowed. But only took about a 10 minute wait. I had their Old Timer Hamburger with Cheese from their Veteran’s Day menu. The food was great as was the service. I ordered ice tea to go with the meal and gave a good tip. The service was great. Thank-you Chili’s for your support of Veterans.

Old Timer with Cheese

Old Timer with Cheese

New Comforter Deal at JC Penney

Last Sunday I think we got a pretty good deal at JC Penney. We first saw a comforter, Home Expressions™ Castlebury 7-pc. Comforter Set, at the JC Penney store in Moore, Oklahoma on sale and the both of us have been thinking about a new comforter set. But they didn’t have any in stock for the King Size. So the saleslady checked the Norman store inventory and it said they had three in stock. She then called the Norman store to reserve one for us but they said they didn’t have any in stock. So she started to order one for us but it was coming up higher than the sale price plus and extra charge for oversize shipping. So we said no and I thought that if the inventory said the Norman store had three in stock then just maybe we could find at least one in the store. So we drove to JC Penny store in Norman and right off the bat we found three sets of king size. So we purchase the set. The sale price first came up higher than the sale price shown on the sales tag so they discounted the price and then we had a 20% discount coupon. So the original price was $240. Online it shows sale price of $119.99 which we got discounted to the sale price shown on the tag to $99.99 and then the 20% discount to $79.99 . So I think we got a good deal. How do you like it?

Home Expressions™ Castlebury 7-pc. Comforter Set

Home Expressions™ Castlebury 7-pc. Comforter Set

Veteran’s Day at iHop for Breakfast

I had breakfast this morning at iHop located at 2501 S Service Rd in Moore, Oklahoma, and I was playing a bit while a waited my order if you want to play just click this link. They provided a stack of red, white, and blue pancakes, bacon, two eggs, and hash browns for free to Veterans. I purchased coffee to go along with the meal and gave a good tip. Thank-you iHop for your support of Veterans. The pancakes and the food was terrific as was the service. I kept hearing the waitresses telling how much they appreciated the Veteran’s service. Again thank-you iHop.

Red, White, and Blue Pancakes

Red, White, and Blue Pancakes

Interstellar the Movie

Last Saturday my Wife and myself went to see Interstellar, the Movie, at Warren’s IMAX. We got there early at the Warren Theater and the line was from one end of The Warren to the other end. I cheated and took the elevator up to the top and got our seats early. My wife waited in line and took the stairs and was exhausted when she reached the top. The movie was very good but it was a long movie, 3 hours long. Many people clapped at the end so you know it was a good movie. I would highly recommend it.

iPhone 6 Plus

It has been over a month now since I got my iPhone 6 Plus. Yes, it is large but I love it. I will have to say it is the best smart phone that I have ever owned. The large size makes it much easier for me to read. I am still waiting to try Apple Pay with my debit card but my bank doesn’t support it yet and I don’t own any credit cards. The camera is great as is all of the other features of the iPhone 6.

iPhone 6 Plus Lock Screen

iPhone 6 Plus Lock Screen

My iPhone 3G Battery

I still have an old iPhone 3G that I use with my iHome iA91 App-enhanced Home System alarm clock. Last Saturday when I went to change the time due to daylight savings time was ending, I found out that my battery had exploded. See the pictures below:

My iPhone 3G Front View

My iPhone 3G Front View

iPhone3GBack

My iPhone 3G Back View

Notice on the front view that the screen has separated from the case and the screen lighting is showing through. It may be a bit hard to notice but on the back view the case is cracked in several spots and is bulging out. Guess that I shouldn’t be too surprised as it is over 6 years old.

I still need this phone for my iHome iA91 alarm clock so I ordered a replacement battery on eBay for less than $6 including free shipping. I will edit this post later to let you know how the repair turns out.

11/13/2014 Well, I got in my new battery for my iPhone 3G yesterday and after viewing a couple of videos last night on how to replace the battery, I did just that. And it actually still works. My first iPhone repair!

My iPhone 3 Old Battery

My iPhone 3 Old Battery

My iPhone 3 Repaired

My iPhone 3 Repaired