Not much happened this month. I wrote a few emails to a person, and kept up with Twitter. I am adjusting to the new phone I had for a little more than a month. As usual, I posted my thoughts about it which you could find at http://fsp.cc/1+6. The first week however was spent paying bills, transferring my rent rebate to my savings account, and taking Malak to the vet for his annual checkup.
The second week wasn’t very exciting. I received my food assistance benefits which I then went to the grocery store and bought most of the food I need for the month. As usual, I bought hot dogs, a few TV dinners, bread, coffee, and have some left over to handle the more perishable foods. I also went to the pharmacy to purchase Q-Tips.
Continue reading July 2018
Not much happened this month. I had problems with my Moto Z Play1 where the headphone jack and the moto mod pins weren’t working properly. An acquaintance asked if they could have it, which I agreed to it. I however needed a new phone, and I opted for the One Plus 6 which one could read a review on it.
When acquiring the One Plus 6, I added a cellular plan. Since this is a dual SIM phone, I have the newer carrier (with unlimited minutes) in SIM and is default for making calls. My Lifeline provider is in SIM 2 which I have it set to where unknown callers will ring that SIM so the service can remain active. In addition to acquiring a new service provider, I bought a case for the phone to help protect it from bumps, and an accidental drop.
Continue reading June 2018
I use the headphone jack on a daily basis, and the jack on my former phone stopped working. I am not likely to buy from that company again. It however does not change the fact that I needed to get a new phone. While I could have used bluetooth headphones, this is not a good solution in rain, and there is a need for battery power. This means that the headphones have to be charged. And while I do use Bluetooth headphones, there are disadvantages to them.
I opted for the One Plus 6. The phone has a SnapDragon 845 CPU with Adreno 630. There is 8GB of memory, and a 256GB Storage. There is no expandable storage, and the phone has a notch. The screen is a 1080p AMOLED panel which allows for black to just be off for pixel lighting. There is 401ppi. The phone is also a dual SIM phone with support for GSM 2G/3G, and LTE. There is no CDMA support. The phone has a 16MP camera with a secondary 20MP camera. The front side camera is a 16MP. There is all of the sensors expected, and the phone has a fingerprint reader and NFC. The model of my phone is $630 which came out of my Savings, and therefore – the savings will have to be refunded. Continue reading Review: OnePlus 6
This month could have been better. My biggest issue was the failing of my computer that I had for several years. I bought a new notebook PC as a precaution, and thankfully I did. The old computer broke down a few days later. Once I realize that I will not be able to resurrect the system, I opened it, and removed my SSD which is the drive that had everything on it. In an ideal world, I will buy a new desktop PC, and replace that mechanical hard drive with the SSD. This won’t happen for a few months as I am now in debt to cover the notebook. As for the notebook, since I had to use a credit line to get it, I am hoping to pay it completely off in mid-June. This will of course take out all of the money I will have left.
I went to the grocery store, and the woman that takes me also took another person. Where I go in, get what I need, and come out – I had to wait for the other person to finish. Nonetheless, I made due. My regret was I didn’t bring my headphones. Speaking of headphones, the headphone jack on my phone has decided to not work. This means from now on, I only can use bluetooth headphones. I have a set of LG which are of little good as the bluetooth audio skips and statics with the phone only being in my pants pocket. I have another headphones from a company I can’t recall – but they work better than the LG headphones. However, if my left ear gives me problems – I can’t use the better headphones. As for the phone, I do have a backup, but do not wish to put it in service until the phone that I currently use breaks down permanently. Continue reading May 2018
This notebook was purchased to replace my failing previous computer. That computer was 7 years old when it finally failed, and I hoping that this PC will last about the same amount of time. I purchased this machine from a third party seller from Amazon for $830. In addition, I added a second drive which this review will be assuming that second drive is in place. All together, the system and components cost about $950.
The system has an Intel i7-8550U CPU which runs at 1.8Ghz. There is 8GB of memory, but the system can be upgraded with up to 32GB with the use of 2×16GB SODIMM. The system has an NVIDIA GeForce GPU which will take over when there is a demand on the system that will require a graphics card. The system came with a 256GB M.2 Solid State Flash (SSF) module (C:\), along with an addition of a 512GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive (SSD) (D:\), and a DVDRW Drive (E:\). There is also an SD Card reader. The system has a USB Type-C, 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, HDMI out, VGA, and RJ45-1GBPS port. The system has Wifi-AC, and Bluetooth for Wireless Communications.
Continue reading Review: Acer E5-576G-81GD
Not much happened this month. I had a few appointments which were the most exciting thing that happened. My first appointment was with my psychiatrist, the second was with the pain psychologist, and the third was with my optometrist. I also had to collect my prescriptions and went to the grocery store a few times.
I got a tablet. The tablet I acquired is a Samsung Galaxy Tab S3. I also got a 256GB micro-SD card for the tablet. The goal is to offset the demands I put on my phone. It also allows me to access select programs when the phone is off. As confidence on the activities of the tablet is assured, I will eventually phase out applications from the phone and insert them on the tablet. The major dislike of the tablet is the lack of a cellular connection which ties the device to my home for the most part. Continue reading April 2018
The first week was pretty quiet. I aided someone that needed help with something, and again in the second week. I also managed to add funds to my savings account which is getting closer to my target goal. I also acquired a new domain which I am working on finding something to do with it.
In the third week, I had two appointments. One was with the eye doctor, and the other was with my pain psychologist. While speaking with her, she enlightened me to something that after careful consideration – forced me to reconsider my plans. This will likely force me to make changes with what I will want to do, and force me to adjust my plans.
Continue reading March 2018
Not much has happened this month. My birthday was in the first week as well as a doctor’s appointment. A friend of mine insisted on taking me out for my birthday, but otherwise – it was much like any other day.As for the appointment, all is well and went through as expected.
The second week, I had another appointment which I went to without issue. On the second week, I also had to wait on UPS to deliver a package from Amazon. Nothing too special, just recycling bags. There were a couple of warm days (considering it is Winter) which allowed me to get Malak out for a walk. Continue reading February 2018
The first week of the month was pretty conventional. I managed to pay off my phone which is good. This means I only have my personal loan to pay off. I am expecting to have that paid off in April of 2018. I also did laundry which needed to be done. In addition, I was referred to Mon Valley Initiative for assistance in buying a house. I sent the referred to counselor an email, but as for the first week, I have yet to hear from him. Continue reading January 2018
On 2018-01-19, I am officially out of debt. My last one was a loan that was used to reduce the interest on another debt. I spent my savings to take out the debt and will need to rebuild my savings account, but this should be a bit easier to swallow considering I am not making any other payments.
For my revolving credit, I will make small charges and pay it off immediately. This is to keep my credit score as high as possible in hopes to get a mortgage. Getting a mortgage will be hard considering my income, and Social Security’s rules regarding bank assets, and SSI. Simply put, I am not allowed more than $2,000 in bank assets. A down payment on a $30,000 mortgage will be $6,000 so, therefore, I won’t be able to save a down payment. Continue reading No More Debt