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Review: Acer E5-576G-81GD

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.
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April 2018

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

March 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.
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February 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

January 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

No More Debt

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

Review: Comcast Internet Essentials

A couple of months ago, I canceled my Verizon FiOS for Comcast Internet Essentials. One of the main reasons was cost. Comcast Internet Essentials is an Internet Service Plan intended for low-income households. The plan provides a 15/3MBPS internet connection for $10/month. Since I been using it for a couple of months, I figured to write a review about it. Continue reading Review: Comcast Internet Essentials

November 2017

Little happened this month. I saw my Pain Psychologist, and my anesthesiologist in the second week of the month. I also got Internet Essentials from Comcast. It was disappointing that I couldn’t use my own modem and router, but such is life. I did some changes in how people reach me. I will be phasing out my “home” phone line and just relying on a single number. I have been able to solve the time calling rules that were in place.

Also took Malak to the vet. He had some wounds on him under his chin. I cleaned the area and went to make sure nothing bad happened. It seems as if all (buy my pocket) is fine. Nothing else happened. December will be more active.

Thanksgiving was a bit of effort. I helped someone with their dinner. Malak got to eat some turkey skins. He also finished his medication treatments. The third and fourth week however otherwise has been relatively quiet. On some good news, I managed to almost make my savings goal. I should be finished in the first week of December.

Comcast Internet Essentials: First Impressions

With being disappointed with the customer service of Verizon, and the availability of Internet Essentials from Comcast, I decided to return to Comcast, but only with this program. Comcast Internet Essentials is intended to help select low income groups to get low-speed internet for a reasonable price. In my case, I receive 15MBPS down and 2MBPS up for $10 + taxes and fees. The reason why I call this low speed is FCC defines broadband as a 25/5MBPS connection.

The service was installed by a technician who had to come and set my service up since I had FIOS. While I already have a cable modem, and router, I was told by the technician that I had to use their hardware, but it is free. Installing the service took about an hour with full bootup taking as long as 15 minutes. Continue reading Comcast Internet Essentials: First Impressions