I've gotten over $200 in cash back from them at places I would have shopped anyway! Ebay, Staples, more! I put it at the top because they ROCK. Basically, you get a kickback from Ebates when buy.com or whoever pays them. Win-win. If you like throwing money away, don't use them!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Cheap Keurig: Mr. Coffee makes one! $54

I have the red version of this coffee maker.

I have had only one problem:

The needle that forces water into the K cup got coffee grounds in it and got stopped up, but after just running some water through without a K cup it flushed that out.

I recommend after brewing to just remove the K cup and flush a little water through to keep it clean.

As of this writing, they are $53.99 shipped free with Prime at Amazon. I think that's the cheapest Keurig you're going to get!

If you're looking for cheap K-Cups, check out Jammin Butter. Weird name, cheap prices. Last deal I saw was Gevalia for around 30 cents each.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Fix your Air Conditioner Cheap (Temporarily)

First off, this isn't a long term fix.

Don't blame me if it tears something up.

In this scenario, the compressor works on the AC but the fan will not spin due to a bad capacitor or fan or what have you. So the freon is not begin cooled back down outside before it's pumped back into the house to carry the heat away. (Basically.) See:

It does not work as well as a proper fix, but if you are sweating away in Houston or the South somewhere and you don't have any other options like window units this will get you going. (Get a small window unit and put it in a plastic bag somewhere when you're not using it. Mine even has a remote control!)

It is harder on your air conditioner because it does not work as well as the air conditioner's fan that is built into it. It will run hotter than it should.

But it does work and I ran mine this way until I was able to get the repairman out so we at least had one unit working.

Another reason to keep a small window unit on hand: for hurricanes a generator will run it easily.

Unfortunately both of our units broke about the same time but I had the smaller unit, the window unit, and a bunch of fans inside my house so it wasn't too horrible.

I also set the main unit to blow just the inside fan to circulate air in the house: the compressor was out on my larger unit. Also all the ceiling fans were going.

Another IDEA: Also close off all inside vents to rooms you don't want cooled and shut the door. Examples: laundry room, closets, bathrooms, i.e. any room with a vent. Close it and shut the door. It's extra space you don't care as much about. Place fans in rooms that ARE being cooled to direct air into rooms that need it.

For my smaller unit I used a box fan to pull air through constantly so when you hold your hand over the box fan it should be blowing up as per this picture below.

This person also put the fans going into unit and then the fan on top sucking air out. (Not my pic.)

**Make sure the box fan(s) are on the HIGHEST SETTING **.

 I have a small 5000 or 5500 BTU unit that kept the living room cool, and my son's room acceptable by blowing a fan into it and closing off his closest and bathroom and the other room in that hall.
Now, get those fans and a window unit!

Now, get those fans and a window unit!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

How to list on Amazon if item has no "Have one to sell?" / Sell on Amazon button

Here's how you do it. Annoying Amazon restriction: Solved.

Get a scanner here cheap like the one I use in the video to input the UPC code.
Scanner is around $20 but saves a lot of time. Works with any barcode http://amzn.to/1LhQyPD
Please bookmark http://shop.beachfitrob.com and use that to make your Amazon purchases. Thank you!

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Dymo Postage Lable Printing with OS X on a Mac and Paypal

The Labelwriter Twin Turbo printer works with these conditions:

1. OS X 10.10.4
2. Chrome Browser
3. Latest Dymo Drivers
4. Label part # 99019
5. Dymo Labelwriter Twin Turbo (Model 93085).

I have not tested it with other things yet, will try to update.

On Paypal, select the Dymo 330 Turbo and the 2.4 x 7.5 size label which is Dymo size 99019.

Then, print the label and select the Twin Turbo and Fit to Page in the print dialogue along with label size 99019.

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Saturday, August 01, 2015

How to make a Bootable OS X Yosemite DVD

You'll need a double layer DVD for this. I used Toast to burn it because I like the verification step Toast offers.

If you don't have Toast, just use Disk Utility.

After downloading the full Yosemite installer app from the Mac App Store, run these 14 commands in Terminal to create a Yosemite.iso file and then burn it to a dual layer DVD with Disk Utility. You may then boot up from it by holding the option key down and then install Yosemite.

hdiutil attach /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Yosemite.app/Contents/SharedSupport/InstallESD.dmg -noverify -nobrowse -mountpoint /Volumes/install_app

hdiutil convert /Volumes/install_app/BaseSystem.dmg -format UDSP -o /tmp/Yosemite

hdiutil resize -size 8g /tmp/Yosemite.sparseimage

hdiutil attach /tmp/Yosemite.sparseimage -noverify -nobrowse -mountpoint /Volumes/install_build

rm /Volumes/install_build/System/Installation/Packages

cp -rp /Volumes/install_app/Packages /Volumes/install_build/System/Installation/

cp -rp /Volumes/install_app/BaseSystem.chunklist /Volumes/install_build

cp -rp /Volumes/install_app/BaseSystem.dmg /Volumes/install_build

hdiutil detach /Volumes/install_app

hdiutil detach /Volumes/install_build

hdiutil resize -size `hdiutil resize -limits /tmp/Yosemite.sparseimage | tail -n 1 | awk '{ print $1 }'`b /tmp/Yosemite.sparseimage

hdiutil convert /tmp/Yosemite.sparseimage -format UDTO -o /tmp/Yosemite

rm /tmp/Yosemite.sparseimage

mv /tmp/Yosemite.cdr ~/Desktop/Yosemite.iso

Do yourself a favor and get Toast. Buy it at Amazon and support theroblog.

FYI I used Toast Titanium 10 under Yosemite for this. Still works on all the stuff I've tried to do.

Buy Toast 10: http://amzn.to/1IgypOJ If you're cheap like me. YMMV on how well and long it will work under Yosemite and later OSes, that's just the nature of Apple and Toast. :) $24 as of this writing. 

Toast 14 if you're fancy: http://amzn.to/1Igyulz

Friday, June 26, 2015

Awkward Captchas

No kidding, I got this one a few days ago. You'd think the program would weed these out.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Don't touch that dog, you don't know where it's been! A rebuttal in a photo:

Interesting real product:

Samuel Jackson Corners the Market on Role Type

Hollyweird (AP)

 ---For Immediate Release---

Samuel Jackson has finally cornered the market for certain roles.

All major studios have signed intent statements that have given Mr. Jackson a lifetime contract for roles that include any or all of these terms in the description for the part:  'Man who says MF!' 'Angry Cursing Man',  'Angry Black Male', 'Angry Black Man', 'F-Bomb Man', 'MF Bomb Man' or similar or substantially the same terms, phrases or intents.

In a statement released yesterday Mr. Jackson's agent said: "We're happy that we can provide this level of service to moviemakers, and although this has been unofficially the rule for a while, it's gratifying to see it in print.

As we all know: nobody does it better.

We'd also like to address any concerns from his fans: He will still be playing roles without these requirements."

Monday, June 22, 2015

Cheap Keurig Cups

How does $15.99 shipped for 48 Kcups sound?

48 K-Cup Variety Pack - Original Keurig AND Vue Cups - $15.99 SHIPS FREE

If you're looking for deals, these guys have some good ones. I've bought several things from them and they have some good stuff at cheap prices. The Keurig cups are a good example.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Are you a cat person? Here's what that means

Ok, you know when you're at someone's house and their cat takes a liking to you?

And the cat's person says: "Oh, they can tell you're a cat person!"

Yes, the cat has a sense about these things.

While they're enjoying your petting they're thinking:

"Yesssss....thisss one can be made to sssserve meee...."

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Happy Anniversary

"The Table" episode from 'The Middle'.

Watch a bit.

Best line: "Happy twenty-somethingth Anniversary".


Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Texas Auto Direct Latest Listings

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Sunday, May 03, 2015

Use your old iPhone 30 pin Connector Speaker Docks with your iPhone 5 and beyond

Update: The Smartbean connected to the JBL speakers below uses an AUX input but has many more uses.

 There is another device that plugs right in to a 30 pin port so it is a neat option if you have an older Bose Sounddock for example without an AUX input:

The other option, a Smart Bean connected to an AUX input:

In this example, I have a JBL Speaker with the Apple 30 pin connection.

Useless with my new iPhone, or Android, right? Nope, sounds great.

You will also need a 3.5mm cable with the male plug part on both ends.

It's a headphone jack size on both ends, same as your iPhone headphones for example. Here's an example:

What this does is output sound via that small box when you pair it with your iOS device or any other Bluetooth device to send audio into the auxiliary jack that MOST speakers have.

Obviously, before you buy this, you want to check your dock to see if it has it. But you could also use this to add Bluetooth to a car or headphones.

I use mine with my Samsung Galaxy S4.
The side benefits are:
1. You can now plug headphones into the Smartbean also, or use it to put audio into the AUX jack on your car, or anything else you can plug an input cable into. 
2. Your 'speaker only' headphones you use for jogging now can also be used for calls, since the Smart bean has a mic built in.
4. You have ONE device that's paired that does all this so fewer times you have to change the output preference on your device.
5. You can adjust volume and skip/recall tracks, and pause. My speaker only had volume inputs but now I control my phone's audio player with the Smartbean. 

I hope I've saved you some money. 

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