Saturday, February 19, 2011

2010 Hunt Season - First deer

Friday, December 10, 2010

Saving Money with MagicJack !

Ok I was a skeptic for a long time. Why should I buy a Magicjack? I mean how good could it be for $20.00. Well to my surprise it is well worth the $20 a year. Unlimited calls to anywhere in the US Canada for $20.00. We actually dropped a cell phone service and are giving the Magicjack a try for use at home. This will save me $70 a month or $840 for the year for giving up one cell phone. My wife is at home most of the time so why pay for an expensive cell phone. We get a local area phone number that is ours to keep and no monthly bills. Easy to set up, it probably took about 2 minutes total to get going. Just plug in the phone to the Magicjack, then the Magicjack into an open USB port on your PC. It begins to auto load the software and does an update over the internet. You follow a few prompts to set up your local area number and your address for 911 purposes. Within just a couple minutes you are making and receiving great quality phone calls for really cheap. This can also be used on any PC so you can move from one PC or laptop to another. Take it on trips with you and plug into your laptop while in a hotel room and you don't have to pay for using the phone in the room. As long as you have internet access you have phone service. The better the connection the better the voice quality of course. At home I have hooked up the Magicjack to a cordless phone and you wouldn't know the difference from MagicJack to landline phone. So far I am very pleased with quality of calls and thrilled about the money I will be saving.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Long time coming update: Got my bow

Finally got a bow. I am ready for hunting season. September 15th is just around the corner. Planning on going with my brother. This will be my first real hunt. I actually got a brand new Quest: Hammer compound bow. Very nice bow even though they aren't a well known bow maker yet, I am sure they will be. It was actually a gift from my father in law so the cost was just right for me. I've been doing a lot of target shooting. Only problem I have had is my peep sight which popped out. Easy fix though going to take it and have it put back in and then have them serve it to the string so it doesn't happen again. That wouldn't be good out in the woods. More updates soon. Just been really busy lately.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Saving more Money with

Well last post I was telling you about saving money with the MajicJack. Today I want to tell you about Straight Talk is actually part of Tracfone. The best thing about there service besides the price is the fact that you do not have a long term agreement for service. No contracts no obligations. There are only 2 plans to pick from. The first plan is $30.00 a month for 1000 min talk time 1000 text messages and 30mb of data for internet. The second plan is $45.00 a month for Unlimited Talk, Unlimited texting, and Unlimited Data. Both plans include free 411 calls. I believe there is a short 15 second ad you probably have to listen to before getting the number but no big deal. You do have to buy one of their phones for this service so there is a cost up front to get started. They have phones from as little as $39.00 though so everyone can find one they can afford. I went with the Samsung R451C which has a nice little full qwerty keyboard with large buttons that make it really easy to text and browse the web. Don't expect a whole lot of great graphics with the web interface though. Its browser is very basic and does the minimum it needs to do. I could have gotten 2 phones and 2 $30.00 a month plans for a combined 2000 min Talk, Text and 60mb data and would have payed only $60 a month for 600 more min talk than I get with Verizon for our 2 phone plan without internet that runs me $135 a month. But since we decided to go with the MajicJack at home and only have 1 cell phone now I will be cutting my phone bill by a great deal.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Planning on buying a bow for bow hunting!

I have been reading about and looking at different compound bows from different companies over the last several days. I would say that Hoyt, Mathews, Bear and PSE bows are at the top of my list. I don't want to spend a crazy amount of money just in case it winds up being a passing fancy for me but I also want to get something I can enjoy just practicing with on range as well as use to do some hunting. I have always been intrigued with hunting but never really hunted with a gun. To me shooting a dear from 300 yrds away while sipping on a coke just doesn't seem to sporty. I am a big fella so if I can sneak up on a dear and kill with a bow from 40 yrds or less then I think there would be a great deal of sport in that. So I'm on the look out for a good bow and something affordable. If you see something I might be interested in let me know.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Started playing a new game. I loved the movie so much thought I'd give the game a try. Well its absolutely stunning. The game is fantastic looking. Great interaction with animals and plant life. Here is a screen shot of the in game. I will post more on it as I get to play more.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Google Adwords for small business!

A little about my situation. I have never received any formal education for website design or Search Engine Optimization but I have learned a great deal from research and articles on the internet over the last 6yrs or so. In 2004 I started a car club online. Within just a couple years I had 4 car clubs running online. Their sites were generating a nice bit of revenue from vendor advertising through the sites as well as Google Ads. This was my first experience with Google and their advertising system. I was hooked after the first couple months of using the ads on my site as a means to make money to help pay the costs of the server and security for the sites every month. I sold the sites several years ago now and have not started any new sites. I found myself out of work about 5 months ago and ran into an old friend who hired me to work for the company he owns as a dispatcher. After starting to work I got interested in his website and his websites lack of traffic. I talked to my friend and told him a little about my former success with Google's Ads and asked him if he would be interested in trying the Google Adwords system as a means to get our ads on relevant search pages for the business we are in. In the first week I was still learning the system and how to set the max bid for keywords we wanted to target, as well as creating well thought out text ads to be displayed on Google's search pages. We did receive several clicks the first week but no generated business. In the second week so far though we have received 5 new customers thanks to the new Google Ads and the week is only half over. I believe with more tweaking and some changes to his companies website we could possibly get to where we are generating more than 15 to 20 new customers a week. Since it is a service we provide and not an actual product we sell I believe this is great. I have definitely been pleased with the results so far and look forward to the results of the next month or two as we get into warmer months. Since the service we provide spikes during warmer months I believe we will see a great response soon. If you have a small business and want to see a quick results to a targeted set of words Google Adwords is the way to go. Give it a try for a month and see what you think.