My Experience with @Ghostek Products and how Bad they Are

I placed two orders with Ghostek, one for the Atomic 2.0 case and the other for the companion holster; it was the worst choice possible. The case came faulty (it was not waterproof as advertised) and the holster was an abomination. The holster was faulty, with protruding screws that destroyed and scratched the shit out of the front of my brand new case, and the quality was worth about a Chinese nickel; I don’t think I’ve seen a more cheaply or poorly constructed and designed piece of animal feces in my life. The holster is so cheaply made, you feel as though you’ll break it putting the phone in, and it holds the phone by the volume and power buttons, making it a further useless paperweight.

I contacted Amazon and Ghostek about the issues via Twitter, Ghostek refused to respond, but Amazon did and asked I call them; Amazon guaranteed a replacement case because Ghostek’s partner holster damaged it so badly and it was faulty. After Amazon, forced Ghostek to communicate with me regarding the holster; once communicating with Ghostek they offered to send a not faulty or cheap holster this time. Upon the arrival of the new holster (was rather speedy), I went to use and it cut deep into the thick layer of plastic on the front of the case (almost penetrating and destroying my S7 screen). Outraged, I contacted Amazon immediately and they refunded the price of the holster.

I waited weeks (over a month and a half) for my replacement case, but it never came; Ghostek never re-upped their stock of cases at Amazon., and all I received was a “delivery TBD” email from Amazon. After that, I have had 3 phone calls with Amazon and they have completely refunded my account for the case and sent me shipping labels to return the case.

During all this Ghostek contacted me, only after I left a 2-star feedback on their seller account and poorly rated their holster. They offered me a free case, to replace my damaged one; in return, I would need to remove the negative seller feedback. I agreed to remove my feedback, I figured that perhaps it was all just a big happy accident and that they might be a good company, but had a hiccup in the service.

I was sadly mistaken, I received the same piece of shit, mother fucking, craptastic and defective holster I didn’t even want anymore, and it still had all the same mother fucking issues as the previous two!

In closing, I now I have received a full refund for Ghostek products, returned the case and have 3 POS faulty holsters on my desk that I don’t  have a use for and I  don’t know where to send them back to, nor am I paying to send the garbage anywhere.

Reviews of Devices that I left on Amazon:

Atomic 2.0 Case

The case has issues and the company is horribly bad at their jobs.

  1.    The was not waterproof as advertised, did their test and it leaked.
  2.    Attempted to get a replacement, but nothing ever got replaced or came regarding the case.
  3.    The cases’ aluminum body decreases cellular service and impacts the reception greatly. 
  4.    There is no hip holster from the company that eloquently or even properly works with the device (it will always be in your pocket.
  5.    The nano-membrane over the fingerprint scanner stopped working after a month, 1 month of use and I was no longer able to use the fingerprint reader on the phone to unlock or make purchases.
  6.    Wireless charging barely works with the case on, you have to position it just right, and only works on 2 wireless devices I tested (tested 10, including the Samsung one).
  7.    The company has little care for those that have issues with the products and try to sneakily keep a good rating by paying off customers to write good reviews, without having them denote it in their review (illegal).
Ghostek Holster

The holster is an abomination of crap and the company is horribly bad at their jobs.
The product came defective (screw’s protruding and scratching screen), asked for a replacement and replacement was also defective and even worse (see pictures). This holster ruined my case! It scratched my brand new case so bad that I had to request a replacement from Amazon; they’re replacing it (never happened, see below).
This is a horrible product, I can’t even use it. I have received a refund for the holster and not buying from the company again.

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Angry moment of the day:
Yesterday (Thu), getting ~12 hour notice that boss wants to show my apartment to new employee. Shows today and later tells me I need to clean the kitchen more. I work M-F and have to cook and bake everything I eat, of course the kitchen is going to be messy at the end of the week. ūüė¨

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5 Million Gmail Usernames and Possible Passwords Leaked

 

!!IMPORTANT!!

This is a public tech update for all friends, family and fellows, recently a huge database of gmail usernames were posted online; NO, Google was not hacked! (unlike Apple), but there are affiliated passwords linked to said email accounts. It may not be the same password as your, but it could be.

Anyone who wants to can check if they are listed in the database by going to https://isleaked.com/en and entering in your email (and yes it’s safe). You can also double check the database by looking here and searching for your email (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5Ubvdjb2dQUR0FXM09rWkNCTFU/edit?usp=sharing). Some may have already received the courtesy email from IMDb, and I assure you that this did happen and Google was not hacked.

**¬† NOTE: This message is sent from an unmonitored email address.**¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Replies will be discarded. Please DO NOT REPLY VIA EMAIL.**¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† If you need to contact us, please use the form at**¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† http://www.imdb.com/contactThis is an important message from IMDb.comAt IMDb we take your security and privacy very seriously. As part of our routine monitoring, we discovered a list of email address and password sets posted online. While the list was not IMDb-related, we know that many customers reuse their passwords on several websites. We believe your email address and password set was on that list. So we have taken the precaution of resetting your IMDb.com password. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused but felt that it was necessary to help protect you and your IMDb account.To regain access to your IMDb account:1. Go to IMDb.com and click the “Login” link at the top of our website.2. Choose “IMDb” as the provider to login with and then click the link that says “Forgot your password?”3. Follow the instructions to set a new password for your account.Please choose a new password and do not use the same password you used with us previously. We also highly recommend that you chose a password that you are not using on any other sites. We look forward to seeing you again soon.Sincerely,IMDb.com

 
 

My Summer 2014 Anime Suggestions

For all my fellow anime lovers out there I thought I’d share my watch list for this summer season.

Sword Art Online II:

Second season of SAO (Gun Gale arc), Kirito is sent into a new MMOFPS game after some strange deaths have happened to the players, and gets a really special avatar that makes him look kind of like a girl, but is starting to get awesome.

Sword Art Online II

Akame ga Kill:

Pretty awesome action fantasy anime about a rebel group of assassins and some fanservice.

Akame ga Kill

Re: Hamatora (Hamatora S2):

Picks up where season 1 left off and is about some awesome super powered evolved humans. Full of action and mystery,  and had some good humor too.

Re: Hamatora

Tokyo Ghoul:

About a kid who gets ghoul organs transplanted into him and he them becomes half ghoul. So far it’s a bit of drama and mystery mixed with some nice action and folkloric themes.

Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo ESP:

Action anime about people being selected by flying spirit fish and then gaining esper powers. Pretty awesome so far.

Tokyo ESP

The Irregular at Magic High School:

All I can say is it’s freaking awesome, watch it!

The Irregular at Magic High

Aldnoah.Zero:

Best mech anime this season. Humans of Mars vs. Earth

Aldnoah.Zero

Also, if you missed last seasons “Black Bullet” or “No Game No Life” You need to go back and watch them.

No Game No Life
Black Bullet

The most honest three and a half minutes of television, EVER… Must watch!


on Jan 16 @Facebook & @Instagram will own & sell your name, likeness, all photos, and more; #DeleteInstagram



Jesse Wojdylo started the: Unofficial Delete Your Instagram Account Grassroots Program

 

Today Instagram unleashed brand-new terms of service, and they are not good ones. They have decided that they are going to use you to make money and pay you nothing…

 

New Instagram ToS: “you agree that a business … may pay us to display your photos in connection with paid or sponsored content … without any compensation to you. “

Some or all of the Service may be supported by advertising revenue. To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you.

http://instagram.com/about/legal/terms/updated/

 

What to do:

First you‚Äôll want to download all of your photos.¬†Instaport¬†will download your entire Instagram photo library in just a few minutes. Currently the service only offers a zip file download of your photos, then you have all your photos to yourself to put in a new place (Facebook, Picasa, Flickr, Streamzoon, etc…)

 

After¬†you’ve¬†removed your photos from Instagram, you can quickly¬†delete your account¬†


Now What?:

Many people probably are thinking, okay, now how do I share and store my photos? Honestly, there’s a lot of sites that you can store your photos on; Flickr, Facebook,¬†Photobucket,¬†Shutterfly,¬†Dropbox, and¬†SkyDrive, and others, but my personal favorite is Picasa. Picasa has¬†seamless¬†integration into all that is Google (G+, Blogger, emails, Drive, etc…), hence why I like it, but there isn’t a “Share All”/”Share to Facebook”/”Share to twitter” type of button (there should be though).

But most people want to be able to share to Facebook, Twitter, etc and all at once. The best app I know are EyeEm and Streamzoo, but there are others. Streamzoo is a lot like a mixture between foursquare and Instagram. It also has all the photo ability of Instagram (but more) and also has a point and contest/awards system too.

 

 


New MMORPG @RainderZOnline

Everyone, come play a new action MMORPG from Perfect World called RaiderZ. Join me and get free gifts for playing! This is seriously the best MMO I’ve played in a long time!

https://register.perfectworld.com/raiderz_splash/eb570a88ccb72455ded6f3760ef1176f

 

Server: Fleet Foot

Name: Hakarune


Dealing with @Centurylink and their shit … #win @comcast #android

Get home and Internet isn’t working…
Power cycled router still nothing; rechecked settings and tried to force connect, nothing.
Call Qwest/CenturyLink … get automated answering system
Go through the steps; press 1, press 2, etc…
Tells me Internet is down in the area and they’re working on it, then it hangs up. -.-
Call back, force AI to put me to a real person…
Real person has no answers except it may take 24 hours to be fixed…
I ask her why? She has no answer, … so I complain about how often service goes down and all they ever say is sorry….
Long silent pause…. then she apologies…
I ask why should I deal with such shitty quality service and help when Comcast is better (though they’re tools of the government and a bit more expensive).
She hangs up on me… bitch…
I enable my free Android WiFi hotspot and go looking at Comcast’s Website
win


I Ended Up Imitating My Girlfriend, But Worse…

I ended up imitating my GF while she was gone, but worse… I had a lot more oil in the wok that I wasn’t paying attention to (well i was next to it, waiting for it to heat up while watching YouTube) and instead of it just catching the bottom of the pan on fire, the entire pot of oil went up and while trying to put it out my sleeve caught on fire; severely burning the crap out of my hand, and then I thought, set it in the sink and try to find a way to cover it. And it spilled into the sink causing a huge fire…. the whole sink was ablaze…. On the Bright side, it was the first time I have ever had a real fire in the kitchen, my hand that got burnt is the one with little feeling, it was an old shirt and the only loss was a plastic container that melted causing all the Black.

And the craziest thing that happened; while the smoke alarm was going off for life 10+ minutes, my neighbors were just yelling at me to be quiet and to shut up lol.

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The Best Android Apps for Tablets and Phones

So since a lot of people have come to me to ask about Android and apps, or something else android, I thought I’d put up a list of the apps I use most (free and paid). I use apps that I think are best at what they do, or simply because they’re the most fun to play lol. I will¬†separate¬†the apps into “Tablet”, “Phone”, and “Both” and will discuss the apps I find to be the best and what they do.

 ********My Tablet Contains About 250+ Apps РHence the Long list ********

(These aren’t all the apps, they are the most used and favored apps I have on my devices & I recommend to others)
Also: Some of these apps have PC/Mac/Linux counter parts.
(Almost all the games do for sure)

Both:
 
Internet Browser:¬†Chrome¬†–¬†my favorite browser onmy PC and my Android devices, works amazing!
Music:¬†Google Play Music¬†–¬†Music stored in the cloud, no storage needed for my music anymore.
Navigation:¬†Maps¬†–¬†Allows you to use GPS navigation, rate¬†restaurant, check-in to venues, and share your location with friends and family.
  • Utility Apps:
    • -= Save my Attach =-¬†– is a great app for saving attachments from those pesky e-mails that have¬†unsupported file types within Android (which as new versions of Android come along is getting to be less)
    • App Cache Cleaner¬†– a necessary tool on all android devices and should be ran a 2-3 times a week (or more if you have very little space on your phone or own a tablet (On my tablet I run this every 2 days or more, but my tablet is also my primary¬†usage¬†device, use it more than my computer even)
    • ES¬†File Explorer¬†– THE¬†best file explore there is anywhere on the market. It can create it’s own FTP for remote¬†access¬†to phone or tablet, it can be a root explorer, as well as you can link to LAN computers, FTP servers, and even has built-in Dropbox, Box, SugarSync, Google Drive, and SkyDrive setups ready to go and allows multiple accounts of each. (It has it all, it is an invaluable tool)
    • DiskUsage¬†– a great app to see how much space is on you SDCard or internal and what is taking up all the space.
    • 920 Text Editor¬†– just your basic text editor, but does one hell of an amazing job
    • Adobe Flash Player 11.1¬†– if you want to see flash online you’ll need this app (for Jelly Bean you just have to side load the application (download the .apk and install it manually)
    • Irssi¬†ConnectBot¬†– My favorite app for TTS connecting to my home server, a great too that is similar to PuTTy, but for android
    • IVONA¬†Text-to-Speech HQ¬†&¬†IVONA¬†Amy UK English beta¬†– I hate the default Pico TTS voice, it’s too robotic and sucks, so this app makes you like hearing your phone talk and is amazing!
    • MX Player¬†– Best video player on the market
    • TeamViewer¬†– Remote view/control your home PC from your phone or tablet
  • Everyday (Grocery Lists / ToDo etc):
    • Grocery¬†iQ¬†– Tablet¬†//¬†Grocery¬†iQ¬†– a way for my GF and I to share a grocery list and even have it¬†separated¬†by store and be able to not only have a list, but also scan items into the app. Also it allows you to enter in the price of the item too so you can price check when at other stores or see when a¬†product¬†has changed price
    • Any.DO¬†–¬†an awesome ToDo list app that syncs with your¬†Google¬†tasks as well as you can share your tasks with your spouse. It is super simple and sleek, simplistic but still perfect.
    • Key Ring¬†– Remove all those rewards cards from you wallet and purse, go digital with this app and get rid of the clutter!
    • Mint.com¬†– Keep an eye on all your finances (Bank accounts, Loans, and Credit Cards) with this app. Never go over budget and see where you spend your money most.
  • For School or Office:
    • Drive¬†– Google Drive access on the go from anywhere in the world where you get service or WiFi to be able to upload or create documents/spreadsheets/presentations/etc
    • Dropbox¬†–¬†enough said
    • Evernote¬†&¬†Evernote Widget¬†– Evernote is my favorite note taking app ever, the ability it has amazing, not to mention when paired with¬†Skitch¬†you can even draw diagrams to your notes.
    • StudyBlue¬†– ¬†the best app for studying anything there is, is a great companion to Evernote since you can sync the two together and make flashcards, review sheets, and quizzes from your notes easily.
    • myHomework¬†– Keep track of all your homework for every class and get daily reminders (syncs to online for viewing from PC or other android/iOS device)
    • Merriam Webster¬†– the best dictionary around
    • OfficeSuite¬†– Open any office document and even edit right from your phone or tablet
  • Social Media Style Apps
    • Slices¬†¬†–¬†My favorite Twitter app (though from a default “share” menu you can’t send to slices
    • Falcon for Twitter¬†–¬†a desktop widget to get an instant view of twitter as well as “share” to Falcon
    • Foursquare¬†–¬†For checking in to my¬†favorite¬†venues
    • GetGlue¬†– ¬†To check into movies, tv shows, books, games, and more (you earn stickers that you can get in real life in the mail for free), it also allows you to mark the things you like, dislike, or favorite and you can write reviews for them.
    • Google+¬†– Enough said
    • HaxSync¬†– Syncs my Facebook¬†friends¬†(all their info like Bday, Email, Phone, Picture, Etc) and¬†calendar¬†(events and birthdays) without having any problems and no need to install the crappy Facebook App
    • Yelp¬†– Review¬†restaurant¬†you go to and share your love or hatred for a certain establishment with the world right from your phone
  • Ebook / Digital Reading:
    • Mantano Reader Premium¬†– The Best¬†ebook/PDF reader there is on the market (buy the year subscription for $10 and sync you library, reading position, highlights, bookmarks, and notes to multiple devices)
    • Manga¬†Watcher Application¬†–¬†If your a fan of manga, then this app is for you. Get you weekly downloads right to your phone or tablet as well as add your collection you already have to the app.
  • Other Useful apps:
    • Translate¬†–¬†¬†Anyone traveling overseas or studying a new language or ran into a foreigner, this app is amazing.
    • Ancestry¬†– is a great app for viewing and editing my family tree that is stored online in the cloud at their website
    • Craigslist¬†Mobile¬†– this app is for anyone who loves Craigslist (buying or selling), it is the best app available, though it’s got a slight learning curve but is the best available and fastest
    • Flixster¬†– For checking showtimes on my tablet or phone, this app is amazing, even has the ability watch the trailers for each movie. As well as you can write and read reviews of films The only thing it is missing is a Fandago button for buying tickets.
    • Google Voice¬†– to text and make calls from your¬†Google¬†voice number instead of wasting texts (unless you have unlimited) uses data instead to send texts and when paired with SipDroid you can even make calls with Data only saving on minutes.
    • Tip N Split¬†– Great for those that want to leave a certain amount or % or even split up a bill….
    • TV Show¬†Favs¬†– Track your favorite TV Shows and know when the next episode is airing.
    • Unified Remote¬†– Remote for computer a (great if you hook it up to your TV)
    • OvuView¬†–¬†Menstrual¬†tracker for women (but men can use it to know when they should run and hide and be nice, or come home with random chocolates and flowers).
    • Voxer¬†– It’s a Walkie-Talkie for android, save on minutes and texts; use data or WiFi to talk with friends with your real voice or send pics/files or texts all from the app.
Tablet:
    • Simple/Mellow/Thinking/Puzzles (Most are suitable for kids)
    • Arcade Style (Most have on-screen keys or can be paired with a remote and play like arcade games or like Xbox/Playstation)
      • Dark Meadow¬†–¬†Requires a Tegra3 Device –¬†A dark fairytale of intrigue and mystery, where the sins of the past must be paid for
      • Dead Space¬†–¬†Requires a Tegra3 Device –¬†It’s identical to the X360/PS3 game.
      • Fishing Superstars¬†– Fishing on your tablet or phone
      • Grabatron¬†– Your an alien spaceship, destroy the humans and abduct things
      • IronWars¬†–¬†gorgeous 3D shooter featuring domination, CTF & a variety of levels & weapons¬†PLUS¬†has¬†simultaneous multiplayer: Android, iPhone, iPad, Mac OS, Windows.
      • Wind-up Knight¬†–
      • ZENONIA4¬†– Great RPG game on your phone or tablet. I’ve loved this series since #1
  • Watching Movies and Videos:¬†¬†(Don’t have them on my phone because it’s better to watch on my tablet, but all work on phones too)
    • Crackle¬†– Free Movie and TV Watching
    • Crunchyroll¬†– Free Anime watching
    • Hulu¬†Plus¬†– Paid service for TV, Movies, and Anime watching
    • Netflix¬†– (We all know what this is)\
    • MX Player¬†– Best video player on the market
    • Skifta¬†– DLNA player/broadcaster
  • Other Useful apps:
    • AndChat¬†– My favorite IRC client on android
    • Brilliant Quotes FREE¬†– I like daily quotes from people that are smarter than I and some are very profound, others are freaking hilarious.
    • ComicRack¬†Free¬†– this is IMO the best digital comic reader on android, it even has a desktop companion for organizing your comics easily, the reading and response of this app is the best I could find and I love it (for a while I even had it on my phone too, it’s that lightweight).
    • Currents¬†– This is one of my favorite tablet apps. What this app does it takes your favorite news, blog sites, or similar (Forbes, Huffington Post, CNET, TechCrunch, Slash Gear, and 100’s of thousands of others) and delivers them in a easily read (with pictures) to your tablet (or phone) for offline readings.
    • TabletSMS¬†– Read and respond to phone SMS/MMS message from your tablet
Phone:
  • Utility Apps:
    • Barcode Scanner¬†– scan barcodes (needed for other apps as well as you can lookup products via scanning)
    • DeskSMS¬†– tablet companion to send SMS/MMS to tablet app
    • Goggles¬†– An amazing app by¬†Google. Scan items, barcodes, landmarks, and more;¬†Google¬†then will translate the writing, tell you what something is,¬†Google¬†search the product and more, it’s amazing!!
    • WiFi¬†Tether¬†– if you’re rooted you can share your phone’s data connection via a WiFi hotspot for free
    • RedLaser¬†– Scan products at a store or manually enter them to create a¬†wish list, birthday gift list for your kid, wedding¬†registrar, and more, then share the list with who ever; it finds local deals and online deals and even tells you the distance and if the item is in stock.
  • For School or Office:
    • CamScanner¬†– Scan documents, white boards, or whatever with your camera and turn them into great looking PDFs to upload/share anywhere
    • ClearRecord¬†– Noise reduction recorder (perfect for recording lectures or meetings)
    • EasyBib¬†– Need help creating that works cited page, just scan your book and your done.
  • Social Media Style Apps
    • Diode¬†–¬†My favorite reddit app.
  • Other Useful apps:
    • Codex¬†– (The Bookworm Companion)¬†Catalog your books and track who is borrowing them as well as how¬†many¬†times you’ve read them
    • Dijit¬†– Universal remove for devices around your house (i.e. Roku,¬†Griffin Beacon, and more; freaking huge ass list)
    • Field Trip¬†–¬†this handy app as you walk around can show you landmarks and more. Find places you didn’t know were historic, been fun using it
    • Sleep Talk Recorder¬†– ¬†self explained
    • Smart Tools¬†– a set of tools that every phone should have (there are free versions of every tool by other developers, but this app they are all bundled and better, plus I got it for $0.25 on the play store during a sale.