Technology

My Daily Drivers

  • Google Chrome OS
  • Processor: 7th-gen Intel Core i5
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Battery: 41Wh
  • 2 USB-C with fast-charging, headphone jack
  • 12.3-inch, 2400 x 1600 LCD Touchscreen, 400 nits, 72 percent NTSC color
  • Camera: 720p
  • Keyboard: backlit
  • Four microphones, two speakers
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • 45W charger
  • Pixel Pen Stylus
  • Reddit Pixelbook subreddit

Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Headphones

  • Impedance Active 490 Ω / Passive 46 Ω
  • Frequency response (Headphones) 17 - 23,000 Hz
  • Bluetooth Version Bluetooth 4.2
  • Supported Profiles Headset Profile (HSP) v.1.2 / Handsfree Profile (HFP) v.1.6 / Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) v.1.3 / Device ID Profile (DIP) v.1.3
  • Sound pressure level (SPL) 110 dB
  • THD, total harmonic distortion <0.5% (1kH, 100dB)
  • Contact pressure 3 N
  • Ear coupling Circumaural
  • Transducer principle Dynamic closed
  • Charging time 3 hours (full charge)
  • Pick-up pattern 3-Mic Beamforming Array
  • Operating time Up to 30 hours
  • Weight w/o cable 227g

Project Fi

Project Fi is a mobile virtual network operator by Google, providing phone, messaging and data services using both Wi-Fi and cellular networks belonging to Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular.


Benefits

  • It works by giving you mobile data service on three mobile networks, which your phone will intelligently switch between — it also uses Wi-Fi to make calls and send texts whenever available.
  • It is a "prepaid" carrier, meaning you pay upfront for your service in the trailing month, which is the opposite of a traditional carrier (Verizon, AT&T, etc.) that bills you after you use the service.
  • Project Fi is focused on simplified billing. You pay $20 per month for unlimited talk and texting, and a flat rate of $10 per gigabyte of data used. At the start of each month you simply estimate how much data you'll use (by the gigabyte) and pay for that amount — at the end of the month you'll receive either a refund for data you didn't use, or pay a little extra on the next bill for data overages. You'll always pay at the same $10 per gigabyte rate either way.
  • The only time that doesn't apply is when you hit a level called "Bill Protection" — effectively an unlimited plan tier for Fi. Once you've used 6GB ($60) of data in a given month, your bill is then capped at that point for the month but you continue to get data service. You can use as much data as you want for the month without paying over $80 total ($20 base + $60 data). The only caveat here is that once you hit 15GB of total data usage, your speeds are slowed to 256kbps — alternatively, at the 15GB point you can choose to start paying $10 per GB again for full-speed data if needed.
  • You can also set up a "Group Plan" on Project Fi for up to six people to share a single account and billing source.
  • Project Fi is available for just a handful of phones: the Google Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 2, Moto X4, Pixel XL, Pixel, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6.
  • Project Fi also works internationally in 120 countries around the world with no additional cost for data use or texting.
  • Account management is managed by an app on your phone.
  • You can get a data-SIM card for free to add to other phones, Wear OS watches or laptops. The data those devices use will be pulled from your monthly data.


Links


Tips for Reducing Cellular Data

One of the keys of using PFi successfully is to reduce the amount of data you use. I used to use 6 - 9 GB per month when I was on T-mobile unlimited plan, and by using the tweaks below I reduced m usage to about 1 GB per month.

  • Most importantly, connect to Wi-Fi everywhere you go. Make this a priority.
    • Use the WiFi Web Login app to help you login to public Wi-Fi networks.
    • Turn off Mobile Data on your phone, and only turn it on when you really need it.
  • Reduce data usage when not on Wi-Fi.
    • Turn on Data Saver on your phone.
    • The following apps have settings to reduce cellular data usage:
      • Instagram
      • Google+
      • Google Chrome Browser
      • Google Maps (download local maps)
      • Google Music
      • Google Play Store
      • Google Books
      • Google Newsstand
      • YouTube
      • YouTube Music
      • Netflix
      • Plex

Daily Apps & Services

  • Google Chrome
  • Gmail
  • Google Chat / Meet
  • Google Messages
  • Google Contacts
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Keep
  • Google Tasks
  • Google Drive
  • Google+
  • Google Pay
  • Google Music
  • Google Podcasts
  • Google Photos
  • Google YouTube
  • Google Books
  • Google News
  • Google Home
  • Nest
  • WeMo
  • Plex
  • Trakt
  • Netflix
  • Roku
  • Nokia Health Mate
  • IFTTT
  • Pushbullet
  • Instagram

Free Hi-Res wallpapers for your phone and desktop.

Connected Digital Home

Google Wi-Fi (3 pucks)

With Cox Ultimate Internet 300/30 mbs

Media Server & Gaming Rig

  • Origin PC Custom S-Class Chronos Black with Red Accents and LED RGB Lighting with Remote
  • Motherboard: ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-I Gaming
  • Cooling: Asetek Frostbyte 120 Sealed Liquid System and Enermax 80mm fan UTCB8
  • Power: 650 Watt Silverstone SFX Series
  • CPU: Intel Core i9 7900X 10-Core 3.3GHz (4.3GHz TurboBoost) Skylake-X
  • Graphics card: 11GB NVIDA EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
  • Memory: 32GB G.Skill Ripjaws 3000MHz DDR4
  • OS Hard Drive: 500GB Samsung 960 Evo PCIe NVMe M.2
  • Data Drive 1: 4TB Western Digital Caviar Black
  • Data Drive 2: 4TB Western Digital Caviar Black
  • Networking: Two LANs (Intel 1211 Gigabit) and Intel Dual-Band Wireless AC 8265
  • Audio: On Board High Definition 8-Channel Audio


Software

  • Windows 10 Professional
  • Private Internet Access - Virtual Private Network.
  • Chrome Browser + GSuite
  • Google Backup & Sync
  • Plex Media Server and Plex Media Center
  • Sonarr and Radarr
  • Sabnzbd and QBittorent
  • JDownloader
  • Adobe Acrobat 9


Accessories

Google Home Mini (bathroom and office)

Chromecast Ultra (3 units, connected to the two TCL TV's and one to the Sony TV)

Sony KDL-40XBR4 TV

(Bedroom)

Roku Ultra HD/4K/HDR (2018) for the Sony TV

Litter Robot III Open Air with WiFi Connect

  • Allows you to monitor and control your Litter-Robot from wherever you are.
  • View the waste drawer level
  • Get real-time status updates
  • Monitor your cat’s litter box usage
  • Manage your Litter-Robot settings
  • Connect multiple units


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