NEXUS 6 – Love it or hate it?

It’s been 7 days since I rid myself of the LGG2 and I purchased the Nexus 6. Almost went with the Iphone 6+ but I have the Ipad2 so I didn’t need it. The LGG2 was ok but it had been experiencing GPS glitches, most likely due to a fall to the ground. Sprint only coughed up $70 bucks for the trade in. Better than nothing I guess.

So, the Nexus 6 is Huuuuuge. It’s definitely a phablet and a 2 hand experience. I love the size as a big screen GPS while being a road warrior. Gotta say, I’m at lucky to have some work pants and jeans that have large side pockets. Props to the clothing engineers at Riggs and my own back yard favorite jean company, Kuhl.

The stock Google UI is clean and fast. Super fast. I like that there is no Sprint ware installed. One thing I do miss from the LG is the knock knock feature. I’ve been trained to knock and am still trying it on the Nexus. The power and volume are too close together and I’m constantly hitting the wrong buttons. Glad the power button is not on the top. I will be looking for a knock knock hack. Camera quality is great. The phone is pretty light considering how big it is. “OK Google” seems to be much better on Lollipop. I noticed I have not been going to the IPAD for videos.. Odd?

Battery life. Seems to be a battery hog (even though I get 12 hours) if the screen brightness is set above 50%. If i set to about 40-50% I can get a few more hours. The cool thing is the quick charge feature.

Now for Sprint LTE coverage. The LTE network is ok for the most part along the Utah Wasatch front. It’s not great in Northern Utah. The Denver LTE coverage is spotty through out all the cities, but I did find it to be better on the Western and southern cities and not as good on the Eastern cities. In San Bernardino, CA the same Sub par LTE coverage exists. I really struggle with Sprint coverage when I travel. Sprint LTE is getting better but has taken forever. I probably should have switched to Verizon for the better coverage years ago.

On a side note I’m still ticked off that the carriers don’t allow you to tether your phone for free. I’m paying for the phone and the service, and Sprint or any carrier shouldn’t lock down that feature. C’mon Sprint quit jerking us around.

I have yet to Root my phone to get the tether feature back. When I get another spare moment, ROOT I will.

Direct Digital Filing

My business partner and I bought a new “All in one” Office jet pro today.  We learned the L7600 has a “Direct Digital Filing”.  This makes a great replacement to our online virtual Fax machine.  What the feature does not do, is take faxes and directly send them to the shared folder as a digital doc.   You have to scan the doc using the digital filing button, which then converts the pages to a PDF or JPEG doc. (still pretty cool) Perhaps in the next version the HP Office jet pro will allow for the faxes to be received (not printed) converted to PDF and directly sent to the shared folder all in one shot like our virtual fax machine.  I suppose we could  have this feature now if paid $7-12k for the Big office All in one device.    The 7600 is a pretty great value for only $400 plus the $100 rebate.
For those of you that might be having problems getting the Direct Digital Filing to work, we had to make an adjustment to the network path.  For some reason the HP L7600 would not work using the Computer name (hostname) we could only use the IP address of PC hosted that hosted the shared folder.  Example \\\Fax   Don’t ask me why it works with the IP address and not the PC name. I contacted HP live chat support about this and the tech I dealt with did not have an answer. They did not suggest to use the IP, I put in the IP address to try it and it worked.  Perhaps someone with Some IP knowledge can shed some light on this.  No Firewall we’re turned on.
For those of you that are having issues connecting the Direct Digital Filing to your shared folder I found another customers chat session with an HP tech.  This info is straight from the manual so I don’t know if it will help you any more than the manual that you have.  I did learn from their chat that Direct Digital Filing is not compatible with ADS (ACTIVE DIRECTORY SYSTEM).  I wish HP would be more forthcoming about the non compatibilities of their networked products.

Reposted chat found on the web:

Here are the detailed information about the “Direct Digital Filing”.
Here is the information on Direct Digital Filing Feature and settings :

Introduction :

The Digital Filing feature allows users to scan documents from the all-in-one and store them in a folder on the Windows computer without having the HP Software installed or running. Feature available for Officejet Pro L76 & L77 Series only. Direct Digital Filing is a feature that allows you to scan and save a document to a folder and share documents with other people on your network. You can set up Direct Digital Filing speed-dial by using the embedded Web server on your computer.


Settings :
Step : One


1) Create a folder in either system drive or any other drive on the computer and share the folder, This folder is used to store files that are scanned by using the Direct Digital Filing feature. (Note the folder name).
NOTE: Make sure that all of the people using the network folder have permission to access the folder, including the ability to write and change the contents of the folder.


Step : Two


Find the computer name on which the shared folder has been created, Perform these steps to find the computer name,


In XP or Win 2000 ==> Click on start ==> run and type ” cmd ” without quotes and click on ok. A command prompt window will open, type ” hostname ” without quotes and hit enter, it will display the name of the computer name (Note the computer name).


Step : Three


1. Verify the unit is connected to the network.
2. Print a Network Configuration Page on the unit and note the IP address.
3. Enter the IP address in the URL field of the web browser and hit enter, it will open printer information page/EWS.
4. In the EWS select the Settings tab and then select Direct Digital Filing Speed-dial
5. Friendly Name: Profile name, shown on the all-in-one display to identify different profiles ( OR ) any friendly name.
6. Network Path:  ( \\pcname\foldername), PC name stands for host name, replace PC name with host name which was noted in step two above, and replace the folder name with the folder name noted in step one above. If you cannot access the PC name stated in the Path you can also try it by inserting the IP address instead of the PC Name.
7. Username: Username of user logged in to the Windows computer.
8. Password: Password for the User Account on the Windows computer.
9. PIN: Not necessary to configure, please leave it blank.
10. Now you can click the Add button to save the above settings.


Step : Four


1. Click the Digital Archive/Filing button on the all-in-one.
2. Select the profile saved previously, and then click OK .
3. Click Start Scan . If you are asked if you want to scan another page then all settings are working.


Note :
1) Some times there will no no password for the windows computer, then there is no need to enter the password in the password field in the EWS page. If password is there Just enter the password without the system name or username(Just a Password is requried).
2) In the Login name (User Name) also no need to enter the system name or hostname, Just enter the Windows User Login Name.
3) In the Network path also Just enter the computer name and the shared folder name, do not enter the full path for example :
\\computername\c:\mydocuments\scan , Network path to be entered like this
\\computername(hostname)\foldername(sharedfoldername ).
4) After performing the steps if the user is unable to scan to network folder, then try to disable the windows inbuilt firewall and also any third party firewall software installed and check the functionality OR check again with the username, password, pin no., network path, or friendly name. If it is not resolved then try to create the shared folder on another drive if available and try to scan to that folder by changing the folder name in network path and also provide full sharing permissions to that folder.
5) If the EWS page is not open, then there is no communication between the all in one and the computer, there should be the communication between the all in one and the computer to use the feature of Direct Digital Filing.


Other Information :

You can store up to ten network folders as speed-dial entries. Five entries are associated with the corresponding five speed-dial buttons on the control panel. You cannot set up group speed-dial entries. The Direct Digital Filing Speed-dial allows you to create folders to scan and store digital documents for speed-dial sending. Use the Friendly Name, Network Path, User Name, Password and Optional PIN fields to add a new Direct Digital Filing speed-dial entry.

a) To add or change an entry: Select an entry in the Direct Digital Filing Speed-dial Address Book, click the Edit button, make necessary changes, and then click Apply.
b) To delete an entry: Select the entry and then click the Delete button.
c) Click Apply when you are finished.

To scan to a shared folder :
1. Load the original on the scanner glass or in the automatic document feeder (ADF).
2. Press Digital Filing, and then do one of the following:
a )Select a destination from the speed-dial entries on the display.
b) Select a destination by pressing one of the five speed-dial buttons on the display.
NOTE: If a PIN has been set up for the speed-dial entry, you must enter your PIN before continuing.
3. Press START SCAN.

Direct Digital Filing specifications :
A) Scan a hardcopy original from the ADF or scanner glass to create a digital document (with network connection) that is placed in a network folder
B) Supports pre-programmed network folder path
C) Supports Digital Filing Speed-dials
D) Resolution: 75 dpi, 200 dpi, 300 dpi, 600 dpi
E) Supported file formats: PDF, JPG
F) Supported network configuration: TCP/IP network

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effective advertising??

  Anyone interested in an effective advertising or marketing campaign knows just how critical it is to constantly track the effectiveness of those campaigns. Putting together a targeted and powerful advertising and marketing campaign is only half of the story. The rest of the job is to carefully track the responses of customers and potential customers to that ad campaign and to make sure that you are getting the most for your money. Fortunately for both advertisers and web site owners, Google AdSense provides a number of excellent and comprehensive tools to allow users to easily gauge the effectiveness of their ads. Google AdSense also provides a great many comprehensive reports which allow web site owners to carefully track and analyze the earnings of their sites and the performance of the ads they are hosting. These reports allow participants in the Google AdSense program, to constantly tweak the look and feel of the ads, including size, color, placement and more, and to easily track the results of each new improvement on the bottom line. Every web site owner knows how important it is to this kind of tracking and analysis, and on the web even the smallest change can have a profound impact on the effectiveness of the ads. Often something as simple as changing the type of font, or the color of the text, can have a big impact on the earnings potential and click through percentage of those ads. It is important for web site owners to periodically make changes to the format of the ads being hosted, and then to follow through and track the results.
Many new Google AdSense participant web sites are tempted to simply accept the default ad format that Google provides, and for some sites this strategy will work out just fine. For many others, however, it is a good idea to review the look and feel of the ads, including things like their placement on the page, the color of the text and the font being used. The color of the text is one of the most critical factors for web site owners to consider, since not all colors will display well on all web site backgrounds. For instance, if the background color of the web site is yellow, white text may not be very visible. It may be best in that case to change the color to black, red or another color that will be easily visible for web site visitors. It is also important to use a standard font if at all possible. It is important for web site owners to keep in mind that every web site visitor will be using a different type of computer or device to access the page, and it is important that the pages, and the ads, load fast and display properly across a variety of different types of computers, operating systems and web browsers. With the increasing popularity of alternatives to Internet Explorer, it is a good idea for web site owners to make sure their sites, and their Google AdSense ads, display properly on browsers like Firefox, Opera and Netscape.

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