DRONIUM TWO AP DRONE WITH CAMERA : REVIEW

This review is being solely done and credited to my son. Photos and videos taken by Tommy Scags. Since he is new to doing reviews, this is more of a learning experience. His review will be in photos and videos. You decide for yourself if you like what you see.

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Below info and images from Best Buy. Click Here for their site, specs and reviews on the Dronium Two. 

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PICK YOUR POISON: DESIGN INSPIRATION

I’m particularly fond of the strange and unusual.

With furniture, that means I like it to ‘pop’. When I walk into a room, I’d like it tell me a story. The genre of story, doesn’t necessarily have to be specific, but  knowing a story exists …now that’s the holy grail of design.

My usual method of inspiration (being the age of technology), is the internet. Specifically, the image selection on the search engine. When I need a muse, I surf!

Today’s search started off with #coffee furniture.

 


This of course led into retro, contemporary and future furniture. Some of these designs are still in the ‘concept’ mode.

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For the designs that are still stuck in concept mode, I’d like to think a little hard-work, determination and a credit line at Home Depot will correct the issue at hand.

The issue being: I want said furniture. Solution: Make my own. (Or at least get close to it).

Of course if I make my own, I can’t sell it. The concept wouldn’t mine. But I’m not a furniture dealer…so who cares? And the futuristic items are just that…in the future. I can’t buy them!  But the overall design or theme, already exists.

Hmmmm….where will I go from here?

Who knows?! It could all just be wishful thinking.

But damn…it sure is fun to dream!

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HP All-In-One Desktop Computer Review

In a word: #AWESOME

Honestly, I love this thing. I’ve had many computers throughout the years. Actually, my first computer was a Commodore 64. That was back when you had to type a full page of coding just to change the font color. Everything was a process. I believe I was 9 or 10 at the time. From that point on I have lived, ate and breathed computers. Anybody recall the first chat rooms? How about avatars? You weren’t really you, but rather some hot model pulled from an ad. You just chose how perfect you wanted to be and presto change-o.

My original websites were written entirely in coding. And with each new device, more coding had to be learned. But it was like a symphony to me. Pure logic. I just had to make it fit.

So naturally, I’ve had a lot of gadgets in my life. I think one half of my brain is fully paints and easels; the other half purely gadgets and gears. And a new computer sets me in ‘kid in a candy store’ mode. Much to my sheer delight, my husband got me a new toy for Christmas this year. I was even happier when I saw the color!

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Just a few weeks prior, I was moaning about all the black cords, huge processor and overall dust pattern on the bedroom computer. Honestly…it’s an eyesore. I did however need a computer in the family room. I’m prone to late night blogging and my husband gets up at 3:30 am. Essentially, I barely used the bedroom computer and had no desire to have the clunky thing in the family room.

The HP All-In-One has ONE cord going into the wall. The other two cords are white and specifically for the keyboard and the mouse.

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The WebCam is built in….so naturally…I had to try it out….

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The keyboard and mouse are also aesthetically pleasing…

As far as speed, I’ve had zero issues. I’m a Netflix junkie and the video playback is flawless…

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(Obviously I’m correct about my brain being two halves of wacky…I can never decide between Comedy and Horror…Go figure.)

And it’s equipped with Cortana…basically she’s Siri for an HP.

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And of course, there’s plenty of help…

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It runs the Windows 10 program, which honestly, I didn’t love when it first came out. Too many issues with game play on already existing games. But they seem to have worked out the kinks and now it’s growing on me. The apps are handy and I love having instant access to my e-mail.

To be clear:  This isn’t built for major league gaming. It’s not Alienware . (I have a 17 year old son…believe me when I say, he’s insanely picky about his gaming gear. So my opinion is based on his opinion of how fast the ‘on screen’ reaction time is.)  But it is fast! I use it for internet based work and play. With the use of iCloud for easy file storage and transfer, I haven’t had an issue. Yes there’s a HUGE amount of storage, however in the past I’ve learned not to over-stuff a computer if you can help it. Homework for the kids, photos, social media, movies etc…it’s genuinely a great gadget.

Plus…yep…you can pop in a DVD!

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This one was purchased at Best Buy, so I’m going to post the specs directly from their site. I’d be here all night if I typed it all out….

And no..I’m not a paid reviewer. This is a non-paid site. If you’re paid, then you’re swayed!

This is an honest review based on my own experience with this particular computer. I pay for this domain, so technically …I’m paying to share this review with you.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-pavilion-23-8-all-in-one-intel-pentium-8gb-memory-1tb-hard-drive-hp-finish-in-snow-white/5325806.p?skuId=5325806&ref=212&loc=1&ksid=50103ab2-ddcf-4d75-829c-ea22d4cc66e1&ksprof_id=8&ksaffcode=pg199028&ksdevice=c&lsft=ref:212,loc:2

Product Features

Microsoft Windows 10 operating system

Windows 10 brings back the popular Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you markup Web pages on your screen.Learn more ›

23.8″ Full HD LED display

Native 1920 x 1080 resolution showcases your games and HD movies with impressive color and clarity.

8GB system memory for advanced multitasking

Substantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once.

SuperMulti DVD/CD burner

Reads and writes to a wide variety of media formats, including DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, CD-R/RW, DVD-RAM and double-layer DVD.

1TB hard drive for ample file storage space

Holds a significant collection of digital photos, music, HD videos and DVD-quality movies. 7200 rpm spindle speed enables rapid read/write times for handling large files and complex applications.

Cloud support lets you access your files anywhere

Store your photos, videos, documents and other files on Dropbox for secure access across multiple devices. Fees may apply.

Built-in webcam with two microphones

Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends or teleconference with colleagues over Skype or other popular applications.

Built-in media reader for simple photo transfer

Supports SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card formats.

2 USB 3.0 ports maximize the latest high-speed devices

Also includes 2 USB 2.0 ports to connect more accessories and peripherals. The USB 3.0 ports are backward-compatible with USB 2.0 devices (at 2.0 speeds).

Wireless and wired network connectivity

Built-in high-speed wireless LAN connects to your network on the most common Wi-Fi standards. Gigabit Ethernet LAN port plugs into wired networks.

Bluetooth 4.0 interface syncs with compatible devices

Wirelessly transfer photos, music and other media between the computer and your Bluetooth-enabled cell phone or MP3 player, or connect Bluetooth wireless accessories.

Multimedia software package included

CyberLink PowerDirector, HP Recovery Manager, HP Support Assistant, HP Games Powered by WildTangent, Netflix, Snapfish.

Additional ports

Microphone and headphone jacks.

Intel, Pentium, Celeron, Core, Atom, Ultrabook, Intel Inside and the Intel Inside logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

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That’s about for it now. I honestly have no cons to this gadget. Typically I have an entire list of whimpering and whining, but nothing comes to mind as of yet. That could change a few months from, but for right now….TWO THUMBS UP!

Free Online Children’s Stories

  FREE ONLINE CHILDREN’S STORIES

“More than half the children in this country — 13 million children — will not hear a bedtime story tonight. A coalition of organizations, including our own, is working to change that”.  readaloud.org

After some searching, I was able to find multiple sources for free online books. These links will be direct to the online stories. Links and credits to the full sites are included .


 

Younger Children Free Online Books

MAGIC KEYS 

btngingerbread.gif The Little Gingerbread Man by Carol Moore – A surprising new version of the classic Gingerbread Man fairy tale.

 btnduck.gif  The Farm Animals (This is a talking book) by Rolando Merino – An illustrated story of animal sounds. This is now a free complete online Click-a-Word Talking eBook!

 btnalpha.gifLetters of the Alphabet (Animated)     by Rolando Merino – An animated story of the alphabet.

btnbeepcnc8Buzzy Bee’s Picnicby Carol MooreIllustrated by Dan Wetzel – Buzzy Bee can’t resist the delights of picnic food.

btncat.gifKitty Wants a Boxby Carol Moore – A short illustrated story.


 

Older Children Free Online Books

Magic Keys

btnatlas.gifAtlas Hangs On by Richard Swan – Should Atlas let go of the edge or hang on?

btnmary.gifLittle Miss Mary and the Big Monster Makeover by G.G. Toropov and Cleone Cassidy – Is trendy Little Miss Mary ready to make over a monster?

btncoyoteyel.gifMr. Coyote Meets Mr. Snail by Storie-Jean Agapith, a native American indian author –Illustrated by Michael S. Weber.

btngarg.gifGrow Your Own Gargoyleby Valerie Hardin – Illustrated by Carol Moore.


 

Young Adults Free Online Books

Magic Keys

Tiger Son  Includes audioby Teresa Ng – An illustrated story

 

Wind Songby Carol Moore – An illustrated story.

 

A Tale of Friendshipby Carol Moore – An illustrated and very untrue story about how one particular animal came to be created long after all the rest.
Read the humorous Beaver Anecdote.

 

 


 

VIDEO BOOKS – These are rather awesome. And did I mention FREE?  They have their very own storyteller. Here is the full link : STORYONLINE.NET

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STORY TIME FOR ME

Toddler Free Online Books: Includes Songs and Animation

Scroll down to push play. I’ve only put two of them here, but storytimeforme.com has a ton!

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Report any broken links: ds@homefreekids.com

 

Buy the Damned Book

In this…the age of Kindles and iPads…the world wide net and smart phones, ones thoughts and opinions are instantly available to anyone with the desire to listen. It doesn’t seem to matter what the topic is. I’ve seen it all. Humans come in variety pack and we’ve all generally, got something…anything, to write about. I’ve seen stories of heartbreak, dispair and horror….followed by lighthearted sarcasm and smart comebacks….mixed in with the bazaar and ‘just plain wrong’. I’ve spent endless hours driving through YouTube, only to find myself in that ‘strange’ part of the internet again. If anyone cared to search my internet travels, I’d probably be commited.

My first computer was a Commodore 64. Basically, after writing an hour long program from scratch on one of these ‘state of the art’ computers…you could change the font color from white to cyan…oh yeah! It was cutting edge! And after a few years (ok…a lot of years), the internet was born. Chat Rooms were the place to be. With a custom avatar, you could be anyone in the world. Don’t like yourself? Be someone else. And the chats were…well…..usually pretty dumb. Mostly people asking for each others stats. Height, weight, hair color etc… If you got lucky, every now and then, you talked to a genuine person. There was no real way to be sure. There still isn’t. Unless you’re willing to meet Mr. Creepy in a nice dark alley…no thanks.

After a while, aspiring young authors began to fill the blank pages of the net, like wildfire. Homepages took off. Free of charge (unless you didn’t want ads), available to anyone with a keyboard. Sites like Angelfire and Yahoo Pages kicked off the era of free publishing. Everyone who was anyone, had a link. Suddenly, folks with or without and education, became the authority on everything from curing cancer, whitening teeth, child rearing, marriage, law, gardening, job interviews, money making from home, do it yourself electrical, fixing that blasted disposal, couponing *there are THOUSANDS of couponing sites*….if you can google it, there will be a self professed expert on the subject matter.

While many sites are legit….too many are not. It amazes me the amount of folks who decide whether or not to spank their kids, based on internet opinion polls. Gone are the days of Dr. Sears and Dr. Spock, or hell….even calling grandma. Why bother? Just a click away, you can have someone claiming to be ‘Sally’, wife and mother to three perfect angels. Nevermind the fact, that Sally may average 23 hours a day on the internet, may or may not even have children and while Sally is the latest internet rage in child rearing, no background check, credentials or even PROOF OF LIFE, have ever been verified.

What does this have to do with pennies you ask??? EVERYTHING! Just the sheer volume of readily available FREE material, who gives a shit who wrote it, always the number one authority on how to get rid of that unsightly pimple on your ass….why buy the book? Not only can you find out how to pop that unsightly pimple…you can WATCH it on YouTube! oh yeah….not for the faint of heart…there is actually an entire section on ‘pimple popping’ on YouTube, of which I discovered on one of my ‘weird key phrase’ trips.  Please…don’t go there.

While I’d like to blame the common core for…well….everything: fact is reading ‘Dumb’, creates ‘Dumb’.  Need to finish that term paper in a hurry? There’s a fellow named Fred somewhere in a tiny effiency, surrounded by hoards of cats, sporting the clothes he was born in, cooking up a grill cheese on his lamp shade, hates his mother and all women in general….and he’s this weeks foremost authority on protecting your cervix…free of charge, your paper on cervical cancer prevention will be chalk full of useful ‘facts’ from Fred. No need to head to the local libray, Fred’s your go-to-guy! 

I personally, don’t have any books out there. So why does this effect me?

Simple: I would like my children and grandchildren to grow up in a world, where idiocy and ‘false facts’ are no longer part of the status quo. Need medical facts…buy or borrow a MEDICAL BOOK…you know…the kind where the author is a VERIFIED MD. Better yet…go to a damned DOCTOR! Don’t know how to punish little Billy? Use common fricken common sense!!!! When did rational thinking fly out the window? In this new age of memorization education, critical thinking is no longer on the menu….want to bring it back? BUY THE DAMNED BOOK!