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Intuit in Woodland Hills and Movember 2014

Working for Intuit has been such a positive experience that I can say without a doubt, I love my job. So far the Intuit Network has raised $30,000 dollars for the Movember cause and the company has been more than supportive as well. Here are some pictures from our latest event.

 

Here is a tweet from our CEO Brad Smith showing his support the cause as well!

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Widgets for iOS 8 are simple. Of course!

I converted from the iPhone to the Samsung Galaxy S3 and now back to the iPhone. I am a phone whore. I need help.

There are things that I really liked about the Android platform that iOS didn’t offer. One of those things was widgets. If you have iOS 8, you can now have widgets Continue reading

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Adding your web site to a tab in Facebook fan page.

Add a page tab to existing site on FacebookI was wondering how I would embed my website forms in to Facebook so that people who found our page wouldn’t have to leave it to either add a team or find a team.

It took me a little bit of research and a lot of trial and error and afterwards I felt silly for taking so long to do it.

I thought this would be a great place to document the process for all of the things I didn’t understand when I was reading through step by steps. First, Read through this blog post. 

Step 1:

Visit https://developers.facebook.com/apps Continue reading

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Casper Mattress Review, Promo Code, and $50 off

This review was written by Cory Stanfield. When it comes to sleeping there are few people that I trust more. Make sure to take advantage of $50 off your order by using the referral link here. You don’t need a coupon or promo code, just use the link and automatically you are entered to receive $50 off your order. Boom!

The beginning of the Casper Mattress setup The casper mattress floating bed project is complete

5537704197205333621In short, Buying this mattress through Casper was the best buying experience I’ve ever had. Couple that with a bed I absolutely love and I feel this product is a genuine 10/10.

First lets talk about the company. Everything from the website, to customer support, to the companies core values, and all the way through the buying process is geared completely to making sure you have the easiest, most comfortable, consumer experience as possible. The website has a very modern easy to navigate feel to it. Customer support (not 24/7) was enthusiastically ready to assist with all of my concerns in the friendliest conversation I’ve ever had with a company representative. The company itself built its platform around reinventing how beds are sold. They are against standard mattress store high pressure pitch sales and the uncertainty of buying on the web. They are completely up front about their product and went to great length’s to remove any fear of making a large investment with them. You cannot test this bed anywhere (Of course you can always come by and give mine a try) they have combated this with a 100 day trial of the bed. If you don’t like it, for any reason whatsoever they will pay to have it picked up at a 100% refund. Casper is partnered with Affirm, an online credit company that offers 0% interest on Casper beds (Paypal inventor started Affirm). The company even has a line you can call where they will read you a bed time story. Shit you not, it’s a thing and they do it. Enough about the company though, I’m probably coming off as a fanboy.

Casper’s bed is composed of a latex foam top and memory foam core. This allows for a breathable surface area that provides the support of memory foam without the quicksand sinking feeling that a traditional ones give. It’s actually quite springy.  In terms of softness it’s definitely on the firmer side. When I first opened it It was easily a 9/10 which is way too firm for me, but after a week or so it dropped down to about a 7 which is perfect for me. Like i said the bed is breathable so it doesn’t store heat at all. When i sleep my body temperature seems to skyrocket and I’ve never once over heated on this bed. Even through this bullshit summer we’ve had.The bed needs about a minute to expand and has no odor to it at all. It can be supported on any base you choose. Platform, box spring, even the ground will work. I built a floating platform for it as you can see in the picture. It’s hypo allergenic and mine came with a hand written thank-you note from the CEO.

I highly recommend this bed and Casper as a company. I’m not easily impressed, my deadpan demeanor doesn’t allow for this easily. I speak the truth when I say this is one of my most valued possessions. 10/10 Would recommend. Plus I want $50.

TL;DR Bought a bed from a kick ass company that I really like. I want $50

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Amazon Fire TV replaced my AppleTV and Entertainment PC

I have been a big supporter of the AppleTV but since the latest versions are incredibly hard to jailbreak I started looking for different options. I was hanging on to my original version AppleTV for this reason only. Now that a better option exists, and even for this Apple fanboy, the AppleTV is no more.

You can now purchase the Amazon Fire TV online and once this little thing shows up on your doorstep the setup is dead simple.

If you can follow instructions then you will be running XBMC on your Amazon Fire TV in about 10 minutes. Seriously.

The XBMC wiki has step by step instructions for allowing you to replace that unbreakable AppleTV with the smoking fast Amazon TV with voice control.

XBMC running on Amazon Fire TV

XBMC running on Amazon Fire TV

As you can see it works well.

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Florida Water

Aromatic Ammonia SpiritsAmmonia spirits, water, ice, washcloths, are all it takes to make the summer heat tolerable while playing sports. Here’s a recipe I found online some time ago and managed to save.

Keeping cool is just part of the problem so make sure you bring plenty of water to drink too. Keep the two coolers separate though ;)

Ingredients for ammonia water and use:

2oz. bottle of “Spirits of Ammonia” (local drugstore)
Actually it’s Aromatic Ammonia Spirit U.S.P.
This time of the year, it’s scarce.
3 bottles make 4 gallons
1 gal. plastic bucket (some use a playmate type cooler).
About 4-7 washcloths.

Fill bucket 1/2 full of ice, pour 3/4 bottle of “spirits of ammonia” into bucket for each gallon, fill the rest of bucket with water and mix. Place washcloths into bucket and stir around a couple of times. When player comes off field and into dugout area, pick up washcloth, wring out excess and wipe down arms, face (DON’T suck on washcloth), neck (front and back), shoulders, chest, etc. It really is effective while held on back of neck, especially “catchers” and “pitchers”. And please don’t inhale to a great degree, only mildly. Do this between innings. Next day, team will be begging for it.

Florida Water in California Cooler

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Small websites are not securing your information

AllTeamz.com SSL SecurityAllTeamz.com is secured using SSL. That means all of our customer’s information when sent to our site is encrypted and is safe from browser to server. We don’t charge anything to use our site. We don’t store any credit card information. We only have a login that allows you to save searches, enter/change team information, etc.

Why did we secure our traffic? Our customers needed us to. Not everyone uses a different username and password for every site and we think that information should be private regardless.

HeyBucket is not secure. Be careful what you share over the internetThere are many of our friends in the youth sports industry allowing you to enter your username and password but not using any type of security. Be mindful before you start entering that username and password, phone number, or other personal information.

 

Please be careful what you share in forums or online directories.

 

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