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The downward spiral of Air travel!

As I type this, I'm in pain. I'm not sure where it came from or why it hurts so much but I do think it may be attributed to being seated (very uncomfortably) on a cross-country flight home from a weeklong business trip. Even though I'm not that old I can remember when taking an airplane was a memorable experience, something to look forward to even. Those days are sadly gone, now it seems that the only difference between a passenger plane and a city bus is that the former has wings and uses a heck of a lot more fuel. I'm not saying that these forms of transportation are interchangeable, because they are not, but as far as the experience, I think the city bus may well have a leg up over the typical air carrier. Today it seems that the airlines only concern is packing their aircraft to the hilt in order to facilitate their goal of amassing as much profits per flight as possible. I remember seeing old commercials from the 60's and 70's that showcased the joy of travel...

5 ways to increase your productivity with smart-tech

Get a smart-watch- A smart-watch allows you to keep connected at all times, as long as it stays synced to your phone that is. I have had one for a while now and it has allowed me to do things I didn't think were possible with a watch. Every time I receive a notification on my phone it pops up on the watch. You can even like and dislike songs on Pandora while driving without taking your eyes off the road. When I sign up for websites that like to send those annoying codes to activate an account I just wait for a few seconds and it pops up on the watch, no need to log into email or pull out the phone. It’s also great for telemarketers. A nice little “x” comes up when a call comes in, just click the button beside the x and you get wonderful silence. It could also work for two-factor authentication although I’m not sure if anyone has tried that yet.Get a virtual Assistant- On device assistants are all the craze nowadays, most major smartphones have some sort of interactive assi...

Amazon’s One button app, deals await !

 Anyone who knows me knows that I am an amazon addict. If they ever decided to hold AA meetings for Amazon shoppers I would definitely warrant an invitation. I mean it's not hard to understand why I'm hooked with an estimated 237 Mil. subscribers and 162 Mil. unique visitors in the month of July, the company must be doing something right.I remember the first time I bought something online. I was actually floating around somewhere in the pacific on a ship that was to be my home for a number of years. As you may or may not know major couriers such as UPS or FedEx don't provide ocean bound deliveries so you're kinda stuck with snail mail IF you can actually find a company that will ship to ships."I was determined to find a book an actual book, with paper"When I was a kid I used to read a lot but as I grew older and the internet became more popular, the concept of reading a book seemed to go the way of the dodo. Everything seemed to be online. Eventually after a while I dec...

McDonalds new hit pie (well new to me)

Lets face it there are only a few things in life that we need as people to survive. Of those basic needs the ones that stand out the most are food, water and shelter. Two out of those three needs are not optional so every day they have to be satisfied. On this specific day my need for food was going to be satiated by a trip to Mickie D's. Why? because, well..... I was hungry, and their restaurant is within an unreasonably close proximity to my house. I've honestly been trying to stay away from junk food in an effort to stay healthy but with temptation so close its really hard. Oh well, such is life as they say. So anyway back to my story.I was starving a little hungry so I decided that I was going to order a large meal with 2 pies on the side. I promptly placed the order and after a short wait picked my food up at the window then headed home. Once I arrived at my place of shelter I set the bag down and decided I was going to eat the first thing that I pulled out. Not surprisingly the...

Amazon Echo, the web is just a command away!

While browsing Amazon's website yesterday during one of my weekly shopping binges, I came across a not so subtle ad for their new "Siri-esque" device that goes by the name Echo (not to be confused with the cute little alien from outer-space) Amazon Echo This Echo acquired its name from (I'm assuming) the array of microphones located at the top of the device, which allows it to pickup voice commands from any direction. That capability in it self is a great feat in the event that it actually works as intended. I know in my household there are multiple audio sources going at the same time, in addition to my loving loved ones screaming across the hallways trying to communicate in the way most of us did when technology did not allow us (me) the luxury of sending text messages within reading distance of the intended recipients.I had an idea a while back when the whole Siri thing started to take off. It was not as polished as Amazons solution but was similar in a way excep...

I automated my home Pt. 1

 Home Automation, what is it? who wants it? where can I get it? what can it do for me? These are all valid questions and I hope that once you read this article you will have a better understanding of what this great advancement in technology has to offer.Well to sum it up home automation is basically the ability to control your home or specifically the devices within your home. The possibilities are endless. Imagine pulling up to your driveway and having your garage door open as you pull up, you're front door unlock and your thermostat adjusting your temperature based on the weather.Sounds far fetched, not so much, well not anymore. There are a number of products on the market that claim to be the latest and greatest, with manufacturers trying their best to get your attention and hopefully your money. I will provide some brief examples of what I came across during my search for the ultimate budget home automation solution and the potential upsides and downsides of what...

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Welcome to the Akiatech Solutions Blog, My name is Collin and I am an IT Technician by trade and Photographer, DJ, Gamer and now Blogger in my spare time. From time to time I will be posting random thoughts on technology and whatever else comes to mind at the time of my post.I will be mostly posting about situations that I may come across or be providing solutions for any problems that I may have had in the past. I promise to be as objective as possible but still throwing in an opinion here and there if warranted. So stay tuned and please remember to visit my new forum Twilight GigsHere's my first and ONLY video on the tube, hopefully I will be adding a few more soon.
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