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The Next Global Concern: Cyber Security

Stay woke. The real global concern will come up in the next 2-5 years ——> Cyber Security and online hacks.

Imagine a situation where Internet and telecom communications just suddenly “went out.” You can’t contact your friends or family or research any information online. Definitely bound to happen given the heavily reliance on specific cellular carriers and ISPs.

How would that affect your current lifestyle, job, or even investments? Imagine everyone who would run to withdraw money and purchase commodities. I’m not prepared for it and very worried how the city/public will react to it.

Invest in cyber security and raw materials 💯

I Regret Replacing My iPhone Screen

I regret replacing my iPhone 11 cracked screen. I cracked the screen 2 weeks ago when I got out my car. Had my iPhone on my lap and BAM it landed face first into her concrete.

The result was a cracked screen and partial damage of the digitizer.

I replaced the screen myself and I sort of regret it.

Not only did it take me 4 hours to complete (because. I practiced on an IPhone 6 Plus first) but the frustration of unscrewing tiny screws, patience to remove adhesive, and overall satisfaction was not worth it.

I spent $65 on a replacement screen with tools.

The local phone place asked for $140 to fix

Apple charges $199 to fix

I opted to do myself and I was happy I learned how to do it.

However the new screen has minor issues. Basically the keyboard entry is jittery and the overall color is not the same as the Retina display. It’s not major, but considering I spent an arm and a leg for the phone, I’m slightly disappointed.

Was the money saved worth it?

Maybe.

But I definitely do regret replacing my screen myself. I would’ve opted for the Apple replacement any day.

Cracked screen vs replacement screen
Successfully replaced my iphone screen

Day 1: Luna Had Ups and Downs

UPDATE: FEB 20, 2021 – Since this day, I have never opened back up Amazon Luna. I actually had a reminder on my phone to delete the app and cancel subscription, however I was 1 day late. They charged my account already as I proceeded to cancel. Now I have 30 days of Luna. Hopefully they add FIFA.

I signed up for Amazon Luna recently and got a chance to open up the platform as soon as I got home. I had to download the app first (on my Firestick) which took about a minute.

As soon as I booted up the app, they let me know immediately I would need a controller in order to play any games.

I grabbed my PS4 controller and did a bit of googling to figure out how to connect the device as a Bluetooth controller to my fire stick. This feature alone was dope because now I can use the controller to navigate anything.

Only downside with the controller hookup is there is no way to power down the controller. Maybe there is, but I have no found it yet.

Either way, fired up Luna and searched for any reasonable game to play. I tried out Control as it was the one I read articles about previously.

I was actually in the game and playing with minimal delay (from controller inputs to the TV). It was frustrating at first but any gamer learns to adapt after a while.

I must’ve played about 30 minutes in before I started getting “connection error” notices in the top right. The game started to get choppy.

My movements weren’t registering.

Actually they did register, maybe 5 seconds later in clusters.

It made me hot. I felt the game was unplayable because of the lag. Even if only for 20% of the time, that continuous stop and hesitation and cluster movements drove me insane. I closed the app.

The issue according to Amazon Luna was I was connected to a regular Wifi connection and that performance would be better on a 5GHZ connection. So I ran over to my modem, noted the password, and reconnected.

I ended up playing a game called Cookout 2 with Venice. I wanted to see how the game would respond with two controllers connected. It was ok.

Gameplay wasn’t too bad. We adjusted to the delay and had a lot of fun. But man, when the game was bad, it was bad. We were yelling we couldnt move and the whole screen would delay and since we were on a timer based game it was frustrating.

It was only day 1 with Amazon Luna but I’ll give it a 6/10.

Game selection with the free trial (non-Ubisoft) was limited, but many games in their library are fun to play. Just not well known. Game selection 6/10

Actual gameplay and in-game movements were slightly delayed. Not bad, but frustrating for someone like me who plays consoles heavy and use to almost seamless inputs. This would most likely be reduced if I bout the Luna Controller ($49.99) but I opted to use what I already have for the trial. 7/10

Connection was up and down. I had non-interrupted play maybe 80% of the time. But the 20% of time with all of the lag and reconnecting and even app crashes was frustrating. I was connected via Wifi, so maybe this improves with a wired connection. 3/10

Setup and connectivity was seamless and easy. The app download for my Mac, Firestick, and Mobile was easy and the app was up and running in a matter of minutes. Amazon made getting right into the game very streamlined. 10/10

So far I took a day off from playing because of work, so I have 5 days in my trial left. I’ll try out Luna again and see if it’s worth subscribing to. Pricing was affordable especially considering it can be played on a bunch of different devices.

Time to Try Out Amazon Luna

Just got an email from Amazon letting me know I’ve been accepted to beta test Amazon Luna.

I already love gaming on Xbox and PS, so this will be a new toy I get to try out.

They say I can play from any device (using a web browser) or from a fire stick which is what I want to test out. They do require a keyboard and mouse or gaming controller to play games though.

I’ll use one of my old PS4 controllers. It’s been collecting dust and gives me a reason to use for the next 7 days. FREE TRIAL

All sites mentioned that FIFA 21 would be available, but I just accepted the trial and I don’t see the game in the library. I’ve been suckered in.

Well I have 7 days to try it out so we will see how it goes. The first step is getting home, downloading the app on my fire stick, and connecting my controller.

I’ll also try on mobile because that seems like a cool feature that I never wanted.

Amazon Luna Day 1 begins….

How to Process Online Orders

A Guide to One Person Processing of Shopify, Amazon, Walmart, Ebay, and Etsy Orders

This guide will help explain the entire processing of online orders, as well as the method to cross-checking everything to make sure orders are out in a timely fashion. You should be able to process a single order in 15 minutes and the entire lot in 1-hour max. 

  1. Check for Orders – Make sure you have all login credentials
    1. Log into Shopify and check for new orders
    2. Log into Amazon Seller and check for new orders
    3. Log into Walmart Marketplace and check for new orders
    4. Log into Ebay and check for new orders
    5. Log into Etsy and check for new orders
  2. Print Order + 2 Packing Lists
    1. Review orders and print out the order page
    2. Print out 2 packing lists – 1 goes inside the package, 1 is for reference
    3. Each platform is different but allows printing for packing lists and orders
  3. Pull Merchandise and Pack
    1. Use the WAREHOUSE MAP if you cannot find merchandise
    2. Review packing list and pull merchandise. If anything needs to be cut, ask for help or use a yard stick to estimate yardage cut.
    3. Pull all merchandise on packing lists 
    4. Locate the correct bubble mailers, boxes, or flat rate materials and pack merchandise inside. Try to use the most cost-efficient or smallest packaging needed to safely fit the merchandise
    5. Pack merchandise with the correct packing slip
    6. Create a note on the outside of packages to help with reference
    7. Weigh the package. LB + OZ
  4. Invoice the Orders
    1. Using the order and packing list, create an invoice in Quickbooks
    2. Note the SHIP TO name, address, and phone number
    3. PO # is the Order #
    4. Add each line item of merchandise on the order as well as the price
    5. Any additional taxes or charges should be added under OTHER ITEMS
    6. Total should match total on the order (later to be adjusted)
    7. Save Invoice and Note the Invoice Number
  5. Create Labels and Ship Merchandise
    1. If USPS or Value Based Shipping – Use Endicia
    2. If UPS or Fedex or Expedited Shipping – Use a marketplace system to print labels or ask for help. Otherwise use Endicia also
    3. Log into Endicia
    4. Make sure the settings is set to print on 8.5 x 11 paper
    5. Add shipping FROM and copy and paste TO address.
    6. Add weight of entire package – If more than 1 LB, round up to the nearest LB. If less than 1 LB note the weight in OZ.
    7. Select USPS
    8. Note the cost of shipping and select the best option. All marketplaces require the use of a tracking number, so you will usually go with the 2nd cheapest option. Note for large orders you may use a flat rate box for cheaper shipping. 
    9. Select the shipping service
    10. Click Advanced options
    11. Print receipt and Reference # (Invoice Number)
    12. Review all and print label
    13. Label should have 1 side a label and 1 side a receipt
  6. Update Online Marketplaces and Print Paperwork
    1. Copy the tracking number from Endicia and paste into the invoice
    2. Copy the tracking number from Endicia and go back to online order. Fill out the shipment details and paste the tracking number into the fields. Complete order.
    3. Print out the invoice (and labels if you haven’t already)
    4. Receipt from the label goes with the invoice and label goes on the package
    5. If large package, request carrier pickup from USPS

My Stock to Watch in 2021 is NCLH

Whos willing to take a bet on NCLH – Norwegian Cruise Lines?

Their stock is at a historical low ($25/share) when it usually costs around $55/60.

The problem is the COVID and “No Sail” orders.

Basically, the stock will continue to be low until we get signs of the travel restriction being lifted.


Q1: Can NCLH hold on long enough without going under? With no foreseen end.


Q2: Are you willing to risk throwing away that $$$ for a chance at a 2x or 3x return?


Q3: Are you willing to let that money sit for 4-5 years before seeing profit?


My head is saying yes, but my common sense is saying hold. I need help!

*I know absolutely nothing about stocks, so don’t take my advice on anything in regards to investing. Im just writing out my thoughts on NCLH and deciding if I should purchase now or hold my position.

COMMENT 1: “Id say it will be a low chance it will recover fully. People are no longer wanting to be crammed into confined spaces where sickness spreads. For a punt it may work, but from a technical view its not likely to see big returns”

RESPONSE 1: “I agree. I still think the number will jump back to at least $40 range when the no sail orders are lifted. With all the eager buyers and operations green light I’m sure people will eat up the stock while they can driving the price upwards.


The company has too many capital assets and inventory to not be successful. As soon as the no sail orders are lifted, it should immediately jump.

There’s no way it stays at $25. It’s really profit or bust in 5 years. All depends if they can stay afloat (no pun intended)”

COMMENT 2: “NCL will recover but not pre covid for years… most new bookings are not bookings at all… just rebooking from previous cancelations. Expect about 5 years to see a real profit.

Also… I believe cruising will start in other countries before the USA… CDC guidelines only operate in the USA… but the cruiselines can depart from other ports like Europe and start generating profits”

RESPONSE 2: “Yikes if the reports are showing rebookings, the return data could be skewed. I would think they get written off as a loss at the end of the year. Something else to look out for 👀

Why pay for market research?

Why pay to research?

I can do it myself

No one can research the way I research

I want to keep costs low

I can do it myself

Can you? Can you really?

Can you research your target customer on your own?

Identify who they are

How they buy

What they do as a hobby

How about their names?

(Too deep. Now we are talking about buyer personas)

You don’t need that kind of market research

You just have questions

Can a simple google search answer?

How long did it take to find that answer?

Can you explain what you found to your boss?

To your peers?

To a group of peers?

Maybe. But now you’re dreaming.

Times running out

You’re dreaming it, but not doing it

Maybe tomorrow

Repeat until you forget.

I Need to Create this Data Validation Concept

Yeah I neeeeeeeeed to learn Javascript. I understand a concept, but I have no idea how to build and implement.


COMPARE Number 1 on Two Different Documents (PDF, CSV, XML, etc)*Map DataIf Number 1 matches on both documents, then send data to system 1If Number 1 does not match both documents, do nothing and move to next entry.


COMPARE Number 2 on Both DocumentsIf Number 2 matches on both documents, then send data to system 1If Number 2 does not match both documents, do nothing and move to next entry.


COMPARE Data received in System 1If Number 1 is Unique, create entryIf Number 2 is Unique, create entryIf Number 1 is found to match Number 2, do not create entry. ERROR MSG


After entry is created, import remaining data from Original Two DocumentsCheck for duplicated data from import.If duplicate is found, flag as pending review.If duplicate is not found, do nothing.


Now I’ll have validated data that can be pushed to System 2

You slip and you fall

Get back up

Stay focused on the journey

Your goal

Stay focused

Even with the external mayhem going on outside

(Or Inside)

Take the long road

Go around the muddy waters

Don’t stop

Stay looking ahead

Do you see it

It’s success

It’s closer than you think

Lost in My Memory

Many of my previous posts were deleted over the weekend.

Why?

I had to handle a server migration.

Basically, I moved all of my active websites to a new hosting platform.

This caused me to take backups of my sites beforehand, but did not capture all of the database/posts I made after the backup.

Thus, many of my recent posts were lost.

Its all good though, because I remember the stories clearly in my mind.

Considering rewriting them, but not too motivated to do it.

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