Sony RMVLZ620 Universal Remote Control

One of my biggest annoyances with my home media setup was having to sort through multiple remotes (TV, Cable Box, Blue Ray, Sound System, etc.) all the time. I didn’t want to spend $100+ on a Harmony or whatever because honestly I just want a simple remote not another fancy gadget I had to worry about.  I tried purchasing some of your average off-the-shelf universal remotes, but that was a pain too since you have to go through a paper manual and try multiple codes until  you get one that works.  Despite going through a million different codes on numerous devices, I could not find any that would work with my Samsung sound bar. I was about to bite the bullet and buy a Harmony, but then I remember that back in the day my parents had Mitsubishi TV with a remote that had a learning function that would basically monitor another remote and learn the commands it would send. After some research on Amazon, I was able to find a Sony Universal remote with the same learning function and it was only $20! The remote works great, all I had to do was put it in learning mode and press the buttons on the Samsung Remote which I wanted to transfer over and the Sony learned them effortlessly.

Check it out on Amazon:

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Abcon Advisors

Finally dusted off the CPA license and got my own business up and going. So far I’ve landed 1 full-time client which is not bad considering it’s only been a month and I’ve only worked weekends. Lets see where this takes us.

Check out my company site at While the name is heritage, the logo was self-designed by me using Inkscape, a really cool and open-source vector graphics program. Check it out for a free alternative to Illustrator.

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WD MyCloud EX2

The Western Digital MyCloud EX2 Mirror has to be one of my best product purchases this year. Not only does it provide redundant cloud accessible storage for all your media. The NAS device also runs a full blown Linux OS which is capable of running many things off it, including a z-wave home controller, wordpress site, and DLNA server. Here’s a link to it right on Amazon:

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Welcome to My Blog. Here you shall find mostly my rantings but occasionally some good product reviews, technology hacks, and random ideas.

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