Android Security

As long as you do three things before downloading an app, you don’t need antivirus apps slowing down your phone and taking up valuable space.

1: Only download apps from legal reputable sites like the Google Play Store.

2: Read the comment section. People will scream if there’s something funky going on with an app.

3. Knowledge is power. Read these two forum threads:

Android permissions explained, security tips, and avoiding malware.

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Galaxy S4 Case Reviews

I agonized over what cover I wanted for my new Google Play Edition Samsung Galaxy S4, so I ended up buying more than one. I also bought a really pretty battery cover.

First one I bought was the Elago Slim Fit in Camo Green for $9.99 (I didn’t bother with photographs). I do like it, but it doesn’t feel like it offers much in the way of protection if I accidentally drop my phone. Plus it shows fingerprints on the back, which to me seemed hard to wipe clean. I also found the side button holes to be a pain in the butt. I feel like I need to use my fingernails to get down in there just to push the buttons. Pretty all in all, but not something I will use every day.

This was my second purchase and is what caught my eye on Amazon and what led me to my third purchase: Tonyyan Flower Embossed Battery Cover Housing for $1.99 + $4.99 shipping = $6.98. One might think that because it was made and shipped from China that it would be cheap. It’s anything but. I’m extremely impressed with the artwork, the detail, and the fact that the battery cover fits like a glove. I ordered it on Aug 15th, but not sure when it was delivered since I just got home yesterday after being on vacation… it was in the mailbox. This battery cover is stunning, and since I love Asian designs I will more than likely purchase a few more of these.

My third purchase was the AmazonBasics Protective TPU Case in Frosted Clear for $5.99. Not much to say about this one other than it’s perfect for showing off my new battery cover. Hard to explain how this feels because it’s slick but sticky at the same time. Has a nice lip around the front edges so you can place the phone face down without the glass touching the surface. The buttons on the side of the phone are easily pressed with this case, too. I really like this case and would recommend it to anyone who loves TPU cases.

Now on to the photographs!

Phone cover

Phone cover

Phone cover

Phone cover

Phone cover

Phone cover

Phone cover

Phone cover

Phone cover

Phone cover

Phone cover

Home Owners Association

Our HOA… grrrrr! Stupid lawn maintenance people chopped up the brand new soaker hose (along with killing every one of the bushes along the walkway to our front porch) last summer. So we had the HOA president out here a month or so ago to ask what we wanted to do… yank up the old dead bushes, their roots, and toss in some new dirt (dirt is 20 years old, I can’t imagine there’s much nutrients for plants in it).

At any rate, the agreement we made was that we were going to plant our own stuff there. I go out there today and the bastages have planted the entire thing up with some bushes… I don’t even know what they are. No new soil either… just overturned old dirt with tons of rocks and huge bits of the old bushes (GRRR). We were going to clean it up and just toss in our own dirt, and I wanted to plant some Carol Mackie Daphne, Hostas and a few other things and now I can’t.

I am not a happy camper at the moment. Really really really not happy.

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