Protect Your Home with Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera

If you are a homeowner, security is always an important issue. If you are looking to get coverage of your home and not spend thousands of dollars. The Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera. This new camera always you to have 24/7 live video with a 130° wide-angle view with an all-glass lens that will allow you to view your home in 1080p HD all day and night right from your phone. I am not an electrician or a handyman around the house but this is extremely easy to install and get yourself protected. Just mount the camera and go.

Besides just being a neat looking camera, the Nest Cam Outdoor allows you to get alerts and snapshots to your phone or email with a photo of the event. Since it is outdoor but rest assured, this product is weatherproof so rain and shine, this bad boy will work! You are also able to listen and talk back with the built-in speaker and microphone through the app.

With the holiday season coming around quickly, this is a great gift for friends and family and very reasonable priced also. The Nest Cam Outdoor also offers Nest Aware, which allows for continuous cloud recording as well as the ability to create activity zones for more precise alerts. And you even get a trial of this with your purchase.

If you are looking to compare this product to other cameras, you will find that most other outdoor cameras will have limited streaming compatibility since they most rely on battery power. Some also have local storage, so if the camera is stolen the footage is gone also. Our neighborhood recently had issues with bicycles being taken right from in front of their house and this could have been avoided or at least captured with the assistance of a outdoor camera like Nest.

Before coming to the conclusion of the Nest Cam Outdoor, I have tried numerous other products in Ring Doorbell and I have never had such an easy time overall from the moment I opened the box until it was fully operational. I wish it could always be this issue with these products. I am also a big user of the Amazon Echo for voice activation and since it is already working with Nest’s other product it might not be before long that we would be able to interact with the Nest Cam as well. Highly recommend this for this holiday season. I have a feeling that it is going to be a hot item for sure.

CD Review: Thomas Nicholas Band “Security [EP]”

Thomas Nicholas Band
Security [EP]
Tracks: 4
Length: 13 minutes
Produced by Thomas Nicholas & Matt Kennedy

Our Score: 5 out of 5 stars

Last summer, I caught a concert with Thomas Ian Nicholas here in Orlando, FL and being a fan of his earlier four albums, I remember hearing a few amazing new songs that were not yet released. During the show, Thom discussed exploring a more “indie rock” sound with these new songs and I have to admit, they are probably some of his best songs. Along with Thom on this album are three of the original members of The Graduate including Matt Kennedy, Tim Moore & Jared Wuestenberg. I hope Thom continues to explore this genre because these songs are absolutely amazing.

These songs were written by Thom and Caleb Turman (from the band TEAM*) and produced by Thom and Matt (from The Graduate). There are four tracks on this EP and each song is better than the one before it. “Security” is one hell of a catchy, powerful and all around fun as hell song. I can see this being a huge hit on the radio! I challenge you to listen to this song and not have it stuck in your head for days (especially the chorus). “Don’t Stop” has this real indie feel and features some great guitar work. Having heard these songs a few times live, they are quite different (but not in a bad way at all).

“Terrified” is my wife’s favorite track. This was the song that stuck out the most when we heard it live last summer. This track sounds the most different live than the produced studio version, in my opinion. I personally prefer it live but I still really dig this song since it is jam packed with energy. The last track “It’s Over” is a track that has really grown on me since first hearing it. After listening to it a few times, I love the constant beat behind it and the overall tone of the track. My main issue with this EP overall is the fact that it is an EP, I want more songs and I can’t wait to see what Thom and his band comes up with next.

“SECURITY EP” is now available on iTunes (for ONLY $3.96)
You can also order a CD directly from the band’s webstore.

The Pros and Cons of Using Cryptocurrency as Money

In this modern day and age, especially in today’s uncertain times, more and more people are shopping online or are making purchases from their home computers, smartphones and tablets. While most online companies accept debit and credit card payments, it is not uncommon to see certain retailers accepting a form of payment known as cryptocurrency. Understanding what these types of funds are and how it can work for you is crucial when using it correctly.

What is Cryptocurrency?

Essentially, cryptocurrency is digital money that is created and protected using code. This form of payment is monitored heavily by a peer-to-peer protocol and includes an encrypted string of data specific to its worth. Some of the most popular forms of cryptocurrency include Bitcoin and Ethereum, with Bitcoin being one of the most popular and widely used. The value of such currency has increased over the course of the few years it’s been in circulation. Different cryptocurrencies can be traded against each other via dedicated crypto exchanges, without the need for traditional cash transactions. Additionally, crypto CFDs (contracts for difference) are available for those who wish to speculate on cryptocurrency price movements against the US Dollar.

Pros

One of the most obvious benefits of using cryptocurrency is that it is not specific to one country. Unlike money that is specific to one or two areas, this form of payment offers ubiquity. Funds are effortless to transfer, authenticate and secure, so you won’t need to worry about issues with late payments. Transactions are final and cannot be reversed, so you won’t need to deal with people wanting refunds and returns when handling payments. Transfers take just seconds in comparison to other forms of payments that can take minutes, hours or even days.

Cons

A common problem with cryptocurrency is that some establishments may not accept it. This means that you won’t always be able to use your Bitcoin everywhere that you go shopping. Bitcoin and other methods are vulnerable to theft like any other form of payment that you might have used in the past, so you’ll need to take security measures to keep your balance protected. Because Bitcoin and other types aren’t government-backed, some people don’t trust payments using these methods and will not accept them at all. While it might be considered a positive for many people, the fact that all sales are final and irreversible can be a deterrent for some.

The Bottom Line

Bitcoin and other options are still considered a relatively new form of currency and they aren’t entirely understood by a lot of people. It’s not used everywhere and even though it’s gone up in value since first introduced, it has had issues with maintaining this value over time. For this reason, it’s crucial that you educate yourself about different methods before investing into anything or using them for yourself. Many people rely heavily on funds, like Bitcoin, while others may be hesitant to make the switch. Educating yourself about how cryptocurrency works and what you can expect out of it will make all the difference in terms of your financial security.

Hackers in Movies vs. Real Life

For most people, hackers have become a pop-culture phenomenon, thanks to movies like Hackers (1995). And there have been many more depictions of hacking on TV over the years. Each one was a little different, but most have one thing in common: they’re utter nonsense.

Why is Hacking So Badly Represented in Movies?

Most scriptwriters and producers don’t think they can present real hacking methods in an exciting way. So they don’t even try to make it accurate to real life. Instead, they depict people typing furiously with long lines of code running on the screen. And let’s not forget the intense music there to up the drama.

And while there is merit to that idea — at least there was 25 years ago —  things are a little different now. The general moviegoer has become much more tech-savvy. Most people know how to use computers and own smartphones or tablets. You can’t fool someone with flashy graphics and fast tech wizard typing anymore. These comical depictions have become even more cringe-inducing to those with any knowledge of how hacking actually works.

Despite that, some movies and series haven’t given up on those cheap gimmicks yet. In a relatively recent episode of Arrow, Felicity entered into a ridiculous hacking “match” against the antagonist. In the episode, they sent surges to each other’s computers, leading to the bad guy’s computer blowing up. There’s nothing realistic about that.

But there are also a few shows that do get it right. Mr. Robot is the most noteworthy mention here. The writers did thorough research. They’ve even admitted to using consultants for the more technical parts, which no doubt paid off. Everyone praises Mr. Robot for its accuracy, and nothing is boring about those scenes. Laypeople still understand the gist of point A to B, and those who do know the lingo have a deeper appreciation for what’s happening.

The Ramifications of Depicting Hacking Accurately

There are legitimate reasons for not showing real-life hacking techniques in movies or TV shows. In 2003, the movie Matrix Reloaded showed the realistic part of hacking, using the Linux program Nmap. Soon afterward, the Scotland Yard Computer Crime Unit released a press release to warn people away from emulating those techniques in real life. While there wasn’t a tangible increase in hacking attempts in the UK after that, it’s still a warranted fear.

Authorities and companies don’t want people trying out hacking techniques they saw in a movie. Though one could argue that those who have the know-how could get that information somewhere else.

After all, anyone who can call themselves a hacker never learned how to do what they do through a movie. The best a movie could do is inspire wannabe-hackers to start learning.

Plus, if a method of hacking is popular enough to make it into a movie, then cybersecurity experts would already have preventative measures in place to protect against it.

Learning Valuable Lessons Through Entertainment

On the other side of the argument, there are also many valid reasons to show audiences how hacking works. One of the most significant benefits of portraying what hacking would be like in real life is that it arms people with knowledge on how to defend against it.

Let’s go back to Mr. Robot for a moment. The series spends a good chunk of time showing how big a role human error plays in successful hacking attempts. And that’s much closer to what happens in real life.

It’s easy for a hacker to get into a network or steal data via an email phishing scam or by taking advantage of some other social exploit. More technical efforts need more advanced skills and time. People have caught on to some of these tricks, hence the increase in downloads of tools like NordVPN that protects one’s connections to the internet. But cybersecurity software isn’t always enough, especially against social engineering attacks. This is why it’s better to let people see what threats they face at the hands of hackers rather than a blinking computer game.

Conclusion

At the end of the day, all anyone can do when faced with absurd hacking methods in movies is laugh it off. Maybe it’s a good thing that masses don’t see anyone using real hacking methods on TV. But everyone could do with a dose of reality every now and then. And considering the increase in digital attacks, some cybersecurity knowledge wouldn’t hurt either.

Namm 2020, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA

2020 Winter Namm

Thursday, January 16th – Sunday, January 19th 2020
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA

Our Score: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

The multi story Anaheim Convention Center was over flowing with musical buzz recently as the venue once again played host to the annual Namm (Nation Association of Music Merchants) Convention. The trade show which showcases the latest and most innovative editions to the music instrument market is the place to be for dealers, vendors, artists and anyone else lucky enough to be able to attend the industry only event. Over the course of four days the biggest companies in music instrumentation pull out all the stops to ensure their respective products and brands get noticed amongst the ever growing sea of competitors.

As we made away into the towering Anaheim Convention Center we quickly devised a plan as to how we were going to tackle this at times overwhelming environment. This year we decided to work our way from the top down. Housed on floors two and three were some of the industry’s biggest companies which consisted of Fender, Gibson, Paul Reed Smith and Marshall to name just a few. The Gibson area was easily the most impressive as not only did it sport rows and rows of guitars from its three brands Gibson, Epiphone and Kramer, the large space also sported multiple player stations complete with headphones allowing attendees to check out the instrument of their choice in a somewhat isolated space. Having set ups like this are a must in an environment where the outside din of noise causes even standard person to person conversation to become difficult. At the end of the room was a full performance stage which over the course of the four days was graced by several Gibson artists including Slash, Lzzy Hale and Phil X of Bon Jovi.

Fender also sported a noteworthy space which took on more of a museum type approach complete with velvet ropes and ornate framing of some of its premier instruments. Attendees also could catch a glimpse on the new George Harrison “Rocky” Stratocaster guitar which was showcased upon a spinning day-glow background which teased the viewer’s senses. Making our way down the escalators to the main floor we casually passed the likes of Dave Amato of Reo Speedwagon and Buck Dharma of Blue Oyster Cult talking with attendees about some of their latest projects and happenings.

Floors two and three are tame compared to the main floor which houses not only stringed instruments but also percussion, brass instrumentation and various other musical odds and ends. You never know who or what you will stumble upon when wandering around the cavernous hall. Trekking from front to back we took in displays by companies such as Ace Products Group, Keisel guitars, Kemper Profiling, SJC Drums and Zildjian cymbals. While navigating the semi-chaotic walks ways to each of these booths we inadvertently bumped into the likes of Skidrow bassist Rachel Bolan and guitarist Dave “Snake “Sabo, as well as Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain, guitarist Devin Townsend  and bassist Victor Wooten who was dazzling onlookers during one of several demo’s he had scheduled.

As the weekend slowly came to a close we left the Anaheim Convention center with tired legs, ringing ears and wish list’s a mile long. Year after year Namm continues to raise the bar not only with the amount of exhibitors they showcase but also in how the event organizers handle the ever growing crowds. Security checks were fast and efficient as was badge registration and pick up resulting in very few if any lines to wait in. You would think with an event this big there would be a few hiccups along the way and, if there was anything like that attendees were unaware as the event had a comfortable, somewhat stress free feel that even the city of Anaheim itself was in on as many area business’s were offering discounts to convention attendees which was really great.

Needless to say MediaMikes.com had a great time covering this year’s event and the only thing we would change is to be able to find more time during the next event to take it all in as there is just so much cool stuff going on you don’t want to miss anything.

7 Tips for Creating the Perfect Website

These days, a professional-looking website is a clear must-have for any business, blog, online store or non-profit organization. But that not just any website will do!

Follow our 7 tips to create a website that sets you apart.

1. Set a Clear Goal

Make sure to start with a clear goal for your website. Is the primary goal to sell your products? Create a community? Provide information?

Whatever your goal may be, your site should be reflected through language and design, taking into consideration also your target audience.

2. Create a Mobile Responsive Website

Do you know that almost every shopper in a retail store will compare a product online before making a purchase? More than 50% of all searches now come from mobile devices, and a greater percentage of online shoppers that finalize their purchases on mobile devices also continue to grow.

All this makes it quintessential for you to have a mobile responsive website. It should render efficiently on any smartphone, tablet, or even television screens. this will also make it easier to navigate your website on any device.

3. Easier Navigation

Effective navigation refers to how easy it is for your users to access the various pages on your site. Good site navigation is beneficial for your website and business in so many ways.

  • Longer Visits & Reduced Bounce Rates: A website that is easy to navigate increases the time spent by visitors. They are more likely to spend time exploring your site and searching for information. If they find that your site is difficult to navigate, they are highly likely to leave, thus increasing the bounce rate.
  • Increased Purchases: Strategic navigation makes it easy for customers to view and purchase products. It provides a clear path or direction to buying your products. This results in increasing your chances of selling more products if you have an online store.

There are many more benefits of creating a website that is easy to navigate.

As a rule of thumb, try to:

  • Keep the main menu limited to 5 clear tabs
  • Make sure all the related pages are organized under these 5 tabs
  • Make it easy to get back to the home page with just a single click
  • Provide an easy-to-use search bar as well

4. Quality Web Hosting

Hosting can be considered as your website’s foundation. There are many reasons why you should choose a high-quality hosting provider.

  • High Uptime: A quality hosting service provides very high uptime. This allows your visitors to find your website up and running at all times. A poor quality web hosting service can mean high downtime and sending off a significant number of your visitors.
  • Higher Security: High-quality web hosting also means a high level of security. This will allow you to store all kinds of information on the servers without any worries. Your website and database will be less vulnerable to potential threats.
  • Faster Loading: Page load speed is one of the most important factors for your visitors. It is also an important ranking factor in Google’s search algorithm. Only a quality hosting service can provide faster speeds.

And it is possible to find high-quality, free hosting services that provide all these benefits.

5. Create Original Content

Original web content helps you stand out from the crowd in the digital world. Your website should have original, unique, informative, and focused content to provide value.

There are many ways in which quality content can make a difference.

  • Increases Credibility: Original content helps demonstrate your authority in your niche. When your target audience, partners, and other stakeholders see your in-depth knowledge in your niche, it builds trust and confidence.
  • Improved Search Rankings: Original and high-quality content also helps improve your search engine rankings. It is also recommended to add a blog to your website and update it regularly with new and unique content.

When your website is updated regularly with fresh content, it will further contribute to improved search rankings.

6. Add Blog & Live Chat

Make sure to add a blog and live chat feature to your website. This can be a great way to establish your authority in your niche and generate quality link profile. A well-maintained blog means that Google will have new content to crawl and index regularly, which may increase your organic rankings and this increase organic traffic to your site.

7. Keep Future Growth in Mind

When creating your website, it is important to keep your business’ future growth in mind. Your business is going to grow with time. It will be required to expand your website too. This needs to be addressed both at the website’s design and hosting levels. New pages and content will need to be added. Besides, your site will require more storage space and resources to accommodate the growth in content and data.

Some of the points that need to be addressed in this regard include the following:

  • Always choose a reputable platform for designing and hosting your website.
  • The design should be flexible, allowing you to expand as and when required.
  • Choose a platform that can support larger websites. If your business grows, it should be easy to find a plan to accommodate your new website with more content, data, and features.
  • Once you have chosen a platform, migrating to another host can be difficult and time-consuming.

A website is a dynamic entity that supplements your business. It is best to learn more about website creation stats. This will help you get deeper insights into creating a better website.

Enhance your Technical Knowledge with Marks4sure and Ace CompTIA CAS-003 Exam

CompTIA CAS-003 IT Certification can easily be counted among the top-rank expert-level certification that promises you a prosperous professional career. With the tremendous growth in Information Technology, today all sort of small, medium and large-scaled organizations are based on computer networks. To ensure the smooth running of systems and keep them safe from any unwanted access, it is necessary to hire the services of security practitioners. These professionals are certified CASP+, or CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner.

This industry-intensive IT Certification is the known as the best cyber security credential that testifies the best security skills of the certified professionals. This credential is achievable only through developing a perfect grasp on the theoretical as well as practical exposure of the relevant subjects. With this tough criteria, only a few number of IT professionals materialize their dream of becoming a CASP+ Certified IT Professional.

Moreover, there is a strict criterion for obtaining the exam of this certification. The exam candidates should have at least ten years IT admin experience before applying for the exam. The candidate for the exam should know thoroughly cyber security strategies and frameworks. Additionally, the candidate should also have a practical experience of dealing with technical security scenario at an organization level.

If you want to learn more about CAS-003 Questions Answers , visit CompTIA website.

A credential for those who prefer practical side of work

CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) Exam + or CompTIA CAS-003 is absolutely hands-on experience based IT certification. Therefore it is usually obtained by the experts of security networks and not admins and managers. At managerial level, the major tasks related to cyber security are to create and implement security policies whereas CompTIA CASP + certified professionals build these policies are actually generated. Thus it can easily be termed as the certification foe practitioners. If you aspire for obtaining the certification, you need to go through and understand the following core concepts that cover the major part of your exam:

  • Operations and architecture concepts, techniques and requirements
  • Interpreting trend data and anticipating cyber defense needs
  • Security control topics to include mobile and small-form factor devices
  • Broader coverage of integrating cloud and virtualization technologies
  • Implementing cryptographic techniques

What skills an exam taker should ensure before taking the CompTIA CAS-003 Exam? 

There are five fundamental skills an exam taker should have. They are briefly discussed as below:

Risk Management

One needs to develop skills for analyzing security risks and frameworks which various business enterprises are exposed to. The exam aspirants should have the expertise for dealing with these threats and build strategies to minimize the security risks.

Enterprise Security Architecture

This particular area is concerned with conjoining the network and security components. The certified professional is skilled in developing the operational control for the host.

Enterprise Security Operations

Implement incident response and recovery procedures and conduct security assessments using appropriate tools.

Technical Integration of Enterprise Security

This area is related with developing hosts, storage, networks and applications employing cloud and virtualization technologies and integrating them on premise.

Research, Development and Collaboration

This specialized field is concerned with implementing research methods to analyze the industry trends and their effect to the enterprise.

What strategy can be followed to make sure success in CompTIA CAS-003 Exam?

The best way to prepare for CAS-003 exam is obviously the website of the vendor. It contains many useful options to develop your grasp on the exam contents. This study material is absolutely reliable and practical and will certainly enhance your knowledge on all subjects. Once you cover the syllabus, you can also try for the dumps too to practice the most important areas of the certification exam.

You can find the best dumps for CompTIA CAS-003 on Marks4sure website that you fully depend on. Here you can also find the practice tests for the exam that are meant to provide you real exam like mock exams. They will help you revise the syllabus and improve your weak areas prior to take the actual CompTIA CAS-003 Exam.

3 Things You Must Know Before Traveling to New Zealand

One of the most interesting and easiest countries to visit is New Zealand. People with adventurous spirits will truly enjoy their vacations in New Zealand. This country tops the list of the world’s must-visit destinations due to its wilderness experiences, sweeping landscapes, and adrenalin activities. New Zealand is a naturally beautiful and picturesque country. The country has North and South islands and uncrowded landscapes that lure visitors with their glaciers, volcanoes, peaks, fjords, farmland, and long cost stretches.

Here is a list of top 5 things you should consider before traveling to New Zealand so that you can make your trip more enjoyable.

1.      Pack for Every Type of Weather:

You can expect to experience all four seasons in New Zealand in a day. The temperatures can greatly vary in the North and South islands. The weather can get very cold in the country, depending on what time of the year you visit. There are a lot of opportunities for outdoor activities like hiking and walking. So you must pack good shoes and casual clothes you can layer. You may see frequent rains near the glaciers of the South Island. People usually wear informal dresses on most occasions casual dressing is allowed at most bars, restaurants, and lodges of New Zealand. June to August are the winter months in New Zealand and December to February are the summer months. However, you can still expect a combination of warm, cold, windy, hot, and wet weather regardless of the season in which you visit the country. Therefore, you should pack a rain jacket as well. Some essentials you should pack are a warm hat, a hardy jacket, a long sleeve shirt, a T-shirt, casual pants, and some shorts.

2.      Don’t Forget to Obtain NZeTA:

All international visitors are now required to obtain New Zealand Electronic Travel Authorization (NZeTA) before visiting the country. Visitors from visa waiver countries can still enter the country without the visa but NZeTA is made compulsory for them as well. It can take up to 72 hours to get your NZeTA approved. Moreover, you are also required to pay tourist tax before entering the country. The tourist tax also called the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL), will be collected when you apply for your NZeTA at https://www.newzealand-visa.org/. If you hold an Australian passport, you are exempt from obtaining NZeTA before visiting New Zealand. This authorization aims to strengthen the border security of the country. Once you obtain your NZeTL, it’s valid for two years and multiple visits to New Zealand.

3.      Don’t Bring Your Food:

The country has strict customs and biosecurity laws that you must adhere to. These laws are meant to prevent the invasion and growth of pests and diseases. All international travelers are required to declare all the food items in their luggage before going through immigration. Therefore, you should leave the food at home, especially the most edible items such as fruits, nuts, plants or animal products. If you plan to bring adventure products such as tents and hiking boots that you have already used before, make sure you clean each of those items carefully before packing and declare them at customs. You must check the customs website of New Zealand to obtain a comprehensive list of items you can’t bring to this country. Heavy fines can be imposed for not declaring your items that unknowingly be carrying alien species.

Concert Review: “Tid The Season” 2019, Buffalo, NY

“Tid The Season” 2019

Every Time I Die, Against Me, The Damned Things, Terror, Harms Way, All Get Out, Mercy Union

Friday, December 13th, 2019

Riverworks, Buffalo, NY

Our score 4 out of 5 stars

Buffalo’s favorite sons Every Time I Die kicked off their two day “Tid The Season” event on December 13th at the expansive Riverworks complex in Buffalo, NY. The annual event which this year was spread across two days features tons of great music, ice skating, curling, a bucking reindeer and on day two a full card of Pro Wrestling. With both nights of the event being sold out well in advance the venue quickly became packed with fans from all points of globe who were anxious to see what the ETID boys had in-store as a thank you to their rabid fan base.

With Riverworks now in its 3rd year of hosting the annual Christmas show the venue and crew operate a tight ship as the night’s first group Mercy Union started promptly at 5pm. The New Jersey based group performed a brief upbeat set which helped warm fans up as they patiently made their way in from the cold and on to the venues large corridor and balcony. Leaving little time for the energy to wane indie rockers All Get Out would perform next. The group wasted little time getting acquainted with the growing crowd as they blasted through songs from their “Northport Sessions” release which the audience seemed to enjoy. Harms Way would follow taking the evening into a much heavy direction as vocalist James Pligge and company laid down a thunderous dirge of homegrown Chicago hardcore which almost instantly whipped the crowd into a circular frenzy for nearly the entire set. Hardcore veterans Terror would take the stage next serving as the explosive catalyst that the capacity crowd had anxiously been waiting for. Helmed by Buffalo native Scott Vogel the band easily put down one of, if not the best performance of the night. As the band blasted through songs from their seven album catalog, countless bodies made their way over the heavily manned security gate seemingly fueling the bands ferocity. Later on in the set Vogel stoked the coals even further buy demanding the crowd put the security to work which in turn caused even more bodies to fly towards the stage nearly decimating the yellow shirt clad staff.

The collective group known as The Damn Things followed for what would be the groups second ever Buffalo performance. Consisting of Anthrax’s Scott Ian, Alkaline Trio’s Dan Andriano, Fall Out Boy’s Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley and fronted by Every Time I Die vocalist Keith Buckley the group put on a really impressive set for a group who doesn’t play together all that often. Songs like “Cells”, “Omen” and “We’ve Got a Situation Here” sounded great and showcased each of the member’s musicality outside of their natural habitats. Filling the slot normally labeled as “Direct Support” was the punk rock group Against Me! which on paper may have had some scratching their heads given the aggressive sound of the other bands on the bill however the staple four piece group quickly alleviated any doubts people had as they performed songs like “I Was A Teenage Anarchist”, “Dead Friend” and “Cliché Guevara” before closing out the sixty minute set with the song “Black Me Out” from the groups 2014 album “Transgender Dysphoria Blues”. 

Closing out the night were event hosts Every Time I Die. As the group came to the stage cloaked behind a giant curtain where a fire place was being projected while Christmas music blared over the PA you could feel the anticipation come to a boiling point. As the curtain dropped and several air cannons and sparklers erupted the moment everyone was waiting for had finally arrived. The band opened the set their song “Floater” before bridging into the songs “Pelican” and “Glitches”. Guitarist Jordan Buckley and Andy Williams along with bassist Steve Micciche dominated the stage from all angles while drummer Clayton “Goose” Holyoak and vocalist Keith Buckley handle business from their prospective perch’s. The band who has been touring off and on this year in between writing for a new record sounded great as always and in between numbers thanks fans for their continued support over the years. To further show their support the band treated the crowd to a new song they have been working on titled “Back Distance”. Like much of the bands previous work fans quickly showed their acceptance and appreciation for the song as they kicked, swung and flailed throughout signaling their approval.

Having attended this event for the last few years I always wonder how ETID will top the previous years show. With 2019’s show being split over two days I wasn’t sure how things were going to play out or if the band was going to really give their all on the first night knowing how big of a day Saturday generally is. Not only did ETID and the rest of the bands on the bill all turn in solid performance they all seemed to give just a little extra due to the magnitude and energy of the crowd. Yes it would have been great to see some killer pro wrestling on both days of the bill but there has to be room to grow. Given the successful sell out of both days and ETID’s uncanny ability to one up themselves time after time my hope is that they continue to build on making a really fun, fan friendly event for us die hard ETID-iots.  

Every Time I Die Set List:

1.) Floater

2.) Pelican of the Desert

3.) Glitches

4.) Wanderlust

5.) Underwater Bimbos From Outer Space

6.) Holy Book of Dilema

7.) She’s My Rushmore

8.) Decayin’ With the Boys

9.) Thirst

10.) No Son of Mine

11.) Godspeed Us to Sea

12.) The New Black

13.) White Void

14.) We’rewolf

15.) It Remembers

16.) The Coin Has a Say

17.) Ebolarama

18.) INRIhab

19.) Bored Stiff

20.) Cities and Years

21.) Map Change

22.) Two Summers

23.) Idiot

24.) Fear and Trembling

25.) Back Distance

26.) Indian Giver

How to Stay Safe When Having Fun Online

Playing games with an internet connection often mean superior options and the ability to pick up where you left off again and again. They are easy to use, fun to play, and are great companions when it comes to passing the time. What they are not, however, is automatically safe. You need to know how to improve your personal security and spot risk online before you start investing money in your games. From here on out, you will want to use these steps before you sign up or start playing any new game.

Use a Secure Connection

Using your own personal connection to the internet is fine. You can use your data or your own WIFI without too much trouble (unless you download a malware virus on your own). What is risky to use is free, public WIFIs. Though this doesn’t mean you should or have to avoid them entirely, you will want to use your own private VPN when you do. This will encrypt your usage online and protect you if you were to sign up to a new online casino.

Only Use Reputable and Registered Websites

There are many fun games to play online and via download through your app store, but that doesn’t make them all safe. While some companies like Apple screen their app developers, the Google Play Store does not. This can and is both a blessing and a curse for mobile gamers. On the one hand, you don’t have to worry so much about fraudulent apps; on the other, you don’t get access to indie-apps and other games that are safe and fun to use.

The same applies to online games, especially if you are putting money down on them. Casino games can be very fun, but you wouldn’t want to give your credit card information to any old website. Always look for brands like Unibet NJ that have authorization. Unibet NJ, in this case, has been authorized by the State of New Jersey. This authorization means you are safe when using them, and that the games in question are fair and fun to play.

Read the Terms and Conditions

It is always wise to go through the terms and conditions properly. If they are too long and the company in question is big, then there are resources online that have summarized the terms and conditions for you so that you can get to the gist without spending an hour going through dozens of pages.

Ensure There Is Security Online

In the cases of unregulated websites – not every online game needs to be authorized by the state, for example – then you will want to check their security efforts. Seeing HTTPS instead of HTTP at the start of the URL is often a good start.

Use Parameters to Limit Your Spending

If you are gambling online or playing online casino games, set parameters ahead of time to keep spending within your means so that you can continue to have fun day after day.

Brush Up On Basic Security Strategies

Last but not least, read up on the latest security breaches and scams. Other basic strategies include always using two-factor authentication when it is an option and using a unique password for any account you input your personal details.

Film Review: “Richard Jewell”

RICHARD JEWELL
Starring: Paul Walter Hauser, Sam Rockwell
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Rated: Rated R
Running Time: 1 hr 59 mins
Warner Bros 

Richard Jewell. I cannot help but wonder how many Americans recognize the name and the heroic actions associated with it. Better yet, who can recall how Jewell’s heroism during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia was tragically stained by an assumption of guilt by the FBI and the news media, which subsequently caused millions to believe he was a domestic terrorist. Thankfully, someone in the form of iconic, Oscar-winning filmmaker Clint Eastwood did not forget and has now made a poignant drama that pays tribute to a simple man who saved dozens of lives one hot summer night. 

It’s 1986 in Atlanta where Richard Jewell (Paul Walter Hauser, “BlacKkKlansman”) has just started work as a mailroom employee at a law firm. Portrayed as respectful and observant with a dose of simple-mindedness, Jewell catches the eye of attorney Watson Bryant (Oscar-winner Sam Rockwell). A pivotal friendship develops between them with long-term consequences and when Jewell announces that he is leaving to become a security guard, a first step in what he dreams will become a career in law enforcement, Watson, a bit of crusader, warns him to not let the badge go to his head.

 Flash forward ten years later where Jewell, who lives with his doting mother, Bobi (Oscar-winner Kathy Bates), is fired from his job as a college campus security guard after a series of events that include him unlawfully pulling over students on the road as they return to school grounds. Having previously been dismissed as county sheriff’s deputy, it would seem likely that Jewell would have a hard time getting another security guard job. However, with the arrival of the Olympics in Atlanta, bodies are needed, so Jewell, almost delusional about being a member of law enforcement, gets another chance to patrol Centennial Park. 

No one takes Jewell seriously, that is until he finds a suspicious backpack filled with pipe bombs. Two people do perish as a result of the subsequent explosion and dozens are wounded, but it would have been much worse without his actions in a pre-9/11 world that wasn’t quite as vigilant. Jewell is hailed as a hero, but he is quickly labeled as a villain by fictional FBI agent Tom Shaw (Jon Hamm in a one-dimensional performance), a man desperate to get vengeance, and newspaper reporter Kathy Scruggs (played with over-the-top acting by Olivia Wilde), an unscrupulous and brash journalist willing to do anything to get a headline, even if it means destroying Jewell’s life in the process. 

One of the most sacred principles of our judicial system is the presumption of innocence. That all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. “Richard Jewell” reminds us all just how terribly wrong things can go when that fundamental adage can be so easily forgotten by a rush to judgment fueled by motives that are less than noble. Although Jewell was exonerated, his case remains a stain on our nation’s history. While Eastwood’s effort does not rise to the level of cinematic achievement as some of his other later works, such as “Gran Torino,” it is still a solid film that successfully plays the emotional heartstrings. Rockwell is a joy to watch, but the breakout star is Hauser. On the surface, his portrayal of Jewell appears too simplistic. However, as the film flows along, his performance reveals itself to be far more complex and impactful than what we first realize. By the end, his role makes you so invested in the story that it will stick with you long after the curtains close. 

Overall, Eastwood and Hauser are successful in accomplishing at least one thing – making us remember who real heroes are. 

Tips for Buying Life Insurance Online

The days of door-to-door life insurance salespeople are long gone, but increasingly, so are those of sitting down with an agent to talk about your options for insurance. It’s getting more and more common to purchase life insurance online. This is a quick, convenient way to make sure you get the coverage you need. The drawback is that you aren’t sitting across from someone you can ask about what you need, but the advantage is that you can research at your leisure and without feeling any pressure to buy.

What Is Life Insurance?

How does life insurance work, and who really needs it? In its simplest form, you buy a policy and pay a monthly premium. When you die, your dependents receive a payout to help make up the loss of your income as well as to pay for your burial and any debts. In practice, life insurance can feel a lot more complicated because there are so many choices.

The first choice many people must make is whether to purchase it at all if they do not have dependents. If you do not have significant debts, have enough money in the bank to pay for your burial and no one is depending on your income, you may not need a policy. However, buying one while you are young and healthy can lock in your premiums at a low rate, and this can benefit future dependents.

Term or Permanent?

All life insurance is either term or permanent. Term is the most straightforward kind of life insurance you can buy. Term refers to the fact that it is for a certain period of time. This could be as little as just a year or as long as 35 years or more. With term, you buy a certain amount of coverage, and that is what your estate or dependents receive when you die. The disadvantage is that premiums can rise if you start a new term, but despite this, some financial advisors say this is the best choice for most people.

Permanent only ends when the owner dies or stops paying the premiums. There are a huge number of different kinds of permanent policies. Some operate partly as investment vehicles. Premiums are generally higher for permanent and may be variable for some types.

How Much Do You Need?

The general financial advice is to purchase life insurance that will pay an amount that is six to 10 times your yearly income. This can provide your dependents with several years of security. However, every situation is different, and you need to determine what the needs of your family and your estate will be.

Some types of permanent life insurance are set up like mutual funds, but the final payout could increase or decrease based on what investments you choose. If it is critical that your family receive a minimum amount, be sure that you purchase a policy that will at least provide that much. Another consideration is whether you want to be able to borrow money against your policy.

Our Favorite Classic Film Slots

People spend hours trying to choose an online casino that works for them, but there are plenty of decisions to make. Do you trust the site and do they provide the best games? With your mind at ease knowing you can play online gambling games safely at Paddy Power, the selection of games is your next task.

Slots have many different themes. Some of the most popular games are fruity and mythical adventures. One category of Slots is film, not only are these exciting to play, but their familiar storylines make for a joyous experience. We’re going to talk about our favourite classic film Slots games, so the next time you spot them, you’ll know how great they are.

Jurassic Park

Dinosaurs have been popular among all age groups for generations. Whether you’re a young child learning about the Tyrannosaurus Rex or a palaeontology enthusiast. Perhaps you always dreamed of discovering a dinosaur on an archaeological dig. In reality, these animals are extinct, but in the film Jurassic Park, ground-breaking technology has brought these creatures back to life.

In the film, billionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) invites palaeontologists Alan Grant (Sam Neil) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) to his island which is populated by genetically produced dinosaurs. Although security is said to be tight, it proves to be useless when predators break out and start hunting their human prey. In total, there are five Jurassic films in the franchise with Jurassic World 3 set to be released in 2021.

The Jurassic Park Slot is as exciting as the film and will have you on the edge of your seat. It’s a five-reel game with 243 pay-lines and the background depicts the same jungle setting as the film. The symbols include all the main characters as well as dinosaurs, with the infamous T-Rex as a wild symbol.

Planet of the Apes

Another film where animals come face-to-face with humanity is Planet of the Apes. There have been many Planet of the Apes films throughout the years, but the Slot is based on more recent versions; Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

In the 2011 film Rise of the Planet of the Apes, we meet Caesar, a baby chimpanzee who becomes an orphan after his mother, Bright Eyes, is shot in a testing lab. Will Rodman (James Franco), the biologist who was running the testing programme, feels responsible for the death of Bright Eyes so decides to look after the young chimp. As his intelligence grows, he becomes a bigger concern to neighbours. After an incident occurs, Caesar moves into a primate facility for everyone’s safety.

In the Slot, there are two playing areas, one for the 2011 film and one for the 2014 sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The game has five-reels and 20 fixed pay-lines, stacked with free spins, wild substitutions and bonus features. There is a dual symbol feature which can trigger on any spin potentially winning you up to 1,000 times your bet.

Although there are plenty of other film Slots out there, these classics will be around for a long time, much like the films they were based on.

Interview with Actor Michael Pare’

I first saw Michael Pare’ when he appeared on television’s “The Greatest American Hero,” but it was his performance as Eddie Wilson in the film “Eddie and the Cruisers” that cemented him in my mind as an actor to watch.  While on his way to Nevada to shoot his latest project Mr. Pare’ took time out to talk to me about his latest film – “Once Upon a Time in Deadwood” – his aspirations to be a chef and how Rick Springfield almost ended up playing Eddie Wilson.  (I should also note that this interview is posting on his birthday so, from all of us at Media Mikes, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHAEL!”

 

MIKE SMITH:  You studied to be a chef.  Was that your original career goal?

 

MICHAEL PARE’:  Yes.  When I was in high school, my first job where I had to pay taxes, social security and everything was in a fast food restaurant.  Then I got on at a regular restaurant that served steaks and everything else.  I was pretty good at it and I liked the life.  So in my junior year I heard from a co-worker about the Culinary Institute of America.  I got a recommendation from my boss and I applied and got in.  At the time it was known as the best cooking school in the United States.  I attended for a year and was given an internship at Tavern on the Green in New York.  They eventually offered me a full-time, six days a week job.  So I moved to Manhattan, which is where I was discovered.

 

MS:  Do you ever give the Craft Services people on set any pointers?

 

MP:  (laughs) No, but there are a few directors I’ve cooked with.  Uwe Boll and I used to have a sauerbraten contest every time we worked.  Cooking is something that a lot of people share.  In all of the arts food becomes an important part of your life.

 

MS:  How did you get into acting?  What took you from the kitchen to the soundstage?

 

MP:  I got discovered by an agent.  There was a bar where my girlfriend waitressed at that was kind of a show business bar.  It was right across from where they broadcast the news for ABC. A lot of people in the business hung out there.  The agent noticed me and asked me if I was an actor or a dancer.  I told her I was in the restaurant business.  She kind of pursued it and talked me into taking a few classes.  I did and I liked it a lot.  My first classes were at Carnegie Hall.  I’d go to class during the day and work the night shift at the restaurant.  I studied for two years and then auditioned for ABC’s talent development program and I got it.  They brought me out to Hollywood and put me on “The Greatest American Hero.”

 

MS:  You made your feature film debut as Eddie Wilson in “Eddie and the Cruisers.”  How did you get the role?

MP:  Marty Davidson, the director, called my agent and asked me to come in and meet him.  That was it.  I met with him about four or five times.  Marty was a very artistic guy.  He put the cast together and we had two weeks of improve and then we shot it.  I did it on hiatus from “The Greatest American Hero.”

 

MS:  Is it true that Martin Davidson would threaten to replace you with Rick Springfield?

 

MP:  (laughs)  Yes, but he only had to do it once!

 

MS:  I like Rick Springfield (Ok, I’ve seen him in concert a dozen times so I REALLY like Rick Springfield) but I don’t think he would have been a good Eddie.

 

MP:  It would have been a different movie.

 

MS:  Exactly.  Did you know while you were making the film that it was going to be regarded the way it is now?

 

MP:  No.  At that time I was still a young actor and didn’t know the potential of things.  I had only done two seasons of “The Greatest American Hero” and a movie of the week, so it was all like a dreamland.  I didn’t even think about marketing.  When I was back on “The Greatest American Hero” I was telling another actor about the film and he told me “you don’t have nothing without distribution.”  I had no idea what that meant.  I told him, “well, I shot it and they’re happy…that’s all I can say.”

 

MS:  Anyone ever ask you to sing “On the Dark Side” at karaoke?

 

MP:  (laughs)  If I do karaoke it’s Johnny Cash.

 

MS:  What drew you to your latest role in “Once Upon a Time in Deadwood?”

 

MP:  I’ve done a few westerns so when Jeff Miller (the film’s co-producer/co-writer) called me up and said he had an interesting project with this guy named Robert Bronzi I called up Danny Baldwin.  I knew he had worked with Robert and I asked him what he was like.  He said that Jeff and his team were very creative… very open minded.  So I said “ok.”  And then when I met Rene’ (director Rene’ Perez) he was surprised as he expected to meet someone who was a little more “beat up.”  I’m a pretty healthy guy.  That was it.  We shot in a little western town in central California up near the Sequoias.  We used blanks and squibs as opposed to all of the CGI stuff that is so popular now on low budget movies.  It was a great experience.  Nice cast.  Rene’ is very creative.  He’s the DP and the director.

 

MS:  Do you enjoy the genre’?  Do you have a favorite role-type?

 

MP:  I like all of them.  If you do it so long you play everything.  And you hope one of the roles will be successful, you know?

 

MS:  What are you working on now?

 

MP:  It’s called “Bridge of Doom” We’re shooting in Caliente’, Nevada.  It’s the military reaction to the Zombie Apocalypse.  When I heard that I was like, “great…we never hear about that part.  It’s always about the civilians out in the middle of nowhere.

Unblock Streaming Anytime & From Everywhere

Are you like millions of individuals from around the world who enjoy streaming services and streaming content online? Are you tired of being locked out of your favorite streaming services and video websites based on your location?

Fortunately, there are many different solutions to help unblock streaming anytime and from just about anywhere. Once you become familiar with various tools used to unblock streaming services and websites, never find yourself stuck without your favorite shows or media again.

Solution #1: Use a Virtual Private Network

One of the best ways to unblock streaming services from any location is to purchase a VPN. A VPN, also known as a virtual private network, is a solution for individuals who wish to browse the internet anonymously and with complete and total privacy. Whenever you access the internet without a VPN, you send not only your internet provider your browser information and current location, but also any website you visit.

Most websites today collect cookies on each individual visitors they receive. Whenever you visit a new website, the website is able to identify you based on your IP address as well as your location and potentially other details including your age, name, address, and even social media accounts. When you want to browse the internet without allowing websites to collect information on you, use a VPN.

In most cases, websites that block users due so based on their location. Whenever a television show, music video, or movie is released by an entertainment company, it is done so in specific countries. A country that has not licensed the material, forbids the material, or simply has no connection to the material may not have permission to stream and view the content live. If you are living in a country that blocks various types of media due to location, using a VPN can eliminate any geo-restrictions you encounter when you are online.

When you want to bypass geo-restrictions that have been put in place by your ISP (Internet Service Provider) or even by your location, use a solid VPN, for example, FrootVPN (click to read more). Once you have a VPN in place, you have the ability to choose where your location originates from as well as your IP. Rather than showing your personal IP address and location to websites, mobile apps, and services you attempt to access, choose the location and region of your choice to help with bypassing the geo-restrictions you encounter on your preferred platforms or streaming sites.

Advantages of Using a VPN

Obtaining a VPN service you can trust has various advantages. Some of the most notable benefits of putting a VPN to use while streaming online include:

  • Security: VPN solutions are ideal for anyone who is interested in increasing their online security and the amount of privacy they have whenever they are browsing the internet. By using a random IP address and masking your personal identity, browse knowing you are protected from online thieves, hackers, and data breaches.
  • Geographic Choice: Choose any location in which you would like your IP address. Selecting the location of your IP address can help to quickly unblock any streaming site you are currently locked out of due to your country and region.

Disadvantages of a VPN

Although using a VPN is better than not using a VPN, there are a few drawbacks, which may include:

  • Slowed Response: Depending on the VPN provider you choose, you may encounter slow loading speeds while browsing the internet. If a VPN is overwhelmed or experiencing a high volume of traffic, loading times may suffer for the individual browser.
  • Device Support: Not all devices support the use of VPN services. It is important to research VPN providers before choosing one that is most suitable for you and the devices you own.
  • Cost: Unfortunately, VPNs typically require a monthly service fee. However, VPNs can be obtained for as little as a few dollars a month to help with maximizing your online security.

Use a Proxy Server Solution

Another way to access streaming websites and services from any region or geographical location is to use a proxy server solution. A proxy server works between the website you are attempting to access and yourself, providing a buffer to help with the bypassing of any geo-restrictions that are in place on your favorite media streaming websites. With a proxy server, you do not have to utilize your personal IP address and instead, the proxy server will elect and use one of its own IP addresses as it attempts to access the streaming and content websites you want to use.

Pros of a Proxy Server

Some of the advantages of using a proxy server include:

  • Cost: Some proxy servers are free of charge and can be accessed within minutes
  • IP Address: Proxy servers provide you with access to various IP addresses from its own server. When you do not have to utilize your own IP address, it increases your chances of gaining access to websites that are currently geo-restricted.

Cons of Using a Proxy Server

Like most privacy options and solutions online, proxy servers also have drawbacks. Some of the most notable drawbacks of using a proxy server include

  • Streaming Platform Problems: Unfortunately, if you intend to use a proxy server to access content such as Netflix and Hulu, you will likely encounter issues. Most often, proxy servers do not work with platforms and applications such as Hulu and Netflix and instead, work only with streaming websites that are browser-based.
  • Response Time: Using a proxy server opens you up to slow loading and response times. Because proxy servers may be used by multiple individuals simultaneously, using your preferred proxy server may result at slow loading times when accessing your preferred media websites during peak traffic times.

Conclusion

Learning how to unlock streaming in all regions does not require technical expertise or programming knowledge. By simply installing a VPN, using proxy servers, and even utilizing alternative browsers you can unlock the ability to access your favorite websites at any time, regardless of your location and any region restrictions your home country has in place.