Sunday, April 11, 2021

Coming of Age?

2020 and 2021 are years of coming of age in the Riat household. My boys, one being a freshman and one a senior, me turning 48 (Knocking on 50). But honestly it is all good? Carsen has moved from baseball to tennis and is very happy about it, Caden really has found his place. From the first job that he still has at Dillons to being part of the Royal Court (Not sure if that is the right term) for his prom to selecting his college. I cannot say I saw the same success my two boys have found in HS. I was much more awkward for sure. No sports, constantly trying to find my place. Maybe that I why I have enjoyed my 40's so much? I know my strengths, I am in a position where I can help others. The one thing I hope to push into my boys is my positive outlook on (Well, pretty much everything) Keep it positive

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Comparing Sonos Playbar to the Arc - Straight across comparison

I recently replaced my Sonos Playbar with the Sonos Arc and want to share a concerning ear's perspective. First let me catch you up on my setup. TV mounted above the fireplace, a first generation Sonos Sub, two latest voice enabled Ones. Replaced the Playbar with Arc in exact same set up and location. Let me also state that I do NOT have a eArc HDMI enabled TV so not maximizing the capabilities of the Arc. Here is what I found. Simple to hook up. Had to pull TV from wall to get the optical out (Adapter included in Arc package) Adapter from Optical to HDMI into the Arc. I then did the Trutune process. One thing I noticed (Admittedly it has been forever since I have tuned my livingroom so) The Trutune had you first tune from where you sit, then the entire room. My opinion, the tune was much better. Better sound balance (High and lows - the old tune was a bit bottom heavy) One big difference in in the highs. The high hat cymbols are much more crisp. The sound stage is MUCH wider and filling. I would say the overall sound is a bit better but not dramatic. I utilize Alexa and moving from the ones to the Arch is a much better experience. Would I recomend this upgrade? Well depends on how you feel about the $'s. Not worth it just to do it. If I was purchasing new then absolutely.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Using Apple Watch for Golf

I found it strange how little information was out there about using Apple Watch for golfing. I have decided to give you my journey and what I have found. To get started, let me tell you about what I started with. I started with a SkyCaddie SG5 (Origionally I was using a 2.5) and the solution worked great! My biggest complaint was that I had to pay $39 plus a year to get to work. As my SG5 was getting older and battery was not lasting half what it used to, I was looking at the newer units. Before I went down this path, I wanted to look at the units that were free. (IE you don't have to pay a subscription) What I found is that the lower cost hardware devices had small displays. With that said, my son has a Garmin https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01AX44544/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 It works great however I would lose it! It is super small. All features do work great. After looking at all units that were larger screen and full featured (Showed lay up distances, hole overview and score) I had a thought (Apple was making one of their semi annual product announcements) and was looking at their new watch. I then was thinking, wouldn't it make sense if I looked at utilizing my iPhone and Apple Watch. Beyond that, I really am not a power user of the watch (Heck, when I started digging in, my watch had not been working with my phone for several weeks - heck it still told time right) Let me disclose that I have a version 3 watch with a iPhone 11 Pro Max. The Pro Max is kinda key to this conversation simply due to battery life. I can go several days without charging. Next was what application would I use to work with the Watch. This is where I found that there were a BUNCH of apps. I downloaded and tried several of these apps. Many were free but you had to pay to get the Watch piece or for scoring (Or more) Dang, back to subscription, however if it is on my existing hardware and worked great, I am ok with that. Here is where I landed. Hole 19. https://www.hole19golf.com/ You do have to pay to get the watch install. However they have a trial for you. I have now used this app on several rounds and compared directly to my SkyCaddie (Distances and such) The watch was dead on (Or only a yard difference which could be exactly where each unit was) Things that you need to know. 1. To get GPS from watch you must disconnect bluetooth from phone. (Then it uses GPS on watch) It keys you to do this and you just push and hold main screen to get to that setting. 2. Battery on your watch will be affected. I use 3/4 of battery in 5 hours (Versus all day I use less than half usually) 3. Entering scoring is small on my watch. I wish it was larger. 4. Looks like the renewal on subscription is almost double the first year. Hoping for a deal between now and then? 5. The data the app provides is amazing and will really help my game. Hope this has been helpful!

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Bio's are dumb?

It feels like lately I have had more requests for a "Bio". This mainly stems from being ask to participate in on line content. But really do you read bio's? I don't. Here is how I really make a decision.

1. Is it a really long and boring bio? Not going to attend.
2. Can I relate to this person (In my case they are easy to understand) Then I am in
3. Do they post their accomplishments back to potty training? Really? I am out.
4. Are they funny? At least it will be entertaining. I am in.
5. Are they full of themselves. Not a deal killer because the "system" wants us to be full of ourselves in bio's

OK, just a rant but now you know my opinion.

PS My bio

Just a guy trying to help others.

Steve

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Tenacity and getting it done

Not sure how much this weighs but the concrete is about 2' down and I broke a winch cable trying to lift.



Like sales getting this post took a lot of planning and different angles to get the job done. Statistics say that closing a new customer takes 9 different touches. Those might be calls but more than likely it is all different types of touches.
Calls
Emails
Video
Valuable content about their business

Not just buy, buy, buy.

Like my post getting out of the ground. The work has now just started once you close a sale.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

My Bank wasting our time

Been doing a transaction with a local bank and did all the work virtually (Signatures and such) however to finalize the transaction I have to put some ink physically on a page at their location.

Seriously? Me taking a BIC pen and moving it across some tree pulp makes it official? You know like we did 200 years ago or more?

It wastes a half hour of my time
Has no more authority than a digital signature
Now days exposes me to their team (Virus?)

In the future it will be a requirement of my bank to be able to serve me where I am, not where they are (Both physically and digitally) It is way past time for them to get with the times.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

The virtual meeting or presentation - Intro wasting my time

Recently I have been signing up for virtual events where I have an interest in the topic or the people presenting. Then you get on the call and the person in charge of moderating the call does one of several annoying things.

1. The "we will wait 5 minutes for everyone to join" Sure I am on time but we will wait for those who are late. START ON TIME!
2. Have fluff that is something like "super excited to hear" well so am I, let them speak!
3. Have other content that is on their agenda. You will quickly run me off.
4. Pretend like virtual is the same as in person. Sorry you have to really step up your game.

OK so I am probably a bit on the negative side of things today but if you do not have enough content to fill the time don't waste my time and get to the content and let us out early! Novel thought...