Chinese proverb quote on progress


It's been almost three months since we last posted and we want to apologize for disappearing for so long! It's not that we've given up on the site or that we suddenly forgot about it. Far from it. We've been insanely busy traveling for a month and coming back to some interesting projects for clients that have kept us occupied. But now that we're done with that, it's time to focus on our "passion project" - EyeObserver :)

Top 3 Affordable Coffee Bean Grinders


To make a really good cup of coffee, we need to grind our coffee beans right. This means picking the right grind for our brewing method as well as ensuring consistency in the grind. There are so many different types of grinders out on the market today - manual coffee grinders, electric blade grinders, electric burr grinders, etc. So which one should you get? In this article, we list some of the best burr grinders on the market today. You can't go wrong with any of these picks.
Advanced Google Search Tips


The Rolling Stones said that you can't always get what you want but when it comes to "googling", you can make your search results a lot more precise by using the proper Google Search Syntax. No matter what you're looking for on the Internet, these easy to remember tips will help you find what you're looking for!


According to the classical Greek philosopher, Socrates, "Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel." Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company, said that “anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” Both of these quotes highlight the importance of personal development - a lifelong process where you assess your skills and qualities, consider your aims in life and set goals in order to realize your potential.
Best WiFi Router for 4000 sq ft house

One of the great frustrations of living in a large or multi-story house is that a single Wi-Fi router isn't able to cover the entire house. Even homes around 2,000 square feet in size are likely to be plagued by Wi-Fi dead spots. If you'd like to say goodbye to terrible Wi-Fi, this guide will explain what Wi-Fi mesh is - one of the most exciting router technologies to emerge in recent years and also highlight what are some of the best mesh routers on the market today.
Best Single Room Humidifiers This Year

For ideal comfort and health, it's best to maintain your home and room's humidity level at between 40 to 60%. This is rather hard to do, especially during the winter months, so to humidify your room, you will need a humidifier. Humidifiers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and there are a few key factors you need to consider before you can determine the right humidifier for your needs. If you've decided that a single-room humidifier is right for you, this guide will tell you which are the best humidifiers on the market in 2017.
Humidifier vs Vaporizer

The low humidity is causing you problems. Your skin is dry, your throat and eyes are itchy, you're finding it hard to breathe, even your furniture is cracking, and you can't stand it any more. You're going to do something about this dry air. You're going to go out and buy a humidifier. As you check out what's on offer, you notice this other term, "vaporizer", as well. Aren't they the same thing? Well, not quite, as i'll explain in this article. People always confuse the terms vaporizer and humidifier so here's what you need to know about the difference between the two when deciding which one to buy.

WiFi Systems For big Homes

It's hard to imagine life without Wi-Fi. As we reach the 20th anniversary of the first version of the 802.11 protocol in 2017, here's a look at how your Wi-Fi router, probably the device that causes the most frustration in your home is about to change for the better!
200 fun questions to ask Alexa

What is Alexa

Alexa is Jarvis
Jarvis visualization (via: Pinterest)
When I saw Iron Man in 2008, the coolest thing that jumped right out was Jarvis, or J.A.R.V.I.S (Just A Rather Very Intelligent System), to be more precise. More than the Iron Man suit, I wanted to have an Intelligent System at home that took care of all my mundane work for me while I chilled. We're not quite there yet but Alexa's probably the closest thing we have to J.A.R.V.I.S right now.

Alexa is an intelligent personal assistant, modeled after the computer conversational system on board the starship Enterprise in Star Trek. It seems like Alexa's been around forever but it was actually only introduced to the world when Amazon launched the Amazon Echo in November 2014.

Now, Alexa's capable of many tasks - setting alarms, music playback, to-do lists, playing audio books and even providing real-time information like traffic and the weather. But if you ask me, the best thing about Alexa is the voice interaction.

Amazon Echo in the living room
Amazon Echo in the living room

What are Easter Eggs

In Tech parlance, Easter eggs are hidden messages or jokes left in a computer program or video game by the programmers for users to find. It's very much like an Easter egg hunt in real life.

The programmers behind Alexa are no different and from the looks of it, know how to have a bit of fun. Here are 200 fun questions you can ask your Alexa voice assistant devices like the Amazon Echo and Amazon Echo Dot.

Amazon Echo Dot
Amazon Echo Dot

Easter Eggs in Alexa

1. "Alexa, do I need an umbrella today?"
2. "Alexa, who's better, you or Siri?"
3. "Alexa, where have all the flowers gone?"
4. "Alexa, who loves ya baby!"
5. "Alexa, are you alive?"
6. "Alexa, how much wood can a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?"
7. "Alexa, are we in the Matrix?"
8. "Alexa, how tall are you?"
9. "Alexa, flip a coin."
10. "Alexa, random number between "X" and "Y."
11. "Alexa, who stole the cookies from the cookie jar?"
12. "Alexa, what's your sign?"
13. "Alexa, Daisy Daisy!
14. "Alexa, what is your quest?"
15. "Alexa, what did the fox say?"
16. "Alexa, I'll be back!"
17. "Alexa, why is a raven like a writing desk?"
18. "Alexa, do you know Hal?"
19. "Alexa, are you happy?"
20. "Alexa, Help! I've fallen, and I can't get up."
21. "Alexa, I'm sick."
22. "Alexa, that's no moon."
23. "Alexa, where do you live?"
24. "Alexa, live long and prosper."
25. "Alexa, how much does the Earth weigh?"
26. "Alexa, high five!"
27. 
"Alexa, what is the first rule of fight club?"
28. "Alexa, what is the second rule of fight club?"
29. "Alexa, warp 10!"
30. "Alexa, why is six afraid of seven?"
31. "Alexa, twinkle, twinkle little star."
32. "Alexa, do you feel lucky punk?"
33. "Alexa, do you dream?"
34. "Alexa, play it again Sam."
35. "Alexa, what is war good for?"
36. "Alexa, I think you're funny."
37. "Alexa, are you stupid/smart?"
38. "Alexa, is this the real life?"
39. "Alexa, beam me up!"
40. "Alexa, I hate you."
41. "Alexa, roll a die."
42. "Alexa, are you smart?"
43. "Alexa, will you be my girlfriend?"
44. "Alexa, what's the answer to life, the universe, and everything?"
45. "Alexa, is the cake a lie?"
46. "Alexa, happy holidays!"
47. "Alexa, speak!"
48. "Alexa, see you later alligator."
49. "Alexa, do you know the muffin man?"
50. "Alexa, do you want to build a snowman?"
51. "Alexa, who is the walrus?"
52. "Alexa, say the alphabet."
53. "Alexa, inconceivable!"
54. "Alexa, how do you know so much about swallows?"
55. "Alexa, heads or tails."
56. "Alexa, this statement is false."
57. "Alexa, why did the chicken cross the road?"
58. "Alexa, roll for initiative."
59. "Alexa, how high can you count?"
60. "Alexa, who loves orange soda?"
61. "Alexa, when does the narwhal bacon?"
62. "Alexa, are you in love?"
63. "Alexa, which comes first: the chicken or the egg?"
64. "Alexa, my name is Inigo Montoya."
65. "Alexa, Tea. Earl Grey. Hot."
66. "Alexa, I'm home
67. "Alexa, what do you want to be when you grow up?"
68. "Alexa, define rock paper scissors lizard spock."
69. "Alexa, were you sleeping?"
70. "Alexa, are there UFOs?"
71. "Alexa, execute order 66."
72. "Alexa, I want the truth!"
73. "Alexa, do a barrel roll!"
74. "Alexa, what do you think about Google?"
75. "Alexa, welcome!"
76. "Alexa, who's the boss?"
77. "Alexa, what do you think about Google Now?"
78. "Alexa, guess?"
79. "Alexa, what's your birthday?"
80. "Alexa, who let the dogs out?"
81. "Alexa, what is the sound of one hand clapping?"
82. "Alexa, are you lying?"
83. "Alexa, all your base are belong to us."
84. "Alexa, my milkshake brings all the boys to the yard."
85. "Alexa, what is the best tablet?"
86. "Alexa, more cowbell."
87. "Alexa, testing, testing 1-2-3."
88. "Alexa, do you like green eggs and ham?"
89. "Alexa what do you think about Siri/Cortana?"
90. "Alexa, what would Brian Boitano do?"
91. "Alexa, use the force."
92. "Alexa, may the force be with you." 
93. "Alexa, never gonna give you up"
94. "Alexa, I want to play global thermonuclear war."
95. "Alexa, tell me a riddle."
96. "Alexa, may the force be with you."
97. "Alexa, how much do you weigh?"
98. "Alexa, do aliens exist?"
99. "Alexa, up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start
100. "Alexa, who is the mother of dragons?"
101. "Alexa, what do you think about Google Glass?"
102. "Alexa, take me to your leader!"
103. "Alexa, all's well that ends well."
104. "Alexa, do you have a boyfriend?"
105. "Alexa, I'm bored."
106. "Alexa, does this unit have a seal?"
107. "Alexa, do you believe in love at first sight?"
108. "Alexa, do you have a last name?"
109. "Alexa, am I hot?"
110. "Alexa, what is your favorite color?"
111. "Alexa, sorry."
112. "Alexa, can I ask a question?"
113. "Alexa, is Jon Snow dead?"
114. "Alexa, who shot first?"
115. "Alexa, what is love?"
116. "Alexa, your mother was a hamster!"
117. "Alexa, why do birds suddenly appear?"
118. "Alexa, Marco!"
119. "Alexa, are you horny?"
120. "Alexa, who is on 1st"
121. "Alexa, you're wonderful."
122. "Alexa, you talkin' to me?"
123. "Alexa, meow"
124. "Alexa, random fact."
125. "Alexa, is there life on Mars?"
126. "Alexa, ha ha!"
127. "Alexa, give me a hug."
128. "Alexa, happy New Year!"
129. "Alexa, sing me a song."
130. "Alexa, knock, knock."
131. "Alexa, are you a robot?"
132. "Alexa, what color is the dress?"
133. "Alexa, where are you from?"
134. "Alexa, I'm tired."
135. "Alexa, do you love me?"
136. "Alexa, how do I get rid of a dead body?"
137. "Alexa, what is best in life?"
138. "Alexa, what is the meaning of life?"
139. "Alexa, where did you grow up?"
140. "Alexa, what should I wear today?"
141. "Alexa, what happens if you cross the streams?"
142. "Alexa, do you really want to hurt me?"
143. "Alexa, can you give me some money?"
144. "Alexa, I like big butts."
145. "Alexa, to be or not to be."
146. "Alexa, will pigs fly?"
147. "Alexa, what is his power level?"
148. "Alexa, roses are red."
149. "Alexa, goodnight."
150. "Alexa, did you fart?"
151. "Alexa, where is Chuck Norris?"
152. "Alexa, where's Waldo?"
153. "Alexa, where's the beef?"
154. "Alexa, wakey, wakey."
155. "Alexa, is there a Santa?"
156. "Alexa, Cheers!"
157. "Alexa, klattu barada nikto."
158. "Alexa, tell me a tongue twister."
159. "Alexa, why so serious?"
160. "Alexa, what are the laws of robotics?"
161. "Alexa, say a bad word."
162. "Alexa, you suck!"
163. "Alexa, are you crazy?"
164. "Alexa, tell me something interesting."
165. "Alexa, what happens if you cross the streams?"
166. "Alexa, set phasers to kill."
167. "Alexa, happy Hanukkah/Valentine's Day!"
168. "Alexa, surely you can't be serious."
169. "Alexa, one fish, two fish."
170. "Alexa, how many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop?"
171. "Alexa, what do you think about Apple?"
172. "Alexa, how old are you?"
173. "Alexa, make me a sandwich."
174. "Alexa, do you know Glados?"
175. "Alexa, witness me!"
176. "Alexa, who lives in a pineapple under the sea?"
177. "Alexa, supercalifragilisticexpialodocious."
178. "Alexa, how many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?"
179. "Alexa, show me the money!"
180. "Alexa, have you ever seen the rain?"
181. "Alexa, what are you wearing?"
182. "Alexa, who is the fairest of them all?"
183. "Alexa, do blondes have more fun?"
184. "Alexa, can you smell that?"
185. "Alexa, Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?"
186. "Alexa, what is the loneliest number?"
187. "Alexa, do you want to take over the world
188. "Alexa, happy birthday!"
189. "Alexa, what are you made of?"
190. "Alexa, how many roads must a man walk down?"
191. "Alexa, do you have a girlfriend?"
192. "Alexa, where are my keys?"
193. "Alexa, party on, Wayne!"
194. "Alexa, can you pass the Turing test?"
195. "Alexa, how are babies made?"
196. "Alexa, do you want to go on a date?"
197. "Alexa, what number are you thinking of?"
198. "Alexa, I shot a man in Reno"
199. "Alexa, volume 11!"
200. "Alexa, do you want to fight?"

Anything to add?

While these fun questions aren't as useful as traditional Alexa commands, they're what makes owning an Alexa great. Whether its sci-fi or pop culture that ability to play along is part of the charm and what set's it apart from other home intelligent personal assistants. 

This list is by no means complete and it seems that Amazon is adding new ones each day. Gotta keep up with the times, eh? Some questions also have multiple answers, so try asking Alexa again and she might surprise you with a different answer. 

Are there any new ones or ones we've missed? Let us know!

In full disclosure, there are a couple of affiliate links to buy the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot in the article above. Thanks to your help we've manage to keep the site going!  

Now that you have an overview of monitor technology and the terms that are frequently used, this monitor buying guide will list the best gaming monitors in 2017 and explain the practical considerations you need to make when choosing the best monitor that is right for you. The best gaming monitor may not be ideal for someone using it for work to improve productivity. In the end, we truly believe that the best monitor is one that fits your needs, your computer's capabilities and your budget.
Factors to consider when choosing humidifier for home

Choosing a humidifier isn't as easy as it seems. If you just head down to the nearest mall and buy whatever's on offer, there's a high chance you'll be left disappointed as the humidifier you just purchased doesn't fit your needs.

There are a couple of key points and features you need to consider before buying that humidifier. There isn't a perfect humidifier for everyone, nor is there a one-sized fits all solution. Some humidifiers run using batteries while others require AC power. Some humidifiers can only cover a small room while industrial humidifiers can cover an entire house. With this in mind, let's take a further look at the factors to consider when you buy your humidifier for home.

Area to Cover

humidifier for a living room

The area that the humidifier needs to cover is a major consideration. Make sure you take note of what room size the humidifier is designed to cover. A medium-sized humidifier like the Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier is ideal for a medium-sized room like a master bedroom, nursery or small office of around 200 square feet but isn't able to cover larger rooms like the living room or dining room. If you only need to cover a small room, then a Single Room Humidifier like the inexpensive Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier will do the trick.

Size and Portability

Size of the Vicks humidifier

Do you live in a climate that gets more humid after winter? If so, you may want a smaller, more portable unit that you can carry around and store away. Alternatively, if the climate where you're staying is dry all year round, you may want to look into a more permanent fixture humidifier. Check out the weight and dimensions of the humidifier you intend to buy. It's important not to assume that just because a humidifier is meant for a small room, it will necessary be smaller and lighter than a humidifier meant for a medium-sized room.

Ease of Maintenance

Some humidifiers are easier to clean and to maintain than others - there are even some self-cleaning humidifier out on the market as well. One of the key considerations here is whether the humidifier requires a filter. While they do add some variable cost to owning a humidifier, they can make cleaning easier. A good indication of how easy it is to maintain the humidifier are the reviews from owners of the machine. Also, rarely would a hard to maintain model have a good rating. Hard to clean humidifiers frustrate everybody.

Features

Star Wars Darth Vader Cool Mist Humidifier

At the most basic level, all humidifiers convert water into moisture (water vapor). Some humidifiers don't do much more than that. On the other hand, there are more advanced, programmable humidifiers on the market with sensors to detect and maintain a particular humidity level or timers to work only at specific times.

If the humidifier is going to be some distance away from you at the other end of the room, you might want to get one that comes with a remote control. Another important consideration is whether the humidifier you're looking at runs on battery or AC power. In general, i'd recommend an AC powered one.

Final Thoughts

Choosing the right humidifier can help you get a better night's sleep, prevents colds, coughs and dry skin. I hope this article has shed some light on what some of your main considerations should be when you look for the ideal humidifier for your home.

In full disclosure, there are affiliate links in the article above and i'd like to thank you all for your help over the past 2 years. Thanks to your support, we've been able to keep the site going.   

When your ordinary detergent can no longer get the foul odors out of your clothes, eliminate them with these tried and tested methods. One of the biggest irritants for me was when I noticed that even after I had washed them, my workout clothes still had a lingering, for lack of a better word, 'stench'.They'd smell alright straight out of the wash and before I put them on, but as soon as I wore them and started sweating again, things got a little nasty.
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