Mac mini

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The brand new Mac mini that is packing the M1 (Apple Silicon) chip has finally arrived. I have to admit, I was very skeptical about this thing’s performance before placing the order. I have only owned 2 Mac computers previously; one was an iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2013) and the other Macbook Pro (13-inch, Early 2015) with 2.7 GHz Dual-Core Intel i5 CPU. The iMac had a hybrid fusion hard drive, and man, that was slow. Reminded me of the dial-up internet days. So, when I upgraded to the MacBook Pro, I made sure it had a solid-state drive (SSD). I’m glad I paid extra for that SSD. Who knew that would be a massive difference in accessing data. Fortunately, the base model for the Mac mini includes SSD.


Mac mini Specs:


  • M1 (Apple Silicon). 
  • 8GB unified memory.
  • 256GB SSD.
  • Ethernet.
  • 2 USB-C / thunderbolt ports. 
  • 1 HDMI port.
  • 2 USB ports.
  • 3.5 headphone jack.
  • Built-in Speaker.


If you are worried if 256GB is enough like I was before placing the order, yes, it is plenty for most cases. When in doubt, external hard drives can always be utilized. I have about 159 GB free of storage after everything is setup. The 8 GB of memory seems plenty, just as my previous experience with the iMac and MacBook Pro. The built-in speaker is handy, but I wouldn’t rely on it when playing music as it does not sound good at all.  


List of my Mac mini accessories (for my curious readers)



Any issues running Intel-based software?


So far, I have not had any issues. Apple really did a great job ensuring the soon to be obsolete Intel works on the M1 chip. 


This may be a different story for gamers. However, for my purposes, it works beyond expectations. Microsoft Word, Android Studio, security apps, etc…


How does the M1 compare to the Intel chip?


The bootup and shutdown times are almost instant. You can think of it much like an iOS or iPad booting up. It amazes me every time. The Mac Benchmarks by GeekBench shows M1 outperforming the very expensive $5,999.00 iMac Pro and all other Mac Intel models. After owning the Mac mini for a couple of days now, I can tell you that it is definitely faster. It makes my MacBook Pro feel like an obsolete POS that keeps overheating and has battery charge issues. The Mac mini doesn’t heat up when using xCode, Safari with several tabs open, and playing YouTube videos for hours. It also doesn’t make any noise.


Should you upgrade to a Mac powered with Apple Silicon?


After explaining the significant differences, it really is a no brainer. I’m all into the latest tech, so you bet I can be a bit bias here. There is something that should be considered. Our Macs that run Intel could lose some value as more Apple Silicon models become available. However, this may seem obvious to some, but it is also an excellent reminder to those unaware. Upgrade and sell before the mainstream does.


If we dive deeper to compare this. Would consumers continue to buy Intel models knowing a base Mac mini using Apple Silicon is cheaper and superior? Would anyone be willing to pay a premium price for such a product?


Final thoughts


My experience with the new Mac mini has been great. I have no regrets. I love the performance this little computer has. It is definitely faster and helps me become more productive in my daily routines.


I can’t wait to see how a MacBook Pro or an iMac rocking the Apple Silicon will perform for 2021. 


What are your thoughts?

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When you are thinking about starting a new home-based business, figuring out what you need to reach those all-important first customers can be a challenge. To keep costs low, you also need to determine what you don’t need to grow your new business. If you want to solve this dilemma with less hassle, here are some marketing and startup tips.


Yes, You Will Need a Home Office


Growing a successful business  takes a lot of focus and hard work. You will need to concentrate on identifying your niche products, services, and skills, and then figuring out how to use those offerings to solve problems for your target audience. This can be a lot to think about, especially when you are trying to do so while being distracted by a noisy TV or noisy kids. So you should really think about carving out some space in your home for a dedicated home office.


Designing a productive and functional home office can be so much easier than you think. One of the first steps is to eliminate distractions, so try to set up your office in an area of your home that is separate from other spaces and other family members. It can also be important to set some ground rules for the members of your household who are home while you are working.


No, You Don’t Need Expensive Ads


Honestly, if you are starting a small home-based business there is no reason you need to pay for ads. Especially when there are plenty of  free advertising avenues  where you can effectively market your services and offerings. Google and other popular search engines can provide you with the marketing tools you need to drive that initial traffic to your new business.


Social media can also be a powerful way to promote yourself to potential customers. In fact, marketing through social media  can be so powerful that you could focus all of your attention on these platforms, at least in the beginning. To keep yourself from feeling overwhelmed, choose one or two platforms that will help you target your key customers. Then set up a profile and start posting photos, videos, and other content on a consistent basis.


You May Need to Set Up an LLC


As CNBC explains, many people choose to  transition their side gigs  into full-fledged home-based businesses, and this could be a very smart move for you as well. If you want to lend some legitimacy to your side hustle, think about establishing an LLC. In addition to providing legitimacy for potential clients, setting up an LLC can also provide liability protection for your business.


On top of these perks, forming an LLC can be quick and simple when you use an online service to fill out and file  your Certificate of Formation. Speaking of states, it’s important to keep in mind that different states have different processes for creating an LLC. Then you can take advantage of legal protections and tax breaks with less paperwork, stress, and hassle.


No, You Shouldn’t Ignore Other Businesses


As Forbes explains, collaborating with competitors  is a smart move for new small businesses looking to gain exposure and customers. Even major corporations like YouTube and Vimeo understand this to be true, so don’t make the mistake of ignoring the benefits of networking.  By working with the competition, you can pick up savvy business lessons from more seasoned entrepreneurs and you can also help promote each other’s businesses.


You need confidence and hard work to build a new home-based business from the ground up. These marketing strategies will provide a return on your investment and get your new business off to the right start!


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Remote works will be one of the biggest shifts in workplace culture in recent decades. Known for their high salaries, tech companies are one of the leading adopters of remote work. This capability isn’t new; people have been working home for a while, but the experiment forced by coronavirus has shown it can be a feasible model. 

Tech Jobs Are Threatening Non-Tech Work

Automation is threatening many different non-tech careers. AI chatbots appear on many websites, encouraging you to start a conversation if you have a question. This role, previously done by a human, reduces the number of customer service representatives needed. Automation isn’t limited to low skill work—there are AI therapy services. 


Data scientists are part of the team responsible for creating these AI services. Even though an AI program may remove hundreds of jobs, it still takes a team to create the application. Data scientists analyze all of the data of their program to improve its functionality. You can become a data scientist with no degree. Even though data scientists are well paid, a small team can create a program capable of reducing thousands of hours of employee salaries.

Tech Jobs Are Growing

The tech industry has been growing rapidly over the past several years. It has been growing at such a pace colleges have not been able to graduate students fast enough. This shortage has prompted crash courses in coding called bootcamps. In 2019, over 30,000 people graduated from these fast-paced courses. 


These bootcamps are so confident you will get a job with your new skills they offer job guarantees and even deferred tuition. The job market for computer science careers has been steady during the recent downturn caused by Covid-19.

Remote Work Isn’t What You Think

Remote work sounds like a pretty good deal, but it will be put to the test as we slowly return to pre-pandemic norms. There are a few easy wins for remote work—no need to dress up, no commute, and you can stay in the comfort of your home. Even with these perks, there are challenges Zoom can’t resolve. 


Communication is one of the struggles of remote work. Even with video and instant messaging, the lack of human connection can impact results. Miscommunication between product managers and software engineers can cause delays and frustrate involved parties. 


The amount of data regarding remote work has increased as a significant portion of the world works from home. A consistent finding is the workday has increased by an average of 45 minutes. This workday extension might seem detrimental, but you probably spend more time commuting than 45 minutes. Even with the increased workday, the lack of commute is beneficial to our health.


One of the real downsides of remote work is the lack of separation from work and home life. Without an office, you can physically let work seep into your personal life. There is a temptation for work to be the first thing we do each day, which can be why the workday is longer. If you are working from home, or plan to in the future, make sure to find ways to practice self-care.

Coronavirus Is a Blip in Time

It seems like coronavirus is not going to go away. We will feel the effects of Covid-19 for many years, but what seems like an eternity now will be a short memory in five years. Remote work will be one of the ever-present reminders of this epidemic. While vacations are on pause, and we stay confined to our homes longer than preferred, we can take this disaster and put our time to good use. 


If you choose to attend a bootcamp, you can have a higher salary by the beginning of next year. Take the negative impact of Covid-19 and turn it into a lasting positive change by attending a top coding bootcamp. By choosing to react opportunistically, you can create a positive outcome from this epidemic. If you capitalize on the extra time available, you will remember 2020 as the year you elevated your career, not the year stuck at home.


Salaries will be dependent on the market and the demands of any job. Tech jobs will continue to be available as companies implement new technologies to save on employment costs. While the coronavirus has negatively impacted our world, remote work, and the opportunity to learn new skills can be a beacon of light in these dark times.



Artur Meyster is the CTO of Career Karma (YC W19), an online marketplace that matches career switchers with coding bootcamps. He is also the host of the Breaking Into Startups podcast, which features people with non-traditional backgrounds who broke into tech.


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Numerology Reports are now available on the Windows 10 App Store, Google Play Store, and Amazon App Store right now. Learn more here. Unfortunately, Apple has declined submission so this app won’t be available for Apple platforms. 

I have clients ask what does that 88 mean or represent in the new app icon? My response is, according to Numerology, 88 means wealth and abundance. In my personal experiences, I keep seeing 88 among other numbers on a daily basis and find it quite fascinating. Being drawn to look up at laptop charging at 88%, 88 degrees outside, to buying groceries that just happen to be $88.00. It took a while for me to grasp this concept and sounds far fetched at first until you start noticing patterns in our daily life. Here’s an article that talks more about the number 88

Numerology is an ancient science that suggests we choose our lives before we are born. Many numerologists believe that the soul chooses a body based on the energy vibrations it will receive from the date of birth and its name.

A brief description of the new app. Numerology Reports create reports to help gain clarity in what your life purpose is, talents/gifts, strengths/weaknesses, passions, what people think of you, and midlife crisis advice. People pay hundreds for these reports and the app can be used to start your own Numerology business. A big feature that I know you will love is the Baby Name Generator. This puppy lets you type in names you want to name your baby and it will show you what gifts/talents him/she will possess in his/her life. If you cannot find a name, the app also generates a list of other potential names for you to choose from. I love this feature and I know you will too. 

Give it a try and let me know your thoughts.

Stay safe, stay blessed.



It was January 1, 2020, around 1:23 AM that I was still awake celebrating a brand new year as we entered into the year 2020. The skies were filled with fireworks, the crowds of people had smiles, and laughter filled the air. Life was good, as I went to bed I said to myself, this year will be the best one yet! What could go wrong? I got this.

Fast forward till today as I write this on May 26, 2020, things have changed, and that is an understatement.

I’m not going to layout any stats or numbers, but what I want to say is I hope all my supporters, friends, and family are safe during these unprecedented times. I pray ya’ll have enough to put food on the table and more than enough to pay the bills. In these uncertain times, I am grateful I’m able to create apps and have some sort of financial income. I thank you for your support, and I pray for everyone who reads this that they are blessed with more than enough to get you by until things get back to normal.

We are all in this together.

Open mind

What does it mean to be an open-minded person? In America, having an open mind is hard to find. Open-minded individuals appear to be modern-day rebels — the ones who think for themselves. I view being open-minded as an invaluable skill.


Benefits of having an open-mind

  • Tolerant / Non-judgmental – open to everyone’s ideas, views, and actions. No need to get all worked up for nothing.
  • Curious or respectful of other religions and cultures.
  • Willing to question our own beliefs. Not afraid to ask questions and research.
  • Allow everyone to express themselves, no matter how controversial they may be.
  • Drive to want to learn more.
  • Not triggered when someone voices his/her opposing opinions.
  • Accepting constructive criticism.
  • Know that we do not know everything. There is always something new to learn. We are not smarter than anyone else. 


Free your mind, Neo. Break free of limiting beliefs.


I challenge everyone to face your fears. If your religious, talk with an atheist. Start a conversation about how your religion is different and why. Learn why this person made his/her choices. I’m not saying they are wrong or right, I am asking you to start questioning things with an open heart. Be receptive to everyone and what they are saying to you. 


Do not let fear hold you back.


When you hear about Elon Musk in the news about Tesla, what comes to your mind? Are you in awe of how this man has been able to overcome significant hurdles that the prominent Auto Manufacturers couldn’t accomplish? Or are you somehow have resentment towards the man because he is causing substantial changes in the auto industry?  


It was November 2019 that Tesla revealed the Tesla Cyber Truck to the world. I do admit, at first, the look of the truck looked ridiculous, and I was confused. I was expecting a sexy looking truck with the same outdated look as Ford. Needless to say, after showing all the features I was sold. If you can remember all the bad publicity the truck had, it was everywhere. I think the most used negative thing people said about it was, “I drew that car design when I was a kid.” My reaction to that is, yeah, maybe, but did it come with strong steel exterior and bulletproof windows? I have a colleague who swears that this Cyber Truck won’t be able to tow across the country and that it won’t be practical. The exciting part is, this truck isn’t out yet. Where is he getting this from? What could possibly be going on for him to make such a claim? Is it fear of the truck being successful? Is the Cyber Truck a threat to his ego? I do admit, Tesla is making all the auto manufacturers look bad. All a sudden Tesla comes along, creates vehicles that are capable of going faster than supercars, rated one of the safest cars in America, and cheaper for the features equipped. In business, if you drop the ball, any startup will come and take you out by offering a better product.


An example of being open-minded is to approach the Cyber Truck for what it is. It is a highly innovative vehicle that will be available for sale starting in 2021. No need to get all worked up about it. If it succeeds, then great! Otherwise, move on and focus on being productive in your life. Cars are nothing but tools to make our lives better. It doesn’t matter which vehicle we own.


Until next time, take care, my friend.

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What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear about prayer? What is a prayer, by the way? Prayer is a way to communicate with our Heavenly Father. We can pray for guidance, protection, health, wealth, family, friends, neighbors, and everything else. There are no limits, as long as our intentions are good, and we hold a strong faith.


How Do I Possess Power To Pray?


Praying has nothing to do with magic or theatrical scenes that we see from movies. To think about it, that would be epic to have Jesus or Angels appear out of nowhere to deliver messages to you. While I’m not saying this cannot happen, most likely, it won’t ever happen to you. The power we have is through believing. Merely stating a simple prayer and believing that your words are heard is enough. Heavenly Father knows more than we know. He knows and listens to every prayer we say. 


Mark 6:5-6 (KJV):

5 And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. 
6 And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.

We learn from Mark 6:5-6 that healings are not always delivered. This is due to a lack of faith. To get the most out of praying, one must believe and have faith in Jesus Christ. Another verse is

Matthew 21:22 (KJV) :

22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

We need to remember; everything is possible with Jesus Christ. 


Common Mistakes


When praying, one thing we should not do is be repetitive. 

7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking –Matthew 6:7 (KJV).

Not being genuine when praying is another mistake. He knows our intentions before we say it.


You do not have faith as mentioned above. Matthew 21:22 (KJV).


Expecting prayers to be answered right away. Most times they will be answered when the time is right.


Top Scriptures on Prayer


7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: –Matthew 7:7

24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. –Mark 11:24


14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. –James 5:14-16


Prayer App To Help Pray More Often


Prayer Request Notes is an app dedicated to prayer. The app helps promote you to write down individual and group prayers. I invite you to download it now and share it with your friends, church, and families. Learn more here.



Good news, Google is finally focusing on making sure Android apps are safe! There have been quite a few reports of malware and security risks for Android devices for quite some time now. A research company claims to have had access to device camerasPlay Store allowed apps that include malware inside them. Most of the Android devices available do not support the latest Android versions. This has caused big headaches for app developers as well through Android fragmentation. By the way, using outdated software has security risks on its own.


Since Google’s business model is all about advertisements and sharing user’s data, it comes as no surprise that the Android platform isn’t secure. Usually, when a piece of software is free, there is a hidden cost that, which can be your data is being tracked and forced advertisements. What if Android wasn’t built with security in mind? What if it was built to make it easy to share user’s data? iPhones are locked down to protect user’s data, why are Androids wide open?


I am just thinking back about how it wasn’t too long ago back on September 23, 2008, that Android was first released. The good news is Android is finally working on securing its apps today in November 2019. It only took them 11 years to try to fix the problem. Some people are slower than others. I’ll give them that, but then again, security is a pretty big deal.


I’m all for more security and ensuring apps are safe for everyone. I look forward to seeing improvements on Android. I’m hopeful at least. Android developer’s wishlist would be to have that fragmentation issue fixed already, but we can all dream, right?


December is here, the month that my annual fee for Apple’s App Developer Membership is due. To keep my apps active in the App Store for iOS and Mac devices, developers better not forget to pay. Failure to do so will result in being unpublished. This leads me to a question, why not have the annual fee automatically be deducted from app sale proceeds?


Can developers use Apple Pay for the annual membership fee? During the checkout process on the website, I came across this message:


Apple Pay Disabled


My Apple Card number was automatically selected to pay for the membership. The Apple Pay logo was grayed out further down which made me pause for a few moments. I kept saying to myself that I thought we get 3% back on all Apple services and products. It wasn’t until after I paid for the membership that the Apple Pay inside the Wallet app confirmed the fee was 3% cashback despite the website not disclosing this information. 

Apple Pay Receipt


So, even though Apple Pay is grayed out and says it is ineligible for one of the accepted payment types, it is indeed supported for the 3% cashback using the Apple Pay credit card number. Normally we only receive 1% for using the card. I thought I’d share in case this isn’t fixed by the time someone else pays for their annual fee. What an excellent way to receive $3.22, where I wouldn’t have otherwise.


We are back at it with another review. This time around it isn’t a piece of technology, it is one of the best foods available in the United States of America, bacon!

This perfection comes as no surprise as to why it is so addicting. Bacon is the flappy birds of food. It is beautiful. It sings to us. It inspires us. In all its crispiness, it’s amazing.

Vegans are no longer trending as bacon cannot be resisted. It’s part of life and must be embraced. To help improve morale and in office productivity nothing is more efficient than bringing bacon to work.

Turns out this isn’t a review after all, it is a fascination over bacon. 

Let’s celebrate this time by eating some juicy, watery, crispy bacon. To help gather some unique receipts on bacon I put a list of some great bacon resources to look into below.

Top Bacon Blogs

Ladies and gentlemen, we are in luck. There are a few apps on bacon available including this wonderful game.

Bacon – The Game

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Itunes App Store

Stay hungry, my friends.