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While on holiday break I wanted to knock out some projects I have been wanting to do. One of the top ones was putting a camo finish on my pump shotgun in preparation for a possible Spring turkey hunt, and just to get rid of the ugly black stock finish. My latest firearm is an H&R Pardner 12ga pump shotgun with a 28” barrel. It’s a lower priced shotgun, but built really well and is essentially a Remington 870 clone.
A black finish would be fine for a home defense/tactical shotgun, I bought this with the intention of it being more of an all-around shotgun that will also be suited for some hunting or outdoor adventures. So obviously the black had to go. The whole process is actually pretty simple and the hardest part for me was just deciding what camo pattern to use.
I grabbed three cans of Rust-oleum camouflage paint for roughly $3 a can, and spent hours looking at camo pattern stencils on the internet.Read More
Back towards the end of last year, I wrote about my new Lumia 920 Windows Phone. After having using for an entire year I can say it was probably my favorite tech gadget of 2013. In the past year we’ve seen a couple of big updates to the Windows Phone OS, and a big uptick in popular apps coming to the WP platform such as Instagram. I know lots of people who have also been ditching their current phones for Lumia’s and have been just as happy.
The Lumia 920 is great, and Nokia has also pushed a couple other phones out there during the year as well. The 1020 with it’s big 40mp camera, and the big 1520 with an incredible screen on it. Having Windows Phone so closely tied to Windows 8 has also been valuable, especially as the owner of a Surface as well. SkyDrive integration throughout has been way more than useful, and it’s taken preference over Dropbox this year too.
I’m sure in 2014 we’ll see the iPhone 6 which will probably bring a biggerscreen size, so we’ll see what Microsoft and Nokia bring out this year as well.
I’ve written several posts over the past year about the benefits of Outlook.com and how I made the move from Gmail to Outlook.com as my primary e-mail service.
Here’s one detailing that: Moving From Gmail to Outlook.com
As I mentioned in that post, the whole process can be a bit time consuming, but in the end it was well worth it and it’s so much better to be free of yet another intrusive Google service. Looking back at my personal tech of 2013, I can say that moving from Gmail to Outlook.com was one of the best tech moves I made all year. I’ve gotten many others to switch as well, and will definitely continue to show people the advantages of getting away from Google in the next year too.
If you have been on the fence about changing, go ahead and do it, your inbox will thank you.
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This is a quick overview of the Fobus SP11B compact paddle holster I got in this week. It’s been great so far and I’m impressed with the quality.
Get it from Amazon: Fobus Compact Holster Paddle SP11BRead More
I’m getting rid of gear that I can’t use anymore, and today I have a RaioShack PRO-163 triple-trunking radio scanner on eBay. This retails for $200 and is hard to find in stock.
If you follow any photography news you might have heard that SmugMug recently unveiled a huge new design. I never really cared much for the design of the site previously, but this completely turned it around and after exploring a bit I finally signed up for a Pro account. I’ve been trying to setup a WordPress site for my photography stuff for a while, but it’s very time consuming setting it up for lots of images. SmugMug has great looking portfolios and it’s worth the few bucks to not worry about the hassle of having another WordPress site to manage.
I put a bunch of my images up already, although I have more to do and I’m still trying to organize them into categories and layout I like, but it’s a great overview of some of the things I have been photographing.
You can see my site here: http://spencerscott.smugmug.com
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I’ve been a Gmail user since the beginning, even way before it was public. In the years since it has been my mostly primary e-mail, although I regularly used my (at the time) Live.com accounts as well. I’ve been wanting to fully switch for a while, but it’s not the easiest thing to do with so many online accounts being tied to that one e-mail. I don’t like Gmail for numerous reasons, but the latest being the addition of ads disguised as actual e-mails was enough for me to finally make the full switch. With having Windows 8, Surface, and a Windows Phone, switching fully to Outlook.com is a no-brainer. It obviously works seamlessly with these devices, and the web interface for Outlook.com is so much cleaner and easier to use than Gmail.Read More