Verizon Samsung S5 and 128gb Micro SD Card Issues

There is nothing more exciting to a “techie” than to see hardware prices come down so you can take your electronics to an even greater level.  I am one of those techies that loves to use my phone for photography.  I take great care of my phones by purchasing a protective case (the kind that have the cage on the inside with the soft rubber on the outside of the cage) and not using the phone until this protection is delivered.

I expect a phone to meet the specifications of blogs that are 6+ months old.  Well, well, here is my thumbs down to a great phone but a promise not kept by the Samsung S5.  If you have noticed the prices of memory dropped greatly during the holiday season.  You could pick up a 64gb micro card from Best Buy for under $50.  That is a great deal for a store.  However, I am a person that likes to shop online and get a better deal on technology.  After seeing the store prices I checked my online sources and found 128gb micro sd cards in the range of $12 – $99 depending on the level of the card.  There is always buyer beware but my first 128 Screenshot_2015-01-06-09-24-55card was the “HC” level and was only $13.  For that price it was worth the risk, plus it had a 10 day warranty.  I took my chances with my 3 month old Samsung S5.  The “card” worked for about an hour and left my images with a strange symbol.  The “card” would only temp hold the images and would erase them when the phone was turned off and back on.  Once back on the images were gone.  I took the card out of the phone and checked on the computer, no good.  The “card” seemed to be the issue.  I immediately returned it and took a venture to the Verizon Wireless store.

After, clearing my phone they felt it was an issue with the S5.Samsung S5 and 128gb Micro SDXC card  They sent me a “new” (really a referb with the same issues) back to me.  I didn’t know this at the time.  After taking time for my new chip (128gb Micro SD XC) to come in i thought a new phone and newer/faster card was the issue.  After a test run the “new” phone and the new Sandisk 128gb Micro SDXC still delivered the same results.  As you can see there seems to be an issue with writing to the card.  It didn’t matter what card i used at the 128gb level it didn’t write.  The SDXC level card is the exact one that I am currently using in my Samsung Tab 3 but at the 64gb level and that thing zooms and works great.  I believe that this phone isn’t able to truly work at this level since I am on my second Samsung S5.

Sandisk 128gb Micro SDXCI don’t know what the answer is but if you need a certain level of 128 Micro SD card for the Samsung S5 to work I would like the people at the Verizon store or on Verizon tech support to know.  There is another level of micro sd card but i believe it is the phone and not the cards.  Instead of using this 128gb powerhouse I am back to the old card.

So I am currently dissappointed in the Samsung S5 and will Samsund Micro SD 32gbhave to continue to use my 32gb card until this tech issue is solved.

If you have any suggestions or are experiencing the same issues please share your solutions.

Actions taken:

Formatted each SD card (4 times).
Followed Verizon Wireless tech support guidelines and rebooted my old phone.
Updated phone (while talking with tech support)
“New” phone (formatted card after updates)
Used multiple 128gb Micro SD cards (HC, XC)
Performed speed test with the card via Sandisk Memory Zone app. (32gb rated at 36.1mb/sec while the 128 rated at 31.0mb/sec) go figure.

Hopefully there is a resolution out there.

-Pierce Brunson


The Face of Failure, Welcome to Entrepreneurship!

What does the face of failure look like? There are many business books that tend to just wash over failures and up until this point I hadn’t had any. With Firefly we have retained every customer and were excited to start our new division. But what happens when you majorly fail on a big opportunity. Of course people would say, pick yourself up and move on but what does the emotion of the entrepreneur look like? What are the immediate feelings? How does one move on when all you want to do is bury your head in the sand? How do you feel like improving when the wound of failure is so fresh?

The list of feelings:
I want to quit, no one will ever trust me again, I guess I will give up on taking sports photos. give me my old job back, tha hell?, you should just give up on the dream, successful people never had it this hard, how embarrassing, when will I have the success I desire? tha hellx2, and so on.

All the positive Facebook and Instagram MEMES in the world won’t help right now. This is me and I hope I never have to do another video like this again.

I guess we will see how I rebound to make it better.

Right now I don’t know but watch the video and I will keep you updated.

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Learning Curve: Floating Along

Chapter 1: Floating Along

What do you do when you finally wake up to your talents and abilities and you are 33 years old? Who do you tell your dreams to when your peers are working, starting families, and seem to have found their niche in life? What do you do with the loneliness of indecision at such a late age? How do you stop the grinding of your soul begging for more from you, and you don’t know where to start? Welcome to my world, 9 years ago. I finally got to the point where I felt I had to do something I really wanted to do with my life. You see, I fell under that category of a person that has many talents, but hasn’t found where they should fit in society. When this happens, you rarely develop any of your talents; they just sit dormant as you stare off into space hoping for an answer. Years ago I started to read a ton of books about success, business people, and things written by people who have found their “thing” in life. These readings inspired me to really go for “it.” But what was “it?” Did I want to be a doctor, lawyer, continue to be a high school teacher, or do something else?

I found that my classroom and coaching duties were fulfilling, but there seemed to be this limit to what I could accomplish and be awarded while in those roles. I watched as many of my friends were having success in life, and I wondered, how do they know what they want to do?

How do we discover what we want to do in a world where those that know what they want to do have a leg up, and seem to get there faster? Why do most of us float around, even though we have college degrees, for decades before we find something that really causes us to jump out of bed in the morning and go for it in life? I don’t know about where your confusion level started, but I know that mine started in high school.

While in high school, I realized that my life plan wasn’t going to be the status quo of picking a major and entering the workforce in that field.  There were so many things I was interested in, and pretty good at doing, that when it came down to picking a college and a major, I froze and went with what I had always been doing; visual art. I had no real understanding of how to turn that into a rewarding career, or find a job in that field; I just assumed it would happen. As I developed and moved along to another college, I found myself saying things like, “I like ______________”, or “I think _____________ would be cool.”  Not the best way to grow and develop the skills necessary to live the life that you desire. Those blanks were filled with many different thoughts.

This is a part of chapter one from my book Learning Curve: How to Prepare For Success When You Don’t Know Where Your Life Is Going by Pierce Brunson. Every Monday and Thursday for the next 12 weeks I will share parts of the book starting today 3/17/2014.  The next shares will come from my new book Rock The Crowd (Wednesday/ Friday Schedule starting 4/21/2014), a book that helps teachers give the best performances of their life as they teach their students.

Learning Curve: How To Prepare for Success When You Don’t Know Where Your Life Is Going is dedicated to helping the high school student that desires success in life but doesn’t know exactly what they want to do or how to do it.  During this confusing and stressful time most students just pick a college major or get a job and just hope things work out. Well, that strategy is terrible!  The best strategy includes learning and adding the characteristics in this book to one’s personality so that as the right opportunities come along the student can take hold of them.  Learning Curve is the jumpstart information that helps teens prevent a lifetime of wishing, “if only someone would have told me”, once valuable opportunities have gone away.

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My name is Pierce Brunson and my focus in life is to make the high school experience more valuable, rewarding, and memorable for students and teachers through quality product and service development.

My Short Visit With an Old, Destructive Friend

ill take it from hereToday I visited an old friend from my past.  I decided to visit this person because of all the frustrations that have built up over the last four years where I took on the responsibilities for another person and it burned me.  I should have known that taking on another’s responsibly is never a good thing.  It doesn’t help me or the other person.  It doesn’t help me because I am doing things that don’t help me grow in the ways I need and it doesn’t help the other person because I am taking away their growth experience.

The person I visited I haven’t allowed to an influence in my life in about 7 years.  They were a destructive, but fun part of my life that I had to leave behind to move toward the things I really wanted.  That person is my alter ego.  My alter ego is a dick and just does things to be a dick.  I know they are always there for me when I need someone to be a dick but I don’t allow them in my life, well not until last night.  I have avoided them but in the last few weeks the frustrations have just been too much and “alter ego” has decided to help me teach someone a lesson.

Don’t get me wrong, I like my alter ego.  They help me do other things but I don’t visit them enough to allow them to take over my attitude.  I learned a long time ago that they were destructive and had a mean streak.  Since our last life attitude visit, I have been happier in my life and know my real desires.

I love being a father, husband, writer, entrepreneur, photographer and all around cool person.  Well when old Alter shows up I don’t have the concentration needed to be successful.

I like people in my life that empower me and I have to continue to connect to those people, even if it means giving up those people or alter egos that I like.

I have such a good relationship with Alter that it now asks if I am sure that I want to visit him.  Funny even the most hateful side of me know I am more productive without him in my life.

This morning I learned something more about myself.  I am happy.  I like where I am going but I do need people that can push me and help me improve.  Though I have never had a real life mentor I have been able to get a ton of positive information from books, videos, audio and internet sources.

I also learned that I have to focus on my thing and help others along but not do it for them.  That takes too much energy.

I know what is right for me and even though I had a nice visit again with Alter a few hours ago we both know that our life will be better if we part ways before someone gets hurt.  That someone will be me because the wrong attitude will only help me to miss the opportunities I desire.

My advice to myself.

  1. You found a way! Let others do the same.
  2. Help, but don’t parent adults.
  3. Remember your desires in life.  Don’t let someone get in the way.
  4. Also know that I can be a burden to others. Continue to work on self.