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

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Video of Tampa Bay Book Gala by Richter Publishing

Here is the video reported and shared by Good Life Tampa Bay of the 2014 Tampa Bay Book Gala and Awards event by Richter Publishing.  I was there to share my books ( http://www.amazon.com/Mr.-Pierce-B-Brunson/e/B00I10A3XK ) and have my event photography company Firefly Event Photography (www.fireflyeventphotography.com) deliver great images from the event.

It was a great event and I always enjoy the spirit of Tara Richter and here events.  For more information visit http://www.richterpublishing.com and watch the video.

Link: http://youtu.be/-wMYh3Uz_ss

High School Success Tips: Risk It All

There is a saying in poker when a player puts all of their chips on the line for what they believe is their best chance of success. The term “All In” is the one time in poker when you know it is a make or break situation. Laying all of your money on the line in this sink or swim situation can put a person out of the game, or double their cash. Poker may be gambling, but these guys are going “all in” with everything they have to capture a victory. This is the time when the poker player has calculated all of his moves, and realizes that without laying it all on the line, there will be no chance of victory, only guaranteed defeat. I often wonder why I waited so long to act on my desires. I also wonder why some days it takes me a few minutes to get cranked up to really go to work on my desires. I attribute most of it to being a human being who isn’t perfect, but a continual work in progress.

The bottom line is that if you really want something in this world, you are going to have to risk a lot. When I talk with students who want something in life, I always ask what they are willing to give in order to get it. Most of the answers involve things they are willing to part with. They say I will do this in my spare time, or work on that in between some favorite activity; they don’t quite understand that achieving something big in life requires you to risk major things. It may mean you have to give up more than just sleep and a daily hobby. There may be a cost involved where you have to earn the cash via a part-time job just to start your journey. I believe the reason people don’t achieve in life isn’t because they don’t want to, it is mainly because they won’t give up the things they like for the opportunity they will love. Life may ask you to move to a different place to achieve your goal, because where you currently live can’t educate you well enough. That is easy if the college is where a lot of your friends are going, but what about one that is over 800 miles away? That is a huge risk at 18 years of age, but what do you want to achieve?

One thing I have learned when mentoring those who want success, but are struggling to achieve their desires, is that they rarely understand what the price of success is, and if they are willing to pay it. Everyone wants to make a million dollars, but they want to spend $100 to get there. That is what I call gambling, or the lottery, mentality. The investment on those successes is to invest as little as possible and get returns that are 100 times more than you had to risk. Those things don’t work out. I know that whatever the cost of the reward desired, you better be willing to pay at least double that price tag in effort to achieve it. So you want to make a million playing basketball? You better get used to the idea of spending two million in effort and money to achieve that goal. Want to be a billionaire businessperson? Get your two billion of effort, cash, and learning ready to lay on the line.

Risking it all is great as long as you are realistic in the cost and are willing to pay the price. Every price is different for every person. Learn to calculate the price you will have to pay, and get started on the process. Success isn’t cheap.

Risk it all by working to achieve the lifestyle you desire. There can be a “Catch 22” when talking about lifestyle. Most people see the lifestyle statement as riches and spending money. In reality, it is the way you see your life as the most productive. This can be a difficult change as it requires you to accept a new way of thinking and achieving. I know you have to have a lifestyle that you 100% believe in so our main desires will be achieved, and more things than not will work out for you. If you are struggling with what you want to do, then maybe you can evaluate the lifestyle you desire. I desire a lifestyle that gives me the freedom to help as many teens as possible. Once I discovered this, I knew it was time for me to start my own businesses and start writing books. The classroom life wasn’t going to be the BEST I could do. Taking a step away was scary, but I continue to work so I am achieving my goals, even to this point, where my family is asleep on a Friday night and I am up writing. The key is to take those small extra times and use them wisely. I could be watching something on TV, but I have to question if that would take me to my goal and the answer is no. So, I continue to write, since my goals are based on the lifestyle I am working to achieve.

You have to ask yourself if the actions you are doing are helping or hurting you when it comes to the lifestyle you desire. This doesn’t mean I don’t watch TV at all, but there comes a time where you have to give up the good to get the great.

The above information is from the book Work Ethic: The Right Actions to Create a Successful Lifestyle by Pierce Brunson https://www.createspace.com/4786986

It isn’t what you say, it’s what you do that will create the life you want. The high school years are a great time for students to build valuable and rewarding action characteristics to increase self-esteem and deliver results. While enjoying these years, students should be developing the right mindset to achieve the success they desire in the future. In order for success to happen, for students to have that lifestyle they often speak of wanting, they must become adults with a solid, results-based work ethic. Wasting these four years can’t be a part of the plan. By using their time in high school to build the right actions for a successful lifestyle, students can ensure themselves a bright future, no matter the obstacles they will encounter. Work Ethic is for the high school student expecting to live life successfully, and is willing to do the right growth actions to shape a lifestyle of fulfillment, fun, and results.

Pierce Brunson http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00I10A3XK , M.Ed., is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, and spends his time working as a mentor and speaker while developing businesses that help improve the high school experience for students and teachers. He has over a decade of experience teaching in the public school system as a high school Social Studies teacher, majoring in World History and Sociology. Pierce believes everyone can do more to help improve the education system in their local communities, which is part of the backbone of any society. Pierce’s advice is simple: stop complaining and do something to help improve the situation. Good people have to stop being afraid to fight for what they believe in. Get in the game, help others, share culture and move the world toward equality and justice. Connect with Pierce at http://www.piercebrunson.com, http://www.fireflyeventphotography.com, and http://www.piercebrunsonphotography.com.

My YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/truthisnear17/videos

 

High School Success Tips: Thinking and Believing Questions

The Thinking and Believing Lifestyle

  1. List five positive thoughts you have on a regular basis about yourself.
  2. List three compliments people give you on a regular basis, as it relates to your talent and ability.
  3. List three regular, occurring negative thoughts you have that need to be changed to positive so you will believe differently about yourself.
  4. Take some time to talk with your teachers and mentors by asking them to honestly assess your ability to achieve your goals. Their insight may be very helpful.

The above information is from the book Work Ethic: The Right Actions to Create a Successful Lifestyle by Pierce Brunson https://www.createspace.com/4786986

It isn’t what you say, it’s what you do that will create the life you want. The high school years are a great time for students to build valuable and rewarding action characteristics to increase self-esteem and deliver results. While enjoying these years, students should be developing the right mindset to achieve the success they desire in the future. In order for success to happen, for students to have that lifestyle they often speak of wanting, they must become adults with a solid, results-based work ethic. Wasting these four years can’t be a part of the plan. By using their time in high school to build the right actions for a successful lifestyle, students can ensure themselves a bright future, no matter the obstacles they will encounter. Work Ethic is for the high school student expecting to live life successfully, and is willing to do the right growth actions to shape a lifestyle of fulfillment, fun, and results.

Pierce Brunson http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00I10A3XK , M.Ed., is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, and spends his time working as a mentor and speaker while developing businesses that help improve the high school experience for students and teachers. He has over a decade of experience teaching in the public school system as a high school Social Studies teacher, majoring in World History and Sociology. Pierce believes everyone can do more to help improve the education system in their local communities, which is part of the backbone of any society. Pierce’s advice is simple: stop complaining and do something to help improve the situation. Good people have to stop being afraid to fight for what they believe in. Get in the game, help others, share culture and move the world toward equality and justice. Connect with Pierce at http://www.piercebrunson.com, http://www.fireflyeventphotography.com, and http://www.piercebrunsonphotography.com.

My YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/truthisnear17/videos

 

Education Success: Thinking and Believing

High school is one of the most important times in your life because it is the last time you will be around so many people, students, and teachers, who have a desire to see you succeed. There is something special about the high school teacher’s focus and energy level that help so many students continue the fight to graduation. As a high school student, you may not fully understand this excellent opportunity for you to get your mind right for your journey ahead. Your journey to your successful lifestyle will consist of two important elements that have to do with your brain: thinking and believing. They are definitely connected and important to each other, but one can’t be accomplished without the other being developed the right way.

Thinking is simple; it is the thoughts that come and go in your head on a daily basis. Many people don’t pay too much attention to these thoughts, and deem most of them harmless, but are they? Your thoughts have the power to shape your future over a long period of time, and play host to your fears, dreams, and realities. I believe that when you think a thought, a bit of that thought stays with you and works to affect your mood and attitude. This is great for those who send a high percentage of positive thoughts through their mind daily, but what about the negative thoughts? The negative thoughts have the same impact.

I believe that thoughts are neither good nor bad. I believe, as humans, we get to interpret them in the way needed for our survival. There are many people okay with stealing, however, a high percent of the population would see the thought of stealing as negative. The reality standpoint is that it only matters from your position in life. There are hundreds of scenarios where the average person could be asked, “When would you be for, or against, stealing?” The idea is to see your thoughts as neutral until you decide your desires in life.  When you decide your desires, you will see a change in your thought processes.

As a teacher, I would normally say (which is still true) when the student decides to do the right thing nothing will stop them, including the teachers they thought hated them. Before this thinking point, most students would let the teacher they thought hated them fail them, thinking it was the teacher’s fault. How many times do we blame others for our bad thinking and shortcomings?

Here is the key to understanding the power of your thoughts: Always know you are in control of what you think you can do. As the quote goes, “Whether you think you can or you can’t, either way you are right.”

I believe high school should be a time when students get their thinking so positive that the best actions can’t help but follow. I know high school kids are very optimistic about the future; the curse of the real world negativity hasn’t beaten them down. In order to do this properly, we have to see how thoughts affect our belief system.

If you take stock in the world around you, unless you live in a bubble off the grid, there is a very good chance you are inundated with materialism and norms pushed on you by others. When it is time for a student to decide what is important, most will get an education to get a job, though they may feel other ways are better for them on the inside. This is where the conflict arises in many students, but they fold to the pressure of the constant thoughts surrounding them. If your school is pushing for you to go to college, and you really want to start a business, you may still go to college because of the thoughts that favor it. The best way to combat the thoughts that don’t fit your desires is to know what you think will soon affect your beliefs, which then will affect your actions.

Knowing this will help you guard your thoughts so you can make the right actions that fit your desires. Going to college may be someone else’s belief, and you will have to deal with why you may or may not attend. The reality is that you will have to deal anyway, so better to do it early.

By understanding that your thinking affects your believing, you will start to realize you are 100% responsible for your actions. Your thoughts are all your own, and if your thoughts directly affect your beliefs, you have to be responsible for what you think. The moment you blame someone else for your shortcomings, you must be under the mind control of them. If this is the case, you have to be enslaved by them. If you are not enslaved by them, you can think freely. If you can think freely about your desires, you can shape your beliefs to attain those desires. This means your thoughts are all your own. Make sure you are training your brain to think positive and realistic thoughts; it will affect your actions and all of your accomplishments.

By understanding that thinking affects your believing, you will understand the power of positive thinking. What better way to remove most of the negative thoughts you let cross your mind than to know that they will mount up and cost you one day? I am not asking you to go around and be happy when it is time to be sad, or be some creepy, happy person. I am asking you to stop allowing small things to become a negative thought. Some days when I am on social media, there are people that seem to start their day with negative thoughts and it goes from there. They find a way to “lightly” complain about everything; they live in a big city and complain about traffic, the weather is too hot, cold, or wet. They woke up tired and only want to sleep. Or, my favorite, “I wish this day would end!” There is nothing wrong with those statements if you want your brain to do extra work and think your way out of your forced doldrums. If you want to have better days, start them by enjoying waking up, accepting the opportunity to do great things during the day, and think a positive thought to get your day started. Even if your day starts off on the negative side, find a way to turn it around with the right thoughts. These positive thoughts will fuel the belief that you are going to have a good day, that you deserve to have a good day, and at the end of this day, you will say it was good. If your thoughts influence your beliefs, you should be very careful thinking, “Hey, I woke up on the wrong side of the bed.” Positive thinking will help reinforce the beliefs you want to live by. A great attitude will help you to act in the ways needed, and you will see fewer and fewer bad days.

The above information is from the book Work Ethic: The Right Actions to Create a Successful Lifestyle by Pierce Brunson https://www.createspace.com/4786986

It isn’t what you say, it’s what you do that will create the life you want. The high school years are a great time for students to build valuable and rewarding action characteristics to increase self-esteem and deliver results. While enjoying these years, students should be developing the right mindset to achieve the success they desire in the future. In order for success to happen, for students to have that lifestyle they often speak of wanting, they must become adults with a solid, results-based work ethic. Wasting these four years can’t be a part of the plan. By using their time in high school to build the right actions for a successful lifestyle, students can ensure themselves a bright future, no matter the obstacles they will encounter. Work Ethic is for the high school student expecting to live life successfully, and is willing to do the right growth actions to shape a lifestyle of fulfillment, fun, and results.

Pierce Brunson http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00I10A3XK , M.Ed., is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, and spends his time working as a mentor and speaker while developing businesses that help improve the high school experience for students and teachers. He has over a decade of experience teaching in the public school system as a high school Social Studies teacher, majoring in World History and Sociology. Pierce believes everyone can do more to help improve the education system in their local communities, which is part of the backbone of any society. Pierce’s advice is simple: stop complaining and do something to help improve the situation. Good people have to stop being afraid to fight for what they believe in. Get in the game, help others, share culture and move the world toward equality and justice. Connect with Pierce at http://www.piercebrunson.com, http://www.fireflyeventphotography.com, and http://www.piercebrunsonphotography.com.

My YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/truthisnear17/videos

 

Education Success Questions: Live Outside Your Comfort Zone

The Outside Your Comfort Zone Lifestyle

  1. Where can you visit and learn from other cultures so you are a better person?
  2. Name two “crumbs” you need to leave behind so you can move on to better things on your success path.
  3. What 3 actions can you take to show that life is about the hard work you do, and not about the luck you have?
  4. Where in your plan for success will you need to move away from the crowd and the direction they are going?

The above information is from the book Work Ethic: The Right Actions to Create a Successful Lifestyle by Pierce Brunson https://www.createspace.com/4786986

It isn’t what you say, it’s what you do that will create the life you want. The high school years are a great time for students to build valuable and rewarding action characteristics to increase self-esteem and deliver results. While enjoying these years, students should be developing the right mindset to achieve the success they desire in the future. In order for success to happen, for students to have that lifestyle they often speak of wanting, they must become adults with a solid, results-based work ethic. Wasting these four years can’t be a part of the plan. By using their time in high school to build the right actions for a successful lifestyle, students can ensure themselves a bright future, no matter the obstacles they will encounter. Work Ethic is for the high school student expecting to live life successfully, and is willing to do the right growth actions to shape a lifestyle of fulfillment, fun, and results.

Pierce Brunson http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00I10A3XK , M.Ed., is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, and spends his time working as a mentor and speaker while developing businesses that help improve the high school experience for students and teachers. He has over a decade of experience teaching in the public school system as a high school Social Studies teacher, majoring in World History and Sociology. Pierce believes everyone can do more to help improve the education system in their local communities, which is part of the backbone of any society. Pierce’s advice is simple: stop complaining and do something to help improve the situation. Good people have to stop being afraid to fight for what they believe in. Get in the game, help others, share culture and move the world toward equality and justice. Connect with Pierce at http://www.piercebrunson.com, http://www.fireflyeventphotography.com, and http://www.piercebrunsonphotography.com.

My YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/truthisnear17/videos