Mark Manson

Book review: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

The The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck book starts with an anecdote about Charles Bukowski, the controvert novelist, picturing him as “an alcoholic, womanizer, a chronic gambler, a lout, a cheapskate, a deadbeat, and on his worst days, a poet”.

The author, Mark Manson, continues to tell how Bukowski wished to be a writer but was rejected several times by “almost every magazine, newspaper, journal agent, and publisher he submitted to”

Manson later described how Bukowski drowned his madness and the weight of his failures deep into alcohol-fueled depression.

Not really a motivational way to start a book, eh?
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The 1-Page Marketing Plan book cover by Allan Dib

The 1-Page Marketing Plan Book Review

The 1-Page Marketing Plan book, written by marketer Allan Dib, makes writing a marketing plan simple and fast.

The book simplifies the marketing plan into a single page, divided up into nine squares.

Each square is given a full chapter to explain what should go in that square.

No decent marketing plan would fit on one page, no doubt there. But in your mind it can and should.

The 1-Page Marketing Plan. Get New Customers, Make More Money, and Stand Out from the Crowd book just does that.

Spanning 224 pages, the book requires you to invest $14 to own it (link).

A self-published book that’s too good that it became #1 BestSeller on Amazon same month it started selling.

This quick summary and review will get you up-to-speed to write your first marketing plan.

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Asus ZenBook 3 Review

Featuring a 12.5-inch display for both the high-end and the low-end models, incorporating an Intel Core i7, 512GB of blazing fast SSD storage and 16GB of RAM, the Asus ZenBook 3 (UX390UA) is a stunning thin, light laptop, with few compromises on the road to the mobile computing. (Link to Asus webpage)

So you’ve been eyeing your friend’s MacBook Air pining for its thinness and overall coolness factor.

If it weren’t for the hefty price tag and (probably) utterly unfamiliar operating system, you’d probably have gotten one already.

Fear not, as the Asus ZenBook 3 means (some) of your worries could be over.

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Asus ZenPad 3 8.0 Review

With a gorgeous 8-inch display of 2,048 x 1,536 pixel resolution, the Asus ZenPad 3 (Z581KL) is the device you would turn your attention to if you weren’t going to purchase the Apple iPad mini 4, which boasts the same screen properties without the front-facing stereo speakers.

Asus chose “In Search of Incredible” as the theme for its line of ZenPad tablets.

Does that theme mean anything or is it just another marketing gimmick? Let’s find out.

But first, a quick video…
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Asus Transformer 3 Pro | 2-in-1 PC Review

During Computex 2016 in Taipei, Asus presented the Asus Transformer 3 Pro for the first time. It was a hybrid beast born to use Asus’s new super bright 12.6″ 3K panel.

The Asus Transformer 3 Pro (official website) is now available with either a Core i5 or Core i7 processor, 8 / 16 GB of RAM, and 256 / 512 GB SSD. Pretty standard in terms of modern-day computing needs.

These specs are offered at a lower base price than the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. We believe this might entice some users to abandon the tech giant for this shy (but shiny!) newcomer.
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Asus ZenWatch 3

Asus ZenWatch 3 Review ( The Good, Bad, & Ugly )

The Asus ZenWatch 3 boasts an energy-efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 processor and a 1.39-inch AMOLED display with a pixel density of 287 pixels.

The strap is available in genuine leather or rubber. You can choose from black, dark brown or rose-gold and white color.

The Asus Zenwatch 3 price hovers around $229.99. For that price, you will get an Android watch with a luxurious look and feel.

To clear things first, don’t expect a fully-detailed Asus ZenWatch 3 review. Rather, I’ll just highlight the good, the bad, and the ugly things I found in this Android wear gadget.
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Samsung Gear IconX Review; very light yet short-lived

The Samsung Gear IconX headphones are entirely wireless and Bluetooth ‘light’ earbuds.

They offer many highly innovative “smart” features like:

  • A built-in 4gb music player,
  • an independent exercise tracker,
  • and a heart rate monitor for fitness and exercise purposes.

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SanDisk Ultra II 480 GB SSD Review

SanDisk Ultra II was the SSD drive I’ve decided to buy (purchase link) based on Amazon’s top selling SSD drives list. It came third on the list in the top Internal Solid State Drives offering SATA 3 connectivity. The 1800+ favorable user reviews helped me to seal the deal. I needed that SSD drive for my Lenovo cheap laptop. I was getting tired of the long waiting time for Windows to load and for my applications to work.

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Samsung Gear S2 Classic Smartwatch Review

Samsung Middle East sent me their Samsung Gear S2 Classic Smart Watch for review. They chose for me the brown, leather strap version (aka Classic). I took out the smartwatch from the box, charged it with the wireless charger included. Took 2+ hours for a full charge. I connected it to my  Samsung Galaxy Note 5 via Bluetooth. The connection was established smoothly, although I had to install / update the Gear Manager on my phone which took ~10-15 minutes.

Tip: when I tried to connect the Gear S2 to another mobile phone, I failed miserably. I had to ‘factory-reset’ the Gear S2 before I could connect it to another phone.
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