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Unboxing Vizio V-Serio 50 inch 4K Smart TV from Walmart

Special thanks to my friend Rafael Alvarez for allowing me to unbox his new TV!

We chose the Vizio TV because it was the brightest out of all the other TV models on display. The Phillips model came close, but the deciding factor was the Vizio had Apple Air Play and Rafael had an iPhone so it worked out perfectly.

This TV has great reviews both online and offline. I have several friends that only buy Vizio and absolutely love their TVs. While I personally have a TCL and a Sony, I was impressed by how bright the Vizio was compared to the TCL that was on display.

Brightness can be a determining factor when you have sunlight washing out your screen. At night it’s less of a factor. Come to think of it when I’m playing video games during the day I do get window glare on my TCL which will likely not be a problem with this Vizio.

The TV is $298 so it’s an amazing price for a 4K TV just a few years ago when this technology was new a 4K TV was $25,000! The prices have rapidly dropped to very reasonable rates.

For the time I spent with the TV I highly recommend it. But if you’re in doubt, like I have said in the video the TV you should get is the TV you like. It’s an old school method, but it still works today — look at all the TVs and pick the one that looks good to you. Some folks don’t like bright screens, I do like them.

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Fediverse: Mastodon the Alternative to Twitter

I am always looking for new Social Networks to join. I have a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Vimeo, LinkedIn, Snapchat, TikTok, Vero, Reddit, WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, SoundCloud, MixCloud, and the list goes on and on.

There are about 250+ social networks (the last time I looked for a complete list). I thought I had joined most of the big ones. All of the ones I had joined so far were owned and hosted by a single company for profit.

A few days ago I discovered Mastodon. An alternative to Twitter. Mastodon is different because several servers called instances host the network. It is a federation of servers hosting the same protocol. Because of this, no one company or person owns it. The servers are hosting the site from around the world.

And it gets better! I discovered shortly after that Mastodon was part of a larger Fediverse of alternative social networks. Which include diaspora, Mastodon, PeerTube, GNU Social, Funkwhale, Socialhome, Misskey, Hubzilla, Pleroma, PixelFed, and Friendica.

All of these social networks operate similar to Mastodon in that they are community created, powered by an alliance of servers hosting the same protocol. And all of these networks are integrated together using ActivityPub. So not only are the networks federated themselves, but also with each other. Not even Facebook and Twitter do that.

To join me on Mastodon follow this link: https://mastodon.social/invite/wU8KzJra