I love my Kindle Fires. At this point I have 12 of them in my farm. I had 5 of those on PerkTV. However, PerkTV has taken a nosedive in the last couple of months so I’ve decided to put those Fires to other uses. PerkTV is one of only two apps that I know of that work out of the box with Fires because most of the new apps require Google Play Services to be running on the device and Amazon has made it amazingly tricky to get Google Play Services running on Fires.
Usually this requires root access and connecting the Fire to a PC but I’ve learned how to get around all of this.
- Go into the settings on your Fire and and enable installing Apps from Unknown Sources.
- Install a File Manager of some sort (if you haven’t already). I use ES File Explorer.
- Download and install the following in this exact order
- Google Account Manager 5.1-1743759
- Google Services Framework 5.1-1743759
- Google Play services 9.877 (230-135396225)
- Google Play Store 7.0.25.H-all [o] (nodpi) (Android 4.0+)
- Power off and Restart your Fire
As of December 17th, 2016 the above method works. I’ve tested it on 5 Fires and across 3 different apps. I was nervous about installing the Google Play Store (the 4th app above) because I know Fires run on a modified version of Gingerbread (2.3) but it works just fine.
Thanks to the XDA developer community for figuring this out.
Since the last time I updated this site, several things have happened. Consolidating just a couple of things is going to save me over $800 a year. Here’s a list of the big 4 things that have happened in the last 2 months:
- Earned an A in MIT822 and EDL850 at FHSU
- Finished XC season and started swimming
- Left Verizon and moved to Virgin Mobile
- Consolidated multiple hosting packages into one
I’ve been busy and the by product of that is not much (observable) has happened on this website.
As mentioned above I’m doing well in my coursework towards my Masters in Instructional Technology. In fact due to a bug that kept popping up when I was submitting my assignments, I created a subdomain off of jetshack and am using it to post my assignments.
October also saw the Cross Country season draw to an end and the start of the swimming season. While I enjoy coaching, the beginning and the end of every season is stressful and time consuming.
The third point I mentioned above I bring up because I feel that it relates to the… mission?? of this site and the point of this post – consolidating. I had been with Verizon for over 14 years. I won’t go into the details of what prompted me to leave, but in the end I’ll be saving over $65 a month by making the switch. Passive income is awesome, but what’s even more awesome is finding in your budget that you don’t have to spend.
I own (owned) several websites located on several different servers. There was a site for my swimming team and another for the track and cross country team. I had a site for my wife’s pom team and I also had a site where I talked about raspberry pi’s. This is in addition to my classroom site and this website. The only one of these website’s which gets updated on a regular basis is my classroom site. So I decided to take down the three team websites and the one dedicated to the pi. This left me with only 2.
I had been hosting my classroom site and this site with different companies but since I decided to take the other 4 down there wasn’t any reason that I could see to continue hosting the sites on different servers. So last night, I moved jetshack to my Namecheap hosting account. This means I won’t need to pay the monthly fee of $4.99 that had been paying for hosting.
Now that it’s said and done, consolidating my hosting and switching mobile carriers I’ll be saving over $800 a year. On a teachers salary that’s a HUGE deal.
I’m making a change in how I add information to this site. I’m realizing that I can’t maintain a twice a week post schedule and maintain quality in those posts. My time is too limited. Also with as quick as these programs go in and out of fashion I absolutely won’t be able to keep up with keeping information on all of the programs that I use updated.
So, I’m going to make an attempt at creating quality pages over specific programs. These pages will be snapshots of how the program is currently working, if for some reason the program changes I won’t feel obligated to update the page to reflect this.
I’m currently working on an in depth review of the application called Qriket. My hope is to have it out at the end of this month.
This change in focus has been driven by the implosion (for me) of earnhoney and bing rewards. Over the last 30 days I’ve earned a grand sum total of $15.82 with earnhoney and Microsoft completely changing their rewards program works caused my earning with them to crater to nothing.
Last week was rough. Several of the programs that I use were hit with bad ads that brought earnings to a near halt. However, instead of becoming frustrated with the situation I looked at it as an opportunity to find new options.
Freaking Beauty and the Beast
Perk was hit with a nasty ad for Beauty and the Beast. I came home at one point and all 12 of my perk phones were stuck on that one ad. In the process of resetting the farm I started to laugh. Literally, by the time I had reset the 12 phones half of them were stuck on that ad again.
The Beauty and the Beast ad also found it’s way into the passive Swagbucks apps. I also think I say it on Checkpoints once.
Rewardable TV – Being Awesome Again
One thing I noticed was that the two phones I just bought that were running Rewardable hadn’t been hit by the Beauty and the Beast ad. So, I looked up the ToS for RewardableTV and saw that I could run 7 devices on it. And so I jumped at that opportunity.
I also found a couple of new programs. One that looked intriguing was called Adfun. I’m currently testing it out on 3 phones to see how it works. Right now, I think I’m impressed (with a couple of caveats). If it works out Adfun could end up solving a HUGE problem that arises when large farms are hit with a bad ad across multiple programs. I should have a better idea on this by the end of the week. If it works out I’ll write more about it then.
New(ish) Fires on the way
One other thing I noticed about the Beauty and the Beast ad was that it hadn’t showed up once on my Kindle Fire. This really made me want to get my hands on some more Fires. I couldn’t justify spending $50 each on new ones so I stared scouring Craigslist and Ebay. But I couldn’t find any there that I liked either. And then I saw someone mention Amazon Warehouse Deals. So I after googling that I was pleasantly surprised to find that Amazon offers refurbished Fires for $26 each. So I bought 4 using giftcards I’d picked up through Swagbucks. (Every month I pick up 1 $25 Amazon gift card from Swagbucks because the first one purchased every month can be picked up for $22). They should arrive in the next couple of days.
This means that in the next couple of days my PerkTV farm will be completely run on Amazon Fires. This should give me the opportunity to have a big bump in my perk earnings. I’ll then see if any of the other Perk Apps will run on the Kindle. If they do, then I’ll roll the additional Perk earnings into purchasing some more Fires.
New Alcatel Pixi Eclipses Phones
RewardableTV might have just entered into my farm routine. I went to Wal-Mart yesterday to pick up a couple of phones for my farm. The phones I had planned on picking up weren’t in stock so I took a gamble and picked up 2 Alcatel Pixi Eclipses. They were on sale for $14.40 (current price $19.99).
Once the phones were home and opened, I started charging them. While they were charging I attempted to load PerkTv on them. But that didn’t work. So I tried to load checkpoints on them. But that didn’t work either. I then tried to load the YooLotto app on it. But once again no luck.
I was starting to become frustrated so I went to reddit to see if anyone had had any luck with these phones. I couldn’t find any mention of them. So then I started looking for other passive app programs which I had been ignoring.
This is when I stumbled onto RewardableTV. I loaded their app on the phones without any issues. Once that was done, I created my account, and then I set the phones up in my farm. I checked back in an hour later and the phones were at what equates to 50 cents. I did a double take on that, and then I did some math. Those 2 phones were on pace to make a combined $12 a day.
Now that the phones have been running for 24 hours I’m starting to get a better idea of their earning potential. While not as stellar as that initial estimate, over the course of the last 24 hours those 2 phones have earned $2.25. Which makes sense because that’s about a dollar a day per phone and there’s a 7 device limit per account and per IP. 7 phones would be making a little more than $7 a day.
I’m going to let these two phones run for the remainder of this month and if they keep up this pace I’ll buy 5 more of the Eclipses to bring my total to 7 for the start of next month.
RewardableTV is fairly new into the mobile app game and there has been some growing pains recently. Unlike others I am much more apt to overlook this because of how passive this app is. The electricity cost per phone is about 5 cents per month. As long as this app is earning that I’ll let it continue to run.