Misc blog postings
|Earliest: July 28, 2003||Latest: November 11, 2018||Total: 114|
|November 11, 2018|
Streaming Hallmark Channel
If you just switched to Hulu, one of the channels that you'll notice that is not available is the Hallmark Channel. Normally this isn't a big deal, but at Christmas people like to watch their holiday shows.
Unfortunately you can't watch Hallmark unless you have a subscription via a cable network.
We wanted something cheap since Hulu meets all of our TV viewing needs. We also didn't want a long-term commitment since we'll likely unsubscribe after the new year.
What about the Hallmark Now Service?
The Hallmark Movies Now subscription service, which is available for $5.99 a month or $59.99 annually, is not a good option for us. They don't show this Christmas seasons movies.
If you want on demand from last year it would be fine - but chances are people you know will be talking about this season shows.
These are the cost that you would need to get the full Hallmark Experience. (On Playstation Vue you can just get the basic Hallmark Channel for $44.99/month.)
|Philo||43 Channels||$16/mo||7-day free trial|
|fuboTV||85+ Channels||$39.99/Month||7-day free trial|
|Sling||43 Channels||$30/Month||7-day free trial|
|Playstation Vue||85 Channels||$59.99||7-day free trial|
|DirectTV Now||65+ LIVE Channels||$40/MONTH||7-day free trial|
After exploring all the options we went with Philo. For $16 a month you get 43 channels including Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Drama and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
There is a lot of overlap of channels with Hulu, but this was the cheapest option to watch Hallmark via OnDemand.
Maybe in 2019 there will be more options to watch Hallmark Channel - including YouTube TV.
|August 5, 2018|
I was cleaning up the attic this weekend and found the Netscape DEVCON guidebook.
DEVCON 97 was the annual technology conference for Netscape Developers. The conference was held in San Jose California on June 11th to the 13th. The Conference Guide had the quadrant numbers as 37° 22.10' N and 121° 53.44' W which is the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.
The conference highlighted many new technologies to be coming soon to the Netscape platform. You can purchase conference keynotes from VWTapes for $30 each.
Digital Equipment Partner
One of the major partners to Devcon 1997 was Digital Equipment Corporation. This would be significant because it would be the last technical conference before Digital was sold to Compaq.
This is the description that Digital Equipment put in the program:
DIGITAL's leadership in delivering Internet Business Solutions on both Intel and Alpha platforms, with industry-leading scalability, enables our customers to develop, deploy and grow their Internet applications with the headroom to accommodate future needs. Digital Equipment Corporation will demonstrate innovative Internet technologies that showcase its leadership in delivering high-performance Internet Business Solutions. DIGITAL has a long history of Internet innovation and unparalleled expertise in enterprise systems, networking, and service. Past DIGITAL DevCon demonstrations include our breakthrough Millicent "pay-per-click" electronic micro-commerce system, the award-winning AltaVista Search with Live Topics, IPV6 and JAVA support, and top-performing StrongARM reference platform for the Internet network computers.
|July 22, 2018|
Summer Safety Tips For Parents With Teens
The summertime is filled with so many fun activities, and families can easily become extremely busy. Between soccer games, family gatherings, to outdoor concerts and amusement park visits, summertime is when we can step back and relax. It's a time to enjoy life and spend time outdoors with our families and friends. However, for parents, it can be a time that can easily become stressful when you have children or teens in your home.
Consider taking the necessary steps to ensure you can enjoy the rest of your summer with ease, and make it a safe time spent with family and friends. As a parent, there are always things you can do to ensure safety is instilled within your homes environment.
Summer is one of the most desirable seasons simply because the weather allows for so many outdoor activities. During the cooler fall and winter months, sporting activities and events are often limited because of the seasonally cooler air which can make those who spend time outdoors become sick. Parents can expect their teens to want to participate in outdoor activities and sports. As expected, there are several things you can do to ensure they are able to participate in these activities, but they also keep themselves safeguarded at the same time.
If your teenager is participating in contact sports like football or baseball, make sure they are wearing protective gear at all times. It might seem like a silly reminder, but sometimes teenagers can have the rebellious mindset where rules do not apply to them. They can sometimes have the mindset that their bodies are invincible, and it's not "cool" to wear protective gear like helmets and padding.
Since your teen will probably participate in these types of activities outside of your home, ensure a coach or parent is nearby to supervise the situation. It probably seems excessive, but making sure an adult is nearby can make a huge difference and help to keep your teen safe.
Time away from the home
During the late middle school years, and throughout high school, many teens will begin to start hanging outside of the house during their free time. Most of the time, they will venture to friends houses or public facilities where your supervision may be extremely limited as a parent, or not exist at all. Instilling trust in your child while they are away from the home is key to being a great parent, but it's also important to ensure that you have set boundaries and guidelines they must follow. Without rules and instilled values, it can be difficult to gauge whether you can trust your teen to make the best decisions.
The number one thing many parents begin to worry about is a teenagers interaction with alcohol when they are around other teens. Parents can overcome this issue by monitoring the types of peers your teen associates themselves with. Can you learn more about their level of decision making based upon their friends? You want to ensure you can trust your teens to avoid interactions with alcohol if they happen to get caught up in an environment where this could potentially be present. If the situation does arise, you should leverage a certain level of trust where you feel confident that your teen would alert you if they need a ride home to avoid the situation.
Enjoying the summer months
What do you have planned for the rest of the summer? Family barbeques? Concert series? Or, is your teen hosting a birthday party? Whatever the occasion may be, it's important to always have fun and enjoy time with those whom you surround yourself with. Make sure you are remembering how to keep everyone safe this summer and instill these values in your children and teens for a safe, and successful summer!
|July 15, 2018|
Expired Inspection Sticker
Make sure to get your car inspected on time. This is critical in Massachusetts as no only could you be severely fined $100 for a simple mistake. Did you know that you could be charge points for having an expired sticker?
Quotes About Expired Tickets
"If you're caught driving without an inspection sticker, or one that's expired, you will be cited by the police for driving an unsafe vehicle, which could also result in insurance surcharges and you could be forced to pay a fine." - Massachusetts DMV
"In Massachusetts, a ticket for an expired vehicle inspection sticker is the equivalent, in auto insurance citation points, of a moving violation. According to the MA Department of Insurance, surcharge points are incurred if you: cause an at-fault accident. are convicted of or pay a fine for a traffic law violation" - Massachusetts Auto Insurance
Massachusetts Rules on Inspection Stickers
This is the official rule if you get caught with an expired inspection sticker:
Any person who operates and any person who owns or permits to be operated a motor vehicle or trailer that fails to meet the safety standards established by the registrar pursuant to section 7A shall be punished by a fine of $25. Any person who owns and fails to have inspected a motor vehicle owned by him, as required pursuant to section 7A or 7V of this chapter or sections 142J and 142M of chapter 111 or any person who operates or permits a motor vehicle owned by him to be operated without a certificate of inspection or a certificate of rejection displayed in accordance with the provisions of said section 7A or 7V or said sections 142J or 142M and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder shall be punished by a fine of $50. Any motor vehicle which is required to be inspected pursuant to the provisions of said section 7A and said section 142J or 142M and fails to meet the requirements of such inspection and has not been issued a certificate of waiver under the provisions of clause (b) of the first paragraph of said section 7V or said section 142M shall be subject to suspension or revocation of the certificate of registration as may be prescribed by the registrar under section 22.
New Bill Being Proposed
There is currently a bill, proposed by Bradley H. Jones, Jr., to remove an expired inspection sticker as a surchargeable incident.
SECTION 1. Section 113B of chapter 175 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2014 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting, in line 227, after the word "incident" the following sentence:-
Driving a motor vehicle which has an expired inspection sticker shall not be considered a surchargeable incident.
Back in 1997, the Massachusetts DMV used to mail out reminder cards to let people know about the inspection sticker was about to expire. This ended during the budget cuts of the 2000s.
Don't take chances, check your car inspection sticker, don't let it lapse.
|July 4, 2018|
Happy Independence Day
Happy Independence Day America!
In New England, some people are heading to the beaches to enjoy the warm weather, others are heading around the Charles River to mark their spot for the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular.
This is a nice poem/article that was written 42 years ago to celebrate the bicentennial celebration of the country.
I am The Nation
OTTO Whittaker "I Am the Nation," as published on the front cover of the Norfolk and Western Railway Company Magazine on January 15, 1976.
I was born on July 4, 1776, and the Declaration of Independence is my birth certificate. The bloodlines of the world run in my veins, because I offered freedom to the oppressed. Too many things, and many people. I am the nation.
I am 213 million living souls-and the ghost of millions who have lived and died for me.
I am Nathan Hale and Paul Revere. I stood at Lexington and fired the shot heard around the world. I am Washington, Jefferson and Patrick Henry I am John Paul Jones, the Green Mountain Boys and Davy Crockett. I am Lee and Grant and Abe Lincoln.
I remember the Alamo, the Maine and Pearl Harbor. When freedom called I answered and stayed until it was over, over there. I left my heroic dead in Flanders Fields, on the rock of Corregidor, on the bleak slopes of Korea, in the steaming jungle of Vietnam, on the sands of Iraq and the hills of Afghanistan.
I am the Brooklyn Bridge, the wheat lands of Kansas and the granite hills of Vermont. I am the coalfields of the Virginias and Pennsylvania, the fertile lands of the West, the Golden Gate and the Grand Canyon. I am Independence Hall, the Monitor and the Merrimack.
I am big. I sprawl from the Atlantic to the Pacific - my arms reach out to embrace Alaska and Hawaii - 3 million square miles throbbing with industry. I am more than 5 million farms. I am forest, field, mountain, and desert. I am quiet villages-and cities that never sleep.
You can look at me and see Ben Franklin walking down the streets of Philadelphia with his bread loaf under his arm. You can see Betsy Ross with her needle. You can see the lights of Christmas, and hear the strains of "Auld Lang Syne" as the calendar turns.
I am Babe Ruth and the World Series. I am 110,000 schools and colleges, and 330,000 churches where my people worship God as they think best. I am a ballot dropped in a box, the roar of a crowd in a stadium and the voice of a choir in a cathedral. I am an editorial in a newspaper and a letter to a Congressman.
I am Eli Whitney and Stephen Foster. I am Tom Edison, Albert Einstein, and Billy Graham. I am Horace Greeley, Will Rogers, and the Wright brothers. I am George Washington Carver, Jonas Salk, and Martin Luther King.
I am Longfellow, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Walt Whitman and Thomas Paine.
Yes, I am the nation, and these are the things that I am. I was conceived in freedom and, God willing, in freedom, I will spend the rest of my days. May I possess always the integrity, the courage, and the strength to keep myself unshackled, to remain a citadel of freedom and a beacon of hope to the world.
This is my wish, my goal, my prayer in this year of 1976-two hundred years after I was born.
|May 13, 2018|
Advanced Mac Cleaner (Fake)
If your browsing the Internet and encounter a notification that your computer has a virus. Stop and think, and don't click 'Scan Now.'
Couple of Notes
- Currently there's no way a browser can detect that your computer has a virus - it would be a browser/OS security violation.
- The Website appears that your on Apple's website - which your not.
- The url is disguised to make it appear that your on Apple's website.
- Report any suspected website to the Google Safe Browsing website so others will not make the mistake.
The best advice I can give is to make sure that your browser is updated and you have the latest OS update. That should fix 90% of all possible virus and spyware.
Uninstall the Fake Advanced Mac Cleaner
Should you have accidentally installed the software, here's the simple solution to successfully uninstalling the virus off your computer:
The Real Advance Mac Cleaner
|April 29, 2018|
The Dog Treatery
If your looking for a special treat to celebrate a dog's birthday, check out The Dog Treatery. They have a variety of cakes to celebrate your dog's special day.
We recently ordered one to celebrate our dog's, Gus, first birthday. We also ordered a Customized birthday hat to celebrate the special day and some special treats for another occasion.
The cake came well packed and arrived without any damage.
We gave Gus 1/2 the cake and sent the rest to the neighbor's dogs as the neighbors have helped us out whenever we need them.
Gus ate his part of the cake in 2 minutes. Afterward, he drank a lot of water. It certainly was a big hit
Gus taking the cake to the ground.
The next day he still went to the spot where he ate the cake sniffing for crumbs.
Cake was a Hit
Getting the cake from the The Dog Treatery. was a good idea. It was a hit and certainly make the occasion special.
|March 4, 2018|
Amazon Alexa/Echo Cards
If your an Amazon Alex fan, chances are you have multiple units. The problem is that you have to different "wake up" word so that your speaking to the closet unit.
If you're like us, you probably have a hard time remembering what the wake-up word for the particular unit. You usually end up saying "Echo/Alexa."
That's why I created these graphics reminders. Simply print these out and place them near the unit to remember the name of the device.
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If there's any other's that you would like to see, simply leave a comment.
|January 28, 2018|
BluMoo is a Universal Home Entertainment Remote. It's designed to allow you to control all your entertainment devices from your smartphone. It's a great solution if you have multiple devices and don't want to mess with having all the remotes around. In fact, BluMoo is program to control 200,000 unique devices out of the box.
We had this device for a few years and never used it. We decided to use it when we couldn't find the remote for our Toshiba TV. We have been using a Comcast Xfinity remote, but are not going to be using it anymore.
Setting up the HomeBase
It was a bit confusing on how the BluMoo works with the TV. The instructions weren't really clear on how to connect the Homebase with the TV, it focuses more on the audio capabilities.
Basically the Homebase needs to have a visual of the TV. It won't work by putting it under the TV or behind it. (As I was thinking to hide it behind the wall mounted TV)
Key thing to remember: The BluMoo Homebase sends infrared signals to any device that can receive those signals.
In our situation, the Homebase is on the opposite side of the room from the TV - on the shelf where my computer is.
Using the BlueMoo iOS App is very easy!
Using the BluMoo with the TV
Anytime I need to interact with the TV, I simply open up my iPhone and the BluMoo App, and then turn on the TV. I can then use the channel selector to change the channel.
There is a built-in TV Guide, where I can see what's going on and change the channel to the show.
I can do this any place in the room, I just need to be within 150 of the BluMoo Homebase.
Good Tool to Have
The BluMoo is a good tool to have in the event that you lose any remote to any electronic device. It's very easy to setup up and use. You can get a BluMoo at Amazon or on eBay.
|December 31, 2017|
2018 Calendar on a Page
Here's the 2018 Calendar - featuring the Year on a Page. This is a two-page document featuring both landscape and portrait in the same document. Each month has the previous or next month days included. This was created using InDesign CS2 using the InDesign Calendar Wizard Plug-in version 5.0.
You can easily import this into Affinity Designer to add all sorts of designs to highlight days. In addition, print out a copy and have it at your desk for a quick visual of the upcoming year.
I find this type of Calendar useful, hopefully, it helps others out.