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Friday, November 27, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you were able to get the Black Friday deal you were looking for. I missed mine. It was a 50" 4K TV for $128. Once they sold out, the deal was gone. I've seen some other TV deals that are good, but I was only shopping for one at the right price. $128 was the right price. I'll have to keep getting by with 1080p for now.

I was, however, able to order a second Roku streaming stick. I got the first one on sale in October with the idea of putting it in the bedroom. I set it up and got it running in the living room and ended up never moving it. It became too convenient. Since I wasn't able to find the right TV deal, getting a second Roku device was cheaper than the wrong TV deal. Now that I have Roku, I've been watching TV more than I used to.

I don't watch a lot of movies because of the profanity and such. Traditionally, if I watched something, it was usually something I recorded on a channel that cuts out most of that. There's a service called Vidangel that filters profanity and nudity and whatever else people find objectionable. I haven't used it yet, but I've searched through what they filter. They don't filter every movie or show so it's limited in that respect, but it works with Amazon Prime. Amazon has some shows that look intriguing but are too dirty to watch. The first thing I plan to try is The Expanse. It's a space show with a detective angle. Another SF show I liked but had too much profanity to keep watching was Eureka. Vidangel covers that. Maybe I'll get to watch some of the movies and shows that I never did.

I'm on a 30-day free trial of Prime. That'll let me see how Vidangel works. Roku really works best with a streaming service. It has tons and tons of free stuff, but most of it seems to be uncensored, although I have not spent vast amounts of time looking through everything it offers. If Vidangel works like it's supposed to, I'll let you know more later.

Have a great weekend.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Human ageing process biologically reversed in world first

Here's a link to an interesting article on the fight against ageing.  https://www.yahoo.com/news/human-ageing-process-biologically-reversed-153921785.html The process involves putting people in a hyperbaric chamber for 90 minutes a day for 5 days a week for 3 months. It could add perhaps 30% to someone's lifespan. The article has more details about the specific benefits.

I wonder if this treatment could be the next great investment opportunity. If it works the way it appears, treatment centers will be springing up everywhere.

The microwave went out. I need to go get a new one.

Have a great weekend.

Friday, November 13, 2020

Censored on Facebook

I posted an article to Facebook about the most likely places to catch Covid-19. It appeared in my feed as everything I post does. I tried to post the article 'Hundreds of thousands of ballots are going to have to be discarded'. It was auto-censored. It never appeared. I kept an eye on it, thinking it might need to be curated. About ten minutes later, the post on Covid also vanished. I can see them on my personal wall, but they don't appear on Facebook.

The article 'Conservative answer' to Facebook launches sounds like something I need to read. mewe.com is another alternative to Facebook. I've had a mewe account for a while. Censorship makes me want to dump Facebook.

 

Election Stuff

Well, Trump is still fighting the fight against election fraud. There's always election fraud. The only question is how much. Unless he can find something spectacular, does he really have a case? The one thing that makes me think he might have a chance is how the Democrats keep belittling his legal efforts. They protest too much. If they had nothing to hide, why not let him go through the motions and waste as much Republican money as possible? The fact that they seem nervous makes me suspicious that they really are hiding something.

If you needed more proof that the mainstream, liberal media speaks with one voice, here it is.



 

Have a great weekend.

Friday, November 6, 2020

Democracy Failing

There was no blog last week due to the remnants of hurricane zeta. I lost power for over 62 hours. It was brutal and cold. My entire area was slammed. It's amazing how long an LED flashlight will last compared to the old incandescent ones.

The election results have not been finalized, but it looks like Biden is going to win with over 300 electoral votes. He had zero coattails. The Democrats lost seats in the house and currently have gained no seats in the senate. They're shellshocked and attacking each over the failure.

There was widespread poll fraud leading up to the election with leftists reporting false numbers in a variety of polls the same as happened in 2016. There also appears to be widespread voter fraud. A report that was never followed up stated that one county had more votes than registered voters. There have been other reports of ballot mishandling, etc.

The most serious threat to democracy is the secret counting of ballots. There are multiple instances of election observers being removed from their duty as described by law. Technically, all votes counted without observers could be thrown out. Removing observers is the definition of election fraud. That's behavior we normally only see from third-world dictators. Now it's in the U.S.

In all counties where observers were removed, democracy is no longer operating. Democracy has failed in those counties. Dictatorship has replaced the rule of law. Corrupt officials in those counties are now free to insert as many phony ballots as they need to win. If this is allowed to stand, democracy will no longer be operative in those counties all of which are Democrat. There will never be another fair election in those counties. If this is allowed to stand, this is how democracy dies in the U.S., one county at a time falling to corruption and fraud. It would be the end of democracy in the U.S.

On a different note, during the counting that's ongoing, I've been recommended some YouTube videos in which Christian "prophets" are predicting a Trump victory. Their names are Kevin Zadai, Tracy Cooke and Mario Murillo. I'm not familiar with any of them, although I did recognize the name of Mario Murillo. Perhaps, YouTube has recommended him before, and I ignored it. If Trump loses, as now seems inevitable, put these guys on the false prophet list. Although, to be fair, Trump could win and not become the next president due to election fraud.

Have a great weekend.

Friday, October 23, 2020

That's No Signal Booster

I have a poor cell phone signal indoors, depending on location. I ordered a signal booster from Amazon. The good news is that it works. The bad news is that it doesn't do what I was hoping it would. I can get three bars where before there was a dead spot. That's awesome. What's not awesome is that those three bars don't translate into Mbps. So, if the booster is in a spot that gets 1.5Mbps, despite the three bars the data rate is still 1.5Mbps. If it's in a spot with 5Mbps, I get four bars but still only 5Mbps. It's not really a booster. It's a range extender. That's saddening. Unless I can find the perfect signal spot outside, I may send it back. The perfect spot would be 4 bars with killer Mbps. I'll need to get up on the roof and see what happens but not today.

I got a Roku device on sale. It's pretty cool. I prop my cell phone in a window and turn on the Hotspot. It works great. It doesn't buffer or stutter. One drawback is that I can't get local channels through it because Verizon routes my phone through whatever city, usually LA or NY, making it look like I live there. Locast.org has free, streaming local channels for a variety of cities, but it forces a location check. Roku doesn't have a GPS locator. It defaults to my phone and fails. My local city is Atlanta. The only way I can get local channels is to use the Location feature on the phone. However, that only works for watching something on the phone, which is not my style unless I'm not home. It doesn't tell Locast that my Roku is in the Atlanta region.

Enter the Chromecast. According to tech support at Locast, I should be able to use a Chromecast device to mirror the phone screen on a television. For the price of a Chromecast, I'm supposed to be able to get free, streaming local channels. All of them. I ordered one. We'll see if it works. I wonder if I could send it back in the same box as the signal booster, if it didn't.

There's some great news on the cell phone front. Visible, my cell phone company, is getting 5G with speeds up to 200Mbps for no extra charge. There's no firm date, but it's supposed to be very soon. I ordered the signal booster right before finding that out. I may not need the booster at all, or it may not work with 5G. However, 5G is not available here yet, and I don't know when it will be. Plus, I don't have a 5G phone. With 5G I'd be able to convert my home network to that and have whole house internet without worrying about speed bottlenecks. Hypothetically, I could be on the computer and have both televisions streaming HD shows at the same time. I'll know more soon.

Have a great weekend.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Not Today

There's no blog today. I need to go help someone. Speaking of help, cats are good helpers. While a dog's laying on the porch, a cat follows you everywhere wanting to know what you're doing. They'll help with anything as long there's a chance they can be with you.

Have a great weekend.

Friday, October 9, 2020

Switching Over Logins

While I still have a grace period on my old email account with my old ISP, I've spent over ten hours this week switching my email logins from them to a new email address. It doesn't seem possible, but I've been putting at least two or three hours a night into it, not counting the core ones I already changed previously. I kept my passwords in a 5x8 notepad that was full. Part of them were in another notepad.

How does it take so long? Each page could have up to a dozen accounts on it. I didn't switch the ones I'm never going back to. Very few sites would let me automatically change my email address. Some of them I had to do a web search to find out how to change it. Apparently, you usually have to contact customer service for those. There were captchas. I had to click confirmation links in emails that could take minutes to arrive. Some of them never arrived, and I had to do them again. Even working on other logins while waiting for the mails only saved so  much time. I had some passwords I could barely read or couldn't tell what a letter/number was. I had to try those multiple times. When you have a full notepad, spending from 1 to 3 minutes or more on a single login makes it take forever.

I learned a trick. If a web site says a password is invalid, even if the browser autofills it, that seems to mean they've deleted the account, though it's possible it's just deactivated. When I "restored" one of those passwords, I'd get a message thanking me for registering with the site. /facepalm It was a trick to get me to register. After seeing a few of those, I stopped doing that. If it's so old they can't remember me, I don't use them enough to make it worth the trouble of jumping through their hoops.

The worst offender was Google. I have an old YouTube channel from before Google bought YouTube that I wanted to delete. When I tried to log in, I was redirected to my "Google Account", which I had a separate login for with the same name. It wouldn't take my password. It turned out the YouTube password worked instead(Why?), but I had to jump through hoops because my device was unrecognized. LIE. The account was old enough that I couldn't pass the phone number challenge because I have a new number. As an alternative, I tried the Where do You Live challenge. I failed that, too. It turned out that, even though I was using my YouTube password instead of my Google Account password, they wanted they Where Do You Live answer from my Google account. Makes no sense. Once I figured that out, I couldn't tell if my where I live answer had a space in it or not. For security reasons, I didn't use my real city location. It didn't have a space. Finally, I had it all figured out! I started over. Again. They said I'd tried too many times, and wouldn't let me try again. I still haven't gotten it to work. I'm giving them 24 hours to reset it. It makes me want to cancel every Google account I have and use a different solution. I guess my migration away from them has begun. I already never log in to any site with my Google account. For security reasons, I have individual logins for everything. If you use Google to log into sites and you lose your phone, you're hosed.

As a side note on putting personal information in challenge questions, I never use real data. I don't tell them my first car or where I went to elementary school or any of that. Companies sell or share that information. I make up something unique that makes no sense. A few years back, Yahoo mail got hacked, and my challenge questions for multiple accounts were stolen along with the my passwords. Since I used fake information, the hackers couldn't use any of it to hack any of my other accounts, including my ISP account/mail account. It's an extra step, but it was a life saver when I needed it. None of the other companies I use that have been hacked has come back to haunt me either.

Have a great weekend.