Archive | June 25, 2016

My “Fixing No Sound (Audio) On Roku” Gets Another ‘Thumbs up’ — “Perfect Fix”!

by Anura Guruge


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My ever so popular ‘Fixing No Sound on Roku’ post. Click image to access the post.

This no sound/audio on Roku is by far my most popular post. Since I posted it 421 days ago I have had over 18,000 hits on it. So far today there has been 25.

The fix works. I am GLAD to be helping so many people.

What amazes me is how little acknowledgment I have received. 18,000 views and 2 ‘Thank Yous’. That is 0.011%! It is a new world. A new society. It is OK. I am always happy to help.

SMILE. Life is good. Enjoy. SMILE.

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Amazon Video Rental: The 29 Days vs. 48 Hour Confusion & Confounding.

by Anura Guruge


Have you ever, especially if you are a Prime Member rented an Amazon Video and noticed, to your chagrin and loss, that it is saying that you have just 48 hours to finish watching the movie — though you are pretty damn sure that it said ‘29 day rental‘ when you were paying for it.

Mystery solved.

No you were NOT mistaken in thinking that Amazon said ’29 days’ when you were going to rent it. That is what they say.

But that ’29 days’ is “UNOPENED” shelf life so to speak. You can keep it on your watch list for ’29 days’ PROVIDED you don’t click on it. Get it? ’29 days’ as long as you don’t open it.

As soon as you click on it and start watching it, even for 1 SECOND, it immediately goes into 48 hour mode.

So, UNOPENED —  29 days.

As soon as you start watching — 48 hours.

We had noticed this a few times with our rentals but let it pass since it was no big deal. We managed to finish watching the movie within the 2 days.

But last week we had an issue. The kids wanted to watch “Back to the Future I“. So I rented it. Pretty sure it said 29-days. This being the Summer I was glad. We don’t watch as much family TV. We watched about 40 minutes and then stopped. A few days later, with Father’s Day etc. intervening, we went back. It was gone! We had to rent it again. I balked just on principle. The $3.xx wasn’t going to break me BUT I wanted an explanation.

So I ‘called’ Amazon (or to be precise got Amazon to call me). As ever they were very nice — given my longtime Prime Membership and possibly because I have ordered over 100 items in the last six months (and that was a quiet period). She admitted that ‘this’ — the 29 day/48 hours — causes a lot of confusion. That begs the question as to why Amazon, usually so customer oriented, hasn’t changed it. Of course she reinstated the rental. Of that I had no doubt. But I haven’t checked whether it is there. Anywho … We now have an explanation.

If you ‘open it’ — you have 48 hours. So you have now been warned. SMILE.

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Concord, N.H., “Market Days Festival”, June 23,2016 — Images From A Fuji X-E2s.

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For reasons, inexplicable, this was the first Concord, N.H. “Market Days Festival” we had been to. I guess we had always meant to go but never made it. This year we had the definitive impetus in that our neighbor Kristie Hallberg (Kristianna Palm) was performing at “Tandy’s Pub” (Eagle Square), on Thursday June 23, 2016, as part of the festival. So we made a point of going and we are sure glad we did so.

Yes, it proved to be the perfect, Goldilocks evening for such a street festival. Sunny but not too hot (or cold, for that matter). Low 70s. Just idyllic weather. New Hampshire at its Summer best.

Very colorful, extremely congenial, not too loud and not mobbed. Again, just right. Very laid back. It oozed fun and happiness. We had a real good time. Plan to go again. We had dinner at Tandy’s, while Kristie was performing, and it was outstanding on all counts (even if service was a tad slow given how busy they were).

Definite, unstinted recommendation. You will enjoy it. Smile.

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Panasonic Lumix LX200 To Be A Reality — But Is It Too Little, Too Late; DFD AF The One Biggie.

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“The New Camera”, on June 23, 2016, also carried a story. Click image to access their original post.

So the much anticipated Panasonic Lumix LX200 is indeed going to be a reality — to be announced in September at ‘Photokina 2016‘.

But the current rumors don’t mention anything about a new lens (setup). If the lens continues to be the f/1.7 to 2.8, 24-75mm zoom, as in the Lumix LX100, that would be a dissapointment — though this is one heck of a lens. 

Much is being made of the 20MP sensor BUT there is no guarantee that the LX200 will actually offer a 20MP mode! Remember the LX100 has a 16MP sensor but the highest resolution offered by the LX100 is 13MP because of the ‘crop-compensation’ favored by Panasonic for this camera. IF they continue with that same approach the maximum resolution of the LX200 will be 16MP — which is respectable, but nothing special these days.

However, what will make the LX200 special, as is the case with the LX100, is a Micro Four Thirds sensor — a large sensor for a fixed-zoom, compact camera of this size and price.

And then there is Panasonic’s new ‘Depth of Defocus’ (DFD) autofocus system which claims to provide faster AF than what is possible with ‘Contrast Detect’ or ‘Phase-Detect’. That is a nice touch but AF on the LX100 wasn’t that sluggish or poor.

So it all boils down to image quality, IQ, versus price. Panasonic’s own DMC-ZS100, albeit with a 1″ sensor, can, per the reviews, match IQ and offer 3x the zoom for the same price.

Hence my concern that unless the lens is updated the LX200 might not be that compelling. The tiltable-screen a nice-to-have but unlikely to be a game-changer.

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