Archive | September 11, 2016

Did YOU Know That Amazon Owned These 36 Companies, Including IMDb & Goodreads?

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and ponder over here.

Of course I knew of ‘Kindle‘ and ‘CreateSpace‘. I publish my books EXCLUSIVELY through them.

Yes, I knew of ‘Prime‘. I am a proud member.

I knew of ‘DPReview‘ that I read multiple times a day.

And, of course, the whole world knows about ‘Amazon Web Services’.

But ‘‘? ‘AbeBooks’? ‘Goodreads’?

As an Amazon shareholder I am delighted.


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I Am Definitely Going To Check Out The Canon M5 & Also Rent A Canon 80D.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access full original.

Both these from ‘The New Camera‘.
Use link above to access original.
Click images to ENLARGE and study here.




From “DPReview”. Click image to access Forum thread IF you are interested.

Over the last 3 days I have come, mainly due to reading all the rumors about Canon’s ‘mirrorless‘ M5, I have come increasingly convinced that Canon’s ‘Dual Pixel AF‘ is what I really need — given my preference shoot ‘Live View’, i.e., LCD, due to my aging (and poor) eyes.

I have 90% (which is not a high percentage for I) convinced myself that I should just get a Canon 80D as my main camera for the next 12 months.

But, deep down I am such a proponent of ‘mirrorless’. It is ironic and interesting that the Nikon that I opted for and currently use, the Nikon P900, is a ‘mirrorless’!

The M5 if it delivers on the rumored specs and does come with a 18-50mm kit lens will work for me. IF the kit price really is $1,198 I will be laughing all the way … That, per what I have budgeted, will be a JOKE. But, I will not complain.

So stay tuned. I am fairly sure that there will be a Canon M5 or a D80 in my near future.

>> Also please refer to this post, Sept. 12, 2016, re. the direct controls on the M5 opposed to the D80.

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TP-Link Archer C9, Inexplicably, Reverts To Factory Settings During 7.5 Hour Power Outage!

by Anura Guruge


Strangest thing ever. We lost power today, i.e., September 11, 2016, for 7.5 hours because our electricity supplier ‘Eversource‘ (a.k.a. ‘Eversore‘) enjoys kicking its customers in the teeth, if not lower down.

But, after power was restored I couldn’t get my main Wi-Fi network to work.

The ethernet connected PCs, like this one, worked fine. But no Wi-Fi. Yes, I also have two very SEPARATE Wi-Fi networks in the house (actually 4) — with two different routers and two different ISPs, viz. MetroCast (the main network) and TDS (the backup network). We could use the TDS backup network but not the FASTER MetroCast Wi-Fi.

Went to logon to the TP-Link Archer C9 that runs the main Wi-Fi network.

It would NOT accept my logon. That got me worried.

Re-cycled power twice. Nothing. The default logon, admin/admin, worked.

Logged in.


No Wi-Fi networks. Back to factory settings. SCARY.

Yes, only took me a few minutes to reconfigure since I have it all documented.


No explanation!

Just a heads up.

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Eversource (PSNH) 7.5 Hour Outage In SW Alton On Sunday, September 11, 2016 A SHAM, A SCAM & Shameful!

by Anura Guruge


Most of the time I understand, I appreciate and I applaud Eversource/Eversore/PSNH for their efforts.

Not so TODAY.

This was a SHAM.

This was a SCAM.

This was SHAMEFUL on the part of Eversource.

Yes, we had a MINOR Thunderstorm that went through — around 9:30am. Yes, as forecast it was fast-moving and it was GONE within 10 minutes.

At least in Alton it wasn’t that strong. 

It did NOT bring down any trees. Mainly TWIGS. At most a few branches.

That it took Eversource 7.5 hours to restore power on a BEAUTIFUL Sunny Summer day is disgraceful.

There is no excuse.

If this was in January and we had snow, ice, cold weather etc. I would NOT complain.

This was NOT right.

Bloody Eversource/Eversore.

We were OK. We had BOTH generators going. But it is still NOT bloody right.

Second MAJOR, MORE than 7 hour Eversore outage this Summer.

The last one, 13 bloody hours (thankfully most of it at night) was on July 24, 2016. 49 days ago.

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Acadia National Park: New, Impressive Visitor Center In Schoodic.

by Anura Guruge

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

This new Visitor Center, opened on September 1, 2015,
is near the start of the ‘Schoodic Peninsula Loop Road’.
It is actually in the newly constructed
‘Schoodic Woods Campground’.
As such it is easy to overlook —
which would be a shame.

Taken with my new
 Nikon P900.

Attribution WILL be enforced.

It was our first time to this center. We had been to Schoodic during our June 2015 visit but had not gone over in September 2015 or July 2016.

Much of the signage focuses (probably rightly) on the Campground rather than the Visitor Center. Very attractive and blends in real nicely with the landscape. Very considerate towards the canine visitors as you can see from two of the photos (and I must confess I had never seen a ‘Canine Hitch’ before).

Nice relief map of the area inside (as you can see from one of the pictures). Bit sparse but for that. But that is OK. There were three rangers when we stopped by on a Saturday afternoon, and, as ever, they were helpful enough. Kind of funny. Without coming out point blank and asking they were, nonetheless, very keen to find out whether we had BOUGHT a pass to visit the Park. [Yes, we had, a Senior Pass to befit my senior years.] They really do need the money. They use a dial-up line to process their credit-card purchases and it is the same line that they use for incoming calls! If a call comes in the credit-card transaction gets voided and has to be reprocessed. And this is in 2016 — albeit, quite literally, ‘in the sticks’, if not ‘in the woods itself’.

Glad we went. So Schoodic now has two centers. This new Visitor Center and the beautiful ‘Schoodic Education and Research Center‘ — originally a John D. Rockefeller Jr. sponsored ‘hall’ designed by one of his favorite architect’s, New York’s Grosvenor Atterbury who also designed all of the gatehouses for Rockefeller on the ‘Mount Desert Island’ side.

‘Schoodic Education and Research Center’ by Grosvenor Atterbury.


The new Schoodic Visitor Center on Google Maps.

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