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Archive | October 26, 2017

Fidelity MyVoice: Voice Recognition Login For Phone Interactions.

by Anura Guruge


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It, i.e., enrollment in MyVoice, was easy and automatic — so to speak.

I had called to check on a tax issue! Yes, it is October and time to start thinking year-end-taxes. Right?

Once I entered my ‘passcode’ I was told that MyVoice was an option and I should ask the Fidelity Rep. about it.

After we talked taxes, I said I wanted to enroll in MyVoice.

He laughed and said “done”! I asked whether I have to say a phrase … NO! All conversations with Fidelity are recorded, independent of MyVoice. So, they have PLENTY of my voice recordings.

I haven’t TRIED it yet.

But, I gather, that when I next call in, all I will need to enter is my userID. Then when I start talking, ideally to a live Rep., the system will check my voice.

Neat. Cool.

Not that I call Fidelity that often. But, I like it.


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Link To The “JFK Assassination Records” Released October 26, 2017.

by Anura Guruge


Click image or this link to access.

Click image to access ALL the records at the U.S. “National Archives”.


What a document looks like.

This is the first of the documents listed.


I will NOT have the time to peruse these. I will leave that to the experts and professionals.

Just wanted to KNOW that I could get to them, if I ever wanted to.

Then it occurred to me that I should SHARE it with you. Not that the archive is hard to find.

Now you have it.

I am NOT good at reading handwriting …


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The Timelessly Elegant Boeing 707 Made Its First Commercial Flight, This Day, 59-Years Ago; October 26, 1958.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_707


So graceful and svelte, even TODAY.

A later model than the one that would have flown in 1958.




One of my TOP 3 FAVORITE planes — ever! Yes, top 3, even after all these years.

I think, though I can’t be 100% sure of that, it’s VERY BIG brother, the Boeing 747 Jumbo, is probably my all time favorite. But, push comes to shove, it might still be the Boeing 707.

The 707 was the first jet I ever flew in — on August 27, 1967, when we left Ceylon (forever, for all of us, as it would turn out to be) for Buffalo, U.S.A. That whole trip, which was in multiple legs, Colombo – Athens, Athens -Rome, Rome – Paris, Paris – London & finally London – New York was on 707s. From then on I flew in 707s quite a bit until the 747 came along. I flew on a 747, for the first time, in June 1970.

There are 707 still in service.

59-years ago. Just think back.


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The Newly Announced Sony a7R III Has No Appeal To I.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. From “DPReview.com” — where else?


I love my fullframe Sony a7 II and plan to keep it forever (which in my case typically means ‘over 10 months’), but for my love and interests in the a7 family does not extend BEYOND the a7!

The a7R — the HIGH RESOLUTION monster — would be totally useless to me. I rarely print images. 99.9% of the pictures I take are for Web consumption — mainly here — and for that I have to DOWNSAMPLE anyway by a factor of at least 4!

That is why I will be hesitant to think about anything beyond my current 24MP — though I have a horrible feeling I might have to confront that somewhere down the road.

So 42MP is way outside my scope of interest.

The Sony a9, as I said before, rather than being a case of ‘sour grapes’, is also WAY more than I would ever need. I RARELY use continuous drive! Just don’t like it. I like to TRY and time my pictures. That is so much more satisfying. Continuous drive to I, is like post processing — something I detest. You take the pictures and then go back and see which ones came out ‘OK’. Not my cup of tea.

But, NOT a bad thing. I will stick to my a7 II and wait to see what the a7 III might promise.


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Pictures Of Best Buy “Geek Squad” Delivering Large Refrigerator/Freezers Using Just Shoulder Harnesses.

by Anura Guruge


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Attribution WILL be enforced.




I had never seen this been done, or even heard about it, until we had our accursed Samsung 25.4 cu. ft. fridge/freezer delivered in April 2017. Click here for those pictures.

I was in awe. That Samsung was 289 pounds (131 kilos). Two people — with no real training. I am surprised it meets U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Act standards. But, it is Best Buy and you would assume that know what they are doing.

Pretty damn impressive.

Well, got to see it again today, when we had the damn Samsung replaced with a (much more expensive) Whirlpool.

Not easy to get good pictures BECAUSE you do NOT want to get in their way or impede them in any way.


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“The Durrells In Corfu” Season 2 Is Now On PBS — And Episode 1 Was Compelling.

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Click to access PBS homepage for this British show.




We enjoyed Season 1, though I was disappointed that it was NOT a straight adaptation of “My Family and Other Animals” — a book I read, in Ceylon, when I was about 12 and just loved. I went onto read many of Gerald’s books and become a great fan of his, though I really should (as part of my bucket list read at least one of Larry’s ).

It was cute, funny, appealing, culturally elucidating — and sumptuously filmed and produced.

Watched Season 2 Episode 1. It was good. Kept you fully engaged throughout and had lots of humor.

If you missed it, I think you can catch that episode online or on YouTube.


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