Archive | April 4, 2018

Sling TV Just Raped All Of Its Willow Cricket Customers!

by Anura Guruge


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You can find this, on Twitter, #SlingAnswers


BANG! Without notice more than 50% of Willow cricket content GONE.

Whoosh!

Gone. Go check.

You will not even find the last (exciting day) of the 4th South Africa v Australia Test that finished yesterday. I was lucky. I got to watch it last last night!

VIVO IPL is GONE.

But, we are still paying the SAME.

I am going to research this more.

This should be illegal.


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by Anura Guruge

Cricket On Sling TV Has Been DECIMATED Following The Huge Outage — NO IPL, For A Start!

by Anura Guruge


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Something BIG has happened at Sling TV — and the OUTAGE was related to it.

For a start, immediately after the outage CRICKET, from Willow, has been decimated on Sling TV.

I had seen the above announcement re. IPL, but that didn’t bother me much because I don’t normally watch the IPL. Actually I don’t watch any of the T20 Leagues.

But, I tried to watch Willow, on Sling TV, during my lunch — as is my wont.

There is hardly ANYTHING THERE! No South Africa v Australia 4th Test. I am SO LUCKY that I watched the 5th day last night.

This is BAD. Very BAD.

I don’t have time now, but I will look into this tonight.

Just a heads up.


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by Anura Guruge

My Memories Of The Day Martin Luther King Jr. Was Assassinated, 50-Years Ago, Today.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read here. From a January 19, 2013 (MLK Day) post. Link to that post below.


Click to access original, January 19, 2013 post.


50-years ago.

Wow! That seems long-time ago.

Today is also my oldest’s 29th birthday.

I remember this day 50-years ago quite well. I was 14-years old.

Had been in the U.S. EXACTLY 7-months. That was my first time here.

Did NOT know who MLK was at the time or the significance.

Wow. How time has flown … but, then again, much has changed either!


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by Anura Guruge


Has Sling TV Been Hacked, And Hacked Badly — Hence The Huge, 16+ Hour Outage?

by Anura Guruge


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Current, i.e., 12:45pm, Wednesday, April 4, 2018 message at “help.sling.com”.


The HUGE Sling TV outage continues.

It has now been over 16 hours for some.

I guess I lucked out that I got one hour of remission last night from 11:05pm till around 11:45pm. I stopped watching at that time.

Sling TV is down again THIS morning (when I last checked around 11:30am).

This is crazy.

I suspect that they have been HACKED, and hacked badly. That is the only thing that would, to I, explain an outage, of this magnitude, for this long.

Now hacking does NOT always have to be to STEAL data. It can be just to cause disruption (as in this case) or to try out techniques that can be used again, on a wider basis, at a later date. Sling TV is owned By DISH. This might have been an attempt to eventually take down DISH. Just think of the consequences if that happened a few days ahead of the November 2018 mid-term elections.

This is scary.

I suspect that this is MUCH WORSE than they will ever admit.

A service cannot be down for this long …


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Legendary Wolfman At “Clark’s Trading Post”, 1994 — 2008, Passed Away April 2, 2018, Aged 60.

by Anura Guruge


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Facebook posting at “Clarks Trading Post”. Click to ENLARGE and read here.


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Given that I have been going, eagerly, to “Clark’s Trading Post“, on a fairly regular basis, since the 1990s, I knew this Wolfman well. Once even had a chat with him when he had finished for the day. Very nice guy.

Until I read the obituary I had NO IDEA that he had health issues. He looked so hale and hearty. Wow. I feel bad.

He has been impossible to replace. They were indeed BIG shoes to fill.

He will be remembered. He will be missed. He will be talked about.

Wow, my 3rd ‘passed away’ post in 2-days! I have never done so many this close together. Sobering. Another, alas, who died, younger than I. This when you start to realize how old you are.

Bill “Wolfman” Farrand
(JUNE 19, 1957 ~ APRIL 2, 2018),
RIP.


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Huge Sling TV Outage On Tuesday, April 3, 2017 Spreading Into April 4.

by Anura Guruge


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Curt message at ‘help.sling.com’.


This was around 12:45am, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. It was more widespread a couple of hours earlier.


This on Twitter, BUT also on Facebook. A lot of angry and unhappy customers.


In my case the ‘Sling TV‘ outage, on my Roku 3, was from 9:55pm to 11:05pm (Eastern) on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. But, from what I can glean from the Web it is still down for many — into Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

Ruined my night … as it did for many.

I was SO looking forward to watching the last day of the eventful 4th Test match between South Africa and Australia while I had my dinner.

Sat down with my dinner and fired up Willow TV, on Sling.

Program came up but there was no video. Waited, waited, waited … nothing. Tried a few other … nothing. After 10 minutes I knew something was wrong. Did all my diagnostics and recycling at my end. Nothing. Other Roku channels working FINE. Checked PC. Saw that others were also having issues.

So, I was forced to eat dinner watching the news! That was frustrating.

At 11:05 I tried again. It worked.

I got to see the highlights of the last day. Made my day.

So, heads up.


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by Anura Guruge

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