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Use Firefox, Rather Than Google Chrome, To Read The U.K. “Daily Mail” On Android Devices.

by Anura Guruge



Trying to read the U.K. “Daily Mail“, my favorite newspaper for over 40-years, with Chrome, on my 10″ Android Tablet had become quite the chore. The latest HUGE banner, at the bottom, of the screen, was the last straw. It was like trying to read something through a slit.

I had enough.

Yes, I fully appreciate that it costs a lot of money to provide the level of news they do. But, they can’t be so obnoxious.

I tried an Ad Blocker. Didn’t do anything. Yes, I will confess that I refuse to use their APP and insist on reading it in a browser — in desktop-mode.

I am a Google shareholder and, as you know, I permit ads on this blog. But, I hope they are not obnoxious.

So, on a whim I went back to Firefox. I have no qualms about that. I was one of the original advocates of Firefox way back in the late 1990s. I convinced quite a few to switch to Firefox. And I have never had anything against Firefox. Just assumed that Google is ‘one-stop-shopping’. But, I was wrong.

I have only been using Firefox, with the Daily Mail, for a few minutes. Yes, you still get Ads — like the top banner. But, so far, I haven’t had as many pop-up ads. that were ruining my reading experience.


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Chinese Solo By Oyster River School (NH) High Schooler For 2019 Chinese New Year — At UNH.

by Anura Guruge




Click to access yesterday’s post.


This was at the ‘Traditional Tung Oil Paper Umbrella’ event I wrote about yesterday.

It was at the University of New Hampshire, ‘Confucius Institute’ today and they are doing it again tomorrow, January 30, 2019. If you are around please try to attend. It is free.

She and 69 of her classmates are going to China (with National Geographic) this April. She was amazing. Had close 70 folks, having lunch, totally transfixed. The Oyster River Chorus and Band will perform this and other songs in China.


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2019 Chinese New Year – ‘Year Of The Pig’ – February 5th to 15th.

by Anura Guruge


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The Chinese New Year, 2019 — ‘The Year Of The Pig‘ — starts next week, on Tuesday, February 5.

The Chinese New Year starts after the 2nd New Moon — following the Winter Solstice. So, its start varies from year-to-year.

It usually continues for at least 2-weeks (in the U.S.).

Last year Chinese New Year started February 16th. So it is pretty early this year.

The festivities in Chinatown, Boston — i.e., the Dragon Parades etc. — per my recockning will be on Sunday, February 27, 2019. It is usually on the 2nd (and last) Sunday of that 2 week period and that is the 25th. I will keep you updated.

In the meantime, have a ball. Snuggle up o a pig.

Happy New Year.


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2019 Chinese New Year, Free Event At ‘Confucius Institute’, UNH (Durham, NH).

by Anura Guruge


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The 2019 iteration of the now yearly event being presented by my friends at the UNH ‘Confucius Institute‘.

This is their traditional, yearly celebration in late-January/early-February for the Chinese New Year – this being the “Year of the Pig“.

This is going to be about making traditional tung oil paper umbrella. Watching the demo is FREE. But, if you want to make an umbrella there is a $12 charge for the material.

This should be GOOD, very good. The UNH Confucius Institute specializes in EXCELLENCE. I have been to 7 or 8 of their events and have done a joint-project with them. They never disappoint. That is part of their ethos and it is impressive.


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B&H’s Nikon Z Series Trade-In Event Impresses Me None. They Are Just Trying To Harvest Contact Information.

by Anura Guruge



I, sad to say, have never been a fan of B&H. Maybe if I lived in New York and had access to one of their stores.

I have never had any joy with them. I would rather deal with Amazon, when it comes to electronics, any day of the week.

I have, alas, been suckered into previous trade-in SCAMS by B&H. They are not dealing in good faith. From what I can see there are just trying to get your contact information and then say that they are not interested in your trade-in.

So, I am not going to bother, though I do have a rather nice Sony a7 II to trade-in. Instead, I am going to sell it myself. I hate being scammed.


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“Vera” Detective Series On “Acorn” Is Very Sophisticated, Touchingly Wry & Extremely British.

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Click to access the ACORN listing for this compelling series.


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As I have mentioned here of late, Teischan (12) has become enthralled with British murder/mysteries of the Agatha Christie ilk. So, during our 90-minutes of family TV we try and watch shows that meet this criteria. Acorn — i.e., British TV for the U.S. — is obviously the best place to go looking, and since we subscribe it is not a problem.

We stumbled upon ‘Vera’ last week. We have watched 3.5 episodes so far and have been mesmerized. Very sophisticated, very clever, very complex plots. You can never guess who the perpetrator is going to be. Lots of twists and turns. Keeps you engrossed until the very end.

Really, really good. Teischan, who is highly critical on what she likes and doesn’t like, reckons that this is the BEST that she has seen! Coming from her that is indeed high praise. I definitely recommend it. Also features the picturesque but rugged Northumberland countryside (that I used to be somewhat familiar with).

Well, if you have access to Acorn, try it out. You will not regret it. Promise.


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Origins Of The Name ‘Lovelace’, ‘Ada Lovelace’ Considered The First Computer Programmer.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From ‘houseofnames.com’.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. From ‘surnamedb.com’.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baron_Lovelace


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I was on Facebook discussion this morning about female programmers when I brought the name ‘Ada Lovelace‘. Somebody commented on how it sounded like a name that Donald Trump might have paid hush money to. He had a point. ‘LOVELACE’. Got me thinking, which then led to, of course, some intense Googling.

Wow! Intriguing. So, there are two competing theories as to the origins of the name (as you can clearly see above): lawless and ‘short on love’. I go with the forner.

I did not know that Ada was Lord Byron’s legitimate daughter and was born Ada Byron.

The Lovelace came from her marriage, but not initially. Her husband, to begin with, was William, 8th Baron King. He was later made Earl of Lovelace — Ada a descendent of the then extinct Barons Lovelace. What a story. Kind of sad also. She died from uterine cancer, aged 36. Same age her father had died.

Well, it definitely was worth looking into. I learned so much.


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