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Amazon Prime Video REWIND/FF On The Roku APP Just Got Worse!

by Anura Guruge



If you use the Roku Prime Video APP to watch movies you will know exactly what I am talking about.

Do a Google on “prime video rewind on Roku“.

Basically it is IMPOSSIBLE to control REWIND or FF. It just goes haywire. You can’t just skip a few seconds back or forward.

Well, Amazon did something today.

It made it EVEN worse! Yep, no granularity whatsoever. Just all the way back, 10 minutes at a time or forward 20-minutes.

So, STUPID.


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I Finally Manage To Get A Book Listed By ‘Apple’. Wow. It Has Taken Me 10-Years!

by Anura Guruge


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I am in shock. I had kind of given up on ever getting a book on ‘Apple Books‘.

I had tried & tried & tried over the years — since 2010. They just make you jump through so many hoops. I would eventually give up, given that Amazon Kindle eBooks can be read on Apple devices. Kindle eBooks can be read ANYWHERE. So, that was my rationale; my excuse.

My latest book, i.e., “Comets“, even if it is just I saying so, is rather ‘special’. SMILE. I wanted to make it as widely available as possible.

So, I worked with ‘Draft2Digital‘. It still took me three (3) attempts. Finally I sorted out all the wrinkles & managed to meet all the criteria. Bingo. Apple accepeted it.

Whether I will sell even a single copy is a different matter. At least now I have broken my duck. Wow.

I am in shock.


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“Comets” — THE Book.

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The title tells you everything you need to know. Comets.

If you insist this is the ‘Table of Contents’.


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As I always say with my book, use Amazon’s FREE ‘Look Inside‘ feature to TEST DRIVE it. Plus, Amazon lets you read the book & then RETURN it. No questions asked. Full refund. So, what have you got to lose?

I have shared some of the 61 full-color figures — not counting a number of info-packed tables.

This is how I spent the last 5-weeks.

I was trying to beat quite the deadline. Comet SWAN might be naked-eye visible as of next week. I wanted this book, published, prior to that. And comets travel fast! SMILE.

Well, this will be one of the ways I will remember the pandemic. “Ah! Yes. That is when I wrote that Comet book“.

Oh, NOT my first comet book. Actually my 4th. That helped. I knew, by rote, 70% of the material.


 

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Amazon’s Product Review Vetting Does NOT Spot Eviscerating Sarcasm!

by Anura Guruge


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Yep, that is I. SMILE.

Well, I wanted to make sure that folks would know how & what I felt. I think it is pretty clear.

Yes, it was a $14 radio, but it really was garbage. I got a TECSUN for the same price & that is 1,000 better!

I thought I would try this approach to see IF it would work. Part of I said that the programmatic checker would pick it up.

It didn’t. That amuses I. SMILE.


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‘Blow The Man Down’ (2019) Amazon Movie — Decent Story, ‘Poorly’ Produced, ‘David Coffin’ Was A Waste.

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YouTube trailer.


With no cricket being played, anywhere in the world, I am kind of lost. So, I am forced to watch movies on Amazon during my TV time. Hence, this movie.

It is set in Maine and the description was fairly enticing. It was an ‘OK’ movie. It could have been better.

Having ‘David Coffin‘, THE MAN from Revels (Cambridge) was a treat & a kick. I did NOT know he was going to be in it, but I recognized him as soon as he appeared. Ironically, I am not sure why they had him in the movie! I could be very wrong BUT I am not sure he added anything. His sea shanties, all of which I was familiar with, were incongruous in this movie — in my opinion. They were loud and made the movie seem unnecessarily heavy-handed and dark.

That it was in Maine and that it revolved around lobstering was cute. Liked that.

Story was OK. Not great. Production was BAD. It could have been muck slicker and having David Coffin was a waste! Sorry.


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Accidents Happen — In My Case I Wrote & Published A BOOK, Yes A Book, Accidentally.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access my ‘accidental book’ on Amazon.


The cover. Click to ENLARGE to admire. Picture I took, last August, at ‘Hershey Gardens’, Pennsylvania.


Some pages from the inside.


When you write and publish as much as I do, accidents happen!

I had over 31 real books published prior to this. So, I am entitled an accident. SMILE.

This is what I say in my blurb, for this, my accidental book:

“Accidents happen. Arundhati Roy, the celebrated Indian author said: ‘All my books are accidental books’. I wish I could say the same. For good or for bad all my books have not been accidental. But, this one sure was – as I try to explain in the ‘Preface’ to this accidental book. When you write (and publish) as much as I do, and for as long as I have done, you should be entitled to at least one accidental book. Well, I am claiming this to be that.That should come as a great relief to the likes of David Busch the doyens of ‘Camera Books’. I have no intentions, whatsoever, of trying my hand – and luck – at writing a camera book. I do not have the expertise, experience, diligence and temperament to write a halfway acceptable camera book. So, this is NOT a real, or for that matter, even a pretend, camera book.This book really is not for public consumption. The title should make that somewhat obvious. A ‘crib sheet’ is not something that one – especially a onetime professional writer with over 30 ‘non-accidental’ published books and over 375 technical publications in print – usually sets out to publish and share with the world and sundry. This was a book I had not intended to write! It truly, in every way and every sense, was an accidental endeavor.I created the title, rather dumb I will admit, on Amazon ‘accidentally’. Amazon will not let me delete it. Fastidiousness is one of my many foibles. I could NOT abide having a book title on Amazon that was ‘empty’. That looks bad. Made my other books look bad. So, I set out to write a quick ‘accidental’ book to make things right. That is what this book is all about. Nothing more, nothing less. My accidental book.It really is not for public consumption. Just a set of words and pictures to ensure that an accidental book title had a body to go with. Sorry. Thank you. Smile.”

P.S., I will NOT be counting this in my book tally, going forward!


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We Get TDS “Wi-Fi+” Mesh Network Based On “Eero” Products.

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Based on ‘Eero’ products.
Amazon plans to buy Eero.

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The “Eero” APP on my phone showing our network.

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We got Wi-Fi with TDS, in October 2019, as part of our 1 Gig upgrade. They installed a Wi-Fi range extender in addition to the standard router. With 1 Gog to the house we had decent Wi-Fi in the house — though this is a 4-storey house of around 3,400 sq. ft.

I never had any issues with this TDS provided Wi-Fi, though I don’t use Wi-Fi that much since my PCs are hardwired to the Extender.

Wife and daughter, who are exclusively on Wi-Fi, have complained, more of less from day one, that they keep on getting Internet drops. They kept on complaining. Last week I had enough. I called up TDS. I had no idea that they had a new MESH network-based offering. I was willing to give it a try.

This afternoon two technicians came and set it all up. It took longer than it should have because we have TDS TV, and that means the old router still has to be there. The main issue, however, was to get some port forwarding back in place.

But, we got it up. We have Wi-Fi. We get decent bandwidth. Not sure if we get more than we did before.

Early days. The question is whether this Mesh network will prevent those connection drops.

We will wait and see. I will keep you posted.

But, for now, as of today, we have the Eero-based Wi-Fi+ Mesh Network from TDS.

We have one ‘Eero Pro‘, i.e.,the router/broadcaster, and two ‘Eero Beacons‘, i.e., the range extender


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‘Tetley Tea’, 183-Years In Business, Finally, In 2020, Figured Out How To Brew Loose Leaf Tea.

by Anura Guruge


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Old vs New


This is quite funny. Just 2-weeks ago I did this post showing that the ‘Tetley Tea’ 2lbs Loose Tea box had instructions for brewing tea using a TEA BAG rather than the loose leaf black tea contained in the box.

Well, wrong instructions or not, there was nothing wrong with the tea. Actually quite decent tea, especially for the price. I liked the tea. So, I ordered another box. As you can see they changed the packaging and now they got the instructions right. I am happy.

I am, as of last week, brewing my loose tea using this MAGICAL ‘Hiware’ $22 teapot. As you can see from my Amazon review I think it is pretty close to perfect.

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My review of this ‘Hiware’ teapot.

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‘Fractional Shares’ (A.K.A. Dollar-Based Investing) In The Likes Of Amazon Is A Wonderful Innovation.

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Great innovation and I applaud the financial institutions, like ‘my’ Fidelity, scrambling to make it a reality, pronto. No, I am not in need of fractional shares. SMILE. At 66, after 40-years of active, non-stop investing (i.e., I have always been in the market, without fail) I can afford to buy full shares of stock I want and even maybe in the ‘customary’ blocks of 100.

I am happy for ‘kids’, new comers and those that missed out on the likes of AMZN when they used to be cheap. I am a great believer and advocate in investing. I encourage kids to invest and tell parents to get their kids invested. Yes, my kids are invested. SMILE.

Fractional shares are a GREAT. Love the concept.

40-years ago, in the U.K., I got started in UNIT trusts. Bit like mutuals, but if I remember right, with no minimums. You bought units.

Yes, of course, you can buy into the likes of Amazon, Google and Netflix, by investing in the right mutual funds or ETFs. But, it is not the same as having a skin in an actual SHARE of stock. Gives own a sense of ownership. I love owning Amazon. When I buy from Amazon, it is like buying from my own store! SMILE.

I hope a lot of ‘kids’ — even those in their 20s — gainfully exploit this opportunity.

It is also good for us shareholders. SMILE. GRIN. It will drive up share prices. SMILE.

I hope fractional shares are NOT going to be restricted just to mobile APP transactions. That would be stupid. I should be able to buy fractional shares on the Web.

I checked my Fidelity APP. Couldn’t see fractional shares on it. I am going to call them up tomorrow. I will let you know.


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ASUS (US) PC Support Making False FedEx Shipping Damage Claims Using Bogus Pictures — We Have The Proof.

by Anura Guruge


Message on ASUS on Facebook.
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Original e-mail from ASUS demanding $24.75.


Final $0.00 bill once they realized that the game was up.

They are now saying that charged FedEx for the damage.

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The ASUS (US) PC Support scam seems very well planned, executed, shameless and corrupt.

When they can’t get money from the customer they are making a claim against FedEx,

  1. Why didn’t they make the FedEx claim earlier and just tell us that FedEx was paying?
    …..
  2. Are they making FedEx claims even when the customer pays?
    ….

In our case we are 100% sure that there was NO Damage.

The 6-week old laptop was sent in because it was dead. Dead. Would not power up. That is what we wanted fixed.

If the case was truly damaged they could still have fixed the Windows Power Up issue and send us the laptop back — with the damage.

This scam unraveled for ASUS when I called their bluff and said “OK, so if you have pictures of our laptop being unboxed — showing damage — send it to me“. Our laptop had a lot of unique stickers on it. You can’t miss it. They realized that they had been caught out. They had NO pictures.

Our laptop was not damaged.

SCAM.

They making false FedEx claims as to be a crime — I would think. I, alas, can’t pursue that. Only FedEx can.

I will do my best to get FedEx to look into this. I will happily give FedEx all the evidence we have.Th….


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