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New Internet TV.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

The new (expensive in time and money) Roku2 quit providing closed captions yesterday. I sent an e-mail to Roku, and today I stopped by CompUSA to see how much it would cost to convert our big TV into a smart TV. The answer was no longer $321, but $107 for something called a Logitech Revue, which runs a Chrome browser and lets you go anywhere on the internet. You get a real keyboard, which is only good for typing in internet addresses, search terms, user names, and passwords. it has a small touch screen to control the pointer, and it works GREAT. Boo to Roku2.

  
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THINRONNA 12/19/2011 3:43AM

    The Logitech Revue sounds neat. We don't have a tv but rather download our shows on our computer on Sunday evenings. It is good but sometimes the computer runs slow and takes forever to download a show or mid show the stream gets kind of jerky and we have to re load it. I figure computers and tvs will merge one day.

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BREWMASTERBILL 12/18/2011 10:01AM

    How timely. I've been looking for something similar. I'm already researching it now and might have to pick one up. Thanks!

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MS.ELENI 12/17/2011 8:25PM

    sounds interesting

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LRK4CHRIST 12/17/2011 7:31PM

    LOL! Thx for sharing!

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Visitors nearly here.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The BW is out shopping now - she still has to make the soup she promised for Annie and Jerzy when we pick them up this evening. I bought two elbows, a coupling, and pipe to route the dryer vent out through solid ducting yesterday, and I'm about to tear everything apart and get rid of the flexible stuff now. Maybe I'll read a book later. I'll let the visitors do most of the work while they're here.

  
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MS.ELENI 12/15/2011 8:48PM

    It is time for you to take a break

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KKP4673 12/15/2011 7:43PM

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THINRONNA 12/15/2011 4:11PM

    Have fun!

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BREWMASTERBILL 12/15/2011 4:05PM

    That's my kinda visitors!

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Normal Living.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

I bought a three gallon sprayer, a hoe, and something else (I forget what) at Home Depot Monday, sprayed weed-be-gone all over the front and part of the back yard to get rid of the weeds that have seeds that stick in the dogs' fur and the goat heads. Pulling them out by hand didn't get rid of them all, and real grass is the only thing that stays green all year long around here.

Tuesday I sprayed the rest of the yard (another three gallons) and took Jack to a Mexican restaurant, and today I'm doing laundry. I didn't really send an email link to coupons to several people Monday (including two unused email addresses of my own) and Mennel told me that he had to change the password on his e-mail account to stop it - someone hacked into his e-mail account, not his computer) so today I changed my e-mail password. That was after I had updated the operating system and scanned the entire computer twice with two different security programs. There is always another dirtbag around.

The BW had gone to Silver Sneakers and a pitch-in dinner at the Y, and I'm doing laundry. Tomorrow we pick up Annie and Jerzy at the Tampa Airport at 5:30 PM. A reasonable time for once.

  
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MS.ELENI 12/14/2011 11:13PM

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BREWMASTERBILL 12/14/2011 1:39PM

    The email hackers seem to be getting more and more aggressive. Gmail introduced 2 step verification where I picked a password and then they assigned me a key and texted it to my mobile phone. Now that it's put into gmail, I have no idea what it is, so I have a password and some additional key that only they know (I guess), so we'll see how long that keeps the hackers out. Of course, it's like anything else, if someone wants in bad enough, they'll get in. The trick is to make it less convenient for the hacker to get you than the next guy. How does the saying go, "I don't have to be faster than the bear. I only have to be faster than you".

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A Not-So-Lazy Saturday

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Last night the BW mentioned that the grass is sort of long, so I was going to cut it today. When I went out to get the paper it had warmed up since yesterday, to 59 degrees, so after breakfast I went out to start cutting - and it had started to rain. It wasn't heavy but the grass is wet, so I'm taking the day off.

PS -Later it dried out, so I did cut the grass from 1:05 to 3:40. I made better than usual time because I didn't dig out many weeds. I mowed over most of them, and then went to Home Depot and bought a hoe, a three gallon sprayer (for Weed-No-More), and a 14 gauge extension cord that is 100 feet long. The cord replaces the one I had which got wrapped in twists so tightly that it is starting to actually split the casing in a couple of places. I put that in the attic for some sort of emergency use up there. We don't have many outlets, so a long cord can be useful.

  
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MS.ELENI 12/11/2011 2:25PM

    Glad you had a lighter than usual day. You push your self way too much

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THINRONNA 12/11/2011 2:57AM

    We have just gotten our first now here...no more grass cutting for us. It is on to shoveling! Nice you don't have to worry about that...

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CHRIMSONFYRE 12/10/2011 11:00AM

    No cutting the grass, but you could do things around the house to burn a few calories :)

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Short Week

Friday, December 09, 2011

Yesterday I walked the dogs, starting at 11:20 because by then it had warmed up to 50 degrees. I wore long jeans, a long sleeved shirt, a t-shirt for underwear, and a hat to keep the sun out of my eyes and my head warm. There was a light breeze and a full sun. We were out nearly an hour, and my nose ran most of the time but my armpits were sweaty by the time we got back.

Today the BW and I went to Ikea in Tampa by the short route. Annie and Jerzy are coming next Thursday for three weeks, and the BW wanted a couple of chairs, sheets, blanket covers, etc. It was a 56 mile round trip the short way - all through the city - and each way took nearly an hour's driving. We also spent more than two hours in the store. Then I had to assemble the chairs and do a few other errands.

Yesterday I make a couple of gallons of bean soup and two loves of whole wheat bread, and before that I spent Tuesday and Wednesday teaching a safe driving seminar. It's called a class, but anyone who sits through it gets a certificate.

  
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TUDI4480 12/13/2011 1:56PM

    I agree with MS. Eleni. You need none day to do nothing!. Maybe try for one day a month?! It's great that you have the physical health and stamina to keep doing all you do. Enjoy whatever you do.

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THINRONNA 12/11/2011 2:55AM

    You are busy! Do you know I have not driven a car in over almost four years and the last time I did drive a car it was on the left! I think I could use your class. emoticon

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MS.ELENI 12/9/2011 10:49PM

    You need one day to do nothing.

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