Daily Archives: January 25, 2015

I Am Returning The TP-Link RE 2000 AC750 Range Extender.

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by Anura Guruge

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At mercy of MetroCast & TP-Link — Jan. 15, 2015.

2. TP-Link Wi-Fi Network for house
— Jan. 11, 2015.
3. MetroCast maintains 75Mbps
Jan 11, 2015.
4. 75Mbps Internet From Metrocast
Jan. 7, 2015.
5. TDS claiming Gigabit by Oct. 2015
Dec. 30, 2014.

>> TP-Link TL-WA850RE going strong.
>> TP-Link TL-WA850RE
Wi-Fi Range Extender.
>> Ordered TP-Link.

Well, I am sad to say that the TP-Link RE 2000 AC750 Range Extender did NOT live up to my high hopes. It, at best, seemed to do NOTHING, and, at worst, may have degraded the Wi-Fi signal that was being transmitted by the TP-Link Archer C9 AC1900 Wi-Fi Router.

Thursday night I had trouble getting Wi-Fi for the IPTV box. That was unusual. When I started checking bandwidth using the ‘Netspeed’ APP on my pad I was seeing, to my horror, download bandwidth in the 1.5Mbps range. I was mortified. I power cycled the RE 2000 multiple times. Made no difference. In the end, reluctantly, I unplugged it. I started getting decent bandwidth when it was not there. So I used the IPTV box all of Thursday night WITHOUT a range extender.

My old TP-Link TL-WA850RE, which I still had, had only cost me $23. The new one was around $66. I thought about keeping it but then had second thoughts. Why keep a $66 Range Extender if it was not doing its job. So got an RMA (i.e., return authorization) from Amazon Friday. It will get shipped out Monday. As ever Amazon, the champs they are, gave me no grief. They know that I am honest and forthright in my dealings. They know I will be buying more stuff — shortly.

So that is the story. My first disappointment with TP-Link. But to be fair, Range Extenders are funny, finicky beasts.

Yes, I have also noticed some bandwidth degradation with the MetroCast 75Mbps/5Mbps Internet service — though ironically it has all been on UPLOAD. MetroCast, so far, has been very good, even on Saturday nights, with the 75(/77)Mbps downloads. More on that later.

My “Tower Of London” Red Poppy, ONE of the 888,246, Ordered In August, Now Scheduled For Arrival February 2015.

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by Anura Guruge

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+/ Poppies being removed.              */ Nov. 24 delivery update.

1/ Buying Tower of London poppy.        >> Boris Johnson selling poppies.
2/ The Tower of London poppies.          >> Canada’s Harper cancels China.
3/ Will NOT ship till Jan. 2015.                >> U.K. ‘spies’ create Red Poppy.
4/ Tower of London crowds.                    >> Canadians start 2014 poppies.
5/ Prince Harry hops on bus.                   >> 2014 Poppy Pin collection.

6/ Canada’s #Poppyproud.                      >> 2014 ‘Watch’ has begun.
7/ 2014 Poppy Day Song (Single).          >> Canada’s #HowIRemember.

8/ 2014 Remembrance Day, Australia.   >> 7 facts about the ‘Red Poppy’.
9/ True value of a ‘Red Poppy’.               >> Tower of London extension?
A/ Retaining Canadian Poppy.                >> Birmingham Flash Mob.
B/ The Queen with poppies.                    >> Remembrance Sunday.
C/ London Remembrance Sunday.      >> Ottawa 2014 Remembrance.

D/ Wearing my Canadian Red Poppy.  >> Aerial tour of the Tower Poppies.

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I can’t and I won’t complain. I feel privileged that I am getting one — and, moreover, one of 888,246 that was actually planted. That it was supposed to be my birthday present, and my birthday was in September, is of no matter. Yes, I was hoping that I would have had it by now.

Deanna had spoken with them last week. They had confessed that this had proved to be a more massive project than they had ever imagined. I am actually glad about that. It was a huge success and I am very proud of it. Of course I will share as soon as I get it.

New Hampshire’s Bacon-Scented Scratch-n-Sniff Lottery Tickets: Kosher When It Comes To Political Correctness?

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by Anura Guruge

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Click to read the details at the NH Lottery.

I personally have no problem with this rather interesting decision by the N.H. Lottery Commission. It is actually quite cute and clever. I like the smell of bacon and I eat bacon, though not to the same extent as I do pork, ham and pork sausages — in that I eat one or more of those each and every day!

Also having had a lot of dealing with Jews here and in Israel I also know it is not a kosher issue per se. Yes, I know that some people do eat lottery tickets, but even if you do it is artificial flavoring. I also know quite a few Jews that eat pork, ham and bacon. We used to have a friend from Mass. who used to fly up to Gilford, without fail, on Easter Monday in his private Cessna to have lunch with us. He was after the ham! We finally told him that if he wants ham he can come other times too and that we would be happy to have a ham cooked for him. On the other extreme I had to entertain two ultra-orthodox Jews, visiting on business from Israel, at my house and all they would partake in (as I had been warned by others in Israel) was diet Coca-Cola straight from the can. Plus one of my favorite jokes for the longest time used to be, and it was told to me by my then alter ego in Israel, Itzick: “Why do orthodox Jews in Israel need three refrigerators in their kitchen? Simple. One for dairy, one for meat and the third for the pork”. Itzick loved ham salad when he was not in Israel. So, I know the nuances.

But, I was kind of surprised. It did not seem a very Christian thing to do — and there is no point even asking “What would Jesus have done?” because I know dietary rules he and his Apostles adhered to. Jesus would probably have gone and knocked over the tables at the Commission in Concord.

I kind of had a decent hunch about these numbers but I went and looked them up in Wikipedia (and they are fairly contemporaneous):


Click to ENLARGE and read. From Wikipedia: ‘New Hampshire — religion’.

 And these numbers tell it all. In a democracy the majority can, will and should rule though trying to be sensitive to the feelings of others is also a fairly nice and decent trait.

I asked another Jewish friend from Mass. (not the one with the Cessna), who also happens to own a condo in Loon (N.H.), what a Jewish reaction would be to the bacon-smelling lottery tickets. This is what he replied: “I think that there are a fair percentage of orthodox jews that would be mildly sickened by the smell of bacon. It is all psychological … but very deeply so.”

Nothing more that really needs to be said. Yes, yes, it is not being forced on anyone. The tickets are inside plastic containers and nobody is forced to buy them. So no different to going shopping at a supermarket that sells pork and ham. But, couldn’t we have started with something else? Maybe apple pie? But, I know people like bacon. Deanna and the kids do. It is there special treat. They had some on Christmas Day and I think around New Year. I will eat, at most, two strips, but I take mine out early. I do not like my bacon crisp.