# MetroCast Maintains 105 Mbps In Alton (N.H.) During Saturday Night.

by Anura Guruge

With any cable-based Internet access system the crucial question is whether they can maintain the promised bandwidth during peak usage on the cable — Saturday nights invariably considered the busiest time on cable.

Last year, when I first got 75 Mpbs from Metrocast, I was anxious to see how MetroCast would come the first Saturday night. They passed with flying colors.

Ditto this year with 105 Mbps. Typically, as is Metrocast wont, I would get 107 Mbps. But 105 Mbps at 11:30pm on a Saturday night is not bad at all since I am also sharing the bandwidth, as I write, with Deanna and Devanee both using the Internet. So MC is probably still delivering close to 107 Mbps. This is good. Very impressed with MetroCast. They have come a long way.

Click to ENLARGE. Using ‘gstnetworks.net’ which is my ‘goto’ speedtest. 105.78 Mbps download, 12.19 Mbps upload. That is GREAT.

by Anura Guruge

# Why Don’t They Teach Our Kids “Proof by Nine” As A Part Of Math?

by Anura Guruge

“Proof by Nine” (I have always called it (possibly incorrectly) “Proof of Nine”) is a clever and totally foolproof way to check your multiplication — without having to rely on a calculator or an electronic device. I was taught it, in Ceylon, at school, probably when I was around 6 or 7, as an integral part of learning to do multiplication. We are talking the early 1960s. We did NOT, especially in Ceylon, have calculators or for that matter even slide rules. So “Proof of Nine” was the ONLY way we had — and even our teachers — of checking the correctness of multiplication.

The 3rd image below (albeit purely scanned) in its first paragraph spells out EVERYTHING as it pertained to I. I would do “Proof of Nine”, by rote, as soon as I did a multiplication by hand. I still do it TODAY, for the fun of it. I have tried to teach the kids but they don’t fully grasp it.

The two articles I show here try to explain it very well. I did this diagram to show you the basic mechanics AND I KNOW that most of you are going to say that it is totally confusing.

Shame that they don’t teach it in school. Because all of us would know how to do it.

PLEASE look it up. It is very neat and awfully handy if you don’t have any other means to check a multiplication.

My diagram. So I want to check whether 7826 x 43 = 336518.

I start by drawing the slanted ‘X’. The I come up with the two vertical numbers, in this case 5 & 7. I do that by repeatedly adding the digits until I have but one digit. I ALWAYS throw out any 9 I encounter — and even digits that together add up to nine.

I multiply 5 x 7. That is 35. Add the digits. 8.

I add up the digits in 336518. I notice two obvious pairings that come to 9. 3+6 & 1+8. I throw those out. Actually it will still work IF I didn’t throw them out! All comes out in the wash. Well it adds up to 8.

The same ‘8’ I got when I multiplied 5×7 and got 35. The two ‘8’s match. The multiplication was RIGHT.

First article. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access original.

Second article. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access original.

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Click to access. The TWO Paddys are our friend Paddy Kelly & Paddy Maher, who we have yet to meet. This Website (on WordPress.com) is Paddy Kelly’s own work.

Click for more on Paddy Kelly.

Paddy Kelly, as some of you will already know, is a key member of our favorite group “The Brigadoons“. That is how we got to know Paddy. He was the one very instrumental in getting Devanee to sing with the “The Brigadoons” at Loon, at the ‘Highland Games‘, last September. We are very grateful to Paddy for that and Devanee ‘whoops’ every time she hears me on the phone with Paddy.

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# Maine’s Famed Artist “Bernard Langlais” Was Deanna’s 1st Grade Teacher’s Husband.

by Anura Guruge

Some of Bernard Langlais’ work. Click to ENLARGE and savor. From Google Images. Just do a search on “Bernard Langlais”.

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access original. Deanna saw this online and forwarded it to me.

You can see from the above that the Langlaises lived in Cushing, Maine. That, waterfront, is where Deanna, a lobsterman’s daughter, grew up. Cushing is also famous for its Andrew Wyeth connection — he having a Summer Home there.

Helen Langlais was Deanna’s 1st & 2nd grade teacher (c. 1972 – 1973). She would take the kids to her farm, the 90-acre spread talked about above, on ‘field trips’. So Deanna has seen much of this artwork.

by Anura Guruge

# ‘6 images for the day’ — January 23, 2016 + 6 Bonus From New York.

by Anura Guruge

Taken with my Sony RX100 Mk II.
Straight out of the camera.

Refer to this post for image resolution details.
NO post-processing whatsoever.
Straight JPEGs from the camera.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

See this post for an explanation …

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