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I Canceled Sling TV/Willow As Promised — Enough With Their Duplicity & Lack Of Cricket.

by Anura Guruge

My subscription did not end till this Sunday, i.e., April 22, 2018. So there wasn’t any point cancelling it earlier.

But, as promised, I did. Had it with Sling. It is a very duplicitous outfit. All they try to do is screw you.

Hotstar” is NOT great. After the first two matches they again stopped having full-length, ball-by-ball replays. You can watch it live, but after that it is only SHORT, unsatisfying snippets.

Not sure what I am going to do come June and IPL 2018 is over.

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by Anura Guruge

Nikon’s Rumored New APS-C/FF Mirrorless — Curious How It Would Better Sony a6500 or A7 xx.

by Anura Guruge

Having owned a Sony a7 II for two months and a Sony a6500 for close to a month, both of them mirrorless and near the top of Sony’s product line, I have to say that I am in AWE of both these cameras — in particular the Sony a7 II. As some of you know I am no stranger to cameras and have owned for rented over 17 cameras in the last 3 years including a Nikon D500, Fuji XT-1, Fuji X-E2S, Sony 6000, Samsung NX500, Canon T3i etc. etc. I have to say I have never enjoyed using a camera as much as I do the a7 II. It is by no means perfect (and to be fair no camera is) BUT the a7 II goes a long way towards being user-friendly, responsive and pretty damn good. Having got used to the a7 II my main grip with the a6500 is the lack of a dedicated exposure value (EV) compensation dial.

For the record I have also owned a superzoom Nikon P900 for nearly a year and am very fond of it — though I will confess that I have hardly used it since getting my latest two Sonys. Though the P900 is justly noted for its amazing zoom one should not overlook that it is a MIRRORLESS — though with a tiny 1/2.3″ sensor.

And I was seriously thinking of getting one or more of the Nikon 1″ DL-series cameras BEFORE they dastardly decided to scrap that product line one-year after they announced it!

So that is the backdrop against which I am weighing the insistent rumor that Nikon plans to announce an APS-C or Full-Frame mirrorless — their first venture into ‘large sensor’ mirrorless cameras.

I am curious as to how they intend to better Sony in terms of technology and the all-crucial Image Quality (IQ) — particularly because Nikon gets many (but not all) of their sensors from Sony.

Yes, I know that 100-year old Nikon is legendary and has a HUGE, devoted army of followers around the world — and they would, of course, be a captive audience for a halfway decent mirrorless IF it offers a clear size/weight differential over a heavy Nikon DSLR.

IF all that Nikon does is offer a higher resolution that would not interest me one iota.

20MP to 24MP is fine for I and I am not going chasing after higher-res. cameras — which is why I refrained from looking at the a7R II or the a99 II.

Where Nikon can change the whole mirrorless landscape is IF it can find a way where the thousands of currently available Nikon lenses can be used on their mirrorless WITHOUT the need for adapters. That would be a game changer. IF that is the case — or even if one could only use 50% of the Nikon lenses — I would seriously give it a look. Lenses are Sony’s Achilles’ heel and Nikon and everybody else, worth their salt, know that.

So, that is where I am right now.

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by Anura Guruge

GoDaddy Cancels FREE Hosting For Life & Gives Instead A One Year Free Code!

by Anura Guruge

When I got the domain, 10 years ago,
they offered FREE Hosting for life.

Check what it said … 


Click to ENLARGE. From my GoDaddy product page.

Then I get THIS in my e-mail.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Please feel FREE to use my code. I don’t need it. I cancelled the hosting.

I am NOT going to get suckered into a PAID GoDaddy Web hosting through a pathetic 1-year FREE code. GoDaddy YOU know what you can do with that bloody code. I can get FREE hosting at so many different places. I am actually TEACHING a course on FREE Web hosting:


I am going to go with Weebly.
Thanks Godaddy for making me MOVE another hosting account from GoDaddy.
Only one left and I am too lazy to move that!


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by Anura Guruge

Amazon U.K. Tells Customers To Throw Away Their Hoverboards!

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by Anura Guruge


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Click to access BBC original. Google for more.

Kind of a SHAME since I had actually ordered one as my customary ‘surprise Christmas present for the family’. Last year it was two Drones.  

Well I started hearing the horror stories a couple of days after I placed my order on December 5. Until today I was kind of willing to take the risk. But not anymore. The last thing I need is something catching fire in the house. So I called up and cancelled.

Amazon no longer has the product listing! They have taken it down. That alone is scary!

So a heads up.

BEWARE: Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield Dental Insurance In New Hampshire.

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by Anura Guruge

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It would appear that NOT too many dentist in New Hampshire ACCEPT Anthem Dental insurance.

So it could very well turn out to be a TOTAL WASTE of MONEY.

So check, and check carefully, before YOU sign-up for Anthem Dental.

I signed up, because I also get Anthem Medical, BUT was FORTUNATE enough to be able to CANCEL (without a penalty or a premium payment) and switch back to Delta Dental VIA healthcare.gov.

So a HUGE Heads Up.

flyingpigrrHere is what I found when I tried to see IF my current dentist was covered.

NO DENTIST within 50 mile radius!

I am so glad that I was able to get out BEFORE it was TOO late.



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Will Pope Francis Grinch The Vatican Christmas Nativity & Tree For 2015?

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by Anura Guruge

Vatican nativity 2008. Click for MORE.

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Pope Francis decries Christmas 2015 and specifically says “… There will be lights, there will be parties, bright trees, even Nativity scenes, all decked out, …” Click image for ‘Rolling Stone” original.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. From page 135 of my “Pope Francis’ U.S. Visit — 2015: A Guide For The Curious” book (published August 2015). See link below to access 99 cent ‘read in a Web browser’ eBook. This pope KNOWS what he is doing. He knows the power he has as pope.

Above from my
Pope Francis’ U.S. Visit — 2015: A Guide For The Curious”.

Available for 99 cents, from Amazon, as an eBook that can read in a Web browser, iDevice, Android etc.

Yes, of course, Pope Francis is RIGHT about the World merrily playing ‘the fiddle’ while there is all this strife and conflict.

I fully understand his statements about Christmas.

What I want to know is what Pope Francis is going to do about it?

This is a pope that people are beginning to appreciate makes statements that he does not follow through on — or are even contrary to what he believes. Suffice just to bring up “Who am I to judge?”.

The Vatican, quite rightly, makes a BIG deal about Christmas. The Vatican nativity scene, accompanied by a huge Christmas tree, is a beloved tradition and a HUGE money maker for the Vatican.

The pope, given he feels so strongly about it, should go ahead the CANCEL the Vatican nativity.

That would be a shot heard all over the world.

He has the power to do so and he KNOWS that he has the power.

Do NOT underestimate this pope or be deceived by his apparent naivety. He knows the power he commands.

So this is a GREAT opportunity. Not moving to the Papal Apartments was one thing. Now here is another great chance to really show that his words COUNT.

Dish HD Picture Quality Inferior To That Of DirecTV (or Roku 3/Amazon Prime) — June 2015.

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by Anura Guruge

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directvdish1212We have had Dish HD TV (again) since last Thursday, June 4, 2015. I had finally managed to cancel my accursed and detested DirecTV account on May 31 — 3 weeks ahead of schedule. Just a few minutes ago Deanna took the pre-paid box with the two Genie receivers to the Post Office. No doubt DirecTV will find something wrong with them and charge me for it. What is new. That is all that DirecTV did for 2 years — lied and cheated at each and every turn.

Well, I am back with Dish. Yes, they are no angels either, BUT I don’t think they are as bad as DirecTV. Maybe I will learn.

But we noticed something right away.

Dish Network picture quality is POOR — one could even say downright bad!

Compared to DirecTV HD it is about 50% as good. I guess they just don’t transmit as much bandwidth.

This may come as a surprise but quality of a HD picture is DEPENDENT on how much resolution is transmitted!

Yes, every once in a while I have seen Dish do decent HD — typically at night during prime time. During the day their HD really sucks.

I remember this NOW from when we switched to DirecTV two years ago. Despite all the other problems with DirecTV we all could BUT not notice that the picture quality was stunningly vivid.

Well we are back to ‘so so’ HD with Dish.

No it is NOT our TVs. We still get BRILLIANT HD with the Roku 3 when watching Amazon Prime. Teischan right now is watching “Mansfield Park” on Amazon and the picture quality is worth writing home about. [Plus we now have DEDICATED 15Mbps, wired, TDS Internet to the Roku! More on that later.]

But ONE good thing on the Dish Hopper. So far I have NOT encountered ANY sound loss. That is good.

But I have to say. WOW. Picture quality of Dish is atrocious. Good job we don’t watch much Dish. 85% of our TV viewing is now on the Roku. I got Dish primarily so that I can have 24×7 CNN and CNBC. 

DirecTV — I Cancelled Account, 3 Weeks Ahead Of 2-Years, BUT I Paid For Last Month.

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by Anura Guruge

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I hated DirecTV, with a vengeance, from the very first day I had it installed on June 21, 2013. Just check the above posts. It was a litany of never ending lies, scams and deception. I had to contact the BBB to help them sought out the initial order FRAUD and it was settled in my favor.

I vowed on these pages that I will get rid of DirecTV the very first day that I could — without giving them the satisfaction of charging me a cancellation penalty. I even set up this (— >>>) countdown clock.

Well DirecTV charges a month ahead, and given their unscrupulousness actually charges you one day AHEAD each month. So I had DirecTV installed on a 21st BUT they insist on charging my credit card on the 20th of each month. C’est la vie. The least of their many sins.

So on May 20, 2015, I paid for May 21 to June 20, 2015. That was the end of my contract. I called on May 21 to cancel. They said it was too early.

I called again on Friday, May 29, 2015. I called them twice and also talked with them on chat — and I have the transcript. Eventually they said that my account was closed.

It wasn’t. On Saturday, May 30, I still had service.

I called again. They said I was cancelled BUT they were keeping my service on …

So, that was 3 phone calls and one chat … and I still had service.

Around 3:30pm, Saturday, a very greasy sounding clown from DirecTV calls me up — on my cell — and starts with this “So, how can we rectify this mistake …” spiel. I blew my top. Though I give the impression of losing my temper and getting angry in reality I ONLY allow myself, AT MOST, 2 actual temper tantrums a year. [It has all to do with mind control.] But the two temper tantrums I permit myself, a year, are DOOZIES. I go to town. I go up one side of a person and down the other. As some of you know I do not swear. I don’t even use the ‘s’ word — which I detest. Yes, I frequently use damn, bloody and occasionally ‘bugger’ but we Brits do NOT consider those swear words — and “bugger” in Ceylon/Sri Lanka is a term of endearment. But I have a extremely potent vocabulary of swear words and can swear very effectively. I let that idiot from DirecTV have it with both barrels. I enjoyed it. Within seconds he was WHIMPERING: “OK. OK. I will cancel your account. You can stop now.” It was fun. The service is now disconnected.

I feel such a sense of relief. I really hated DirecTV and as with my temper I make sure that I do not hate many things — at any given time since that is a waste of time and energy. So as with the 2 tantrums a year I try to limit the things I hate at any given time to 2. That works. So for the last 2 years I have only hated two things: DirecTV and …. Now I am down to one. It gets better. I never really hated KIA, just disliked them, but in a couple of hours I am getting rid of our KIA Sportage too — 28 days ahead of its lease-end. But as with DirecTV I have paid up and can now return it. More on that once I actually

“Phone Power” Kindly Saved Me $60 (A Year). Thank YOU.

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by Anura Guruge

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I just saved myself $60 (a year) thanks to “PhonePower“.

I am pretty chuffed. How did I do it. I cancelled my “PhonePower” account — and I am JUST going to use Google Voice on my OBi110. Simple as that.

I went with PhonePower on May 14, 2014, for $60/year, when we lost Google Voice support on the OBi. I loved Google Voice and was bummed but PhonePower, for essentially $5/month, did pretty good.

When Google Voice support was restored in September 2014 I stayed with PhonePower. I configured Google Voice as my 2nd VoIP carrier. I was going to STAY WITH PhonePower and pay them $60 again in May. I did not want to DISRUPT the configuration that I had — and that worked. I was willing to pay $5/month to AVOID change.

Then today PhonePower disrupted MY network. I was having problems with Caller ID. They tried to fix it. But after they tried the OBi110 would NOT recognize their service! I had also LOST Google Voice. They then left me in the lurch and blamed it all on OBi!

Well I got the OBi to work again. All I had to do was recycle power! I managed to get Google Voice back. I put it back on as SP1. My primary and now ONLY VoIP. I still have a TDS landline for incoming calls and **8 outbound. Screw PhonePower.

They forced my hand and they saved me $60/year. Thank YOU.

Google Voice rocks. Yes, I have to put up with a Maine 207 number but that proves to be fun. People have NO idea that it is I calling.

Reasons 16 To 20 Of The 1,001 Reasons I Really, Really HATE DirecTV.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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I set up a Countdown Clock because I can’t wait to CANCEL my DirecTV account.
I am on a 2 year contract.

Clock at the bottom of the sidebar >>>>.

Clock at the bottom of the sidebar >>>>.

#16. I now have PIP on my main 47″ TV (that is directly connected to the Genie HR 34) but not on my 27″ HD (connected to a Genie Mini) in our bedroom.

#17. The installer who was a nice enough guy (#10) though he actually commented about my Philips ‘Sound Bar’, and we spoke about audio via HDMI, did NOT set the Genie audio option to Dolby 5.1 though, of course, I have Dolby 5.1 on my Sound Bar — which is what delivers all my audio.

#18. No sound last night on Channel 203!

#19. DirecTV, on Saturday, less than a day after the installation, tried to charge me $5 to speak to an operator!

#20. I found a big, long bolt, on my driveway yesterday, where the DirecTV installer had parked his unmarked, open truck, this bolt obviously having fallen off that truck — the bolt right where it could have got embedded in the wheels of one of our vehicles necessitating a tire repair.

I filed a Better Business Bureau (BBB) complaint, at the L. A. Office, for the HR 34 rather than HR 44 scam on Saturday, June 22, 2013.