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Use Firefox, Rather Than Google Chrome, To Read The U.K. “Daily Mail” On Android Devices.

by Anura Guruge

Trying to read the U.K. “Daily Mail“, my favorite newspaper for over 40-years, with Chrome, on my 10″ Android Tablet had become quite the chore. The latest HUGE banner, at the bottom, of the screen, was the last straw. It was like trying to read something through a slit.

I had enough.

Yes, I fully appreciate that it costs a lot of money to provide the level of news they do. But, they can’t be so obnoxious.

I tried an Ad Blocker. Didn’t do anything. Yes, I will confess that I refuse to use their APP and insist on reading it in a browser — in desktop-mode.

I am a Google shareholder and, as you know, I permit ads on this blog. But, I hope they are not obnoxious.

So, on a whim I went back to Firefox. I have no qualms about that. I was one of the original advocates of Firefox way back in the late 1990s. I convinced quite a few to switch to Firefox. And I have never had anything against Firefox. Just assumed that Google is ‘one-stop-shopping’. But, I was wrong.

I have only been using Firefox, with the Daily Mail, for a few minutes. Yes, you still get Ads — like the top banner. But, so far, I haven’t had as many pop-up ads. that were ruining my reading experience.

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Not Convinced Anymore That Google ‘Chrome’ (69) Totally Clears ‘Browsing Data’.

by Anura Guruge

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Once a month, religiously, around the 15th of the month, I do a complete purge of my ChromeBrowsing Data‘. Everything … sans exception. Cookies, browsing history, download history … THE WOKS. I click all the boxes and do a ‘Clear Data’. Some months it takes a few minutes to clear the lot because so, so much accumulates over a month — especially given that I can easily hit 1,000+ Web pages a day.

I also, every night, last thing clear ‘Cached Images & Files‘ and ‘Passwords‘.

I have, in the case of Chrome, been doing this for at least 7 or 8 years, after I switched to it from FireFox. [I did the same with FireFox, maybe more often.]

As an IT Professional of 45-years standing, I can assure you that this is a great practice and will save you a lot of aggravation over the long term. Yes, clearing the cookies and browsing history is inconvenient, BUT you really want to refresh everything every month.

Anywho …

Today and last month, I noticed, that with the latest Chrome, Google is being a bit naughty.

It claims to have cleared everything, BUT it is keeping track of some stuff!

What do I mean.

For a start it no longer deletes the cookies involved with Chrom itself. It remembers your accounts! Not a big deal for I because nobody else uses this PC. But, this could be a security concern for some. Doing a FULL CLEAR no longer means you have got rid of everything.

I also noticed that it is retaining my MOST used Web page addresses. So, I do a FULL CLEAR and then I go to type in the URL for this blog … and BINGO, Chrome autofills it! It is NOT supposed to know, it is not supposed to have remembered. This wasn’t the case even a few months ago. After my monthly CLEAR I would have to type in all my URLs in FULL, for the first time. Not anymore.

I Googled. Couldn’t find anything about this.

So, I am giving you a HEADS UP.

Check it out. Some of your data may still be around unbeknownst to YOU.

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‘Prepdog.org’ Is Great For Homeschooling — Just Make Sure You Are Using ‘Chrome’.

by Anura Guruge

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Though we are now homeschooling Teischan, I like her to take the same NWEA Testing, at year end, as she would have taken at school. That way there is never any misunderstandings, with anyone, as to whether she completed the year or did the appropriate testing.

One challenge of homeschooling is finding test preparation material — especially online and with automated, self-assessment.

I stumbled upon ‘prepdog.org’ this weekend and was delighted. It has a fair amount of tests and automated scoring — PROVIDED that you use Chrome. We found that out to our costs this morning. Teischan, on a Windows 10 PC uses Internet Explorer. She was NOT getting the scores. I tried it on an Android Tablet and on one of my PCs and I would get the results, each time, with no problem. Then it dawned on me. Chrome. Downloaded and installed it, BINGO. Everything works.

So a heads up.

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Amazon’s FREE ‘Look Inside’ Gives You A Chance To Checkout The ‘Central Pain Syndrome’ Book Online.

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Central Pain Syndrome book

Click to ENLARGE and see what ‘Look Inside’ will show you of the ‘Central Pain Syndrome’ book. Use link below to see MORE using the FREE ‘Look Inside’ feature.

Click here to read MORE, for FREE,
using Amazon’s ‘Look Inside’ feature.

The eBook, though Kindle, can be READ ANYWHERE … you can read it on ANY Web Browser.

Reading Kindle eBook on a Web Browser.

In this case Google’s Chrome.

But, it works with all Web Browsers.

Central Pain Syndrome Amazon Kindle Cloud Reader

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How To Mute A Chrome Browser Tab Playing An Annoying Video Ad.

by Anura Guruge


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Yes, I must APOLOGIZE that this blog can be a culprit of this too, i.e., having annoying video commercials that automatically play. But, that is NOT my doing. I would never do that. Blame WordPress.

Anywho … I found out how you can easily DISABLE this.

No. No. Na. You don’t have to go into Chrome settings and turn off plug-ins etc.

Just RIGHT CLICK on the offending tab (which alas, as in the example, could be this blog, nhlifefree.com).

4th option down will be ‘MUTE tab’ (or if you have ALREADY muted it, ‘UNMUTE tab’). Just click on that option. Works like a treat.


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‘Active Telephones Inc.’ — Leader In 1970s Snail-Paced, Unsecured Hotel Wi-Fi!

by Anura Guruge


Active Telephones Inc.‘, of Milford, Connecticut, is SO, SO BAD that you can’t even call them a joke. They are beyond that.

I stayed at the Mystic, CT, ‘Ramada Inn‘ earlier this week. The hotel had some issues due to poor management but was ‘OK’ (for the price) BAR the APPALLING Wi-Fi provided (if you could call it that) by bloody ‘Active Telephones Inc.’.

For a START you couldn’t sign into the bloody Wi-Fi with Chrome! Chrome was TOO secure. That is crazy.

So if you are using Android, as we do, you could JUST about, after 30 attempts, sign-on IF you had the Android Browser on your device.

And then the speed.

It was like using 64Kbps dial-up in the 1970s.


The hotel staff keep on telling you to call Active’s Hotline at: 866-747-2226. I tried. There was NEVER an answer. No voice mail. It rang and rang and rang forever. Dreadful.

I have just trashed the hotel, all over the Web, because of this stupid W-Fi. As you know I am no stranger to hotels. Though retired I still stay in more hotels than most. This is the WORST Wi-Fi I have ever encountered.

The Manager of the Ramada, who claims his name is “Robert“, promised me $10 off my bill for the LACK of Wi-Fi. Well that did NOT happen (as yet). Empty promise.

Stay AWAY from this dreadful company, ‘Active Telephons Inc.’ and stay away from the Mystic, CT, Ramada.


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Lenovo Tab 2 10″ 16GB Android Tablet — Pretty Darn Impressive For $171.

by Anura Guruge

I ordered the Lenovo 10″ Tab 2 last Thursday when the 10.6″ 8-Core Dragon Touch X10 Android Tablet which I had got from Amazon the day before proved to be a major disappointment in terms of screen resolution and USB-based battery charging.

The 1920 x 1200 screen on the Lenovo, as is mentioned in all the product reviews and many of the Amazon ‘feedback’, is pretty spiffy. Vastly superior to the Dragon X10. Crisp and vivid (and I do have it set to ‘vivid’). It is also surprisingly and pleasantly fast. That was a bonus. As I have stated before 96% of what is do on a pad is Web browsing — using Chrome. And it seems to be very adept at doing that. I am pleased.

Slightly more ‘bloatware’ than was in the Dragon. Most of it was easy enough to remove though I am still stuck with a few, such as ‘FM Radio’, which I will never use because it needs an earphone cord to act as an antenna and I don’t use (or like) earphones.

It upgraded, as part of a mandatory System Update, to Android 5.0.1. So I have only used it with Android 5. Works fine (so far). Haven’t found an APP that has not been compatible,

The only problem I have is I can’t get a magnetic compass APP to work. Yes, I know I about calibration but I still haven’t managed to crack that. GPS works. So not the end of the world.

Only has USB-charging (as opposed to also have a separate charger as was the case with the Dragon) and charging, so far, seems par for the course.

So bottom line, after (say) 28 hours and maybe 90 minutes of use is that ‘So Far So Good’, screen is impressive and performance, including Wi-Fi, more than acceptable. I am happy.

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Click to access Amazon listing. Smaller and a (slower) Quad-Core as opposed to the 8 in the Dragon.

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Dragon Touch X10 Android Tablet — Screen Resolution & Battery Life Not Up To My Criteria.

by Anura Guruge

The 10.6″ 8-Core Dragon Touch X10 Android Tablet which I ordered from Amazon over the weekend arrived yesterday. Definitely a nice, responsive unit with NO BLOATWARE — and it was fully charged when it arrived. It even came with fairly comprehensive instructions and a very cute, ‘clingy’ screen protector with additional guidance. I was able to get it up and running with my core set of APPs — Chrome, Bank of America, Fidelity, ‘GPS’, ‘Home Security’ etc. — very quickly and with NO issues. I was impressed.

But, I have already printed the paperwork from Amazon to return it! I used it for less than 2 hours!

There were two things that were not up to my requirements and those were such that I would never be happy with this tablet. These being: screen resolution not good enough when using Chrome and battery charging/battery life.

The screen resolution is 1366×768. In theory that should be good enough. It is OK when you are using APPs so to speak, but not when trying to read Webpages on Chrome — in particular ‘marketwatch.com‘ (in desktop mode). Deanna had a look and agreed. Resolution way below par. Also the case when watching video. Given that I HAVE to read at least 30 – 40 minutes of ‘marketwatch.com’ a day, in order to be I, this was NOT going to fly. I need a tablet where I can read Webpages without the screen resolution getting in the way.

The second issue proved to be worse that I had hoped, given that I had already read, on the Amazon reviews that this could be a stumbling block. Though it can be charged via USB it is NOT ‘happy’ being charged as such. It, appears, though I did not bother to try, that it prefers to be charged using its dedicated charger. I had hoped that this would not be as bigger an issue as it proved to be. It was NOT fully charged after 7.5 hours plugged into my standard USB charger! That is not acceptable. Every room in this house is set up, one way or another, for USB charging. Plus when we travel I carry a pouch of USB chargers. I am not going to take another dedicated charger. IF it is not going to charge, fast and adequately, via USB, it is NOT for I. Alos noticed that battery capacity was going down in front of my eyes. Wow.

It also appears that I can’t get the magnetic sensor, used by non-GPS compass APPs to work. Not a showstopper BUT annoying. I like an ‘analog’ non-GPS compass on my tablet. Also not convinced that it had the latest and greatest Wi-Fi chips.

So the Dragon, alas, is going back. Shame. 

I have already ordered a 10″ Lenovo tablet:


Click to access Amazon listing. It has a higher resolution HD screen. Smaller and a (slower) Quad-Core as opposed to the 8 in the Dragon.

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I Bought A 10.6″ 8-Core Dragon Touch X10 Android Tablet To Replace My Le Pan.

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My Le Pan 10.2″ Android tablet, that I got from Walmart in August 2014 (to replace my 7″ ASUS that died), after acting up now and then, in terms of not powering up, finally gave up the ghost and died, dead as a doornail, Friday night. Friday was quite the day, even without the stock market meltdown. I won’t even tell you how much I lost. Some people have mortgages that are less than that. C’est la vie.

Yes, the Le Pan is covered by a USELESS 2 year product warranty I got from bloody Walmart — for $45. Never again. This is why I bought this from Amazon, the 2nd of the 12 (or more) Android pads that I have bought for the kids, Deanna and I.

I came across the Dragon Touch X10 when I asked Amazon to show me 10″ (or greater) Androids. I have had good luck — or I should say Teischan has had good luck — with ‘cheap’ Chinese Android Pads, i.e., Visual Land. The reviews for this, including one on YouTube, were pretty awesome. I liked the specs. The 10.6″ appealed. I do NOT carry this around. 95% of the time it is on my bedside table. I mainly use a tablet, in the morning, in bed, while I drink my coffee, and listen to CNBC. I check my blog, I read ‘marketwatch.com‘, I read the U.K. “Daily Mail“, cover-to-cover, without fail, and I check camera news. All using Chrome. I don’t use many APPS! So this looks good. Price was acceptable, though it appears the price has gone up in the last 6 months! I paid quite a bit more for the Le Pan 18 months ago.

I will, of course, let you know how it works out after I get it on Wednesday, February 10, 2016.

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I Got Deanna An Amazon Kindle Fire — Delivered On Day 1.

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Just because I didn’t buy my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 from Amazon does not, in anyway or shape, mean that I do not buy stuff from Amazon on a frequent (and I really don’t want to claim ‘daily’) basis. So, when I saw the new Kindle Fire, at the low-ball advertised price, I was tempted. Not for me. I am a 10″ guy. But Deanna had been angling for a pad and this seemed like a good deal.

Well, the advertised price is a ‘starter’. Once you add an option or two and get a case you are at $90 — BUT that is still NOT bad, ALBEIT this is not a bona fide Android Pad. So there is NO Chrome browser. Instead there is Amazon’s Silk browser. But it was worth a try.



I pre-ordered it and Amazon to its credit had it delivered by UPS on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 — as promised. So we had one on Day 1 of availability. Neat. Actually that was also the case with our first Google Nexus 7 in July 2012. I had pre-ordered that too and it came on Day 1 — as Google had promised. 

So far so good. It is cute. Nice nice. Sharp, crisp display — as they claim. Seems fast too. Amazon Cloud Storage included.

So not a bad buy.

They are offering a 6-pack — BUY 5 get one FREE, for a total of 6. Was I tempted? Aaaahhhhh! Maybe come Black Friday (or thereabouts). Maybe I will get a DOZEN! It would be FUN to give some to deserving kids (and have ONE in the car, dedicated to GPS). SMILE.