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Shenandoah National Park ‘Skyland Resort’ Does Have Limit Wi-Fi & TV In Certain Rooms.

by Anura Guruge

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We spent 5-nights at ‘Skylands’ at the start of this month. It was wonderful & memorable. Definitely recommend it.

When I was looking through the reviews I saw a lot of conflicting reports about Wi-Fi & TV availability. So, let me please give you the definitive update.

Skyland has Wi-Fi. It is very slow (like 45kbps) BUT it is stable & reliable. Yes, you get more bandwidth the less folks using it. So, bandwidth is better late at night as folks go to bed. That is where the stability & reliability kicks in. Though it is slow, it is not erratic & as such does NOT kick you out. Why am I stressing this. It means that photo backup to the cloud happened.

That was my biggest concern. Having my photos from my Google Pixel 4 backed up to Google Photo. Though I was taking 200 pictures a day the Wi-Fi was adequate enough to back 90% to Google Photos during the night as I slept. I activated data when I wanted to access a Website. Cell reception isn’t great, so there wasn’t much bandwidth with data either.

Wi-Fi is better around the office & dining room area. But, there is plenty of space to hang out. So, that wasn’t a problem.

We (of course (SMILE)) opted for a SUPERIOR room in the main building — attached to the office. See above pictures. All those rooms had TV. When I heard that Wi-Fi was poor I wanted TV given that I am a news junkie. These rooms were good. Quiet enough & a rather nice view overlooking Luray — in the valley below. The cabins are more rustic. IF, I am lucky enough to go back again I might give one of the cabins a spin NOW that I know where most of them are. SMILE. Yes, I did a lot of walking & exploring.

Hope this helps. GREAT PLACE. We were lucky. Memorable.

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by Anura Guruge


“Google Fi” Cellular Service Now Offering Unlimited Plans — Albeit, Alas, For Selected Phones (Still).

by Anura Guruge

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Given that I have a ‘Google Pixel 2‘ I am a ‘Google Fi‘ subscriber. 2-years ago, when I got the Pixel 2 it was a no-brainer.

The phone already came with a software SIMM already set up for ‘Google Fi‘.

I am NOT a BIG phone user!

I use my phone 99% of the time just as a camera!

So, voice, text & data is of little consequence to I!

I have the ‘smallest’ available plan and still have 90% of my data unused each month. Yes.

So, the unlimited plan probably isn’t of great interest to I.

Yes, I plan to upgrade to the Pixel 4 this Christmas. Google WILL make me an offer I cannot refuse.

The $399 price for the Pixel 3 is pretty tempting BUT I am going to hold out for the Pixel 4.

Just wanted to make sure you KNEW about this.


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The Data You Get With A ‘Polar Vantage V’ On The Watch — Following An Activity.

by Anura Guruge

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I did my first activity, a run, with my new Polar Vantage V on Sunday morning — November 4, 2018.

It was one of my standard 3.5 mile runs, up a hill. I did take both my dogs with me which slows me down because they have to stop every few seconds! Honest.

At the end of the run all of these data screens were available by pushing the “OK” button and then scrolling through using the DOWN button. Pretty impressive. Overkill for I.

Just wanted to share them with you since this is still a new watch — that just became available last week.

GPS accuracy seems OK. The 3.5 miles was what I have got with my other watches. Heart rate also seems to be consistent with my expectations.

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Has Sling TV Been Hacked, And Hacked Badly — Hence The Huge, 16+ Hour Outage?

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Current, i.e., 12:45pm, Wednesday, April 4, 2018 message at “help.sling.com”.

The HUGE Sling TV outage continues.

It has now been over 16 hours for some.

I guess I lucked out that I got one hour of remission last night from 11:05pm till around 11:45pm. I stopped watching at that time.

Sling TV is down again THIS morning (when I last checked around 11:30am).

This is crazy.

I suspect that they have been HACKED, and hacked badly. That is the only thing that would, to I, explain an outage, of this magnitude, for this long.

Now hacking does NOT always have to be to STEAL data. It can be just to cause disruption (as in this case) or to try out techniques that can be used again, on a wider basis, at a later date. Sling TV is owned By DISH. This might have been an attempt to eventually take down DISH. Just think of the consequences if that happened a few days ahead of the November 2018 mid-term elections.

This is scary.

I suspect that this is MUCH WORSE than they will ever admit.

A service cannot be down for this long …

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ICC Should Take Religion Out Of Cricket — Forthwith.

by Anura Guruge

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Watch the start of this YouTube video — 0:39 second mark.

And you will see what I am getting at.

Check YouTube for any and all videos from 2017 involving the Pakistan or Bangladesh teams.

Cricket has a wonderful camaraderie, exemplary behavior on the field and a very precise, and clear ‘Code of Conduct’ that makes sure that it remains THE sport of gentlemen and ladies.

In spirit of the multicultural, multiethnic and MULTIRELIGIOUS nature of cricket — even with the SAME team, e.g., Sri Lanka — we should take religion out of cricket.

I am talking ALL religions. I, as many know, am totally areligious — a reformed, born-again heathen. I have no axe to grind against any religion. I respect those of all religions but prefer if they kept their religion to themselves.

I really do NOT think God or gods play any role in cricket!

IF God chose who wins the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 how come the Israelites didn’t play cricket thousands of years ago.

IF you are an avid cricket fan YOU KNOW what I am talking about — and yes, the above YouTube video spells it all out.

DO NOT get me wrong. I like Pakistanis and Bangladeshis. Some of my abiding cricket heroes are from Pakistan … Imran, Zaheer, Intikhab.

IF the truth be known I am very fond of Sarfraz Ahmed. I root for him, always. I am glad they won. They sure played one heck of a match. But, hearing ALL of them, on rote, claim that this was all due to “All mighty …” irks me. When they beat Australia, how do you think Steve Smith felt when he was subjected to that. Same God.

I never believed God picked sides in wars and always found in amusing that both the Allies and the Germans were constantly praying to the same God asking for the other side to be vanquished.

So, that is it ….

Lets just UPDATE our glorious ‘Code of Conduct’ to include that captains and players cannot reference any religions and religious figures during any public appearances.

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by Anura Guruge

Cricket Now Has Bat Sensors, Built By Intel — And They Are Being Used At The ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access the Intel Press Release talking about these bat sensors.

The bat sensor is on top of the handle, with the red surround.

I was watching the England vs New Zealand, ICC Champions Trophy 2017 match, live, on Willow, when I heard that both England openers, Jason Roy and Alex Hales, were using bat sensors — and they even managed to show a close-up of a sensor in-between overs.

I was intrigued BUT immediately knew what they were supposed to do. Basically another accelerometer-based sensor that would monitor bat speed, bat angle etc. And that is exactly what it does. Data is transmitted in real-time, via WiFi I guess, to the pavilion. If used by every batsmen they would provide a third means, behind Hot-Spot and Sniko/Ultra Edge to detect contact with a ball. Incredible. Cricket has come a long way from my days as a player and I am happy. All this technology makes it more competitive and exciting.

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IBM The Supreme Irony: Says 90% All World Data Created In Last 2 Years — And IBM’s Revenues Declined!

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From IBM’s Website itself. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Here is the link to the original: https://www-01.ibm.com/software/data/bigdata/what-is-big-data.html.


Click to ENLARGE and read. From ‘marketwatch.com’. Here is the URL: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/ibm-is-shrinking-and-the-future-looks-ugly-2015-10-20

Talk about irony.

This unprecedented, hard to imagine (let alone quantify) exponential explosion in data over the last 2 years, and IBM, in theory the BEST company to have profited from it given that it has servers, storage, software and services, saw its revenues decline — over that very same period.

This is not right. This reflects on management.


Sony RX10 II Finally In Stock And Shipping From The Likes Of Amazon — BUT Not Online With Sony.

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by Anura Guruge

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Wow. From what I can piece together it finally became available, at Amazon, at the end of August 2015. Basically a month later than promised. Not sure what happened.

Around the same time, August 28, the Sony Online Store went DARK — supposedly per their strategic plan. From what I can see Sony no longer sells online DIRECTLY. They refer you to the likes of Amazon and Cameta Camera. This might have had something to do with a HUGE data breach suffered by Sony.

So now you just have Sony.com. I do not think it is still ready for primetime though it looks quite impressive. I can’t find the RX10 Mk II on that site! Scary.

I am glad I went with the Sony a77 Mk II as opposed to the RX 10 Mk II. So far, so good. I like it. I like its feel. Still trying to understand it! 

IBM: ‘Watson Health Cloud’ — Could End Up Being But High Level Flannel.

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by Anura Guruge

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I am already on record in stating that IBM’s ‘Watson‘ technology is the new jewel in its now slightly tarnished crown. ‘Watson’ is the future. Mainframes, at long last, the past.

I am sure that Watson has the potential to do much to enhance medicine and healthcare in the decades to come.

But knowing IBM as well as I do, I am not convinced right now, that IBM has the wherewithal and the will to make this ‘Watson Health Cloud‘ into anything meaningful. Yes, it will, of course, do specific, carefully crafted “party tricks” — but those aren’t going to get anybody far. Basically what I am trying to say is that we are unlikely to see this Health Cloud deliver useful, germane results for many years to come. Watson does have the technology analyze huge quantities of data BUT we still don’t know the right questions to ask. And that is going to take some time to work out how to best exploit what Watson can deliver. In the meantime Watson Health Cloud could end up becoming what they refer to as ‘High Level Flannel’ — i.e., a nice fluffy feeling without much substance behind it. Think ‘fluff’ and appropriately we in this case are also talking Cloud.

So this is my fear. IBM is going, through financial and marketing necessity, try to make this Cloud impress. But it is not going to ready. It will do, as I said, before some ‘party tricks’. People might get disillusioned with it before it gets a chance to mature and be productive.

And heaven help IBM if there is a data breach as happened to Anthem. IBM will, of course, have better security than bumbling Anthem, but you cannot always protect against insiders who are bought off!

So, I am happy to see this initiative, I just hope IBM doesn’t rush it.