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Calling The Next ‘Xbox’ ‘All-Digital’ Is Stupid — What They Mean Is ‘Solid State’.

by Anura Guruge

Click to access the original ‘Yahoo Finance’ post.

I have never owned or even used an Xbox. Though I started programming in 1969 — or maybe because of that — computer games have never held any appeal. Yes, sure I have played a few and maybe written some rudimentary gaming code, in the 1970s, just to make sure I could do it. But, that is the extent of I and my intersection with computer games.

But, I do KNOW that all Xboxes, from Day 1, have all been DIGITAL. No, no part of it was ever analog — i.e., the opposite of digital.

CD/DVD drives maybe mechanical BUT they are 100% digital — as the ‘Ds’ in their names signify. ‘D’ for digital.

What these folks are trying to say is ‘SOLID STATE’. No moving parts. Everything electronic — no mechanical components bar the BUTTONS.

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“House With A Clock In Its Wall” Movie (2018), In IMAX — Puerile, At Best!

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Click to access the IMDB.com listing.

It was a movie Teischan (12) wanted to see and she LOVED it. Already told me that she wants the DVD for Christmas. That she liked it was good.

I found it extremely boring and stupid with sans redeeming virtues! Now don’t get me wrong. 99.5% of the movies I see at a cinema is for the kids. So, I am a veteran of kids’ movies. In most cases I like kids’ movies. But, this was very puerile.

But, if you have a pre-teen you probably will have to sit through it. Just sit back and think of the Queen.

Went to Cinemagic, in Merrimack, NH, to see it in IMAX. That was a waste of money. IMAX helped it none. So, don’t bother with the IMAX.

Two things that were chilling. We went to a 3:30pm showing. Theater that could probably seat 275 — 300. Total of six — yes, 6 — including us. Talk about a private viewing. I was talking to one of the kids who work there after the movie. Said it had been a quiet week and that today had been the worst. They had sold 43 tickets in total, ALL DAY. Wow.

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by Anura Guruge

‘The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks’ The BOOK: More Incisive, Fulfilling & Illuminating Than Movie.

by Anura Guruge

Click to access Amazon listing for the book.

I saw the movie, serendipitously, when it was shown on HBO in April 2017. I had DVRed it because the title and HBO description of it intrigued me.

I did a post on my reaction to the movie on May 1, 2017. The movie, which was choppy, often hard to follow and disturbing in its portrayal of the Lacks family (who happened to be black) left me wanting to know more. I knew I had to read the book. I ordered paperback copy then and there.

I just finished reading it.

Good book. Well written. Fast paced, dramatic and with a lot of local color. I was very impressed with the author, Rebecca Skloot. She sure can write — and write well. She did a good job. My only gripe is that she, STILL, glossed over talking about the HeLa cells. I wanted more. More details. Maybe that would have been too ‘technical’ for the book.

The movie, and then the book, made me realize, to my chagrin and shame, that I really know very little about cells — in general. To I, that seems crazy. I really, over my, by and large misspent life, should have learnt more about cells. Yes, I do intend to try and rectify that. Cells are what makes ALL life on Earth possible. I have billions of them making up my body, BUT I know more about popes or Pluto than I know of the cells that keep me alive. What about YOU? Do you think you know all you should about your cells?

I now need to watch the movie again! I just ordered the DVD, from Amazon (Prime), for $9.96.

I was sad when I got to the end of the book. The book made you so much a part of the idiosyncratic Lacks family. You just wanted the drama to continue. Alas, too many died.

Sobering tale. Some very upsetting and disturbing episodes. How can such things happen in the US? Child abuse! The indignities suffered by blacks. Yes, I learnt loads. Parts of the book made me very sad and or angry. I am sure that there is till some of this ‘bad stuff’ happening in the black community. Such a shame.

You really should read this book. I urge you to. You will thank me for it.


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‘Live Aid’ THE Concert Took Place This Day 32-Years Ago — Have YOU Seen “When Harvey Met Bob”?

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“When Harvey Met Bob”

2010 movie about how Bob Geldof made “Live Aid” a reality.

Absolutely brilliant movie and you will see Bob Geldof is a whole different light.

MUST WATCH movie. IF you have never seen it, find it … and watch it. You will THANK me (but that is OK).

I saw it, serendipitously, a few years ago and loved it. Prior to that never been a huge fan of Bob’s though we were London contemporaries though I am not aware of ever bumping into him.

“When Harvey Met Bob” trailer on YouTube.

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Live_Aid

And yes, there is the “Live Aid” movie which is just the concert.

You can see the whole concert on YouTube. There are also DVDs.

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Replacing Intel i7-920 CPU Stock Fan With A Zalman CNPS9500A Cooler Fan.

by Anura Guruge

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The old Intel i7 stock/kit fan.

My workhorse computer, which I used for all my daily work, is over 7 years old!

I had it built to run Windows 7 and it was built on the day that Windows 7 was made generally available, viz. October 22, 2009. I had pre-ordered Windows 7 Professional from Microsoft and received a DVD the day prior to the G.A.

I hate to jinx it but this PC has done well by me. In addition to the 10,000 or more posts I have done with it, I have written (and published) 20 books on it. Yes, 20 books.

It was a top-end PC when I had it built, i.e., Intel i7-920 (4-core), 12GB of memory etc., and it is plenty fast enough for what I do.

So I am not motivated at all to upgrade.

But, over the last few years it has required work. The power-supply blew, quite spectacularly, about 4-years ago. I put in a new EVGA GeForce GT 740 4GB graphics card last year. I now clone and replace the ‘C’-drive twice a year.

Though it has 7 fans, yes, 7 — heating has always been a concern. But, until 2 weeks I never had a real heating issue.

But, one morning the CPU heat hit max. and the PC shutdown! That was scary. It started to run hot. My computer guy, who I trust, Shane Selling, recommended that I ditch the stock cooling fan that came with the Intel i7 and get an upmarket one. For $45 for the cooler it was crazy to refuse.

So, on Wednesday, Shane installed this bronze work-of-art on my PC. Wow. Quite the cooler.

It has made a HUGE difference. The PC is running at 1/2 the temperature! Wow.

Just wanted to share this with you. I will keep you posted.

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“Christmas at Luther”, 2016, Available Now, HD Streaming Online — For Free.

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Click image to access online streaming.

Christmas at Luther — Comfort & Joy” concert from “Luther College” gained International fame in 2012 when PBS broadcasted that year’s concert in the lead up to Christmas. The kids and I definitely were hooked on it. I had it on the DVR and we watched it multiple times.

You can still get the DVD from PBS.


As far as I can see there does not appear to be any plans to show that concert on PBS this year.

So, this online option appears to be our best bet.

Enjoy. Merry Christmas.

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New History Channel ‘Roots’ (2016) Miniseries Is Not A Patch On The 1977 Original.

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The NEW 2016 History Channel ‘Roots’.


The OLD 1977 ‘Roots’.


Wow. Wow. Wow. The new 2016 miniseries is NOTHING like the 1977 original. As different as chalk and cheese.

When I had seen the commercials for ‘Roots‘ on the History Channel I had no idea that it was to be a new miniseries. I just assumed that they were going to reshow the old one — possibly remastered. I had seen the original in 1977, in Britain, and had become hooked. I also watched the 1979The Next Generation‘. Though I was somewhat au fait with the controversies that surrounded Alex Haley’s book, I still thought it told a good story. I wanted the kids to see it. Hence why I recorded the new one.

Right from the start it did not look right. I kept on thinking I can’t remember it being like this. Then Deanna worked out that it could not have been the original.

The original was not as ‘edgy’ as the new one. The new one, visually and dramatically, is too harsh. In an effort to be clever and cute they have overshot. There is nothing appealing about it. Just too brash. I am also convinced that it is anachronistic. What is portrayed as bustling West African city in ‘1750’ just does NOT look right. Looks too European. Ditto for the costumes.

Great shame. Nothing wrong with the original. The History Channel just wasted a lot of money. They would have been better off just showing the original. I guess I will just have to buy the original, on DVD, from Amazon.

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“Downton Abbey” Season 6 DVD With January 26, 2016 Availability Now On Amazon For $30.

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On Amazon today, ‘Black Friday’ 2015. Click to access Amazon listing.

I got this e-mail from NH PBS this morning. I have had it before.
So their price is $90 more — BUT I understand and appreciate that that INCLUDES PBS Sponsorship.

Well I do NOT have to make up my mind today, ‘Black Friday‘.
I know that the two girls (but NOT Deanna) will insist that $30 is WELL WORTH it even if they get to see
Season 6 1 day early! So I will have to see.

Just a heads up in case you were also interested.

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‘North America’ Series On The Discovery Channel. Not As Scintillating As ‘Africa’ But Still A Very Compelling HD Tour de Force.


Anura Guruge

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Click to access home page on the 'Discovery Channel' Website.

Click to access home page on the ‘Discovery Channel’ Website.

We have watched two episodes of Discovery Channel’s ‘North America’ so far. They were, indubitably, good. Definitely 4th generation of nature programs, 2nd gen. in terms of HD exploitation — if you start with David Attenborough incomparable and seminal Life On Earthon BBC in the 1970s as the first generation of this genre. See my ‘Africa’ post for more on ‘Life On Earth‘ if you are not familiar with this groundbreaking series.

I could be mistaken, but I do not think that this series, especially when it comes to storylines, narration, close-ups and ingenuity, is as good as ‘Africa’ which really was breathtakingly amazing. Maybe I got slightly spoilt by having watched all the episodes of ‘Africa’. We are still going to watch all of this series, it is too good to pass by.

Still a definite two-thumbs up. Kids should love it. Enjoy. I have already set the DVR to record this week’s episode (tonight, I think).

Click to access video online.

Click to access video online.

‘Africa’ Series On The Discovery Channel: The Bold NEW Standard For Nature Shows. Beyond Amazing.


Anura Guruge

Click to access the Discover Chanel 'portal' for this series.

Click to access the Discover Channel ‘portal’ for this series.

Since we watch a fair number of shows on the ‘Discovery Channel‘ (all taped, of course, because of the huge volume of commercials) we had seen the previews for this show. When they had mentioned that it was a BBC cum David Attenborough production, I knew it would be good. As with so many Brits of my vintage, I adore Sir David. We came to age as far as nature programs were concerned on David’s incomparable ‘Life On Earth‘.

If you have never experienced ‘Life On Earth’ do yourself a huge favor and at least watch a few minutes on YouTube. David’s voice is mesmerizing. I watched the series when it first came out on BBC TV in 1979. I have since watched it at least 6 times. The 2 older kids used to watch the VHS tape, often. They too loved the show. I had multiple formats of the book. Not sure if I still have a copy. Will have to look around. If I don’t, I really should get a copy.

Click for the YouTube.

Click for the YouTube.

‘Life on Earth’ (and even ‘Planet Earth’ (of which we have the DVD set)) was brilliant. ‘Africa’ leaves them in the dust!

The telephoto and zoom camera shots are breathtaking. This is the pinnacle of HD technology at its best. They also throw in a huge amount of intriguing information — like the go/no-go distance at which a Cheetah decides to chase a pray. Plus, creatures you would never have seen. It is an amazing show. We watched Episode 2 last night. The baby elephant dying was distressing. But, it was all compulsive watching. Yes, Discover Channel, as is their wont, does its best to obliterate the image with obnoxious promotional ads in all 4 corners of the screen. Their greed has no end.