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TDS Telecom’s Preferred ‘Speed Test’ Is That From Verizon.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE. ‘Fast.com’ from Netflix.


Yes, I know enough about speed tests to understand where TDS is coming from when they rely on Verizon for checking their Internet connection speeds.

Speed tests are fickle and subject to many variables — server speed and distance to the server being key among these.

If the server (i.e., computer), at the other end, being used for the speed test is slow (or congested) you are going to get slower results because the server is not pumping the data fast enough. Even worse on upload testing. Then there is the distance involved. Further the distance, the slower the results are going to be.

Speedtest.net‘, the original gold standard, now, invariably, tends to be on the slow side by 200Mbps (or more). It, as such, is only of use for comparisons.

I use ‘Fast.com‘ often. It is roughly in the right ballpark.

Verizon’s speed test was new to I, but I can understand why TDS likes it. It, more often than not, gives you the highest reading.

So, if you are looking for an Internet speed test you now have the scoop. Hope that helped.


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Android 8.1.0 (Oreo) New ‘Storage’ Management Tab Makes Accidental APP Deletion Easy!

by Anura Guruge


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So the first image, at top, shows what the new Android 8.1.0 (Oreo) STORAGE management tab looks like. Different to what it used to be in prior versions of Android.

Up at the top of that tab there is the BIG BLUE BUTTON that says “FREE UP SPACE“.

When you press that you get the next screen with the filing cabinet with a drawer open … with the “Review Recent Items” link. Click that.

The you get the next screen showing APPS with memory usage next to it. Well, from the older Android versions that could be confused with CACHED data. So, you might just tick that assuming that this will remove the cached data given that we are in STORAGE — not APPs.

Not so. What it deletes is the APP itself!

Yes, the filing cabinet screen warns you of that … BUT who reads the fine print.

So, be warned. No warnings such as “Do You Really Mean To Delete This APP?

Just does it. Not even a CONFIRM screen.

This is poor.

When Android 8.1.0 gets rolled out BEYOND Pixel 2 (XL) phones I am sure a lot of people will run into this.

So, you have been warned.


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by Anura Guruge

Google Pixel 2 (Oreo) — 6 APPs I Installed Disappeared, UNINSTALLED by System!

by Anura Guruge



I posted at “Android Central”. Click image to access my post … thread.


As some of you know (from all the posts on this blog) I got myself 128GB Google Pixel 2 phone for Christmas 2017 — my first real smartphone.

I got it mainly for the camera, but I am glad to have a decent phone — though I still prefer to use my ASUS ZenPad 10.1″ running Android 7.0 for most of the APPs because I like the bigger screen.

Between Christmas and Friday I installed 8 APPs from the Play Store. They are APPs that I also have on my ASUS ZenPad.

These 8 APPs were:

1. Garmin Connect

  2. Samsung Gear

  3. FAST (speed test from NetFlix)

  4. Amazon Kindle

  5. Bank of America

  6. Fidelity Investments

  7. Project Fi

  8. NVMS7000 (security camera app).

Configured them all with account numbers, passwords etc. AND used them all. Took me 20 minutes to set up NSMS7000.

This evening, i.e., Saturday, December 30, 2017, I went to use FAST.

It was NOT there!

Then realized other APPs were missing. Home screen nearly empty. See above image.

From the 8 installed ONLY Project FI and Samsung GEAR remained.

Others gone. Not in APP tray. Not in APPs.

Appears in the Play Store Library — but not as INSTALLED.

I did NOT uninstall them.

Just disappeared.

NOT good.

I just reinstalled and configured them — with the exception of NVMS7000. That takes time and I need my tablet to serve as crib sheet for the settings.

The missing APPS REINSTALLED. Yes, reinstalled. Now I have a screenshot record. Click to ENLARGE.


Called up Google Support. Got the Manila (Philippines) Call Center. That is a frigging JOKE. They are doing ‘ganja’. It is so strong you can smell it over the phone!

 


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Garmin Vivoactive 3: 4 Tips For Extending Battery Life.

by Anura Guruge



On Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, 6-days into wearing my brand new Vivoactive 3 (which I got as a replacement for my Vivoactive HR) I realized to my horror that I was charging it every night!

A Google showed that I was NOT alone.

So, I set out to see if I can try and coax more life out of the battery.

I followed these 4 steps and I appear to have more than DOUBLED my battery life — though it is still from adequate or acceptable. My ‘HR’ would literally go for ‘weeks’ without needing to be charged (and that I mean about 9-days). So, having to charge the ‘3’ every other day is NOT good. Would be a real pain if I was travelling.


The 4 Tips.

  1. Ensure that your Vivoactive 3 firmware is at 2.60 (and NOT at 2.50).
  2. Recycle power, i.e., turn it off and then on, after charging it.
  3. Keep the screen locked as much as possible. The touch screen is very sensitive and comes on at the slightest touch.
    Having it locked is real important while you sleep, take a shower or wear long sleeves that might brush the screen.
  4. Do NOT repeatedly synch with your ‘phone’. Keeps the synchs down to 4 – 6 a day. Noticed that synching noticably
    drains the battery (as you watch). I guess the ‘3’ downloads more data than previous devices.

And, of course, keep the brightness down as low as you can, and ditto for the ‘time out’. Hope this helps.

Please share YOUR tips. Thanks.


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Garmin Vivoactive 3 Has A MAJOR Battery Drain Issue.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access the Garmin Forum on this topic.


Click to access Garmin forum at Reddit dealing with this issue.


I have only had my Garmin Vivoactive 3 for 6 days so it took me awhile to fully appreciate what was happening. Plus, I did have the Backlight cranked up to 40%. Though that that was the culprit. Also think I need to lock the touchscreen when I go to bed because I noticed it was coming up often while I was in bed!

I am charging it even as I write.

Googled “vivoactive 3 battery issues“. WOW. I am, by no means, alone. A lot of others experiencing the same problem. Not good.

I am on Firmware 2.60. Problem supposedly started with 2.50. 2.60 does NOT seem to have fixed it.

So, a heads up.


Click to access post on this blog.



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Time (& Clock) On Roku Is Wrong, 3 Is 3 to 6 Minutes Fast (… Known Problem).

by Anura Guruge


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Roku standard screensaver showing (wrong) time.

This wrong time, which has NOTHING to do with timezones, is most obvious if you have a screensaver that displays the Roku time. Then, if like us, you also happen to have a digital clock nearby you will notice that the Roku time is off by 3 to 6 minutes.

This has been going on for quite a long time. Other than being a minor distraction it does not bother me SINCE I never watch any live programs on my Roku. It is always stuff on ‘Catch Up’ mode or on a Watch List.

There is no way to set, or correct, the Roku 3 clock. In other words there is no Date/Clock set/reset function in the Menus.

Roku, as it should, gets the time from a server. And that is the problem.

Roku support, recently, tried to fob this off as being due to your home network router having the wrong time. Most people are NOT buying that. Most modern network/Wi-Fi routers use something called the “Network Time Protocol” (NTP) to automatically (and continually) set the time per some master clocks governing the Internet. IF your router is using NTP (as it probably is) the chances are that it has the BEST possible time in the world and is unlikely to be wrong. (Yes, it is the Internet equivalent of the broadcast atomic time clocks).

For now there is no known fix. The problem is most likely a Roku server issue. I will keep an eye on this for you. Stay tuned.

I haven’t used it but check out the CLOC screensaver app that shows local weather in addition to the time.


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Has Richard Rawling’s & ‘Fast N’ Loud’ Been Audited For ALL Of Their Cash Transactions?

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by Anura Guruge


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>> ‘Fast N’ Loud’ 
— ‘Funniest Videos’.
>>‘Fast N’ Loud’
— profits.
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‘Klondike’.
>> ‘Africa’ series.
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‘North America’ series.

>> ‘Hotel Impossible’

 ++++ Search ‘cars‘ for other automotive related posts >>>>


fast-n-loud-52Yes, I know it is a ‘Reality Show’ and as such that all that we see is NOT real. That said the BIG deal that Richard Rawling makes about ALL of his cash dealings, most of them in excess of $10K, makes me wonder … In the U.S. there are strict rules and regulations about individual transactions exceeding $10K. In some cases there are IRS forms, Form 8300, that need to be filled and submitted. It is possible that Richard does all of that or that all of the purported ‘cash’ deals are just for the camera. Yes, it is a ‘Reality Show’ but they do portray an alarming disregard for the LAW. Last night we saw an episode where Aaron just jumps into a car they bought — cash — and starts driving it back. No registration? No plates? Not right.

As a diligent taxpayer, I really would feel so much better if the IRS checked ‘Gas Monkey‘ to make sure that all those cash transactions have been properly reported. At a minimum lets make sure that ALL the cash transactions shown on TV were reported. That seems fair.

As I have bitched before I take umbrage to the way they play ‘fast N’ loose’ with financial matters on this ‘Reality Show’. The so called ‘profits‘ that they show at the end of each show are beyond misleading. They do not take into account salaries, equipment, rents, taxes or overhead! That is wrong.

But it would be worse still IF they didn’t play right by the IRS — not to mention the State of Texas. So I hope that somebody will take notice and check.

SMILE.


Fasting For Two Consecutive Days Is Just Plain Wrong. It Is Immoral. Everything In Moderation. Fast Every Other Day. 3 Days A Week.

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2dayswrongI am THE DOYEN of ‘Fast Dieting’.

As such I have been much bothered ever since I heard about this inane fast for 2 consecutive days diet on CNN yesterday morning. I have talked to a few people about it since.

Fasting is good. Fasting works. I am all in favor of fasting. I just KNOW that fasting for 2 consecutive days is not the right way to do it.

The one thing from the Buddhism that I grew up with that I still adhere to is the ‘everything in moderation‘ advice (though I am willing to make an exception to that when it comes to sex). But, when it comes to dieting, and especially Fast Dieting you have to do it in moderation.

Fasting, indubitably, stresses your body. Yes, you learn to cope with it and that is why I insist that you have to torque up your ‘good’ hormone production, with exercise and orgasms, to counter this stress.

Fasting and ‘binging’ though the natural and obvious thing to do is also not right. Moderation. Yes, I did say ‘splurge’ on weekends. But, notice that that splurging was accompanied by 5-7 miles of jogging/running.

Please, by all means adopt a Fasting Diet — but please don’t fast for 2 consecutive days and please remember you have no choice but to ramp up those hormones.

All the best. Enjoy. Happy Easter.

‘Fast Diet’, Losing Weight By Fasting The RIGHT WAY. Not Consecutive Days. That Is Crazy. 3 Days/Week – Every Other Day.

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From the back cover of my 1984 'SNA' book. Picture taken in 1983. I was 30.

From the back cover of my 1984 ‘SNA’ book. Picture taken in 1983. I was 30.



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A Few Related Posts:
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>> NH Maple weekend — Mar. 26, 2013.


I am THE DOYEN of ‘Fast Dieting’.

I practiced it, extremely gainfully, from 1982 till about 1995. That was from when I was ~ 29 years old to when I was 42. 

I went from 203 pounds to 135 pounds, within 6 months, then came back up to ~165 and stayed as such way into the 1990s.

This morning I heard about a new ‘Fast Diet’ craze sweeping the globe and was appalled to hear what it advocated. That approach is stupid and wrong. The consecutive days of fasting that they advocate will give you ulcers and make you ill.

Trust me. I know more about ‘fast dieting’ than anybody else around because I did it.

But ‘fasting’ cannot be successfully achieved without an exercise regime around it. Notice how I carefully worded that. The exercise, though obviously good on its own, is required for the HORMONES and CHEMICALS! Exercise, as you must know, is known to release chemicals and hormones into the blood stream. Those help suppress your appetite. Get it. Lots of sex helps too.

Here was my fasting diet cum exercise regime a year after I started (given that it took me a while to fine tune this regime).



Monday: FAST. One green apple & ~4 oz of cheese. 15 minutes of sit-ups, press-ups & touch-toes. 5-7 miles of jogging/running.

Tuesday: very light breakfast, light lunch & big dinner. No exercise. No running. Day off.

WednesdayFAST. One green apple & ~4 oz of cheese. 15 minutes of sit-ups, press-ups & touch-toes. 5-7 miles of jogging/running.

Thursday: very light breakfast, light lunch & big dinner.  No exercise. No running. Day off.

FridayFAST. One green apple & ~4 oz of cheese. 15 minutes of sit-ups, press-ups & touch-toes. 5-7 miles of jogging/running.

Saturday: Splurge. Big British breakfast. Decent lunch. Decent dinner. 15 minutes of sit-ups, press-ups & touch-toes. 5-7 miles of jogging/running.

Sunday: Splurge. Big British breakfast. Decent lunch. Decent dinner. 15 minutes of sit-ups, press-ups & touch-toes. 5-7 miles of jogging/running.



No beer. As much coffee and wine as you want. Plenty of sex, as much as you can. Average one(+) orgasm a day, more the better. The orgasms are very important. As with the exercise they release beneficial hormones and it is always aerobic. With this diet you need as much help from your own hormones as you can to block out ‘feed me’ signals.

Me at 30 about a year into my fasting diet.

Me at 30 about a year into my fasting diet.


Yes, I went on saw specialists. I, very atypically, because I was working for ITT, had private health care insurance, called BUPA. I could go to see private consultants. I was urged to go and see one. It was in 1983. Much happened in 1983 — the year that I turned 30. It was a fancy, very plush health clinic.

They wanted an EKG. I had never had one. I was taken to a room and told to strip down to my underwear — which in my case would have been Y-front briefs. A nurse walks in with the electrodes and gel. Tells me to lie down. She is very young. Quite nice. I lie down. She brushes her hand over my chest. She starts chatting. Then she continues to stroke my chest and stomach. I am lying there thinking this is not bad. She stops talking. She is just stroking away. Suddenly she stops. She turns beet red. She looks at me and runs out of the room. She is back a few minutes later, apologizing and apologizing. I wasn’t even sure what the problem was. I was cool. I am always happy to help, especially young nurses. This more than anything else was affirmation for me that this fasting diet/exercise regime was sure paying dividends.

Anyway she did the EKG. I was fine. I met with the doctor.

This is what he said: ‘Think about. Our ancestors did not eat everyday. They ate when they caught food. You are not doing any harm to your system. Don’t go crazy. If it is working, do it’.

More about this diet later. I had no problems. I was never tired. Worked like a crazy man. I worked full-time and then was doing writing and seminars on the side. Played even harder. Got myself into a lot of ‘mischief’ — which was fun, but expensive. But maybe it was worth it.

The fasting diet as I spelled out above, WORKS. I can vouch for it. But you have to have all the other trimming around it.

Enjoy. Let me know how you are getting on with it.

Anura0001

Same day as the other picture. It was photoshoot done by the British ‘Computing’ newspaper.