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WordPress.com Totally Screws Up ‘Copy A Post’ Feature — Which Worked Great For Years!

by Anura Guruge


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I use the WordPress ‘Copy a Post’ feature EVERYDAY — multiple times a day. Actually, I hardly ever create a ‘New Post’ from scratch. I always use a prior post as a template — and do so by COPYING it. Has worked fine for years. It was one of the more powerful capabilities of WordPress.

There was absolutely NOTHING wrong with it. It worked fine. ‘Copy a Post’ appeared as an option, on the left hand-side menu bar under ‘Posts’. You clicked on that and you got a list of all your recent posts plus a built-in search capability. Just select a prior post and off you went.

Then about 5 days ago the ‘Copy a Post’ option disappeared, without any explanation.

As a 10-year veteran of WordPress I knew others ways to copy a post. I did that.

Next day, WordPress was FORCED to add the EXPLANATION BOX highlighted in the above image. We didn’t need this. We had been doing fine. Doing GREAT.

Why fix something that definitely was NOT broken? Typical WordPress. Just can’t leave a good-thing alone.

Well, there must have been an outcry. The NEXT DAY they went back and reinserted the ‘Copy a Post’ option in the menu, BUT it did not work like before. Idiots.

I do despair of WordPress.com. They just insist on breaking what were perfectly good features.


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Garmin Vivoactive 3: Firmware 2.90 — You Might Need To FORCE A Resync After Installing 2.90.

by Anura Guruge


You should be able to find the latest firmware news here.



I noticed last night, after I had installed Firmware 2.90 on my Garmin Vivoactive 3, that it was NOT synching properly with my  ASUS ZenPad 10.1″ running Android 7.0.

It was going through the motions BUT there was NO data transfer.

I ended up FORCING a sync from the Vivoactive 3. That cleared up things.

So, just a HEADS UP.


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Garmin Vivoactive 3 Firmware 2.90 — Released 7-Days After 2.80 To Fix Touchscreen Issue!

by Anura Guruge



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This firmware update, just 7-days after they release 2.80, to fix the battery drain issue, came out of the blue.

I was synching my Vivoactive 3, via Bluetooth, with my Android tablet, when I noticed that it was taking unusually long. So, checked. Saw it was doing a software update. Surprised me since 2.8 was so fresh.

Just to be on the safeside came upstairs, USB connected it to my PC, and ran Garmin Express. Sure enough. Firmware version 2.90 — to fix a touchscreen issue. Must have been serious. I had not noticed. Maybe I thought it was a bit sluggish BUT I had had any issues with the touchscreen and I had been running 2.80 for a week.

So, heads up.

Best to update to 2.90.

Happy New Year.

I suspect we will have 3.0 before the Chinese New Year, which is in February.


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by Anura Guruge

Garmin Vivoactive 3, Firmware 2.80 Does Appear To Slow Down Battery Drain.

by Anura Guruge



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My 20-day old Garmin Vivoactive 3 has been running on the new 2.80 firmware for the last 6-days, since December 29, 2017.

It definitely has prolonged battery life — maybe DOUBLED it.

On Monday, January 1, 2018 the software did have a conniption, but I was able to recover by doing a soft reset.

Still early days.

My first Garmin Vivoactive 3 died after 15 days. So, I am still rather leary and ‘jumpy’.

I am monitoring battery life and I will keep you posted.

Happy New Year.


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Garmin Vivoactive 3 Firmware 2.80, Released Dec. 28, 2017 — Supposedly Fixes Battery Drain!

by Anura Guruge



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Click to ENLARGE. My Vivoactive 3 on my wrist, around 10pm on December 28, 2017.


Well we all knew that Garmin would have to fix the battery drain problem at some point. It was serious. So, this appears to be the first attempt. I haven’t had 2.8 firmware running for ling enough to tell whether it has made a difference. I will, of course, monitor and keep you posted.

I need to charge my Vivoactive 3 this evening, and whenever I do (since I do it on my main PC), I fire up Garmin Express to check on the software. It took a LONG TIME to sync so I suspected that new firmware was being downloaded. I was right.

Firmware 2.70 for the Garmin Vivoactive 3 was released on Friday, December 8, 2017. So, 2.8o was released within 20 days. Their usual goal is once a month. I am GLAD.


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Obi110/100: Continuing To Use ‘Google Voice’ With The $6 ‘Simon Telephonics’ ‘Google Voice Gateway’ (GVGW) Fix.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Link to ‘Simon Telephonies’: simonics.com


The excellent instructions by ‘Simon’ himself. They work. Yes, at the END keep on refreshing, recycle power …. CLICK image to access the original posts with step-by-step instructions and PICTURES.


Click to ENLARGE. What my Obi110 Dashboard looks like now.


My ‘Google Voice‘ outbound service on the OBi110 stopped working this morning. Since OBi had screwed us before with Google Voice I kind of figured out, quite quickly, that this most likely was a software issue.

Did a few Google searches and LUCKILY stumbled upon the ‘Simon’ post, at the OBiTalk Forum, referenced above. A $6 FIX! I was skeptical since there were some bad reviews too. I was also worried that I might not be able to get it to work. But, $6 — on PayPal. Was worth a try.

IT WORKED — to my delight and relief.

The PayPal part was fine. No problems.

It took a FEW — nerve wracking — minutes, with multiple saves, browser refreshes and one cycling of power on the OBi110 before it took hold. Once it did, it was FINE.

So, …

What have you got to lose? $6?

I just hope this works for a few months.

Thank YOU, Simon.

You saved my day.


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Reasons 101 To 105 Of The 1,001 Reasons I Really, Really HATE DirecTV.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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#101. So this afternoon, for the first time, I lost my satellite signal because of inclement weather. I get a cryptic message along the lines ‘signal from Sat. 2 lost …’ press for more info. I do that. It did NOT tell me that I should look out of the window to see if the failure was due to bad weather! Nw I have been liberal in my use of accusing DirecTV of being stupid, but this takes the cake. The main reason I am going to lose my signal is because of cloud cover or snow on the dish. That DirecTV does not address this just proves my case that they are stupid.

#102. Of late, each time I change channels I get this annoying black message bar at the bottom of the screen to tell me that I can hit the record button to record that show. Yes, I fully appreciate by now that DirecTV is targeted at the ‘technologically unsophisticated‘ would get this message after they have seen it 500 times, PLUS it isn’t that profound. To record a show you hit the record button. Most DirecTV customers should be able to work this out after 3 weeks. The bloody bar is annoying because it obscures the news ticker on Channel 202. So today I missed an item and had to rewind the damn thing to read it.

#103. Decided to download the DirecTV android APP on to out two (2) Google Nexus 7 pads. So I go to the Google Play APP store. There are 2 DirecTV apps and one for DirecTV Genie. Of the two DirecTV apps, one says ‘tablet’. That is what we have. An Android tablet — the quintessential Android tablet at that, made for Google and running the latest Android OS. So I go to download the tablet app. Says the Google Next 7 is not supported! Ah! Yes, I could down load the other (phone) APP. Stupid.

#104. The LIVE TV guide in the DirecTV App (#103) does not show you the channel numbers. Just the names of the show. I need channel numbers. Plus I can’t find the movie channels on the LIVE TV part! Not good. The usual DirecTV stupidity and incompetence.

#105. So far, and I have only spent a few minutes playing with it,  the MOVIE section of DirecTV App (#103 & #104) only appears to show me pay-for-view movies. I am sure I haven’t found the others. But it shouldn’t be that hard.


Reasons 96 To 100 Of The 1,001 Reasons I Really, Really HATE DirecTV.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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#96. The erratic volume levels that I mentioned in #46 drive me nuts. I had been watching a recorded documentary: “The King’s Speech: Revealed”. I don’t think it was HD. Downstairs on the Genie, with my Philips Dolby sound bar, the volume was ‘OK’, probably because I had it cranked up high. Yesterday morning I wanted to finish watching it upstairs via the Genie Mini and the 27″ Philips HD TV. There was hardly any volume. I had to crank up the TV’s volume to MAX to be able to hear anything!

#97. By coincidence had another volume event downstairs last night. We had been watching “New Year’s Eve” (which was quite good). It was in HD and I had the volume to a level that was comfortable. When the movie was done, I hit stop … and that brought up CNN. The CNN volume (also in HD) was at least twice as loud! I had to scramble for the audio remote to turn down the volume before it woke up the neighbours.

#98. By happenchance I happened to see a DirecTV information clip (and I am not sure how it came up) on how to set the FAVORITES. It is by no way intuitive. No wonder I had struggled to set it up. It really would have been nice if DirecTV gave you a small printed booklet with how to setup all these functions.

#99. Both remotes are possessed. Typically when we go down to watch TV I am a few minutes ahead of Deanna and I turn on the TV & Genie while Deanna settles down. Last night she was already seated next to me when I turned on the TV & Genie. And this was to be a 4-minute wait event. She could not believe it. I showed her how all the buttons were dead. She was amazed. Then about 4 minutes into it everything starts working.

#100. The upstairs remote, for the Genie Mini, is definitely on the blink. More often than not I have to hit a button TWICE before it does anything. Just a few minutes ago, when I tried to turn it off … the volume bar came up, as if I had hit the volume button rather than OFF! Second time — it worked. Very annoying.


Reasons 91 To 95 Of The 1,001 Reasons I Really, Really HATE DirecTV.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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#91. The ‘LIST’ (i.e., list of recorded programs) does NOT have an option where with one click I can check what I have scheduled to be recorded. That is so, so stupid — but so, so DirecTV in that I am now more convinced than ever that DirecTV is targeted at technologically unsophisticated users. On DISH you had the ‘Scheduled’ button right there. I want to see both — what is already recorded and what is in the queue to be recorded. To get to the ‘To Do List’ requires about 5 other clicks. Stupid.

#92. Yesterday I discovered the second ‘only half recorded’ movie. Not good. So had to delete it and schedule it to be taped again.

#93. Monday night while I was browsing SHOWTIME on Demand I suddenly get a message saying my Internet connection was down. Now I had been checkin HBO on Demand and STARZ on Demand previously. So basically it lost the Wi-Fi connection in mid-stream. It took me close to 30 minutes to reestablish the connection! Wow. Wow. Wow. It should just reconnect automatically — but this is DirecTV, the domain of the brain dead.

#94. So after I establish the Wi-Fi connection, out of curiosity I run the diagnostic tests. It says that 2 tests failed. The first error message is that it could not establish a dial-up connection. I kid you not. Could not establish a dial-up connection. I am so f*ing glad that it couldn’t. I don’t have a bloody dial-up connection. QED. DirecTV is meant for the technologically crippled.

#95. So, #94 above, while it says that my Interest connection test failed, I hit the dash key, yes, the dash key … “-” … which is supposed to be the way to quickly check Internet connection and it says that I have an Internet connection. Again, ditto. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. But, to make sure I selected OnDemand. No problem. I got a list of movies. This is like a bloody joke. DirecTV is so stupid.


Reasons 86 To 90 Of The 1,001 Reasons I Really, Really HATE DirecTV.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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#86. The ‘LIST’ (i.e., list of recorded programs) does NOT tell you how many programs you have recorded, just the amount of disk space left (in my case, right now 83%). I need to know the NUMBER of programs I have recorded — as I could with DISH. So with the DISH ‘list’ not only did you get a total number of items recorded, but each recorded program had a sequence number relative to the total. So, I would know, for example, that I had 176 programs recorded. That was critical intelligence for me. I knew that about 80% of that number would be movies. So I would know, right away, that I had just over a 3 months CACHE of recorded movies. That was always my goal. 3 months of movie on file. That way IF I cancelled or lost a movie channel (because the promo period ran out) I knew I could go for 3 months without having to worry about getting more new movies.

#87. The ‘GUIDE’ in addition to not telling you the proper channel name [e.g., ‘Bloomberg’, as I explained in #83], also has a cryptic ‘white’ tab against the Channel symbols, very like the ‘green’ tab that Excel puts on some cells to let you know that there is additional information associated with that cell. It is definitely because of this. When I see that ‘tab’ I want to know what it says behind it. But, I have yet to work out how I can click on that ‘tab’. Very frustrating. But, that is the watchword when it comes to DirecTV: ‘frustrating‘.

#88. I first reported this in #71, but yesterday, i.e., Monday, I just could not, and I mean COULD NOT, get the remote for the Genie Mini to accept 202 or 355. I am not kidding. Just would not take in those damn numbers. I would start punching in ‘2 …’ and it would immediately go to Channel 2! I would wait and I would start again. Now it would go to Channel 25 … that being the nearest to ’20’. After 4 f*ing attempts I had to haul myself out of bed, go upto the f*ing Genie Mini, put the damn controller right up against it and punch in 202. That worked. Then I was OK since I could use PREV. I hate DirecTV. Worst company in the World, hands down.

#89. Happened 5 times yesterday, on two separate occasions, with Channel 202 & 355 [i.e., CNN & CNBC]. When I selected the channel I got a BLACK screen. Nothing, but nothing on it. No sound. Just a BLACK screen. Had to hit PREV to go back and then start again. F*ing stupid. The Genie Mini is a piece of garbage.

#90. Also, yesterday morning with the bloody remote for the Genie f*ing Mini. Mute would only work, every other push. This is so pathetic. I have said it before, I will say it before. DirecTV’s business model appears to be that of giving their customers untested, inferior products and then holding them to a 2 year contract.