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90’x15’x6′ Chain Link Enclosure For ‘Rowen’, Our Newfoundland Puppy, Is Complete — & We Are All Happy.

by Anura Guruge


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It worked out well. Solid. Not worried, at all, at all, that Rowen might be able to knock it over or jump over it. In the end it didn’t need as many external reinforcing posts as I had been planning — just 4 sufficed.

For about half its 90′ length it runs alongside our raised deck & I attached cables from each leg of the deck to the fence — above head height. That made a big difference.

Plus, it is strongly anchored to concrete at both ends & as well as to a convenient deck support leg on one side.

We also put a layer of gravel for the ungrassed space under the deck. So, it has all worked out.

It wasn’t hard to do. Teischan (15) & I worked about 1-hour each evening, roughly between 6pm & 7pm. In total, to get it all done, including the gravel it took us about 16-days — but we had gaps while we waited for a corded electric drill & the gravel to be delivered. Also had a couple of days of thunderstorms. We had started in mid-May.

All told, even if I add in all the power tools I ended up getting, it came to about $2,000 in material. Our labor was free. So, it was HALF THE PRICE that we had been quoted & it was ready by the start of June. The folks we got estimates from were talking August or September. Laugh!

Installing 90’x15x6′ Chain Link Kennel For Newfoundland Puppy.

by Anura Guruge


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Yes, we tried to hire professionals. They were quoting dates in August or September. The Summer would be done by then. Also, citing increasing materials costs, they were hiking prices by 20% or more. We were getting quoted around $4,000 (& higher).

Well, screw that for a game of soldiers. I started doing some research. I found 6′ chain link panel kennel kits for 10′ x 10′. So, each kit had 40′ of chain link, including one door. I bought three kits. That gave me 120′ feet.

So, I can do 90′ run — the total length of the house (at the back) — with two 15′ sides. That is what we are doing. The back of the house, most of which is a concrete wall will form one side.

Biggest challenge to-date was attaching the fence, SECURELY, to the concrete. Had to get a hammer drill.

Fence securely screwed into the concrete wall. Going to use at least 3 such brackets, per side.

So far, so good. Going to add additional posts for reinforcement. Also going to use cables to tie the top of the fence to the legs on the deck.

I will post more pictures when it is done.

Unboxing & Setting Up A Fitbit ‘Versa 2’ From ‘HRM USA’.

by Anura Guruge


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A very attractive, appealing smartwatch. Compelling from the moment you set eyes on it.

Was a breeze to pair it, update the software and set it up for use.

I had it 58% charged in 40-minutes. Nice long USB cable and the cradle fits well.

I paired it with the Fitbit APP on my Google Pixel 2 running Android 10. As is always the case with Fitbit, pairing was not an issue. It was quick, easy and first time.

We have dual-band Wi-Fi, and as I knew beforehand, the Versa 2 only supports one of the bands. But, it found it quickly and connecting was not an issue. Again, first time in that I did not screw up the password.

Once, connected to Wi-Fi, again as I knew would be the case, it needed to download and install the latest version of software. Downloading (on what is a fairly high speed Wi-Fi network) took 4-minutes. Installation another 3. So, 7-minutes in total. Not bad. I have had 1+hour updates.

Setting up Alexa was also a breeze. Yes, I had to logon to my Amazon account. Connected first time.

All good.

The rest of the set-up was painless and easy.

I even managed to turn-on the ‘Always On’ display. Pretty basic, but gives you the essentials.

So, so far, so good.

I am happy. I am impressed.


Yes, of course, I got it from ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA‘, (HRM USA). Who else? I get ALL my smartwatches from them — no exceptions.


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They, HRM USA, is having a Fitbit Versa 2 GIVEAWAY.

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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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by Anura Guruge

Getting ‘SSL Certificates’ For HTTPS Web Security From GoDaddy — Some TIPS.

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The GoDaddy SSL certificate plans.


Given that it is a full-blown e-Commerce online Website we had to add SSL-certificates to the new ‘Made On Earth‘ Website yesterday.

This WordPress(.org)-based Website had been hosted (as a subdomain) at GoDaddy before I got involved in July 2017. So, of course, we went to GoDaddy to get the SSL certificates. That SSL is NOT part of the hosting does not make me happy.

SSL-certificates are NOT cheap from GoDaddy (and forget the 20% discount). Luckily we just needed them for one-and-one site (and it did NOT matter that it was a subdomain). [So, note: GoDaddy will let you get SSL for a subdomain even if you do NOT have SSL for the main domain. That was good. I had visions that we would need the very expensive, $269.99/year, package.]

GoDaddy charges $50 to install it — in addition to the $55.99/year! Yes, YOU could try to do it yourself BUT that did NOT appeal to I.

However, even with that $50 fee paid, YOU still have to do some work — cutting and pasting the SSL certificate into a window. Why GoDaddy can’t do this as part of their service is a mystery.

So, some important TIPS.

  1. The $50 install fee will APPLY EACH time you RENEW. It is NOT a one-time install, the first time you get SSL! So, if you get just one-year, you will have to pay the $50 again — next year. Yikes. 3-years is the MOST they will let you buy. Yes, this is a money making option for GoDaddy. So, we bought 3-years. They gave us a $10 discount, BECAUSE I asked. It came to $207. That is sobering. So, that is part of the new Web hosting costs at GoDaddy.
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  2. I did the transaction over the phone and I am glad I did so. Too many ‘things’ I would have missed IF I tried to do this online — including the discount.
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  3. A GoDaddy specialist has to do the install. IF one is not immediately available, GoDaddy will hang-up and call you back. We were lucky. One was available and could do it while we waited.
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  4. GoDaddy sends you an e-mail with THE CERTIFICATE. It is a very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very long string. You have to copy and paste it onto a GoDaddy page. Why GoDaddy wants us to do this is a mystery.
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  5. Doing the copy and paste was NOT as easy as you would think. Kept on getting ERRORS at the GoDaddy end. Had to clear the cache. That didn’t work. Then they wanted me to try it using Chrome ‘Incognito Mode’! That worked. Hhhhmmmm.
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  6. Said it would take 1-hour for the certificate to kick in.
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  7. 2.5-hours later I am still NOT seeing HTTPS. Call GoDaddy.
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  8. Ahhh! It is because you are using WordPress. You need a PLUGIN to force HTTPS. Why didn’t they tell me that earlier. Typical GoDaddy. Plus they wouldn’t tell me what PLUGIN to use. Had to Google it.
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  9. Used this PLUGIN. Worked immaculately. Thanks. So, finally, about 3-hours after I had first called GoDaddy we were all set with HTTPS.

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Avast Internet Security Ver. 8: I Am Not Happy And I Have Used Avast For 7 Years (+).

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Thursday evening Avast!, my antivirus, firewall and ‘internet security’ product of choice, started popping up its annoying, pesky blue boxes saying that I have to update my program (i.e., the software). I get virus updates a few times a day.

I had been at Version 7 for quite a long time and was reasonably happy — though about a year ago there was a nasty hang.

Then without any warning it upgraded me to Version 8 with a new user interface.

Worse still, without giving me a choice, it installed Chrome! That was a no, no. I was not happy. [Since then, in last 7 hours, they have updated their installer and it now asks whether you want Chrome. I guess they must had faced an uproar.]

It took the LONGEST time to install — and this is a i7 4 core machine with 12GB of memory. Most things are fast on this. I guess it took so long because it was installing the latest version of Chrome.

But, after the lengthy install all seemed OK.

This morning Avast Ver. 7 on Devanee’s laptop stopped working! I tried the usual tricks. No luck. We had to go to Bedford so we were in a rush. I powered up this PC to get another copy of Devanee’s Avast license.

When I did that, I got a SCARY blue pop up jump at me saying that Avast wanted to update my Adobe Acrobat Reader. Whiskey, Tango FOX! I don’t want Avast to update anything other than itself! That is intrusive and obnoxious. Avast has gone down a few stripes in my book for that little trick.

Yes, worked out how to turn that DANGEROUS feature off. On the ‘homepage’ icon-based interface (at top above), click on ‘Software Updater’ and then click the STOP button. That disables that stupid feature.

It tries to do too much. I hate that.

Just do what you are supposed to do. I used to be the biggest fan of ‘System Mechanic‘ for years. Then they went down this route. I uninstalled it, on all our PCs, and have never gone back.

We have PAID Avast Internet Security on 5 PCs. Avast, other than a few spectacular screw-ups over the years, has been good. I know that it is good at intercepting bad things.

But this was real annoying. To exacerbate matters, I had to uninstall Avast 7 on Devanee’s PC and re-install it again. So, I was not having a good day with Avast.

The Chrome thing was ironic. I obviously did not have Chrome on this PC. I had been meaning to get it. But, I knew it would take some time. I now have it. I have played with it a few times since Avast installed it! Yes, I plan to migrate to Chrome. I have had it with FireFox too. I am very patient with software that I like, but there is a limit. I have used FireFox for 12 years. Avast for at least 8. But, when I get exasperated, that is it.

If you get Avast 8, make sure to go through each feature, individually and then on the ‘Settings tab’, and disable as much as you can.