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Amazon Video Rental: The 29 Days vs. 48 Hour Confusion & Confounding.

by Anura Guruge


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Have you ever, especially if you are a Prime Member rented an Amazon Video and noticed, to your chagrin and loss, that it is saying that you have just 48 hours to finish watching the movie — though you are pretty damn sure that it said ‘29 day rental‘ when you were paying for it.

Mystery solved.

No you were NOT mistaken in thinking that Amazon said ’29 days’ when you were going to rent it. That is what they say.

But that ’29 days’ is “UNOPENED” shelf life so to speak. You can keep it on your watch list for ’29 days’ PROVIDED you don’t click on it. Get it? ’29 days’ as long as you don’t open it.

As soon as you click on it and start watching it, even for 1 SECOND, it immediately goes into 48 hour mode.

So, UNOPENED —  29 days.

As soon as you start watching — 48 hours.

We had noticed this a few times with our rentals but let it pass since it was no big deal. We managed to finish watching the movie within the 2 days.

But last week we had an issue. The kids wanted to watch “Back to the Future I“. So I rented it. Pretty sure it said 29-days. This being the Summer I was glad. We don’t watch as much family TV. We watched about 40 minutes and then stopped. A few days later, with Father’s Day etc. intervening, we went back. It was gone! We had to rent it again. I balked just on principle. The $3.xx wasn’t going to break me BUT I wanted an explanation.

So I ‘called’ Amazon (or to be precise got Amazon to call me). As ever they were very nice — given my longtime Prime Membership and possibly because I have ordered over 100 items in the last six months (and that was a quiet period). She admitted that ‘this’ — the 29 day/48 hours — causes a lot of confusion. That begs the question as to why Amazon, usually so customer oriented, hasn’t changed it. Of course she reinstated the rental. Of that I had no doubt. But I haven’t checked whether it is there. Anywho … We now have an explanation.

If you ‘open it’ — you have 48 hours. So you have now been warned. SMILE.


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Will There Be A New Kit Lens For The Fuji X-T2 Or Will The New XF 16-55mm f2.8 Suffice?

by Anura Guruge


The Fuji X-T1 when offered with a lens typically comes with the ubiquitous 18-55mm f2.8-4 or the 18-135mm f3.5-5.6.

The new X-Pro2 is invariably sold without a lens.

So what will be the story with the Fuji X-T2, now expected to be announced June 14, 2016? Possible they could announce a new lens with it. That would be neat.

Most buyers of the X-T2, including I, probably already have lenses that will work with the X-T2.

The new XF 16-55mm f2.8 would, from what I can see, make one heck of a good zoom for this camera.

If you want a prime I would look at the 35mm f1.4 or the 56mm f1.2.


Here I sorted out Fuji’s
current repertoire of lenses to help you.

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Amazon page for the new Fujinon XF 16-55mm f2.8. Click to ENLARGE.


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by Anura Guruge

Anthony Trollope’s Prose Of “Doctor Thorne” So Powerful & Profound.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and view here. From Amazon Prime Video.

It is but a great shame that millions of people will only get to know “Doctor Thorne” through Julian (Downton Abbey) Fellowes’ inspired TV adaptation for Amazon Prime Video. And that is OK. As ever Julian Fellowes has been masterful and I, as ever, applaud him. Thank you Julian.

That said it appears a shame not to take this opportunity to savor Anthony Trollope’s original prose. He was quite the writer. A very deft touch and an exquisite vocabulary (as was common in those days before the distractions of TV, Facebook etc.).

His writing has been a revelation to I. I am ordering everything in sight!

Just wanted to share some of his words with YOU.


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Click to ENLARGE and checkout here. From the “Chronicles of Barsetshire”.


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Anthony Trollope.

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Amazon Prime’s “Doctor Thorne” Is Still More Trollope Than Fellowes “Downton”.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and view here. From Amazon Prime Video.


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“Doctor Thorne”, published in 1858, is the 3rd book in this 6-novel collection, the “Chronicles of Barsetshire”. Click to access Amazon listing.


To say that this is BY Julian Fellowes, of “Downton Abbey” fame, is to indulge in some poetic license. As Julian, to his credit, explains prior to the start of Episode 1, “Doctor Thorne” is a book by much-regarded British Victorian-era writer Anthony Trollope [1815 – 1882]. Julian took Trollope’s masterpiece (and all of Trollope’s work is considered as such) and made it into a screenplay. And, of course, Julian, a master himself, did a masterful job. However, even Julian, with all of his magic, cannot take the Trollope out of “Doctor Thorne” — and that is both good and bad.

Prolific Anthony Trollope, who had a day job working for the British postal service, was a Victorian writer — and “Doctor Thorne”, published in 1858, starts off, set in 1830s. Basically that is 90 to a 100 years PRIOR to “Downton Abbey”. Furthermore, Victorian writers, by nature, were DARK and often prone to be lugubrious. And that comes across even with Julian’s deft touch.

Having watched, with great sadness, the very last episode of “Mr. Selfridge” last night, we tried out Episode 1 of “Doctor Thorne”, on Amazon Prime Video (which we subscribe to), as a possible diversion. It wasn’t bad. I had to pause it, often, to explain to the kids what was happening. That was never necessary with “Downton” — and that is a key difference. Trollope tends to be subtle.

I am sure that we will watch all of “Doctor Thorne” and get to love it. I already ordered — in print and in Kindle — everything written by Trollope. This will be my excuse to read Trollope! SMILE. That alone is good. I can’t be a Philistine when it comes to Victorian novels (bar some exceptions, like “Jane Eyre“) all my life.

So just a heads up. Not Julian Fellowes BUT Anthony Trollope.

Got that?


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Anthony Trollope.

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British Sci-Fi Favorite “Doctor Who”, Seasons 1 – 8 Now On Amazon Prime Video (For Free).

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Thought it was the only thing going on many Saturday or Sunday nights on British TV during my time there (1969 to 1985) I was never a Doctor Who fan. I kind of grew out of Sci-Fi fairly early on in my life. But I get a feeling that the kids may like it. We have Amazon Prime so it will be available for free. 

Just wanted to make sure YOU knew about it. Enjoy — it is your cuppa of BritishT’.


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Samsung Confirms That Smart Devices Will Spy On You — Big Brother Watching YOU!

by Anura Guruge


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This is exactly what I was referring to when I said, on Monday of this week, that I had MAJOR privacy concerns when it came to the Amazon ECHO that was advertised during the Super Bowl.

As somebody who has been actively involved in computers for 47 years (yes, since 1969) I have a good grasp of what the technology can do and what vendors are likely to do with that technology.

That smart devices go out of their way to collect data on us is not knew. I first subscribed to satellite TV 24 years ago. Of course that meant I had to have a settop box that had a phone connection — supposedly so that I could PPTV. But the guy who installed the system told me, kindly, that the main reason for having the phone connection was so that all of the channels that I had surfed through could be uploaded, at 2 am in the morning, on a regular basis — on the pretext that diagnostics were being performed on the box and that new software was being downloaded. That was 1992.

Obviously any smart device that offers voice commands MUST listen to everything going on so that in can pickup its name. This was my concern with Amazon’s ECHO. Having an Internet-connected device, with a sensitive mike, in the middle of our living area listening to everything that was going on. What a boon for Amazon. 

Yes, as is the case with Samsung, in theory, they need to cover this in their published privacy policy. But that is just in theory.

So be warned. Be aware. Be very afraid. Big brother is watching you and listening to you. Any internet connected device with a camera and mike can spy on you without you realizing it. SMILE.

 


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Amazon ‘Echo’, As In Super Bowl Ad, Apple’s Siri On The ‘Cheap’.

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Amazon’s ‘Echo’ Super Bowl ad. Click to access YouTube video posted by Amazon.


I am sure most people seeing the Super Bowl ad yesterday had NO idea as to what an AmazonEcho‘ was and what it was capable of doing — other than maybe play music, turn lights on and answer questions. But these features are NO LONGER new, let alone ‘oh gosh’ to many people. From TV ads I have seen (albeit not during Super Bowl) quite a few contemporary cars have this type of voice-controlled automation — and then there is Apple’sSiri‘. [You really should check out this ‘Siri‘ link.]

So this is not groundbreaking technology. Amazon had offered my one, as a Prime customer, at a discount quite a few months ago. I really didn’t see a need. PLUS it would never be able to understand my garbled accent — given that most times I can’t understand what I am saying.

PLUS, there is a MAJOR privacy reason I will talk about in a later post!

For now let me just give you the specs. Yes, you need an APP, running on an mobile device, to set it up.


Click images to ENLARGE and study here.

Use this link to access Amazon’s product page for the ‘Echo’.

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Amazon Rather Than Leasing More Cargo Planes Should Buy UPS, Possibly FedEx.

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Though I have always, as for as long as I can recall, been a huge fan of Amazon, and as of 2011 used them for ALL of my book publishing, it is only this year, as a fully-paid up Amazon Prime member and an AMZN stockholder that I truly started to see that Amazon is invincible — at least over the next few years. These days I am just in total awe of Amazon. Like Google they really are at the top of their game.

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Click to ENLARGE. Guess what line is UPS and what is AMZN.

Given the amount of online shopping that I do with Amazon, 88 orders in the last 6 months (i.e., 14 orders a month), I know their shipping habits pretty well and, moreover, I keep them honest. IF they miss the 2-day shipping on a Prime item I call them up. So far I have had 2 months of FREE Prime and $10 of gift credit. While they do quite well with UPS outside of the Christmas window, Christmas is always a challenge — as is the number of items now getting shipped directly from China, outside of Prime. I know that AMZN dearly wants to fix that. 

That they are thinking of doing some of their own shipping has been an open secret for months. Makes a lot of sense.

But to me what would make sense is for them to buy (or merge with) UPS or FedEx. I am sure UPS shareholders would LOVE IT. Their shares have been going nowhere while AMZN keeps on defying gravity. Also in terms of Market Cap AMZN is 4 times that of UPS and 8 times that of FedEx.

There will be synergies PLUS Amazon can get a piece of the eBay action! Sweet. Talking of which I am surprised that AMZN hasn’t started offering auctions. They could kill eBay (and I own eBay shares too).

So just a thought.


Hammacher Schlemmer Top 10 Most Viewed Unexpected Items Of 2015.

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As I have mentioned previously I am, for reasons that baffle me, on the Hammacher Schlemmer mailing and catalog list. I am way, way, way TOO POOR to afford anything that they have to sell. Long time ago I bought a supposedly folding, crank to generate electricityslot-car racing kit from them — for the kits. It was fun and it worked but it did NOT fold as well as was portrayed and that was the main reason for getting it. Being able to fold it, near ‘flat’, and put it away when it was not being used. Deanna insisted on returning it. This was maybe 6 years ago. Have not ordered anything from them since. I would LOVE that ‘Barbecue Dining Boat‘. $50,000! Yep, pigs would fly.

Plus to be honest the SAME ITEMS are available on Amazon for the same price, if not less. Yes, I plan to get some ‘Sidewinding Circular Skates‘ for the kids. Given my Prime membership (not to mention shareholding of Amazon) it would just be easier for me to get them from Amazon.