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newbroom

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I remember having only a.m. radio and one tv station. That's about all that was available as far as I know.

Now, I've got a remote controlled tv that plays dvd's and will accept a signal from my computer and allow me to watch all sorts of stuff on the 'big screen'.

That is, if I knew how to program the new controller I got today to replace the one that had finally stopped allowing me to access the mute function. I guess I wore it out. I took that sucker apart many times and swabbed it all down with 91% and cotton tips...it would work a few times and quit again.

I messed with it awhile, but, I find I have very low tolerance for this sort of experimentation.

I still can barely use my new android phone and don't know how the heck it uses all that battery when I'm just letting it sit on the shelf.

I had been getting all sorts of notices that my operating system was out of date and everytime I downloaded the upgrade it wouldn't run. I would just keep clicking on permissions to use the outdated version, thus, I guess, exposing myself to attack.

I'd discovered that something had been using up resources in the background, a couple months back, opened up the task master and scrutinized the list of processes till I found a likely culprit. Everytime since then that I boot up...I let er warm up, open taskmaster and look for that synchost.exe that explodes and stop the process.

Today, I booted up again after another failed attempt to upgrade Firefox and left that synchost alone until I'd accessed the download and got it to run, this time!.....

So, I have an aversion to these things, but I do eventually sorta figure out a work around at least.

It's good to have a pipe to turn to in times of trouble and stress. :puffy:

 

newbroom

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heh heh, well, the durned thing may be smarter than me, but it's not one o them smart ones, yet. I realize that all communications are monitored by all sorts of entities, all the time. Privacy is an illusion like a door lock.

Best be on good behavior or be ready to die for the right to act up. There's entirely too much of the latter going on these days.

 

jackswilling

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You can get a "universal remote" at Walmart as you probably know and many smart phones will work as remotes depending on your equipment and phone. Just need the app

 

newbroom

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jackswilling, I did get one. I got it today! It works the tv like a champ. the tv had a built in dvd player and I also have an hdmi hooked up and I haven't yet figured out how to get at those functions. (of course I read the instructions) I have a limited span of something regarding these gadgets, either attention or my patience.

Most likely its neither, it's just my own limitations and projections of failure due to a long history of messing with stuff to get it working. You win some, you lose some.

I figure I'll have it all worked out in a year or two and probably won't even make the attempt for a week or so.

 

newbroom

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I'm sure that Madison Avenue had the formula for human brain stimuli many decades ago, but when you asked me if I could imagine a wifi operated refrigerator, I thought of a news piece I read recently suggesting that we are all living within a computer generation as SIMS.

I'm starting to think that the more time I spend online, the more I become part of someone's simulation.

Of course, I fear that I'm oblivious to even more sinister realities. Ignorance is bliss can turn on ya pretty quickly.

Living for the next tablet of soylent green and a bowl of Carter Hall.

 
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