08-08-2014 3:41 PM
Friday again. I see there were no additions to this thread all last week. Perhaps the U-verse Lounge has run its course. Sure are not many participants anymore. What d'ya think, Becky?
We really got soaked Wednesday night. 3.7 inches of rain along with lots of lightning and thunder. But not much wind....and no hail that I know of. Some parts of the city had high water flowing on the paved roads. So traffic was severely slowed in spots.
I wish our Sony 55" smart TV had 5 gHz Wi-Fi capability. It appears to be only single band...2.4 gHz. I believe that HD streaming would be more successful on the higher freq. band. Our neighborhood is crowded with home net Wi-Fi using that 2.4 gHz band and when everyone gets home from work and begin to get on line things really slow down. Our home net is on 5 gHz so we no longer suffer problems downloading on our computers and my wife's iPad. But the two smart TV's and our printer are single band. Fortunately our NetGear router works on both bands simultaneously.
08-09-2014 7:12 AM
Well, Phil, I've been an irregular participant in WOTT at best since the beginning. Okay, well, since I joined, which was probably in year 3 of WOTT. Never have been sure how to stay off topic. May have posted a dozen or two times. We could consider relocating this to the ACE Lounge, though we have had the occasional non-ACE participants (mainly employees, though) and screening them off may make things even worse. Since you usually start these anyway, we could move it to a Community Blog post by you, we can still participate via reply. That may encourage participation from Wireless and others.. Something else to see if @beckyww has any opinion on.
You could get a 5.0 GHz bridge for your TV, but I'm not sure that's worth the investment. I didn't spring for a Smart TV given how many "smart" devices exist that provide the same functionality, and I'm hoping the TV will last past the obsolence of many of these Smart TV features. Given that a Chromecast is $35, it doesn't make sense to me to spend an extra $100-$200 for Smart TV. My BluRay player has applications and the ability to stream, so that takes care of that screen.
I still wonder how long the price of TVs will decline while features and size increase. Last year I bought my third "living room" TV (the little 19" I bought for my first apartment doesn't count). The first one was a 27" CRT, for which I paid about $700 [and then got a check from the manufacturer about 2 years later in a settlement for price fixing] . Then I bought a 36" CRT, for which I paid about $650. This time I bought a 42" LED for $420. I bought it to fit the entertainment center hole, Would have liked a 43", but no one made one. Would have really liked bigger, but no good way to arrange things for it without redoing the room.
Last weekend the radar estimate put 5.5" on our house in under 6 hours on 8/1. And we've had strangely cool temperatures as the rule (and 90's only as the exception) for several weeks. A little gloomy, but the power bill should be nice.
BTW, I've enjoyed your latest signature with the Theory of Relativity explanation from Einstein.
08-12-2014 7:46 AM
This has been one of the coldest Summers ever. No 90 degree temps, in Indianapolis, so far. Also, the coldest July ever. It would have taken a high of 112 degrees on July 31st to not be the coldest.
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I agree, Dave. It has been a rather crazy summer weatherwise. I was born in August of 1936 and back then...my dad always said that the daytime highs were running 113 degrees in the shade. In fact our local weather guy just referred to that year and those terrible heat waves. Anyway.....my pop was an M.D. .....a general practice doctor back in those early days, down in SE Kansas. He always joked that I was the only baby he ever saw born with an already existing heat rash. That's how hot it was.
Our young grandson just finished mowing the lawn. We pay him of course....but he has been a big help to us this summer what with my wife's and my medical problems. We can't do it ourselves and we felt....if we're gonna have to pay....it might as well go to him. He's about to turn 16 and a competition swimmer. So he is in really healthy shape and gets it done in about half the time it used to take me.
I'm hoping that I may have finally figured out at least a partial solution to my resolution problems with NetFlix streaming. I need some more time and experience now that I've made some changes in our home Wi-Fi net to be sure. But a couple of trial runs have been promising. More on that later. I was getting desparate. A few nights ago we were watching "The 4400" episode in amazing 240 SD. Does it really go THAT low? That is what it said on the screen when I pushed the "display" button on the remote. Then I made my changes and last night it was reporting 1080 Super HD.
OK. Lawn is mowed. Grandson is paid....and his pop picked him up to go home for dinner. So guess I'll go look in the fridge or freezer to see what is available.
08-13-2014 11:40 PM
Well Phil, ATT has made an agreement to provide Netflix service better for users recently. This like they've made agreements with Comcrap, Charter and others already.
So, maybe things will get better as we get lots of complaints about Netflix streaming.
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08-14-2014 9:44 AM
Yep, Phil, 1936 was a bad year for heat and drought. 1934 was almost as bad.
I'm still reeling over the fact that CBS is dumping our local affiliate, WISH-TV after 58 years! I'll post more on that in the U-Verse TV>Features subforum.
08-14-2014 8:02 PM
Heh, heh. I think WOTT is where some of us retreat to chat about lots of different subjects. More of a social nature. I know it was in existence when I came on board back in December of 2007. But also feel that forum participation is down. Not sure the big do-over will help any but that was a decision way over our pay scale.
I also have commented more than once that the problems subs are having are getting more and more technical. For example....there is a post right here in today's lounge that might as well be written in a foreign language as far as I'm concerned. I have no idea what the sub is talking about. So, of course, I'm no help. A few years ago....the problems were simpler and more easily solved....I thought.
Took my wife and my cousin out to lunch today. The gals are good friends. They met way back when we were all still in high school....believe it or not. Anyway.....we went to one of my favorite restaurants....Red Lobster. Today was one of the worst meals I have ever had there. They are cheapening down the menu. Poorer quality. Can't even get my favorite deep sea scallops anymore. All they seem to have are the tiny bay scallops and WOW they are almost microscopic in size. The clam strips were greasy and such tiny pieces it was like trying to eat crumbs rather than chunks of breaded/fried clam. I think with the economy hurting the way it is and the middle income folks cutting back on unnecessary expenses....the restaurant chains are really feeling the pinch. The corporation that owned both Red Lobster and Olive Garden Italian restaurant dumped the Red Lobster so now they are separate companies. And Olive Garden has been sliding down hill also. Everywhere the customer is paying more and getting less.
We have not had any big network shake ups here in the Kansas City area for a good many years. Nearly all the majors also own secondary stations which used to be independents but now there are all these newer networks out there. So almost all have one network or another in addition to the big 4. If we were watching OTA....we would have 25 channels to select from. Problem is.....some are specialty channels.....like Spanish language.....religious.....and marketing. But, in addition to the majors, a couple of the others do carry an interesting assortment of old, old network series. Andy Griffith....Father Knows Best.....and I stumbled across the old B & W Lassy series one day when I was just looking to see what was there. When I was in high school....back in 1953 my folks and I lived in a small town 25 miles north of Wichita, Kansas. We got our first TV station....one channel.....came on the air about 5 PM with the news and weather.....and went off the air at midnight with the National Anthem. All programming was on film. Network shows that were live in the big markets on the East and West coast were shown via kinescope recordings which were just 16 mm film shot of a TV monitor screen. After the 10 PM news and weather.....we got old English movies and/or kines of professional wrestling. Remember Wrestling with Russ? No? Hmmm.....probably too young. A favorite hobby in those days was TV DXing. When the atmosphere was cooperative we could watch east and gulf coast stations.....and even channel 2 in Havana, Cuba if the skip was right.
I sound like an old f--t chewing over my memories don't I?