Category: Jim Howard

Formatted and started over again with Windows 10

  Windows 10 has been working so slow for me …  It has just been a pain in the ass.  So I decided to just format and start all over again.  No I did not have it save my files and re-install .. I just trashed it all.

  So now I am back …  Windows is so much faster.  So far I have Firefox installed and all my bookmarks and start pages setup.  I installed LastPass and I got the NVidia GTX 750 driver installed.  I got the Audiobox driver installed. 
  But a lot of software is not installed;  NCH, Logitech utility for G502 and G710+, Debute Video Capture Software, Movavi Video Suite 16 and lots more software not installed. 
But there is a lot of  trash off my hard drive.  One thing that took a problem for me was when I was doing Amazon reviews.  I would install something and a driver for it and review the item and a bunch of that trash was on my hard drive and in Windows someplace.

  Firebox is working so fast right now. 
I hope I can keep Windows from slowing down.. but I do not think you can… It is the way Windows works. 

Jim Howard – 12/11/2016

Cyber Monday

  I do not think I have ever gone out or even online ordered anything on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. 
  I did today … I ordered an Amazon Echodot.  I have heard a lot of people talking about the Amazon Echo and now the Dot.  So I ordered one and it will be here in a few days.

  The normal price is $49.99 for the Echo Dot and it was on sale for $39.99 today.
  The normal price for the Echo is $179.00 but today you could get it for $139.99 and that is a good deal.

  I am going over to YouTube and going to check out some videos of people that have the Echo and what they do with it.

 

   

My first 4K Video

 I have had the FZ300 camera for almost one month.  Today was the first time I shot a 4K video.  Here is that video.  It is a 6 minute video and the file size was 4 GB.  It took almost two hours to upload.

 

  I called Spectrum, Charter, and cancelled the Spectrum TV.  Russ or ordered the TV as part of a special and with it you got 100 down.  We had 60 down.  I will be back paying $59.99 just for Internet now and I just did a speed test and it looks like they cut our speed back down to 60.
   In the video you will hear me wonder about the container in the parking lot.  It is not there for AT&T fiber.  The apartment complex is going to have some sort of building taking place.

  I am just waiting for AT&T to offer fiber Internet.  Just for the 1 GB up and down the price will be $90.00 a month.  

  

Last day to do Amazon Reviews

  I have two or three reviews I want to do today for Amazon and then I am not going to do anymore reviews for them.  I had fun doing the 426 reviews.  But it was a lot of work and a lot of time.  
  It took a lot of time.  I want to use my time now to do different things.  
  After I do the reviews today I am going to turn off my Amazon Review Profile.  I attempted to edit it but it looks like Amazon is not allowing that … So I will just turn it off so that the public can not see it.
   My 426 reviews will still be on Amazon for people to see.

  I am glad, I guess, that Amazon decided to have a fit and change rules.

  I guess today everyone is looking for cyber Monday sales.  I looked at a few.  I see a couple of items I would like to have … But I just do not have the money to spend.
  
  I am going to call today and cancel Charter TV service.  Russ upgraded a month or so ago to TV service so that our Internet speed would go from 60 Mbps to 100 Mbps.  If they want to cut my speed down to 60 Mbps I am OK with it.  I just am not interested in TV and do not want to pay that extra amount for it.
  AT&T  has put in high speed fiber .. Well at least it is out on the street.  They have not contacted anyone in the apartments about the 1 Gbps up and down service yet.  I will go with AT&T if they contact me.  Of course that speed would cost me about $90.00 a month.

  Here is my most recent YouTube video:

I am back baby – got the new router

 I ordered the new router and was a bit worried that I might get hit with some bill before the next two days.. But right after I ordered the router (Google) YouTube put my $130.00 commission into my bank.  

  I ordered the router for one day delivery.  So I ordered about 9 AM today and I got it about 5 PM today. Pretty neat.

  The TP-Link AC1750 (Archer C7) router was very easy to setup.  No problems.  I plugged in my two computer wired.  I have two WiFi feeds.  One is on 2.4 Ghz and the other on 5 Ghz.
  I now got the two Roku TVs working OK.

  I am  happy …  But I still got a lot of stuff I need to do around here.
  Hilary and Russ are not coming over for Thanksgiving.  Russ has to work and Hilary is going to make a  turkey over there.  Dar will be making one here.
  Hilary’s birthday is on the 23rd.  I do not think we are going to see her.

  I just setup WiFi for my cell phone.  I first connected at 2.4 Ghz and then I went back and set it up to use 5 GHz. Not sure that 5 GHz is better but I suspect less connections.

 

I gave up and ordered the Router

 I been waiting until the 23rd to order the router I need.  I did not want to run my bank account down to low.  So waiting for my SS deposit to go into the bank.
 But I just give up..  I should be getting 100 Mbps down and 5 up. But with my current setup I get 35 Mbps down and 5 up.  I also do not have WiFi and so I can not get Roku on my TV sets.

  So I just ordered the TP-Link Archer C7 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router from Amazon.  I get free same day delivery.  God I love Amazon.


 One reason I wanted to get it right away is that Hilary and Russ may come over here for Thanksgiving or before and I want to make sure I got WiFi for them.
  OK OK .. I want it myself.

  It is ony 9:30 AM and I have installed ZORIN OS 12.0 on my old computer. So that computer in my YouTube studio and now is dual boot.  It boots up with Windows 10 and now ZORIN OS 12.  Zorin is version of, of course, Ubuntu.  It is designed to be very easy for people to use that have been using Windows or Apple OS.  
  I had just installed UbuntuStudio on that computer a couple of days ago.
   
  I have not taken my blood sugar for a few days.  I took it and it was 166. That is high but I had a cheese sandwich,olives  and Coke less than 2 hours before I took the test.  I do my testing in the morning before I eat.  So I think that is why the reading was high.
  My weight is 229.2  and BP is 143/68.

Freeze Warning for Tarrant TX

  The wind was blowing hard yesterday and it was a bit cool.  Today, at 7:15 AM, it is 39 degrees.  I am in Fort Worth TX.  The wind is not strong right now.  

  I made a lot of progress on my new YouTube studio.  I still got to work on that closet area.  It hurt to bend over and pick stuff off the floor.  I will get the job done.  I just do it slow.  At least when I bend over to pick stuff up .. no one hears me cuss.  I think today I will just take a Naproxen for the pain before I start the work.

  I still do not have WiFi.  I do not want to order the router until Wednesday.  Today is Saturday.  I do not want to spend $80.00 on  the router and then an bill for something else hit me.
   In some of my YouTube videos you will see a white board, on the wall, behind me.  You will see a long list of things.  Those are bills and the date I need to pay them or the date they take the money out of my account.  I live on a limited income and do not  want any surprises.

Still no WiFi

 I got the Linksys SE1500 5 port Ethernet Switch yesterday.  I hooked it up.  I ran the Internet from the cable modem into the switch and then plugged in my computer etc.  Nothing!  I do not understand what the heck is going on around here.
So I had to keep using the Obihai device.  It has a LAN port on it.  I had been using it for the last couple of days.

  So I ran the Internet from the cable modem into the Obihai device and then I ran a cable from the device into the new Linksys Switch.  Then the computer and devices I had plugged into the switch had Internet.

  I know I need a router.  I will have to wait until I get a commission check from YouTube and I think I will get one this month.  Or I will have to wait and order six days when I get my SS deposit.
  I am going to order the TP-Link Archer C7 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router.  Then I will get WiFi back into operation.  Then I will have WiFi for my cell phone and Fire tablet.  AND I will have WiFi so both my TV sets will have Roku working again.  

  Jimmy came over and I showed him the chair that I want to move from the living room into the new computer room. He  said the chair would not  fit through the door.  I told him I had it in my bedroom in the past.  He said no that was a different chair. 
  I told him no that is the chair … I told him the two of us could do it.  He said .. that it would take him and someone else .. that I would not be able to do it.  We talked for a little bit and he left.  Then I just went and moved the chair into the room. It took me less than 5 minutes.

  

The chair in the room!

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