4 Problems with Bots in Pokemon Go and Why Niantic should fix them!

Pokémon Go by Darren Mark Domirez

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In the beginning

It was cute when Pokémon Go was first released and people just had to show Niantic how people could easily hit their max level of 40!  Now let’s be clear about this, he did us a bot to get to level 40 and he was quite clear about it on Reddit.  So we already know that at least 5 months ago or more someone somewhere was using a bot for an example.   No one in their right mind would be able to say no one is using on Pokémon Go.   I’d even wager that Niantic has in the past tried to solve this very problem.   It however seems to be a never-ending story.

Really Good Pokémon

The real problem with some one using a bot is a simple one.   The game is designed to be played in the cold, heat, day, or night to catch these elusive really powerful Pokémon.   When a player has a very powerful Pokémon, like a Snorlax, or a Dragonite, then you will be able to do so much more stuff.   There are even players who have other regions of Pokémon such as Mime, which can only be gotten in Europe.  We will come back to this!

Egg Hatching and Star Dust

Stardust can be used to Power Up any Pokémon in your collection. For example, you can Power Up a Rattata using Stardust acquired by catching a Meowth. You obtain Stardust whenever you catch or hatch Pokémon of any species.

This is a constant problem because while some one uses a bot to walk 3 or 8 or even 10 miles per hour.   As they hatch 2k, 5k, or even 10k eggs you get 400 to about 3,000 star dust per egg depending on the egg.   You also get candies for the egg that you hatch but that is something like 5 to 35 candies depending on the egg also.  You can read the Reddit post if you want to know even more.   The point of this is that I’ve seen crazy amounts of star dust from players and I am wondering how they did it.   This is definitely one way they could have done it.

Inventory full

You can have a full inventory, Potions, full health, poke balls, ultra, and great.   The inventory also helps you such as reviving your Pokémon who have fainted due to gym battles.   You also can have the full amount of potions for healing your Pokémon.   This will be talked about later. When Niantic stopped people from doing drive by poke stops, this has been a problem for trainers.   Niantic has made it impossible to spin those poke stops while driving above 15 to 20 miles an hour.  This is also a problem for trainers who are not using bots and the people who are using bots are getting way to strong.

Gyms and Battling

Now we are getting to the main problem of why people are using bots to do this.   Players who have the really good Pokémon, and has enough supplies can bring down a level 10 gym and do it faster than a normal person.   They then can put their very powerful Pokémon into the gym and use them to collect Star dust and Poke coins.   Poke Coins are simply virtual currency to buy supplies from the game shop, such as incubators to hatch even more Pokemon, or lures to draw even more Pokémon to an area and camp.  We know what we can do with the Star Dust. The problem now with this is there is no easy way to report players who have not been anywhere close them to do those things.   If a bot is doing this, then there will not be anyone else around and you will see it on the screen and wonder who they are.  Then you might not know or take the difficult task of reporting the trainer.  We will talk about a possible solution at the end of this post!

Possible Solutions to the Problem

While I’m no big programmer, some of this seems to be so simple that I’m surprised Niantic didn’t do this already.   We’ve already heard about soft bans, hard bans, and even player deletion from botting.   This will always be a problem but Niantic seems to be reluctant to get the players to help.   We’ve got officer in every city and state so why can’t Niantic get the players who want to help fix the problem involved.   It would be a simple process of adding a button to each gym trainer in the form of a flag or maybe even a report button.   Now I am sure Niantic has been logging what people do and where they’ve gone.   We all know we are being logged and they can use that to look for anything that might have been overlooked by the anti-cheating software.  We know that can easily be beaten and I’m sure it has holes that need to be fixed.

The other possible solution the problem is prevent players from getting the coins from the conquered gym by making them wait an hour or two before they can get the coins and star-dust from that gym.   Right now the problem is, you can collect up to 100 coins and 10,000 Star Dust every 20 hours even if you have to find 10 gyms to occupy for that small amount of time to collect that Star Dust.   While instead of making it easier for bots to come along and swoop in and occupy 10 gyms and then collect their greatest amount of coins and Star Dust.   There should be a least amount of time before you can collect from one gym and so on for the other gyms.   This way you give players a chance to prevent the bots from collecting money from gyms.

Final Note!

I urge every Pokémon Go player to share this article and hopefully someone higher up will see this and start making the necessary changes to the game that I’ve suggested to help fight unethical trainers who are botting.

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How Dating Sites can create less privacy for you!

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Your dating profile!

As most of you know, You’ve got to have a dating profile for people who might want to talk to you.  So of course, you will probably have where you live or even maybe even your real first name, and if you are really stupid you’d even have your last name.  The profile also has your current age, and some other information that someone can use to find out even more about you.   The problem with this is that someone has enough information to start looking for you on sites such as Spokeo, PeopleFinders, Intelius, or even WhitePages.

Those are just a few sites someone who wants to find out where you live, if you have any public court documents, Your Birth-date, or maybe even other valuable information to steal your identity.  Most people don’t understand that aspect of being on a dating site.   You may even come across a fake profile from time to time!

Your Privacy!

I’ve already talked about how you really don’t have any privacy on the internet.  Although Wikipedia has a different take on what Privacy is:

Privacy is the ability of an individual or group to seclude themselves, or information about themselves, and thereby express themselves selectively.

The problem with the definition from Wikipedia is quite clear to me.   An individual on the internet can’t protect their own privacy and even a group of people might be able to stop some of this but with sites being hacked daily on an ongoing process, it’s impossible.   Want to know what information is out there about you, just check out “Have I been Pwned?”   I find that site really useful just to know if you have anything to worry about.  It however is just one site in a dozen or more on the dark web that you may not know about that has that same information or more.  Your information is floating somewhere for others who might want to cause harm on the net.

Ethical Dilemma of it all!

On My previous post about Ethics of this very question, I’ve discussed the foundation of what the ethical and moral parts on about doing this type of research.  The problem with doing this is just that people think you are finding out information that they may or may not want you to know about.   It can be really scary for some who finds out.   They think it is an invasion of privacy but I have the right to protect my kids from abusers, or predators, or even from getting scammed.  There lies the problem, some people might have some scary background information that they paid the price for but it still is a valuable tool to find out more information about an individual then talking with them.   I believe people will intentionally lie about something just because it really still is a painful area in their lives.   Does that make them wrong or evil, probably not but it still tells you a story of where they’ve been and how far they’ve come.   So you have to take the information with a grain of salt and use it to better understand just who they are.

Finally

If you are really worried about what people might find about you here are a few books that might help you make it harder for anyone to find you on the internet:

Disclaimer:  I am an amazon affiliate and these links are affiliates.   You pay no more than the cost of the books but I receive a commission for when you buy the books with my links.   If you don’t feel I should get the money please visit Amazon directly and find these books there. 

Each of these have some very Good tips of helping your privacy.   I’ve not bought these book but they do look to have what is needed to help you keep your privacy safe on the internet.   This is trying to help those who might want to protect their privacy.   Thanks!!

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Online Stalking — The morality and ethics of it all!

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Online Dating

So I met this really nice very charming woman on a dating site. It was getting interesting to say the least, I thought we were hitting it off and really enjoying talking to her.  The problem is of course the scammers and Nigerian hooligans out there that are just greedy and wanting free money.   Each time we meet someone online, there is of course the possibility of it being a scam.  The problem can be so scary when it comes to even considering dating online.

I know she may never forgive me and I might not ever meet her but I am sorry that people think that have illusion of privacy in society now a days.  This seems to be a major flaw in society now a days.   When I went to a local establishment for months in 2001, I found out that someone did a background check on me and I was quite mad but later I realize just how easy it was to order a background check on me and even others without much information.  I’ve said it at least once, but I’ll say it again we no longer have any privacy on the internet.  I’ve always considered myself somewhat a White Hat Security Researcher.  I’ve even found some flaws in a local company and reported to them but they made a few comments on other websites that I had to contend with.   No company wants to know they are vulnerable or that someone actually found a problem.  So I’ve been reluctant to give out my name and stuff to companies, instead I go the old fashion route of snail mail and let them worry about it for themselves.   That way they can be mad but not know who found out and retaliate because I’ve found problem.

Ethics Alone

We are all human we know right from wrong, or at least I hope so.   The problem with how far we should go to find out if someone is real or fake can be bit of the grey area, not really black but not completely white either.   We can go into detail of just how ethics of finding out about people can be we are searching for something that is wrong or something not quite right.   We could also summarize that we don’t want to be hurt by someone, the pain of finding out that they didn’t fully trust you can be heart breaking to say the least but the truth of the matter.   When you tell someone something in a message can be just that an easy way to say anything that may or may not be true.

Morality of it all!

Morality is ‘principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behavior.’  It closely goes with Ethics but ethics comes from one person where morality is a principle in society.   Morals of a person can be good or bad depending on what society thinks of the person in question.   That being said, we all either strive to have a good moral being or just don’t care and have a bad moral being.    Because society will also judge us for our poor choices and that can be good or bad depending on how ethical we were when society finds out our poor choices.  It goes hand in hand with our actions but most people don’t understand that part of it.

Finally

The last note in this blog post is to the woman I hurt, I will tell you I’m truly sorry and I’d wish you would forgive me but that may never happen.   I know we have never met and we may never meet but I don’t want to have those negative thoughts that you may have of me stop you from taking chances.   I am sure being that I am not alone in this attempt because I am willing to bet other online dating couples have had to tend with this exact situation.   I can’t be sure but I am sure I am not the only one.

Sincerely

Paul Sylvester

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Solving the Random Shut Down Issues on the Nexus 6!

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Google Nexus 6 _ 7 by Techstage

Understanding the Problem!

Most of the time, when it happens you may never know why it happens. I am here to tell you why and how to solve the problem.  When I bought Nexus 6 Unlocked phone (32 GB), I didn’t buy a brand new one with a warranty, I bought a used one knowing full well that it might have problems later in the next months!  I didn’t expect it to be so sudden and quickly, but it did for one reason or another.

I’ve tried everything from Re-installing the Android Nexus 6 ROM from Google directly and thought that might be the reason of it just shutting down because of a random file corruption in the file system.   I then found out it might be the pattern unlock causing problems on the Nexus 6 and that it might be the reason it is turning off randomly!

The Real Problem!

If you know anything about batteries, then you will know why it was shutting down without warning.   If you don’t here is the reason,  most lithium Ion batteries have a dead man switch that once a layer/cell discharges completely, there is a switch that prevents it from discharging anymore and can’t be charged or discharged anymore permanently.  It can be considered like a dead layer/cell switch, where it prevents the battery from exploding or causing problems like I’ve seen in the past!   It prevents the cell from being recharged because the problems that comes with a dead cell trying to be charged or used!  So when the Nexus 6 Battery shuts a cell off, the phone doesn’t know that and thinks it is still active and fully charged.   The problem comes about when the battery tries to pull from that those now inactive cells and the phone dies!   It tries to switch to the next cell that has juice and it can’t, this is where the randomness of shutdowns come in.   Some cells are in the first to be used and the others are in the way back where they will hardly ever be used!   So you know what that means!

Battery replacement time!

When I did the battery replacement, I used the guide from IFixIt Site!   It is however is not where I went to buy the battery!   I went to my favorite site, Amazon.com(*) and bought it from them.

(*)I get a small commission from using the Amazon links provided but it doesn’t cost you anymore than clicking these links.   If you don’t want to help support my site please feel free to go there directly.   I’ve done the work and love Amazon for all their technical stuff!

What you will need:

This is all you really need to replace the battery but be warned if you do this, you are voiding any warranty you might have on the phone.   I didn’t have a warranty, so it was a no question on my part.   This may or may not fix your problem but I am confident that most of the random shut down problems are related to this in one way or another!

After installation

After the installation of the new battery, the phone will get warm the first time while it charges to 100% but I’ve noticed it hasn’t done it again after that!   You should also allow 3 to 3 hours of continuous charging of the phone  before use with the Nexus 6 rapid charger(*).   This way the phone can know that the battery is a new battery and not the one that was in it earlier!   You should notice like I have it that it no longer randomly shut down or turns off!  I’ve had the new battery in it for a whole week and no more random shut downs and it has been on continuously for a whole week!  So take that as you may and I hope you enjoy your phone as much as I do!

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Reviewing the Motorola Nexus 6 Unlocked Cellphone, 32GB

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Changing Phones

As many of you know, I have been in the past using the Blu Products phones and I know they are good for those who might want a cheap good unlocked phone.   Lately though, I have longed to have a fast and reliable Android Phablet.  I say that with understanding that It isn’t the newest Nexus phone [*] out there but I happen to find a great price on Amazon for the Nexus 6 [*] and just couldn’t resist buying the phone.  I will say I bought the phone for $256 and what I make from the affiliate links in this review will help pay for other phones.  Please feel free to visit my Disclosure page if you are wanting to know more about my affiliate links and images!

Differences

The Differences in this phone and the Blu Products that I have used in the past are more like apples and oranges.   The phone has been more responsive and I have had more reliability from the voice recognition to be able to just say “Ok Google” and be able to have it do or tell me things as I am driving.   The Blu Products never really were that good with that because of the microphone and processor, I am thinking.   The Specs for the phone is quite beefy compared to the other phones I have seen and played with in my life time.   This however isn’t entirely exclusive for me, I’ve not bought every phone and used every phone available but that doesn’t mean I don’t see a stark differences in Google’s phones versus the Blu Phones!  Each company has something to offer, whether it is price or quality and you shouldn’t buy a phone for one or the either.

Specifications Nexus 6

Product Dimensions for the Nexus 6 [*]:

  • Height: 159.3mm (6.27 inches) Width: 83.0 mm (3.15 inches) Curve: 3.8-10.1mm (0.15-0.39 inches)
  • Operating System: Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Display: 5.96″ AMOLED, 1440×2560, 16:9 aspect ratio, 493 ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Weight: 184 grams (6.49 ounces)
  • Battery: 3220 mAh Mixed usage up to 24 hours*
  • Processor: 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 with quad-core CPU (APQ 8084-AB),
  • Adreno 420 GPU
  • Memory: 3GB
  • Camera: 13MP IMX 214 Image Sensor
  • Connectivity: Micro USB, 3.5mm headset jack
  • Bluetooth Technology: Bluetooth version 4.1 LE
  • SIM Card: Nano-SIM
  • Networks: GSM/GPRS/EDGE, UMTS/HSPA+, 4G LTE

Be warned that the battery life probably won’t last more than 18 hours at best.   They say 24 hours but I am guessing if you didn’t use the phone but minimally than it might just last the 24 hours.   However, who would do that with a big display phone and a fast CPU to use with games and web browsing, not to mention Facebook.  I’ve used Straight Talk with this unlocked phone and that also seems to be working rather well with 4g LTE in my area.   The antenna on the phone seems to be good to pick up signal in areas where I’d had trouble with other phones.

Camera

The Camera on the Nexus 6 is responsive and seems to have more quality than even the Life View from Blue.   I’ve been able to take even better photos, or videos with this phone.   It has some quirks that might slow you down when you first use it.   The HDR+ is turned off when you first us it and I recommend turning it on for better quality pictures.   It however uses CPU cycles while using it and will also effect battery life, but it makes taking pictures that much better.   You can have phone with taking photos with 3 ways to add unique photos, such as Photo Sphere, Panorama, and Lens Blur!   I’ve tried all three myself and it can bring out some unique looking photos.   If you are wondering how to try them yourself then you can find these options by tapping three bars on the left upper screen.

Memory Usage

it comes with 3 Gigabytes of memory space out of the 32 Gigabytes of space it uses.   So you really only get like 26 Gigabytes of space for storage for apps and other stuff.  I’ve been using this phone for a month and have yet gotten over the 2 GB memory space on the phone.   I even don’t see how I will fill up the 26 GB of space with photos, videos, or even applications.   However, I am not a major user for applications on the phone, it seems to help keep the phone responsive with what ever I am needing it to be at the time.

Overall

This Phone is a great buy for those who are looking for Phone that isn’t a high cost phone to by and use.   It comes fully unlocked and can be used with any carrier who happens to use Nano Sim cards.   This phone also has the nice option of turbo charging and can be charged in relatively short time.   I’ve done it under an hour and seems to help keep me from not being able to use the phone.  For me buying a mid range phone that isn’t over 700$ seems to be the best possible solution for my phone needs, not to mention the ability to upgrade to Marshmallow Version 6.1.   The current version that I am using now and I am loving that I don’t have to buy another phone for quite sometime.   If you are looking to buy this phone, please check it out at Amazon [*] and help support my site!   What is your thoughts on the phone?  I’d like to hear what you think of the phone!

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Windows 10 : How to play DVD without buying the app!

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Home from Walmart? by Dave Lawler

Windows 10 upgrade

If you have upgraded but missed the chance to get the free Windows 10 DVD Player from Microsoft.  It’s trying to get the users who don’t know any better to buy the app instead of finding the free versions that are available on the web.   I am going to show you two different ways to be able to run you DVD’s on Windows 10 without having to shell out any money to Microsoft.   I’ve used Windows 10 Preview version for Months, now and have come to the conclusion that if you can get past the privacy issues, it isn’t really a bad system.  I’m not really happy with how they are doing the get app idea because I can still download apps and install them like normal, so why do I need an App store?

K-Lite Codec Pack

This little pack has been used by me and others for several years at least.  It comes with a little old Windows Media Player Classic(Came with Windows XP, I believe) application that has been test by me to work with Windows 10.   A warning for those who don’t read the installation messages, they want to install to programs that can be consider crap-ware (If it is a term) that you should just click DECLINE on both.   I also suggest installing The Full version or even the Mega version of K-lite Codec Pack, even though the standard also has the Media Player Classic in it, you might as well make sure you have all the codecs that you might need.  Once installed, you might not find the application in your start menu and the only way I found it is by searching for it.  It however is in the K-lite Codec Pack, when you go to All Apps on your Start button.

In truthfulness, this seems to work the best in Windows 10, so far.   However if you prefer a much more open source option.

VideoLAN Player (VLC)

This one comes packed with VLC Media Player and has a little of a learning curve for the ones who have never used anything else but Windows Media Player or even the Windows Media Center.   You can do several different things like stream videos to a TV or on the internet.   You can capture and record off of a DVD.   That however has problems for those who do it.   The problem is that it can be consider breaking copyright and you could get in trouble.   I still love to use Handbrake to all that stuff anyways.  It just makes it much simpler and easy for those who have never done it before.  The only real benefit to use VLC is that you know people are looking at the code and might help keep your system safe.  If you know how to use VLC then go at it with playing DVD’s but if you’re a newbie, I’d suggest sticking with the Classic Player and using that.   Far less problematic for those who have never used anything else but that.

Lastly

As you can see there are plenty of options available to those who have no choice but to use Windows 10.   I’ve only touched on two applications that can be used to do DVD playback on Windows 10 but there are certainly even more options and applications out there that might fit your need.   If you like this post please consider liking the post and liking my Facebook Page.  Also don’t forget to follow me on Twitter, so you can keep up to date on when I post new content!

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Keeping Windows 10 upgrade away! (How To)

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Bill Gates: The Windows portrait by Charis Tsevis

The Windows 10 Upgrade!

If you running Windows 8, 8.1, or even Windows 7, then you probably have seen the nag icon or the nag screen when you update windows 8, and 8.1.  In the early part of this year, Microsoft will upgrade the update from “Optional” to “Recommended“.  The problem with this is that if you don’t have your windows machine to show you the updates and let you choice the updates you want, you will install Windows 10 without knowing it.   This will prove to be a big problem for some because you might lose all you pictures or important files.  If you are like me then you should already have disabled automatic updating.  That however is only a small step to prevent Windows 10 upgrades.   You will have to go through the updates as they come and make sure that the upgrade isn’t HIDDEN in the updates and that can be troublesome!

I don’t want Windows 10!

There are many third-party applications to help hide the nag icon and some of Windows 8 or 8.1 nags.   I am going to share with you a few Third party applications that will help remove the nagging icon and might help you prevent from getting the upgrade all together.  I have used one myself for all my computers because it worked well for me.

  • I Don’t want Windows 10 — this one seems to work with Windows 10 Home, and Professional.   Since I don’t have Windows 8, or 8.1 I can’t be sure!  It removed the nag icon on my Windows 7.
  • GWX Control Panel  — Newest third party application that seems to be the talk of the town right now.
  • Windows 10WiWi — This one is also seems to be talked about but haven’t tried it yet!

Windows 10!

In all truthfulness I been using Windows 10 Preview Version on my Desktop and haven’t  had much problem with it.   I however believe that the end-user should have choices and not be pushed, bullied, or even nagged about upgrading to a newer version of Windows when their windows system is working just!   I will probably upgrade to Windows 10 on my laptop later on this year before the free upgrade expires but I am going to wait till it get closer to the end because then it will be much stabler for an old laptop!  So I will just have to wait!

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Why I started using Audible and Some Audible Suggestions!


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I love Audible.com!

I’ve used Audible [*] for the Past month, to help me get some house work done. It has been a really enjoyable.  The reason I started using Audible was a simple one, I got tired of going to the Library to borrow one of their books just to come back later on to borrow it again.  I seem to be have a few favorite books that I like to go back and listen from time to time.   With Audible, once I own it, I can listen to it as many times I want in my lifetime.   I also like the fact that I get a new book credit every month and this can go towards even the most expensive books that you normally would be buying at cost.

Audible and me!

I started this journey a month ago, for the fact that I have wanted to get away from renting audio books from the library and because they tend to not have all the right selections for my taste.     I’m an avid Science Fiction fan and Audible has the best possible selections for me.  I also tend to use these audible books as I am walking a treadmill or walking around the neighborhood to get me my daily exercise.  There is so much TV I can watch at the Gym, and this just make it that much more interesting for me!

The other fact of the matter is that there are several science fiction audible books that are in the Young Adults science fiction section of the library.  I usually get a look or two from the clerks when I borrow audio books such as the Harry Potter Series [*] or Honor Harrington Series [*], which both considered Young Adult in some libraries!

Some of my Audible Wish Lists are:

So I wanted to give you a few recommendations to listen to on Audible.   I havent listened to all of these but they do look quite interesting once I get all my Harry Potter series.  I’ll start listening to these after that!

I also must say all of those links, are Amazon Affiliate Links, and It cost you nothing to buy these books but I get a small commission every time you use these!  This is just a small list of books or series that I want to buy on Audible.com [*] and then I will be able to listen to them at my leisure and I must say it getting better and better every time I start listening to one of these series!

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Windows 10 and Version 10586, What you really Should know!

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Microsoft Windows 10 by Global Panorama

Windows 10 Preview 10586

I’ve been in the Windows 10 Preview club for over a year now and it looks like they are getting better at some of it. While on the side of drivers, Printers, and Monitors, we still have some problems to work out. I’ve been absent the last few weeks due to having some family and medical issues to work out. So we are going to talk about the problems that I have seen and what they have done to fix some of the problems about Windows 10.

Manufacturer Drivers Resetting

If you have a special driver for Printers, or even Video drivers that are from the manufacturer and not from Microsoft, you will need to keep the driver file someplace on you computer for when you have a new OS upgrade from Microsoft.   I went from 10565 to 10586, When you upgrade, you will always have the drivers from Microsoft installed and not the ones that you have installed.   So you will need to re-install all the drivers that you might need for you devices.  Driver Backup will help alleviate the problem for some.   I haven’t had much problems with this little utility but it doesn’t do automatic backups!

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Display Resolution resetting

If you use a different resolution on your Monitor other than the most common 800 x 600 display setting.   After upgrading to a newer version on Windows 10, you will have go back and change the settings back to the resolutions you like.  This seems to be a hit and miss problem to some because it isn’t happening to everyone who updates their Windows 10 OS to the newest version.   I haven’t figured out how to fix the problem but maybe someone else has!

Windows 10

Seems to be developing better and working better but It still isn’t perfect.  I am sure that in the coming builds they will possibly fix some of these minor problems and hopefully we will have a more stable operating system.   Until then we just have to work around the flaws.  If they do we will find out really soon!

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The Roku Streaming Stick is Evil!

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Back Story!

I usually don’t do what they call an impulse buy but I was given then really good older 60 inch plasma television and I was wanting to stream my Amazon Prime Movies and Shows on the new screen. So I was at my favorite place Best Buy and I could have bought the Amazon Fire Stick which had everything the Roku had. I used to have the Roku SD Player, and it was the first generation that was the best little black box, you’d could ever have.  So I bought this little streaming stick and thought what could it hurt.   I’ll tell you how later!

Setting Up the Roku Stick

The setting up of the stick was simple sweet.   I did have to go through the process of linking all my accounts that I wanted to use the Roku with.   They would just give me a Code for those services like YouTube, Google Play, Hulu, Pandora and Many More.   There are a few like Netflix and Amazon that required you to enter username and password on the Roku.   The other process of registering your Roku was not anywhere as bad as it used to be.  I’m surprised my account was still active and I didn’t have jump through any hoops to log in.  I did however, decide to update my passwords for the account and that was probably best for my situation.

Amazon Prime

Like I said earlier, I wanted to be able to use my Amazon Prime Membership [*] and watch those shows or movies that aren’t available on Netflix yet or won’t be able available.   Some of the shows that I have binged are really old shows like 7th Heaven, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate Universe, Fringe, and Warehouse 13.   As you can see these are some old science fiction shows but hey I loved them and still do.   There are several shows or movies that I dare not mention just because there are too many.   I even bought a few shows on Amazon in the early days like ER and Trauma.   I could go on and on about why this is such a good blend to have instead of just having Netflix.

It’s Evil I tell you!

After a few days of just having it, I was just addicted to it.   I was bingeing on all the old shows and movies that I haven’t seen or was able to watch on Netflix.   It’s a disease I tell you.   I finally was able to pull myself away to even write this blog post.   There are so many things you can do with this little stick and even get HD videos on the tv with this.   I was just amazed at how well it was streaming to my TV even with me only have a 15 Mbps download speed.   It didn’t skip or stop at all while streaming these shows and movies to my big plasma tv.  I am going to try to get some work done now with the house but if you really must have a multipurpose streaming stick this would be one that I’d recommend to anyone who might want to cut the cord even more.   I am sure I’m not the only one who recommends this little beauty to watch your favorite shows on a big screen.  There is a Roku remote App on Google play if your interested, if you lose your remote.   It can be quite handy.  Please remember to “Do no Evil”.   I guess I will be working on that part over time with this stick.  Want to buy it, just click here [*].   Remember anything you buy with this link will help support my site and cost you nothing.

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