Island Musings

Do not believe a thing because many people speak of it

The chase is on — March 3, 2018

The chase is on

People of a certain age will remember Napster and recall the prediction of the end of the music industry. Of course the industry evolved and is as strong as ever.

Now, the buzz is cutting the cord to cable and the big providers of entertainment are fighting back – just as they did with Napster. In an effort to understand I have been exploring some of the grey market providers. There is one provider that seems to pop up in the conversation whenever this is being discussed. Just as an experiment I installed their product on a little Android box. It took me a couple of hours to have a fully functional product but with perseverance it is working with a fully functional program guide. Oh, there are 2,686 channels.

How can the cable companies or movie industry compete with $14 US a month? It is not for me and I have satisfied my curiosity and I now understand. The genie is out of the bottle (again).

Brother from another mother — March 2, 2018
Sheeple — February 26, 2018
Worth watching —
TV and me — February 22, 2018

TV and me

I don’t watch a lot of TV but most evenings I use TV to unwind before bed. That is until I was forced horizontal after having a knee replaced. While recovering I have watched a lot of TV and confess to being embarrassed at the many sources I use.

We have Shaw Satellite. Works well. Expensive but Herself will not permit disconnecting. I would discontinue if allowed.

As we have an Amazon Prime account we get access to Amazon Prime Video. Works perfectly. Reasonable selection and just works.

Netflix. Yup, have that too. Works perfectly. Overwhelming selection. Reasonable price. Netflix self adjusts resolution so if you have slow PEI rural DSL it still works just fine.

Stremio. Well, it works sometimes. I find it frustrating so seldom use it.

Kodi streaming box. It took a while but I now have it working perfectly. What can I say. If you are familiar with Kodi you know what it is capable of. Good hardware and adequate connection to the internet required. I have invested in a MyGica 495 Pro HD box and now have an adequate service provider. Of course I only watch public domain broadcasts. If you wish you can ‘pirate’ all you want.

Once again —
A thoughtful article — February 20, 2018
Xplornet and me — February 19, 2018

Xplornet and me

I have spoken here about how pleased I am with Xplornet. As well, I have mentioned how satisfied I am when I needed service. As luck would have it the same issue reoccurred and I had to call for service again. Once again the support technician I spoke to was excellent and after doing a few remote diagnostics confirmed that I would need a site visit . A work order was prepared and I was advised that I would receive a call to arrange the necessary visit. Within one hour I received a call confirming that a visit would be carried out and the technician would call me to arrange a time.

The technician called and confirmed he would visit between 9 o’clock and 930. Note I did not to have to hang around the house all day as I would have had I been with Bell. When the technician arrived at 9:05 he confirmed he wasn’t going to try to sort out what was wrong with my equipment and simply installed all new. All has been well since.

Once again this is the way service should be.

Read and consider — February 16, 2018
Some assembly required — February 15, 2018

Some assembly required

Herself ordered a Chinese made computer desk. It arrived. 179 parts with no text directions and 16 picture instructions that were poorly printed. Every single screw, bolt, metal part and wood part lined up perfectly. Chinese manufacturing has really improved. A few years ago I would have been drilling and sawing to make it fit.