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December 2 Clubcast is Now Available: Ninth meeting: VPNs (again) Roku/Netflix, ChromeBox/Book, Smart TVs, Black Friday sales, and even a Spanish lesson at the beginning

December 2nd, 2014 by

Hi Clubbers,

I hope everyone had a good holiday. I hope it was ful of friends, family, and turkey.

We started recording our meeting a little early today. The conversation is very random and includes some Spanish lessons. If our pre-meeting dialog is too much for you, then just fast forward to the start of our meeting (at 7mins, 45seconds.)

We had a lot of people join us this morning. Even my folks showed up. And, for no agenda, we sure found a lot to talk about. Chromebox, Chromebooks, Roku, FireTV, Chromecast,  smartTV, Black  Friday shopping, VPNs, PhotoShop, and even more.

It was an awesome ninth meeting. If you missed it, then you can hear the recording from the link below.

You can join us at Tequila’s or you can tune in on Tuesdays (9:15-10:15am AZ time) with our chat-room and live audio stream found at http://sccClub.org.  If you want to receive this recording in iTunes then search the iTunes store for ‘The San Carlos Computer Club’.

Thanks for listening. Please leave comments and rate us in iTunes.

Tech On!

Scott, international computer solutions

 

Great Primer Article “What the Heck is a Roku (or Apple TV or Amazon Fire) and Why Do I Need One?”

April 15th, 2014 by

I just came across this article from Yahoo!TECH. It’s a good primer into your options for devices to stream videos from the internet to your TV. It covers all the options we’ve talked about in club. I think it’s a recommended read for everyone in our club.

What the Heck is a Roku (or Apple TV or Amazon Fire) and Why Do I Need One?.

The instructions to Connect Your Netflix Account to Roku Devices

February 18th, 2014 by

Here is a link to Netflix’s support page on how to add your netflix account to a roku device.

Connect Roku Devices to Your Netflix Account.

However, you’ll need a VPN for San Carlos.  Netflix is not supported on Roku in Mexico.

Listen to Last Club Meeting from Dec.17, 2013. our last meeting before holiday.

December 17th, 2013 by

We had a smaller group then normal, but still some good conversation. I talked about website changes,  and we had some interesting questions about how to store computers in the off season. Also, talked a bit about free to air TV. All in all it was a pretty good meeting. If you missed it you can listen here:

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Also, We decided to postpone meetings until after the holiday. The next meeting will be January 7, 2014.

So…Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

I’ll see you all next year.

Thanks,

Scott

Club Meeting! December 03, 2013 Black Friday Frauding, VPNs, and routers oh my!

December 3rd, 2013 by

Hi everybody,

I’ve had a lot going on. Our daughter Viviana is turning 6 this Saturday, and we’ve been getting prepared. Also, I did a major change to the B&B (anchoragewalkabout.com) website. I have switched it from using static html pages to php pages (it’s  a pain, and if it all goes right, nobody should see any difference at all…hmmm?…why am I doing that? there was good reason, but after four hours of debugging, I lost the reason)…I finally finished, and I was right. Everything looks the same (or only slightly glitchy.) Also,  we had the pleasure of traveling with Russ and Lynn to Hermosillo for immigration papers thanks to Yuya (I’d lost without her.) Anyway, my point is that I’ve been a little busy and that’s why this last meeting is late.

We had a good discussion. We talked about the Black Friday inferior TV products article from USA Today. We answered some good questions on VPNs services and hardware.

Check it out.

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Please comment on anything you find helpful.

Scott

Insight into TV shopping during Black Friday “Beware of TV bargains on Black Friday”

November 28th, 2013 by

via Beware of TV bargains on Black Friday.

From the USA Today article “Beware of TV bargains on Black Friday”  we get some good info and insight into how products are built specifically for the  shopping period of Black Friday. The idea is a shopping period, such as Black Friday, spawns products of lower quality. The products are handicapped, or flawed. The products are built and distributed under known and unknown name brands. The products may have model numbers of higher quality models, but be distinguished by changing one letter or number. These products may only exist during Black Friday (the selling period.)

There are two points in this article that I think we need to come away with.

1) This can’t be only isolated to the TV market.  I would expect this from any products.

2) This is happening during any holiday shopping period; not just Black Friday. For example, products produced for discounted  ‘After Christmas Shopping’.

We need to change our perspective of retail from the consumers mindset.

The old consumer mindset is:
Retailers stock-up for the holiday shopping, and need to dump inventory quickly by discounting prices.

The new consumer mindset must be:
Manufactures create lower cost products to be marked at discounts during holiday shopping periods…so buyer beware.

 

Take a moment and read this article at:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2013/11/27/dont-buy-a-tv-on-black-friday/3768903/

Wireless HDMI! Windows 8.1 + Miracast | Windows 8 content from Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows

November 14th, 2013 by

This looks pretty cool!

Windows 8.1 + Miracast | Windows 8 content from Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows.

Club Meeting! May 28, 2013 Xbox One. One Box to Rule them All!

May 28th, 2013 by

Wow! What a fun last meeting before I go to Alaska. We talked at length about the new Xbox One, and it’s always-on camera and microphone. This lead us into privacy and security, and a lot of great entertaining stuff.

I am  glad I didn’t miss it, but if you did, then listen here:

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please leave comments.

Club Meeting! May 14, 2013 – Security, Privacy, Surveillance, and data storage. Also some TV stuff.

May 14th, 2013 by

EFF
Surveillance  & data storage
reddit, and bombing in Boston
TV stuff

Security, Privacy, Surveillance, and data storage. Also some TV stuff.

Club Meeting! April 30, 2013 – VPNs, Media Servers, and TV Shows and Sports Access

April 30th, 2013 by

VPNs, cloakbox, hotspot sheild and ultrasurf
firtrowsports.eu
movie2k.to

media server software
last pass – encryption

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