Posted on January 26, 2019Categories TechnologyTags , , ,   Leave a comment on Toshiba FireTV Can’t Connect To Amazon

Toshiba FireTV Can’t Connect To Amazon

The Toshiba 49LF421U19, aka Toshiba Fire TV 49″ Best Buy edition, seems like a great deal. On sale it can be had for well under $300 delivered. For an Alexa-enabled Smart TV with 1080p that is not a bad deal. It should be perfect for the PS4 in the game room and double as the “kids TV” — especially during the upcoming Super Bowl party. However things aren’t all great with this techno-TV. After getting the TV booted the first … Continue reading “Toshiba FireTV Can’t Connect To Amazon”

Posted on February 27, 2017Categories AWS, gSuite, TechnologyTags , , , , ,   Leave a comment on Save Money With RDS / Get Your gSuite Mail Forwarding

Save Money With RDS / Get Your gSuite Mail Forwarding

Two quick hacks I learned today while doing some general “tech life” maintenance. Amazon Web Services – Saving Money The first “hack” is an easy one that I am now kicking myself in my own ass for not picking upon 6 months ago.    This is a $600 oversight that is a LOT of beers-worth of savings.   The trick is simple…  RESERVE INSTANCES.    Especially with RDS. It turns out that for RDS (and possibly EC2 and other instance types) you can … Continue reading “Save Money With RDS / Get Your gSuite Mail Forwarding”

Posted on August 25, 2016Categories TechnologyTags , 1 Comment on Amazon Search Tricks

Amazon Search Tricks

Here are some tricks I use at Amazon when searching for products. I just realized today that many people don’t know these “hacker” options. Search For NOT That To search for all backpacks that are NOT 16″ or 12″ sizes enter this in the product search box: backpack -16 -19 The minus directly before a word means “NOT this”. Search For This OR That To search for all backpacks that are either jumbo or 19″ enter this: backpack jumbo|19 The … Continue reading “Amazon Search Tricks”

Posted on August 25, 2016Categories Music, StreamingTags , , ,   Leave a comment on Pandora Looks for a Way Out of the Doldrums. Cue Questlove. – NYTimes.com

Pandora Looks for a Way Out of the Doldrums. Cue Questlove. – NYTimes.com

It is nice to see streaming companies getting artists involved, but how about paying them fair compensation? You cannot have a $10/month “all you can eat” song buffet. For most listeners you are not paying fair royalties. Forget Sound Exchange and their $35 per 10,000 songs played; these rates push the PRO compensations levels way below 1/3 of that. Fixed fee monthly streaming services is a failed business model. — Pandora Looks for a Way Out of the Doldrums. Cue … Continue reading “Pandora Looks for a Way Out of the Doldrums. Cue Questlove. – NYTimes.com”

Posted on August 17, 2016Categories TechnologyTags , , , , ,   Leave a comment on Intro To Amazon Compute Instances (EC2)

Intro To Amazon Compute Instances (EC2)

Here are some “crib notes” on setting on an Amazon compute instance based on my most recent research (Aug 2016).  You may find some of these notes useful or interesting or just plain boring geek-stuff.   I’m sure I will find them in 6 months from now when I Google “what is AWS HVM” or something equally obscure. M3 versus M4 Amazon classifies their EC2 instances by general “compute types” or “profiles” for how the virtual machine is configured.     They have … Continue reading “Intro To Amazon Compute Instances (EC2)”