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Plex, A new option for cord-cutters?

It seems with every few months, someone else is offering up a way to spend money on yet another streaming service. If they had their way about it, Xfinity, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney, Hulu, YouTube, CBS, Warner Brothers, AT&T and a slew of others would all want you to fork out bucks to watch all their “exclusive” cable or streaming content channels. They don’t seem to get that we’re all on a budget here!

But according to various sources, Plex could be an interesting new alternative for what they call cord-cutters, those who are dissing the cable TV products that are always offered up to the world.

To some degree, cord-cutters are those that don’t like paying bucks per month when they clould just as easily just pay for a season of a show to stream or on DVD/BD. That way, they only pay for what they want to watch, plus they end up not getting that fantastic, louder-than-booms TV advertising process many of us dislike.

Cord cutters on Amazon. No, literally, cord cutting gear!

Supposedly, instead of that base rate of $35 a month for a cable subscription, Plex gives you the ability to watch live TV on any internet-connected device. How that works is that with Plex, you end up setting up your own Plex server (A digital TV tuner card) in your basement, connect a TV tuner, and can then stream that TV to anywhere in the world.

The trick is, there are a lot more free channels out there in the world than you might be led to believe.

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Photobucket Blackmailing Embedded Images

August 18, 2017

So what happened to all our Photobucket hosted images, and what alternatives do we have? – For at least ten years, I’ve been a Photobucket user. It’s not my primary image stash site (Thank god) but I’ve been known to put some of my more interesting or important image albums out there. I’ve become a […]

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Getting Rid of Facebook’s Comment Pop Up Alerts

May 30, 2017

Along with the other new ‘features’ that Facebook has been cramming down our throats, we now also have this crap where we get a Facebook (FB) pop up whenever someone comments on a post we’ve been interacting with. I find this new popup to be fairly intrusive, which is my code for annoying. I’m sure, […]

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How To Stop Facebook’s TOP NEWS Feed

May 28, 2017

I’m sure you have noticed of late how Facebook has been forcing your feed to always be in the “Top Stories” mode, no matter how many times you set your feed back to your preferred mode of “Most Recent.” (In one hour, just to be stubborn about it, I had hit ‘Home,’ and then ‘Most Recent’ at […]

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DISH’S New Hopper Menu – Things To Know About It

May 27, 2017

–DISH is releasing a new Hopper interface in the first week of June. If you decided to just sit back and wait for it to happen, so be it. But if you were eager and asked for an early install, then you were in for some treats with the new interface. But you might also […]

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SAMSUNG Galaxy Nougat Update: Changing Your Icons Back

April 28, 2017

My Samsung S6 just received the latest Android system update, version 7.0, called Nougat. It takes quite a while to update, so only let it do its thing when you’re fully charged up or near a power source. There were a few interesting changes and a couple of Samsung updates you need to be aware […]

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CHROMEBOOK Text Editors Review

April 22, 2017

If you have a Google Chromebook and you are looking for a simple text editor, here’s a bit of a user-experience/warning after using one of the more popular text editors for a few years. I’ll be talking about Gmail, Text, Caret and your own Chrome web browser as a writing utilities. – A little while ago […]

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Following A Facebook Post Without Commenting

April 5, 2017

This post is about how you can follow a Facebook post, privately, without having to comment on it, showing the world what you’re doing. And there are other practices you can try too. – Up until recently if you saw a post you were interested in, you had to type a comment under the post […]

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Is Facebook & It’s Marketing Tricks Getting Old

January 27, 2017

I don’t know about you but I am very slowly getting tired of Facebook, the antics they pull with your feed and the things they allow to happen in and around your own account. From security settings of other users impacting my own feed, to memes that trick you into commenting or sharing, to FB […]

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Restrict Your Facebook Posts

January 26, 2017

On occasion, we’ve all wanted to make posts that are a little more private than the usual train. Here’s a way to create filters to that will restrict who cam see your profile.

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SAMSUNG Update Changed Settings

January 17, 2017

My wife and I own Samsung S6 smartphones. We’re not unhappy with them, but they do have their quirks. But nothing you can’t usually get past. Like for instance, the HORRIBLE Samsung spell checking mechanism. It changes words it does not need to or makes “fixes” that aren’t needed. Here are some classic Samsung spell […]

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You Are Responsible For Donald Trump Becoming President!

November 9, 2016

Embed from Getty Images – I’m not sure if you know it, but everyone involved in the presidential election race are directly to blame or credit for Donald Trump becoming elected to be our next President. – When Donald Trump came on the scene saying he wants to run for President, I thought it was […]

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Do Website Ads Drive You Away?

October 31, 2016

I don’t know about you, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve opened a website on my phone, only to have to have a scrolling-down fight with all their f*ing pop-up ads. More than half the time, I’ve just hit the back arrow and bailed on the website because it seems to be […]

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How To Stop WhatsApp From Sharing Your Data With Facebook

August 26, 2016

WhatsApp And Facebook are now sharing data, ticking off their users, after WhatsApp has announced they’ll be sharing your data with Facebook. This is a little rundown on what they’re doing and how to opt out if you want to.

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Need To Replace Windows Media Player?

August 2, 2016

Of late, my Windows Media Player is acting like a P.o.S., where it makes me wait around 30 seconds between playing videos, or that it constantly accesses my Cd drive when I start a video. How annoying. Add that to my woes with my MS operating system and the known update snags it seems to […]

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POKEMON GO And Saving Battery Juice

July 31, 2016

IF you are one of the millions who have downloaded and started playing Pokemon Go, then you have discovered how battery-sapping the game can be. The cell phone industry, specifically, the battery makers must be loving this latest trend, as folks are trying to figure out how to stay out in the field longer while […]

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Who Is 424-239-5373 Or “VR INTERVIEW?”

July 21, 2016

So who is this entity behind the telemarketer whose phone number comes up as (424) 239-5373? Who claim to be with “VR Interview?” I’ll tell you what they are. They’re rude, annoying and conducting illegal telemarketer practices. – How we came to know this phone number is that they started calling my wife. Over the […]

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POKEMON GO Tips, For Players And Non-Players Alike

July 20, 2016

Pokemon Go, has captured the imagination of millions and millions want to know what can give them the edge of gaining the experience points.

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