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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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Is Your Smartphone Part Of A Planned Obsolescence Life Cycle?

December 29, 2014

I originally started this piece out comparing the shortcomings of my aging Droid to consumer expectations. From apps that test my patience to a horribly performing Motorola phone’s camera. But in my research, I discovered the phrase “Planned Obsolescence” in regards to smartphones. And suddenly I stopped comparing and started getting a bit aggravated. Wikipedia’s […]

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Is Google Maps App Too Dangerous For Driving? I Think YES!

December 26, 2014

What in the world is Google doing with their Maps App? As far as I can tell, one thing they are doing is making the app way too dangerous for anyone to use it while a lone driver is trying to navigate the world. – Disclaimer: As it is, Google’s Maps app is pretty awesome […]

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Learn From the GREEN ACRES Dog Boarding Tragedy

July 3, 2014

After reading about this Green Acres tragedy where 20+ dogs died from heat exhaustion, I got to thinking about how you can protect yourself and your beloved furry family member from possible situations like this. To be honest, it can be pretty hard to ascertain what or who is a good boarder for your pet. […]

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How To Fix A Garmin 110 Blank Screen [Consumer Fix]

June 29, 2013

The other day I was plugging in my Garmin 110 to charge it. I saw the Garmin logo, then the screen went blank. Blank, blank. Nada. A dead screen and nothing was responding blank! Yikes! What will I tell the wife when she comes looking to use it? In my desperation, I scoured the web […]

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Beware Fake Charities During National Disasters

May 21, 2013

During the Boston Marathon horror, it didn’t take long for the despicable element of our society to pop up with fake charities. When people need the help, and good people around the nation step up to lend their support, the last thing we need are terrible trolls on our society stealing money for those who […]

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McAfee Security Scan #Fail – If It’s Free, It’s Probably Useless

December 2, 2012

When something gets loaded up on your PC as a secondary install (for free), that doesn’t always mean you get the benefits from that program that you think you’re expecting. At times, the name of the application can mislead you, like in the case of this McAfee Security Scan. It should be named Useless, Won’t […]

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I Received an MSNBC-Looking SPAM Email: Beware!

November 28, 2012

This is a tale of warning of spammers, junk email and outright faked but real looking websites. And don’t try this at home unless you know what you’re doing! – The other night I received an email from what my inbox described as “Daniel W Dishno” from an sbcglobal email address. The cryptic message to […]

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The Slowest Tailor In Menlo Park – A Service Review

October 24, 2012

A consumer experience review of tailor Bob Stankovic, in Menlo Park. The other day my wife and I needed some repairs done to a few clothing items. She, a nice Nike windbreaker with a zipper problem. (It’s odd how we tend to run into zipper issues with Nike products, but this is not the first […]

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Hand Washing And Soap: Is Soap The Critical Component? [Consumer]

October 2, 2012

Is hand washing important? That’s today’s consumer awareness focus. After a number of studies or released reports, the “word on the street” is that hand washing is huge in the prevention or spread of specific germs. That’s a given. But what started this piece was something I read in a science magazine, long before the […]

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This DISH Network Spammers Are At It Again (Cheap Business Tactics)

September 10, 2012

I have to give DISH Network credit. After casting off AMC due to their difference of opinions on carrier costs, they’ve taken a beating. Meaning, if you watch any of AMC’s TV shows like Breaking Bad, Hell on Wheels, etc., you’ve seen the many ads from AMC about how the shows are not on DISH […]

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Walgreen’s May Not Always Be Your Best Price Option [Consumer]

August 31, 2012

Updated below on 9/26/12 with a new price comparison. Today I found a fascinating disparity in my perception of Walgreen’s. I had always “presumed” that Walgreen’s had some pretty good prices. Because of this perception, I never did any price checking on the place. I just trusted. Hence, I went blindly, guided by marketing. Marketing […]

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Has Your Yahoo, Gmail or AOL Password Been Leaked? A Yahoo Voices #fail [Consumer]

July 15, 2012

I came across a piece that says that some passwords were compromised off a database that is associated with Yahoo Voices. It turns out that if you used your Yahoo! Voices account to check your email accounts with, you might be up for the trouble of some evil-doers. But then again, evil-doers would not have […]

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Mindless Drivers, Bike Riding and Getting License Plate Numbers

June 7, 2012

A few months ago, if any of you follow my personal FB account you know I was “hit” by a car while riding my bike through Menlo Park. In terms of “hit,” no, I was not run over or bounced off a fender. No, it was something more insidious. Here’s what happened. Back in late […]

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The Death of a Child Can Be Avoided With A Simple Bicycle Helmet

June 4, 2012

On and off I chat about what appears to me to be the more intelligent reason to wear a helmet while riding your bike. It just makes a wee bit more sense some days. If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ve seen me go on and on about Bicycle Helmet Safety and how […]

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Being A Vegetarian Means Also Being Careful WHAT Vitamins You Take

May 11, 2012

It’s one thing to decide to become a vegetarian. You realize that this lifestyle requires a more focused attention to what nutrients one gets. So one would just think it’s fine to start taking vitamins. It’s basically what everyone says. But if you’re vegan or a very, very focused vegetarian and don’t want to eat […]

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Netflix & Other Low-Cost Rental Venues Cut Hollywood Profits in Half?

April 9, 2012

In the ensuing piece, I talk about the diminishing profit margins of the home entertainment market and that gets me going about the costs of movies…

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Lost Your Tags and Categories? Beware of Your WordPress DOT com Account!!!

March 14, 2012

I learned that when you install a Wordpress.com (WPC) plugin that needs an API and access to your wordpress.org (WPO) self-hosted blog, you might be in for a world of trouble.

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