Monday, March 13, 2023

Why don't the TV channel numbers match?

You may not realize this, or you may but not understand why it's so, but it's actually pretty common for the channel number by which you know a TV station to be different than the actual channel.

Tyler the Antenna Man explains more:


If you don't have an antenna to pick up local stations, it may be something worth looking into. I went for so long without an antenna and wish I had put one up earlier. It's made a positive impact to my Streaming Life.

Sunday, March 12, 2023

Microsoft Office privacy concerns

I've become more and more concerned about privacy over the years, and sometimes will take a day here to offer tips and suggestions that are not specifically streaming related, but important enough to consider.

Microsoft Office is the most popular office suite -- the video explains this -- but has some serious security issues. Naomi Brockwell looks at the issues, and alternatives to Microsoft Office:


I have used different office suites, and no longer use Microsoft Office. This saves me money, as well as improves security, so this is a win for me. Perhaps it will be for you too.

Saturday, March 11, 2023

Bnadwidth issues?

One of the things about streaming that can cause a lot of aggravation is when things suddenly don't work as you think. There are many things that can interfere with with your streaming experience, and this video from Britec09 offers some useful suggestions.


This isn't all encompassing, and doesn't address everything that can cause problems, but it does offer some good suggestions, and is worth looking into. It may improve your Streaming Life.

Friday, March 10, 2023

Tablo and deleting recordings

I love Tablo. It's a great way to watch over the air TV.

Tablo is a DVR system, but the network-connected devices also allow you to watch live over the air TV on any TV connected to your network. And, to tell the truth, I use Tablo that way more than I do with recordings.

Many do use it for recordings, however. And there is one thing about Tablo that can cause problems with recordings. That's deleting the recordings.

Sometimes, you want to protect a recording from deletion. This is something that some DVRs offer. Tablo, however, doesn't let you protect individual recordings, though they do allow protection of recordings. It's just the way they go about it that is a little unusual.

In a recent Q&A, Tablo addressed the issue:

While Tablo DVRs don't have a 'recycle bin' or 'undelete' option, they do have a feature called 'protect'.

Within the RECORDINGS screen of all Tablo apps, when you select a specific program you'll see a PROTECT option. On most platforms this will disable the DELETE button on the recording, requiring a user to UNPROTECT the recording before being able to delete it.

Not having a recycle bin makes it impossible to recover an accidental recording, and protecting all recordings in a series makes it problematic if you want to erase a recording after you watch it. In other words, the most likely scenarios are the very ones for which they did not account.

I still am a fan of Tablo. But if they were to fix this obvious system design flaw, it would make everyone's Streaming Life better.

Thursday, March 9, 2023

Thanks AT&T but no thanks

I so want to like AT&T. Really I do. But they seem to go out of their way to make things so hard.

I use AT&T Wireless, having switched from Verizon, and have overall been happy. There have been some things I didn't like, but overall, I'm good with the switch.

Of course, since they have my email address and phone number (it's a new number, as I retired the old number from a different area code), AT&T will send me marketing offers, such as ACP (the cheap Internet discount for which I don't qualify) and Fiber, which is not available here.

That last one is really an irritant to me. They have my address, so they know they don't offer the service at my house, but they promote it anyway. And every time they do, I check, and sure enough, it's not offered here.

They do offer service, just not good service. Did you see the speed?

Three mbps? Three?

Living in a small town, we are ignored by large companies and don't get all the products and services. I'm used to that. But I don't understand why they offer me things they don't or won't provide to me. I'm not going to settle for something less in my Streaming Life.