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It wasn’t easy

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Picking up the pace on degree program

2019 is the year that I will finally finish the Southern New Hampshire University bachelor’s degree program that I started all the way back in 2010. I had 2 classes in fall 2010 and then took all of 2011 off, returned in fall 2012 and stayed until 2013. After a long absence, I returned in January to complete the program with the intention to continue through to a Master’s Degree. Hopefully I can write a little bit to describe my experience with SNHU online.

Right now I am scheduled to be taking 2 classes per term.  Jan-Feb I completed IND-299 Strategies for Spec Planning and IT-140 Intro to Scripting.  For the Mar-Apr term I am in the middle of IT-255 Intro to Linux and IT-200 Fundamentals IT

After this term I will have only 7 classes left to graduate and I am pre-registered for the completion of the program.

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Cord Cutting: Plex Media Server.


PLEX is a media server that I use to stream my collection of Movies and TV Shows to the devices in my home.  My TV sets all have Roku wireless devices with the Plex App installed.  I was using the Amazon Fire Sticks but I found the Roku to be a better device all around. I will do another post about the Rokus.

Anyway, I started hosting Plex on an older workstation laptop with decent results but I needed something beefier to handle transcoding of larger video files.  Harmy’s Despecialized Trilogy was what really pushed me towards better dedicated hardware.  Plex can be as simple or as complex as you like it to be. I started small and now I am a plexpass subscriber with livetv and DVR capabilities.

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Cord Cutting: Live TV & The Antenna

I started cord cutting by trying out little indoor HDTV antennas. I think my first one was this little RCA one . I live about 35 miles north of Boston, and managed to pull in a few channels from my window, but I wanted to improve on that.

I then upgraded to this clearstream antenna. I started with that in my attic and got some decent results. I picked up more channels but had some pixelation here and there.

Then I mounted it on a staff on the roofline. Using the tools available at, and a compass app on my smartphone I determined the correct direction to point this antenna. I had to turn my back to the NH stations but I get great coverage. I’d say about 30 channels or so at high signal strength.

In this picture you can see some trees, but the direction that I’m pointed cuts through a clearing in the trees.

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Why we’re changing Flickr free accounts.  

If this explanation makes ANY sense at all.

TL,DR; Photo sharing service offers 1TB free storage to attract users. Service is sold, then resold, then users are told to pay up because it’s better for them.

On April 20, 2018, SmugMug acquired Flickr from Verizon’s Oath.

In 2013, Yahoo lost sight of what makes Flickr truly special and responded to a changing landscape in online photo sharing by giving every Flickr user a staggering terabyte of free storage. This, and numerous related changes to the Flickr product during that time, had strongly negative consequences.

To Flickrs bottom line.

First, and most crucially, the free terabyte largely attracted members who were drawn by the free storage


We know those of you who value a vibrant community didn’t like this shift,


Today, we’re announcing updates to our Free and Pro accounts that mark a new step forward for Flickr. To be candid, we’re driving toward the future of Flickr with one eye on the rearview mirror; we…

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