I know that I have slowed down on posts lately. I plead guilty, but I have been busy. It has mostly been technology that has occupied my time. So maybe it is time to talk about some of it.
I have two current technology projects running.
I am upgrading and tuning my home security system, both cameras and alarm. With the increase in crime in Chiriquí you need to take all the precautions you can. You also need to remember that no precautions are perfect and you need to have plan Bs and Cs in place. I do.
It appears that more and more U.S. sites will start prohibiting outside US service. That affected my use of TAXACT, which was a major annoyance. Luckily I was able to get filed with a 1 week trial of AVAST’s VPN. I used it because it was handy and I use AVAST as my AV software. free is good.
It appears that NetFlix has cracked down on proxy servers, and VPNs. I have had no problem using UNLOCATOR for Amazon Prime. Whether I will use Amazon Prime after this contract year remains to be seen. I have heard that NetFlix is also blocking UNLOCATOR beyond UNLOCATOR’s ability.
Since most of my entertainment needs are being satisfied by KODI, which requires no proxi service or VPN, I have not been affected.
I continue to use Amazon’s Fire products as my entertainment Internet device of choice. I still recommend FireStarter as the front end to Amazon’t menu and I continue to use the ARES Wizard as the access point to the various skins that are available. ARES URL has changed which must be inserted in the KODI file manager to configure. The new URL is. http://areswizard.srve.io/aw_zip.
I have tried many skins and it is a matter of preference which you will like better. Some work better than others on the Amazon Fire Stick. I have found that they all perform well on the Amazon Fire TV.
When choosing a skin, it is important to use a skin that is designed for the version of KODI you are running. Jarvis (KODI 16.0) is the latest release. My current skin is Pulse-CCM for Jarvis. It seems to be the most complete skin and runs well on my Fire TV. I have not it on my Fire Stick yet, so cannot attest to its usability there, but suspect it should be OK.
Currently on my Fire Stick, I am using SpinZTV. It is another good skin and has a good Spanish section which is good for movies and TV in Spanish.
As in the past, if you need help configuring your Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick or PC, I will be happy to help. No charge.
KODI does require a decent Internet speed. However, if you have the speed, you most likely will have more entertainment options than you will be able to watch.
The David Fair is going on. I think I am going to pass this year. Don’t want to fight the heat and with the increase in crime, would not want to be there in the cooler night hours.
An FYI. Jewelberry has sold and is closed for the new owner to bring in new equipment and add to the menu. Yes, Broster Chicken will still be available. I will try it when it reopens and see if the quality has remained the same on the chicken. I am assuming it will.
There are two new ice cream places that have opened in David. Actually it is one franchise that has opened in two locations. One location is where BlockBuster use to be. The other is in the new center across from the old Super 99 on the road going to the airport. I will try them when I get a chance.
On the great grand baby front, Nealon is in the process of being discharged from the hospital. All in all this is turning out to be a very good day.