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  1. Standard definition channels are almost all converted to HiDef channels now. If you are losing them, it is because you don't have a dish or possibly TV that gets HiDef. That is an easy fix.
  2. One: most Brits I know don't even like mushy peas (my own lady being one). Two: Peas pictured by Halfglass are not "mushy". I think it's one of those weird cross-cultural things, like they don't really celebrate St. Patrick's day in Ireland, and Mexico doesn't really care about cinqo de Mayo.
  3. CsotCo carries several types, some very expensive. Earlier this year I got metal units with 3/4" particle board shelves for a reasonable price, strong as anything.
  4. You know how it goes: when the money doesn't come rolling in, replace the chef with a cook. Then let some staff go. Then stop buying all the items your menu needs. Then, change your hours and close on certain days without letting anyone know. And make sure you as owner are rarely in attendance. Poof! Interesting about Tony's I had seen reviews on this board over the last year that said it had improved again. I didn't trust those reviews enough, but instead started going to the campestre location. Only once in 10 visits have there been any disappointments. Large portions, consistently cooked. You never can tell.
  5. I don't agree, and all due respect I don't think a new viewer should be introduced to the station that way. CBC suffers the slings and arrows and has for decades, simply because it is the government-funded outlet. BBC has been listening to the same complaints for even longer. However, if one were to take the opinion that any news channel that isn't conservative is biased in the other direction, well, perhaps.
  6. Exactly correct. They are on vacation, weekend or otherwise. Prices are very high. Quality iffy. They tried the same stunt in SAT and it failed miserably. Concerning Scallion, the owner is generally NOB, and when he's away...
  7. Until a couple of weeks ago, they were both on standard def channels.
  8. That is what the initial information seemed to say. But my landline, and those of others I have used since that change went into effect, requires only the 7 digits unless, for example, I dial Racquet Club in the 387 area code. And as I said, if I dial 376 before calling my neighbour in the same area, I get a "no such number" message. What they really meant was you can now drop the 01 before the long-distance call. Perhaps others can weight in: TelMex is not exactly known for being consistent in their practices.
  9. bmh was saying you have to use the area code, that it is no different than using a cell phone now. But that is not the case when dialing within the same area code from a landline. In fact, you will get an error message when you try.
  10. In case you are wondering why so much traffic coming from Chapala direction, the bomberos have advised of a bad rollover traffic accident on the libramiento by the CFE substation, so the highway is closed while they work the scene. Injuries, but unknown at the moment.
  11. Local numbers do not need the area code in front. It's still 766-xxxx, or 765-xxxx, or 106.... etc.
  12. Microsoft has been trying to do this for over 30 years. Every rotation they come up with a new name for it. First it was dumb terminals. Then, light workstations. Now, I guess, dumb people. It will never catch on with the genpop.
  13. ... maybe it will only be open to the faithful...
  14. Ironically, all the places in Canada that served chips when I was a kid used white vinegar. School days, hitting a Dairy Queen for lunch, we might have been able to afford a single plate of chips... we'd eat them and then just mix vinegar and salt on the plate and dip our fingers in it to pretend. There were no fish'n'chips shops really, in those days.
  15. For my customers who use Windows 7, and are not computer people as such, I recommend they stick with it. It is familiar, it works extremely well, and it is finalized. For those who want the latest, pretty much they have already updated to Windows 10. Those who are using Windows 7 are typically using email, sending photos, and chatting on Skype or something similar. Windows is a very expensive utensil just to use email, but it works. The only problem that will arise is from software makers who update their programs beyond the point where Windows 7 is technically capable of using them. For example, Internet Explorer 11 is the last version, and you will get constant reminders to update it with something else. Fortunately, there are lots of alternatives. However, some of those are also getting to much for W7 to deal with. Another example: newer versions of PhotoShop won't work on older versions of Windows. Solution? Don't update it. Don't update Office. Just use what you have that already works. And like I said, for security, there are tons of free antivirus programs out there.
  16. A new OS has always been a money-maker, of course, but lately their position is Windows 10 is the last version. And they are not charging for updates. And the truth is they don't rely on Windows anymore for the majority of their income. But the problem is the corporate-think. Okay, let's say you work for a company that has 500 employees with computers. You have a select IT staff, setting up computers for new users, repairing network problems, fixing software, installing updates for Office, etc... They make a CLONE of the operating system in use, and that is propogated on all 500 machines, so that they know in advance exactly how to deal with issues that arise. No surprises. Many corporations will not allow personal software to be installed; most will only let their IT staff install anything. This keeps everyone the same. For Microsoft to maintain any semblance of management of the millions of machines out there, upon which every single user can add their own software, is a task of insurmountable size. So they decided to make everyone the same, with Windows 10. It's almost impossible to prevent updates (please no comments; we've had this argument before on this board), and really, except for those cases where an update causes major screwups, it doesn't make sense for customers to lag behind. The trouble is, because every customer manipulates his/her own machines differently, they seem to have forgotten that part of it: the one that says no matter how much you try to control it, you can't. But that is the major technical reason behind Windows 10.
  17. Yeah, they did have a list of Pros and Cons, so I didn't want to comment on that right away. Not knowing their business plan, it's hard to say. But they all seem to repeat key parts of the PR blurb, which is not promising.
  18. Actually, that top10gadgets site seems to be basically a shill for anyone who will pay them a fee. A huge part of their Website is actually dedicated to soliciting same. I agree with Pappys that the whole Blu line of phones is pretty amazing for the price. I used one while in Canada for a couple of weeks, and apart from me wanting a better camera, I could find nothing to complain about.
  19. Not yet, but a customer of mine is awaiting his order to arrive, and I will be setting it up for him, so I should be able to tell some basics about it right away, and will let you know. Update: it still has not arrived from Singapore... been a month or so. I worry that the great review it gets is from it's own Website... https://xphone.toptechadviser.com/international-promo-g/
  20. I would not recommend PCMatic. Right off the top, they offer to keep your registry clean. There is not a single program that I trust not to screw that up, except the one that is built into Windows. There is no need for any other tool. But their big concept of ad blocking is passe, and doesn't sit well with any number of sites that don't use the type of ads they block. They also offer to do updates, which is pointless, and driver updates, which may or may not work, I don't know. But every tool I know that does whitelisting either requires too much manual involvement (helping them to do the job you are paying them for), or blocks the wrong sites. I've had dozens and dozens of cases where AV software blocks your favourite sites without even telling you, assuming that there is too much traffic going there from your computer. Sites like your bank or Amazon. It is free to try, and very expensive to buy. But I have to add, there are literally hundreds of these programs out there, and I just can't --and won't anymore-- try them all until I get the buzz on the Web about their validity. (Computer magazines are absolutely atrocious with their reviews, never taking into account the fact that zero-day attacks cannot be handled by any of these programs. By zero day, I mean brand-new, unknown spywares.) Last but not least, we don't get viruses anymore, unless we are dumb enough to click something stupid, either in email or in an ad. We get spyware, which none of these protect against, except the aforementioned Malwarebytes.
  21. Support has ended. Security updates will end then. Makes no difference to how you use your computer. It's heresy to say this, but none of the antivirus programs work anyway, so just learn to be careful. NOTE that security updates have nothing to do with your bank or making purchases online. That type of security is supplied by you, your bank, and your passwords. You can get any number of antivirus programs for free, if you feel you need them. The one thing we need to protect ourselves from is spyware: stuff that comes onto your computer when surfing the Web. And the only thing that comes even close to protecting you from that (albeit poorly) is the paid version of Malwarebytes AntiMalware. And that is a yearly subscription. (The free version only works manually. It will not run in the background to alert you.) Antivirus programs cannot deal with spyware or prevent it. I have been turning off Windows 7 updates of all kinds for my customers for years, to help prevent unnecessary screwups. And there hasn't been a serious update for years anyway. Windows 7 works perfectly well the way it is. Your only potential problem is installing programs that have been updated to the point where they will no longer work on Windows 7, and those programs that are designed for much more powerful machines (they can be installed, but will be painfully slow in many cases).
  22. ComputerGuy


    Jerry Mundel and his lovely wife Linda took me to Teocintle Maiz on Constitucion to celebrate the publication of his book, Eating Out in Ajijic. I had the baked trout with veg, in foil. It was excellent. I have no idea what kind of trout. It may have been mentioned on the menu board; I don't recall. It didn't matter: it was a lovely reddish, firm fish. Delicious. So, one more place to try.
  23. ComputerGuy


    You specify CostCo, a single avenue for sales. That's not helpful or even fair, as there are literally thousands of places that sell fish, and reports every single year indicate a huge percentage of wrongly-named or re-named fish being sold at restuarants, wholesalers, and retailers. Not only that, I'll bet a little searching would turn up news that indeed CostCo has been found guilty at one time or another of doing just that. In fact, they may not even have known it at the time. Here's a report from the University of Guelph, February of this year (2019) that details how 32 percent is mislabelled. In Canada alone. We know it's much worse in the U.S. And it is rampant here in Mexico.
  24. I don't envy Tom in this. Clearly I made the right move by not getting involved at the corporate level. At some point, they will hook me up and I will be able to learn the inner workings a bit more. That is going to be more important as time goes by.
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