Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Long Time No Write

How fast time flies. It's been so long since I wrote on this blog. Years?

This blog has been a personal technical reference for me in the past. I wrote here so I could remember solutions to some technical problems I encountered while going about my work.

I also wrote here updates and observations about the gadgets I happen to have my hands on, software development, and other things related to technology.

A lot of things have changed since then. I think one of my favorite technology, Adobe Flash, is almost dead.  It's been replaced by a combination of HTML5, Javascript, and CSS.  I wonder if anybody is still using it for animation.

Anyway, I have decided to be active here again.

I think I need to update the layout. Because this current one is not good for mobile devices. That has been one on the big changes that has happened in the past couple of years. These days more people are viewing websites on mobile phones than on desktop computers.

I will get around to it. Until then, see you around.




How to Stop Android Phones from Automatically Updating Apps

One problem with Android Phones is that they are data hogs. If you leave the phones to their default settings they will suck up the bandwidth.  If you have atleast four of those devices using the WiFi in the house everything will grind to a halt.  You won’t be able to browse the internet properly.

But What is Causing Android Phones to Use Up All the Bandwidth

If you go to the App Store. And you check on the settings. You will see that it is set to automatically update your apps.



That is the problem. All the apps on the phone would release updates several times during the week. So your phone or your tablet are constantly updating everyday without you being aware of it. Imagine several devices updating at the same time over your WiFi.

How to Stop Android from Automatically Updating Apps

1. Open the App Store



2. Click on Settings



3. You will see that Auto-Update Apps is set to Automatically Update over WiFi



4. Set this to Do Not Auto-Update Apps



5. You will have to do this for each Android device you have in the house

What is going to happen after this is that every time the developers release an update for their apps you will have to update them manually.

This is better because you can control when the devices should download.  Perhaps at a more convenient time when you are not using the internet for more important things like video conferences, interviews, or any work related tasks

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Cignal Digital TV Review

For a long time we've contemplated having a cable tv connection. But the problem is we are so far from the street that regular cable companies would usually say that it is impractical because they would need a very long cable to service us and that the quality degrades as the cable gets longer.

So one day someone came along offering Satellite based TV (Cignal) and we decided to subscribe.

Cignal Digital TV

Advantages

1. No more need for long cables because the service is satellite based.

2. Video quality is better than other cable providers. You are only given a few HD channel depending upon your subscription but even the normal channels look so good, you would think they are also HD.

3. Comprehensive Channel Guide that is built into your remote control. You will find a button on your remote that reads “Guide”. After you press it. It will list the current channel you are watching and you will see what program or movie will come next and the hours. You can slide the guide using your remote to see the schedule up to 4 days.

You can also slide through the guide downwards or upwards to check the schedules of other channels.
It is a really neat feature.

4. Favorite Channels. You can select your favorite channels by pressing the red button on your remote. I think you can select up to 10. The advantage of these feature is that you don't have to slide through all the channels to get to those channels you visit frequently. For example, if your kids like to watch Disney Juniour, you don't have to go through say 51 channels to get to Disney Junior. Of course, you can just type the channel number. But the advantage of the “Favorite Channel” feature is that it also comes with a guide. So you know what will come after “Tayo the Little Bus” or Pororo.

Disadvantages

1. 24 – 48 hours before activation. If you are feeling eager to watch your favorite shows, unfortunately, you will have to wait a while. If discrepancies or problems are found on the documents you passed, you will wait even longer. We waited 4 days.

2. Weird / Somewhat unreasonable identity check. After we paid we waited for 48 hours and then the agent call saying my account could not be activated because the signature on the ID I submitted and my signature in the application were different.

This would have be easily solved if they called me on the contact numbers I provided and just asked me If I was really this person. Or they could just have verified with me through the email that I used to submit the applications.

Anyway, the problem was eventually resolved but I ended waiting 4 days before I could enjoy their service.
But once the service was activated everything was good and we are very satisfied so far.

Conclusion

Would I recommend it? Yes. Do get it.