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HD Homerun – Cut The Cord!

For those of you that are trying to cut the cord, I have found the perfect option for the whole house. It’s called HD Homerun by https://www.silicondust.com.  This amazing little box takes the antenna signal from your roof’s antenna, plugs into your router, and “Digitizes” it so you can view it on your tablets, computers, ps4’s, Xboxes ect on your network without having to pay for access apps and all that.

There is no configuring whatso ever other than downloading an app to your smart device.

Basically what this means is, without running wires to every tv in your house, as long as you have a firetv or streaming device of some sort, you can watch Live TV while connected in your home.

HD Homerun DOES offer a Premium Channel Streaming options as well, but I am here talking about the free easy stuff for the moment. (of course you have to buy the HD Homerun Box)

They offer the Connect Duo for $99 and the Connect Quatro for $149.  The difference is the DUO can stream to two separate tv’s, and the Quatro can stream up to 4 different TV’s at the same time.  Each TV watching something completely different in each room.

CONVERSION CHART

 

CONVERSION CHART: FRACTION/DECIMAL/MILLIMETER

  fraction decimal mm   fraction decimal mm   fraction decimal mm  
  1/64 0.0156 0.3969   1 1/64 1.0156 25.7969   2 1/64 2.0156 51.1969  
  1/32 0.0313 0.7938   1 1/32 1.0313 26.1938   2 1/32 2.0313 51.5938  
  3/64 0.0469 1.1906   1 3/64 1.0469 26.5906   2 3/64 2.0469 51.9906  
  1/16 0.0625 1.5875   1 1/16 1.0625 26.9875   2 1/16 2.0625 52.3875  
  5/64 0.0781 1.9844   1 5/64 1.0781 27.3844   2 5/64 2.0781 52.7844  
  3/32 0.0938 2.3813   1 3/32 1.0938 27.7813   2 3/32 2.0938 53.1813  
  7/64 0.1094 2.7781   1 7/64 1.1094 28.1781   2 7/64 2.1094 53.5781  
  1/8 0.1250 3.1750   1 1/8 1.1250 28.5750   2 1/8 2.1250 53.9750  
  9/64 0.1406 3.5719   1 9/64 1.1406 28.9719   2 9/64 2.1406 54.3719  
  5/32 0.1563 3.9688   1 5/32 1.1563 29.3688   2 5/32 2.1563 54.7688  
  11/64 0.1719 4.3656   1 11/64 1.1719 29.7656   2 11/64 2.1719 55.1656  
  3/16 0.1875 4.7625   1 3/16 1.1875 30.1625   2 3/16 2.1875 55.5625  
  13/64 0.2031 5.1594   1 13/64 1.2031 30.5594   2 13/64 2.2031 55.9594  
  7/32 0.2188 5.5563   1 7/32 1.2188 30.9563   2 7/32 2.2188 56.3563  
  15/64 0.2344 5.9531   1 15/64 1.2344 31.3531   2 15/64 2.2344 56.7531  
  1/4 0.2500 6.3500   1 1/4 1.2500 31.7500   2 1/4 2.2500 57.1500  
  17/64 0.2656 6.7469   1 17/64 1.2656 32.1469   2 17/64 2.2656 57.5469  
  9/32 0.2813 7.1438   1 9/32 1.2813 32.5438   2 9/32 2.2813 57.9438  
  19/64 0.2969 7.5406   1 19/64 1.2969 32.9406   2 19/64 2.2969 58.3406  
  5/16 0.3125 7.9375   1 5/16 1.3125 33.3375   2 5/16 2.3125 58.7375  
  21/64 0.3281 8.3344   1 21/64 1.3281 33.7344   2 21/64 2.3281 59.1344  
  11/32 0.3438 8.7313   1 11/32 1.3438 34.1313   2 11/32 2.3438 59.5313  
  23/64 0.3594 9.1281   1 23/64 1.3594 34.5281   2 23/64 2.3594 59.9281  
  3/8 0.3750 9.5250   1 3/8 1.3750 34.9250   2 3/8 2.3750 60.3250  
  25/64 0.3906 9.9219   1 25/64 1.3906 35.3219   2 25/64 2.3906 60.7219  
  13/32 0.4063 10.3188   1 13/32 1.4063 35.7188   2 13/32 2.4063 61.1188  
  27/64 0.4219 10.7156   1 27/64 1.4219 36.1156   2 27/64 2.4219 61.5156  
  7/16 0.4375 11.1125   1 7/16 1.4375 36.5125   2 7/16 2.4375 61.9125  
  29/64 0.4531 11.5094   1 29/64 1.4531 36.9094   2 29/64 2.4531 62.3094  
  15/32 0.4688 11.9063   1 15/32 1.4688 37.3063   2 15/32 2.4688 62.7063  
  31/64 0.4844 12.3031   1 31/64 1.4844 37.7031   2 31/64 2.4844 63.1031  
  1/2 0.5000 12.7000   1 1/2 1.5000 38.1000   2 1/2 2.5000 63.5000  
  33/64 0.5156 13.0969   1 33/64 1.5156 38.4969   2 33/64 2.5156 63.8969  
  17/32 0.5313 13.4938   1 17/32 1.5313 38.8938   2 17/32 2.5313 64.2938  
  35/64 0.5469 13.8906   1 35/64 1.5469 39.2906   2 35/64 2.5469 64.6906  
  9/16 0.5625 14.2875   1 9/16 1.5625 39.6875   2 9/16 2.5625 65.0875  
  37/64 0.5781 14.6844   1 37/64 1.5781 40.0844   2 37/64 2.5781 65.4844  
  19/32 0.5938 15.0813   1 19/32 1.5938 40.4813   2 19/32 2.5938 65.8813  
  39/64 0.6094 15.4781   1 39/64 1.6094 40.8781   2 39/64 2.6094 66.2781  
  5/8 0.6250 15.8750   1 5/8 1.6250 41.2750   2 5/8 2.6250 66.6750  
  41/64 0.6406 16.2719   1 41/64 1.6406 41.6719   2 41/64 2.6406 67.0719  
  21/32 0.6563 16.6688   1 21/32 1.6563 42.0688   2 21/32 2.6563 67.4688  
  43/64 0.6719 17.0656   1 43/64 1.6719 42.4656   2 43/64 2.6719 67.8656  
  11/16 0.6875 17.4625   1 11/16 1.6875 42.8625   2 11/16 2.6875 68.2625  
  45/64 0.7031 17.8594   1 45/64 1.7031 43.2594   2 45/64 2.7031 68.6594  
  23/32 0.7188 18.2563   1 23/32 1.7188 43.6563   2 23/32 2.7188 69.0563  
  47/64 0.7344 18.6531   1 47/64 1.7344 44.0531   2 47/64 2.7344 69.4531  
  3/4 0.7500 19.0500   1 3/4 1.7500 44.4500   2 3/4 2.7500 69.8500  
  49/64 0.7656 19.4469   1 49/64 1.7656 44.8469   2 49/64 2.7656 70.2469  
  25/32 0.7813 19.8438   1 25/32 1.7813 45.2438   2 25/32 2.7813 70.6438  
  51/64 0.7969 20.2406   1 51/64 1.7969 45.6406   2 51/64 2.7969 71.0406  
  13/16 0.8125 20.6375   1 13/16 1.8125 46.0375   2 13/16 2.8125 71.4375  
  53/64 0.8281 21.0344   1 53/64 1.8281 46.4344   2 53/64 2.8281 71.8344  
  27/32 0.8438 21.4313   1 27/32 1.8438 46.8313   2 27/32 2.8438 72.2313  
  55/64 0.8594 21.8281   1 55/64 1.8594 47.2281   2 55/64 2.8594 72.6281  
  7/8 0.8750 22.2250   1 7/8 1.8750 47.6250   2 7/8 2.8750 73.0250  
  57/64 0.8906 22.6219   1 57/64 1.8906 48.0219   2 57/64 2.8906 73.4219  
  29/32 0.9063 23.0188   1 29/32 1.9063 48.4188   2 29/32 2.9063 73.8188  
  59/64 0.9219 23.4156   1 59/64 1.9219 48.8156   2 59/64 2.9219 74.2156  
  15/16 0.9375 23.8125   1 15/16 1.9375 49.2125   2 15/16 2.9375 74.6125  
  61/64 0.9531 24.2094   1 61/64 1.9531 49.6094   2 61/64 2.9531 75.0094  
  31/32 0.9688 24.6063   1 31/32 1.9688 50.0063   2 31/32 2.9688 75.4063  
  63/64 0.9844 25.0031   1 63/64 1.9844 50.4031   2 63/64 2.9844 75.8031  
  1 1.0000 25.4000   2 2.0000 50.8000   3 3.0000 76.2000  

This chart may be printed out.   factor 1/25.4 — 4 places (1 inch = 25.4 mm exactly)

Electronic Health Tips

Quality sleep is especially important for young children whose brains and bodies require at least 10 hours of sleep a night.

According to The National Sleep Foundation, “30 percent of elementary school children and over 50 percent of middle and high school students failed to get their nightly sleep requirement.”

There are different theories on how exactly screens are disturbing our sleep patterns. Some argue that increased time with screens cuts into our time of physical activity, making us full of energy even when it comes time to sleep. Other arguments claim that at times, the light from screens can overstimulate our brains, which affects our ability to calm down at bedtime. However, there are some solutions on how to use our screens and devices in ways that won’t affect our quality of sleep.

Consider implementing some of these tips into your family’s nightly routine for better, more consistent sleep:

  • Put away screens before bedtime: Try setting a limit on the duration and time of day your family uses their devices. Putting screens away at least an hour before bedtime will give your children adequate time to calm down and get prepared for sleep.
  • Make the bedroom a peaceful place: Some families choose to restrict screens in the bedroom. Cell phones, e-readers, tablets, and other devices are kept in a communal space, which leaves the bedroom a place for resting. This can help kids from feeling tempted to use their devices at bedtime.
  • Practice Consistency: When it comes to getting enough sleep, consistency is best, especially for children. Consider talking with your children about setting a consistent sleep schedule including specific times for bedtime and waking up. Life can be chaotic, but setting a schedule will help increase the quality of sleep our children are getting each night.

Navigating the best practices of screens and other devices can be difficult, especially for parents! But when it comes to quality sleep, the less technology the better. Remember to turn off those screens and wake up rested and ready for the day.

Website Url: http://familytech.com/are-screens-affecting-your-kids-sleep/
Credit: Joe Long

Important Questions to ask a computer repair business

“What is your hourly rate? / How much do you charge per hour?”

Asking the cost of a service is a normal question that most people forget to ask and are shocked at the bill after the services are completed. Never wait till until it’s time to pay the bill to find out how much per hour you’ll be paying.

Acceptable Answer: “We charge between $50 to $75 an hour.”

Reason: Rates vary upon project, and so do the charges along with them. Some companies charge hourly, and some companies charger per service. Most do both because the cost is averaged in the time it takes to do the job that they have done many times over.  $50 to $75 USD per hour is average. Sometimes companies will go to $100 an hour, but to much higher than that and chances are you are getting ripped off.

 

“How many hours will this take to fix?”

You don’t want to find out it took 10 hours hours at $75 an hour to fix your computer.  When a mew computer’s cost could be purchased with the money spent on an old PC. Having at least some idea of how much the grand total will be is important, but any good service should be able to give you an idea before breaking the bank.

Acceptable Answer:“I’m not 100% sure of the problem, but normally things like this can take about X number of hours to fix.”

Reason: If they haven’t looked at the computer yet, a computer repair service can tell you with absolute certainty how many billable hours something like your scenario might take. If it is a reputable company they may just charge a diagnostic fee, and inform you of your problem BEFORE they fix anything.

If all you need is a simple hardware replacement (bad memory or hard drive) or software installation, you might be quoted a specific amount, but otherwise, you should expect a little flexibility on the their answer.


“Do you have a minimum charge?”

Not all problems take hours to repair. A repair service might only spend 10 to 15 minutes solving a particular problem. If your problem happens to be one of these “quick fixes” you should be aware of how you’ll be charged for it.

Acceptable Answer: “Yes, minimum diagnostic fee is to one billable hour minimum.”

Reason: Most computer repair services will charge 1 hour of labor for any time up to one hour spent working on your PC. This is sometimes called a diagnostic fee or minimum bench charge and is completely customary.


“Any extra charges other than the hourly rate?”

Many services we pay for in life are filled with hidden fees. That $24.99 oil change ends up costing close to $50 after they add in all the waste disposal fees, ect.

Acceptable Answer: “No.”

Reason: It is not common practice for a computer repair service to charge extra fees for their standard services. Obviously, if you require replacement hardware or a new piece of software, you should expect to pay for it but you should not expect any sort of hidden fees or surcharges.  If you are having equipment installed like network drops, terminating network cable and having wall plates installed, expect some sort of accessories or parts fee.

If you’re told that there are extra fees, be sure to see a list of them in writing before leaving your PC or requesting service in your home or business.

 

“Do you charge extra for on-site / in home calls?”

National chain computer repair services, in-store, and in-home/in-business repair services are considered completely separate services. You should always be aware of any billing differences between these services before getting your computer repaired.

Answer should be: “Yes, we do charge [a small extra fee or slightly higher hourly rate] for in-home and in business service.”

Caution: If you’re quoted a rate doubled to the normal rate for in-home/business computer repair service, don’t get it. Take your computer to their shop or find another computer repair service. You should expect a repair service to charge a small fee to visit you – perhaps a $10 to $20 USD single “trip” charge or a 10-20% hourly rate increase.

Some computer repair services may not charge anything extra at all for this service. Do not take it as a sign of a low-quality service, just consider yourself lucky!


“Do offer a service guarantee?”

It’s important to know whether or not you can expect a guaranty on the services provided. No one wants to get their computer serviced again two weeks later for the same problem.

For example, if you received an error message like “Windows cannot find C:\Windows\System32\ rundll32.exe ” and the computer repair service corrected the problem for you two weeks ago, it’s reasonable to expect that, at least in the near future, the problem will not happen again.

Answer should be: “Yes. For most problems, we guarantee our service for [30 to 90] days.”

Reason: Anything less than 30 days isn’t a good deal. If a computer repair service offers more than a 90-day guarantee, be sure to read the fine print to see what sorts of problems it covers before you choose that particular service.

In regards to “most computer problems”, don’t expect a computer repair service to remove a virus from your computer and then guarantee that you won’t be infected by it again. Yes, they should make sure your antivirus program is updated, and that you have all the latest operating system updates for your computer, but they can’t do anything about you visiting the same malicious sites and possibly getting infected again.

Important: No reputable computer repair service will guarantee a satisfactory solution to your PC problem before they have even had a chance to look at the computer. You should always be prepared to pay the minimum diagnostic fee or bench charge even if your computer couldn’t be repaired in the way you expected.

 

“Will you save my files?”

Your computer itself is really just a complex collection of replaceable parts. It’s the term papers, photos of your dog, and the baby’s first steps video that is really important.

Answer should be: “Yes. If they’re there, we’ll save them for you.”

Caution: Very serious issues with your hard drive may result in your files being lost forever. This doesn’t happen very often and, of course, would be out of the control of the computer repair service.  There are alternative methods to retrieving these files. Some are supported by the hard drive manufacturer where you can send your drive off and they can do some mechanical magic in swapping internal parts of your hard drive to get the data off.. warning.. that can get expensive.

Keeping your files backed up, either with a cloud backup service or manually with backup software, is always a very good idea and removes the answer to this question as a concern.

 

“When will it be ready? Or When will I be able to pick up my computer? “

If you’re getting in-home or in business service, a related question would be “When might you be able to come out to my home/business?”.

Answer should be: “You should be able to pick up your PC in 24 to 48 hours.”

The “correct” answer to this question is really up to your personal schedule and expectations. I say 24 to 48 hours because that’s the average response.  If you’re quoted “any earlier time than 24 hours” that doesn’t mean that the computer repair service isn’t a good one. That is the answer most people are looking for! If the response is something along the lines of “a week from today” and that’s a satisfactory answer to you, then great. If not, I recommend looking elsewhere.