Amazon Prime Streaming

Amazon Prime Streaming

Amazon Prime StreamingHow I finally got around the Insufficient Bandwidth Messages on my Samsung Smart TV

 

I am a big fan of Amazon Prime – enough that I cancelled my Netflix subscription a while back and started using Amazon Prime Streaming instead. I have been using Amazon Prime for the last two years just for its many other benefits, particularly the free, two-day shipping on just about everything I order. The video and movie selection appeared to me to be just as good as Netflix so I am now saving a few bucks a month by cancelling my Netflix subscription.

Amazon Prime Streaming with Apple TV

The way I began using Amazon Prime streaming is with my AppleTV which is connected to my home theater system . It is a simple four-step process:

  • Downloaded the Amazon Video App to iPhone or iPad.
  • Load the app on said mobile device and choose a movie.
  • Swipe-up to the control panel and select the AirPlay feature on iPad or iPhone
  • Choose the correct HDMI input on the television.

I was so delighted with having access to thousands of Amazon Prime movies that I decided it would be worth upgrading to a larger, 55″ flat-screen Samsung Smart TV. I chose the Samsung because it supports Amazon Prime Instant Video, meaning I would be able to completely by-pass the AppleTV and play movies right from the TV. Sounds great, right? Not so fast.

Insufficient Bandwidth Errors while Streaming Amazon Prime and YouTube

Beginning a move on Amazon Prime or a video on YouTube with the new television was easy to do. The only problem was that after a few minutes of playing, my television viewing would randomly be interrupted with, an insufficient bandwidth message. This was very puzzling to me since my WiFi connection icon showed that I had a very good signal. Also, why was I not having the same problem when viewing Amazon video over my AppleTV connection? After much googling and research I finally came to the inevitable conclusion that WiFi is a very unreliable way to stream video. For whatever reason, the AppleTV’s wifi device was more reliable than the new television. As I thought of it, I remembered that the AppleTV has never been perfect either when streaming digital music. I often get errors, time-outs and other random problems. I was convinced that if both my AppleTV and SmartTV had wired Ethernet connections then all of these streaming problems would be solved.I thought of how expensive it might be to get a cable installer to come to the home and put a couple of line drops in my house when I suddenly remembered something. I solved the very same problem with my son’s computer by adding a couple of POE (Power over Ethernet) adapters.

Solution for SmartTV and Apple TV WiFi Reliability and Bandwidth Problems

Ethernet over Power Line -Problem Solved

Ethernet over the power lines in my home proved to be the perfect, 100%-reliable solution for my son’s WiFi issues with his PC up in his room. A couple of years ago I bought the Netgear Powerline 500 product: I attached one to my router and the other one to his wall jack near his PC. An RJ45 Ethernet cable plugs from his PC to the power adapter in the wall. I checked with Amazon and saw that I could buy an additional two adapters for just $28.00. Two days later, I received them with my Amazon Prime membership and was attaching them to my equipment. I attached one of them to my television’s Ethernet connection and the other one to the AppleTV. Problem solved. I have been enjoying Amazon Prime streaming without a hitch. After a dozen or more movies, I have not had that rude Insufficient Bandwidth message one single time.  I will also add that my AppleTV has been working flawlessly streaming music and other video programs.

For $28.00, Ethernet over the power lines in your home completely eliminates the need to pay for expensive network cabling installation drops. According to the performance reports, this method is still not as fast as a wired connection, but it has been a 100% reliable alternative for me. I have never had such a trouble-free experience with the annoying AppleTV WiFI issues and I have been enjoying Amazon Prime Streaming far more than I ever thought I would.

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Primal Kitchen Mayo

primal kitchen mayoPrimal Kitchen Mayo is fantastic! Not only is it 100% natural, but it simply tastes great. I am so disheartened by condiments, chips, snacks, and other foods these days that advertise themselves as being all-natural only to read on the label that the first ingredient contains canola oil or some other, unnatural, industrialized seed oil. When my wife brought home for the first time a jar of Primal Kitchen Mayo from our local Kroger Grocery store I was very skeptical to say the least. Primal Kitchen Mayo IngredientsBut, when I looked at the label, my skeptical at once turned into a very hopeful grin. Everything in this amazing condiment is 100% natural and healthy: Avocado Oil, Organic Cage-Free Eggs, Organic Egg Yolks, Organic Vinegar, Sea Salt, and Rosemary Extract. That’s it! Nothing less, nothing more.

I opened the jar, dipped a spoon into it and tasted it. To my delight, it was very tasty, tangy, and satisfying. Primal Kitchen Mayo simply tastes great. This all-natural, paleo mayonnaise has a very satisfying, rich and tangy taste that goes well on absolutely anything you can imagine.

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Pentair Pool Pump

Pentair Pool Pump

A Review

Pentair Pool Pump

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From what I had read and heard about pool pumps prior to making the investment, the Pentair Pool Pump is the Cadillac of all pumps. It took me a while to get my brain wrapped around the features and timer for making the very best use of this product, but after having used it for a summer, I am beginning to agree. In fact, this is one of the best purchases I have made for my pool, right next to the Saltwater Pool System nearly 2 summers prior. Unfortunately, it also took me some time to get my mind wrapped around paying so much for a pool pump. Because my pool is very far and uphill from my pump-room, I tend to be very hard on pumps. My last pool pump cost around $465.00 installed and lasted about 5 years.  The Pentair Pool Pump is in a whole new price league. I paid just under $900.00 for it on Amazon.  I got some quotes from pool installers and the installation cost was double that, so you can be sure that Amazon is giving you a great deal. However, if you are looking into this pump please look at the model and make sure you’re comparing apples to apples to what I am reviewing here. Here is my model and link for the actual product: Pentair 011018 IntelliFlo Variable Speed High Performance Pool Pump, 3 Horsepower, 230 Volt, 1 Phase – Energy Star Certified

Now that I have established the model number of the pump I am reviewing here, let me give you a basic overview of what makes this pump different than the rest. The Pentair Pool Pump is a variable speed pump. By variable speed, I don’t just mean that it has just 2 or 3 settings of speeds from low to high, or even 5, 6, or 10 settings. What variable speed means is that will run literally at any speed between its lowest and highest possible RPM of power. So, let’s talk about the power and range of the Pentair 011018 Intelliflo Pump:

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Panasonic Nose Hair Trimmer

Panasonic Nose Hair Trimmer Reviewed

panasonic nose hair trimmerThis is one of those products that you must have once you find out how cheap and useful it is. The Panasonic Nose Hair trimmer can be purchased for just slightly under $10.00.  When I purchased the Old Spice Shaver, the one thing I immediately realized I was missing from my Wahl Groom Kit was the nose-hair and ear-grooming attachment. This handy little device made it easy to keep the nose and ears groomed. Thankfully, I didn’t have to pay an arm and a leg to replace what I was missing.

 

Panasonic Nose Hair Trimmer

Model ER-GN30

The ER-GN30 nose and ear groomer costs just $10.00 and operates via 1-AA battery. I purposely looked for a product that was both cheap and portable. With a cordless toothbrush and shaver taking up bathroom counter space and wall outlets, I didn’t want to add another one to the fray. The Panasonic nose trimmer fits on the inset of my back-splash and hardly takes up any space. Being that this is a device that is only going to be used once or twice a week, the single battery is both adequate and affordable to replace. I have yet to run-out the battery, but I would imagine that it will give me months of use before it has to be replaced.  Convenience and affordability are two important things, but how well does the Panasonic nose and ear trimmer work?

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Old Spice Shaver

Old Spice Shaver

Old Spice ShaverThe Old Spice Shaver for men is an electric, cordless shaver made by Braun. In the last few years, I’ve feverishly searched for a cordless, electric razor that is versatile enough to trim both a short beard and also maintain a close shave. I’ve tried two other Wahl Razors and both of them conked out after a few months of use. Also, I didn’t care for the flimsy attachments that were a nuisance to take on and off.  What sold me on trying the Old Spice Shaver was the fact that it is advertised as both an electric razor for a close shave and also a beard trimmer. Surprisingly, it is not so easy to find a mens electric razor that does both and does them well. The problem with the numerous electric razors that I’ve looked at is that they require numerous attachments for trimming the beard which keeps a fairly good sized mess on your bathroom counter. When I looked at the Old Spice Shaver reviews on Amazon, I quickly saw that it comes with only two attachments.

 

 

How does the Old Spice Shaver Work Work as a Trimmer?

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Essential Oil Diffuser by Innogear

Essential Oil DiffuserThe Essential Oil Diffuser by Innogear is an inexpensive way to get the benefits of aromatherapy in your home. Basically, In fact, over the long hall, you will pay more money for the essential oils than you will the actual diffuser, but we’ll get to that later. Let’s take a look at this inexpensive oil diffuser by Innogear.

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is a way of extracting the aroma of essential aromas into the air to improve your mood or health. The health benefits of breathing in the aromas of these oils is debatable, but what matters most is how it makes you feel. You can read more about the controversial health benefits of essential oils by clicking the link: What is aromatherapy? For now, let’s focus on how the Innogear product focuses on improving your mood and how well it accomplishes this task.

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Dell Inspiron 15

Dell Inspiron 15
Dell Inspiron 15 Model 7579

The Dell Inspiron 15, model 7579 is a is a well-made, 15.6″ laptop. I purchased this to replace the old, Core-2 Duo, 15″ Laptop that I use for business in my classroom at school. Microsoft, in their infamous ways really knows how to bring old hardware down to its knees, make it outdated, and force you to buy something new whether you once believed you ever needed to or not. My old laptop ran just fine until the nagging Windows-10 update finally got the best of it and upgraded it without me ever agreeing to it. Over time, the massive number of Windows-10 upgrades slowed the machine down to the point I could barely use it anyore. This new, 15.6″ Dell Laptop is not only much faster, but makes the laptop more useful in a number of different ways. Before I get to the pros and cons, let me just give you a brief run-down of the hardware specifics on the Dell Inspiron 15-7579, Laptop and a very non-technical explanation of what they do for you: 

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Hamilton Beach Electric Knife

Hamilton Beach Electric Knife

I might call this Hamilton Beach Electric knife the best thing since sliced bread even if bread is not its intended purpose. This handy, inexpensive electric kitchen knife will make quick, clean and neat work out of roast beef, turkey breast, and other solid cuts of meat. But, believe it or not, one of the best uses I’ve found for an electric carving knife goes beyond this.

Electric Carving Knife Tackles Delicate Slicing Jobs

Imagine trying to slice through bacon-wrapped meatloaf by hand. The bacon would undoubtedly slide right off the meat and the servings would likely not be very equally divided. Also, the downward pressure applied by your hand would squeeze some of the juices right out of the beef. The beauty of the electric carving knife is that the serrated edges of the knife make a very precision-made cut right through the bacon and meat. Very little pressure is needed, meaning that the the bacon and the juice stays on and inside the meat where it belongs.

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Popular Bourbon Whiskey Brands Reviewed and Rated

Bourbon Whiskey Brands
Bourbon Whiskey Brands

Whiskey or Bourbon?

Before I get to the four mentioned bourbon whiskey brands, I would like to explain how I got here. All bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon. This is important because distilleries in Colorado seem to be popping up everywhere. Most of what I’ve had in Colorado is not bourbon whiskey brands. In the past year, I’ve visited Leopold Bros and Stranahan here in Colorado. I became curious what the buzz was all about. The whiskey I tasted at the two aforementioned places didn’t seem all that special to me and are horrendously expensive compared to smooth, refined Kentucky bourbon. Of course, the big difference is that I was comparing these whiskies to bourbon which they are not. When it comes to smoothness and immediate enjoyment, bourbon seems to give a higher bang-for-the-buck. So, I wanted to explore a little bit with actual Colorado bourbon just to see how it compares to other bourbons in the same price range. This is no easy task but as I just mentioned, Colorado whiskey is expensive! In the process, I became curious about some of these other types of whiskey. I did some research on Proof66.com which is an excellent primer for learning about the different types of whiskey. I will not bore you with the education on what makes it what it is because they can do that much better than me. Besides bourbon, there is blended whiskey, single malt whiskey, Irish whisky, rye whiskey, and single malt scotch whisky just to name a few. So, I picked up a bottle or two from three of these categories in this past month.  I will get to these other types of whiskies later. For now, I would like to compare and review a few of the bourbons that I’ve tried most recently. These are my own bourbon reviews. You can rate each of them, yourself, at the end of the article.

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Bone Broth Pressure Cooker and Recipe

Bone Broth Pressure Cooker

Why Make Bone Broth?

Bone Broth RecipeA bone broth recipe is an ancient remedy for healing and promoting our immune system. When I was a kid I remember taking a cooled, leftover bowl of chicken soup out of the refrigerator and noticing that the broth looked like gold jello. I later learned that this gelatin-type substance is the key to what makes it so healthy. The gelatin, which is packed full of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients is what is extracted from the bones that have cooked in the broth all day. At room temperature or above, these vitamins and minerals inconspicuously  blend in with the liquid broth. When the broth is cooled at refrigerator temperatures, assuming it has been cooked long enough, it settles into a gel. The gelatin is evidence that the bone broth was successfully cooked. The health benefits of
bone broth are numerous and because it is in a natural liquid form, the body absorbs them much better than over-the-counter supplements which are expensive and hard to digest. One of the very expensive supplements that bone broth can replace is Glucosamine and Chondroitin which are good for our joints and arthritis.

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Oral B Professional Care 2000 Removes 5x More Plaque

Oral B Professional Care 2000
Oral B Professional Care 2000

 

 

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Oral B Professional Care 2000 is a dual-handle, rechargeable, electrical toothbrush designed to remove more plaque, and polish teeth significantly better than the hand-brush method. On the box, the claim is printed that the Oral B 2000 will remove up to 5x or 400% more plaque along your gum-line than the conventional toothbrushing method. Having personally used the Oral-B Electric Toothbrushes for a few days now, that claim is very believable.

Oral B Professional Care 2000

Performance

The latest Oral-B is nothing like your father’s electric toothbrush that merely vibrated quickly against your teeth. I was very skeptical about investing in an electrical toothbrush based on my past experiences with them generations ago. I was pleasantly surprised. The Oral B Professional Care 2000 brush oscillates, rotates, and pulsates at a surprisingly high and powerful RPM. Because the rotating brush is so powerful, it allows you to get to the back and inside of your teeth and gums effortlessly. The power of this toothbrush feels very similar to the polishing equipment used during teeth-cleaning visit to your dentist. I am apt to believe the claim this unit removes up to 5x more plaque. I can feel the difference around my teeth and gums. After one, single-use, I felt as though I had just been to the dentist for a complete teeth-cleaning.

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Shark Rocket Professional Makes it Fun to Clean Carpet

Shark Rocket Professional
Shark Rocket Professional

The Shark Rocket Professional Performance Plus replaced our old, ‘beat-up, falling-apart’ Dyson DC14 Animal Vacuum. About eight years ago, we paid around $500.00 for the Dyson after being told these were the best vacuum cleaners money can buy, hands-down. The Dyson was okay, but not once, not even right-out-of-the-box,  was I ever wowed by its features and performance. On the other hand, we paid only $179.00 for the Shark Vacuum  vacuum cleaner. At less than half the price, the Shark Rocket has already left a much more favorable, initial impression on me than the previous, Dyson Vacuum Website. Here are some of the things that stand-out about this new vacuum cleaner, and how it compares to the Dyson.

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Shark Rocket Professional

Suction, Power, and Performance

The first time I powered-on the Shark Rocket Professional, it had noticeably more power than my old, Dyson DC14 Full Kit, reviewed here.  The brushes on the Sharp Rocket really dig into the carpet. In fact, the brush rollers are so strong that they practically propel the entire vacuum unit along the carpet by itself. After vacuuming our entire, my wife took the Shark Rocket over to my parent’s house to demonstrate. The carpeting of both houses look significantly better than they ever did with the Dyson. The Shark Rocket Professional advertises that it has more suction than the latest Dyson DC50 vacuum. The results leave little doubt in my mind that this is true.

Features and Operation

Lightweight Sleek Swivel Performance

The Shark Rocket Professional is only 14lbs. The low, sleek swivel-based vacuum head makes it a breeze to vacuum underneath beds, sofas, chairs, and other furniture. The vacuum head includes nice bright, LED lights so you can see what you are doing as you clean up under those dark pieces of furniture. As I wheeled the Shark Rocket around our living room for a while, I immediately noticed that less effort is required of my back and legs.

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