Finally the New Apple TV.....


Well I have a loaner TV to check out. Unboxing who cares... I will go into setup, ease of use and is this Gen 1 worthy of getting for the average user, or just a tech head.

Configuration: 32GB, Cost $149

What's different between this Apple TV and the last generation? 

Quite a bit, but not enough to make the last generation Apple TV obsolete. If you don't need gaming, app store and the enhanced remote. Go with the last generation and the cost is down to $69. I have several older relatives with the last generation Apple TV and I would not suggest they upgrade to the new Apple TV. If you have kids just buy the newer Apple TV this is going to be like crack for the kids with the app store and gaming. I may change my mind if my older relatives can play word games like they do on their iPad.

The un - boxing

As usual Apple packages the TV as all their products, Impressively. I am a believer in the concept of making the whole experience of a product especially one that you have thought and researched is how it is packaged and protected. From the first iPod Generation 1 I noticed the unboxing as an experience. I went to a work event that night and relayed my thoughts and my coworkers thought I was nuts, and still do. Enough.


Power cord, HDMI cable (Not Included) for my setup. Also included lightening cable, stickers and... about it.

Simple to hook up. The unit boots to the Apple logo and then a screen pops asking if you want to synch the iCloud settings from your iPhone or iPad. This did not work for me and I found that others had the same issue. I found after several attempts that the TV was trying to update from my iPad. I turned off the iPad and the synch did not work. I decided to manually setup the unit.

There is a new single line keyboard to enter your information. Still a long and tedious process typing all the information in. Overall the setup is easy. The comes in the big surprise.

Instead of the usual pre-set, downloaded apps you have to go to the app store and download what you want individually. I wouldn't mind that as it is similar to other Apple devices. However, since every network has their own app I ended up having to download 12 separate apps. One nice feature is that one you do the first purchase in the app store you are allowed to authorize further purchases without having to input your store credentials.

Apps download fast and the selection is a bit surprising with HSN and Zillow. There are some other new apps worthy of a look.  I ended up with my network apps, some other apps that interested me and one gaming app. 




Long Day... Weekend...

Had to work most of the weekend. Work went well and just tired... need to go to bed early tonight.

After work I had to help a friend and pick up their dog at the kennel. Colby is a great companion to take on short hikes. So I decided it would tale the long road home and do some photography. I had my iPhone and these days that is usually good enough.

The kennel is located near an old place here in CT called Old Newgate Prison . I couldn't get the sun to peek out much but considering it had rained all day. The colors this year are great.

A Good Coffee, Joins My Top 5

Kicking Horse Coffee

Kicking Horse Coffee

Saw this hard a high rating on Amazon. So I ordered some and made it today. Really good coffee. I tried the Kicking Horse Dark 454 through a cone filter, medium grind. Very nice dark rich flavor. I will try some in my Cold Brew soak tonight. I think it will be good. I also want to try their Bear Claw would be great on those cold weekends to come.

Hard to believe it is fall already....

Nepaug Forest CT

Nepaug Forest CT

Nice day for a drive and finding the fall colors punching out. This fall looks like there will be two waves of colors. I estimate 1 wave this week, and another next week. I may get more shots lets see....

Next two shots are from a cemetery near Nepaug Forest, CT.  I was impressed with the below headstone. 

One thing I have noticed in visiting several old cemeteries is that there are three consistencies. 

1. Families are buried together for the most part and the amount of babies that died in each family. Most families have several child birth deaths.

2. Many men had two wives. Either childbirth or disease, many men have two wives buried in the family plot and another set of children. Several plots here reflect this look.

3. These older cemeteries in CT run from the 1600's thru early or mid 1900's. Depends on the size of the cemetery and location near a big city. The common periods of death caused by War, Pandemics, or brutal weather.

Missing Newspapers


Newspapers are vanishing due to the internet ether. What I miss most is in depth articles analyzing an issue or telling a story. Not the 5 minute soundbite that the internet generally provides for the most part. 

In college I would get three newspapers a day delivered to my apartment so I could keep on the news and understand my world. Yes the internet has allowed me to know the news quicker, but not in depth, or increasing my understanding. Today I pay for a couple of news sites such as the Wall Street Journal. Very few quality newspapers survive today. My local city paper is a ghost of itself from just 10 years ago.

Here is a great story done by Laurence Rees at Politico Magazine on the SS Guard at Auschwitz that was just convicted by a German court with several hundreds of counts as an accessory to murder. The BBC also did some interviews with the SS guard Oskar Groening. The article informs and reveals the duality of man and how a simple man who is good with numbers could accept these horrendous atrocities occurring all around him. The courage to stand up and probably die is a cup that many of us would find hard to take of. The quote that stands out for me showing how this man understood his complicity in the murders going on around him and over the last few decades is one of the few who have stood up to the holocaust deniers telling them the crematoriums were real, and that Hitler, and the German people killed people by the millions in the concentration camps. 

Read the article and get a different perspective as there have been so few who were in the SS to speak out and discuss what happened.

"The Life of an Auschwitz Guard"

Enough Politics.. Kudos to Nikon......

Check out this video. This is a new camera from Nikon Coolpix 900 that is yet to be released, but imminent. This camera costs $596, not a lot of money in the camera world, but still a chunk of change. I am a Canon guy from 35mm film days. I bought lenses and well I am a Canon guy. I have been impressed by Nikon and how they really caught Canon in lenses and cameras and surpassed them in some areas. I have to say the main reason I still love my Canon is stabilization. I have family tremors and so shaky shots can occur.

Now what makes me go wow! ZOOM!!!!! 166X zoom and I was astounded how the zoom, clarity of the lens. For the amount of money... wow...

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The Banter Continues...

Today the FBI admits that the SC shooter in the AME church should not have been permitted to buy a gun due to a felony conviction for drugs. Wow.. so again what does the government do well. Not much is my reply.

Even with gun laws in place they do not work. So lets make some new ones that is the answer, not. Enforce what is on the books already might be a better answer.

However victory has occurred with the Confederacy Battle Standard was removed from the SC capitol. The feel gooders can claim some victory as small and insignificant as it is.

Let's Take New Gun Laws....

Every time a crazy goes in and kills people there is usually an out cry from the Gun Control group to do something. 

I was not disappointed to almost immediately here the cry from the media that something must be done to control the amount of and access to guns. I will admit that one of the articles was at least honest that other than an outright ban on guns nothing would have stopped this tragedy.

The perp who committed this last despicable act was of legal age to buy a gun. The gun was purchased with a background check. As Karl Rove put it the only thing that would have stopped this nut would have been the repeal of the 2nd amendment.

Now this tragedy has brought up an issue that the media and feel gooders could get behind and that is the banning, or removal of the confederate flag. The gun control lobby has been moved to the 2nd row as the debate over the confederate flag blusters on.