If you're wondering how a Hisense smart TV would work fine one day and then stop connecting to Netflix for no apparent reason whatsover the next, you're not alone.  This was the case with our relatively new Hisense TV just a few days ago. 


Actually, the problem first appeared longer ago than that.  But the brain sometimes refuses to engage the issue when the issue first appears and other problems are much more pressing.


But I finally found the motivation, or nerve, to tackle the problem.  And as usual, the problem is not ours alone and there is a faithful crowd of complainants to draw on from the online community.  In this case, we're of course looking for the Hisense TVs not connecting Netflix community.  And a search using that exact term did not let me down.


It certainly helps that there are plenty of others who have experienced the same problem who also voice their experience online in some way.  But it's gold when you find someone who has taken the bull by the horns and wrestled it to the ground decisively.  Because that's apparently the only way one would ever know why a "smart" TV would suddenly stop working with Netflix - aside from wrestling the bull oneself.


So this person went to the trouble of calling Hisense and asking for support.  What a novel idea!  Actually, I'd still rather read through the posts of others experiencing the same problem looking for the solution.  But that's by the by.  The answer this person got is one of those solutions that thankfully works, but still leaves you scratching your head.  So what is it?


Are you ready for this?  Here it is.  If your Hisense TV will not connect to Netflix for some unfathomable reason, the solution is...


Go to menu-audio-balance.  Then push 1969 on your remote.  Go down to factory options.  Go down to clean all.  After it gets done doing that, unplug your TV for one minute then turn it back on.

And who should I thank for this, who had the patience and sense (sorry for the pun) to call Hisense and wait for an hour?  This person here at AskMeFast


For the average computer user like myself and my wife, there is probably nothing more annoying and disruptive than having a browser hijacked by a piece of rubbish called Trovi.  I have no hesitation naming names because of the maliciousness of this company and the sheer nerve they've displayed towards those of us who don't appreciate what they're doing.  This "little" browser hijacker came up about a month ago on my wife's computer.  The effect was Mozilla's Firefox opens with the web site whose name starts with a T, which is followed by an R, and then an O, followed by a V, and ends with an I - even if the Home Page in Firefox Options is anything but [name redacted].  Not cool.  Not cool at all.


When you type [name redacted] in Startpage, you'll find out that this is known as a 'Browser Helper[???] Object'.  Lavasost here says, "It is able to become the startup page of your web browser via modifying browser settings. No matter which browser you are using (Internet Explorer, Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Opera), you can see the browser is occupied by it completely."  They also name the company responsible.   


But who cares.  We just want to know how to get rid of it.  Well, even if evil is as evil does, there are thankfully those who practice the exact opposite in the computer world. 


Thank God for the good geeks!  And there are even those who go the extra mile to help out a fellow internet user in pain.  And it's good to know that for every [name redacted] that threatens the general workflow of the computer world, there is another who hasn't joined the dark side.  Stelian Pilici is one of those good guys who saved the day for my wife and me when we followed the steps he gives here.  Another, slightly more in depth, description of steps to get rid of [name redacted] is also here.  However, the Stelian's description did the trick right off the bat for us.


I would add that the key for us was the recommended program in step 3, AdwCleaner.  That's because we had already tried Malwarebytes on our own before finding Stelian's solution and the offending rubbish was not removed.  So if you do nothing else, try downloading AdwCleaner and running this piece of software which can be found here.



My daughter laughs at this, but I have found a way to "fix" a pair of ripped pants.  Normally, when you rip your jeans, you either toss them, or continue to wear them with the excuse that they're making a fashion statement.  I'm fairly certain no one bothers to patch them anymore with those square patches.  They're way too tacky even in this unsavvy Dad's opinion. 


So what if you really, really like those old pair of jeans and you're also not really into fashion statements?  Mine usually ended up making a sort of archival pile of old jeans and pants that I could count the years of my life by.  That was until I figured out how to make the best use of that new fabric repairing product I bought on impulse from the grocery store.  Yes, the grocery store of all places.  The product caught my attention because that package promised something about not having to sew the old fashioned way using needle and thread.  That, and I'm too easily convinced by new fangled ideas I guess.


Well, I tried it out soon after I first bought it.  But the pants ended up tearing again, and I almost abandoned the idea.


But then I thought maybe that early failure was because my patch was too small.  So I tried again using a patch area that almost covers the entire front knee. 


So what's different about that?  The patch is on the reverse side of the pants.  And the patch is glued.  The end result is that you don't have any visible patch at all, and the tear is more or less "healed" as seen from the outside.  It's brilliant!  Of course you can tell that there was a rip.  But it's not anywhere near as tacky as having a full-blown patch sewn on the outside of your jeans or pants.


You'd think after going through so many bags like the one in the video above that I'd have figured out how to open that chained string knot securing the top of it.  Well, impatience will no longer lead me to grabbing those scissors and hastily cutting the top clean off.  Because I found the solution to opening a sac of rice.


Basically, you cut the nearest loop to the edge of bag on the 'chained' string side. Then you grab the chain of string and it should pull freely right across that side and then continuing on the other side until all the string has been pulled out completely.  This was not my solution.  Thanks goes to:

Beehexs at YouTube


This robin seems to like the top of our porch pillar as a nesting location. 



This isn't the first year that a robin has taken up residence here either.  But in one year, the eggs ended up being smashed on the ground somehow without us really knowing how or why.  


This year, I decided to watch more closely to see whether this robin family would have any more success with their nest home.  It would make sense, and I'd like to think that this robin might be the same one, or one of the chicks previously, since animals are supposedly instinctual by nature.  Or maybe this is a brave new couple who have decided on this seemingly precarious home location. 


But as long as the nest remains secure, and the predators don't find the eggs, our porch post does make an ideal nest spot on second thought.  I suppose I'd better think twice before second guessing God's innately intelligent creatures.


Over-generalizing childhood can be risky, yet what parent doesn't understand that there are stages in a child's growing up.  For example, moms and dads exchange knowing looks with other store customers as their two year-old screams at the ceiling from the grocery store floor, as if to say, we've been there.  Who hasn't heard of the "terrible twos"?


(An obvious exception to this generalization can be seen in the differences in growth of boys and girls.  Most girls seem to skip the bed-wetting stage entirely.)


Anyway, we're currently in the all-knowing fours stage.  Enough people know this stage that I was able to joke recently in a room full of adults all offering their help as a brand new "smart" TV was being set up, Nobody panic...  We have a four year-old in the room.


But this stage is remarkable for the absolute certainty with which a creature, which has only been present on this earth for four years can blurt out orders and argue with grown-ups who have been around for 40 to 75 years or more.  And if that's not evidence of a divine design for creation, I don't know what else is.

There's a song that goes something like, "All these modern things have always existed.  They've just been waiting in a mountain for the right moment."  Those are the words of the inimitable Bjork.  I'm always reminded of Plato when I hear those lines, because that seems to be exactly what he was talking about when he philosophized about things.  But it wasn't my intention to talk about Greek philosophy.  Those lyrics always seem to come to my mind whenever I think about the overwhelming clutter of things that surround me every day.


I don't want to bemoan overmuch about the abundance of things that I have in my life because that is a very good sign that I"m well off - maybe even lucky, some might even say.  However, as with many things is life, with a blessing often comes a curse.  And what else would you call clutter?  It's usually not welcome, and something that people will even pay good money to get rid of.


So, what is wrong with having lots of stuff anyway?  I guess nothing is wrong with that in itself.  Who could refuse a new and better smart phone if there was one available?  And that's just one item in the category of communication gadget.  Think of all the other categories of things in existence: food items, transportation, clothing etc.  And each category has their own variety of paraphernalia that goes along with them.  Phones need chargers, cords, and various other things for example.


But there's nothing wrong with having all of that stuff.  At least not until you start running out of nicks and crannies in your home or places to store all of that stuff.  That's the problem in a nutshell - storage. 


I like to think the problem might not even exist (that is clutter) if the makers of such things and all the other modern items we take for granted had put a little for-thought into providing some kind of permanent storage solution into every thing that they sell.  But that's ridiculous right?  Not their job or responsibility.  No, the onus is on us to find out where and how to keep all of this stuff organized and tidy so that we can find it when we need it. 


Take for example that nifty popcorn maker you just had to have.  You might have even used it once or twice.  Later, you find yourself staring at a red machine perched on top of the china cabinet in the corner of the dining room for the rest of its and possibly your life.  I mean, where else do you put a bulky stand-up popcorn machine?  And why didn't the makers of popcorn machine provide a handy carry-all bag for it so that you can at least shove it in some closet in case you get sick of looking at it all the time.


Now, of course, some of us are better at organizing our things than other.  I suppose that's not going to change.  And that's probably good news for those clutter experts you see on reality TV.  In the meantime, I definitely have my own clutter to take care of and dispose of.