Site Suggestion Activity Since Covid-19 Onset

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MrAl

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Hi,

I was wondering if activity on this board increased significantly since the Covid-19 problem has been keeping many of us home a lot more than usual. Any numbers on this site available that might suggest that?
 

OBW0549

Joined Mar 2, 2015
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I was wondering if activity on this board increased significantly since the Covid-19 problem has been keeping many of us home a lot more than usual.
I think it has, here and on other electronics boards as well as non-electronic.

Normally at this hour on a weekday the parking area outside our apt. building would be about 90% empty, but since the COVID-19 shutdown it's been 90% full. Wouldn't surprise me at all if a significant number of the housebound were online, pounding away at their keyboards in discussion forums.
 

jrap

Joined Jun 25, 2006
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Not a crazy uptick that I've noticed...In fact the last few weeks in March we saw a dip across all sites. I guess people were just beginning to cope with the new reality, get supplies, etc etc. It's certainly picked back up since, but I imagine a lot of people are spending time on Netflix vs. learning :)
 

atferrari

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There is a number of sites similar to Netflix allowing free access to all or part of their contents.

The same goes for one of the top porno sites, the Met and other 10 or maybe more museums around the world.

For what I read few days ago, the ladies doing private exhibition using their webcams (I ignore what protocol communication they use) have seen a huge increase in their activities.
In my area, ice cream parlors reconverted their scheme and are delivering much more than what used to sell on the counter.

Finally, my records include myself doing laundry of everything (alpargatas and even pillows), let me say with quite good results plus cooking my first steak after more than 6 years preparing rice, salads, pasta or steam cooked vegetables.

By family pressure I downloaded Zoom.Took me some two hours to find the setting disabling audio. Now they hear me and I hear them too.
 
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MrAl

Joined Jun 17, 2014
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There is a number of sites similar to Netflix allowing free access to all or part of their contents.

The same goes for one of the top porno sites, the Met and other 10 or maybe more museums around the world.

For what I read few days ago, the ladies doing private exhibition using their webcams (I ignore what protocol communication they use) have seen a huge increase in their activities.
In my area, ice cream parlors reconverted their scheme and are delivering much more than what used to sell on the counter.

Finally, my records include myself doing laundry of everything (alpargatas and even pillows), let me say with quite good results plus cooking my first steak after more than 6 years preparing rice, salads, pasta or steam cooked vegetables.

By family pressure I downloaded Zoom.Took me some two hours to find the setting disabling audio. Now the hear me and I hear them too.
This is interesting. Can you name a few of those sites here?
 

atferrari

Joined Jan 6, 2004
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This is interesting. Can you name a few of those sites here?
Shame on me, MrAl; last night I learnt from one of my daughters that the news about Netflix and the other providers were a hoax. Since I do not watch TV or movies of any kind (not even a TV set at home) I took that for granted and forgot. :mad: Sorry for being so naive. Now wondering if they (Netflix) actually reduced the quality to minimize the bandwidth compromise.¿?

Last night I visited the Sistine Chapel - Vatican - Link for some others, here . I am impressed by the quality.

Just in case the news about the top porno site is also a hoax, I will keep my tablet only for reading some .pdf about analog multipliers. :p:p

Stay safe; be well.
 

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MrAl

Joined Jun 17, 2014
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Shame on me, MrAl; last night I learnt from one of my daughters that the news about Netflix and the other providers were a hoax. Since I do not watch TV or movies of any kind (not even a TV set at home) I took that for granted and forgot. :mad: Sorry for being so naive. Now wondering if they (Netflix) actually reduced the quality to minimize the bandwidth compromise.¿?

Last night I visited the Sistine Chapel - Vatican - Link for some others, here . I am impressed by the quality.

Just in case the news about the top porno site is also a hoax, I will keep my tablet only for reading some .pdf about analog multipliers. :p:p

Stay safe; be well.
Oh hey no problem. You might tell me what you do though instead of TV or something because i was thinking of dumping my TV too as the price of cable TV has gone through the roof and it's not worth it anymore since there are so many repeats and dang advertisements. I just wonder what i would be able to replace it with.
Maybe someone has experience with those internet streaming TV services or some other idea to replace TV.
 

atferrari

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Oh hey no problem. You might tell me what you do though instead of TV or something because i was thinking of dumping my TV too as the price of cable TV has gone through the roof and it's not worth it anymore since there are so many repeats and dang advertisements. I just wonder what i would be able to replace it with.
Maybe someone has experience with those internet streaming TV services or some other idea to replace TV.
All my family subscribed Netflix. Most of them got hooked to one or more series. I am steering clear of them. Fear to feel the "necessity" of watching another chapter.

Basically, I read, not as much as in the past (eyesight fatigue the main reason). I am most of the time dedicated to this hobby. Starting to solder a small PCB shortly.
 

OBW0549

Joined Mar 2, 2015
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Maybe someone has experience with those internet streaming TV services or some other idea to replace TV.
I got myself a Roku stick a few months back and am about ready to ditch my Fios TV service; I haven't watched anything on it in weeks.

The Roku gives me access to YouTube (there's actually quite a lot of good stuff on it, including documentaries, classical music and science programming), Amazon Prime Video (with a LOT of good stuff), which I get as an Amazon Prime subscriber, and some weather channels. I signed up for Netflix but I'll probably drop it, as I'm not too big on movies. The Roku also offers Hulu and some other services, but I haven't tried them (yet).
 

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MrAl

Joined Jun 17, 2014
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I got myself a Roku stick a few months back and am about ready to ditch my Fios TV service; I haven't watched anything on it in weeks.

The Roku gives me access to YouTube (there's actually quite a lot of good stuff on it, including documentaries, classical music and science programming), Amazon Prime Video (with a LOT of good stuff), which I get as an Amazon Prime subscriber, and some weather channels. I signed up for Netflix but I'll probably drop it, as I'm not too big on movies. The Roku also offers Hulu and some other services, but I haven't tried them (yet).
Dont you have to still pay for extra channels though?
I was reading a bit and i noticed that it seems that you have to subscribe to services that stream cable content or cable like content.
Can you provide a little insight here?
 

OBW0549

Joined Mar 2, 2015
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I haven't dropped the Fios TV yet, but what I got from talking with Verizon's sales rep is that once I do, and have only Internet and cellphone service remaining, that I will only be charged for those remaining services.

With the Roku, you do have to pay for services like Netflix and Hulu, but the monthly fee is modest compared to cable TV or Fios TV. And Amazon Prime Video is a paid service, included with Prime membership (≈ $100/yr.); but the Roku Channel itself, and YouTube, have no monthly charges.

Overall, I'm satisfied with the Roku. No complaints.
 
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SamR

Joined Mar 19, 2019
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wondering if they (Netflix) actually reduced the quality to minimize the bandwidth compromise.¿?
I usually watch a little Netflix daily. Every time I checked the video resolution it was maxed out. My wife and son watch TV and she tells me there are some paysites offering limited free access. Usually with ads... Or a free 2-4 week preview before they start charging your card.
 
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