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Friday, November 28, 2014

[Video] Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser

[Video] Jimmy Fallon & Rashida Jones Sing Holiday Parodies of the year's biggest songs.


YouTube embed works on Twitter, not on Facebook



FACEBOOK GROUP: Fox 25 for Blacked-out Verizon FIOS Customers

Boston Globe writes, Fee dispute leaves FIOS customers in Mass. without Fox 25, but doesn't link to the Facebook group that they mention in the story.
Wellesley resident Cimarron Buser, who launched a Facebook page for people who lost service, urged them to complain to the Federal Communications Commission. He and others suggested ways to work around the blackout. One idea: Hook up a high-definition TV antenna and tune into the station’s broadcast for free.

“I’m not sure who is to blame for this, but clearly two large media companies . . . are fighting it out,” Buser said in an e-mail. “The consumer is the pawn in the game.”

Cimarron Buser

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Scanned Slides from Grand Lake Lodge 1969

Grand Lake Lodge 1969 007

Epson Perfection V850 Pro Photo Scanner. Install and Auto Mode Test

Massachusetts Health Connector: BROWSE PLANS ANONYMOUSLY

The Massachusetts Health Connector let's you browse plans anonymously.

View Anonymously

Be careful entering your birthday. 

Once you start typing, the MM/YYYY prompt goes away, so if you type MM/DD/YYYY instead , and get an error, you won't know why.

Browse our plans

'Browse our plans' page asks for Date of Birth as MM/YYYY and NOT MM/DD/YYYY.

Date of Birth field label needs 'MM/YYYY' too.

Or, my preferred solution, change the field to accept, MM/DD/YYYY.

Massachusetts Health Connector: FIND A DOCTOR

Massachusetts Health Connector goes Live, November 15, 2014 at 8:00 AM.

NOTE: The URL is, not .com

MA Health Connector

Shopping for Plans
When shopping for plans, the Massachusetts Health Connector site WILL NOT let you enter in your doctor to see which plan s/he is in.

You'll need to visit each plan site to see if your doctor is a member of that plan.

Available plans:
Massachusetts Health Connector Plans

when you are selecting a plan, it is very important that you check that your doctor is in that plan’s network (a network is the group of providers that participate with a certain health plan).

You will find links to health plan websites on the Health Connector website.

Be sure to visit the “find a doctor” tool (Provider Search) on these websites before enrolling in a plan to ensure that your doctor will be available to you.

That's 15 plans!

Oh wait, that's 16 plans!

Massachusetts Health Connector – Plan Information

The DENTAL and MEDICAL plans are mixed together here. Would be better to separate DENTAL to make it easier to search.

Also, some plans are for BUSINESS ONLY. I've noted that below.

Each link to a plan goes to an intermediate page. From there you click through to the plan's SEARCH page.

I've provided direct links to PLAN SEARCH PAGES here, and put DENTAL plans at the bottom.

Ambetter from CeltiCare Health

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan

Fallon Health

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Health New England

Minuteman Health

Neighborhood Health Plan

Tufts Health Plan

Tufts Health Plan – Network Health



Altus Dental

Delta Dental

Dental Blue




Obama: 'If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan'

Barack Obama says that what he'd said was you could keep your plan 'if it hasn’t changed since the law passed'

Friday, November 14, 2014

MA Health Connector Promotes New Website With Broken Link

MA Health Connector tweeted out a broken link yesterday to the new Health Connector website.

I told them on twitter.

It's still broken.

They need to be listening on Social Media.

If they aren't listening now, they aren't going to be listening Saturday, when the site opens up at 8 AM.

That's not right.

Monday, November 03, 2014

I Hardwired my TiVo and Let it Choose DHCP Address

I had a problem connecting my TiVo Series 3 to my home network.

Error: No DHCP connection. 

It might have something to do with the power going out here for 12 hours.

I tried a lot of things and ended up unplugging EVERYTHING, and then physically connecting the TiVo to the Xfinity modem via a hub. I removed an intermediate WiFi device.

It worked.

Hard cable connection to a hub:

Over to a router:


To the modem:

I donated to support The Brittany Fund and Compassion & Choices - Massachusetts

I donated to support Compassion & Choices - Massachusetts