A Roku Private Channel “List of Lists!”

Roku Digital Video Player starts at $59.99

So, you know I LOVE my Roku! In fact, part of the fun of my Roku box is that I like to find new, private channels! “Private Channels” are channels you can get on the Roku, that are not advertised as available in the “official” Roku Channel Store. But, they work, they are cool, and many of them are better than the published “official” channels!

You know that we have OUR OWN Official Roku Channel called “Dr. Bill Bailey.NET” that is available in the Roku Channel Store, and with the code word: “DrBillTV”. So, how would you add that channel? Go to your Roku account on the web, login, then go to this address:

https://owner.roku.com/Add

Enter the Roku Channel code word, then click on the “Add Channel” button! Then, go to your Roku box, enter the Roku Channel Store via the icon in the Channel Line-up, and then exit back “up” to the main level, this will force an “update” of your box. You will then see your new channel!

So, here’s my “List of Lists” that I use to find cool, new Roku Private, or “Hidden” Channels!

http://streamfree.tv/apps/roku-private-channels/all/

http://catastrophegirlsrokuchanneldata.blogspot.com/

http://www.roku-channels.com/

http://www.rokuguide.com/private-channels

http://mkvxstream.blogspot.com/2012/07/2012-roku-private-channel-list.html

http://www.almostaccurate.com/roku/

Enjoy finding hidden Roku Channels!

Disney is Buying Lucasfilm!

Darth MickeyFirst it was the Muppets, then Marvel comics, now Star Wars and Indiana Jones! Zowie! Disney seems to be buying up everything! But, the big news for me is that there will be a follow-on series of three more Star Wars movies with Luke, Leia and Han! Cool beans! Can haz more Star Wars? Apparently so! Rock on!

The deal is rumored to be a 4 plus billion (with a “b”) dollar deal. So, expect to see George Lucas in a solid gold humvee soon (with apologies to “Weird Al Yankovik!”) Disney CEO Robert Iger was quoted as saying: “This is one of the great entertainment properties of all time, one of the best branded and one of the most valuable, and it’s just fantastic for us to have the opportunity to both buy it, run it and grow it. We really like Star Wars’ potential on TV as well and we think (cable-satellite channel) Disney XD will be a great home for that.”

So, Disney XD Star Wars TV? I am up for that as well. Just do it right, Disney!

Talk About Service! New Features for ClassicShell!

Just because I thought about them! Well, OK, not really… but this is awesome! I was thinking how cool it would be if the new-style Windows 8 apps were listed in a separate menu WITHIN ClassicShell! And bang, a new version was announced (right in ClassicShell itself!) Here’s what they say: “It adds some missing features to Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 – like a classic start menu, start button, a toolbar for Windows Explorer and others.” Yes, but it also adds in the new Windows 8 software (like the Kindle viewer, etc.) and zowie! There is is! So cool!

New YouTube Viewing Option for Roku Users!

Thanks to the folks at the Roku Channel list available at: http://mkvxstream.blogspot.com for this email:
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Hi Dr. Bill,

In reference to your post there is now a nice working 3rd party solution to watch YouTube videos on Roku with a new Roku channel (private) “channel code” VideoBuzz
http://www.drbill.tv/2011/02/14/the-roku-box-secret-code/

This has replaced the old RateRix channel which offered a limited workaround.

We recently added your channel to our list and would really appreciate a mention of our website mkvxstream.com and our large Roku Channel list on your site.

Thanks,

Ben

Dr. Bill.TV #262 – Video – “The Windows 8 Upgrade Edition!”

What are the obstacles to HTML’s promise? How to remove the Amazon adverts from Ubuntu! GSotW: Free Duplicate File Finder! Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99, and a demo of my upgrade! It’s not bad! Windows Media Center is free if you have the hookup!

Links that pertain to this Netcast:

TechPodcasts Network

Blubrry Network

Ashisoft Free Duplicate File Finder


Start the Video Netcast in the Blubrry Video Player above by
clicking on the “Play” Button in the center of the screen.

(Click on the buttons below to Stream the Netcast in your “format of choice”)
Streaming M4V Audio





Streaming MP3 Audio

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Download M4V Download WebM Download MP3 Download Ogg
(Right-Click on any link above, and select “Save As…” to save the Netcast on your PC.)

Available on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/c5zqvu_BBLE

Available on Vimeo at: https://vimeo.com/52298507


Dr. Bill.TV #262 – Audio – “The Windows 8 Upgrade Edition!”

What are the obstacles to HTML’s promise? How to remove the Amazon adverts from Ubuntu! GSotW: Free Duplicate File Finder! Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99, and a demo of my upgrade! It’s not bad! Windows Media Center is free if you have the hookup!

Links that pertain to this Netcast:

TechPodcasts Network

Blubrry Network

Ashisoft Free Duplicate File Finder


Start the Video Netcast in the Blubrry Video Player above by
clicking on the “Play” Button in the center of the screen.

(Click on the buttons below to Stream the Netcast in your “format of choice”)
Streaming M4V Audio





Streaming MP3 Audio

Streaming Ogg Audio

Download M4V Download WebM Download MP3 Download Ogg
(Right-Click on any link above, and select “Save As…” to save the Netcast on your PC.)

Available on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/c5zqvu_BBLE

Available on Vimeo at: https://vimeo.com/52298507


Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99

So… will you do it? Reckon I will.

Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99

“We set out to make it as easy as possible for everyone to upgrade to Windows 8. Starting at general availability, if your PC is running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 you will qualify to download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99 in 131 markets. And if you want, you can add Windows Media Center for free through the ‘add features’ option within Windows 8 Pro after your upgrade.

When you use Windows.com to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro, the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant makes upgrading simple by walking you through the upgrade process step-by-step from purchase to download and then of course installation.

The Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant will check to make sure your PC is ready for Windows 8. It will provide a detailed compatibility report that lets you know of anything you may have to address before or after the upgrade and outlines actions to take.

It will also inform you of any application or device compatibility issues. It will ask you what you want to keep from your current Windows installation. You will be able to upgrade from any consumer edition of Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro and bring everything along which includes your Windows settings, personal files, and apps. If you are upgrading from Windows Vista, you will be able to bring along your Windows settings and personal files, and if you are upgrading from Windows XP you will only be able to bring along your personal files. Of course, if you want to start fresh, you can choose to bring nothing along. Or if you prefer to format your hard drive as part of your upgrade experience, you can do so as long as you boot from media and then format your hard drive from within the setup experience for installing Windows 8, not prior to it.

Once you purchase your upgrade, the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant kicks off your download. It has a built-in download manager that allows you to pause and continue your download at any time as well as a check to ensure your download completes successfully.

After your download finishes, you can choose to proceed with the upgrade (‘Install now’) or install later either from your desktop or by creating your own media. If you choose to create your own media, you will be able to create your own bootable USB or .ISO file which can be burned onto a DVD for upgrade and backup purposes. If you prefer, you also have the option of purchasing a backup DVD for $15 plus shipping and handling.”

Geek Software of the Week: Free Duplicate File Finder!

Free Duplicate File FinderThis is a awesome tool from Ahsisoft! The FREE version is cool, the Pro version adds features, such as the ability to export results as a spreadsheet or HTML document. The Pro version has other neat features as well, but you may not need them for simply finding dupes on your drive and cleaning up. Try the free version, and if you need “more power” you can get the Pro Version… which is what I did!

Ashisoft Free Duplicate File Finder

Use Free Duplicate File Finder & Remove Duplicate Files

“You may not realize how many duplicate files you have after downloaded many files from the Internet or duplicate files scattered over your home or corporate network. Duplicate files are usually waste and unnecessary keeping them is merely a waste of valuable hard disk space. Your hard drives may be full of ducuments, iTunes, iPod, MP3, Photos, and Video and many of them are redundant.

Duplicate File Finder, is a FREE tool designed to find and delete duplicate files over home and corporate network while no software installed on other computer. Fast byte-to-byte and CRC32 comparison gives you the most accurate results and duplicate file finder searches duplicate file contents regardless of filename. A list of find duplicate files can be sorted, exported, and acted upon. A search session including results can be saved. Duplicate files can be remove, moved, or copied.

Why is finding duplicate files useful?

Deleting duplicates will help to speed up indexing and reduces back up time and size. Your computer isn’t fully optimized until you’ve removed all unnecessary clone files. Let Clone Remover find and remove the duplicates! Regain valuable disk space and improve data quality.

Benefits

  • Identify and recover wasted disk space
  • Reducing the time and media used for backups
  • Minimize time used to unneeded virus scanning
  • Increase free space on ‘limited’ resources, like laptops and memory disks
  • Reduce files searching time
  • Duplicate file remover to eliminate synchronization problems
  • Runs much more quickly than others in its class, very safe and reliable

Features

  • Powerful search engines (byte by byte and SHA-1)
  • Find files with same contents, same name and zero size.
  • Find duplicate pictures, video, songs(mp3, wma, ogg).
  • Fastest among duplicate file finders, duplicate file cleaner.
  • Very user friendly, Specially design for novice users.
  • Works with removable media devices like Floppy, USB, etc.
  • Search local PC and over network.
  • Find duplicate files based on criteria : filename, byte to byte, CRC, etc.
  • Fuzzy Match for files with little differences
  • Can find duplicate from a selected set of folders (i.e., not from whole drive).
  • Allows important folders you wish to be excluded from scanning altogether.
  • Can use wild cards and protects the windows and system folders.
  • Skips the hidden files and folder.
  • Show files version and properties.
  • Resizable popup picture viewer.
  • Save job session and results for later review.
  • Results can be exported in HTML and CSV formats.”

Has Ubuntu Gone Too Far? How to Remove the Ubuntu Amazon Ads!

I have been pondering the integration of Amazon into Ubuntu (which we saw during the demo install that I did on the last Netcast, number 261.) I am OK with an additional icon, but showing recommendations for purchase when you do a search on your desktop for applications? That is a step too far! Don’t get me wrong. I am all for Canonical making money, and monetizing an Open Source project is a challenge, but there comes a point that it is just TOO obtrusive! So, in the interest of preserving my sanity, and yours… here’s how to remove the Dash ads in Ubuntu 12.10:

1) Open a Terminal Session
2) Type in:

sudo apt-get remove unity-lens-shopping

3) Enter your password
4) Poof! The ads are gone!

So there, Canonical! Let’s be a bit more discerning out there, huh? Linux geeks will only put up with so much!

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