No Cable For Me or Netflix Simply Explained.

family-watching-a-cartoon-tv-artistic-wallpaper-1920x1080-3414Mother’s Day 2014, I signed up for Netflix. I have not stopped since. Cable is a thing of the past for me. I have watched whole TV series, movies, documentaries, scifi, romance, mysteries, detective, kids shows, animated features, action and international programing.

Each episode can be watched consecutively, you can pause, leave and come back the next day and start watching right from where you left off. Now this is how you should be able to watch TV. No commercials blaring at you and interrupting the story line. You can watch each series and get a better feel for the story line instead of having to wait a week. Also, having worked shifts I could not catch the shows when I wanted.  I ended up with a recorder full of shows I didn’t get to watch. Having not watched much TV (husband who hogged the TV) I have pretty well caught up with the series and movies I may have missed during that time.

Three things are required to view Netflix:

1.  Netflix, subcription. Yes, there is a monthly fee depending on which type of service you want $7.99 CAD or $8.99 CAD.

2. WIFI connection (Internet service provider). Make sure you have enough data in your data plan to watch streaming videos. << link to how much data you can use depending on which picture quality you choose.

  • Low (0.3 GB per hour)
  • Medium (SD: 0.7 GB per hour)
  • High (Best video quality, up to 3 GB per hour for HD and 7 GB per hour for Ultra HD)

3.  Receiver attached to your TV set (I chose the Roku box.)  You can use other boxes like Xbox 360 or Wii box. << help center to set up.  Just follow the instructions from the Roku box on the TV.   You will need to know your WIFI password and name of network. Call your ISP if you don’t know your WIFI password. You can also just watch on your computer, IPAD or laptop from the Netflix website


I have been having a field day watching what ever I want when I want. :0)  A little free advertising for Netflix.



How to Minimize your Data Usage for Cell Phone Users.


Working for a cell phone company the biggest complaint we hear regarding cell phone invoices are “How could I use so much data?” This is prevalent with youngest to oldest users.

All cell phone users should know this information.

  • Pictures
  • Videos
  • Steaming

These use the most data on your phone

Learn to turn off your data when not using. Do not leave apps running when you are not using them. When using Wifi be careful not to step outside the wifi area and do not leave your phone unattended when on wifi. If you step outside the wifi area while viewing something your phone will automatically search for data unless you make sure data is turned off in your settings.  You can leave your phone on to receive calls or texts but make sure your data is turned off.

When you leave Canada you are no longer using your cell phone service provider. If you make a phone call or text or use data you are using another service provider you are using an unplanned service. Therefore they will charge your Canadian Cell phone provider the usage. “Big Bucks”. Most Cell phone companies have travel packages to use while in the US or other countries. Make sure you purchase one before you leave. Be very cautions about turning your data off, as data unplanned on another provider is huge dollars $$$$$.


I have also found turning off your WIFI settings when not using WIFI saves battery power. Turn on as needed.

Also, don’t over charge your phone. If you leave it charging once it reaches 100 % it will keep trying to charge and could wear out your battery faster. Example: phone at 100 % > phone goes down to 99% > has to charge to 100% again. This is repeated over and over if you leave your phone plugged in say overnight.  Hard on the battery.

Below is some information about turning on and off your data on various phones.

Turning Mobile Data On and Off for Samsung Galaxy S6 & Galaxy S6 Edge

  1. From the top of the menu, swipe down.
  2. Select the Settings icon.
  3. Select Data Usage.
  4. Next to Mobile Data, switch the status switch to turn OFF mobile data.
  5. Select OK.
  6. Next to the Mobile Data, select the status switch to turn mobile data back on.

Samsung Galaxy And Galaxy S6 Edge: How To Turn Data OFF And ON



  1. From the Home screen:
    • iPhone: Choose Settings > Cellular.
    • iPad: Choose Settings > Cellular Data.

Turn Cellular Data off. This will disable all cellular data traffic until you enable it.

If cellular data is off, all data services use Wi-Fi, including email, web browsing, push notifications, and others. If cellular data is on, carrier charges may apply. For example, using certain features and services that transfer data, such as Siri and Messages, could result in charges to your data plan.

Depending on your carrier and device model, some additional options may be available:

  • Enable LTE or 3G.
  • Turn Voice Roaming on or off (CDMA): Turn Voice Roaming off to avoid charges from using other carrier’s networks. When your carrier’s network isn’t available, iPhone won’t have cellular (data or voice) service.
  • Turn Data Roaming on or off: Data Roaming permits Internet access over a cellular data network when you’re in an area that isn’t covered by your carrier’s network. When you’re traveling, you can turn off Data Roaming to avoid roaming charges.
  • Set when cellular data is used for apps and services. Go to Settings > Cellular, then turn cellular data on or off for any app that can use cellular data. If a setting is off, iPhone will use only Wi-Fi for that service. The iTunes settings include both iTunes Match and automatic downloads from the iTunes Store and the App Store.

Adjust and view data usage

Some apps from the App Store use the Apple Push Notification service to alert you of new data. Apps that rely extensively on push notifications (such as instant messaging or social media apps) will consume cellular data. To disable push notifications, go to Settings > Notifications and set Notifications to off.

Choose Settings > Cellularto view the cellular data usage for each app. Tap to turn off cellular data for an app. Contact your carrier if you have questions about your cellular data usage.

You can set apps, such as Mail, to fetch data wirelessly at specific intervals. The more frequently your device fetches email or other data, the faster data is consumed.

  • To fetch new data manually, go to the Home screen and choose Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data. Tap to turn off Push, then tap Manually.
  • To increase the fetch interval, choose Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data and tap Hourly.

Note: This is a global setting; it applies to all apps that don’t support push services.


How do I turn off data on my Android™ phone?

  • From the home screen press the Menu button
  • Tap Settings
  • Tap Wireless & networks
  • Tap Mobile networks
  • Ensure Data enabled and Data roaming are unchecked


How can I reduce a data usage on my Nokia Lumia phone?

There are a few things you can do to reduce your data usage (also presented on this video (English) from Nokia Care).

Set mail download to manual: If your phone syncs mail frequently, it uses more data. You can choose how often your phone automatically syncs mail.

  1. Tap the mail account whose settings you want to change.
  2. Tap the 3 dots () at the bottom right of the screen.
  3. Select Settings > Sync settings.
  4. Tap Download new content, and select a time. If you don’t want your phone to sync mail automatically, select Manually.

Stop data roaming: Connecting to the internet when roaming, especially when abroad, can raise data costs substantially. Data roaming means using your phone to receive data over networks that your network service provider does not own or operate. To make sure you are not using your phone to roam, on the start screen, swipe left, tap Settings > Mobile network (cellular), and switch Data roaming options to Don’t roam.

Switch your mobile data connection off: If you want to make sure you’re not using data at all, you can switch your data connection off altogether. Tap Settings > Mobile network (cellular), and switch Data connection to Off.

Last but not least it is not your cell phone service providers fault if you do not know how to use your own cell phone. The responsibility is yours.


Virtual Property

ImageRule of thumb, don’t buy any virtual properties. You don’t really own it. It belongs to the game or the website you purchased it from. The game or website have power over the object, perk, gear, pet, picture, mount. The virtual object can be changed how it appears or taken away altogether by the web site or original owner. These are ruses to get you to spend money. You are not getting good value. The courts are trying to set up laws regarding virtual property.

Definition of VIRTUAL

1: being such in essence or effect though not formally recognized or admitted <a virtual dictator>
2: of, relating to, or using virtual memory
3: of, relating to, or being a hypothetical particle whose existence is inferred from indirect evidence <virtual photons> — compare real 3
4: being on or simulated on a computer or computer network <print or virtual books> <a virtual keyboard>: as
a : occurring or existing primarily online <a virtual library> <virtual shopping>
b : of, relating to, or existing within a virtual reality <a virtual world> <a virtual tour>

Pet Peeve Time.

All I want to know is who is in the picture? That’s all.  So I Google the movie or characters, click on a picture, no one is identified in the picture clearly.  There are a lot of names in the text but the picture has no identification of who is actually in the picture and when it was taken.

Blog after, Blog after, Blog of just pictures no identification.  How lazy are people?  Some wonderful photos and some wonderful art work who knows who took the picture or even spent the time and drew and created the picture.  Oh and where the heck was the picture taken and when.  I have seen beautiful pictures and want to know where it is taken. No luck. :0(

Please identify photos and pictures and art and places and when it was taken.  I don’t read minds…. yet.

© Valerie Weik 2012

Sock Monkey © TapestryIII Graphics 2011 Identifying picture. This is my rendition of a sock monkey for Super Poke Pets.  This has never been published before.  Super Poke Pets does not exist any longer. Google got rid of this game.

Oh and never buy a virtual property you don’t really own it.  It belongs to the person you bought it from.  They have the power over the virtual property and can choose to take away your access to the virtual property.

Enough pet peeves for one day.  I shall continue trying to find out the identity of my 3 young stars.  Carry on internet.