2018-06-06 / Front Page

Internet in Bloom for The Layperson

By Ted J. Bloom

Ted Bloom, MLS., MSEd., CPL.,CKMI., NP has been a published columnist in New York since 1999. A CDCR law librarian and instructor with two graduate degrees, some of his credentials include, creating and running a career preparation computer lab for at-risk youth through the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as being a NYS Notary Public, SUNY Communications Instructor, a YMCA Director and a Certified Krav Maga Instructor.  His first book The Librarian's Guide to Employment in the Information Age is now available on Amazon.com.Ted Bloom, MLS., MSEd., CPL.,CKMI., NP has been a published columnist in New York since 1999. A CDCR law librarian and instructor with two graduate degrees, some of his credentials include, creating and running a career preparation computer lab for at-risk youth through the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as being a NYS Notary Public, SUNY Communications Instructor, a YMCA Director and a Certified Krav Maga Instructor. His first book The Librarian's Guide to Employment in the Information Age is now available on Amazon.com.Technology has changed and improved and so have the ways of receiving television.  I have a BA in Radio / TV and Film that I hardly use, although in my youth I did market it a tad as a stagehand to help me pay for graduate school.  The challenging aspect of the entertainment field is your competition, namely an endless supply of interns, are willing to work for free to get into showbiz.  Plus, you are often dealing with cut-throat family businesses who hand-pick whoever they want, whenever they want.  So if you are serious, you need a plan B occupation to tide you over and over and over.  Getting back to TV and the Internet, www.cordcuttersnews.com is a rare site that explains the several ways one can get TV for free, such as by mounting a broadcast antenna or buy using an existing Internet subscription to stream or piggyback the TV signals.

Personally, I do not own a TV, nor do I stream it on my computer at home.  This gives me time to do other things.

However, many must have television.  It seems like a convenient babysitter.  For those TV enthusiasts, and I admit TV has produced some outstanding programs in the past on such networks as PBS, there are a variety of apps one can download to their cellphone: PlutoTV, TubiTV, Hulu and Crackle are some available from www.play.google.com

Furthermore, PlutoTV may also be found online at: www.plutotv.com and the other above TV apps may also be found online.  Pop them into your favorite search engine, such as DuckDuckGo or Google, for the exact URL.  Warning: It seems like almost everything in life may be addictive--TV is definitely addictive.  Imagine sitting in front of a device that tells you to consume every ten minutes.  In fact, some of the above sources may play the same commercial repeatedly.

Speaking of technology, if you don't drive with a bottle of beer in your hand, why would you drive while texting, which often requires two hands?  More people are killed from cellphone distractions than from driving while intoxicated.  Someone near me recently broke off a fire-hydrant with their car during rush-hour.  Water flooded the streets.  Roads were closed off.  The police, fire, highway departments and emergency services all had to be summoned.  Vigilance.


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