Below is my YouTube PlayList for Howard’s Notebook.  I have over 400 videos on YouTube.  

Hulu with no commercials


  I just went with the new Hulu plan of “No Commercials.”  I been watching a lot of Hulu recently.  It has been bugging me that I pay for a membership and I have to watch commercials.
  So now I am playing $11.00 a month.
  I was paying $7.99 a month.
My fear is that I am going to slowing keep paying for things and at some point I would just be better off paying for cable TV.

  Well going to enjoy an evening of watching stuff on Hulu commercial free.


Windows 10 Email clients

  I use Google Gmail.  I been accessing it on the web. That works out best for me.  But today I decided I wanted to see if I could find a better way or something different.
  I found

10 Best Email Client Apps for “Windows 10” 2015

  I installed Mailbird and paid for it.  I have used it in the past and paid for it then.  After a few hours I decided that it just was not right for me.
  I installed Windows Live Mail.  It may have already been on Windows 10.  Looks good and would be good for some people.  But not for me.
  I installed Outlook.  I liked the look of it.  I always like Outlook Express from the old days. 

  I have tried Mozilla Thunderbird many times on many different O/S.  It just does not work out for me.

  So I am back to doing my browser and going to Google Gmail. 
Now all of those programs would be good for most people but I have a ton of sorting rules setup and I have folders that get certain messages and it just works better the way I have it set up now.
  Maybe if I worked with one of the above mail clients I could get it to be a home for me.  But why spend all the time when I am happy just using Chrome to go to GMail site?


Cheap speakers on the way

  I have some low cost speakers coming from Amazon today.  I wish I had good hearing.  I have had a lot of hearing loss since I was in the 3rd or 4th grade.
  I have missed a lot over the years.  I have had some good speakers over the years but they don’t sound special to me.
  Well at least nothing wrong with my taste buds now that would be bad.

LogitechSpeakers Z200

  I should get the above speakers today.  I hope they will be better than my current Logitech speakers but I am not sure that they will sound any better to me.


Car with no windshield wipers

Ready to have your mind blown?

Google said Monday that it is bringing its self-driving prototype cars to Austin. The company brought one of its Koala cars to Thinkery, a children’s museum in Austin, where they received some interesting questions.

When asked if the car had windshield wipers, a Google employee replied, “Yes, but not on the windshield. They’re on our sensors—our car’s ‘eyes.'” Essentially, the Google car doesn’t have windshield wipers because it doesn’t need them.

See the story at Mashable

 Wow I did not think of that.. things are changing and it is hard to keep up with things.  Well I am 74 years of age and for those of you young kids it might be more easy for you.
There are so many new things and so many different things.
I wonder what it would feel like to be in a self-driving car on the highway in a rain storm and you are in it and you can not see anything out the windshield.  


2015 National Preparedness Month


2015 NPM Theme: Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.

September is National Preparedness Month.  This year we are asking you to take action now – make a plan with your community, your family, and for your pets.  Plan how to stay safe and communicate during the disasters that can affect your community. We ask everyone to participate in America’s PrepareAthon! and the national day of action, National PrepareAthon! Day, which culminates National Preparedness Month on September 30.

2015 weekly hazard focused themes

  • Week 1:  September 1-5th            Flood
  • Week 2:  September 6-12th          Wildfire
  • Week 3:  September 13-19th        Hurricane
  • Week 4:  September 14-26th        Power Outage
  • Week 5:  September 27-30th        Lead up to National PrepareAthon! Day (September 30th )

Streaming video

I did some streaming video the last couple of days.  One site is a new site that is still beta and it is Firetalk.  

I did about two hours of live streaming on YouTube.  I had not done any live streaming on YouTube for over two years.  They have made a bunch of changes.

I was one of the first persons to do live streaming and that was before YouTube and before all the others.
Now some of the live streaming stuff is good… streaming of people gaming and discussions and other things but most of the live streaming is pretty much a waste of time and band width.
The sort of live streaming I do is the waste type of streaming.
I might have the ability to do something that was good.  But not in the last couple of days.
In the old days.. I just streamed video of me in my room.  You would see me working, watching TV or even sleeping.  So you saw a person living and in my case my very dull life.

I am still thinking about just giving up on this blog.  Hard to give up on it.  But I put a lot of time into it and people visiting the blog is down.
Everyone is into Facebook and all the other stuff.

I should put all the effort I do here into YouTube.
But I keep posting here.  I been doing it since 1982.  It is hard to put an end to it.