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  1. Once you start wearing glasses, you're stuck with them (or contacts) for life, barring laser eye treatment. If you can cope with just reading glasses, then cope with just reading glasses, imo. Opticians, like everyone else, want to sell you something and, preferably, something expensive that you have to change every year. (Cynic, me? Yes!)

     For reference, Carol tried varifocals some years back and could not get used to them at all. She now uses contact lenses for everyday viewing and reading glasses for close up. I just use the cheapest possible, off-the-shelf reading glasses for reading. My distance vision is pretty good so far. (My hearing is not great, though)

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  2. 11 minutes ago, Futtocks said:

    You can load (or side-load) a VPN service onto a Fire TV/Chromecast etc. That was one of the things that limits a lot of smart TVs, so you can get around it by plugging a pretty cheap gadget into the back of a regular TV set.

    Yes. I did work that out eventually. The problem is making the on/off process simple enough for my wife to use confidently. The Firestick/Chromecast option still requires a PC running alongside the TV, which means two things to switch on or off.

    Also, I don't really get how the Fire stick works. I assume I need a tablet or smartphone to cast the tv signal to the stick, but I could be wrong. What I really want is to be able to just use the TV without a computer, but I think I will have to wait until someone writes a VPN app for WebOS.

    Sorry. I almost forgot. Thanks for the response.

  3. Recently bought a LG 49" smart OLED. Picture quality is excellent, but ...

    I get my TV over the internet using a VPN. Having hooked up the TV, I discovered that, while Samsung use an android OS, LG use their own OS (WebOS) in their smart TVs. WebOS won't download VPN software. I have to use my desktop PC and an HDMI connector. Picture quality is very good, but depends on internet bandwidth.

    I now wish I'd bought the Samsung equivalent.

  4. 29 minutes ago, Kayakman said:

    Well Tony my jealousy of your geographic location begins yet again.

    Seems Old Man Winter has decided to turn on the snow machine for another year again...already been snowing for two days (about 2 feet) and now this:  It begins!

    Tonight Flurries and local snow squalls. Local blowing snow early this evening. Local amount 20 to 30 cm. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming light near midnight. Low minus 10. Wind chill near minus 15.
    Wed, 13 Nov Flurries and local snow squalls ending in the morning then cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Local amount 5 cm. Wind becoming south 20 km/h early in the afternoon. High minus 4. Wind chill minus 15 in the morning and minus 10 in the afternoon. UV index 1 or low.
    Night Periods of snow. Amount 2 cm. Wind south 30 km/h becoming light after midnight. Temperature rising to minus 2 by morning. Wind chill minus 13 in the evening and minus 6 overnight.

    We've had our central heating on at night for the last three weeks. Hardly in your league, but I feel your pain.

    Actually, I know you like it like that, so there's no pain. I do hope you are keeping warm, though. Good luck through your winter.

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