Create a Windows 10 Hotspot for Amazon fire

I thought it would be a good test to bring the Amazon Fire Stick on vacation. The Fire Stick prompted me for the hotel free internet and I was able to quickly see our movies. But I needed to stream the iPad as well. This is where the issue was. The hotel network wasn’t allowing the devices to see each other on the same wireless network.

Windows 10 hot spot to the rescue. These commands should work on most Windows 8/10 computers to enable the hot spot.

create the network and key: netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=ssidname key=ssidkey keyUsage=persistent

To start the services: netsh wlan start hostednetwork

To stop the services: netsh wlan stop hostednetwork

Using a new HP Spectre laptop I wasn’t able to complete the last 2 commands as it was throwing an error: ” the hosted network couldn’t be started. The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation.”

I happened to have a extra Cisco AE1200 USB wireless stick in my bag that allowed me to share the wireless network.  this allowed me to connect the Amazon Fire stick to my laptop, pair the iPad with the laptop and stream my content to the TV. This option would work with a Apple TV as well or any other network streaming device on a shared wireless network that is out of your control.

Nice option when there is nothing on TV in the hotel!

 

TaylorMade myRound Pro is a wonderful free app

With the Microsoft Band’s new free TaylorMade’s golf app the data is now available in the TalyorMade  MyRound Pro page. All the data that you have been capturing with your band now becomes visible with more stats than you can absorb.

The site will list all the rounds that you have recorded on the Band.

The site now allows you to also delete rounds that weren’t completed or too bad to share…

Below was a good round for me. The page shows color codes of your birdies, pars and bogeys.

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Click on the hole to review and it will give you the overview of the shots that were recorded on the course. You see the ball position from each shot taken.

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Click on the green and it will remind you to zoom in to see your putts. The pin position can be moved to be where it was located for that day. This is recommended to be moved to improve the stats shown below.

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The green view will show you the distance to the hole. I still need to figure out how to move the pin. This might need to be done before the round is marked “Completed”?

The stats tab on the left side will bring all this data to life. I will need to start carrying my own “book” around for reminders to aim left as I miss right too often. As well as to club up more on my approach shots as I was short a high percentage of the time. How powerful is this data if I can really utilize it!

The only thing that might not be 100% correct is the putts average. I need to determine if I added strokes manually to a hole if they are counting them all as puts. I am not great at golf, but that seems a bit high even for me.

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Click into each section to further analyze your data. For example here is more information on my approach shots.

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This data is wonderful to have. I had no idea that I missed right as much as this shows. I was usually always worried about missing long on some holes, but I should club up more and see if this improves the stats.  It is fun to compare against the pros just to reinsure that I do need to keep my day job! There is options to add in each of your clubs by brand name, shaft stiffness, loft, length and more. I am sure this will add into the stats I learn more about the software. But from what I have seen so far this is a must for any serious golfer that wants to improve. Just get the Microsoft Band and the rest is free.

Microsoft Band 2 – Three weeks and it going back to the store

I enjoyed trying out the Microsoft Band 2 for three weeks. The wrist bands on the band are much more flexible and not rigid. The face curves around your wrist and feels like it is really like a watch band. The band was noticeably wider to me and a large in the Microsoft Band 1 version is just a bit smaller than the Microsoft Band 2. The Band 2 was almost too large for me. The clasp is similar where it can glide over to a comfortable fit. I am impartial to the new clasp and charging mechanism. I was fine with the older clasp and never had an issue charging the device.

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I prefer wearing the device on the inside of my wrist. Neither device bothered me while I type on the keyboard at a desktop or laptop. A watch always drove me nuts and could never wear one.  The Microsoft Band changed that for me.

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Here are my top Pro’s and Con’s for the devices. They were so similar to me there are only a few noticeable differences.

Pro’s – It is wider which meant that it was easier to read. The floors was fun to really see how many flights I went up a day. We were on vacation on without an elevator and that added up pretty quickly.

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The buttons on the band are easier to use than the Band 1. The touch of sliding items to dismiss or accept messages seemed a bit different and harder to swipe over. But I didn’t have very many false swipes like I had on the Band 1. I did not have a screen protector on the Band 2 so maybe that was some of the difference in feel. The heart rate sensor changed in design and it is noticeably different with 2 probes that stick out. It seemed that the device locked in the heart beat a bit faster.

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Con’s – The band didn’t hold a charge for more than 12 hours for me.  The band seemed brighter even on low which might be some of the cause for the drain on the battery. I used the watch mode ON for both bands and it really seemed like this new Band 2 can’t last as long.  Besides the floors feature I didn’t see the benefit of really moving to this device. The heartbeat and other sensors seemed to be the same to me and not worth the $250 to really keep up with the device. If the band lasted more than 1 day it might be worth keeping. But the #1 killer for returning the band was the curved glass was unreadable in the sun. The main thing I like using the band for was for playing golf. Not seeing the band for yardage killed it for me.

I hadn’t worn the Band 1 for 3 weeks now and I just put it back on and it actually feels really nice. it feels a bit lighter than the Band 2 and the slimness is noticeable.  Target just had the Band 1 on sale for $59 on Clearance for Black Friday, what a steal. Pick one up if you are in the market for a fitness band that does more than a Fitbit and at this point in time much cheaper.