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Streaming. What's Trending. November 21st 2022

  Need some help finding what to watch? Here is a selection of the top trending shows in movies across 4 of the most popular streaming services, and as always if you need help with anything streaming or smart home related you can contact us at 309-778-8611 or by emailing us at  OneSource@midcentury.com     Netflix: Slumberland A young girl discovers a secret map to the dreamworld of Slumberland, and with the help of an eccentric outlaw, she traverses dreams and flees nightmares, with the hope that she will be able to see her late father again.   1899 Passengers on an immigrant ship traveling to the new continent get caught in a mysterious riddle when they find a second vessel adrift on the open sea. Hulu: Don’t Worry Darling Alice and Jack are lucky to be living in the idealized community of Victory, the experimental company town housing the men who work for the top-secret Victory Project and their families. But when cracks in their idyllic life begin to appea
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Friday Night Movie Picks

                           If you’re nostalgic for weekend trips to the video store here is a list of the top 5 most followed movies on FaceBook that you can stream at home and where to find them.  As always if you need help with anything streaming or smart home related you can contact us at 309-778-8611 or by emailing us at   OneSource@midcentury.com   The Grinch The Grinch hates a scheme to ruin Christmas when the residents of Whoville plan their annual holiday celebration. Where: fuboTV   Zootopia   Determined to prove herself, Officer Judy Hopps, the first bunny on Zootopia’s police force, jumps at the chance to crack her case – even if it means partnering with scam-artist fox Nick Wilde to solve the mystery. Where: Disney+   Kong: Skull Island   Explore the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers' ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island. Where: Amazon Prime Video   Bumblebee   On the run in the year 198

Streaming. What's trending? November 16th 2022

Need some help finding what to watch? Here is a selection of the top trending shows in movies across 4 of the most popular streaming services, and as always if you need help with anything streaming or smart home related you can contact us at 309-778-8611 or by emailing us at OneSource@midcentury.com Netflix: Where the Crawdads Sing From the best-selling novel comes a captivating mystery. Where the Crawdads Sing tells the story of Kya, an abandoned girl who raised herself to adulthood in the dangerous marshlands of North Carolina. For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, isolating the sharp and resilient Kya from her community. Drawn to two young men from town, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world; but when one of them is found dead, she is immediately cast by the community as the main suspect. As the case unfolds, the verdict as to what actually happened becomes increasingly unclear, threatening to reveal the many secrets that lay within the marsh.   The Cr

Netflix has a secret

   How many times have you opened Netflix in hopes to find a movie or start a new series only to be unimpressed with what the algorithm has decided to offer and end up re-watching the same shows again? Did you know that Netflix has a list of secret codes that you can use to help find exactly what you’re in the mood to watch? Netflix has a list of category codes that trace their roots all the way back to 1997 when the company first launched as a physical DVD-only rental service. One fan managed to scrape all these codes from their website and share them online. Since then, Netflix has added thousands more codes, seemingly randomly at times, while others like the Human Connections (81271205) were creating during the COVID-19 pandemic to give customers some “feel good” titles. Unfortunately, the only way to access these codes is by using a web browser, as of this date Netflix has no plans on adding code search functionality to its smart device apps. Simply copy and paste “netflix.com/

A Fresh Start

  Did you know that there is a difference between shutting down and restarting your Windows 10 computer? In older versions of Windows, they did the same thing, shutting down programs and powering off your machine, but this changed in 2012 with the introduction of Windows 8 and a new feature called Fast Startup. This feature carried over to Windows 10 and is enabled by default when a user decides to use Shut Down. Fast Startup was designed to shorten the time it takes to get your computer up and running. It does this by not shutting the Windows kernel. The kernel is the core of the operating system, it’s what allows the software and hardware to work together. When Shut Down is used all your programs are closed but the kernel is saved, ready to go for the next time you power up your computer. While this does provide for faster start times, it won’t clear out any errors or issues that you may be experiencing.   Restart does shut down all the computer’s processes, including the kernel,

The Password is….” Entropy”

       Password entropy is a measurement of difficulty, having higher password entropy makes it harder for hackers to gain access to your accounts. According to a Verizon Data Breach Report in 2017 “81% of hacking related breaches used either weak or stolen passwords”.      Some of the ways hackers gain access is by using simple guesses, such as “123456”, “qwerty”, and “password” which were all found in the top 5 passwords of 2021. Other ways include brute forcing passwords which utilizes programs that attempt dozens of guesses every minute based on mathematical probabilities, or by using social media to do research on the intended target and make guesses based on the information they can gleam from those accounts.  The easiest way to make sure you have a good entropy score is to utilize a passphrase.      A passphrase is a string of words, numbers, and symbols that don’t have to be grammatically correct or sensical. An example of a passphrase would be “Growth Stair Advise 1”.   A pass

Goodbye Summer, Hello Smart Thermostat

  Temperatures are finally starting to come down (subject to change within the hour due to being in Illinois). In my house this means that my wife has asked if we should turn on the furnace a half dozen times or so over the weekend.   I say no, but it’s a losing battle, and I will eventually give in, but why not take full advantage a piece of smart home technology known as the Smart Thermostat?      A smart thermostat is a Wi-Fi enabled thermostat that allows you to control your home’s heating and cooling temperature setting from your smart devices, such as a phone, tablet, or computer. This allows you the perks of being able to remotely control your heating and cooling systems, track your energy usage, and ultimately save money. No more wasting money by heating or cooling your home while you’re away. Today’s thermostats can also react to changing weather predictions, they can proactively begin cooling your home before a heatwave, or to kick on the heat if it starts to get chilly, al