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  1. Welcome! These Forums are open to anybody but we do have some pretty simple rules to follow when registering. Failure to follow the rules means no admittance, First, read this http://forums.arcr.net/index.php?/guidelines/ OK... Didn't get the link after registering? Check your SPAM folder. Often there are issues if you are using AOL, Yahoo, or Hotmail. We suggest GMAIL. We do NOT permit the use of ANY proxy servers, VPNs etc. when registering nor do we permit ANY inaccuracies. NONE. After you have successfully registered, VPNs etc are just fine. We suggest that you do not register from a cell phone or tablet or from the workplace if they use a VPN or proxy server. If you are in Cleveland when you are registering, don't give an address in San Francisco. All fields must completed accurately and completely. NO phony names, sexual names, etc. YOUR name, spelled correctly. The phone number must be a working number that you answer. We often do call to verify. This should be a number that you answer personally or just fine of an office/company. ANY inaccuracies will be cause for denial. Approvals are done by volunteers who are not ble to sit by and wait for you to regsiter. Approvals are normally granted within 3-4 days. After that, please feel free to inquire. We get MANY fake registrations every day. Many wish to do harm to the Forums or its Members. This is how we protect us. TG
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    Forums Broken?

    Your Forum Master... that would be ME, may have broken these forums not allowing new posts for the past few days. This is a test post to see if I have fixed the prob. Thanks to T&VSmith for bringing this to my attention. Sorry for any inconvenience! TG
  3. to Seaturtlewoman $600 is just a stupid price to pay and the monthly fee quoted is even dumber. Please review: http://blog.therealcostarica.com/2017/10/18/iptv-how-it-works-and-the-skinny/ I pay about $7.00 per month and it is worth every penny. Eleanor uses something different and while it works for her on her laptop and is cheap. I want high quality hi-def and I want to watch on my TV. I like th "catch-up" feature that allows me to go back a week on many networks to see a show I missed. I tried the Europe thing for sports and it was truly awful and I could never find the games I wanted to see. Hope this helps! TG
  4. Hi Eleanor... sounds good. Free is good Questions. Are also getting all MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL games as well and for free? Do you get ION, Oxygen, Hallmark, Spike, etc as well? Do they all work on your TV or must you use your PC? TG
  5. A couple of comments. First, to call these services IPTV is, while technically correct, really is not accurate. Netflix, YouTube, and Hulu are incredibly restrictive not offering content that cannot be obtained at a fraction of the cost or even one of these services. Subscriptions to MLB, NFL etc can and do cost hundreds of dollars per year more. The Blog entry that I wrote a couple of weeks ago explains true IPTV in detail: http://blog.therealcostarica.com/2017/10/18/iptv-how-it-works-and-the-skinny/ For approximately $7 - $8 per month, I receive every single major network not only in the USA but in Canada and the UK. The vast majority are not available here even with the highest end cable or satellite subscription. In addition, nearly every one is in HI-Def resolution. These include: ALL US networks including NBC. I also have access to every show on those networks for the past week, so should I miss an episode of xxx or yyy, I can easily watch it at any time. I can also wait a day and see ALL the shows with the ads removed. Sports networks, ie MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL and ALL games are FREE. No subscriptions. ALL ESPN channels. All European soccer (Futbal) leagues and their private club channels World Cricket matches (I am into Cricket). Sky sports from many countries BT sports ALL BBC channels. Fox everything (not just news) CNN All the Hallmark channels... totally unavailable here in Costa Rica to my knowledge. I can go on and on... but you get the point. 1,200 channels (though I do not watch much from India or Pakistan). The provider that I use for my service (see the Blog post) has simply incredible customer support. If channel is down or just reloading, the normal response time to to fix is less than 10 minutes. I can use the service either on my big screen TV via ROKU (though the ROKU option sucks) and others or with a Set Top Box (STB) that costs from $50 and up.This is a one time purchase offering services (like free first run movies in hi-def) and many options. The service also works just fine on my computer using a browser... though no favorites option. I tried ROKU and learned my lesson. Apple TV might work better but I do not own their STB. Using an STB allows me to select and add to a group called "favorites" so I need not mess around within those 1,200 channels to select the ones I want o use. Anyway... hope this helps! TG
  6. Internet Radio Internet WHAT? Yup. Internet Radio, also known as Online Radio. What is it? Simply one of the coolest things you can do with your PC and an Internet connection. If you have never heard about it, don't feel too bad. A lot of folks haven't. But if you own a PC and have a way to hook it up to the Internet, you can soon be in hog heaven, so read on. Internet radio is exactly that. Radio broadcast over the Internet. There are literally tens of thousands of commercial and private radio stations broadcasting over the Internet 24 hours per day. What do they broadcast? Well, if they are commercial radio stations, you heard exactly what a local listen would hear. They broadcast the exact same content, so if you happen to be an expatriate living in Costa Rica, and you are originally from Chicago as I am, you will find about a dozen Chicago radio stations that broadcast over the Net. Every so often, I like to listen to WLS and listen to the local pundits argue about Chicago politics. At other times, I might want to listen to a Reggae station in Jamaica, a pirate station of the coast of Ireland, or some fine live blues direct from Memphis! If they are a private broadcaster, then the field is wide open. They can and DO broadcast just about anything you can imagine, but predictably, it is most often their personal favorite. There are a handful that broadcast nothing but the old radio shows, complete with the original commercials, from the 40's and 50's. I am a sucker for those as well. Fibber McGee and Molly, The Shadow, The Great Guildersleeve. The list goes on and on. Because of the business I am in (internet stuff), I spend long hours at my computer. My absolute favorite is broadcast right here from Costa Rica; Radio Dos http://www.radiodos.com. Radio Dos actually is part of the Radio Columbia group which can be found here: http://www.columbia.co.cr/ In addition to Radio Dos which plays perhaps the best play list of music anywhere ( especially if you are between 35 - 70) is the sister station to Columbia Estero (Latin) and 95.5 Jazz which plays an excellent selection (and variety) of new and old Jazz. So what else is available? Here is a woefully short list: · Classical · Country and Western (ALL flavors) · Humor (All flavors) · Talk Radio from all over the USA including NPR and · Tropical/Reggae from the Caribbean Islands · Rock (by decade), RAP, Hip Hop · Old Time radio · Jazz and New Age · Blues from the Delta Country · Electronic and Dance plus a huge variety of Club Music · Folk · Religious · Training (wanna learn to fly?) Well you get the point. I doubt if there is a genre of music or other content that is not represented on the Net many times over. So how does this all work? What do you need to listen? What does it cost? Do I need special equipment? Let's talk about what equipment is needed. Basically you will need: 1. A computer. Just about anything made in the past 6 years should work fine. 2. A sound card and speakers. Just about every PC sold since 1998 has this included. 3. A program to play the music. This can be Windows Media Player (free download from Microsoft if it is not already on your computer), Winamp, Real Player, or any of about a thousand other free "players) 4. A connection to the Internet. A modem will work OK for many stations, but if you're happen to have cable modem, DSL, or other "always on" broadband connection, then your selection of available stations goes way up. More on this later. So where do you start? It is amazingly simple. Basically, you have three choices on how to get started. Internet radio stations are basically available from three sources: 1. From the "player" itself 2. From the web site of the station (commercial or private) 3. From websites that specialize in aggregating stations for listening. No matter where the source, you will still need all four items listed above. Let's begin with the player method. Because most people have this already installed or can easily download it from Microsoft (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/windowsmediaplayer/) Once installed, open Windows Media Player. A menu will appear on the left side and one of the choices will be "Radio Tuner". Click on it. The right pane will then show you few stations selected by the knowledgeable folks at Microsoft (yes, that was sarcasm). You may now expand each of the stations listed and choose to visit their website or just start playing the music. Experiment! Listen to something just to get the hang of it. When you're comfortable, you can use the menu to choose a specific genre or use the search feature to find a specific keyword like New Age, Pittsburg, Talk Radio, whatever. If you happen to have a Real Player (http://www.real.com/player) or wish to download their free player, you will find that they offer the same sort of options. Select a genre and then pick a station that interests you. Most of the players work pretty much the same way. Most players are free or as with Real Networks, they offer one for $20 - $30. These pay versions often have additional bells and whistles offering better quality sound (CD) if you have a broadband connection or the ability to watch Internet TV. Yes Virginia, there IS Internet TV but I don’t have space to write about it here. Now let's discuss the Web Site broadcasters. As an example, I will use my personal favorite Radio DOS , which I listen to even when I visit the US. It works great and makes me feel like I am "back home" here in CR. In fact, if you're a Costa Rica lover, your favorite music is only a click away no matter where you live in this world. Start by going to the Radio Dos web site ((http://www.radiodos.com/). One the top left of the screen, click on "En Vivo" (live). If you have Windows Media Player, it will launch and a moment or two later, you will hear perfect the perfect sound of Radio Dos! Warning, If you have only a dial up connection to the Internet, (a modem) Radio DOS may not come in clearly. Internet Radio stations broadcast a signal that requires a specific bandwidth (speed of connection) to work properly. Though you may or may not be able to listen to Radio DOS, there are thousands of websites that broadcast low bandwidth transmissions for modem users, even those using a 28.8 connection. More later on how to solve that problem! In any case, the website method works well if you know the ID of the station. For example, a search on Yahoo for WLS radio will provide you a link to http://www.wlsam.com/. Once there, you simply click on the link to "Listen Live". Once you click it, it will offer you the choice of Windows Media Player or Real Networks. There is also an MP3 feed for iTunes and other compatible players. Now let's discuss the aggregators. There are many, but one I use regularly is Live 365 (http://www.live365.com). I like this site because it has a tremendous number of radio stations to choose from including many hundreds of private stations broadcasting their personal favorites. They also have the old Gunsmoke and Paladin episodes! You have the option of using Windows Media Player or Live 365’s own player (a free download). They also offer a player for Mac users. I cannot even begin to tell you about the breadth of choices you will have available, but take my word on this, you could surf radios stations for a year and not make a dent. Live 365 also offers a Pay version membership which provides better quality sound, more stations, and no advertisements. It runs about $4 per month or so. Try the free stuff first though as there is a plethora of free stations. Another great thing about Live 365 is that the bandwidth (speed) requirements for each station are clearly displayed. Simply listen to those stations that match your Internet connection. If you have a 56k modem connection, stay with stations broadcasting in that range. I will tell you now though that if you have cable modem though, the reception you get will generally be equal or better than any high quality FM radio! If you really get into this Online Radio stuff, Live 365 will set you up so you can broadcast your own favorite music, and you don't even need a high-speed connection. Well, now that you're an Internet Radio expert, wouldn't it be neat to be able to record all the great stuff you’ll be hearing? Well the folks at Skyhawk Technologies (http://skyhawktech.com/) have read your mind and came up with a clever little program, CyberRecorder 2000 ($24.95). After thirty plus years of computers and the Internet, I am not all that easily impressed, but this product is pretty slick. Basically, it allows you to record whatever is playing through your sound card. That could be CD's, game output, whatever. But, if that happens to be an Internet Radio station you enjoy, you will get excellent recording directly to your hard drive. The features list for CyberRecorder 200 is huge and beyond the scope of this article, but basically you can schedule recordings ahead of time daily, weekly, and so on. You can hook up your PC through your stereo system for even better playback. You can record .WAV files or create your own MP3 files directly. You can launch an Internet address (URL) at a specific time, then record the contents. The recorded fidelity is absolutely excellent, even at the lowest settings. This of course presumes you have a decent connection to the net. Remember, it records exactly what you hear. Check out their website for all the other cool things you can do with this program. About the only thing they don’t offer is an editor so you can record an hour or music, then pull off only the tunes you want to keep, but this is not a major drawback as there are several fine editors on the Net. Some for free! For most of you reading this in El Residente Magazine or on the ARCR web site, you have decided, or are considering, the expatriate lifestyle. Those of us who live it every day have come to love it. But no matter how far you are from the home you left, Internet Radio can take you back there in an instant. Try it! Then, let me know where you traveled on the Internet. © 2004 Tim Lytle All Rights Reserved
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    Registration Problem

    WELL THAT was fun! I think it is fixed. Problems? EMAIL ME. Do not post here please. TG webmaster at ARCR.net
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    Registration Problem

    All new users require admin or moderator approval. Sadly, at this time we are receiving blank registration forms (no name or other info) and we can see only the email. I am working on this and when I have a fix, I will notify by email those affected users to re-register. I am sorry for the problem! TG
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    I am not a Very satisfied Aerocasillas(AC) customer but I have not found another company yet. They are brutally expensive but as said, not sure others are not. They also have a huge list of things you cannot bring into CR, but it is incredibly unclear and has lots of room for "gotchas" Example... I ordered some cartridges for my sister that contain needles and are used for drawing blood for diabetes test. They tried to tell me that that is a restricted item, but it is nowhere on their list. They wanted a doctor's prescription, but the doctor said that was pure nonsense and told them so, They wanted a medical import permit to bring them in. More nonsense,. Customer service is atrocious. Refused to return the product to the vendor so I could get a refund. I suspect that if you bring in only mail, you will be happy. I have had no problems with their mail service, but be real careful of a LOT of hidden expenses when a package is coming! I am currently looking very closely at https://www.boxcorreos.com/home Free to join. I will probably give them a try just to test service/support. One thing! I have been with Aerocasillas for years and a change will require a lot of screwing around notifying banks, card companies. etc. So whichever you use, your kinda in bed with them after a year or so. TG
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    Dogs near Multiplaza long time back

    Thanks everyone!
  11. OK... this one is for the old timers here. Maybe 12 or more years ago, every weekend (Saturdays I think) folks came to the old traffic circle rotunda thingy near Multiplaza Escazu to sell dogs... mostly puppies. It has been gone for years I know, but does anyone know if it has resurfaced anywhere? Thinking of getting another dog though not necessarily a puppy. Just wondering! TG
  12. RR pensions used to be as good as SS. No letter required. May have changed, but really this questions best answered by a Costa Rica residency attorney. tg
  13. TicoGrande

    flu shots

    Shots will not be available until late May or June per my drugstore. Also... if over age 50 or so, consider this: http://www.prevnar13.com/ tg
  14. FYI. All versions of Windows can be affected. Microsoft says that users who are running a Microsoft says that users who are running a fully up-to-date Windows 10 system with Windows Defender running the latest virus definitions are completely secure.Windows 10 system with Windows Defender running the latest virus definitions are completely secure. Note: "running a fully up-to-date Windows 10" and "Windows Defender running the latest virus definitions are completely secure." Gotta love those folks!
  15. This is an urgent and critical message to all of our members. Over the weekend, a massive cyber attack took place worldwide affecting 200 countries and several hundred thousand people. The initial attack, known as “WannaCry,” paralyzed computers that run Britain’s hospital network, Germany’s national railway and thousands of other companies and government agencies worldwide in what is believed to be the biggest online extortion scheme ever recorded. If you or your company use Microsoft Windows products, it is imperative that you upgrade your systems and apply patches released by Microsoft over the past 2 months. This "ransomware" can infect your computer or your business network. It locks all data on the computer and demands between $300 to $600 ransom to be paid via Bitcoin. When the workweek starts, you can be infected by opening an infected email or browsing an unknown web site. We urge all of our users to address this matter immediately. This ransomware affects only Windows products. Especially vulnerable are older version of Windows, ie XP If you do not know how to upgrade or install the patches, I suggest getting technical assistance. Anti-virus programs may or may not be of assistance.
  16. This is a bit hard for me to get my head around, but I opened these forums with the ARCR 14 years ago this month. May, 2003. Happy birthday to everyone@
  17. Agreed. That is why I have not used nor permitted any Microsoft product on any of the office computers nor on any of my servers for years. You should see the admin forums control panel. Hundreds of pages and many have changed or been re-formatted. Nasty, but after a couple of days, I am getting accustomed to it. I actually like the Activity tab! Much easier to see new posts. I think I am going to prefer the new forums! TG
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    Forums Upgrade

    I had to upgrade the ARCR forums today. LOTS of changes! I had no choice because the publisher no longer was supporting the old version. As of this minute there are a ton of tasks running in the backgroud. Those tasks are triggered by forum activity (people logged in and browsing the site), and until they finish, some of the layout may not be correct, such as quotes, signatures, lists, images, etc. Be patient! You can express how much you like or hate the new format, but really, there was and is no option B. TG
  19. Well... no choice really for us. The publisher of these forums notified us that they were no longer going to support the old version against hackers and script kiddies... all bad people. I have to get used to it to as does Paul. TG
  20. Hi I updated the forums software today... lotsa new stuff... so explore a bit. Try out the "View New Content" and its options... makes repeat visits more fun and efficient. As always, report my screw-ups to me at webmaster @ arcr.net TG
  21. Beach... yup, plenty. They all work for US based call centers.
  22. I stopped using WU a few months ago.. They make it near impossible to use their services for ongoing (incoming) transactions. However, Maybe for just one outbound transfer they will be OK. I doubt you will have an issue. India is no third world country so again should be no issue. TG
  23. It's a lot of work to moderate and control those classified programs. Beside,. bigger numbers are more impressive.
  24. A Canadian identified by authorities as Ryan Craig Piercy Bate remains kidnapped by an armed group, which would apparently requesting $ 500,000 (just over ¢ 272 million) for the release More later TG

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