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      I purchased the The Samsung UN24H4000 24-Inch TV to serve as test TV for trying out streaming media devices before cutting the cable tv cord, and installing a streaming media device like the Amazon Fire TV Stick on the main residence tv.
      When researching potential tvs to purchase, my two primary requirements were: I wanted it to be relatively inexpensive, and  have the connections necessary for streaming media.
      The Samsung UN24H4000 satisfied those requirements, so, in late 2017, I  purchased the Samsung UN24H4000 24-Inch 720p LED TV (2014 Model) along with the Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote | Streaming Media Player from Amazon.com.
      When the tv arrived, after attaching the stand and turning on the tv, I left all of the tv picture settings at the default settings and inserted the Amazon Fire TV Stick in one of the two HDMI inputs, and followed the setup instructions.
      The Amazon Fire TV Stick worked fine, and for reasons that I will detail in an upcoming post, I also purchased a Roku Streaming Stick shortly thereafter that now occupies the  second HDMI input.
      I've now had the Samsung UN24H4000 24-Inch TV for 3 months and I have no complaints.  I think the picture quality is great, and other than experimenting with the different picture and tv settings via the remote, I've made no permanent changes to the default settings.
      One minor thing I would note is, when you turn the tv on, a small box briefly appears in upper left-hand corner with the time and screen dimensions.  It only appears for maybe a half second, but I have not been able to locate the setting to stop it.  Then again, it hasn't bothered me enough to spend much time looking. If I find out how to disable it, I will address it in the post discussion.
      My impression so far is that I would not hesitate to purchase this tv again!

    • netpressionist
      Since I’ve gotten Google Fiber, I have been enjoying watching my favorite TV shows online more frequently. One of my favorite destinations is Amazon.com Instant Video, which is included with an Amazon Prime subscription. When Star Trek: Voyager was on TV, I never got to see the last season when it originally aired, so, since I really enjoy time travel/alternate dimensions story-lines, I decided to go through the seven seasons and list the episodes with time-travel/alternative reality story-lines here, for future reference and convenience. I will probably do the same with Star Trek, Star Trek: Next Generation and Star Trek Deep Space Nine series as well.
      Season 1
      Time and Again, January 30, 1995: When Paris and Janeway are sent back in time, they must decide whether to violate the Prime Directive by warning residents of a planet facing annihilation. The 37’s, August 28, 1995: The crew explores a remote planet inhabited by humans who were abducted by aliens in 1937. (Not time-travel) Season 2
      Non Sequitur, September 25, 1995: Ensign Harry Kim awakens on Earth, where he’s shocked to learn there’s no record of his assignment on Voyager. Deadlock, March 18, 1996: A space anomaly generates a duplicate Voyager and crew, but only one ship can survive an assault by Vidiian invaders. Season 3
      Future’s End (Part 1), November 6, 1996: The crew visits 20th century Los Angeles to prevent a timeship from destroying the Earth’s solar system. Future’s End (Part 2), November 13, 1996: The crew races against time to stop a 20th century computer industrialist from causing a 29th century Coda, January 29, 1997: Janeway finds herself trapped in a mysterious time loop, where a series of events repeatedly end in her death. Before and After, April 9, 1997: Kes is bewildered when she begins moving backward in time Season 4
      Year of Hell (Part 1), November 5, 1997: A disruption in the space-time continuum forces the crew to evacuate Voyager. Year of Hell (Part 2), November 12, 1997: The destruction of Voyager changes history. Unforgettable, April 22, 1998: Chakotay meets a woman he once loved, but he has no memory of her. (Not time-travel) Season 5
      Timeless, November 18, 1998: Fifteen years after making a horrible mistake, Kim attempts to rewrite history. Relativity, May 12, 1999: Voyager’s future depends on Seven’s success in preventing the past. Season 6
      Season 7
      Shattered, January 17, 2001: Voyager encounters an energy field which leaves each section – and its crew – existing in a different time period. Endgame, May 23, 2001: Voyager’s quest to return home is aided by a visitor from the future – Admiral Kathryn Janeway.

    • netpressionist
      While browsing though the Star Trek Next Generation episodes on Amazon.com, I realized that I had not seen as many of the original episodes as I thought, so some of the titles were completely new to me. Also, Star Trek The Next Generation has a number of episodes that aren’t actually time-travel, or alternate reality, but the story-lines contain outside the normal reality type situations. So, with those two things in mind, this initial list is rather loose, as it contains episodes that, while not time travel, etc. per se, may still be of interest to individuals who enjoy those type stories. At the time of this post, you can watch Star Trek Next Generation, seasons 1 through 7, free on Amazon.com, if you have Amazon Prime. Season 1 The Neutral Zone: While traveling to a meeting with the hostile Romulans, the crew discovers a ship containing three frozen Americans from the 20th century. Season 2
      Time Squared: The U.S.S. Enterprise discovers a Federation shuttle containing an exact double of Captain Picard from six hours in the future. Q-Who?: The crew is hurled into the future by the malevolent Q, who sets them up for destruction by a race of half-human, half-robot aliens known as the Borgs. Season 3
      Yesterday’s Enterprise: The course of history is altered when a time rift brings a Starship Enterprise from the past into the present with a crew that includes Tasha Yar. Captain’s Holiday: While on vacation, Picard becomes entangled in the search for a missing weapon from the future Season 4
      Remember Me: Wesley’s experiment with warp fields result in the mysterious disappearance of the crew. Future Imperfect: After an Away Team mission fails, Riker awakens in sickbay to discover sixteen years have passed and he now commands the Enterprise. Clues Picard and the crew are shocked to discover that Data is lying to them. Season 5
      A Matter of Time: Picard’s quest to save an endangered planet leads him to violate a Prime Directive when he seeks advice from a visitor from the future. Cause and Effect: The Enterprise is trapped in a time warp that forces the crew to endlessly repeat the same experiences. The Inner Light: After a mysterious accident, Picard wakes up living the life of another person on a faraway planet. Time’s Arrow (Part 1): After Data learns of his own death in late-19th-century San Francisco, a freak accident transports him back to that period. Season 6
      Time’s Arrow (Part 2): The Enterprise crew travels between the 19th and 24th centuries in an attempt to prevent Data’s death in 19th century San Francisco. Relics: Trapped in limbo for 75 years, “Star Trek’s” Scotty awakens to join the “Next Generation” in the 24th century. Tapestry: After Picard loses his life in a surprise attack, Q gives him the chance to change his destiny. Second Chances: Returning to the site of an eight-year-old mission, Riker encounters an identical double of himself, who tries to rekindle a relationship with Troi. Timescape: The Enterprise is frozen in time on the brink of total annihilation, and Picard must figure out how to rescue it without destroying it. Season 7
      Parallels: Returning to the Enterprise from a competition, Worf finds reality changing, and is troubled when no one else seems to notice. Homeward: Worf’s foster brother violates the Prime Directive in an effort to save a doomed alien race. All Good Things: Picard finds himself traveling between the past, present, and future while attempting to prevent the destruction of humanity… by his own actions.

    • netpressionist
      Although the original Star Trek is still my favorite of the tv series franchise, in the age of the internet, I find myself watching it less than some of the others. That is mainly because I am drawn to time-travel/alternate reality story-lines these days, and the original series had fewer of them. In my post, Star Trek: Voyager – Time Travel/Alternate Reality Episodes, I went back through the 7 Star Trek Voyager seasons and linked to time travel/alternate reality episodes on Amazon.com. Now, I am doing the same with the original Star Trek series. Below, you will find brief episode descriptions and links to the episode on Amazon.com. They are free to view, if you have Amazon Prime. Season 1
      Tomorrow is Yesterday – January 26, 1967: The Enterprise is thrown back to 20th century earth. The City on the Edge of Forever – April 6, 1967: Kirk and Spock go back in time to save McCoy. Season 2
      Mirror, Mirror – October 6, 1967: Kirk, Scotty, McCoy and Uhura enter a parallel universe. Assignment Earth – March 29, 1968: Kirk must decide wheather to thwart or help a traveler from the future sent back to 1960s earth on a secret mission. Season 3
      All Our Yesterdays – March 14, 1969: Kirk, Spock and McCoy enter a time portal and get stuck in the past on a planet about to be consumed by a nova.

    • netpressionist
      I was excited about the two Kansas Cities being selected as the pilot cities for Google Fiber before visiting Google Fiber Space, and, I did not think it was possible, but I am even more excited about being on the list to receive Google Fiber after visiting Google Fiber Space.
      Google Fiber Space is located at 1814 Westport Road, in Kansas City, MO.
      Upon entering Google Fiber Space, while discussing Google Fiber with one of the representatives, I mentioned that I had read where some people who had signed up for Google Fiber already had access to a terabyte of storage on their Goolge Drive, and that I did not.
      While we were talking, she was able to initiate a conversation with another Google representative at a remote location, using Google Chat on a Chromebook, who said that he would investigate why I did not have access to the full storage amount, and would e-mail me with an answer. My visit to Google Fiber Space was already getting off to an impressive start, and I had just walked in.
      A note on the Google Chromebook. I was able to use it a bit during the chat, and also later during my visit, and I have to say that it had a much sturdier feel than I expected. After using the Chromebook throughout Google Fiber Space, I think I may order one as an option later on.
      The Google Fiber Space itself is set up so that you can view Google Fiber TV first-hand on flat screen TVs and also explore the features, while the Google representative answers your questions. You can also explore the speed of Google Fiber on on your own, using Google Chromebooks.
      I learned a lot during my visit to Google Fiber Space, and I plan to visit again in the future.

    • netpressionist
      The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, one of the most unique buildings in the Kansas City area, opened September 18, 2011.
      The nearly 285,000-square-foot center features a grand lobby and two performing halls, both acoustically isolated from the noise of the lobby and surrounding spaces.
      The 1,800-seat Muriel Kauffman Theatre is home to the Kansas City Ballet and the Lyric Opera; as well as visiting national and international acts. The Muriel Kauffman Theatre orchestra pit can be adjusted from a “broadway pit” which will hold about 60 musicians to a “Wagner pit” that seats 100 musicians. The orchestra pit can also be configured to disappear entirely, leaving room for additional seating, or extending the stage area.
      The 1,600-seat Helzberg Hall is home to the Kansas City Symphony and other musical organizations. The seating in the Helzberg Hall is arranged in an open, vineyard-style format and arranged around the performers in such a manner that allow members of the audience to see and interact with one another.
      More information about The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts can be found at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts website at: The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

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