Lost over 20 Ibs so far on Keto diet

After both my parents passed away in their 90″s I decided I needed to loose some weight to improve my health as I am myself in my 70’s and overweight since I have been in the USA( over 40 years ) I noticed since the 60’s people are getting fat. So I did some research and  stumbled across the Keto diet  and tried it. So far it is working, it is basically a low carb, high fat medium protein diet or lifestyle.

My mother of French decent always cooked with butter, ate a lot of cheese and never ate corn, as she said they feed corn to the pigs to make them fat. She stayed thin well into her 80’s.

Looking at the food from the 60’s  it has become very processed particularly with sugar added in its various forms!  Take a look at food labels and everything has sugar in it. That is why I tried the Keto diet it is very low to no  sugar.

Will be updating this page as I progress.


Chromecast install and fixes


The unit is simple to set up just plug into an HDMI input on your TV , plug the USB power supply into the top of the unit turn on your TV and the Chromecast screen should appear. ( if not make sure  your TV is set to the right HDMI input.)  If you are using an Android phone or Tablet install the Chromecast app. and follow the instructions,if you are setting up from Windows 7  click    HERE      or go to     https://cast.google.com/chromecast/setup

All of this initial setup needs to be done using your wireless network. But when it is all set up you can run from a hard line connected to the same network.

Now for some reason sometimes  Win 7 cannot locate the Chromecast that is because some wireless routers are dual frequency 2.4 ghz and 5.0 ghz. and  Chromecast is a 2.4 ghz  only. It still works on a dual band router. Google gave me this link for Win 7   click    HERE    or go to https://support.google.com/chromecast/answer/3249268?rd=1

Now I had a problem seeing the unit on my laptop which turned out to be a setting in the Adapter setting. right click on wireless adapter and look at Local area connections. I noticed in mine I had a Nettalk box ticked. Not using the Nettalk app on my laptop I un-ticketed the box and the Chromecast app. found the unit. Set up was then a breeze.

The unit runs fine although limited on things you can cast but there supposed to be other apps on the works.

Any further info on this unit please leave a comment.

I have intentionally left this post simple as there are a lot of set up info on the web but not much on trouble shooting . Google tech support was not much help, although friendly and polite basically said nothing was wrong with there unit contact Windows support to fix your problem.

Dealing with aged parents

We are back again after a trip to hell.  Being retired we though it would be nice to go back to the UK and take care of my parents who are now in their 90’s with my father who now  has dementia.  After some thought we decided it would be a better idea to find our own place to stay nearby. We found a small single room converted granary barn.  This barn was on stilts about 2 ft off the ground.  Which meant it had some steps. These steps were very steep. Barbara slipped on these steps and fell and broke her shoulder just bellow the joint. This was so bad we had to return to the USA  for an operation to put a metal plate in her arm to repair the break.

Local Area connection on Linux IGD REMOVAL.

While installing USB drivers for Nettalk Voip phone on my Windows XP netbook I noticed  in my network connections had the following.  Internet Gateway   Local Area Connection on Linux IGD,   After some research found this was an unwanted program using up resources. The problem was I could not remove it. Contacted Microsoft support who offered  15 minute free support.   After a very, very, very  slow online chat with Ron and nothing had been done,  I was told that I had been hacked and was being accessed remotely. He said they could fix it but my free 15 minutes were up, and it would cost $79 to remove this problem or if I purchased their Assurance plan offer for $199  which covered a year of service.  What a rip off, they tried to scare me into  thinking I had a hidden virus that only they could fix.

I did some research and found the removals below, and the program was not a virus or hack but a Microsoft software setting.

1. Launch Windows Messenger
2. Get online to you account and leave it active
3. Now got to Windows “START” button
4. Proceed to “Network Connections”
5. Right Click on LAN Connection Linux IGD and choose properties
6. There is one button in the lower right “Settings”
7. This opens “Advanced Settings”
8. You will see your IP address followed by a UDP and TCP port
9. Remove the checks from the boxes, save and restart.
10.he “Local Area Connection on Linux IGD” should be  gone.

This did not work for me as there were no boxes to tick but I found the following that worked.

This problem is actually due to a windows networking component. If you
remove the check from Internet Gateway found under the Windows Components
Network Services entry

Click on Add Remove Programs in your control panel
Click on Windows Components (Add or Remove)
Click on the details button by the Network Services
Remove check by Internet Gateway .

Your Linux IGD will be gone for good. This is something that is affected by Windows update and does involve Messenger software. It can and does mess up broadband connectivity.

I hopes this helps,  Bob