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    Living my own dream.
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    Udon Thani
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    dinking around on the internet, reading the books I didn't have time for when working, good coffee with a fine view, my quaint little hut up in the village, riding my motorcycle around Thailand.
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    United States
  1. Since TTT abandoned this topic, I won't feel bad about a tangent. @gummy was talking about what sounds to me like watching a locally stored collection of movies, and perhaps television shows. That is primarily what I do, watch locally stored movies and television shows that are centrally located on a Network Attached Storage device that is available to all the computers and televisions in my home. I use Kodi as the management interface. I tried Plex, but didn't really like it. Since I'm watching from more than one device; I may watch on the television, or perhaps on my laptop out on the front porch, or if the wife and / or daughter are watching ThaiTV, I may watch from my desktop. All are separate installations of Kodi. In order to keep the various Kodi installations synchronized with what I've watched, I installed the add-on Trakt on each Kodi, so everything watched is synchronized to each Kodi installation. "NCIS" watched on one device shows up as watched on all the devices. The other thing I do with Trakt, and I can't recall if this is a paid feature or not, is that I export the Trakt calendar of TV shows and new movies to my Google Calendar so I get a reminder when one of the shows I watch has a new episode, or a new movie is released. The movies new to DVD calendar is handy since it gives me a heads up to go search for the torrent file for interesting ones. @barstool has his computer configured to automatically download new television episodes, but I haven't gotten quite that automated yet.
  2. I think TTT had a different business model than the guys selling boxes have. TTT was selling locally stored content, the box resellers are selling a means to access web based content. With you not having a fast internet connection, the box resellers have less importance (to you). While I do have fast internet, I mostly watch locally stored content. I could care less about streaming whatever from the web, which sounds (at least to me) what you're doing at home. I have a NAS box at home attached to my wifi router, I have a tv box attached to my local network on one side, and my television on the other side. I don't use anything more sophisticated than a barebones Kodi installation to read content off my network storage, and display it on my tv/laptop/desktop/smartphone. Since the content is already locally stored, at least for watching movies and stored television shows, the internet connection does not matter at all. Doing that doesn't require all that powerful of a tv box; all it does is convert the file stored on the lan to an hdmi signal so the tv can understand it. If I had a more sophisticated tv, I wouldn't even need a tv box, the tv could do it all on it's own. As far as getting current, and recent movies, and current and recent television shows, I use a program called "qbittorrent", primarily because it has a search function. I put the movie I want into the search box in qbittorrent, it searches a list of bittorrent websites for who might have it listed, and lets me start a torrent to bring the show to me. Fast internet or slow internet does not much matter, other than for time. My fiber connection movies take a couple of minutes, slower connections will take longer, but you'll still end up with the new content to store locally. Like I mentioned before, you can search for Thai subtitles to English movies, and English subtitles to Thai movies. You might get lucky. With the size of subtitle files, the speed of your internet connection doesn't matter a whole lot. This will work anywhere you have some sort of internet access, and not depend on your being in Pattaya, Udon, or wherever. In years past, when I had painfully slow rural internet access, I'd start a torrent download before going to bed, and look for the completed file in the morning when I got up.
  3. As for where to buy, as said, Tukcom if you want to pick it up, and feel like programming it yourself. Ebay or Lazada if you are comfortable buying by mail, and are comfortable programming it yourself. Or @Footymadstreams if you want it pre-programmed and you want it delivered to your door in Pattaya, and demoed connected to your home tv setup. He also ships pre-configured boxes EMS all over Thailand.
  4. +1 One of my biggest gripes about Thailand's Entertainment Media producers is that they are terrible about including English subtitles. There's a glut of Thai comedies that I suspect I'd really enjoy watching, and would be happy to purchase fully licensed copies of, but there is no English subtitle track. Searching OpenSubtitles for Thai subtitle files for the English language movies I have has had little success. I'm not sure where Thai Tech Trader got his source material from, but while he was around, IMO he offered a great service.
  5. Both K-Bank and Bangkok Bank have android apps for banking. Not sure of the other banks. No idea if there are Apple apps for any of them.
  6. Not to doubt anyone working next door, but were it me, I'd look for whoever took over Barry's job as the special English speaking liaison inside the Immigration office over someone outside trying to sell you a service.
  7. No, I have a Yellow House book for the house I rent. No other proof of address was required.
  8. Just did another 12 month retirement extension on Friday. Income letter from the US Embassy. No bank book required, no supplemental proof of income required. In and out in under an hour, and 1900 baht. (I haven't bothered purchasing a re-entry permit in four years.) note: I clip exact change onto my paperwork bundle and pass the whole lot across all at one time.

    555 Same as you'd hook up a DVD player, or game console. Buy a HDMI cable, plug one end into the TV, plug the other end into the Android box, connection solved. Press the "source" or "input" button on the TV remote to select the proper "source" or "input" to display the signal from the box. :-) Of course, if you don't have an empty HDMI input on your TV you're kinda stuck.

    I have to admit, I've been quite fond of my Minix box and A2 air remote. It's by no means a current model anymore, but still works reasonably well. Works fine, and lasts a long time--that seems to be Minix boxes in a nutshell. :-) I'm a bit outside of your service area but perhaps I'll bring my old box down to Pattaya next trip. Cheers!
  11. I'm not sure about quiet, since you (OP) stressed that. I stopped staying at Boomerang in the front facing rooms, (which are huge and very nice) because of how loud the bar was at Garden Beer Bar. Baby Boom, the LB bar across the way was quiet as a church mouse in comparison. For full disclosure though, there was some sort of footie / soccer thing going on, but also, Garden Beer Bar was the loudest source of noise, and it seemed like it was all frigging night long.
  12. I noticed the large car parking area, wonder if it will have busloads of Chinese Tourists staying there.
  13. Villa Oranje

    And for an English overview. :-) Looks interesting. I haven't stayed on that side of Pattaya Klang yet. Might have to change that in the future.
  14. Soi Buakhao with car parking

    When I drive down from Udon, I stay at Nature View, Soi Buakhao and Soi 15. Off street secure parking, and reasonably easy to drive to. It doesn't matter when I fly down, but when I drive, parking for the truck is #1 on the importance list, preferably off street so some drunk maniac on a scooter doesn't crash into it. :-)
  15. +1. When I've stayed at Boomerang there were zero issues with having a place to park a scooter. And 99% of the time, the quiet of the place was just perfect. It was only that 1% when those loud, annoying feckers at Garden Beer Bar kept the party going well into the morning that it got a bit unpleasant. And if I'd had a medium room, or a small room, I'd probably not have heard them anyway. All in all, a perfect guesthouse, with the occasional less than perfect neighbor. And sadly less than perfect neighbors are unavoidable in party town Pattaya.