Oh Groove, I am Going to Miss You!

We learned this week that Microsoft intends to discontinue their excellent music service, known as Groove. This for me very sad news. I’ve been a member of Microsoft’s music services since back in the Zune days. In the last 12 months I’ve really come to love Groove. I love its suggesting new playlists for me. I’ve listen to many of them. Some, I didn’t care for, but others I’ve loved. Its introduced new artists and music to me.

Then they made Groove even better by adding music videos! I had no idea how much I’d love watching music videos!

Yes, I know that the transition is going to Spotify. Yes, I know that many people love Spotify. But this still is a very, very sad time. And at least from the time I’ve spent with Spotify it didn’t deliver the music I liked, nor (as far as I know) does it provide music videos.

Oh well, we’ve no choice in the matter. I’ll just enjoy Groove for the time I have left with it and then move everything to Spotify.



Projects in VSTS

I’m trying to learn more about managing my own projects using Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS). I was referred to this blog post by Aaron Marisi titled, Sprint Planning in Visual Studio Team Services. Very good post. You might want to bookmark it.

One Way of Handling “Unhandled Exception: System.ComponentModel.Win32Exception: Only part of a ReadProcessMemory or WriteProcessMemory”

I’ve published my first Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app to the store about a month ago. I did some improvements on the UI and added ads, so I wanted to republish it. I ran into the following error:

“Unhandled Exception: System.ComponentModel.Win32Exception: Only part of a ReadProcessMemory or WriteProcessMemory request was completed at System.Diagnostics.NtProcessManager.GetMOduleInfos(Int32 processId, Boolean firstModuleOnly)…”

Posting questions I learned that the logs created by the Windows App Certification Kit needed to be cleared out. So, what I did was I went to C:\Users\Rod\AppData\Local\Microsoft\AppCertKit and deleted all of the files there.

Hopefully, if you run into this problem this may help.

The TCL Roku TV 50UP120; Don’t Get It!

Recently I had to replace my flat screen TV. I’ve been using Roku’s for many years. I learned that there is a company the sell Roku built in. I was excited and decided that it would be our purchase. I got it at my Costco, plugged it in and have used it for about a month. I can say that now, after a month’s use, the TCL Roku TV is the worst purchase I’ve made in the last 10 years.

Problems From the Start

From the first day that we unpackaged it and started using it, we found that it would just stop working, very frequently. When we stream content we tend to stream Netflix. It is almost never the case that we can watch anything at all on Netflix without it either freezing up or rebooting itself back to the start menu. Once it rebooted itself back to the start menu 8 times watching a 45 minute TV episode!

Problems Extend to More Than Just Streaming

The problems we’re experiencing for this sorry excuse for a Smart TV extends to more than just streaming. We don’t have cable TV or satellite; instead we use a Terk Antenna for over-the-air TV reception. Just watching regular TV, the TCL Roku TV will sometimes just restart back to the start menu! Really? Just watching over-the-air TV causes the TCL Roku TV to restart itself back to the start menu?

The Steps I Took, to No Avail

I have communicated with TCL Technical support, on Twitter, Facebook and via email. They’ve had me return my TCL Roku TV back to factory settings 5 different times! It has never helped at all. I connect the TCL Roku TV to my router wirelessly. I’ve tried connecting it to both the 2.4 GHz and the 5 GHz bands, with no improvement at all.

Summary – This Thing is Going Back

So, bottom line, I’m taking the TCL Roku TV back. It is not worth the money we’ve paid for it. It really isn’t worth any amount you’d pay to get something that doesn’t work so often. So, today I’m taking this back, get my money back and get something else that does work.