Deactivated Netflix?

For the past few days I have tried each and every option, suggested by Netflix themselves via their helpline as well as any other logical solutions but sadly all, to no avail.

I am not the only one.

When you get a pop up on your screen upon opening the Netflix app via a device and it says, “”It looks as if Netflix has been deactivated on this device. It could be an issue with your account or perhaps your device was deactivated on Netflix.com”

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Even though there is a “Reactivate” button that comes along with that pop up, it doesn’t work. If you are automatically taken through to the log in page where Netflix appears to let you “log in” – you absolutely know your email address and password is correct as it works on other devices, but it instead gives you an error message, saying “There was an error processing your request. please correct items below. The login information you entered does not match an account in our records. Remember, your email address is not case sensitive but passwords are.”

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This manipulates you into thinking the fault lies with you, when it’s actually Netflix and not the device itself (in my case a smart Blu Ray player).

Conclusion after my experience?

The Netflix app on said device has in fact been rejected by Netflix, presumed to be “Old” since settings within the app has not been updated, therefore “discontinued” like on other devices Netflix has chosen to discontinue streaming on. Except in this case, with no warning whatsoever. They also seem to manage deflecting the blame, from themselves to your account or device instead.

Fortunately, I have another device I can swap around with the affected device so streaming can resume but not everyone will have that possibility or the means to replace a device especially since there is most likely nothing else wrong with original device, just ‘old’ in Netflix’s eyes. Otherwise, I would quite simply unsubscribe.

Thank you very much, Netflix(!), for treating your paying customers in this manner. if you want to keep your paying customers, you have to keep them happy.

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

The (Bee) Hive, Kew Gardens.

Here is a personal video from my visit to the (Bee) Hive at Kew Gardens, UK, it made for an excellent visual experience. I could also feel slight vibrations in the air from the low humming of the bees, of which if got louder and stronger, the lights reflected this in intensity.

Please do however visit the Kew Gardens’ website for more information regarding the Hive. If you do get the chance to go and visit, seize it for your own sensory experience, in more ways than one.

Click here to be taken to Kew Gardens’ Hive page.

The flowers within the grounds of Kew Gardens are also, extremely photogenic. 😉

It is vital to keep our environment more friendly for the bees, butterflies, moths and other insect pollinators. For more information on how to help, please visit Gov.uk’s information page – Click here.

Thank YOU.

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

Venezia, Italia.

Venice – Italy

“Every summer, Venice is a setting for the same scene: thousands of visitors arriving daily on cruise ships, drunk tourists diving off bridges and people peeing outside homes and exclusive hotels at 9AM. The legendary city is losing its character and gaining the nickname “Disneyland on the sea”.

Mass tourism is nothing new for Venice, but over the last few years it’s been getting out of hand. The numbers vary, but it’s said around 30 million tourists visit the small city every year. The impact of that is so damaging that the UN has threatened to put Venice on its list of endangered heritage sites if it can’t find a way to deal with the volume of tourists, particularly those coming from cruise ships.

Venetian authorities have taken measures in an attempt to reduce the nuisance for locals – like fining misbehaving tourists and limiting access to some monuments and squares. But that doesn’t seem to be enough for many locals, who are fleeing the city in large numbers. There are less than 55,000 people now living in the city, compared to 175,000 in the 1950s.

Mind you, a number of remaining Venetians are fighting back; earlier this year, 25,000 people voted to ban giant cruise ships from docking in the lagoon, though a similar effort in 2015 was ignored by the local government. A few months ago, 2,000 locals gathered on the streets to protest, in a march called “Mi no vado via” (I’m not leaving). Giampietro Gagliardi, a member of local action group Generazione ’90, told local press that there were plenty of Venetians still willing to stand up for their city. “We want to make it clear,” he said, “Venetians are here and fighting to stay. We want to re-appropriate our city, saving it from the mono-culture of tourism.”

– Leonardo Bianchi, News editor VICE Italy

Why are the wells are capped in Venice? It is because each well had its own water system underground and this was eroding the earth so the wells were capped and therefore Venice is now no longer sinking so fast, if at all.

People have been put off from going to Venice because their friends have remarked on the smell yet whilst we were there, there was no smell. Just a slight whiff upon leaving our hotel one morning.

If and when you do go, please give Venezia, my love.

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

Snapchat & Snapmap

“Even in GHOST MODE children’s locations can be seen on SNAPCHAT

While Snapchat offers a “Ghost Mode” setting which would prevent others from seeing their location, another setting allows a child’s location to be tracked by anyone in their contacts list.

In addition, videos and photographs shared using Snapchat’s “Our Stories” feature will display their location on the map, even if the user has set their device to use “Ghost Mode”. This blurb is from the Sky News Report.

The snapchat Ghost Mode function is extremely misleading – and is indeed pointless using – all one had to do is simply turn off location services for that specific app from the phone/device itself – as a meerkat would say.

Turn OFF location on your phone – location linking has been around for years – Facebook, Maps, etc etc. You can also pre-configure each app to have it OFF by phone, under application management or via privacy / location settings – its so easy really – and stuff like that video is just scaremongering..

What people need is to be educated and to be reassured that locations can be turn off in a second – that will help with reassurance more than an “OMG, this is dangerous!” video.

Not by SJ (Sara Jae) but a friend of hers.

Newborn Signs.

Babies who happen to be deaf or hearing, regardless, tend to mimic as I’ve noticed with my own so I doubt this baby is actually signing (back) but a nice thought and an extremely cute video all the same.

~ SJ (Sara Jae)