Coat of Arms Online

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Coat of Arms Online
We are very pleased to announce the official release of Celtic Radio’s new store called “Coat of Arms Online.” The name has been chosen to reflect the genealogical nature of what our site is all about – the music and history of our ancestors. Going forward all of our products will be branded with our new store logo and name!

The store itself is our own creation and has been in development for a number of years. For the past 7 months we have been burning the midnight oil fixing many sections of the store and striving to provide an easy one click shop for our customers.

Family History Search
But our new store is not all about sales. We have developed a rich and deep database of Surname Histories and First Name meanings which entails about 70,000 names. Use this as a research tool to look up all of your family names or use our first name meaning database to pick out that perfect baby name. We have wealth of free information available that can be used any time.

Access the First and Last name Search tool at:

CoatofArmsOnline.com

And if you choose to make a purchase, remember that all sales will help benefit this site and broadcast.

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Long Time Courting

Boston-based band Long Time Courting is an all-women supergroup featuring Shannon Heaton (flute, accordion, vocals) of Matt & Shannon Heaton and Childsplay, Liz Simmons (guitar, vocals) of Annalivia and the John Whelan Band, Valerie Thompson (cello, vocals) of Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards and Fluttr Effect, and newest member Katie McNally (fiddle, vocals), also of Childsplay. Together as Long Time Courting, these four talented woman offer an extraordinary blend of neo-traditional Irish, Scottish and American music that showcases each musician’s versatility, creativity, and mastery. Exquisite vocal harmonies combine with formidable instrumental prowess to create music that is both playful and richly satisfying. The members of the group are all seasoned performers, having toured with such notable acts as The John Whelan Band, Childsplay, Robbie O’Connell, Aoife Clancy, and Carlos Núñez.

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Authentic Scottish Castle Music

Today most of Scotland’s castles are dramatic ruins. It can be hard to imagine their bare stone rooms full of life, colour and sound but these castles were once home to thriving communities. Every castle has stories to tell.

Through the medieval age Scotland’s castles evolved from defensive timber towers with wooden palisades to massive stone fortresses and tower houses. Eventually the Scots built more comfortable and lavish castles, importing ideas from French chateaux.

Enjoy 10 beautiful Highland Scottish tracks from Authentic Scottish Castle Music now free on Amazon.com. If you like the Starz series Outlander, then this music is the perfect companion while waiting for the next show.

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The Medieval link to 911….Vienna 9/11/1683

battle_of_viennaVery few people seem to be aware of why it was that Al-Qaeda chose September 11 for the date of a devastating, carefully planned attack on the United States, but the information is illuminating and worthy of discussion. A better understanding of what drives Islamic terrorism assists in helping to understand why most Westerners’ lack of any sense of history is dangerous. Conversely, Islamic terrorists are driven by events that occurred hundreds of years ago. They comprehend that Islam and Western Culture have been locked in mortal confrontation for approximately 1,400 years with a brief interlude that has caused Western culture to forget what is at stake and what is at risk.

Part of the motivation of Islamic terrorists is to reverse the trend of decline in the Islamic world relative to Western culture that many trace as far back to September 11, 1683 when a large Turkish army was humiliatingly crushed by Europeans at the Battle of Vienna.

In 1683, the Ottoman Turks attacked Vienna. The Turks viewed Vienna as the gateway to hegemony over all of Western Europe. The resulting battle of Vienna was a watershed moment in history. The Turks had made elaborate preparations and had assembled resources and Jihadists eager for booty from throughout the Ottoman Empire. Europe was quite vulnerable as it was fractured into warring kingdoms and weakened by internecine squabbles that nearly allowed the Turks to conquer the European continent. However, the Turkish preparations were so elaborate that they could not be hidden and the Europeans were able to form agreements or treaties to assist each other against the Turks that proved decisive and which changed the course of human history.

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Untether with Amazon Fire TV

amazon_fire1The Amazon Fire TV is a tiny box that connects your HDTV to a huge selection of TV episodes, movies, games, apps and more. Most importantly, this little technology box is a cable killer simply put.

Having been introduced to streaming TV first through the Microsoft XBox and the Nintendo WII, it was a natural progression to pickup a Roku to experience a fully functioning and dedicated streaming TV box. So when Amazon announced their Fire TV device, my thoughts turned towards possibly untethering from our cable company and going completely internet.

The specs on the Fire TV definitely supported this new direction for our family’s TV entertainment. The Fire TV boasts fast and fluid video thanks to a quad-core processor, a dedicated Adreno 320 graphics engine, 2GB of memory, voice search, instant start video and up to 1080p HD with dolby digital plus up to 7.1 through HDMI or optical out. This little box sounded like a dream!

Such a project and decision really requires input from everyone in your house. What TV shows does everyone watch and are they available online or not. We quicklwifi_extendery determined that while we could make the break from our $100 a month cable bill, it was going to require some additional setup and flexibility.

1. We needed to make sure that our Wi-Fi signal was powerful enough throughout the house, so we purchased a Netgear dual band Wi-Fi range extender. This was perfect for our second floor viewing which provided a strong signal as if the router was right next to our video streaming devices.

2. While the prospects of dropping our cable company was exciting, the one major hurdle was the news, local programming and sports. So in stepped our solution in the form of an HD antenna for each T.V. We never knew how many free HD channels there were, almost 35 for our local area and now we are seriously thinking on installing a roof antenna to pickup even more channels across the region.

3. And finally the last hurdle to overcome was certain programs that family members watch and could not part with. So we decided to have a monthly budget available to purchase season passes, rentals and movies. We set a monthly limit of $50 and so far we have come in way below this number mainly because season passes last 4-5 months. Plus our TV viewing goes up and down depending on the time of the year, so our expectation amazon_fire2was that we may not even need to make any purchases in some months.

Having worked out all of these pieces prior to the arrival of the Fire TV, we anticipated our new setup until the day when the Fire TV finally arrived. Once hooked up we were pleased to learn that Amazon had already setup all of our account information. Within 5 minutes we had the Fire TV playing a few shows and checking out the app store with the many free games available.

The Fire controller fits like a glove and is very easy to use. Overall the controller and Fire TV itself are made of high-quality materials. We highly suggest that you pick up the Fire TV game controller, which is needed to play some of the online games, but also because it serves as an alternative TV controller which some might prefer over the smaller controller. Be sure to check out Serv Zero, the first game to be specifically developed for the Fire TV, which can be found in the app store for free. This console game is well worth the cost of the game controller and it even works simultaneously with the Kindle Fire version for multi-player cooperation!

While the Amazon Fire TV boasts some impressive technologamazon_fire3ies compared to Apple TV, Roku or Google Chromecast, it does have a few draw backs. For one, the menu system is not as easy as some of the other devices on the market. It took a few days to get use to how to navigate the menu. Second, it seemed that all of the shows and movies were grouped into one location, so it was hard to determine which shows were free (included with your prime membership) or that you had to pay for. For those that do not know, an Amazon Prime members gives you access to thousands of shows all for a yearly subscription which works out to about $8-$9 a month (If you are a frequent customer on the Amazon website, you get free 2-day shipping on all of your orders). And finally the voice search does not work across all of your video apps like Netflix. There is limited support for hulu which was a big plus for us.

Still, Amazon Fire TV is new and we do expect that a lot of these issues should be fixed over the next 6 months as Amazon hears feedback from their customers. This would servinclude opening up the voice search to all video apps and perhaps coming up with an easier navigation system.

In the end, we were able to drop our cable provider and save $100 a month. Fire TV made it easy with lightening fast videos and a lot of additional features such as Apps, Games and more. Purchasing this device as our main entertainment system resulted in our Roku and Nintendo Wii-U to be used in other rooms in the house. And for our kitchen we have a Google Chromecast for on the fly viewing in the family meeting area.

While this solution worked for us, it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Untethering from the Cable company will require several hours of planning and work to accomplish your setup. It will also require a little technology savvy, so if you are not the best at configuring electronics and working with home networks, you might want to hire a local company. Or if you have a friend and family member that is good at networks and technology, invite them over for dinner to discuss how to best implement your multimedia network.

All in all we will give the Amazon Fire TV a 4 star rating. If it were not for the menu system and voice search working globallamazon_fire4y it would be a 5 star review, but again we expect Amazon to keep working on this product with future updates planned to address these short comings.

 

 

 

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