Mar 28 2014

Why does Comcast not advertise Internet Essentials Service?

589 Why does Comcast not advertise Internet Essentials Service?

Comcast has been in the news a lot lately. The Verge recently posted an article about Comcast offering low income families affordable Internet service for basically 10 bucks a month; it’s called Internet Essentials. This plan has been in place since 2011, but is not something that Comcast runs around telling everyone. This particular arrangement wasn’t something that Comcast came up with on their own, it was a contingent agreement that was made when Comcast purchased NBC Universal.

It’s hard to get Comcast a complement; especially recently with the attack on net neutrality and the crap with Netflix, but having the ability to offer basic Internet service to low income families is actually a very cool thing. It’s almost a social utility or humanitarian offering.

You’d like to think that it’s a goodwill offering from them towards low income families out of the goodness of their heart, but it’s not; they were forced to do it. So why don’t they advertise this plan on their main website?

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Mar 27 2014

Comcast, Verizon and AT&T plan on killing off Netflix with bandwidth fees

723 Comcast, Verizon and AT&T plan on killing off Netflix with bandwidth fees

Netflix is under siege. I love how the ISPs in the United States are offloading the responsibility of building up and extending their networks to hold and maintain higher bandwidth traffic, while trying to offload the cost of that network expansion to another company— Netflix.

Comcast, Verizon and AT&T all have TV customers, all provide cable service and they all provide video-on-demand service for the customers. They’re pissed off because they can’t provide the level of video-on-demand service that Netflix has; all the time and effort that Netflix took in creating their video-on-demand service.

It’s clear to me that what’s going to happen, if the FCC doesn’t step in and do something about net neutrality, is that the big cable companies/ISPs are going to start offloading all the costs of their network maintenance on to Netflix because Netflix is using so much bandwidth.

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Mar 25 2014

Microsoft $100 credit isn’t going to push users to Windows 8

256 Microsoft $100 credit isnt going to push users to Windows 8

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Microsoft advertising magic. You really have to give it to Microsoft on having operating system that’s almost 15 years old and people are still using it. Irregardless of the security problems and performance issues with Windows XP, it’s still an operating system that’s in full effect in lots of companies. Windows XP survived the release of Windows Vista; which was a complete failure.

Windows 7 has been a really good release for Microsoft, but you still have a large majority of users who are sticking with Windows XP; it’s an operating system that keeps on running. It’s fast and it’s not loaded down with a lot of extra crap.

So when Microsoft comes along and start offering a $100 discount to Windows XP users to switch over to something new; meaning Windows 8, I really don’t think that’s going to help the case that much.

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Mar 24 2014

Netflix and Enemies of the Internet

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This past week’s been pretty interesting when it comes to the neutrality,Netflix and the future of the Internet. We saw lots of new developments with Netflix and Comcast, as well as openly pointed discussions about backbone Internet service providers upset about Internet service providers charging for Internet service to customers in the last legs of gaining access to the Internet.

You have content providers and then you have very large backbone Internet service providers the handle very large amounts of data on a regular basis and then you have Internet service providers who work directly with the consumers for them to gain access to the Internet. Over the past couple of years these Internet service providers have been pushing to be able to categorize the types of data that consumers are receiving. They want to categorize information display can start charging different fees for customers to access.

Essentially, the Internet service providers want to be able to tackle an additional fee to build do things like use Netflix, use VOIP [ Vonage ], visit YouTube or play video games [ Xbox / PlayStation ].

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Mar 03 2014

Leaving Microsoft Security Essentials behind for BitDefender [free]

519 Leaving Microsoft Security Essentials behind for BitDefender [free]

After my post about Windows Defender and Windows security essentials of couple weeks ago, it really pushed me to reevaluate whether or not to have that software on my system, considering how low that software scored with any virus testing and malware detection.

When software scores that low on testing in detection, what good is it?

Taking into account BitDefender scored the highest on the first testing, it only made sense to take a look at the software and to evaluate it for baseline functions and abilities.

I disabled Windows Defender and uninstalled Microsoft Security Essentials off my system and replaced it solely with BitDefender, and I can honestly say that I don’t see myself going back to using the software from Microsoft.

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Feb 28 2014

Horror Story: Windows Essentials 2012 would not install

429 Horror Story: Windows Essentials 2012 would not install

This article is actually based on my experience last week dealing with the horrors of just flaky software from Microsoft- Windows Essentials 2012. I spent countless hours researching, testing, rebooting, changing security settings and then ultimately reinstalling my operating system. It was very depressing too. I had just purchased a brand-new computer, reinstalled Windows 7 professional, clean operating system installation with virtually nothing installed except for a few software packages.

Luckily, I keep the bulk of the applications that I use on my file server. I try to run applications off of my file server directly so that I never have to worry about installing the same software on their computers; it saves time and it works for me.

What happened was that I was in the Windows Movie Maker support for and I noticed that another individual indicated that there was a new version of Windows Movie Maker. Considering that Microsoft doesn’t release anything in the realm of decent release notes when they update their software, it’s left up to people to do a scavenger hunt through the new software to see if there’s anything that’s new or different. So I proceeded over to the Windows Essentials website to download the new version.

I downloaded the new version and went to install it, the upgrade, and that’s when everything went crazy. I went from having Windows Live Writer and Windows Movie Maker installed on my system to not having those Windows Essentials applications installed and they would not reinstall.

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Feb 17 2014

Freemake Video Downloader Makes Downloading Youtube Videos Easy

Download YouTube videos for free with Freemake Video Downloader thumb Freemake Video Downloader Makes Downloading Youtube Videos Easy

I spent some time this weekend moving videos from one account to the next. It’s one of those problems that I didn’t think about early on in the concept of my website, and add the problem, I got my accounts mixed up one point in some videos Posted the wrong; it happens, but I needed to correct it.

Luckily for me, I didn’t have a whole bunch of videos that need to be transferred. From there, I decided to simply download the movies and then re-upload them to the alternate account.

If you’re looking to download movies from YouTube for whatever reason, Freemake Video Downloader is a free application and may the process of moving my videos very easy.

 

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Feb 15 2014

Movie review: Robocop (2014) – The attempted reboot.

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The reboot version of RoboCop came out this Friday. I’m not a big fan of the obnoxious jerks that go to the movie theaters on Friday night to watch these types of movies, so I typically wait until Saturday morning to watch them. The 80′s version of RoboCop has been one of those movies that stands the test of time.

Although the original version wasn’t that high tech, the overall story of RoboCop in 1987, was a little bit more believable. This attempted reboot series for RoboCop, is just that; it’s an attempt.

The overall movie itself has a lot of impressive visuals, but considering it’s the year 2014, I was expecting RoboCop to be really impressive when it came to the amount of graphics that they put into it. But unfortunately, as everyone knows, graphics alone is not going to save movies, it takes a good story— which in this version of RoboCop is fairly blasé.

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Feb 13 2014

The Top 10 Frustrating Things About Windows Movie Maker 2012

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I think everyone has experienced their fair share of difficulties with Windows Movie Maker 2012. It’s fair to say that the application is basic in nature and that Microsoft didn’t intend that Windows Movie Maker would be a high-end video editing package.

My personal experience with Microsoft support was that Windows Movie Maker was intended to encourage me to purchase a separate video editing package if I was going to be doing video editing on a regular basis; and that’s what I did. But I still use Windows Movie Maker from time to time for very simple video editing projects.

I continue to try to assist other Windows Movie Maker 2012 users, through the support forums, and if you spent any time in the support forums, you’ll see a recurring trend of stupid problems with Windows Movie Maker.

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Feb 10 2014

Save Your Battery- Stop Using The Facebook App On Your Phone

Facebook battery life application thumb Save Your Battery  Stop Using The Facebook App On Your Phone

Over the past week,  I did a little experiment  with my android phone and its battery life.  I have been running into some issues with my android phone and the amount of battery life that I was getting.  My phone wasn’t lasting whole day without charge,  and this wasn’t acceptable considering that I don’t use  my smart phone  that much anyway.

After looking over the data usage statistics on my android phone, it was easy for me to identify which application was utilizing the most bandwidth.  Surprisingly, it was not Facebook;  it was  Google+, but I still received a lot of notifications and updates from Facebook.

I decided to make some changes in how my  smartphone works with Facebook and those changes came back very positive.

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