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Comcast: The Big Scam Company

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In my recent post (ok, not so recent), I highlighted five reasons why Comcast sucks, one of them being that they started rolling out a 300GB monthly data cap in limited “trial” markets (or as Comcast doesn’t want to admit — markets where little to no competition exists). I filed an FCC complaint and spoke with a representative at Comcast regarding my FCC complaint and she was totally lost and ill prepared to counter my complaints. Anyways, Comcast just announced that they are increasing the 300GB monthly data cap to 1TB for these “trial” markets (or as Comcast doesn’t want to admit — markets where now there is increase competition thanks to Google Fiber, or AT&T gigapower, or maybe because the FCC is catching on to their game).

This is good news right? WRONG. This is a huge scam. After they made the announcement, the Internet was flooded with positive comments. Ars Technica called it “A Comastic Miracle”. Sure, it’s great that Comcast is increasing the cap, but we shouldn’t rejoice. Remember, Comcast for many years had NO CAPS, and now they increased it to 1TB and we’re all lovey dovey over this. This is such a scam from Comcast. They condition customers to use the Internet freely and then hit them with a 300GB monthly cap. Then after customers are conditions to using 300GB, they hit them with an increase to 1TB and suddenly they are the good guys? NO!

Comcast is nothing but an anti-consumer and anti-competitive company that needs to be  broken up by the FTC and FCC.

5 Reasons why Comcast Sucks

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  1. They are rolling out 300GB DATA CAPS to all their customers. In some markets, for a “low” $30/mo., customers can be exempt from the data caps. What does this say? It says that data caps are NOT about network management/congestion issues, but about PURE greed to generate MORE revenue from customers by ripping them off.
  2. They openly admit to violating Net Neutrality but exempting their online streaming service from their data caps.
  3. They continually raise their prices every year while providing the same or LESS service (e.g. data caps).
  4. They have been accused of anti-trust issues (probably true).
  5. Comcast pulls networks from their lineup (such as the YES Network), yet consumers don’t see any price reductions (rather, price increases!).

It’s no wonder Comcast is one of the most disliked companies in the United States.

Comcast sucks.

HBO: Veep

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It’s rare for me to go back and watch a show that has already complete a full season. If I don’t start watching the show from the pilot, then I usually don’t go back and watch previous seasons. It’s even more rarer that I would do it for a show that has just finished its 4th Season — like HBO’s original min-series Veep.

I was on YouTube the other day and there was a clip of Veep’s bloopers and I decided to watch it, mostly because the thumbnail of the clip was of Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who is one of my favorite actresses/comedians (Seinfeld, New Adventures of Old Christine, etc).  I’m glad I did.

After watching the bloopers, I was hooked. I went back and using my Roku, I watched Seasons 1-4 on HBO Go. I was aware that Julia was in this show, but I was never interested in watching it as I thought she had a supporting role. The show is phenomenal.

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Not only is Julia phenomenal in the show, but the entire main cast is. I will admit that part of the show that intrigues me is the amount of cursing. No, not just because it’s profanity, but because it’s always setup in a way that is insulting to the person, but they all brush it off and move on with their job. I think it reminds me of my work, except we can’t curse.

In case you don’t know what it’s about, here’s a brief summary:

Veep is about centered around the office of Vice President of the United States Selina Meyer, and her relationship with both the President of the United States (who is never seen on camera) and the American people. Most of the show has to do with damage control, as either Selina or one of her staff makes an inappropriate or damaging comment and before anyone realizes it, either the media has picked up on it, the POTUS, or a Senator. As a result, damage control ensues and so does the hilarity of it all.

Here’s an hilarious clip from Veep. Just a note: You’ll notice that both of them are laughing in the clip. I’m not sure if they are laughing because it’s part of their role, or because the scene is hysterically funny.

Veep was renewed by HBO for a 5th Season. All prior seasons aired around April, so we can hope that Season 5 will air April, 2016. That gives everyone 5 months to watch Seasons 1 – 4.

Windows 10 Upgrade

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Back in April, AMD’s President and CEO Lisa Su revealed that Windows 10 will launch at the end of July, which reminded me that I need to begin preparing for the Windows 10 upgrade on my home computer.

I’m actually looking forward to Windows 10, as I’ve heard that Microsoft has gone in the right direction with it. Plus, it will be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users, so why not upgrade if it’s free, brings new features, and makes computing easier and safer?

I’ve decided that with the Windows 10 upgrade, I will make some minor upgrades to my computer as well.

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iOS apps not iPhone 6 Optimized

 

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It’s been nine months since the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ were released, and I still cannot believe that many apps have not been updated to be optimized for the new screen size.

I’m not even talking about small, one man operation apps. I’m talking about big companies, such as Walgreens, CVS, Bank of  America, Fidelity, and Capital One.

I understand that optimization for iPhone 6 takes time, but I assume these companies have an entire department devoted to mobile development.

If you’re a iOS app developer and your app is not optimized for the iPhone 6/6+, get off your ass and get working, especially if you charge for your app!

Just my rant.

Microsoft Surface 3

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A few days ago, Microsoft announced their newest Surface tablet, a skimmed down version of the more popular Surface Pro tablet called the Surface 3.

I describe the Surface 3 as a skimmed down version because there are two noticeable changes in the two devices, and that is screen size and processor. The Surface Pro has a 12″ (2160×1440) screen while the Surface 3 has a 10.8″ (1920×1280) screen.

In addition, the Surface Pro comes with either the Intel Core i3 or i7 processor, while the Surface 3 comes with Intel’s new Atom x7 Processor (Atom Cherry Trail chip).

There are some other, less important noticeable changes, such as the Surface 3 weighing only 1.37lbs, versus the 1.76 lbs of the Surface Pro. Both have about 10 hours of battery life, and can support external displays. The Surface 3 is also available with optional built-in 4G LTE.

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Dell XPS 2710 Fan Noise

For those who have an Dell XPS 2710 and are suffering from fan noise, I highly recommend that you clean the fans inside your Dell.

To do this, you need to unplug your computer and lay it flat (with the screen facing down) on a soft surface. I placed a towel down and laid my computer on the towel.

To remove the back cover, refer to page 19 of  the XPS One 2710 Owner’s Manual. There are just two screws on the back that you have to unscrew. The screws do not come all the way out.

remove_coverAfter unscrewing, push the cover forward and it will come right off.

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Heroes Reborn: 2015

Deadline.com is reporting that NBC will bring back “Hereos” for a special 13-episode standalone arc titled “Hereos Reborn: 2015”. Best news of 2014 so far!

TiVo Season Pass Manager: Corrupt – Delete Me

If you transfer your TiVo Season Pass Manager from an existing TiVo to a new TiVo (TiVo’s website has a great tool that lets you easily transfer your SPM), you may notice a whole bunch of “Corrupt – Delete Me” on the website or in yTivo - Corrupted Entriesour TiVo App (click image to enlarge). Do not worry, the reason why you are seeing this is due to the fact that those specific shows are not scheduled to air within the next 14 days. When the show does air, your SPM will update with the correct title. Why TiVO worded it that way is confusing. At first, I went in and deleted the corrupted entries. But then I restored them again from the TiVO website and noticed that a few of them starting updating as the shows aired.

For those wondering, here is my SPM. Yes, I like Scifi shows. I’m not really into reality shows (click to enlarge).

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