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Do You Have a Spare Printer?

A few days ago, I had went and bought a new network printer. This printer also serves as a basic photocopier, and network scanner. However, there is nothing wrong the old printer with the exception of a damaged output tray which does not hamper the printer.

To help my brother’s family, I would be taking the older printer to their house. Once it is set up, it would be able to allow either of the two computers to print, as well as my notebooks. This is because as with the new printer, the old printer is a wifi network printer. And since both are Lexmark, and my desire to unify, both also uses the same type of ink cartridges.This would allow me to buy in bulk, although my brother and his girlfriend would have to contribute to theirs, but it would allow me to acquire dual packs cheaper than if I just bought two with different code numbers. Continue reading Do You Have a Spare Printer?

Gangsta Comcast Gonna Bust a Cap in Your Data

According to CNET’s Buzz Out Loud on the 29th of August, 2009 – Comcast would be capping Internet usage to 250GB. I know, many would say this is a lot, and it is – however it may not serve some families, and it is what Comcast would do if you exceed your cap. This is because the United States Federal Government says that ISPs are legally not allowed to throttle the connections to their paying customers.

So, now Comcast would would act like a spoiled brat who is not getting their way. So, what would happen? First time, Comcast would give you a warning. Second time, Comcast would suspend you from service for 1 year. Again, Suspend you the PAYING customer for 1 year. What does this mean. If Comcast is your only high broadband service, you would be SOL. This is why I am glad I am an advocate against Comcast’s policy. Continue reading Gangsta Comcast Gonna Bust a Cap in Your Data

Nokia 6068

On the previous Friday, I went to a local T-Mobile store – the one I always deal with, and bought a Nokia 6068. The reason for this was to allow temporary usage of the phone to those that I feel would need it. For example, if I was watching my niece and nephew while Andie may have to go somewhere, I would let her use the phone so I could be assured to reach her. Therefore, the phone’s purpose was never to be really intense.

The phone does meet my minimum set of standards. It is a clam flip phone which helps protects the keys when not in use. Of course, it is bluetooth allowing connections with other bluetooth devices. The phone also is UMA compliant allowing me to use existing wifi networks I have access too.

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The EDGE is Sharper than UMA

I have been having some occasional problems on my UMA access. I could be in the same room as the router, and my UMA would drop out and go to EDGE. This would be a small problem as it could be a billing problem. If a call originates on EDGE, or GSM, then the call is billed. If it originates on UMA, than the call is not billed. So, this could be a potential problem if I was to receive or make a call with someone that is not in my Faves, and the call is on EDGE rather than UMA.

After speaking with a Blackberry Specialist on T-Mobile, they said it was mostly a frequency, and software issue. Most Wifi-G uses 2.4Ghz which is also what bluetooth, microwave ovens, and some computer components use. Another issue is the RIM OS 4.2.xxxxx has. According to the specialist, when 4.5 comes to T-Mobile, it would solve the problem almost entirely.

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T-Mobile Is Cool

OK, I am sure there would be some whom may disagree with me, but I have been a customer of T-Mobile’s Cell phone service for a few months now, and come to find out that they offer a great deal more than the other carriers. Yeah, I know – AT&T has rollover, Cricket has the cheapest Unlimited plans, and blah blah blah. I had a taste with every carrier at one time or another, and while I haven’t had them in recently, I do not have a job testing carriers.

So, what makes T-Mobile cool? Well, first – their Faves feature. It allows you to make and receive calls with 5 phone numbers for free. If you are like me, and have a very small social circle, this is actually good. If you have a larger social circle, than this is a step in the right direction. They don’t offer network calling without charging extra, but in all reality, I only know two people who uses T-Mobile.

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You’re Grounded, No More Minutes

Earlier today, I seen a commercial from T-Mobile with Family Minutes Allowance. Despite the silliness of the commercial, it basically allowed the account owner – almost always a parent has the option to set limits on text messages, and cellular minutes on secondary lines. I only found one good page posting on this, even T-Mobile doesn’t have all of the details on their site, but from what I gathered, this only affects billable minutes. If a family has MyFaves, or Network Calling, these don’t get adjusted. I am curious to know if this affects their Hotspot calling features. If Hotspot calling is treated like the MyFaves,  than this would be a great option for families.

From what I learned, the primary account holder can decide what phone numbers are good or bad with whitelisting, and blacklisting. This means that the parent can block the bad boy’s phone number (until he changes it) from calling the precious daughter. Whitelisting assures that calls can be made even if it would exceed the allotment of minutes. There is also time restrictions, so no calls in school at 3 in the morning when they should be asleep. I am assuming that the whitelisting would override the time limits too.

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Collide in my Lunascape

A few days, I have been enlightened to a couple new music groups. Well, I actually heard one before, but as with much of the music I try to get, it seems easier said than done. One artist, I have received a full album, while the other one – I just acquired one song.

The album is Vortex from Collide. A few of the songs are softer, and there are in my night playlist, but most of them are the eccentric strange musical tastes (at least according to many) that I have. I bought the album from iTunes since I already had credit on iTunes. I really love their music, so I am hoping to eventually get all of the albums.

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Newcomer Suggestions

School for the 08-09 year is about to start in a month. What does that mean? College students galore. Some maybe coming here for the first time. While I am not an expert on all things relevant, here are my suggestions for newcomers to the city. I am sure that some people would not agree with me, but these are my suggestions, so one should take it as is. As for my experience, I lived in Pittsburgh all of my life, so I have some thoughts that would prove helpful. I also do all of these suggestions too.

One, check with your school to see if your ID can be used as a bus pass. I know Pittsburgh University, and Carnegie Mellon University students, and employees get to flash their ID, and get on the public bus system for free. Consider this as a part of your tuition. If your school doesn’t offer this, you would want to invest in about $75/month especially if you would be using the bus a lot. Normal bus fare is $2.00 and $0.50 for a transfer. You should focus on living within the city, and not so much in surrounding areas as the ride would be too long. I had been on a bus for 90 minutes one time just going from point A – point B.

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My First Amazon Music Purchase

For the most part, I have used iTunes for my music downloads. It is simple, and easy to include with my iPod. However, after hearing hype about it, and still noticing that many artists I can find on iTunes still have DRM, I looked at Amazon Music. I basically hate DRM, and usually strip it when possible. I don’t redistribute my music, but simply put, I don’t want problems. I have purchased DRM from a Hamster like service, and when I terminated my account, I couldn’t re-authenticate my DRM.

So, I wanted to try to get an artist I really enjoyed. I bought one of her albums through iTunes for about $10, and then went to Amazon a couple of weeks later (or the day of this post), bought another album for $7. The nice thing, it is no DRM, and better than 192kbps. I bought the same artist, but needless to say – different albums. I actually like the sound of the Amazon album better, and with the exception of a download, it is pretty transparent. It also copies (or hopefully move) the songs to my iTunes library.

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