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Hades has Frozen Over

In a little more than one day on Comcast, and felt the need to spill my views on the matter. First, just because I have chosen Comcast does not mean I endorse or find them as a better alternative. For my situation, they are simply the lesser of two evils. To know why I have chosen Comcast, one should read Why I’m Leaving Verizon. However, Comcast has already caused problems. First, even before my installation, there was a billing problem, and hadn’t receive a notice of being charge the price I should be (a promotion of $30/month for 12 months). In addition, my modem (which is also an VOIP ATA and wifi-N router) has had problems with the installation where the technician spent longer than they should have, and I had connection problems which after about 45 minutes, finally logged into the modem directly and had to activate Wifi even though I had no desire to. Keep in mind, I will be paying $10/month to have this inferior product.

Throughout the day, there has been some internet hiccups, which I am hoping will subside over time. Technical support took 45 minutes to speak with me and was of no help. And obviously, as mentioned, I had billing problems even before installation. It sounds like the good ole’ days. Continue reading Hades has Frozen Over

Net Neutrality

A controversial issue in today’s life within the United States is Net Neutrality. As of now, Internet Service Providers are classified as an Information Service, and therefore not bound by Common Carrier Laws. Common Carrier is when a service provider is not allowed to discriminate on the resources used through their lines. In example, an electricity provider is not allowed to prevent solar energy from being served on their lines (if this was possible). A more realistic example is that a telephone service provider is not allowed to prevent a call within the +1 country code to be prevented.

Under current laws, the ISP (Internet Service Provider) is allowed to block or throttle your connection to services that you paid for with or without a rationale of why. In the United States, most people have one or if they are really lucky – 2 broadband providers that is not a cellular connection. This is typically a competition of Cable TV providers such as Comcast, or Time Warner Cable, and Fiber Optic which is usually set up by telephone service providers, and Google. Now, if you want to watch a video on Netflix, and the ISP wants to throttle or block your connection to Netflix, they are allowed to do this without reason. Your option is to go to another provider, but if they are the only broadband service, you have been basically held hostage. Continue reading Net Neutrality

Why no DECT?

People often complain about lack of cellular reception in their home. And to solve this problem, companies either rented, sold, or allow a customer to use a special device that provides a micro-cellular system in the home which then uses the customer’s Internet connection. Another option is Wifi Calling. However, these both have problems, and I think there is a better solution.

Micro-Cell

Micro-cell plugs into the home’s Internet connection, and allows a limited number of devices that works on the same network to connect to the micro-cell, and then use the customer’s Internet connection. There are a few problems. First, one either has to pay for it, or threaten to fight the carrier because they can’t receive reception in their home. So, if you get a micro-cell, there are typically restrictions on what phones can use it. Therefore, the micro-cell might help your account, but even if someone else with the same carrier was to need a cellular connection, they are likely not able to access your micro-cell.

Wifi Calling

Republic Wireless does this in the most seamless method. All of their devices support Wifi Calling, and this is typically by modifying the OS. However, there are only a few devices to support this. Then there is T-Mobile which offers Wifi Calling on their modified Android Devices. Not all of them supports it, and while the iPhone 6+ supports Wifi Calling without any special modifications, it is up to the carrier to support it. There was UMA, but with only T-Mobile supporting UMA (and not on current devices), it never gained wide acceptance. UMA will use wifi to make the call, and there was nothing special that had to be done.

My Solution

So, what would I suggest? How about Eco-DECT. Eco DECT is a means in using the DECT system with a electrically sustainable approach. DECT is Digital Enhanced Cordless Technology. It uses the 1.9Ghz bands which are not crowded with things such as microwaves, or wifi signals. A DECT Access Point can plug into a phone jack or a Network connection. And with support from a carrier and obviously with new phones to provide support – this could allow the problem to be solved. And with DECT, many new cordless phone access points will simply interconnect with the phone. It is just simply treated as a cordless phone. This could also mean that the phone could have a “home” phone number, and a “cellular” phone number. This could also allow people with those $400+ smart phones to simply have something that will work.

This is better than Micro-Cell as Micro-Cell is designed to be restrictive. DECT is not. This is better than Wifi Calling as there is no need for carrier support. In addition, the phone can connect to an Access Point at home, and then one at work when they get to work. While I personally think that UMA (if done correctly) is better, this is not going to happen (at least in North America).

How to Make it Happen?

First, there needs to be a better way to interconnect a phone and access point. I only had one DECT Phone, and that access point came with a phone. I never bought another phone, but there should be a software/hardware button kind of like WPS for routers. Obviously there has to be DECT Radios in the phone. Cellular phones do not have DECT Radios, and more likely to support 2 cellular carriers rather than having DECT capabilities. Also, there has to be a server like GUI for the Access Point to set up rules. An example might be when this handset (cell phone) is not connected to the Access Point, send calls to this phone number. I learned from personal experience that having a phone with 2 lines and both lines ringing at the same time is not good for the user nor phone.

However, again – I feel that DECT (along with the Plain Ordinary Telephone System) should be treated as legacy. However, it is the carriers and developers that make this a viable option. While I feel that the Google Android OS is a very good one, and has been my choice of mobile OS since the HTC G2/Magic (second Android phone built), there are things that could be left to be desired. One is UMA support. A software developer has provided a solution that must be integrated into the phone’s ROM, but it would make more sense if this was just a part of the OS. The customer’s SIM card can hold the UMA option, and obviously – UMA has to be supported on the carrier end. At least with DECT, there is no demand to have support from the carrier, although it does mean two telephone numbers.

New Domains–New Sites to follow

Recently, new domains have become available. These are offered through the release of new extensions. Every domain is divided into at least 3 parts. There is the sub-domain, the domain name, and the extension. In some cases such as UK domains, there are a sub extension. To give an example, frank.pilone.name is as follows. Frank is the sub-domain, Pilone is the domain name, and name is the extension. A single entity (whether be person or company) owns a domain name with a respective extension. For example, I own Pilone.name, but someone else owns Pilone.com (although they don’t seem to do anything with it).

Now, ICANN (the company that allows new extensions, and assigns a country with their domain extension) released new extensions with more on the way. Now, I feel that some of the domains don’t make as much sense, and many of them aren’t relevant to me. I will note some that I will consider as relevant to me, and why. There are currently one new domain name I want, but do not have the funds at this time. Another domain that I felt would have made life easier was lost to me as someone acquired the domain before I could get it. Therefore, fsp.link is not mine. However, I have managed to acquire one of the domains I want, and another is in limbo which I am guessing my preferred registrar is not set up properly with that domain.

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2014-01-16

Today was somewhat of an active day, but not much happened. I did get a 32GB micro-SD card for the tablet which now functions as a music player without having to rely on an Internet connection. However, to load the 3,000 or so songs took about 4 hours over wifi which was disappointing. Otherwise, not much else happened. I watched a couple of shows on Hulu, and cancelled my Netflix subscription. I did the cancellation for a couple of reasons. First, there wasn’t much on to watch that I hadn’t seen before, or interested in watching over again. Second, I am trying to cut back on my bills, and cost of living.

As for plans for tomorrow, I will consider running a couple of errands, and will have to make a phone call or two. Otherwise, not much else is planned. Likewise, the weekend will also be rather quiet.

Commander Matt’s Pointless Comments

Late last night (my time), I received 5 comments waiting to be approved, and all I can say is this would be Commander Matt either is a 3rd grader (no insult intended to the 3rd graders) or the mentality of an 8 year old who wasn’t raised properly. So, Commander Matt, I will not reward your behavior by allowing your comments on my 2+ year old posts. Instead, I will address the issues and your immaturity here in a blog post that will have comments disabled. If people don’t like what I have to say here, that is their choice. There is no need to comment on this.

I will be taking word for word on Commander Matt’s comments, and to not waste time and space on this posting – there will be a publically available Google Document that will be there for anyone to read. One thing he wanted to be critical about with me is that I am apparently willing to cater to poor quality routers when I noted about the global IP address problem, and how I give away my privacy because I use Google Voice. Meanwhile, he provided a free Outlook.com address. So, here are my arguments to your mostly invalid points.

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2012-06-25

Not much happened today. I got my Internet Service bill, and it is as expected. I am waiting to see what my phone bill will be. I will of course be paying everything in about a week. I had some problems with the PC, and ended up just taking a nap, and worked on my blog for my dogs.

As for dinner, I kept it simple, and just made stuffing. I also figured I could freeze fresh mushrooms to keep them edible for longer. Not much else going on. As for plans for tomorrow, no plans.

2012-05-31

Today was a bit of a quiet day. It cooled down a little, but warmed up. I feel that my PC has been failing more and more. It is a bit frustrating that I can only afford low end PCs. Nonetheless, I did a little bit of browsing on the web, and some searches. I also fed the dogs a steakum for their  evening meal along with the regular food.

As for plans for tomorrow, I will pay bills which almost all will be done at home. I will have to pay for my PO Box which might be the last time. I will also have to try to get some iced tea, and get cleats for my shoes. Otherwise, much of day will be home.

Addressing Cuts with Verizon

I had Verizon’s FiOS bundle package for a while. This included Internet service, Telephone, and Television service. I had tried to find an appropriate value in having all three services. However, it came to the point where I couldn’t get the value at a price I could afford. So, I had to make some decisions as noted further.

First, let’s look at the last pricing. I had 15/5MBPS, “Prime TV” which was missing some basic channels that influenced my decision greatly, and FiOS phone which included unlimited domestic calling, voice mail, Caller ID, and a few other features one should expect from a digital phone service. The Internet, and Phone was both about $30 each as a bundle. The TV was about $55. A set top box would have been $10, but I had been paying $6 more for a DVR. Taxes were about $15. All together once the discounts would have expired, I will be looking at $140 per month – and this is with the lowest TV package.

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Solving the Communications Problem in the United States

You would think there isn’t one, but in my opinion, there is a very significant problem. Rural areas, and even major cities don’t have real choices for broadband. Cellular Companies are trying to compete to acquire spectrum that has to pass government oversight. Telephone companies are lacking in real standards, and Television services are even worse. Simply put, the Communications system is a complete mess, and this only hurts the people of the country as well as the government. It costs taxpayers, and consumers money, and causes headaches.

So, what would I suggest. Well, I am sure that some people will call me a Socialist for these suggestions, and the big companies that have massive stakes in the infrastructure that they have been failing to keep up will have a problem with my suggestion, but as I said, the consumer and government are the ones to suffer. Nonetheless, here are my suggestions.

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