The first week was spent mostly paying bills, although I had an appointment which I went to. There is still fatigue with the new medicine, but hopefully, I can get that dealt with. The goal was to get everything accomplished as quickly as possible. This is to allow me to have an accurate depiction of my money in the second week.
The second week, as normal – I received my food stamps, and again had issues with Verizon. I received a couple of emails saying my ATA went offline. This is not something that happened so frequently with Comcast. I am likely to try to get back with Comcast in a month. I also had to make a phone call for someone that owes me money, although he usually takes his time in getting it together. On another note, since I terminated my services with Freedom Pop, I decided to take the 2 month trial with Pandora’s premium service. If the service is good, I will be spending about the same as I would if I had Freedom Pop. Continue reading September 2017
October has been a month of dealing with the consequences of September. Talisa has yet to get her tests, and with 6 weeks of not having the resources to get those tests, I felt it was my responsibility to her to start the surrender process. A couple of people said they were going to help, and I am sure that at least half of them had the best of intentions, but as of the last day of the month, nothing. On the same day I had filled out the surrender documents, there was a call for the Rescue Organization to pick her up. The woman informed me that she will be going in on Monday to get all of the tests she will need, and get the care she will need. In November, the household has decreased by a third.
Verizon wanted to charge me $90 for internet only services. This is completely unaffordable, and with failure to get a price I can afford, I had to sought out Comcast which in the first week of services and even before installation, there was billing problems. Sounds just like the good ole’ days. And yes I feel Verizon is better, but I am sure that most people will feel a Tesla Model S is better than a Yugo, but if you can only afford a Yugo, it doesn’t matter that you prefer the Model S. After the installation, I should be paying about $45 per month which is half of what Verizon wanted to charge. To play Devil’s advocate, Verizon was willing to talk about negotiations when I called to terminate the account. However, at this point it is too late. Continue reading October 2015
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
For those that know me will know that I hate legacy and obsolesce. The reason of why has became even more apparent a couple of days ago when I wanted to have my Coaxial Line with Verizon FiOS converted to RJ45 so I didn’t have to rely on their Actiontec (or as I call Craptiontec) modem/router. The ONT box is bolted and without the tools, I would not be able to run the RJ45 cable to a new router. Now, Verizon suggested that I can find someone local that would charge less than their $91 (first 30 minutes).
So, for those that are trying to follow, it would cost me money to not have to rely on the inferior router that is provided to me that I can’t even have full access to. Oh, by the way – Verizon does not offer a modem only box. Continue reading Let’s Demand RJ45
This week was a pretty dull and quiet week. I had to go to Downtown to handle something on the behalf of someone else. I also had received a call from LiHEAP which I should be receiving something from them soon to give to the landlord. While I was in Downtown, I bought the needed postage to take care of that. Chris also stopped by and spent the night, but otherwise – this has been a relatively quiet week.
On some other notes, I did have a problem with my Verizon FiOS router which made a 10 minute job take the entire afternoon. Needless to say, I am not happy about that. I also received the Amazon Kindle (basic model without ads). The only reason I was able to get this is because I do it across 6 monthly payments. I wrote a first impression review about it. I also watched episode 14 of The Walking Dead, and all I have to say is poor Lizzie, but in some instance I seen it coming. When Chris watched the episode, he was a bit shocked and astounded. He didn’t see it coming at all.
Continue reading Week 12 – 2014
Today was a problematic day. First, late last night, my router failed, and after trying to get a hold of Verizon, they finally reached me and will be sending a new one. However, it took about 14 – 15 hours for this to be resolved to such a manner. In the mean time, I have use my T-Mobile phone (which does not make a good 3G router), and my Freedom POP router which hasn’t been working as good as I will like it to so I can complete the basics.
On some better news, the head collar for Malak came through. As with Talisa, he doesn’t like it, but he has been much easier to control with the presence with other dogs. I am hoping that the dramatic improvement will mean he will ignore dogs he doesn’t like rather than trying to go after them.
Continue reading 2013-04-05
Not much happened today. I spent most of the day home, and took the dogs for a walk. Otherwise, things have been relatively quiet. I received a call from Verizon as I wanted a Static IP address. Well, it comes to be that for me to have a Static IP address, I will need to switch to their business package ($150 fee), plus get a new modem/router ($150 fee), and get on their 50/20MBPS Business plan ($115/month). Needless to say, I will not be getting a Static IP address.
As for plans for tomorrow, not much planned for tomorrow. I will be checking for one of my bills to see if the bill for next month is ready. If so, I will pay it off. Otherwise, not much else planned for the day.
Not much happened today. I did my morning activity which is normal. I did some cleaning in the kitchen which involved gathering some plastic shopping bags in the cubby and putting them into one large bag. The plastic bags are kept for when I walk the dogs – although Malak has been better about not going when we walk.
I took a small 2 hour nap during the afternoon. I am assuming that I really needed it. As for the evening, Chris stopped by for a couple of hours, but lost track of the time. I scanned through my SPAM, and came across an automated email from Verizon with the price as for adjustments made to my account. It claims the bill for next month will be less than $50 which I will doubt unless I was prepaid.
Continue reading 2012-04-18
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.
Continue reading Addressing Cuts with Verizon
Not much happened today. I made a partial payment for a bill. I also made a call to someone to remind him of something. I had to reset my router again as well contact Verizon to get a replacement modem+router. I had a lot of birthday notices which was nice of the people that offered it. I tried to call Chris which wasn’t successful, so I will try again tomorrow.
I also came across some terrible news. Port Authority of Allegheny County is planning on eliminating or reducing routes throughout as well as increase rates. This is almost expected, however the problem is that they are planning on completely eliminating the Route 4 which is the only bus that runs through Troy Hill. If this takes effect, I will have to walk about a mile before I can take a bus to Downtown. Going somewhere will mean I will have to walk downhill, while returning home will mean I will have to walk uphill.
Continue reading 2012-02-03