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Journal: Fios Upgrade

Journal by GateGuy

I recently had my FIOS connection upgraded to 35/35. I actually see the speed being around 42/35. Constantly.

It came as part of an employee plan. I basically get almost all FIOS tv channels, 35/35 internet, home phone and wireless (4 phones on the family share plan) for $200.

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Journal: Mac Pro

Journal by GateGuy

Last Sunday (January 20, 2008) I purchased a Mac Pro (2x quad 2.8Ghz, 2G ram). I also purchased a 23" cinema display, iPod Touch (16G), iPod Nano (8G), ElGato eyeTV2, 3 applecares and an Airport Extreme card.

This puppy rocks for ripping DvDs. I use MacTheRipper to rip the DvD and then use Handbrake to transcode it into the iPod Touch format. For the Clint Eastwood movie 'A Fist Full of Dollars', the ripping took 15 minutes and the transcoding took 13 minutes.

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Journal: New Mac Pros

Journal by GateGuy

Yesterday, Apple released new Mac Pros. These appear to be a pretty major update to their product line. I am probably going to get the baseline (2 quad core cpus) with the upgraded video card.

I am planning on traveling to Delaware to purchase this machine as the state of Maryland has just increased the sales tax. Maryland can bite my ass.

Hopefully, I can get this machine next weekend.

I have a large personal iPhoto library (~18,000 pictures). I would like to trans code my old VHS tapes and finally edit the mini-DV footage that I have taken.

No problem is so formidable that you can't just walk away from it. -- C. Schulz

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