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Comment: Thats why we have modem & router seperate (Score 1) 291

by bobjr94 (#48561911) Attached to: Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots
Thats why we have 2 separate devices at my office. A non-wifi modem plugged into our own router. Faster, no unwanted traffic, no security issues and no monthly rental fees. Just buy your own equipment then you can stop complaining about what comcast is doing with their router in your home or office. They can not force you to rent from them, if they say so ask to talk to someone else.

Comment: Who would need that ? (Score 3, Insightful) 215

by bobjr94 (#48472959) Attached to: Consortium Roadmap Shows 100TB Hard Drives Possible By 2025
The average new computer being sold today sits on a desk in an office or is a facebook machine at home. It will have in it 500GB to 1TB of storage on average ? Then whats the actual usage, 20% or less ? I have people asking me all the time, my computer is slow do I have too many pictures on it ? I look at their drive, 482GB capacity, 404GB free.

Sure there are some users who have hundreds of movies stored on their computer and businesses and datacenters who would love a drive like that but by number of computers, thats a small percentage. A majority of computers would do much better with just a SSD 1/4 the size of the HDD they currently have. A faster system overall, bootup times cut by 60%, 20-30 minutes more battery life in laptops....

Comment: I bet half the answers are wrong (Score 1) 236

by bobjr94 (#48449307) Attached to: What is your computer most often plugged into?
I would bet many people saying surge protector are actually just using a power strip with an on/off switch or a power strip with a fuse or breaker. Their 'surge protector' has no surge arresting ability at all, just over current protection, to save it's self from someone drawing to much power though it.

Comment: Re:Cool data but... (Score 1) 142

by bobjr94 (#48373391) Attached to: Data Center Study Reveals Top 5 SMART Stats That Correlate To Drive Failures
Ive seen that as well. But I have had drives that report a SMART error at boot for years and still never failed (nothing important on that drive, thats why I didnt care) Maybe they would just rather the end user surprisingly looses all their data one day, rather then be troubled by a message at boot up when a problem us suspected.

I would like to see SMART tools built into Windows and other OS's (maybe there are some I don't know about). Especially since some of my computers are up for 6 months or more at a time, a drive could be fine 4 or 5 months ago when it was last booted, but I wont get a smart message until next reboot, maybe a month or two from now, after it's to late.

Comment: I work at a small dealer and yes its common (Score 4, Informative) 271

by bobjr94 (#48341621) Attached to: Dealer-Installed GPS Tracker Leads To Kidnapper's Arrest in Maryland
How they work is the are hidden under the dash, usually with a Y cable running off the OBD2 port just for the power feed. Just plug and play, about a 5 minute install. The devices cost around $100. For a bit more you can get one with a battery back-up, so if the car is left abandoned, it will signal the dealer the vehicle battery is now dead and here is the location. usually once a day (often 23 hours apart) they send their location, so after a few weeks you know the car's typical location day and night.

Many times the customer is not told at all. It's still a grey area if this is legal since the car is property of the dealer. Once the car is paid off the device (and monthly service charge) is disabled. If the customer is told, it's not made clear what the device is used for. There will be a line in the sales contract saying - your vehicle may include an anti-theft device - That's all. What's not said is the anti-theft device only benefits the dealer, and will be used so the repoman can come pick up your car.

In the dealer defense, buy here - pay here customers are the bottom of the credit barrel and no big name dealer would touch them. They will have 1 or more repossessions, maybe 5 or more accounts in collections, a bunch more of charged off accounts they just gave up on and maybe an eviction from their last apartment. So the dealer knows they don't like to pay for things they buy. There is only about a 50% chance they will actually pay off the car they are buying.

Crazee Edeee, his prices are INSANE!!!

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