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Comment: Re:Product lifetime?Anyone? (Score 1) 328

by dhickman (#48697157) Attached to: Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes
Agreed. The tablet computer are personal computers. Simple to use devices with a long battery life, excellent connectivity, and just enough computing power to be useful.

My old iPad 1 is still in use as a netflix gadget and music machine for the kids.

The iPad 2 is the kids gaming machine.

After that I purchased a couple of nexus 7s and one is now a diagnosic computer for my vehicles via an obd2 dongle.

The other nexus 7 has LTE and is my Carputer for Waze.

Currently I just bought an ipad mini + keyboard for the wife to carry around and I use an air2 with a keyboard. Both machines have LTE and a couple of weeks ago I set up a couple of windoze 7 machines on my esxi machine at home for VDI.

I stopped bringing my personal laptop to work. Now if Apple would get off of their arse and allow bluetooth mice to connect for the 1% of users who would actually use it, I would have no logical reason at all to use a laptop anymore. When I need serious computing power, I just log into my home network and use the multiple xeons at my disposal.

Comment: I see an addition to my zpool in the future. (Score 1) 219

by dhickman (#48589707) Attached to: Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive
Hmm, so for around $1200, I can add 32TB to my existing zpool via a six drive raidz2.

I was considering another 4TB version of the above this summer, Hopefully these drives will be cheaper then.

That is cool. :)

It is nice to live in an age where the "I" in raid, is a realistic reality again!

Comment: Re:ISPs that refuse to serve home businesses (Score 1) 353

by dhickman (#44786233) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Fight Usage Caps?
The way to get around that is to get a LLC that lists your address as the corp address.

From a zoning viewpoint, you should be able to have a consulting business running out of any kind of R zoned property as long as you never have customers come there.

When contacting the business department of the ISP do not even mention that it is a residential address until they make a point of it, at that point you say it is for SOHO use and here is my EIN, bank account, and any needed business licenses.

Is they are still asses at that point, find another provider.

Comment: Business level accounts (Score 2) 353

by dhickman (#44784015) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Fight Usage Caps?
Lets face it, we are not the typical ISP customer anymore.

I learned a long time ago that business customers get treated much better than general consumers.

Yes business accounts cost more, but you get priority services, more technical customer service, static ips, and best of all no restrictions.

So organize an LLC, get a business bank account, and then get business internet service. Since this is probally going to be in your house, sell yourself the cost of local DSL (invoice and pay for it using personal funds) and it is an easy IRS write off.


People on here complain about caps and port blocking all of the time without realizing that everything costs money. In Oklahoma City, Business Internet is $90 a month. That gets me a static IP, 24/7 knowledgeable tech support, free equipment, truck rolls at 2am, 5up/30down ( dedicated priority service over consumer.)
The closest consumer plan has the same speeds but the cable tv support department, caps, blocked ports, must supply own equipment, and the bandwidth is not dedicated. All for $59 a month.

It is worth an extra $30 a month for the access, of which I write the whole thing ($89) off at tax time as a business expense.

Comment: Re:They can try to defeat te tech (Score 1) 248

by dhickman (#44383703) Attached to: Court Upholds Ruling On Dish Network's 'Hopper'
It appears that Dish uses a humans to proctor where the commercials are on the national feeds. As a result you are not able to skip commercials for usually 8 hours or so after the show aired. I have found that when the local station delays the feed, the hopper skips at the wrong points.

For the most part it works well.

Comment: Re:If it ain't broke (Score 1) 141

by dhickman (#41373879) Attached to: Microsoft Wants To Nix Data Center Backup Generators
Diesel generators are great, but something like the Bloom Box is a game changer. The goal for the company is a device the size of an air conditioner that costs around $3000 to power a home. When this happens, there is no need for a centralized power grid. At that point you just need access to Natural Gas or Lpg to have electricity.

"niche fuel source?"

Natural Gas is easily found in most of the county and is delivered to most urban addresses. Propane is available just about everywhere else.

Comment: Hackintosh your Macintosh. (Score 5, Interesting) 417

I have a macpro1,1 with 8 cores(clovertown), 16 gigs ram, and the current 2011 ATI video card.

Yes I have had the machine for 6 years and I could upgrade. But the current hardware is not that much of a performance upgrade for the cost.

Xeon based systems of this generation like the Dell 2900, 1950, are still a viable system and still well supported and will be for years into the future.

Apple decided to stop supporting this machine a few years back by not allowing it to run a 64 bit kernel with the lame excuse that a 32bit boot loader can not boot a 64 bit os.

Solution that works great.

Hackintosh your machintosh.

Install cameleon and boot the mac in legacy mode as a hackintosh. With Snow Leopard, the machine runs the 64 bit kernel and is noticeably faster. There is no reason that Mountain Lion will not work well also since the macpro1,1 is the same hardware as the 2,1 and most of the 3,1.

By doing this you can now run any video card that you want and still maintain a legal right to use the software.

I was starting to decide on upgrading to a current mac pro, but to be honest, there is no reason to drop that kind of change on a machine that Apple will drop within a 5 year period.

Comment: Republic Wireless Wave C here I come! (Score 1) 331

by dhickman (#40024023) Attached to: Verizon To Kill All Unlimited Data Plans
I have been debating about going with Republic wireless for my phone and Ting for a hotspot. The only thing that was holding me back was my unlimited 4g data on my thunderbolt. I hope wave c gets here before VZ makes the material adverse change in my contract. That way the change will be easy to justify. Right now my ETF is $545 - $40 a month.

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