The answer to this is obvious: Contract with a HAM radio club or some group associated with the American Radio Relay League to do it.
Pink zip ties. Works fine in small groups.
Credit card buyer protection is all the reason that I need.
It's my negotiating sledgehammer. I *always* win.
End of story.
I know a couple people in Austin who've paid for air-conditioning techs to "fix" their AC. It turns out that a relays in the compressor boxes outside their homes are caked with dead ant bodies, creating an insulating layer. Kinda pisses people off that nothing is actually broken but the service bill is tendered, just the same.
You should have seen Charter drop prices from $75/m to $30/m within 3 days of another ISP announcing fiber. Too bad the naked 30Mb was only for new customers and for me to get the deal, I would have to bundle in a ton of extra channels and phone and a 2 year contract with a $300 cancellation fee.
Wonderful story, and EXACTLY why I avoid long-term contracts with all of the energy that I can muster. Long-term contracts are great for service providers but very bad for customers, regardless of the "discounts" that they are promising you get. Once you are in a contract, you are their bitch.
I want my service providers (not just ISPs but providers of all stripes) to wake up every morning, wondering what they will to do to keep my business -- I want to be a new, potential customer every day.
It is good to point out the Austin has Grande Communications, which actually has pretty good service for the price. The problem is they have limited coverage.
Grande coverage is so limited that no one I know has it -- not a single person. Maybe someone in Round Rock gets Grande but I know only a couple people out there and they use TW.
No, effectively Austin has just two large ISPs providing service and controlling the market: TimeWarner and ATT. They both pretty much suck.
Google fiber does not even have HBO or MAX.
This is SO FUCKING PERFECT!!!
(a non-HBO/non-MAX-watching geek in Austin)
Intelligent people go to great lengths to avoid having to pay more tax than they are legally obliged to. But if you're poor you don't pay much tax at all, so what the hell are you complaining about? You're using the same roads, bridges, schools and hospitals. All for a few hundred bucks a year.
I guess what you don't understand, Dunbal, is the difference between legal/illegal and right/wrong.
I OWNED a Commodore 1541 hard drive and, yes, they were slow but they held a lot of data and -- most importantly -- they doubled as a convenient electrical hibachi.
They don't provide any actual data or proof on the site.
You have to have faith.
Equating intelligence with brain size has always been both stupid and puzzling to me, particularly since there's no good evidence to support it that can't be countered by contra-evidence that at least as good or better.
Out of several hundred comments, you seem to be the only person who know what the hell he's talking about.
There are geeks and their are posers.... God bless you, geek!
In what world does 5 characters define a word?
When I took a typing class back in the mid-70's on an Underwood 5 manual typewriter, I do believe that a word was 5-characters -- and that does not include the space between the words. The standard is surely older than you are, whipper snapper.
98% of the recommendations made here strike me as wrong.
Here's what you should do: Terminate your business with them.
The funds that they owe you? Move it into the "Bad Debt" section of your ledgers. Don't work for them anymore and don't waste anymore time and money going after what they owe you. Even if you did finally get them to pay you for some of your work, can you trust them?
Move on. They have.
I gotta echo other user's sentiments about Microsoft karma. It's Apple's ball and Apple's court and parking lot and towels and heating and lights.
Microsoft should, of course, monitor the sales figures for this product on their Surface tablet and see how it goes.
Apple will still be around later if MS wants to submit iOS Office for sale on the Apple apps store and pay what everyone else pays.