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Comment Well this helps with my decision (Score 1) 535

My first gen Macbook retina died last week.

I am a road warrior and need a high end laptop for personal use while in a hotel somewhere.

Since Apple is supposed to update in Q4, I really do not want to buy a new maxed out macbook. So I opted for a surfacebook. First windoze machine in years

Nightmare, sleep of death - fixed, 2 hour battery life and crazy sleep fixed - come one microsoft a corrupted install image?.

Now that I have the machine stable, I was going to keep it until all of the bugs are worked out of the new macs.

Now that I am reading more on how the update is going to give me a migraine.. screw that, I am going to return it and trade it in for the appropriate macbook retina..... this sucks

Comment Re:End the theater (Score 1) 302


I fly multiple times a week. As a professional traveler, I usually fly on sunday afternoon, 5-7 am on monday, and return on thursday afternoons/evenings.

I noticed several weeks ago that the precheck lines were packed several deep. This usually never happens at these times.

What makes this really strange is that there are even more people working at the checkpoint than before.

I got to enjoy the phoenix mess the other day. Even though I was precheck, they has issues with my cane, yes a walking cane. This is the same checkpoint, I have gone through and the same people I have encounter at the same time for the last three weeks.

This week will be East Coast cities for a change.

Most of the slowdowns like what happened at phoenix are aimed at the occasional traveler. If you have pre-check, and do not check your bags, then you just had to enjoy an extra 30 minutes of loading time on the plane since people had to argue with the flight attendants when they had to gate check their bag.

What a joke!

Comment Re: Pick a better ISP, if you can (Score 1) 479

In my area, OKC, there are only two choices for residential consumer Internet (Cox and AT&T.) As a business customer, I have dozens of options ranging from dsl to ethernet. Of course it costs, but you get what you pay for.

I do think that it is BS and US people are screwed over, but until something like the 90s come back and the telcos are forced to allow other parties on the public supported last mile, nothing is going to change.

Comment Re: Get a business grade connection. (Score 1) 479

I would not say that this is hard to do. Anyone who is serious about this field should have a side business. All you need to do is set up a LLC, get a tax ID and a couple of clients. As long as you show some kind of profitability over time, you get to write off your computer computer equipment and services.

If you do not want to have a dedicated family/personal service or computer, then sell yourself internet service@ the local rate for basic internet ( @20 a month.) Then you still write off the cost of the ISP service and supporting equipment, you will also show $240 as income.

Comment Re: Get a business grade connection. (Score 2) 479

The problem with a technical solution is that if the ISP wants to be pissy, they will say that you have violated the SLA and cut service.

A easy solution is to clone the mac address but if they are collecting snmp or doing any kind of management they will discover that you are running unauthorized equipment.

I decided a long time ago that my time is much more valuable than money. So I formed a small LLC, keep enough side business to keep the IRS from claming that it is a hobby, and am able to write off all business expenses like ISP, Cell Phone, and computers.

This way I have options for ISPs, and do not have to deal with stupid policies like this.

Comment Get a business grade connection. (Score 5, Interesting) 479

I have learned a long time ago that I must have a well working unrestricted and reliable internet connection. To get that you must pay for a business level account. This will usually mean that you talk to more qualified help desk members and even the engineers. Side benefits include static ips, no caps, Higher service priority, etc.

It costs more, but as an IT pro, I consider it a fact of life.

Currently I have a business level account account that I write off 100%. This is the middle tier that runs around 90 a month for 25 down and 5 up. I then have a second consumer grade line @ 120 down and 10 up ( with restricted ports) @ 75 a month. The access point and family crap is connected to that. I then have the consumer connection set up as a second wan on my pfsense firewall.

Expensive, sure until I deduct the business connection as a business expense. This setup also allows me to test things like vpns,etc. This also means that I can experiment with stuff and do not hear the family complain because Netflix is not working.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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