That "one person at a time" thing (technically called
"half-duplex") is a network problem somewhere between
you and whoever you're talking to. All cell phones are
full-duplex and can receive and transmit simultaneously.
Thanks for that info, John.
It doesn't happen all the time and your explanation tells me why.
However, it happens way too often to tolerate. I suppose one day the
technology will improve and the issue will disappear. Until then,
however, I'll stick to my "land line" for important calls when I'm at
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
If Comcast is anything like Uverse works, an area outage will leave you
with out TV, telephone for those that opt for that, and internet. The
major reason that most of our new neighborhood switched to Comcast for
internet and phone, and DirecTV for TV. It is not necessarily a good
thing to have all your eggs in one basket. Discounts are great until
you are with out all services for 4~5 days at a time, thank you Uverse.
Thank goodness cell phones were not some how connected.
That is what I was thinking but here is the weird thing and maybe it is
a buffering thing. The ATT box outside has a looooong magnetic tape in
it that resembles an 8 track tape IIRC with out the cassette. Looked
pretty fragile to me since I could actually see the tape. So I would
not be shocked if the TV shores are stored on that tape. What ever the
case the service in our relative new area is extremely unreliable. In
2013 the service was down 3 times before August. The last time it was
down it lasted about 4~5 days.
I can live without TV for a few days. What pissed me off about
DirectTV was that it went out whenever it rained. Missing a show is
much better than missing two half shows. "We can fix that now" was
always the answer from DirectTV but "can" and "will" are two entirely
different things. They were also a PITA when equipment died.
Actually, they're still a PITA. They've called at least two dozen
times, trying to get us back. Good riddance!
My cell phone works for an Internet connection, too. If it gets that
bad and I need an Internet fix, I can always do lunch at Panera. ;-)
This was true with Comcast, at least a couple of years ago, too.
I'm sure location has a lot to do with the rain being a problem. I have
had them all and DirecTV has been the most reliable. In the last two
years we probably have not missed 2 hours of recording because of rain.
BUT we many years ago had cable and never very long because of it not
working very long. Then I installed Dish Network and use that for a few
years. And then I went to DirecTV Tivo before HD and it was bullet
proof. Then upgraded to DirecTV HD DVR and the soft ware was a POS for
2 years as they worked out the bugs. Five years ago we built a new home
in a new neighborhood and went with Uverse. That lasted until summer of
2013 and we went back to DirecTV. No problems so far.
BUT avoid at all cost talking to DirecTV. If you cant fix a problem it
cant be fixed by them. ;~)
I've had a clear shot to the birds in both of the last houses. Neither
service (Dish in the last house, and D-TV in this) worked worth a damn
in bad weather. How bad the weather had to be to blank out the
service varied over time, too.
Oh, they can sure fix the monthly rate.
;-) I've thought about that, too. I'm told we can get a lot of stuff
out of Atlanta, these days.
We're going to give NetFlix a shot, soon, too. When the teaser rates
for the premium channels is over, we'll probably unplug them and go
with some Internet video source. The kid gave us a gift certificate
for NetFlix, so we'll give that a shot for a few months. I think they
just use Hulu and NetFlix and don't have cable TV at all.
But if the satellite is higher in the sky, through the clouds is a
thinner slice than if you were aimed lower and had to receive the signal
through a long/wider low cloud.
I'm looking to do that one day, netflix is good, the mail service has a
LOT of stuff including TV shows and pretty current movies. Streaming is
pretty good to catch up on series that have been going on for years.
Sure, DirectTV's bird is at about 47-degrees, so it's fairly high. As
I said, there is nothing around.
Fortunately, the networks put their recent shows online, as well.
We've been using them to catch up (and stay current) with the outages
we've been having. The gym we go to has Netflix. Seems to have some
pretty good movies, though they tend to play the same ones over and
over (and over...).
I've heard stories like that in the past, but my DTV misses maybe one
show a year due to weather. Could be newer more reliable equipment,
could be regional too. Overall, I've been hap with them.
Our old cable company went out at least once a month.. They've been
To be fair, in the previous house the power went out a couple of times
a week. Not long but long enough to take Dish down for five minutes
(and force us to go around the house resetting everything). It was
like living in a third world country. The power company was owned by
the city, so it's the same thing. Our power here is getting just as
bad. It went out twice on Christmas Eve, though DTV would have been
out all day anyway.
I thought about that. ...every time we had a power blip. That would
be a bunch of UPSs, though. I still might.
BTW, so far UVerse hasn't been perfect either. The WiFi signal no
longer gets to the TVs in the back bedrooms and I'm not happy turning
over control of my router to AT&T (it's theirs and I don't have the
On Sun, 27 Dec 2015 16:01:25 -0500, email@example.com wrote:
Our computers are laptops, so no UPS needed. I rarely use even my
laptop, anymore. I have a tablet that I do all things Internet on.
It's a lot easier to carry around than even a laptop (remember Compaq
The company I worked for for a period of 5 years before going off on
my own built and sold thousands of "clones" of the Compaq "lunchbox
computer" (Portable 111)
Apparently Stirling still makes them???
We called them "luggables" too. A lot smaller and lighter than the
Compaq "sewing machine" (Only about 20 lbs)
Remember the Osborne? 5 inch CRT screen. Then tha Kaypro 2 with the
huge 9 inch screen? The Kaypro "only" weighed a bit less than 30 lbs.
I think the Osborn was a bit heavier.
On Sun, 27 Dec 2015 17:46:08 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Sure I remember them, though had only IBMs for years. My first was a
"first day order" 5150 PC, with a single-sided floppy, 48K DRAM, and a
monochrome monitor (though both video adapters). I didn't own a clone
until '93 or '94.
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