On Sat, 14 May 2016 08:57:03 -0700 (PDT), trader_4
I have been through several hurricanes here in Florida. Internet is
the first thing to go. Power failures will take that out, even if it
is not bad where you are. Anything up on a pole is going to go early
too so power is at risk. Cell phones are going to be spotty and cable
TV is worse.
Phone infrastructure is buried in my area and I have never lost my
POTS phone and my DBS satellite comes back as soon as the sky clears.
Broadcast TV was still there in the storm.
On 5/14/2016 12:18 PM, email@example.com wrote:
Thanks for the real world report. I've kept my POTS
line for the power cuts that happen now and again.
I suspect the cell phone would go down after a while,
as the backup batteries discharge. Well, same for
POTS, but some time later. During the 2003 ice storm,
I was without power four days. Cell and POTS kept
On 5/14/2016 9:18 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I've *never* (in my lifetime) had a "phone outage" (have lost power,
water, and natural gas, but never phone).
Had a problem with a line once that I traced to a length of
quad that had fallen onto the top of the furnace (and, eventually,
degraded the insulation enough to cause a partial short).
Here (below grade services), had a problem that interfered with DSL
(but not voice) that was probably a result of moisture infiltration
in the cable (the linesman just moved us over to a "better" pair).
Watched a city worker once drive the post for a street sign
THROUGH the cable feed for the neighborhood (with a pneumatic
hammer). I suppose he could just as easily have caught the
phone, instead -- but I think it is buried deeper (CATV is
really "cheap", IME, when it comes to installation)
Century link is trying to delay a full FiOS installation here so they
went through and tuned up all the copper. I get a solid 10mb on my DSL
and that seems to be fast enough for anything I am doing. I think they
have a way of doubling up on the pairs and getting me 20meg but I am
not willing to spend more. My "central office" actually a fiber hub,
is right up the road.
The dish is the real killer on my bill but my wife wants it. I have
been looking at just buying HBO, Show etc as a stream but by the time
I get them all, I may be back where I started. They all seem to have
one show she just needs to see. I could live with broadcast, Netflix
and maybe Hulu or something.
On 5/14/2016 8:29 PM, email@example.com wrote:
A friend is a Netflix junkie -- many movies each week.
We tend not to have time for movies. Daylight hours we try to be
outside "doing things" (chores, hiking, etc.). Nighttime hours
I spend working; SWMBO paints (hobby).
The TV sees most of its use as "companionship"; we bring home
~10 movies each week from the local library and let them play
while we're "doing other things" -- tuning in just "in passing".
E.g., tonight I'll watch most of _John from Cincinnati_. Having
already seen the entire series, it is more important for me to
*hear* the dialogue -- to uncover things that slipped by me
Last week, I "watched" the first season of Pinky & The Brain.
No need to *see* the shtick, again -- the humor lies in the
Tomorrow, I'll re"watch" _The Matrix_ for similar hints.
After that, start on _SOAP_.
I listen to TV more than watch it, hence my RF headset. I prefer PBS
stuff because there are no commercials. If I want to hear a history
channel show, I go to Netflix for them.
This thing has enough range so I can be working anywhere in the yard
and in my shop in the garage. I do have a transmitter on the roof of
the screen cage tho, with a very good ground plane. I use that out in
the yard and when I am walking the dog.
On 5/14/2016 9:41 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I don't wear a headset unless I'm in the office (would disturb SWMBO's
sleep if I didn't). So, when in the living room or den, I am free to
use the TV "as is".
As I enjoy REwatching things, I know which scenes I will want to
"drop everything" and sit in front of the tube to watch. E.g.,
very little of The Matrix needs to be seen -- once you've already
seen it. There's no particular visual that is "exciting". Likewise,
in P&tB, you can easily imagine what is on the screen as each line
is being spoken ("Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering?")
OTOH, there are many scenes in SOAP that I'll *rush* to the TV
in order to catch -- because facial expressions and other antics
are an inherent part of the humor.
E.g., when Burt tries to demonstrate his invisibility to Mary
while bathing with her. Or, when he later *actually* disappears
while she is watching him (in the diner, after he has been
abducted by the aliens, escaped and is now being recaptured).
Or, Peter's introduction to the Campbells & Tates...
And, as it's all recorded video, there's nothing to prevent me
from pausing a show and returning to it later -- or the next day.
I pay about $70 a month for Comcast cable (internet only).
VOIP phone service from another provider is about $20 a month.
I think Netflix costs me about $25 a month now (DVD and Streaming plans).
Tracfone cell phones cost us under $10 a month per phone (three phones).
My first cell phone was a Tracfone. Unfortunately, It used AT&T wireless
which works here only if I go out in the back yard and stand on one foot
while holding it over the oleander plant, and then it works
occasionally. Verizon and Sprint do work fine here. I never had a
T-mobile phone, so don't know about it.
On Sun, 15 May 2016 16:43:53 -0000 (UTC), HerHusband
So you are paying $90 for a house phone and internet. I think mine
actually comes out less than that but it is hard to tell when they
bundle stuff. If you believe the top line I pay $11 for phone and $35
for DSL but I am not sure how many of those taxes and fees go where.
Just deducting satellite gets me down to about $70 so that number is
Comcast cable internet is crazy expensive, but I don't have any other
options for broadband internet.
All I get from Comcast now is internet service. They do have a VOIP phone
service I could bundle with it, but it still costs more than I can get
through other providers.
Ahh... 45. I remember 45... Sort of. Well, not really at all. :)
If I had saved all the money I've wasted repetitively on little things
(soft drinks, bottles of wine, dinners out, travel, etc.) I would be a
Still, it's better to enjoy life as it comes. I plan for retirement, but
could easily die tomorrow. Make the most of every day... I'll never be 45
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