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  • zimmer62
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    I couldn't tell you why it was resurrected.. I don't think that happens too much, or at least when it does it stays on topic (unlike this one)

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  • mrhappy
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    Gogs I have just noticed this thread has been dug up from back in 2003! Does it win some sort of prize for oldest thread revival.

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  • AutomatingIT
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    Why was a 7 year old thread resurected? Does this happen a lot on this bulletin board?

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  • Gogs
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    Originally posted by Jim Doolittle View Post
    I just heard that in a couple of weeks your current cell provider will have to let you transfer your cell phone number to another cell provider. Another part of the legislation, is that you can transfer your land-based phone number to a cell phone.

    Jim Doolittle
    Doc, I do not believe I am reading this.

    In the UK we have been able to transfer our cell phone number to another provider for approx the last 15 years. As for the land line we have been able to keep the same number (including the exchange) when we move to any where in the UK for at least 30 years, and that is well before Digital Telephone Exchanges.

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  • completelyhis
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    Originally posted by drozwood90 View Post
    I pay $14.95 / mo. It's slow..but I can watch Hulu over it without issue.
    yeah, i just checked and come to find out i'm on the fastest plan...i'm going to call them and ask them to drop me down to a cheaper plan, and i'll see how that affects us - we do a lot of internet stuff, hulu/netflix, online gaming, and voip.

    ian

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  • drozwood90
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    Originally posted by completelyhis View Post
    We just do over the air. cancelled cable over a year ago. never looked back.

    my big complaint is the cost of cable internet. $60 for the base price, plus $10 for extra speed.

    CRAZY!
    I pay $14.95 / mo. It's slow..but I can watch Hulu over it without issue.

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  • mrhappy
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    Originally posted by sarienbarry
    cable bills are way out of reach. you cant afford to go do anything, so you stay home and watch tv, and now they want to charge more money for phone and cable services? If my cable bill raises again, I will use a converter box and a antenna. all cable is for $55/mo. is reruns on every channel.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freesat) which has hundreds more channels of real real rubbish (including 15 channels of the same broadcast of QVC - no thanks, one is enough), at least its free.

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  • zimmer62
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    Originally posted by completelyhis View Post
    We just do over the air. cancelled cable over a year ago. never looked back.

    my big complaint is the cost of cable internet. $60 for the base price, plus $10 for extra speed.

    CRAZY!
    One of my biggest complaints is that I pay ATT for internet at my house, and pay them again for internet on my phone, and pay them again for text messages on my phone... They want me to pay again to have a land line... (which I don't)

    If I have unlimited internet on my phone and at my house why should I have a limit on the number of text messages I can send from my house to my phone? WTH? Pretty stupid if you're asking me.

    I can only hope in the future, this stuff gets either regulated to a point where their fees are worth it, or it's unregulated and the competition drives the prices into the ground... I can dream right? Maybe with IPTV someday I won't have a cable bill, and I can just pay for shows I want to watch, but not DRMed to the point where I can't copy them from my ipod to my HDTV etc..

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  • completelyhis
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    We just do over the air. cancelled cable over a year ago. never looked back.

    my big complaint is the cost of cable internet. $60 for the base price, plus $10 for extra speed.

    CRAZY!

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  • zimmer62
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    I'll admit to over paying for cable, and hardly ever using it.

    If there was a person in this world who SHOULD cancel cable, and watch over the air it'd be me..

    BUT

    if you compare the prices of cable to something like going out to see a professional or collage sporting event, you can see the cost of entertainment to be a good deal to stay at home.

    For me if I went to a MSU Hockey game, the best possible deal would be
    Family Four Pack - 4 tickets, 4 drinks, and 4 hot dogs, nachos, or pretzels
    That's $50, which is a pretty darn good deal considering 2 tickets would normally run me $40

    They do televise many of the games and I can watch them in the comfort of my own home....

    If I went to a Red Wings game, the cheapest I can find is about $30 for a ticket in the nosebleed section, and that comes with a free ticket to the CCHA Championship game also head at JoeLouis.
    So that's a really really good deal, but it's specific dates Wings vs Sharks on the 11th and the CCHA is on 3/30

    Add in parking, food, travel etc, and I've paid for a months worth of cable, where I can watch the Wings in HD, recorded on my DVR at my leisure if I have cable / dvr

    I hate defending the cost of services like this because I really feel like they are ripping me off since I probably only watch 5-10 hours a month of TV period... Al-a-cart would save me a ton if I could just buy each show I wanted to watch.

    However... the cost is fairly reasonable if you compare it to other forms of entertainment. Not to say it's just as exciting to stay home and watch the games, but....

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  • drozwood90
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    " I will use a converter box and a antenna."

    It's all I use.

    With how many movies the wife and I own...I setup the DVD Collections website...so, if we can't find something on TV, we put on a movie.

    Besides, with the new youngsters running around, I play with them more and more.

    --Dan

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  • Michael McSharry
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    When you connect both ends of a wire in a wiring bundle then you make a capacitor out of it. For example if 3 wires (Gnd, DQ, Power) are connected rather than 2 (Gnd, DQ) for the network then you have added a capacitor since the power line is connected at both end. Connect another line to the SECU16 and you have made yet another capacitor. It does not matter if the the signal is active or quiescient. The fact that it is connected on both ends is what adds capacitance. What it actually recommended for longer runs is to use wires that are not tightly twisted together such as two solids. Now if your 1-wire network is only 10 ft long then capacitance will be small no matter what you do.

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  • huggy591
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    Anogee, I see what you mean about the Cingular cradle plan. It is very deceptive.

    Jim, you hit the nail on the head. I try to explain to the younger crowd that 5 cents per minute for long distance on a $20/month wired phone is still cheaper than 24 cents a minute for airtime on a $30/month free long-distance plan on a cell phone. They just don't get it. Too much algebra, I guess.

    Rupp, I have my old Nokia GSM phone (T-Mobile now) on a pre-paid plan. I use that tied to a serial data cable to my HS machine, which is running the HS SMS plugin and Nokia software. When the phone receives a message, it puts the message and other info into HS devices. I can trigger on receiving an SMS message and read the message contents, CID, etc. I can also send SMS messages via the plugin, so now I have two-way SMS messaging capability via the cell phone, and I can write scripts to interpret and send messages for anything I want. Works kinda like HS email.

    At present it will alert me to catastrophic events, such as the house alarm screaming while I am away. Especially nice if the phone lines get cut! Use it wherever you'd use email for short messages. I use it for my network management system - tells me when a system goes offline, a service dies, or my Internet connection is down, for example. Email doesn't get through if my DSL is down, cell still works.

    For more info, see my recent posting in this thread:

    http://ubb.homeseer.com/6/ubb.x?a=tp...874#1506062874

    - Gordon

    "There are several theories detailing how to win arguments with women. After years of extensive research, I've concluded NONE of them work."

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  • Rupp
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    You stated "I have my HS computer using a prepaid phone for SMS connectivity/capability." Can you elaborate on this abit more. What do you use this for?

    -Rupp
    Why don't they just make mouse-flavored cat food?

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  • Jim Doolittle
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    Michael,

    Understood. I still might have 2-4 wires to play with. And no I won't try audio with it.

    Jim Doolittle

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