[WNYLUG-Users] Location, Location, Location

Tyler Poland tyler.poland at gmail.com
Wed Feb 1 11:55:15 EST 2012

Loving the Antenna.

On Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 11:30 AM, Monkberry <peter at monkberry.com> wrote:

> **
> <rant>
> ok, this is an example as to how crazy time have gotten. $200 for the
> "bundle" package?! Where it includes phones that they totally rape people
> on. I know because I have multiple sip accounts and know how much it really
> costs and most people don't even use the home phones, they just use their
> cells, which every man, woman and child on the planet has these days. The
> internet is all that is really needed here. The cable companies (tw and
> verizon, who else is there anyway) have completely blinded the average joe
> into thinking that broadcast tv is no longer in existence and we all need
> to pay at bare minimum $60+ a month to watch their freaking commercials!
> I'm old enough to remember when cable first started out, it did NOT have
> commercials and the plug was, that's the reason why you should buy cable!
> Then they sloooowly started in with a commercial here and there now it's
> 1/3 of your viewing (watch an hour show and see how long the show actually
> is) and that is just insane. So take you tv portion of the bill, take 1/3
> out and that's is what your paying to watch their commercials, something
> their getting paid for on the other end too! I know they have the same
> ratio for broadcast but at least your not paying for the privilege to watch
> a commercial. I get approx 25 digital channels (most are high def) with a
> little fractal antenna I made that I put in my attic,
> That feeds my myth backend that has this tuner card in it
> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815116033
> that also feeds a myth front end I have downstairs and we watch crystal
> clear hi def for zero cost, including Toronto's CBC, which unlike us here
> in the USA, actually BROADCAST hockey games from FREE. So there are
> alternatives out there.
> </rant>
> On 01/30/2012 08:48 AM, Joseph Lukasiewicz wrote:
>  Broadband can probably be had several different ways.  I have Fios
> (bundle) and it has it's good and bad.  Currently I'm down (all three
> services) after the power outage in the Southern tier over the
> weekend. Tech is scheduled for this afternoon, they think hardware went
> kaput.  Have been running sine June 2008 - price for the bundle is NOT
> cheap (I'm near $200/month with TV/movie channels).
> Speed and price are relative.  If you are hosting sites or software as a
> service you need consistant capability, if you are only surfing then Burst
> speed is what you are after.  I have had BOTH Time Warner (over 10 years
> till pricing made me consider and Verizon put fiber in my front yard) and
> Fios both were acceptable for home use with lite work at home connectivity.
> Newer hardware and WIFi work acceptable.
> Have you considered wireless? If you are in one of the "covered" area you
> might look into Transwave.  They are in Clarence, NY but they have a
> footprint towards Buffalo and north (716) 626-9020 for full commercial
> connectivity. Another option is 4G - I saw Best Buy had a hotspot for $49
> in the Sunday paper with the purchase of some other kind of hardware.
> Options all have opportunity cost.  Good luck.
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