FIOS Quantum Now Available – if you can afford it

Verizon is now selling more speed.  There’s just one problem, I can’t justify and afford the upgrade.  I would love to have the 150/65 plan just so I can say I finally have 100Mbps to the internet, but sheesh, not for these prices.  First of all, I don’t really need that speed.  Considering I am…


Ready, Set, TiVo TiVo TiVo TiVo

Quad tuners, 2TB of disk space for 180 hours of HD recording? You had me at quad. See  I’d love Window 8 in a box, but this might be in Santa’s sleigh this year.


Looks like my Verizon FIOS data plan changes to 20/20 next week

The heat is on and the ISP connection speeds here in the US are getting ready to get crazy.  With DOCSIS 3.0 rollouts happening in the cable company turf, Verizon announced today they are increasing the speeds of their fibre optic plans. Verizon had already offered the 50/20 Mbps and 20/20 Mbps services in its…


Dell XPS 420 six month report

I’ve had my Dell XPS 420 six months now so I thought I’d give you an update on my impressions of the machine and changes I’m made to it since the initial purchase.  In reality, it just now does everything I want correctly.  Windows Vista SP1 fixed the last issue I had with the machine. …


Symmetrical 15meg speeds rock

At lunch time, I called Verizon to bump my FIOS data plan speeds up a notch.  I left my download speed alone (15meg) but had them change the upload speed from 2meg to 15meg.  Yep, I have a 15meg connection each direction now.  I’m on the month-to-month plan for $72 USD.  They have cheaper and…


When Upscaling DVD Players Are Good Enough

Tonight I was surfing the guide on my TiVo S3 an noticed Showtime HD has Casino Royale scheduled.  Considering I had just watched half of the movie last weekend on DVD before heading to Phoenix and Las Vegas, I thought it was pretty interesting timing.  So I setup the recording and watched a different movie. …


Walt spills the beans on new iPhone release?

Walt Mossberg was filmed talking about a lot of interesting subjects a couple of days ago.  He went on a bit of a rant about the lame broadband connections most people have in the US.  In fact, he singled out Verizon.  I thought that was pretty interesting considering he has a Verizon FIOS fiber connection…


Is the laser on?

I’ve been a fan of Verizon FIOS since day one.  I was one of the first people outside the initial pilot on Keller, Texas to receive the service.  I’ve had it over three years.  The data service has been stellar.  Reliable.  Fast.  Cheap.  How many people say that about any computer service? At the time…


How do you learn?

A recent Wall Street Journal article, “The New Workplace Rules: No Video-Watching” written by Bobby White highlights the fact that many people are watching videos at work.  It’s even more interesting that the heaviest consumption of those videos takes place during the lunch hours. I worry about this for a couple of reasons.  First, if…