My folks had Verizon DSL, which was either sold to or transitioned to Frontier at some point.
It worked ok, until Christmas Day a few years ago. It quit that afternoon. Phone was fine. Constant calls for repair was met with excuses, promises, it-shows-it's-working-here, and other crap. After more than a month, they cancelled the service. It still didn't work, no one understood why it didn't work, and no one cared.
They have Wild Blue now, which is a big step down from the poor service that DSL was.
X10 isn't really a useful thing anymore. It still works, yes, but too many things interfere with it these days. CF bulbs and switching power supplies will kill an X10 system.
I personally took my X10 system out of service a few years back, as it was becoming more and more unreliable. Last use, the timer and controller had to be on the same plug for anything to work with reliability.
I really miss the easy just plug it in usefulness of the X10 system. It's just past it's time.
Is if cell phones had a built-in way to receive short text-based messages. Say on the order of 160 charachters or so. That would be an ideal way to convey a quick information bite in an emergency situation.
"Why not just have an OS that when it's hit with a virus or malware to "format c:"."
Because the first time the monitor program made a mistake (or got compromised!) and YOU lost all your data, you'd be crying up a storm.
Windows Embedded currently has something like that - it's called Write Filtering. Basically, for embeddded controllers, you can set up Windows so it keeps all changes in RAM and abandons them at reboot - never writing to the disk.
The downside is you lose all your data. But hey, a virus
Modern software is amazingly complex. It's always going to have holes. No matter what it is, or is running on.
>>why the hell would Chrysler be upset about this?
Brand dilution. Products like Aspirin and Kerosene come to mind - products that were once trademarked names, but because they were so commonly used, lost that protective status.
Granted, I don't think there's any danger of Chrysler losing the logo's status simply because a school copied it - but, when you have a distinctive brand, you have to protect it.
What I can't understand is why didn't this school simply pick a logo from the royalty free artwork that floats around out there? I can't believe that someone didn't see this beforehand and go "Hey, that looks just like the logo on my Dodge!"
The Apple Table is "it." "It" will change the way we think and live. Entire cities will be built around "It." "It" will save the publishing industry, the music industry, the movie industry, and the buggy whip industry. "It" will transport you, entertain you, move you, keep you company, and fart unicorns. "It" is a miracle, and I, for one, will be happy to bow down to my new reptilian overlords.
Hmm. That statement seemed to go places I didn't want to. Oh well. There's an app for that, I'm sure!
Columbus has always been about banking and insurance. But when the tech industries that were there dropped their major presence, wages for that type of position dropped. No real reason to keep wages high anymore when you aren't competing with an established, 100,000 employee industry anymore. When your major employer is Wal-Mart and Teleperfomance, why pay much more than they do? And yes, I've actually been offered engineering positions that paid less than Teleperformance.
Almost all the tech people I know of have left the city for greener pastures. Why stick around when companies are trolling for engineers, but only want to pay 32k a year? As a native Columbus resident, it saddens me to think that I'm going to be leaving my beloved city behind for my next job. But hey, I can't live on $14 an hour when my non-negotiable expenses are double what they were 10 years ago.
A Mac can use a lot of the same common components that a PC does. It's perfectly possible to swap lots of things around, cheaply, between the two types of machines. PCI cards, hard drives, DVD drives, keyboards, joypads, etc, etc. All do adhere to certain standards (IDE, PCI, HID, etc.) you know, and even made-for-Mac common parts are pretty reasonable. Not all things are compatible - some items have firmware-specific code for one type of machine, but the majority of standard parts are swappable.
Case in point, I used a lot of Sonnet (made for Mac) parts in PC builds just because of the sweet purple mask they coated boards with. That, and you could usually assume that if the card had a certain type of chip on it, all would. My main machine still has a Sonnet USB card and an IDE (w/onboard laptop HDD) controller in it.
Granted, the entry price for a Mac is a *lot* higher, and you miss the experience of selecting all the goodies for your machine and putting them together. But hey. Not everyone likes to turn screws, or wants to. You have to pay for that. That's the same reason a pre-built PC is more expensive.
Pay close attention to the part about installing GRUB (A Linux bootloader program) in your Windows MBR. Ubuntu will also find the shared FAT32 drive and your Windows NTFS drive (if you choose to dual-boot,) so you can usually ignore the part about MOUNTing drives after install.