How to Cut the Cord in Philadelphia

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I was tired of paying Verizon over $145 a month for my triple play of home phone, internet and cable. Until recently, I was forced to do so to get access to the local Philadelphia stations and ESPN. Here I will detail what I did to help others.

  1. If you want (skip this step if you don’t) to keep your home phone number, you need to port it to Google Voice. Do this before anything else. Directions here.
  2. Change your Verizon or Comcast to internet only. Don’t overpay for more speed than you need. Each device streaming video only need 4-8MB so do the math. I opted for a 75Mb connection from Verizon for $45 per month and it is plenty.
  3. Select your new service. You will need a smart TV or and streaming box like a Roku or Apple TV to view streaming media. There are tons of options, which is nice, but it can make it a little confusing. I opted for Roku devices and Youtube TV service, along with Netflix and Amazon Prime.

So my new setup costs $40 for the Youtube TV and $45 for the Internet, saving $60 per month. I’m not factoring in Netflix & Amazon because I already had them.

Look at Playstation Vue (no you don’t need a Playstation to use it) as well. It is more expensive but has a lot more channels you might want. Both services rate high with users. Hulu, Sling and DirectTV now are services I would avoid at the moment, their just not as good right now (but that can change).

Send me a message if you have any questions

Helpful Links:

YouTube TV

Playstation Vue

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Update – KB4338818 causes issues Exchange Server 2010

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Update: July 17th

We wanted to provide you an update on this issue.

The issue has been resolved and new updates will be available through Windows Update for all operating systems by end of day July 17th (PDT). The Exchange Team recommends that customers use Windows Update or update the catalogs on their own SUS servers to ensure the latest version of the update is available for installation on your Exchange Servers. Doing so will avoid any possible disruption to the MSExchangeTransport service which may have been impacted by the July 10th update.

Note: There will be a unique KB number associated for each Windows operating system. Applying the latest updates from Windows Update will ensure you have the correct update for your operating system regardless of updates previously applied.

After installing the July Updates for Windows on some Exchange CAS servers, the servers stopped accepting SMTP requests after a few hours. A reboot would fix the problem for a few hours and then it would happen again.

For now, remove KB4338818 and restart. It should fix the problem. Be sure to block or hide the update until they fix it.

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/exchange/2018/07/16/issue-with-july-updates-for-windows-on-an-exchange-server/

 

Other issues with this update.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-ie/help/4338818/windows-7-update-kb4338818

Rules For Successful Speeding – EPautos

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Yee-Haw!

We all do it – and that includes the cops who spend their days giving us tickets for doing it. Of course, they enjoy legal impunity to speed as much as they like, as often as they like. “Speed” only “kills,” it seems, when one is not wearing a special costume.

At any rate, since we all drive faster than the posted speed limit, at least occasionally – even Clovers – it seems right and proper that we do what we can to avoid being dunned for doing it. And feel no moral guilt about practicing such avoidance. Our ancestors felt no moral guilt about doing their damnedest to ignore the Volstead Act – and avoid the clutches of the “Prohees” (Prohibition enforcers) and today almost everyone agrees it was the right thing to do. The idea of cuffing and stuffing someone for having a beer seems both clownish and evil at the same time. Someday, hopefully, issuing speeding tickets (while speeding all day yourself, in official costume) will be regarded with equal contempt.

Meanwhile, we must do what we can

via Rules For Successful Speeding – EPautos.

Volcanoes ARE cooling Earth and have reduced temperatures and tropical rainfall | Daily Mail Online

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Volcanoes may have cooled the Earth by 0.05°C to 0.12°C since 2000

Scientists had overlooked the role of aerosols from small eruptions

The aerosols accumulate between the stratosphere and troposphere

This layer of the atmosphere is difficult to study as clouds obscure it

Eruptions through 1990s and 2000s have contributed to warming ‘pause’

Global temperatures plateaued since 1998 after rapid warming in 1990s

The findings mean models predicting climate change need to be revised

via Volcanoes ARE cooling Earth and have reduced temperatures and tropical rainfall | Daily Mail Online.

Users Say TurboTax Deluxe Is Less Deluxe Than It Used to Be – NYTimes.com

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TAXPAYERS buying commercial software to prepare and electronically file their 2014 income tax returns should double-check that the version they are purchasing fits their needs.

TurboTax, the tax software from Intuit, drew ire from consumers when they learned that its “deluxe” desktop offering, available by download or on CD, had curtailed functions for some tax schedules that previously had been included. To get the program’s full question-and-answer help to complete the schedules, users must upgrade within the program to a version with an extra cost of $30 to $40.

via Users Say TurboTax Deluxe Is Less Deluxe Than It Used to Be – NYTimes.com.

Europe’s Islam Debate Erupts as Paris Killers at Large – Businessweek

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The bodies haven’t been buried and the killers are on the loose, but that didn’t prevent anti-Islam politicians across Europe from seizing on yesterday’s massacre in Paris.

The rhetoric varied in intensity across the European Union’s 28 countries, each with its own religious and social phobias, many gripped by an economic recession that makes convenient scapegoats out of immigrants — especially those with veils, turbans and non-white skin.

“I wish my daughter will be free tomorrow to go around without a veil and without any fears,” Matteo Salvini, head of Italy’s anti-immigration Northern League, said on Twitter. Nigel Farage, leader of the U.K. Independence Party, spoke on LBC radio of a “Fifth Column” gnawing away at Britain and “a really rather gross policy of multi-culturalism.” Geert Wilders, head of the Freedom Party in the Netherlands, said it is time to “de-Islamize our country.

via Europe’s Islam Debate Erupts as Paris Killers at Large – Businessweek.

Harvard Ideas on Health Care Hit Home, Hard – NYTimes.com

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Wait?! This applies to us too?!

WASHINGTON — For years, Harvard’s experts on health economics and policy have advised presidents and Congress on how to provide health benefits to the nation at a reasonable cost. But those remedies will now be applied to the Harvard faculty, and the professors are in an uproar.

Members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the heart of the 378-year-old university, voted overwhelmingly in November to oppose changes that would require them and thousands of other Harvard employees to pay more for health care. The university says the increases are in part a result of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act, which many Harvard professors championed.

The faculty vote came too late to stop the cost increases from taking effect this month, and the anger on campus remains focused on questions that are agitating many workplaces: How should the burden of health costs be shared by employers and employees? If employees have to bear more of the cost, will they skimp on medically necessary care, curtail the use of less valuable services, or both?

via Harvard Ideas on Health Care Hit Home, Hard – NYTimes.com.