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Old 06-23-2012, 02:31 AM   #16
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Doc, go hit up Best Buy for a pocket drive. I got a 1TB (Terrabyte) Toshiba for under $90 tonight. Our local BB did not have that many, but I figured for the same price as a 500GB, I would get the TB drive. I just finished moving a bunch of media off of my son's desktop, and only ended up using around 180gb on it, and still have plenty of room for stuff.

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Old 06-23-2012, 03:08 PM   #17
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Turns out Clear does not offer connectivity in my area. Luckily the seller of the modem is cool and will be giving me my money back. I bought that through Craigslist.

Now what I'm finding out is that my Android can be used as a hot spot BUT since it's an older 3G I had to download wifi apps and root the phone. Something is still not right as before tethering the phone with z4root the computer was seeing the AndriodAP but it wasn't validating an IP or something and now that the phone is tethered/rooted the pc doesn't see the Android any longer.

The guy at Cricket is working on it but if this works out than internet will still be free (through my phone bill) but public and unsecured. The signal strength my pc recognized was amazing, all bars. Without my phone, one bar and what I'm using right now as I type.

Crossing fingers at the moment.
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Old 06-23-2012, 04:35 PM   #18
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Are there any WISP (Wireless ISP) in your area? http://www.wispdirectory.com/ another http://www.bbwexchange.com/wisps/index.asp
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Old 06-23-2012, 08:29 PM   #19
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I have had CLEAR since moving to Chicago and absolutely love it. As with phones here, service depends on what building or even what part of it you live in. Friends of mine on the other side of town could not get CLEAR or the Cricket (Sprint) broadband network to work but Verizon did.

I get a super strong signal and have not experienced the frequent service interruptions common to cable service here. I have no data limits and I use about 32GB/month. Most other plans top out at 10 (Even Sprint has ceiling for broadband but not for phone data which I do not understand) and then, if unlimited, slow down to 256. I pay for $45/month for their fastest 4G plan. I do not have a 3G option with them but my phone can function as backup for basics and I get unlimited 3G with it. I don't think CLEAR even offers a 3G/4G modem anymore. No biggy for me. I can always find WiFi service if ever needed.

CLEAR is said to be in some trouble with Sprint and Intel pulling out of it. I hope they survive. Meanwhile, I have no contract and my hardware investment was the $99 modem thingie I had to buy.

As for AMD chipsets? My old desktop was AMD and I never had problems. My last laptop was Intel and no problems. This new Toshiba has a nice AMD chipset and has worked flawlessly since day one and I got more power for the money than with comparable Intel offerings.

Nothing will find legacy 8-bit code faster than a 64-bit processor! I have some software that I dragged through operating system incarnations that finally will not work on this new laptop.

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Old 06-23-2012, 09:27 PM   #20
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I have had CLEAR since moving to Chicago and absolutely love it. As with phones here, service depends on what building or even what part of it you live in. Friends of mine on the other side of town could not get CLEAR or the Cricket (Sprint) broadband network to work but Verizon did.

I get a super strong signal and have not experienced the frequent service interruptions common to cable service here. I have no data limits and I use about 32GB/month. Most other plans top out at 10 (Even Sprint has ceiling for broadband but not for phone data which I do not understand) and then, if unlimited, slow down to 256. I pay for $45/month for their fastest 4G plan. I do not have a 3G option with them but my phone can function as backup for basics and I get unlimited 3G with it. I don't think CLEAR even offers a 3G/4G modem anymore. No biggy for me. I can always find WiFi service if ever needed.

CLEAR is said to be in some trouble with Sprint and Intel pulling out of it. I hope they survive. Meanwhile, I have no contract and my hardware investment was the $99 modem thingie I had to buy.

As for AMD chipsets? My old desktop was AMD and I never had problems. My last laptop was Intel and no problems. This new Toshiba has a nice AMD chipset and has worked flawlessly since day one and I got more power for the money than with comparable Intel offerings.

Nothing will find legacy 8-bit code faster than a 64-bit processor! I have some software that I dragged through operating system incarnations that finally will not work on this new laptop.

Touche. I finally got this tethering thing working with a usb cable attaching my Android to the pc. Much faster but it can only be used for the computer it's hoOked up to. I had to download the Easytether app tp the phone and the driver to the pc, disconnect form Lynksys and BAM!

No sooner did I get that all working than I finally received a RETURN phone call from a seller of a brand new, in the box (plastic film still on everything) HP Pavilion p2-1113wb complete desk top bundle.

20" LCD HD Widescreen
500GB Hard Drive
AMD Dual Core Processor E-300
64 bit processor with 4GB DDR3 Memory
Windows 7
Office 2010
Norton Security
Plus speakers and keyboard and the usual.

I paid $297.00.

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Are there any WISP (Wireless ISP) in your area? http://www.wispdirectory.com/ another http://www.bbwexchange.com/wisps/index.asp

You got me. I did get the tethering working so probably no need now.
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"DH"
Looks like a very good deal!
However - think about "ditching" the "Norton Security" and using good, free
alternatives.
"NS" is a resource "hog" and likes to "control" your computer.
I've got 2 versions that I don't use!
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I'm open to suggestions..

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Old 06-25-2012, 01:34 PM   #26
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My apologies for posting pics of my messy, unorganized desk. It's been a hectic few weeks around here. It's all organized now, clean.

Anyways, I just ordered Comcast high speed internet Blast (8 gb per second?) w/ WiFi, being installed tomorrow morning.

I'm thrilled!

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