Charter Cable Capping Usage Nationwide This Month
I live in St. Louis, and I'm a charter customer. I live in a well developed area next to the business district. My internet connection was very bad (I have 5 MB connection, but get all kind of rates, ranging from 50kps to 4.5MB). I even tried to switch ATT Universe (DSL). But looks like, at the heart of St. Louis, the technology is still from 70s. My house is at the center of the street, so it is far away from both ends, where the nodes are located. (1.5 block for f*cks sake !!!!) ATT Universe can't be supported as they still use copper wire as opposed to their advertised fiber). Same reasoning suggested for the bad quality of Charter service. Mind you, Charter is STL based so you would expect it to be the best service. Anyway, I still have to use Charter. My bill for Phone+Internet+TV is around $120+tax. For the last few weeks, my internet connection was surprisingly stable at 5mb, and I think it is related to infrastructure upgrade. Now, instead of giving $140 for all above services, it seems to me the best option at this time is to discard all their services and subscribe for 60MB internet only. I already have Roku, and can connect a linux server with Myth-TV for other options.
I think this decision will not have the same effect as Charter hoped as other customer may join me in this.
Russia To Develop a National Operating System
Pardus is a linux distribution developed by Turkish National Science Foundation. It uses its own packaging system and recently government gave money to add support for more languages. It is gaining more market in Turkey by the way, as some state offices are migrating to it.
That is Amazon 1-click to comment pages patent for you. Wait until Amazon applies for 1-click trolling patent. That is a patent I can live with.
The Economist Suggests Linux For Netbooks
I bought an Asus EEE PC 900A from Bestbuy. At $280, it is a bargain. However, I really hated Xandros on it (disclaimer, all my machines are either Debain or kubuntu). What kind of f*ck head installs an OS on 4GB SSD and leave on 100MB or so for updates. What is more, after my first update attempt the disk became full and update applet stopped in middle of a download. After several reboots, the applet always started automatically and always hanged. Wireless was also similarly not connecting. Add this to the fact that several programs took forever to run, I said f*ck with Xandros, and installed Ubuntu-eee. The difference is like night and day. I suggest EEE PC with ubuntu to everybody. Install once and leave it there. The moral of the story? If a dedicated linux user since 1994 is frustrated with a linux based netbook, why the regular people shouldn't be? The manufacturers MUST use Ubuntu-EEE or similar stable, easy to use and efficient distro.
First Trek Film Footage Unveiled
From the article:
"The audience also saw Leonard Nimoy reprise his role as the older Mr Spock in one of four excerpts from the film. .... In his scene, meanwhile, Nimoy's Mr Spock is seen delivering the Star Trek legend: "Live long and prosper."
Lets just hope that this scene refers to what our heros will become and not they are talking to Spock in the future.