ATT getting Fined $100 Million

To all ATT customers.

If your bill goes up it is because ATT has been caught throttling 'unlimited' data connections, which goes against the FCC's net neutrality and transparency regulations. ATT has thirty days to respond and currently faces a 100 Million Dollar Fine.

Expect them to spin the FCC's ruling by acting like they are the victim here when all they need to do is what they advertised in the first place.

Put my fears another way. Big Guy is caught being skeevy about something by an even bigger guy. Big guy is about to get hit in the chest. So odds are big guy is gonna pick up little guy who he's been shaking down to take the hit instead, then pull out more money from little guy's wallet just because at that point why not?

Just as a heads up guys. Figured all of you deserved a bit of notice on who to get angry at when you see new expenses.


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Microsoft Office 2016 Insider Preview

I'm a bit Conflicted here guys. On the one hand I've been using Openoffice, Abiword, and the like for over a decade because, to put blunt, I've got more immediate needs to spend my money on. Then there's the fact Microsoft has a history, or at least had, of being fairly anti-open software and MS Office not playing well with competing office suites.

Thing is like it or not Microsoft Office is sort of the standard everything else is measured against. Open Office, Libre Office, Whatever. The big questions tend to be 'Can I import my microsoft stuff' and 'Can microsoft read this?' So time to give this beast a try to see what happens. Windows 10 has been surprisingly easy on my 2007 desktop. So why not?

It's free for windows insider users. So download it. Try it. Just don't get surprised when they want to charge an arm and a leg for you to get to keep using it.

Edit: It just finished installing. Presentation is slick, immediately wants to tie into your Microsoft account (same account it pesters you to use to sign into windows with.) With this being an insider preview that is a non-starter, and there are bound to be similar issues. However, thankfully, there is still the option to input a product key. Use of the insider product key gives you 150 days to use the thing. Honestly though? Just from a few minutes of clicking around, on my system (three gigs, intel integrated processor, dual core) I wouldn't bother using this without some serious resource management improvements. As soon as I started word up. Everything else slowed to a crawl. Everything. Libre Office doesn't have this problem and Open Source is often dinged for always feeling incomplete or being inefficient.

Here's hoping you improve guys. Shouldn't take a quad core with eight gigs of ram to do the same thing that I did on a 486 with maybe two megabytes of ram.

Me and Windows 10 Insider Preview

Bit the bullet and installed windows 10 insider preview. In spite of or because of how old my box is (2007) everything except the WiFi dongle was recognized. Latest Build as of this post (100130) has Intel drivers that make gaming and video about as good as it was before with vista. This translates to pre-2005 games and decent YouTube speeds.

This isn't a big feature by feature run down since just about anywhere will have a breakdown of all the shinies. This is just my experiences so far. Put bluntly, so far I like it. There are a few minor hiccups, but on the whole it works surprisingly well on even old hardware. Granted it's a dual core with three gigs of ram, but daily browsing and the like via Edge (Formerly Spartan, and basically a rebranded Internet Explorer) is pretty alright.

Cortana, live tiles, not even the return of the start menu matters to me. What matters is I'm not left wondering where everything is. I cannot stress that enough. Beating my head against the wall trying to figure out where what is was what made doing anything in 8 and even 8.1 a headache and I am glad Microsoft realized their mistake after everyone on the internet screamed at them for a few years.

All the integration with bing, OneDrive, windows store. Eh. Cortana can be made deaf, you can install your own browser, the store is completely a non-issue for x86, and the live tile thing is essentially the pinned programs section of the start menu in older versions, except metro apps can be made to show information without clicking on them.

There are a few negatives though. Biggest one so far is that windows wouldn't recognize my tablet's SD card when I/stuck it in my computer's reader (vista did.) Thankfully it was recognized when I plugged the tablet in, but that is an issue that could scare people. Additionally while I could find everything more or less OK and search helped me with what I couldn't there was a little bit of a hangup when trying to find windows update since I'm used to it being in the control panel. Nope, it's in settings. Just type windows update into search and it'll be there.

Lastly I am mildly concerned the insider preview has a shelf life. 7 and 8 get free upgrades. Why not unlock the insider preview to a full version like they're getting instead of having it become unusable in October? Maybe they'll do that, I dunno.