I have officially surpassed the 25,000 visitor mark. Mazel Tov.
I have officially surpassed the 25,000 visitor mark. Mazel Tov.
For about a year and a half, I had been using Verizon‘s DSL service, along with Verizon local phone service. With this plan, I was paying approximately $34.95 per month for local and regional phone service (we use cell phones for long distance), along with several calling features. Additionally, I was paying $14.95 per month for my DSL (for the first year; it was $17.95/month thereafter), which gave me maximum speeds of 768k down/128k up. While this was admittedly slow, it was really all we needed.
In the last several months, we were considering upgrading our Internet speeds. One suggestion we got was to go with VOIP. The problem, however, was that we heard too many negatives about VOIP to be able to strongly consider it. The usual complaint with VOIP was the frequent internet downtimes and subsequent phone downtimes.
I then heard an ad on the radio for Cavalier Telephone. They promised speeds up to 10mbps for the low price of $25 per month. That was more than what I was paying, so I was reluctant to do anything about it. But then I noticed that their local calling plans were a full $10 less than Verizon, at only $25 per month. That meant that if I switched to Cavalier, I’d pay the exact same amount (before taxes), but get much faster Internet service.
The problem was that we were told that we were a full 17,900 feet away from the Central Office (CO). Cavalier told me that the maximum distance they provide DSL service to is 18,000 feet. Because I was so far away, they said that I probably wouldn’t get speeds of faster than 1mbps. However, they did tell me that they use Verizon’s phone lines to provide DSL service. After speaking with Verizon, they told me that they could guarantee up up to 3mbps.
At this point, I figured I had nothing to lose. Worse comes to worse, I’d have the same speeds as before, and I’d be paying the same prices. So I made the switch.
My service with Cavalier began exactly 8 days later, and after only a minor glitch, which they corrected over the phone, I was online. At a solid 3.4 mbps. Sweet. While that was pretty much the highest speed I attained, I do check my speeds every once in a while, and I average between 1.9 and 2.3mpbs down, and 400k up. As you can see, this is a tremendous difference. I have not experienced any down times since I began service (right before Pesach), and when I watch video’s on YouTube, they actually load to completion without me having to wait for the videos to buffer constantly. I’ve been very happy.
I did, however, have some problems with my phone service, but that will be in my next post, as this one is getting long.
I decided to use my new domain (which I got for free, plus free hosting) to start a new blog on occupational therapy. As of now, there are very few blogs at all that deal with occupational therapy, and as far as I know, none that deal with issues that OT students or new graduates may have. So hopefully this will develop into a helpful resource for others who are in a similar situation to mine.
You can check it out at aishel.net
Over the last two days, I was wondering what had happened to my USB drive. It doesn’t have too many school things on it, but I do have some other random important things on it. Much to my dismay, my wife pulled it out of the dryer this evening. Apparently, it had gone through both the washer and dryer.
After cleaning off the lint and with much prayer (this thing retails for $80; I got it for $30 over Thanksgiving), I plugged it into my computer. Amazingly enough, it lit up right away. It took a second to load, but everything is exactly where it should be and the entire thing is intact! No files missing, nothing corrupt, it’s all good.
On a totally irrelevant note, http://www.aishel.net now points to this blog.
There’s no question about it. I love Firefox. I’ve been using it since version 0.86 and haven’t looked back. I’ve tried using Opera and the latest version of Internet Explorer (IE), but I always found myself coming back to Firefox. Some of the benefits include increased security, tabbed windows, faster browsing, and more. One of my favorite reasons for using Firefox are the extensions that I can add to Firefox.
Extensions are little bits of software that add functionality to your browser. In my every-day online usage, I use at least 4-5 of my extensions within the first 2 minutes.
For example, when I open up my browser, I have the following showing up in the status bar at the bottom of the browser window: So right away, I know the weather, including the fact that there is a severe weather alert (flood watch), how many new Gmails I have (none), and a host of other things.
This list includes the extensions that I use, why I use them, and a link for where to get the extensions.
So that is pretty much it. These extensions will obviously only work on the computer that they are all installed in. But using these extensions really make browsing so much easier and faster. If you have some you want to add to the list, feel free to do so in the comments!
I came across several dating oriented blogs that are obviously all by the same person. I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry. In any case, here they are. Some of these look brand new. Others look like they’ll never have another post. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
First, to get a date, you have to make sure to ask the appropriate questions. For example, does the SDJ have the same cellphone carrier, so they can use shared minutes? Lots more crazy date questions here. Once you have your date all lined up, you need a place to go. Like Starbucks or Target. Therefore, we have the next blog, called Great Date Places. Unfortunately, your date often times ends up being crazy, so we try to put a stop to it by creating blogs in hope that these people will find the stories about themselves and learn to become normal. But if that doesn’t happen, there’s still hope. Because chances are, they’ll give you a sign that it’s time to move on.
It may be hard to believe, but everyone will find the right one eventually. And when you do, it’s important to publicize how he proposed. And to get rid of these pre-marriage jitters, there is one more blog to talk about marriage and such.