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Month: February 2010

Join our group!

If you follow me on various “social” websites, you will notice I listen to a lot of music. It’s always fun to see what others are listening to, so I created a group for my site back in 2005. If you have an account on please consider joining our group here And if you have never been to before, I urge you to sign up. Thanks...

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Google Electric

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission grants ‘market-based rate authority’ to Google’s newest subsidiary, appropriately named, Google Energy. Internet search engine and global tech giant, Google Inc., has officially entered the electric utility game, although don’t expect to be writing a check to Google Energy for your monthly electric bill any time soon. In a unanimous vote, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved a request from Google, Inc. to buy and sell electricity, granting Google “market based rate authority.” But like many new ventures the Mountain View, California-based tech giant embarks on, they’re not quite sure where they’re going with it yet, or what they’ll do with their new authority. Google has no immediate plans to buy or sell electricity, but reportedly made the move to better position itself to manage its own energy and to have more access to renewable energy Read More :: Google Electric...

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FiOS 1.7.1 Update

Luckily (or not) the Pittsburgh area was one of the first areas to receive the latest FiOS Firmware update of 1.7.1. After a few attempts over the last few days, the roll out here seems to be complete. The firmware was released, then rolled back, and now released again. If you recall, in a recent chat with Verizon Tech support, I was told that the issues with my HD boxes weren’t truely issues, but not to my preference. As we all know, that was completely untrue. And this firmware update proves it. The 7xxx series boxes now have the 4:3 guide once again. The current show information and the guide itself is no longer stretched. I wish there was a way to talk to “Anthony” again directly. I don’t appreciate being lied to by support staff. Maybe in the future, companies and employees will admit to doing something wrong. In the long run, it will hurt the company less. Customers are not stupid and I don’t appreciate my intelligence being questioned. If you take a look back at my prior blog post regarding the issues I faced, you will see why Verizon and their staff have lost some of my...

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New Mac Laptops Soon?

I had just stumbled across the little post online making mention of a recent theft of a Apple prototype. Could this be the new Macbook that is coming down the pipe…you be the judge. Trade Secret Theft/Possession of Stolen Property – Infinite Loop Between 1/1 and 12/18, unknown suspect(s) took a prototype laptop worth about $100,000 from Apple Computers on Infinite Loop using an unknown method. The suspect(s) sold it to another suspect. Deputies recovered the laptop from the second suspect and he was released pending further investigation. Source:  Ziarana – Cupertino Weekly...

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Apple Reportedly Offering 15% Refunds to Purchasers of Troubled 27-Inch iMacs

Apple has been struggling with the flickering issue on the 27” iMac displays, it appears that Apple is apparently offering 15% refunds to users who have exchanged their iMacs multiple times in seeking to have the issues addressed. On a $2,000 iMac 15% is about a $300 apology from Apple’s customer support.  Digging around online, it sounds like you need to be a repeat iMac returner who’s dealt with multiple 27-inch iMacs. Despite the apparent refund program in effect and Apple’s efforts at addressing the flickering issues, the company has yet to publicly acknowledge the yellowing issue generating significant numbers of complaints from...

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