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FiOS Quantum Internet is FAST

By on May 21, 2015 | 0 comments

Through the years, I’ve had nothing but great service from Verizon FiOS, which is the exact opposite of my time spent with Comcast. I couldn’t wait to switch from Comcast when FiOS became available in my area over 5 years ago now. Recently, I decided to switch to the 75/75 FiOS Quantum internet plan. In no way was my internet slow before when I had the 50/50 tier, but now it’s surprisingly fast. With most companies, you are lucky to get the rated speeds you pay for. With FiOS, at least in my area, that is not the case at all. They state you get speeds “up to 75/75” but in reality, the speeds they give well surpass that. I have run various speed tests, as shown below, to give a general idea of the speed I get with my upgraded service: As you can see, I get above the rated speeds from servers in various locations. Once you start to have internet speeds in this range, it appears that the servers themselves are the limiting factor more so than the internet plan itself. FiOS Quantum internet goes all the way up to 500/500 plans, but for me that would be a huge waste. Don’t get me wrong, it would be amazing to have. For my use of the internet though, this 75/75 plan is great. Verizon also added a My Rewards+ Program. You get points for various things such as paperless billing, ordering movies and many other actions. After renewing my contract for another 2 years, I just recently got 2000 points. As you can see, the points add up  quickly. I have gotten over 6000 points since the reward program has started. The photo above shows the general value of the points along with some of the available options. As I said before, I’ve had nothing but great service from FiOS. I would never switch back to Comcast, even if there was a vast price difference. If you are interested in Verizon FiOS please consider joining with my referral link and sign up for the My Rewards+ program. It is a great service and well worth switching to FiOS if you haven’t...

Thanks, Electronic Arts

By on May 12, 2015 | 0 comments

I seriously never thought I would say that, but EA has awoken the casual gamer in me again. Recently I decided to move my Xbox One out of my living room and into another location in my house, the Den (as it is labeled in my Sonos system). The den is where my computer is located as well as a 42″ TV. Obviously, the 55″ in the living room plus surround sound gives a greater overall experience, but I realized I didn’t necessarily want all of that. All i really need is my leather recliner (also in the den) and a nice HD TV. 10-15 years ago I was much more into gaming. I had all of the consoles, and was an avid PC gamer. (I’ll blame Unreal Tournament for that.) and since then my console playing has dwindled. I have an Xbox 360 in the closet which hasn’t been turned on for 4+ years, and my PS3 which I used to play fairly often hasn’t even been taken out of the box I moved it in when I bought my new house in 2013. I’ve had the Xbox One since launch, but I’ve rarely played it. I have a handful of games, and they are great, but I know spending $60 each is not worth it for me. I just don’t play it enough anymore. This is where EA comes in. EA Access… what can i say? For those of you who aren’t aware of what it is, EA Access is a monthly service which allows you to play games from their “vault”.  The vault has recently been updated with all of the ’15 sports games, and has a few others as well. This service for under $30 a year allows me to download a bunch of games I wouldn’t have purchased for $60 each, because as i said before I just don’t play them enough. Not only that, but if I decide I want to buy any other EA games, I as an Access member, will get a 10% discount. I have to admit, I didn’t realize how much I missed playing some of these games. NHL 15 for example has been a blast. I haven’t played a hockey game in easily 5+ years. On a side note, I laughed when I saw an NHL 94 control scheme available in the options. I thought to myself, “wow i loved that game”.  I didn’t use that scheme though by the way. EA is definitely not the most liked company out there, any gamer knows that. But recently they seem to have changed their image slightly. Their stocks are going up, and people seem generally pleased with this new EA Access offering (which I should point out is exclusive to the Xbox One right now). I know I am very happy with what EA is doing, so as the title states, thanks EA.  I intend on using my console for the occasional gaming session much more frequently...

SR: UFC 2009 Undisputed

By on May 20, 2009 | 0 comments

I ordered this game on Amazon a couple weeks ago and it was delivered yesterday. I played it for about 3 hours yesterday on the PS3. I lost one fight and it was by submission to Minotauro Nogueira. I knew I would lose that fight because my submission defense wasn’t anywhere close to being high enough to fight him. Anyways, there are a few things that bother me… When in career mode I don’t think the fighters ever get older. I have gone through an entire year of the career, maybe even 2, and my age never changes. Hopefully they will fix that in a later update. As far as I know, I don’t think you can edit the fighting style of your created fighter. I picked boxing for the stand up, but after my first fight I realized I would have preferred to pick kick boxing. And from what I have seen I don’t think you can train your fighter to switch. If anyone knows if/how to change that it would be appreciated. Overall I like the game a lot. I prefer it over the Fight Night games for sure. There is just so much more to it. There is a free demo available too for those of you who would like to try it first. It’s been out for a while...

SR: Galapagos, The Islands That Changed the World

By on Jan 19, 2009 | 1 comment

This is another long overdue Stevo Recommends post. This time I would like to recommend Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World on Blu-ray. “The inspiration for Darwin’s theory of evolution, the Galapagos Islands are a living laboratory, a geological conveyor belt that has given birth to and seen the death of many species of plants and animals.” It is an amazing documentary. The video quality is amazing, and there is so much to be learned from it. The blu-ray is a single disc that has 3 seperate episodes from the BBC series. It is unbelievable how these islands are created and how the animals vary from island to island. This documentary kept my attention from start to finish, and I learned a lot from it. So, I highly recommend...

SR: Bob Marley & The Wailers – Gold

By on Oct 30, 2008 | 0 comments

Here is something new to my blog…Stevo Recommends. Each week I plan on recommending something that I really like. It could be music, and movie, electronics…something. These posts will start with SR: to make them easy to differentiate. So the first post in this section goes to Bob Marley, more specifically the 2 CD set “Gold” I recommend this set to any Marley fan. It has so many great songs on it. Here is my favorite song off of the CD. It is the best version of “Concrete Jungle” i have ever heard. Enjoy…...

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