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Two weekends ago Comcast finished their Digital Conversion program in Mountain View.

Even if you're on the Limited Basic plan, you'll need to rent a box from them.

If you don't want to rent a box, a Amplified Indoor TV Antenna will get all your basic stations from San Francisco, San Jose, and beyond:

Once positioned, the signal is stable -- the amplified rabbit ears I was using would drop signal once or twice an evening, but that hasn't been a problem with this flat square.

Combine this with a Chromecast and your timesink is complete.

Tags: Comcast

Tomorrow is April 9th, and my game of chicken with Comcast's billing department will have come to an end.

For the past 4 years, I've been paying between $19.95 and $21.99 for Comcast Xfinity economy Internet service -- its not super fast (especially when trying to upload videos to youtube), but it's good enough for SSH connections, Netflix streaming, and the occasional XBox Live gaming sessions.

For $20/month, it was a good deal. For the "non-promotion" pricing of $45/month, I'd want a better connection.

I've always been able to get the "promotional" pricing by being as nice as I possibly can to the service representative (or, failing that, switching names on the account). Rarely negotiations would make their way to the "retention department," but I'd be as reasonable and accommodating as I could and we'd work something out.

Comcast hasn't been offering the $20 promotional rate in their TV commercials for quite a while -- the best rate I've seen in these spots is $24.95/month for 6 months. Inflation? When I saw my $19.95/month promotion was ending, I was thinking it was an "end of an era" for the $20/month internet bill.

I tried my best to go for the $24.95 rate -- but no dice: "That's only for new customers. I can't offer you that."

I got forwarded right from first-level customer service through to the "disconnection" department, and we scheduled the service to be terminated at the end of the current billing period: April 9th. They've called back twice to confirm (making no effort to improve on the $45/month pricing) so I'm feeling they're serious.

I'll be looking into AT&T DSL ($14.95/month if you bundle it with an AT&T Wireless Plan and are willing to endure their onerous webstore). Either that or move the computer closer to the window to get some of that free Mountain View Google WiFi.

So here I was thinking I had the weekend all planned, and now I have to go buy an XBox 360 Kinect, Kinect Star Wars, and enough vodka to last 48 hours:

Apologies to the downstairs neighbors in advance. I'm still laughing -- look at the move names: "Trash Compactor," "The Speeder," "Falcon in Flight..." Bahahahaha... "Double Blaster," I'm dying!. "Chewie Hug?" STOP, NOW! Take my money! I really, really hope I've not just got caught in a belated April Fool's joke.

Hrmph... It sucks they don't sell a Kinect stand-alone -- but Kinect Star Wars is real. LOL!

I wonder if Boba Fett dances like a Goth?

Imagine Darth Vader with backup stormtroopers?!? I'm dying some more. Bahahahaha... It's true: Darth Vader has backup Storm Troopers!

Seriously: I wonder if the developers of this game had to commit seppuku in front of George Lucas at Skywalker Ranch after it was discovered this got shipped!?!

I can only hope they did themselves in on their own terms before Star Wars "Trekkies" (Warsies?) issue a Fatwah like radical Muslims did for that Danish cartoonist! Talk about a bunch of Microsoft Infidels!

LOL times infinity -- here are the "I'm Han Solo" lyrics:

I'm feeling like a star, You can't stop my shine I'm lovin? Cloud City, My head's in the sky I'm Solo, I'm Han Solo, I'm Han Solo. I'm Han Solo. Solo. Yeah, I'm feelin' good tonight, Finally feeling free and it feels so right, oh. Time to do the things I like, Gonna see a Princess, everything's all right, oh. No Jabba to answer to, Ain't a fixture in the palace zoo, no. And since that carbonite's off me I'm livin' life now that I'm free, yeah. Told me to get myself together Now I got myself together, yeah. Now I made it through the weather, Better days are gonna get better. I'm so happy the carbonite is gone. I'm movin' on. I'm so happy that it's over now. The pain is gone. I'm putting on my shades To cover up my eyes I'm jumpin' in my ride, I?m heading out tonight I'm Solo, I'm Han Solo, I'm Han Solo. I'm Han Solo. Solo. I'm picking up my blaster, Put it on my side. I'm jumpin' in my Falcon Wookie at my side. I'm solo, I'm Han Solo, I'm Han Solo. I'm Han Solo. Solo.

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