February 18, 2009

I'm Suing You

Well i might as well. It seems everyone including their great grandmother is suing everyone for anything these days. It's getting ridiculous. The latest, and i find this absolutely absurd, a woman named Beverly Stayart is suing Yahoo because when she did a search on her name, it led to porn sites and malicious websites. Well shit, i should sue Yahoo, Google, MSN, Dog Pile, Ask and every other search engine because when i search my name, i don't get accurate results on who i am.

So i did, search that is. What a schmuck i am.

The first result states i'm an artist, which is true. But it also stated i DIED in 2008!!! WTF! Last time i checked i'm alive and well. Total lies. That's worth suing right there.

The second result is for a blog that I've never seen before, and i have nothing to do with it. False advertising. Last time i knew, that was illegal.

Third result has me as a State Rep for MA. Hold the damn chuck wagon pa. I'm in no way shape, form or any other adjective you can think of a politician. I aught to sue just for that alone, associating me with politics. Who thought that was funny?

And apparently i am the Director, Owner and President of Spurwink Cordage, Inc since 1998. And this guy has the same first, middle and last name. Talk about stolen identity. Damn!!

And these were Google search results. God only knows what i would find on all the other search engines.

Frontiernet.net Needs To Learn

Okay, so the ISP that services my moms area in Western NY has this "bright" idea. They want to cap users at 5g per month of broadband. And then the consumer would have to either pay for their overage or get shut off. Not to mention their prices are already steep for what service you get with them.

But let's break this down a bit.

Let's say there is a family of 3, two PC's and a gaming console such as a PS3 or Xbox 360.

Lets say the first of the month rolls around. You have 2 pc's that need SP3. That's roughly 316mb per PC. So that's just under 1g of broadband usage for updates. Now, after you install SP3, you will have at least 2 or 3 more updates to download and install. Lets say that rounds out at about 60mb for both PC's. So now your over 1g.

Now, of course you listen to iTunes and occasional download a movie or two to watch. Well, the last movie i downloaded was about 1.2g. So you download a movie for the weekend and your already over 2g of the 5g cap.

Ok, so now you see a new game you want to trial on your PS3. You download the trial game before buying, to see if you want to spend you money. The trial download is 1.3g. And right before you can play it, you have to download a 300mb patch for it. So there is yet another1.6g of broadband. So now were over 3g,pushing the 4g limit and this is just the beginning of the month.

So after a week or so of on-line gaming, emails, browsing, etc you decide you want to stream a movie from Netflix over your Xbox360. Guess what, you will go over your 5g monthly cap and face the consequences.

So whats the whole reasoning behind the 5g monthly cap? "It is important that customers that use less don't subsidize those that use the most," Maggie Wilderotter, the chairman and CEO of Frontier.

First off, Economics 101 tells you, YOUR WRONG! Obviously, this lady doesn't understand consumer line pricing. Secondly, HELLO McFLY!!!! Most users of today's Internet do more then play spider solitaire and stare gleefully at their background picture of their puppies.

Hell, with the 2 PC's i have on-line in my house, the amount of stuff i download from iTunes, the games the wife and i play on-line, the amount of art work i upload, not to mention the items i have bough on-line for my Xbox360 would have busted this cap and then some on the first of the month.

What it comes down to in the end is, Frontier refuses to expand their infrastructure to be more adequate for today's high demand for broadband. They want to punish you as a consumer of actually having a life outside of their network.

Hell, i told them some 6-7 years ago, when i had them, someone had hacked their servers and was using customers PC's. They told me i didn't know what i was talking about. But not more then a few days after that hour long phone call with a few supervisors, a large article mysteriously showed up on the main page of the local paper. And the gentleman from Texas was arrested for his crimes.

It's high time the ISP's of this country wake up and smell the roses. CEO's walk away with millions yet they don't know how to expand their infrastructure and do their jobs properly.

February 2, 2009

Best Super Bowl Commercial

We've all been there... I watched them all, went to www.hulu.com and re-watched them. And in my opinion, this was the best. Cute, funny, what more can i say.

Bridgestone: Potato Heads

Steelers Nation PT.2

“We’re unselfish. We’re very blue collar. We’re resilient.” Words spoken by safety Troy Polamalu. We’re a team that’s taken on the personality of our city,” he continued.

This is very true. I've been a Steelers fan since i was 7 or 8, back in the 70's. My favorite players were Franco Harris and Jack Lambert. Even though i had no idea what the Immaculate Reception was or meant. Every Sunday at grandma's house, we had diner and would watch football. And if the Steelers were playing, i would be found in front of the TV. Every Christmas, my grandmother got me a new Steelers jacket. And every year i wanted to go to Pittsburgh not only for a Steelers game but to live.

Some 12 years later i got that chance. I went to college in Pittsburgh. I lived there for 2 years before moving back home to NY. While i was there, i had met some amazing people. Most of them were life time residents of Pittsburgh. There was an aura in and around the city that seemed to welcome one with open arms.

Very seldom would you find a person who was selfish or one who would snub you for any reason. When it came to game day, all the fans of the Steelers, and for that matter the Penguins, would gather around the TV's, the Civic Arena or Three Rivers Stadium and have fun.

No matter what city you go to, you always have those few that want something for nothing. But what i have found in my travels during those years, no other city could match the warmth of Pittsburgh. Hard working people willing to extend a hand when needed. Stick together during good times and bad.

So as i watched my team, a team with a legion of fans across this country go for a record 6th Super Bowl victory, i could not help but wonder if the Steeler Nation isn't the true America's Team? A title that Dallas has had for a very long time. From NY to Mass, down to FL and as far west as AZ itself, i have met numerous amounts of Steeler fans. And to see the amount of black and gold jerseys and terrible towels in the stands in Tampa, one had to wonder where the red and white of Arizona was.

The Steelers had one of the, if not the hardest schedules this year. With the likes of Dallas, New England and the Ravens. However, tonight's game seemed to be the toughest. Tooth and nail from the start of the game down to the last play. The offense made the plays when needed, the defense stepped up when it counted. But I'm not going to count out the Cardinals either. They fought for every inch they got. The Steelers didn't give them anything. I think the Cardinals need to be very proud with themselves. I have not seen such a good game in many years. And they have earned my respect after tonight.

So what's next? Six Super Bowl titles, new records set and a trip to Disney. In a dynasty steeped in blue collar tradition, where does the Black & Gold go from here?

February 1, 2009

The Steeler Nation

The Steeler Nation doesn't just reside in its home state like most teams do, with a few outside of the territory. The Steeler Nation is just that, a league of fans across this nation. With a defense that's on top of it's game, still ranked one of the best in the league and one that plays hard nosed football, Arizona will be hard pressed.

However, with Arizona's multi-offensive weapons, it will keep the Steelers defense on its toes.

Your putting a legacy against dysfunction. A team with a racked history against a team of a hard knock throw back style. How ever you match it up, in my book, it will be a good game. But in the end, it will be the Steelers commitment to excellence, that it's known for, that will shine.


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