Category: Geek

Life suckers: Run don’t walk to calling Comcast Downgrade

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Ok Comcast is constantly lowering prices but they don’t tell their current customers. There is the reverse of price protection. Old customers pay more. So call a special number 1 (800) 934-6489 and not the main Comcast one and select ‘down grade service’ This will get you to some reasonable. If you ask for it…

Getting ready for Summer Room Air Conditioning

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Well, many folks are going to be holed up in their apartments instead of offices, so time now to get a room air conditioner. Even when you get one, you will want to make sure it has a good seal. You need three things A mount so the thing doesn’t fall out the window. Although…

Yet more light bulb types S8

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Ok just when I thought I knew everything. From knowing that a light bulb shape such as E26 is the common lightbulb base (mean Edison screw type with is 26mm wide) also know and medium to the light bulb shape (an A19 which is the familiar “normal light bulb) A shape. Then we got into…

Why are all these numbers so close? Relationships, genetic diversity and survival minimum

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Genetic diversity shows you need need 50-500 people to maintain enough diversity to prevent gene drift and too much inbreeding Social relationship. The number of relationships you can keep in your head is about 150 called the Dunbar number. The number is actually between 100-250. So surprisingly close. Tribal relationships. The smallest size is 50…

Best CO Detectors, replacing Kidde CO and Smoke Alarms, Chopping Boards

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Ok I’ve been busy so this is a combo post of all the questions I’ve been asked this week: Smoke Alarms. Our Kidde COSM-IBA finally started beeping. It wasn’t the battery, turns out that it will die seven years after being plugged in so you need a new one. I don’t know if this is…

Comcast downgrading is hard a guide

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Wow, they are such a piece of work. First of all during this COVID-19 thing, suddenly the bill rises 40% without any notification (I’m sure I rolled off of some plan). It is so difficult, here are some things to know: Add a notification on auto payment. Comcast does not provide any notification when you…

More Vim tricks with Python

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Well using Python quite a bit more and while my Vi was well tuned for Javascript there are some things to know with Python. First somethings that are reminders of features of Vi that I don’t use enough: gqq which means reformat the current like, this let’s you do rewrapping properly particularly in README.md files…

iPod and iPhone Nostalgia

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Well, I’m finally having (no) time for old projects, but sometimes they beckon. In this case, I have a very early iPod with a Touchwheel. Actually, I have two. But the very most original one from the original HP partnership seems to have a crashed drive. But the second with the original skin and songs…

Silicon Valley Bank Discounts

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Wow, SVB sure has a great collection of discounts for startups. These are mainly about existing programs, but there are some good ones: AWS. They have a startup program that gets you $1K off on the first charges. Google Cloud. Similar one, up to $100K depending on how much they like you. Zoom. 20% you…

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