The Data Cap Problem

DataCapProblemSquareOver the past few years, several U.S. ISPs (Internet Service Providers) have started imposing data caps on their residential customers. This means the amount of data that you can download is limited, and if you go over you can face heavy fines. I’ve had many people ask me why ISPs would impose data cap. I hope with this article I can help shed some light on the real reasons data caps are in place, and hopefully change how we approach them.

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Old School Runescape – Is It Worth It?


Runescape was the first online game I became an adamant player in. I started playing in early 2003 on what is now referred to as Runescape Classic. I played pretty heavily for those first few years and saw the introduction of Runescape 2 (now just Runescape). Everyone I knew my age had at least tried it and many were pretty addicted to the game by this point. I created a few clans and even rose to a moderator for a fairly large clan of +300 members near the end of my Runescape career.

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PwnPi: A Credit Card Sized Threat

The Raspberry Pi was originally created in 2006 to provide schools with a cheap and compact computing platform to spark programming interest in students. Although this was its main audience, its $35 cost and endless possibilities makes it very appealing to a wide range of people.

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The Death of Consoles: Valve’s Entry into Hardware

Steam: The Next Generation

In the past few years, PC game sales have steadily increased while console game sales have been in a gradual descent.  The reason for this change in revenue can be attributed to several different sources. PC gamers have often, and perhaps obnoxiously, pointed out the superior processing power and graphical dominance of their choice. Consoles are merely trying to emulate and catch up with PCs, while they’re the ones that dictate the new standard of how gaming should evolve.  With a constant struggle to combat piracy, companies like Valve are in the forefront of a new world order of gaming with a much more refreshing approach than competitors.

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Google Wallet: A Breakdown

Google Wallet

Even though Google’s new Wallet service has been out for a year now, it hasn’t been quite usable until recently. When Google Wallet launched on September 19th last year, you had to choose between using a specific Citi Mastercard that you needed to apply for, using a prepaid card through Google, or you could use a store specific gift card to select locations. That all changed on August 1st, 2012 when Google Wallet expanded to include all major credit cards, letting you put the cards you actually use into the service. This, combined with a wider range of compatible NFC devices, has made Google Wallet a feasible alternative to using a physical card. But is it better?

My feelings on the pay with your phone concept were initially mixed. Being a techie, I’ll generally eat up any new piece of technology that is dangled in front of my face. But on the other hand, I’ve never seen using a credit card as inconvenient, although if you live in an infomercial, your credit cards probably shoot out of your wallet every time you try to pay for something. The only way to satisfy my curiosity and answer my questions was to try it for myself. I purchased my self Google’s new Galaxy Nexus, put in my credit card, and took Google Wallet for a test run.
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What Internet Speed Do You Really Need

You'll need at least Max Turbo

Whenever you shop around for internet access, you generally run across a plethora of different plans, speeds, bundles, boosters, and extra features. While this can be confusing, most companies explain what option you will need based on what you want to do. Unfortunately, they tend to lie. Lets take AT&T’s U-verse service for example. Currently, on the page showing the different speeds you can purchase, they have a handy chart explaining what speeds you need to purchase in order to utilize those nifty features of the internet you’ve read so much about.

See the related article, The Data Cap Problem, to learn more.

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Gigabytes Vs. Gibibytes

Where Are All My Megabytes At?

If you go to the store and buy a 4 gigabyte flash drive, you will notice it doesn’t show up as 4 gigabytes in your computer*. It shows up as slightly less. You might even get curious and ask someone why this happens? One of the most common response seems to be that part of the storage is taken up by the drive for formatting. I’ve also met people that think that they just try to put 4 gigabytes in, but it can vary. This has to be my favorite answer, because it brings to mind a factory worker who’s just too lazy to keep pouring in bytes from the byte hose on the assembly line before putting on the USB cap. Then, at the end of the day, the janitor sweeps up all the extra bytes that spilled out onto the floor. Unfortunately, neither answer is correct.

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