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    Verizon - Now even more awesome

    I'm keeping my unlimited plan and paying full price for a new phone every year. It sounds crazy, but I live in the country and LTE is available. The fastest Internet package is 6Mbps and my LTE pulls 8-15Mbps. I signed up for a fantastic plan with my wife a couple of years ago, 1400 min...
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    Got Lucky!

    Apparently this MBA was originally purchased on Nov. 23rd (Black Friday) and was probably returned after Christmas since it was a base model. No telling how long it sat in the open-case bin but the BB employee told me that they marked it as missing cables and with a scratch to get the price...
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    Got Lucky!

    Regardless it's a great deal to get a MBA for 37.5% off.
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    Galaxy Note 2, whose getting one?

    Coming from a VZW Galaxy Nexus I find that the Note 2 is refreshing. The battery life is excellent, reception is amazing, and the phone runs much cooler than my old Nexus. The phone is large, but that's the only negative I have and it's not much of a negative. It's a huge positive when...
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    Got Lucky!

    I did and got an additional $75 back in my pocket! What an incredible deal!
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    Got Lucky!

    I just found the form, wonder if I can talk them into a price match since it was so close to the sale?
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    Got Lucky!

    On occasion lol
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    Got Lucky!

    That's what I told my wife, 30% off an Apple product is a sweet deal. If storage is an issue I can pick up an OWC SSD, but like you said for my use-case this shouldn't be an issue. If I had replaced my MBP I would have waited for the refresh and opted for 8GB (16 if possible/cost...
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    Digi Cam Poll: What Digital Camera do you use?

    I recently sold my entire Canon lot because it was collecting dust. I've been using the following: - Fujifilm X-Pro 1 - 18mm f2.0 - 35mm f1.4 Last week I pre-ordered the X100s and can't wait to get it. (previous Canon gear - 7D, 70-200 2.8 II IS, 24-105L, 40mm f2.8, and Sigma 30mm...
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    Got Lucky!

    I have debated over whether I should get an 11" MBA for portability and power. I don't need to much power, just for some document creation, light photo editing, & web browsing. The price tag is steep so I considered a refurbished unit. I still wasn't happy with the price, but yesterday I...
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    Linux on a Mac

    Parallels and VMWare Fusion student editions are cheap enough too. I just haven't had great luck with Virtual Box. I used Fusion when I first got my Mac, two months before Lion, and VMWare refused to allow me to upgrade. I told them to piss off and got Parallels instead. I'm sure that...
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    Worst Apple product you've ever owned?

    60GB 1st gen iPod Video. It was cool in it's day and the hard drive still lives on in an old Acer Aspire One but the screen was too small and had terrible viewing angles. I think it was best used to share photos rather than video.
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    Completed the Apple Conversion

    Took my Intel 120GB SSD out of my desktop and put it in the second drive bay. Why spend another $200? My desktop is designated to storage and scanning these days.
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    Completed the Apple Conversion

    It is nice to just have something that works, but there is a part of me that wants to tinker. I'm considering a second 240GB SSD to replace the 750GB in my optical disc spot. That would give me two 240GB drives.
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    Completed the Apple Conversion

    I've noticed that it can get warm, not surprised given the 3.5" hard drive stuffed in there. I have the TC out in the open so air flow is good around it. It doesn't get too hot, but warm enough that I notice.
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    Completed the Apple Conversion

    I've notice a huge increase in range. Loving the TC for tha alone. We actually got $70.00 as an educational discount. Long story short, they told us that the MBA would get $100.00 off for the student discount and they were wrong. They decided to take an additional $50 + the original $20...
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    Completed the Apple Conversion

    The Time Capsule is still in bridged mode, but it is connected to the DD-WRT router. QoS lives, so much for simplicity.
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    Completed the Apple Conversion

    I debated it for months, and finally decided that I loved the simplicity of it. However, I'm starting to have second thoughts. My E2000 was running DD-WRT with QoS managing traffic for our Verizon Network Extender. Now I've lost all QoS capabilities and my calls are suffering because of it...
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    Completed the Apple Conversion

    Damn...sorry to hear that. Not sure how the job market is where you live, but it's a mixed bag here. There are a lot of openings, but employers are slow to hire and EXTREMELY particular about the skill set required. The Apple TV works great for us (it's the 2nd generation). We ditched Dish...
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    Completed the Apple Conversion

    The conversion refers to the entire family primarily using Mac products. My PC's will still have a use, my aging C2Q is still very capable. I've had my C2Q for three years and feel that it's plenty fast for me. Ideally I want to keep the PC's setup for a lab environment. Some will be used...
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    Completed the Apple Conversion

    I've been using a Macbook Pro for a little over a year (my first ever) and tonight we purchased a brand new MBA 13" for my wife along with a 2TB Time Capsule. My desktop is pretty much collecting dust as a giant storage box (which is all migrating to a more power efficient solution) and...
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    Managing Wifi/Bandwidth

    Do you have a VLAN set aside for the wireless guest network? It's hard to know the right questions to ask without more information. What router are you using between your network and the DSL hand-off? Are you utilizing VLAN's? What type of QoS are you implementing at the switch? I'll...
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    Network traffic overload

    A port span or port monitor is the way to go with Wireshark / tshark. Just be careful about over subscribing the monitoring interface.
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    Managing Wifi/Bandwidth

    QoS of some sort should be implemented, if anything to give priority to VOIP. Last thing you want is for an emergency call to fail because someone was streaming Lost from Amazon Prime. When you say Cisco AP's do you mean Cisco AP's or are you referring to Linksys rebranded as Cisco? The...
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    10gig network

    +1 You hit the nail on the head, get with the audio vendor and test the solution. The network I manage is entirely Cisco and runs great (10Gb backbone as well). I'd lie if I said it was perfect, but it's much better than any other brand I've managed (HP and Foundry...I will say that HP...
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    Digi Cam Poll: What Digital Camera do you use?

    Canon 7D Sigma 30mm 1.4 (favorite lens) Canon 24-105L f4 IS Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS II Canon 580ex II
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    How is bandwidth counted?

    My 6 Mbps usually gets a little over 5.5Mbps typically and my 768Kbps upstream is usually 768 on the money.
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    SSD upgrade considerations

    I have a MBP 2011 model and already replaced the 750GB hdd with a 120GB Intel 320 SSD. I've downloaded TRIM enabler and turned TRIM support on but do I need to do or consider anything else? I've considered upgrading to a larger SSD, potentially one of the new Intel's which are San Force...
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    MBP won't boot while connected to display port

    It's fully updated...and after my last post it did show symptoms again. It's rather strange, but other than this everything seems to be running great.
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    MBP won't boot while connected to display port

    I just it down like normal, told it not to re-open and it's booting up just fine again. Strange...I hope it continues to work like this. I'm still somewhat worried, hopefully it was just software.
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    MBP won't boot while connected to display port

    really strange...I just shut it down with the option to re-open previously opened apps and it started up just fine with the second display opened.
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    MBP won't boot while connected to display port

    I can easily connect the monitor once it's booted. It works flawlessly without issue. The issue only happens if I try to boot with it connected. I'll see if it responds to a ping or or can be used during that time.
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    MBP won't boot while connected to display port

    Also OSX doesn't open previously opened programs on my system.
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    MBP won't boot while connected to display port

    It shouldn't be because I require a password to login. Two password protected user accounts are on the system.
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    MBP won't boot while connected to display port

    I didn't catch anything on verbose mode. It went from verbose to the blue screen shown below like it was about to load the UI. You can see the outline of icons from my dock and the browser in this image. This doesn't always happen, when it does it's always the last image on my display prior...
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    MBP won't boot while connected to display port

    I'm having a weird issue with my MBP as of late. I recently set it up as my main system...retired my old C2Q desktop as an HTPC/storage server. If I boot my MBP with a second display connected it hangs at a blue screen, the fans kick on high, and that's it. Sometimes I'll see remnants of the...
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    RAID Array problems

    Thanks ;-) At least I have one good idea under my belt lol!
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    RAID Array problems

    I have a UPS but since there's no battery backup on the controller I simply enable write-through. I'm not worried about performance as I am redundancy. I've seen the 2310 as a solid performer at home and at work. We have 32 locations that use the 2310 and have done so for years without any...
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    RAID Array problems

    That card has the same MTBF rating as the 2310, which honestly doesn't bother me because it's the price-point I'm willing to work with. Just trying to decide if I'm scrapping the entire RAID for another setup or if I'll carry on with it as is. Replacing drives and rebuilding array's has always...
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    RAID Array problems

    So lately I've had issues with my RAID 5 Array at home. I'm running the Array on a Highpoint 2310 and have been doing so for roughly 2 years. About a month ago I came home to find the PC beeping. I didn't realize what was going on at the time and just shut it down. Turns out this is a bad...
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