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How Much Bandwidth does a new Apple TV (and Netflix) Take?

Boy, It’s a good thing i tacked on the extra 10 dollars for unlimited bandwidth usage from my ISP  – Rogers!! I was previously told that there would be an initial surge of data while the AppleTV downloaded it’s settings and set it’s caches.  I see no evidence of this, but I do see a “first few days” usage of about 17GB a day due to the “wow” factor and the “new toy” factor. Now we’re settling down into our daily routine and watching 3 or 4 HD shows and…

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The Apple Value Myth – Part 2 – Maybe Worth The Price

It’s Upgrade Time About one and a half years ago, I bought my wife a mid-2012 MacBook Pro.  I chose carefully.  I got her the 2.5GHz i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 120GB SSD drive.  I’ve really glad I did.  The speed to boot and load is outstanding.  I knew that after  a year’s worth of photos and iphone backups she’d be ready for an upgrade in storage.  Sure enough, those warnings she ignored about the drive getting full finally brought the laptop to it’s knees.  The latest automated batch…

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How Long Would a Raspberry Pi Last on AA Batteries?

UPDATE !   I have recently redone the testing with a new method that proved succesful.  Please go to the my new posting How to Test a Raspberry Pi Powered by Alkaline AA Batteries   I really love the Raspberry Pi.  It’s a great platform for someone with limited electronics experience, but much PC experience. When I start to wonder about what kind of invention i would like to make with the RPi, I gravitate to autonomy.  That is, designing a device with the Raspberry Pi centrally, and some peripherals that…

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DropBox Customer Feedback – A Waste of Time and Bad Customer Support

I’m almost sorry to even give DropBox a plug here.  Personally, I don’t believe that a corporate culture is ready for a $2 Billion IPO when they “can’t get back to you this time”. Ouch, they could have been a ten out of ten product for me.   My suggestion was positive and i let them know i had an overwhelming positive experience with their product!   Here’s How DropBox Values it’s Customer’s Feedback: Dropbox Support, Nov 19 07:02 am (PST):Hi,Thanks for writing in. While we’d love to answer every…

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CACTI Tuning – Script to Monitor Cacti Polling Time

One of the most critical points when tuning Cacti is to consider the duration of the polling cycle. It’s important to reduce the amount of time the polling cycle takes for a number of reasons Short polling cycle times result in more avialability of the processor on the system to perform other tasks, such as serving graphs and web pages to the clients Consistently short polling times indicate a lean and trim polling cycle with no thread-hogging or idling. Staying clear of the 300second hard cutoff and avoiding stepping on…

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