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Is Passpoint HotSpot 2.0?

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Sky Dayton

Sky Dayton seems to believe it is, and I don’t see any reason to doubt him, as long as the adoption is there.

In the technical sense, Hotspot 2.0 is the specification and Passpoint is the trademarked branding the Wi-Fi Alliance is using for certified devices. So I’m using 2.0 moniker loosely…

Clearly demand is outstripping availability of available bandwidth on wireless networks, the ability to ‘roam’ on to WiFi hotspots with seamless voice/data sounds like a great way to solve the problem for both carriers and users. Standards appear to now have been in place for a couple years, adoption is now the key to it’s success.

An interesting read…

http://www.skydayton.com/skydayton/2014/5/21/catching-the-next-wi-fi-wave


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Safari
Safari

Only took 12 months for the keyboard scrolling interrupt bug to finally get what was coming to it. At least 7 geeks world wide rejoice now that they can scroll complex long vertical pages in Safari with their key repeat set to overdrive. Actually, i’m sure a few non-geeks with older machines are probably thinking ‘hmm this seems a little faster’ too.

Either way, I’m glad it’s fixed, it was really annoying me forever.

Update: So it seems to be fixed on both my Mac Intel Mini and my G5 Tower, but oddly still not fixed on my brand new MacbookPro. All I have to say is…REALLY? Really…i mean seriously really?

Watching my G5 scroll faster than my i7 is just disturbing.


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DSL Reports Speedtest

DSL Reports Speedtest

So got my new 35/35 service running and apparently we’re getting close to the maximum upload. Verizon had called me on the upgrade date and told me that I would only get 29mbit upload because the ONT at the house wasn’t capable of more. He offered to send a tech out to replace it, so I said “sure”. The tech came out today and basically said he wasn’t aware of any speed difference on the other ONT’s. He called his boss and he said the guy I talked to was misinformed because the 611/612 ONT’s are all pretty much the same (just different port configuration and MOCA support) and won’t go any faster than my 610.

The second thing he said was they only guarantee 75% of the claimed speed (which is 26.25mbit) so there really isn’t much of an option at this point. I guess I’ll be satisfied for now, but I’m a bit miffed that they said they could fix it and now they can’t or won’t now.

I just wished the sales/service people who called you would actually not make promises they can’t keep. I think they continue to have a shortage of highly qualified guys.
I tried to do some searching for the AFC AccessMax SFH ONT 610X specifications, but I couldn’t find any useful data.

My old gallery of my FIOS Installation in case anyone is interested.

UPDATE 1/22/10:So my wife just reported that Verizon called back and DID claim it was an equipment problem and will be sending techs back on saturday to fix it (shaking head). Big company communication fun, I have no idea, I’ll update again Saturday.


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this is fios, this is big

This is FIOS. This is BIG.


The good news is the latest bundles as of 1/17/2010 while not great for everyone, are a good upgrade for me. Something changed last month and my bill was $10 up so it all coincides well for a change of plan. I’ll end up saving a few bucks a month while getting 35/35mbit service (up from 20/20) and a few extra FIOS TV channels. The bad news (and its not new news) is the Wi-fi hotspot joke they claim you get.

Verizon Wi-Fi is not available for PDAs, phones, desktop PCs or Macs.
In fact 64-bit Windows need not apply as well. It is ONLY available for 32-bit vista/xp. This is just ridiculous, wifi access is built on all open standards. It’s purely a marketing/business decision to alienate all of the PDAs, phones, Macs, etc…

It amazes me how Verizon can wave the Network Neutrality Flag and yet at the same time not offer any access to all to various devices. So, its network neutrality, as long as you’re the type of device we think deserves it.

The ugly? Well, the $1.99 mysterious fee is still an unknown factor and ETF’s have doubled on both FIOS and Wireless up to $350 and $360 respectively. FIOS prorates at $15/month and wireless is oddly $10/month which will leave a hefty chunk even at the end.

They continue to be my most hated/loved company. FIOS and FIOS TV are unparalleled, the wireless on the other hand? Well, lets just say I won’t be a quad-play subscriber any time soon.


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Busy, Delicious, iPhone, Misc…

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

So I’ve been busy updating my programming skills by learning and creating an app for the iPhone. So I’ve not had a lot of time to actually post anything for awhile. But, I have started using del.icio.us as a way to post some interesting links that I don’t have the time to write about or post here…I was thinking of using the ‘press this’ thing here, but, that’s just going to create a bunch of posts and I’d prefer to keep some sort of quality standards.

So for fun random links I find interesting…

http://delicious.com/jriskin


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TinEye

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Tineye.com

Tineye.com

I almost didn’t want to share this site with others because it’s so great! I’ve been using it since the early beta and it went public sometime earlier this year. Tineye is a ‘reverse’ image search. So you feed it an image and then it finds that image on other sites. But, its even better, it will still work if the image is cropped, sized etc… I’ll let them describe it…

TinEye is a reverse image search engine. You can submit an image to TinEye to find out where it came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or to find higher resolution versions. TinEye is the first image search engine on the web to use image identification technology rather than keywords, metadata or watermarks.

They have indexed over 1billion images and I’m sure that number is going to grow rapidly.

Example: Here is an image of britney and all the other possible sources.

Uses:

Identification: Can’t figure out who someone is? Often with a few links to other areas, their name will be mentioned, or in the file name, or in the other images.
Validation: Is someone seem too good to be true on that dating site? Suspec that myspace profile is fake?
Copyright: Is someone using your image?
Quality: Need a larger source image for your wallpaper, print project, or artwork? Maybe you just want to see a larger/cleaner image from some blog post that has been reblogged so many times all you can see is the thumbnail.

Go check it out, it’s one of my favorite new sites of 2009.


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WordPress 2.6

Sunday, September 14th, 2008
Wordpress
WordPress

So, I finally decided to clean up this site and upgrade WordPress. Unfortunately, that took lot more effort than I ever anticipated. Apparently, 2.5 was a major restructuring of how things work. That would be fine for the average user but I’ve made many customizations and optimizations over the years and it took quite a bit of recoding to make it work in the new system.

The good news is that the new system has a much better layout for customizing pages that I can see will make upgrading in the future much easier. Everything seems isolated in the themes folder under your specific theme. I still have a few things that I should probably clean up in the main directory but, I’m already 20 hours or more in and I don’t feel like coding anymore. At least comments, rss, etc… are all working again. Although, there will probably be a few missing layouts…


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