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Centurylink local trunkline is really really slow right now - Tallahassee Florida

Last week our internet speeds were really, really slow. When I ran the Centuryline speedtest it started out at less than 2 Mbps and dropped to 0.13 - we're paying for 10 Mbps.

I called in to tech support and they ran me through all kinds of tests, reboots, etc with no improvement. Finally they scheduled to have someone come out to check the lines. The guy called and told me to check my speed - it was over 15 Mbps! He said he'd replaced a card in the fiber optic network out our way.

Yesterday the speeds were way down again - 0.71 Mbps. I rebooted the modem and my computer and it got up to 1.49 Mbps. I tried doing a Chat session with their tech support. The first session got cut off; on the second, after a ten minute hold the tech came back and told me I'd have to call in.

So I called. After explaining the problem as a repeated experience for the third time last night, retesting the speed, bringing down an ancient Vista laptop from the attic and hooking it up, testing the speed yet again, the tech finally told me what was going on.

The trunkline that connects the internet for the entire Tallahassee region has issues. The fiber optic card that was replaced last week was an effort to repair it - those card cost $275,000 (!) so they don't want to keep replacing them on the off chance another one is the problem.

They hope to have it fixed by next week but the tech I spoke to was pessimistic. He said they've over sold their high speed internet and the trunkline needs to be upgraded to handle the load.

I'm paying for TV and 10 Mbps broadband coming through those lines. I'm supposed to get at least 80% of that speed. On a good day I can hit 20 Mbps especially if I'm the only one home and I'm watching DVR rather than TV coming in on the same line - with the TV and internet we have we're supposed to get combined 25 Mbps.

TV has been crappy - lots of pixelization and frozen pictures. If this problem continues, I'm going to ask for a partial credit!

Judge Blocks New Florida 24-Hour Abortion Wait Law

Source: WCTV via Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida judge is blocking a new state law that requires women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion.

Chief Circuit Judge Charles Francis on Tuesday blocked the law one day before it was scheduled to take effect.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida and the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit after Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed it into law. They argued that the law violates the right to privacy guaranteed in the state constitution by interfering with the right of women to undergo the procedure.

Francis wrote that state officials had not given any evidence to show why the new law is not a burden on privacy rights. He said it did not matter that other states have a similar law since Florida's right of privacy is broader.

Read more: http://www.wctv.tv/news/headlines/Judge-Blocks-New-Florida-Law-that-Delays-Abortions-311012771.html



Short article - no more at link.

Any preferences on laptop brands?

My husband's laptop keeps crashing even with a clean installation of Windows 7, all new drivers, nothing else loaded. We pretty much convinced it's a hardware issue - on a 4-5 year old computer bought refurbished, and used heavily for four years, that's not too surprising.

This week lots of places have computers on sale. I'm looking at some Toshiba Satellite C70 series laptops that with the sale prices are under $400. They all have 17.3" screens (something my husband would be thrilled to have), 6-8GB RAM, and 500-750GB hard drives. Two are AMD, one is Intel.

The price seems good and the reviews are pretty good.

Any other brands I should check out?

Judge STARTS the hearing with calling shooter's family victims



No link - just now live.

Wow - NAACP President Cornell Brooks just gave a GREAT speech

Saying that it was not just a lone shooter, it was a domestic terrorist.

(He also said that the shooter asked for Rev. Clementa Pinckney by name - which raises this in my opinion to an assassination as well as a hate crime.)

No link or video, but I expect video of the speech will be online soon. It's worth watching.

Fresh installation of Windows 7 on an Acer laptop

Restoring the computer to the factory conditions failed - I got a copy of the Windows 7 DVD from a friend to match the Windows key on the computer. So my plan was to install a completely fresh, unencumbered copy of Windows.

But I didn't wipe out the hidden recovery partition where the system restore is supposed to be. I don't see that I need to keep that partition - the recovery files were corrupted or damaged so they wouldn't either repair or restore the OS. And now that I have Windows on DVD to use for this system, I don't see that I would need to recover the system using a recovery partition in the future.

Plus, when I boot the computer, it seems to see two copies of Windows 7 and wants me to select between them on every boot. At this point, I think I need to start over, reformat the hard drive completely and reinstall Windows from scratch. I've only installed a few drivers so far, so there wouldn't be much lost by starting over.

Does this sound like a good plan?

TRIPLE CROWN WINNER - American Pharoh wins the Belmont!

Just now!

"Labor Minute" - short recordings about labor on WFSU-FM

A friend has recorded some of these segments and I thought they might be of interest here.

Labor Minute broadcast each Wednesday at 3:04pm on 88.9 WFSU-FM. Sponsored by the United Faculty of Florida, Labor Minute shares stories of the American Labor movement, including the challenges and success of American workers. Labor Minute is also sponsored in part by the Florida AFL-CIO and the Big Bend Labor Chapter.
https://wfsu.org/minutes-and-moments/index.php?minuteid=18

External harddrives not interchangeable between Windows & Mac?

I'm going to be scanning slides for my sister and had planned to save the images to an external hard drive. I just starting shopping for them and I think I've found a problem. She uses a Mac; I use Windows 7.

Her husband has a Windows (7 or 8, not sure which) laptop but I don't think they have any way to network the two computers or transfer stuff directly from one to the other.

Does this mean that if I get a hard drive that works on my computer she cannot access it on her Mac?

If it will not work, I'll have to figure out how to transfer several thousand images some other way.

Trying to decide between two Epson Photo scanners

After a discussion a while back about various photos scanners I evaluated what I might need if I could upgrade. Well, my sister wants several thousand slides scanned so I told her if she bought me a better scanner I'd do the job for her.

Currently I have an Epson Perfection V500. It works fine but I have a number of old negatives that are too large for the Epson film holders and software. I bought VueScan to overcome the software limitations and devised a method of holding the negatives in the scanner (acetate transparency sheets work very nicely to hold slightly curled negatives flat) but for the larger negatives I still have to stitch multiple scans together and that takes a lot of time that could be spent scanning.

One member here recommended wet mounting which would require purchasing a pro level scanner. I've looked at the technique and with the limited number of negatives that might benefit and with my setup (which lacks good ventilation) I don't want to hassle with it.

This leaves me with the choice between an Epson Perfection V700 Photo - Refurbished - for $415 from the Epson store with free shipping or the new model Epson Perfection V800 Photo currently on Amazon for $666.99 from Epson with free shipping. For $150 difference I can get the newest version - it's very tempting! Both come with LaserSoft Silverfast. The V700 comes with Adobe PhotoShop Elements, but I own a copy of that and I have the full PhotoShop CS6 so I don't need it.

The V750 is still available - for more money. And the V850 is out, again for much more money and the only advantage it seems to have is two of each of the film holders - not worth the big increase in price in my opinion.

Any comments or suggestions from anyone?
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