Daily Archives: January 3, 2018

For The 1st Time In 3 Years Metrocast Does NOT Bump Up Its High-Speed Internet Speed; Stays At 150Mbps.

by Anura Guruge

I started using Metrocast’s high-speed Internet service in January 2015 when they started offering 75Mbps downloads. I could NOT resist. I had been using TWO (2) TDS Fiber lines to the house, each at its maximum 15Mbps speed, to get a total of 30Mbps. So, by going to Metrocast I got 2.5 x MORE. [I ended up keeping one of the TDS 15Mbps to give me redundancy (i.e., backup).]

In January 2016, WITHOUT a price increase, or even notifying me, they bumped up the speed to 105/110Mbps. I ecstatic. Wow. From 30Mbps –> 110Mbps in 12 months.

Then in January 2017, I saw 160Mbps. Again WITHOUT a price hike. Just Metrocast increasing speeds to keep up with TDS competition.

Over the Summer the 160Mbps dropped to 150Mbps and it has stayed FIRM since then. I can’t complain. I wasn’t paying for 160Mbps.

So, given this track record I expected a further bump NOW — January 2018.

NOPE. Nada. Nothing.

Solid at 150Mbps.

I am a bit disappointed. But, I have been planning to upgrade to TDS’ 1 Gigabit service — albeit keeping Metrocast, at a lower speed, for redundancy.

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by Anura Guruge

The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 2) + 6 Also-Rans — January 3, 2018.

by Anura Guruge

NO post-processing whatsoever.

Taken with my new Google Pixel 2 Phone.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.

The also rans:

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by Anura Guruge

One Christmas Tree Already Denuded & Planted In The Snow — 4 Days Ahead Of Epiphany 2018.

by Anura Guruge

Today, January 2, 2018.

Christmas Day, 2017.

This is a RECORD first.

We are never this early in getting rid of the two Christmas trees — the third is artificial, and gets packed away.

As a Brit I am into the 12-days of Christmas tradition, with Epiphany, and January 6 as the last day by which to take down Christmas trees. Most years we are scrambling on January 6 to get this done.

This year was different. The trees were bothering our eyes. We had to look that up. Yes, Christmas trees can have LOTS of allergens, especially those that irritate eyes — especially in a household of contact lens wearers. Plus, this tree, despite getting watered daily had got very dry and brittle and we already have friends that have DIED from a Christmas tree fire — 3 years ago!

So, out it went.

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by Anura Guruge