Dell 30″ Monitor!

Is it wrong to lust after this?

The Dell UltraSharp 3007WFP 30-inch Wide-screen Flat Panel LCD Monitor is a wide aspect desktop display that enriches the performance of LCD displays with a stylish design and enhanced functionality. The 3007WFP wide aspect LCD has WQXGA resolution of 2560×1600 pixels and also provides 11 ms (grey-to-grey) response time to enable crisp clear images when using the display for fast motion video. The 3007WFP is optimized for video editing, pre-press editing, 3D modeling, CAD, visualization, digital photography and gamers. With 4 USB 2.0 ports, 2 located on the side, the 3007WFP gives users convenient access points to plug in devices such as keyboards, digital cameras, secondary hard drives and printers. An integrated 9-in-2 multimedia card reader allows easy access to download photos or files. With 3.54 inches (90 mm) of height adjustment virtually every user can adjust the display to their exact comfort level and help reduce eye and neck strain. This Flat Panel LCD Monitor comes with a 3-Year Advance Exchange Service

 

AT&T CallVantage

Well the verdict on VOIP with AT&T is that it’s well worth it. Except for one outage with our broadband….COMCRAP….err…I mean Comcast, the phone works like a champ. I will run some tests to see how much bandwidth the phone actually needs and post my results here.

This leads me to my other gripe about Comcast. I’ve worked on a help desk before in both a Level 1 and a Level 2 capacity, so I know what I’m talking about. When you’re not going to give your Level 1 (first line of defense) ‘technicians’ (and I use that term lightly) access to any quality information, why have them at all? Last Saturday (3/12/05) we suffered an outage of our internet. Cable tv worked great. Internet? Not so great. After doing the usual troubleshooting on my end, rebooting my various routers, my cable modem, my computer, etc… I waited. I usually wait a few hours to see if the problem clears itself. Yes, that’s right! I call Comcast as a last resort. Pretty sad when I pay them close to $50 a month for this service and I can’t ever get anything useful out of their ‘techs’.

I finally decided to call after my internet connection was down for a couple of hours. Which meant that we had to leave our house because our cell phones don’t work in our house or on our block. My wife spoke to the ‘technician’. My wife asked the ‘technician’ a very simple question, “Are there any reported outages in our area?”. The ‘technicians’ answer? No.

Now getting back home, I decided to reboot everything again and again no internet. During the next 5 minutes, I was able to get sporadic web pages to show up which meant the service was going up and down. I was able to get to comcast.net and find their network health page buried inside of the site. What do you think I found there? That’s right! A network outage affecting Portland/Beaverton. WTF?? Are you telling me that the ‘technician’ my wife had on the phone doesn’t have access to the same #$%@! information that I got on your !#%%#^&#@ webpage???

Believe me, if I had another choice that wasn’t DSL, I’d be gone. Are you listening Comcast??

Ciao….

 

VOIP

Voice over IP. There are at least a dozen or so carriers of this emerging business. I really wanted Vonage, but they don’t have my local area code, which means that friends would have to make long distance calls to us even though they’re in the same city. NOT gonna work and I didn’t want Vonage bad enough to wait. So, we opted for AT&T CallVantage and we couldn’t be happier. The telephone adapter showed up 3 days after ordering and the DLink VOIP Gateway was a breeze to setup. It did require a visit to it’s browser based interface to make it fit into my home IP range but after that….EASY!The next part (testing) was just as easy. Picked up the telephone and dialed a few long distance numbers and I have to say that the sound quality is better than ANY POTS phone I’ve ever had. There is no delay….no echo….no pops or clicks…just great voice quality. I was pleasantly surprised!

911 dialing (how it works should be a concern to everyone) is still not like a traditional E911 center (ie: location information isn’t automatic) so ATT still suggests that the first information you provide 911 is your address.

  • When you dial 911 using AT&T CallVantage Service, your call may be routed to a different dispatcher than that used for traditional wireline 911 calls. Calls dialed to 911 will be routed to a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) center or other PSAP or local or regional center designated for wireless services associated with the service address you provided when you signed up, or other backup emergency answering services.
  • In order for 911 Emergency Dialing to work properly, the service address we have on file for you MUST correspond to the physical location of your AT&T CallVantage Service phone. This will enable us to accurately identify your emergency Public Safety Answering Point and correctly route your call. You cannot specify a PO Box.
  • If you relocate your AT&T CallVantage Service phone on a temporary basis, such as taking your Telephone Adapter (TA) with you when you go to a vacation home, you MUST use a DIFFERENT telephone to dial 911 from your new location. If you dial 911 from your AT&T CallVantage Service phone and you are not at your physical service address location, we will not be able to route your call to the appropriate emergency operator.

That being said, I’m not too worried about 911 services as I’ve been using cell phones exclusively for the last 4 years.

I’ll be posting my experiences after 1 month of having this service……..