D-Link‘s EBR-2310 Wired Router is total crap. I bought it for a relative, set it up and figured things were good. Once I left town, they kept having connectivity issues and I was unable to return it in time. It’s been nothing but crap. There is no new firmware for the router. The last firmware version was 2.01. Hardware Version is B1. D-Link put out garbage and never bothered to fix it, I will never buy another D-Link router again.
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Cricket competes in each local market to be the cheapest compared to the Big Cellular Plan Carriers (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint). That’s why they always ask for your zip code. So in one city their cheapest plan might be $35 a month and in another they are $45 depending on the competition. It’s smart for maximizing their profits while providing a good offer.
But if you are really looking for the cheap cell phone plan, you might try one of the following instead. Just keep in mind, they might end up costing more if you use a lot of data. But if you just want to make calls, text, multimedia text (picture/video), these plans are great to check out.
- Consumer Cellular – Plans starting at $10 a month, but nothing unlimited
- H2O Wireless – Plans starting at $10 a month, they also some unlimited plans (with data caps)
- Kajeet – Promoted as Smartphones for Kids. Plans start at $4.99 a month and go up with some unlimited features
- Net10 – Their plans vary, so its best to review them on their website.
- Page Plus Cellular – Plans starting at $10 a month, they also some unlimited plans (with data caps)
- PTel Mobile (PlatinumTel) – Their plans vary, so its best to review them on their website.
- Ready Mobile PCS – Their plans vary, so its best to review them on their website.
- Red Pocket Mobile – Plans starting at $19.99 a month, they also some unlimited plans (with data caps) and offer Pay-As-You-Go Plans.
- Simple Mobile – Their plans vary, so its best to review them on their website.
- Total Call Mobile – Their plans vary, so its best to review them on their website.
- Republic Wireless – Unlimited Plans starting at $19 a month
- GoSmart Mobile – Seems to be owned by T-Mobile. Plans starting at $30 a month.
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I signed up to use the paperless Time Warner Cable‘s Recurring Auto-Payment system online, thinking it might save me time from making payments by check or even one at a time online. I signed up for this before my statement was due and before the statement date, yet it wasn’t put in place until the next month. I had put my trust in the system that it would pay that month’s statement, yet it didn’t. Then when the next month’s statement came it charged me a late fee and that’s when I discovered it had not paid last month’s statement. Granted I got everything cleared up in their support chat (the phone line was a worthless automated operator I could not get past even pressing zero), but seriously this should not be a problem for such a big company. I’m sure I’m not the only one to have experienced this issue.
And while I’m at this rant, Why is internet still $49 a month in 2013?
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I don’t understand why Yelp is so popular. Sure it has reviews on lots of places but the fact so many valid reviews get “filtered” or removed is ridiculous. You don’t see that kind of stuff taking place on Amazon. Business owners might feel more vindicated to “protect” themselves online, but I think its dismissing customers and people that feel a business is lacking. In my opinion online reviews that are invalid are probably a lot rarely than Yelp thinks. Anyone know of a business that has a ton of filtered reviews?
I was able to find this one business that currently has 60 filtered reviews and the 7 that aren’t right now are not that much better.
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Meetup is a growing social network. Unlike other social networking sites, it’s purpose is to get offline and do things with people. However, it does have some issues.
- Emails are great for getting updated on new meetups scheduled, new groups announced, new comments, new photos uploaded and so on. But they really need to be consolidated more. They recently made some changes to try to consolidate the comments more, but they need some more consolidation.
- The “like” button has no real purpose. I don’t care if someone likes my comment. Not only that it sends me another email to let me know.
- Comment boxes without submit buttons are not good. I’ve seen too many people hit enter hoping to make a new line and then it just submits the comment. So they end up having to type another comment.
- No Shows are a big issue. If you’ve ever organized or hosted a group, you know how it is. Some groups have a 50% turnout for events. I’ve seen an event that had 18 people signed up and all changed to “no” 30 minutes prior. I know some people use Meetup as an alternative for a boring day. One organizer told me to never post an event you wouldn’t go to alone, just in case others don’t show up. This person also told me that she would not host events at restaurants or other places, because too often she would call with a number of guests and then many wouldn’t show up and make them and the group look bad. Meetup really needs a way to implement a system of 3-5 no-shows and you are automatically removed from a group. You can mark people as “No Show” but it doesn’t let you do anything with that information. At least they got rid of the “maybe” RSVP option they used to have.
- If “inactive members” haven’t shown up to any events for say 3-6 months and the group has had several events during that time, it would be nice if we could purge those members out easily. Of course the wording for doing so would have to be just right. After all what use is a group with 2000 members if only like 200 are really active?
- There should be an option to require payment to join a group before you can even join it. I know meetup relies on organizers to pay for the group and then have them basically have it for free for members.
No Shows are probably the biggest issue. In order to have a big group, you almost have to make it free for people to join and hope a few will throw in a few bucks to keep the organizer from having to pay Meetup $15 a month or $72 for 6 months to keep the group.