Saturday, September 15, 2007

Finally Comcast...

Unsure wether or not I've written about my problems with Comcast in the past, but if not, I've had bandwidth problems since day 1. Basically during high volume times my download speed would be capped at 50 kbps (Kilobytes), out of a normal 1.1 mbps (megabytes), or 8856 kilobits. Now normally with their speed at night, it caps to somewhere around 12000 kilobits. Getting to the point, honestly. Anyway, Comcast has taken some slightly questionable methods of increasing their bandwidth, from limiting torrent traffic, to actually cutting off high downloaders. This apparently has helped tremendously, stabilizing their network to the point where high volume times are almost indistinguishable between normal (Non-speed boost) times. Since I don't download massive amounts of data, and I don't use torrents, this has been nothing but awesome on my end.  However, for those warez monkies out there, your days are numbered, they're really cracking down.

 

While in my opinion this gives a shield of protection over it's users from lawsuits by the disgustingly sue-happy RIAA, it also impedes on some of the rights of the user, which need to be made more clearer on their Terms of Service agreements.

Friday, September 07, 2007

New Poll Opened

Well, I received a few comments on how my guide on getting Gmail to work in Outlook 2007 was helpful, then it dawned on me that my layout isn't exactly printer friendly. In fact, if anyone actually tried to print anything from this blog, it'd probably down about half of their available black printer ink, considering the blog's black on grey color scheme. So that's the subject of my first poll for the forum, I know I have readers, the Google Analytics speaks for itself, and people do regularly read my blog, and I'd like to be as informative and helpful as I possibly can be.

 

If the poll option for creating a printer friendly version wins, I'll create .txt documents attached to each blog post and all the reviews and guides that includes the full unedited article from this blog, as well as the original post date, and links to the pictures. This will be in my opinion a lot easier on inkjet printers and it'll allow readers to print a copy out to keep for a rainy day.

 

I'd also like to extend a personal thank you for reading my blog, and responding in such a positive manner in regards to my articles. It means a lot.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

New Windows Live Suite Released

Today Microsoft unveiled a whole bunch of new releases centered around Windows Live. Included in this bunch are final versions of Windows Live Writer and Windows Live Messenger. A particular feature that I'm honestly happy about is the added support for Blogger's images inside of WLW, before this wasn't possible and would just error out. Anyway, to the pictures. :)

 

Windows Live Messenger

WLM WLMabout

Windows Live Writer

 

wlw

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Rant-Space Browser Statistics


Interesting to see that most of the users that do browse Rant-Space do it using Firefox. My blogs are directly linked to AeroXP, and Neowin.net, with most of the visitors coming from AeroXP itself. This information was obtained by Google Analytics, which was suggested to me by a fellow AeroXP community member to keep a general idea of how many people visit and read my blog.