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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Warning , Warning , Beware Spectrum ! !
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Sunday, October 08, 2017 10:12 AM

Oh Boy :

   I have had to do , it seems , a hundred maneuvers to get here this morning . As most of you are probably aware . Time warner cable was Bought-out By Spectrum .On a daily basis they've been insidiously changing the way we sign in and where we go . No More blank space on the home page to get to write in where I want go .

   Instead I have to log out and wander over to Google and come in through my Goggle E-Mail back door. This for one who has few computer skills is aggravating .Sure I can post here and at Scale Auto . But normal stuff I don't know how . Like pictures .So to be able talk , even on line is better than anything else . I am thankful every day for the folks on both sites .     Tanker Builder

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  • From: Outside The Box
Posted by Hunter on Sunday, October 08, 2017 10:28 AM

Sorry to hear that T-B...and they said it would make our lives easier...yeah right Confused

Hunter 

      

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Posted by Marcus McBean on Sunday, October 08, 2017 11:22 AM

Doc,

I haven't forgotten about us getting together about how to post pictures.  Send me a message on what your schedule is like and lets meet.  My weekend schedule is open after October 22nd.

Mark

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, October 08, 2017 12:22 PM

That sounds funny.  What browser are you using?

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, October 08, 2017 12:26 PM

I have Spectrum and things are ok. May be your browser settings? Maybe something was accidentally changed In the settings?

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Sunday, October 08, 2017 12:26 PM

I don’t use Spectrum as my home page nor I use their email account. You can use whatever site you like as your homepage. It’s easy to set your page as your preferred homepage.

I set my homepage to MSN and my email is through Netzero after I ditched AOL years ago. Who says you’re stuck with Spectrum when it comes to a homepage or email? 

As PJ has mentioned, check your settings.

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Sunday, October 08, 2017 3:17 PM

Tanker, we have the Spectrum monopoly here in Winter Park and their service is way beyond atrocious! When we are trying to watch television, the signal degrades at random times presenting nothing but a digital pixelated mess on the screen. As far as internet is concerned, the service is just OK, but way, way too expensive. I guess the powers that be at Spectrum need to buy gas for their Bentleys and we, the customers, need to pay for that gasoline for them.

The City of Winter Park is pushing Spectrum's back up against the wall though. Winter Park has informed Spectrum that the city is deciding to lay their fiber optic cable and disconnect from Spectrum. Spectrum is begging for mercy. Yeah, like Spectrum shows their customers any mercy or latitude. Yay for local government actually doing something for their constituency! Yay for a big communications monopoly getting a big kick in the butt.

Everytime some company buys one of their competitors, the market shrinks, prices go up, and service is degraded. The giant corporate monopolies call it progress. We, the customers, call it getting the shaft.

When I first moved to Florida, back in the 70s, and subscribed to cable television, there were a dozen cable companies in Florida. Competition was fierce and prices were good and so was service. Then companies began buying each other out and here we are today. No free market, just monopolies calling the shots.

Tanker, I hope you are able to resolve your cable/internet issues. Spectrum isn't very responsive and trying to contact a living, breathing person to complain to at Spectrum is an all day job with little or no reward. Good luck, my friend.

My rant is over.

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Sunday, October 08, 2017 6:33 PM

fotofrank

Tanker, we have the Spectrum monopoly here in Winter Park and their service is way beyond atrocious! When we are trying to watch television, the signal degrades at random times presenting nothing but a digital pixelated mess on the screen. As far as internet is concerned, the service is just OK, but way, way too expensive. I guess the powers that be at Spectrum need to buy gas for their Bentleys and we, the customers, need to pay for that gasoline for them.

The City of Winter Park is pushing Spectrum's back up against the wall though. Winter Park has informed Spectrum that the city is deciding to lay their fiber optic cable and disconnect from Spectrum. Spectrum is begging for mercy. Yeah, like Spectrum shows their customers any mercy or latitude. Yay for local government actually doing something for their constituency! Yay for a big communications monopoly getting a big kick in the butt.

Everytime some company buys one of their competitors, the market shrinks, prices go up, and service is degraded. The giant corporate monopolies call it progress. We, the customers, call it getting the shaft.

When I first moved to Florida, back in the 70s, and subscribed to cable television, there were a dozen cable companies in Florida. Competition was fierce and prices were good and so was service. Then companies began buying each other out and here we are today. No free market, just monopolies calling the shots.

Tanker, I hope you are able to resolve your cable/internet issues. Spectrum isn't very responsive and trying to contact a living, breathing person to complain to at Spectrum is an all day job with little or no reward. Good luck, my friend.

My rant is over.

 

 

Name one cable company that’s fair to the consumer.....

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Sunday, October 08, 2017 8:08 PM

There aren't any anymore. There might have been thirty years ago, but certainly not today.

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  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, October 08, 2017 10:15 PM

I use Comcast/Xfinity and have no problems. Likewise, I do not use their default homepage or email. As a matter of fact, I still use an old Hotmail email I started in 1998 and an AOL email from 1996. It's been linked to my eBay for 21 years.

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Posted by Retired In Kalifornia on Sunday, October 08, 2017 11:16 PM

I've been on Internet since January 1997 starting with AOL Dial-Up over IBM OS/2 Warp 4 loaded on PC I'd built back when did so for fun & next to no profit. Comcast Internet & Telephone only currently, get by OK - for now. ATT also available but cabling isn't going to be updated.

A "blank" web page is my default; intensly dislike audio ads coming on visiting websites particularly the news kind; bogus malware infection messages everywhere now, Windows Task Manager always at ready to shut them down.

 

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Monday, October 09, 2017 6:41 AM

According to the news last night, AOL will be no more in December 2017.

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/06/technology/aol-aim-shut-down.html

 

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, October 09, 2017 8:37 AM

Does Spectrum require their own unique browser, or can you use any browser you wish?

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Marcus McBean on Monday, October 09, 2017 9:01 AM

You can use any browser.  My prefer browser is Firefox.

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, October 09, 2017 9:27 AM

Hi Guys;

 Mark and Don . I took a little time to figure out what you meant by Browser . I have Firefox and Google Chrome now . That's how I got here today . I am going to ask my LandLady's daughter how to change my Homepage to try and simplify this Spectrum mess . T.B.

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, October 09, 2017 9:34 AM

 Mark ;

 I will be busy too during that time .We have The Train Show at the end of October and then there's Wassailfest and Santa at the Station etc . How about December 2 at the Station? I will bring my Laptop and we can deal with that before we do pictures . My camera is in the shop along with the card in it .

 I have another somewhere .I can't find it .My landlady decided to paint my quarters while I was in Hospital for the heart surgery . Now I can't find nuttin '. Nice gift though .T.B. Call me on this number 830-214-3123

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Monday, October 09, 2017 9:49 AM

BlackSheepTwoOneFour

According to the news last night, AOL will be no more in December 2017.

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/06/technology/aol-aim-shut-down.html

 

 

That's just the old chat program, AOL Instant Messaging, aka AIM. Now that virtually  everyone over the age of 13 has a cellphone, texting, snap chat, twitter, instagram have become more effective ways to communicate between friends. AIM was designed when chatting between people sitting at desktop PCs was at its infancy.

I have memories of my now 32 year old son in the basement of our quarters on Fort Knox instant messaging at all hours of the night. Knucklehead wasn't smart enough to disable the chime for incoming AIM messages. After a couple nights of that chime keeping me up, I'd disable the modem by pulling the AC power plug and locking it up at night.

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 8:57 AM

The browser determines what the address window will look like. It may vary from browser to browser.

Also, here is a little tip to using the web.  Many people do not bother with the address window, since you must be exact with the address- spelling, punctuation, etc.  So, they just google the company or name of the website.  But, there are nefarious people on the internet who create web pages with addresses just like a popular site, but with possible mis-spellings, or with the .com replaced by .net, or some such alteration. These sites will show up on a google search, and if you are not careful and notice these alternations, you will go to that fake site, and these sites are not created with the best of intentions, if you know what I mean.  Much safer to use the address window.

In order to save typing, once you get to the correct site, you can use the bookmarks, or favorites or whatever the browser calls the place where you can store your favorite websites.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Marcus McBean on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 7:24 PM

Tanker - Builder

 Mark ;

 I will be busy too during that time .We have The Train Show at the end of October and then there's Wassailfest and Santa at the Station etc . How about December 2 at the Station? I will bring my Laptop and we can deal with that before we do pictures . My camera is in the shop along with the card in it .

 I have another somewhere .I can't find it .My landlady decided to paint my quarters while I was in Hospital for the heart surgery . Now I can't find nuttin '. Nice gift though .T.B.

 

Doc,

I can meet up with you on December 2nd at the station right when it opens.  Does the station have Wi-Fi?

Mark

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Thursday, October 12, 2017 11:27 AM

Hi , Marcus !

 In answer to your question , Yessir ! It is a Wi-Fi location . T.B.

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Posted by Marcus McBean on Thursday, October 12, 2017 3:47 PM

Doc,

See you on December 2nd.  Does your camera have a cable that will plug into the laptop?

Mark

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 10:42 AM

Hi , Mr , McBean :

 LOL.

 No Mark It doesn't and remember it is in the shop anyway .Broken Lens stuff . We'll have to work from My I-Phone album .

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