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2012-12-25 08:52:35 AM

valkore: Fat-D: Welcome to the cloud

Remember business executives: If all of your IT is in The Cloud, then you don't have to worry about anything going down, ever! Or performance issues cropping up, ever! Or security concerns, ever! Or integration with other systems, ever! Or data portability problems if you decide to move to another service, ever! But why would you want to move your service from The Cloud? The Cloud makes sure everything is always good, without having to pay those pesky in-house IT geeks, ever! What do they know, anyways?


Our CIO is always hyping the Cloud saying we will save our corporate monies, so he is greenlighting every new software project as long as we promise to use the Cloud instead of our in house data centers. Problem is, nobody has ever really looked at how much it costs to spin up servers and storage in house so there is no apples to apples comparison. Two years from now our BOD will see massive spend on "The Cloud" and fire his ass.
 
2012-12-25 08:57:47 AM

largedon: That explains why our Roku kept saying there was a connection problem. I thought it wasn't connecting to the house wifi. Was getting pissed as it worked fine just a few hours ago.

/On a side note, has anybody gotten rid of cable and gone completely with a Roku or similar device. Trying to convince the wife to do it and hopefully save some money. She's not sold on it though.


I did. I use Roku and Simple.TV. Simple.TV gives me local channels and DVR capability. I get 28 local channels, Detroit, Cleveland and Windsor after I added a 'Leaf' antenna. I have Amazon Prime and they have a lot of content, too. My monthly bill for entertainment went from $78 to $7.99 for Hulu.
 
2012-12-25 09:18:17 AM

Crudbucket: jwmc1971: christ , farkers dont know about project free tv ?! just google it . its 10 times better than the crappy pile of crap netflix is .

best of all its FREE ! like a tv show thats old or current ? its on there along with 100's of popular movies and more are added daily .

i used to download all my shows but now why bother . just aired shows are posted within an hour of airing . plenty of links to choose from . best streaming site out there . cut off cable , netflix and my news hosting service once i found this . i use my 50" tv as a monitor . stuff looks great .
btw , use a pop up/adblocker with this site and no need to join either . they also have forums .

Thanks, guy doing an infomercial for Project FreeTV!


I use it, too, and there's no need for HBO to watch Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones.

Watch via Firefox and you can capture mp4/flv files by pairing it with Video Download Helper.

/Torrents? No, TimeWarner, I don't know what torrents are....
 
2012-12-25 09:47:03 AM

largedon: That explains why our Roku kept saying there was a connection problem. I thought it wasn't connecting to the house wifi. Was getting pissed as it worked fine just a few hours ago.

/On a side note, has anybody gotten rid of cable and gone completely with a Roku or similar device. Trying to convince the wife to do it and hopefully save some money. She's not sold on it though.


PC and Web enabled tv/box give you more than cable ever would if you don't mind grey area websites.
 
2012-12-25 09:49:00 AM

Boudica's War Tampon: ZeroPly: largedon: /On a side note, has anybody gotten rid of cable and gone completely with a Roku or similar device. Trying to convince the wife to do it and hopefully save some money. She's not sold on it though.

Got rid of cable 6 months ago. Now we just have 2 Roku boxes for the TV's. Cable bill kept going up until it was about $85 a month. Of course when we called Charter and told them to cancel it, there were all sorts of deals to bring that price down. Thanks but no thanks, $15 a month for Netflix works much better for me.

If you order a lot from Amazon.com, consider buying Prime (there are some special deals for getting Prime).

The only thing I miss is sports. But, now imagine this, for someone to watch a Phoenix Suns "game", it would cost $76 a month on Cox cable. Of course that excludes any game that goes premium due to opponents or whatever.

I can't imagine paying that kind of money every month to watch garbage teams.


Sports : Justin.tv
 
2012-12-25 10:36:57 AM

largedon: That explains why our Roku kept saying there was a connection problem. I thought it wasn't connecting to the house wifi. Was getting pissed as it worked fine just a few hours ago.

/On a side note, has anybody gotten rid of cable and gone completely with a Roku or similar device. Trying to convince the wife to do it and hopefully save some money. She's not sold on it though.


Made the change in 2005 (to a media PC). Sucked for content then, but anymore I can get just about all the content I want.
 
2012-12-25 10:45:58 AM
Regarding Netflix, there are lies, damn lies, and then there's "Christmas Puppy"
 
2012-12-25 11:21:48 AM

NFA: Thanks for posting this.  I was about the chew out my nephew for screwing up the Netflix settings on the TV.  He was the last one using it and tinkers with everything.


So what you're saying is your nephew crashed Amazon's cloud infrastructure?
 
2012-12-25 11:31:20 AM
According to AWS, data loss only seems to be hitting people that provisioned or changed their ELBs during the outage.
 
2012-12-25 11:48:55 AM

jwmc1971: christ , farkers dont know about project free tv ?! just google it . its 10 times better than the crappy pile of crap netflix is


Some of us don't mind supporting the production of content by paying reasonable monthly fees towards it. I'm all for paying for content, provided: 1) Said content is actually worth paying for, 2) Content is priced reasonably, 3) Isn't DRM'd to hell to the point that it's unwatchable. Blu-Ray/DVDs with ads you can't stop fall into this.
 
2012-12-25 12:12:14 PM
I was wondering what was wrong with Netflix, especially when everything else like Pandora and the apps I never use like vudu were connecting just fine.
 
2012-12-25 12:32:46 PM

largedon: That explains why our Roku kept saying there was a connection problem. I thought it wasn't connecting to the house wifi. Was getting pissed as it worked fine just a few hours ago.

/On a side note, has anybody gotten rid of cable and gone completely with a Roku or similar device. Trying to convince the wife to do it and hopefully save some money. She's not sold on it though.


Same troubles here... the error message from Roku was not very intuitive.

We dumped cable a few months back. There are a few withdrawals (mostly the wife), but even if you buy a TV series once a month on Amazon along with a Netfix streaming account, you still come out way ahead money wise. This of course assumes you don't watch a lot of TV to start with. I haven't gotten around to trying the Drop-box thing yet on the Roku. Supposedly you can put whatever you want on that account and stream it to the Roku box.
 
2012-12-25 12:32:49 PM

HempHead: largedon: That explains why our Roku kept saying there was a connection problem. I thought it wasn't connecting to the house wifi. Was getting pissed as it worked fine just a few hours ago.

/On a side note, has anybody gotten rid of cable and gone completely with a Roku or similar device. Trying to convince the wife to do it and hopefully save some money. She's not sold on it though.

Check out Crackle as well.

/just watched "Snatch"


That's what we finally did after we gave up on Netflix. We thought it seemed like an unusual movie for our new Christmas tradition, but what the heck. If I watch it enough, I might be able to understand the pikeys.
 
2012-12-25 02:16:43 PM
It's alright, I got the 30th anniversary edition of Blade Runner on Blu-ray as a gift. I'm good.
 
2012-12-25 04:16:42 PM

largedon: That explains why our Roku kept saying there was a connection problem. I thought it wasn't connecting to the house wifi. Was getting pissed as it worked fine just a few hours ago.

/On a side note, has anybody gotten rid of cable and gone completely with a Roku or similar device. Trying to convince the wife to do it and hopefully save some money. She's not sold on it though.


We dumped cable about 3 months ago in favor of OTA and Netflix. MeTV seems to fill our classic TV requirement.
 
2012-12-25 05:43:33 PM
It was the Amazon Elastic Spastic Cloud Services fault.
 
2012-12-25 07:09:42 PM

ultraholland: youporn is still up


You can see YouPorn on Netflix? Show me how please...
 
2012-12-25 08:33:36 PM
"/On a side note, has anybody gotten rid of cable and gone completely with a Roku or similar device. Trying to convince the wife to do it and hopefully save some money. She's not sold on it though."

Yup - have a "smart" DVD/Blu-Ray player (100 bucks) and tv, we watch Netflix, Hulu, YouTube on the tv. No commercials, the selection is pretty good these days. Who needs cable? (Other than for Internet, though a friend showed me those Clear mobile Net devices for something like 30 bucks)
 
2012-12-26 01:18:30 AM

largedon: ZeroPly: largedon: /On a side note, has anybody gotten rid of cable and gone completely with a Roku or similar device. Trying to convince the wife to do it and hopefully save some money. She's not sold on it though.

Got rid of cable 6 months ago. Now we just have 2 Roku boxes for the TV's. Cable bill kept going up until it was about $85 a month. Of course when we called Charter and told them to cancel it, there were all sorts of deals to bring that price down. Thanks but no thanks, $15 a month for Netflix works much better for me.

Thanks all for the answers everyone. Between AT&T Uverse and our AT&T cell phone (with 5 phones) I'm sending AT&T almost $450 a month for all this crap and frankly that's a ridiculous amount of money. Just have to keep working on the wife, she's worried she lose some of her favorite shows.



My fiancée was worried about that too. I use a combination of Netflix and Crackle on the legal side, Sick Beard/Sabnzbd and a private torrent tracker under the radar, and an antenna for local digital channels, to cover all the bases. So far the only thing I haven't been able to get for her is one of the weekly news specials she enjoys; regular TV is completely covered by the various services.

My server is a Mac mini running the SB/Sab and torrent software, and Plex server. She has a Roku at her house ~50 miles away that picks up the legit services as well as Plex, and here I just watch directly off the Mac on the living room TV.
 
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