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COVID Resources

There are lots of great resources on the state of COVID in general and for your community. Here are some that I frequent:

CDC: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/NYTimes: https://www.nytimes.com/news-event/coronavirusand https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/us/covid-cases.htmlOsterholm Podcast: https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/covid-19/podcasts-webinarsCIDRAP (Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy): https://www.cidrap.umn.eduThe Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/category/what-you-need-know-coronavirus/Don McNeil (former NYT): https://donaldgmcneiljr1954.medium.com […]

Cheap Comcast for the Poor and Veterans

Comcast has cheap internet for people who get government housing or food assistance, and now also offers this for Veterans. For $10/month you get 15Mbps/sec download and 2Mbps/sec upload. This is 10x faster than the old DSL speeds and more than fast enough for streaming HD video. There are no charges for setup or equipment […]

How to test Ethernet cables and WiFi speeds

I recently had to diagnose poor ethernet speeds in a home in Arlington, VA. A person was getting 60 Mbps/sec, certainly not bad, but far less than the paid for 100 Mbps/sec. The problem was first diagnosed by going to speed test websites:

http://www.speedtest.net

https://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest/

This computer had FIOS, so I […]

Net Neutrality

It’s about freedom.

-The Oatmeal

Ordering Internet Feels Like Buying A Car

Fargo’s William H Macy

Have you ever haggled to get a lower price for a car? It’s a known practice. But most people don’t realize that it’s the same when ordering or renewing your internet service.

I had been paying for relatively slow but fast enough for me 15/15 Mbps Verizon FIOS service […]