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Friday Finds – Gingerbread and Satellites

Hey everybody, hope you had a good week.  I was busy being productive at work (and moving to another building) so the links are light.  Here are this week’s posts:

A beautiful new day, seen from space.  And oh yeah – it happens 18 times a day for them.

You’ve all heard about the neutrinos by now, probably.  I’m still thinking there’s a problem with their calculations or equipment, but if not, big changes to our understanding of the universe.

Scientists in Spain discovered a cloaking device (for magnetic fields).  Where would scientists get names for stuff if not for Sci-Fi books and shows?

Insert witty comment about hoping the satellite debris finds the cast of Jersey Shore.

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Time Warner Raising Rates…Fight Back!

Many of you have probably heard by now, TWC is raising rates, as much as 12% depending on what you have. You can point straight at crap like the recent Fox nearly being pulled due to pricing negotiations running right up to the deadline, and (locally) the Channel 4 craziness.

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So what can men do against such reckless hate? Negotiate for a better deal, or cut the cord altogether and consume your media online. Here are some articles to get you started:

How to get the best deal on Cable or Satellite TV

How to go Cable Free

How I cut my television bill in half

The first thing you need to do is take a good long look at what you really watch. I bet many of you only regularly watch a few stations. You may think ‘But I like (xyz channel)!’ but if you haven’t tuned it in a few months, it’s safe to say you can do without. Check these against the dish or cable company’s offerings, and you may find you can downgrade or remove a few tiers right off the top. Goes double for the premium movie channels, as Redbox or Netflix usually work out to be a better deal. (Use the Redbox website to ensure your favorite machine has the movie you want before you go).

That right there can save you a few bucks, with minimal disruption to how you operate already. The next step is to call your provider (or as mentioned, try the online chat support) and ask for a better deal. It helps to have a competing offer to hold over them, check a deal site like FatWallet or Techbargains if you haven’t gotten a mailing recently.

So, still not much of a change in viewing habits for you there, just a bit more work. If you are willing to go in deeper, with even bigger changes, read on.

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Media News

Time Warner Raising Rates…Fight Back!

Many of you have probably heard by now, TWC is raising rates, as much as 12% depending on what you have. You can point straight at crap like the recent Fox nearly being pulled due to pricing negotiations running right up to the deadline, and (locally) the Channel 4 craziness.

So what can men do against such reckless hate? Negotiate for a better deal, or cut the cord altogether and consume your media online. Here are some articles to get you started:

How to get the best deal on Cable or Satellite TV

How to go Cable Free

How I cut my television bill in half

The first thing you need to do is take a good long look at what you really watch. I bet many of you only regularly watch a few stations. You may think ‘But I like (xyz channel)!’ but if you haven’t tuned it in a few months, it’s safe to say you can do without. Check these against the dish or cable company’s offerings, and you may find you can downgrade or remove a few tiers right off the top. Goes double for the premium movie channels, as Redbox or Netflix usually work out to be a better deal. (Use the Redbox website to ensure your favorite machine has the movie you want before you go).

That right there can save you a few bucks, with minimal disruption to how you operate already. The next step is to call your provider (or as mentioned, try the online chat support) and ask for a better deal. It helps to have a competing offer to hold over them, check a deal site like FatWallet or Techbargains if you haven’t gotten a mailing recently.

So, still not much of a change in viewing habits for you there, just a bit more work. If you are willing to go in deeper, with even bigger changes, read on.