Archive for July, 2008

To switch or not to switch?

July 26, 2008 Leave a comment

We currently are giving Comcast about $100 per month for shoddy service. We pay for high-definition content but Comcast compresses the stream on most channels we watch so much that the video quality is much less than desired. They and other cable operators claim it’s to benefit channels with more viewers. I guess they don’t need my money then just because I don’t care to watch yet another "reality" TV show on Fox.

And why pay more? We can get satellite at a much better rate and our house already came with a dish attached so we wouldn’t have any hardware setup charges. Comcast claims that bad weather will affect dish, but I’ve seen bad weather affect cable as well since, ultimately, cable operators typically get their content from a dish. Besides, with the downfall of analog TV any adverse conditions cause the screen to often go dark and speakers quiet; Analog, at least, just got a little fuzzy but you could still mostly see and at least hear what was going on.

So, we’re seriously thinking of switching to something that costs – even after promotions – half as much. Why pay more for shoddy service that will only get more expensive for whatever reasons cable operators feel like making up and justifying to the government that allows ever-increasing prices? What I want to know is how much dish operators compress the stream and whether it’s consistent or based on viewership. Anyone know?

Categories: Entertainment

Sommer Rolled Over

July 17, 2008 Leave a comment

Last night Sommer was getting some "tummy time" to help strengthen her neck, and in no time she had rolled over on her stomach! It was entertaining to watch. Her neck is also growing quite strong – she can almost support it herself now.

Categories: Family

Suzie is a good big sister

July 1, 2008 Leave a comment

Suzie has always been so concerned whenever someone sneezes or even says "ow". She’ll come over and make sure they’re okay, waiting to hear "I’m okay" or to get a pat on the head.

But we were a little worried that Suzie – being a bit of a hyper dog, though that is decreasing these last few months – would be a little rambunctious with Sommer. To our delightful surprise, Suzie has actually been a good big sister. Whenever Sommer is crying she gets concerned, and she even gives Sommer little kisses from time to time. We do have to make sure Suzie doesn’t go overboard because sometimes she’ll try to lick our face off.

Suzie watches over Sommer and has even been a bit more protective of our house. Even before Sommer was born, Suzie would stick closely with Tracy. Now she makes sure all those other cats and dogs stay out of our (fenced in) yard.

I think the photo below really shows her concern and her watchful eye.

Our two little girls

Categories: Family