Ridiculous Bill from Comcast

I recently transferred Comcast services from one address to another at the same state. I did the transfer request online and carried the quipments with me including the Gateway modem and the TV box and even the cable cords. Everything went OK at the new address until I got this bill here

Comcast-Bill

A bill for $630 from Comcast!

After absorbing the shock for few minutes I immediately grabbed the phone (AT&T phone) and called them right away.

It turns out that this is a standard bill that everybody will get when transferring service.! It’s the cost of the equipment that were not returned! Then once they confirm you are continuing with them and using the same equipment they will then wipe off the charges. Seriously, isn’t that weird, why do you send a bill for a customer who just transferred the address across the street.

Dear Comcast, see if you can avoid sending such weird $600+ bills in the future.

Make OneDrive Available Offline in Windows 7

 

OneDrive-Offline-Windows-7

 

So when you are trying to make OneDrive available offline you will search Google and you will land on a Microsoft support page where it says that you can right click on the OneDrive folder and you will see the option of making it offline. However, that applies to Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 only.

For Windows 7, OneDrive is already offline! See the screenshot above where you can see in the properties that the entire OneDrive is on local disk.

 

Outlook.com Server Status

Outlook Server Offline

I switched to Outlook.com after using Gmail for several years. I was giving Microsoft another chance, after all we all loved the Windows guys and Outlook.com is an Activesync Exchange server so your emails, calendar, contacts, and notes get synchronized in the cloud and you will always see updated versions wherever you are and whatever Internet-connected device you use. Plus, I’ve always used the MS Office Outlook as my email client on my PC so why not try their new 21st century cloud-based service.

However my dreams did not come true. As you can see in the screenshot above it’s often having problems and their server frequently goes down. In fact their Calendar never get updated in time (am talking like one day and it’s not updated).

Microsoft should not wonder why the other guys are kicking their …. out

 

iPhone 5 versus Galaxy Note 3

I recently got my iPhone 5S submerged completely in water and so I thought let me change to an Android device and I picked the Galaxy Note 3 and when I did, I lost the following:

Group Messages

Yeah, am not kidding. Apparently Group messaging is a huge problem with Android or at least that is what I faced with when I got the Galaxy Note 3. Most of my friends and family use iPhone and group messaging is actually a common get together venue for us. When I got the Galaxy Note 3, I did not receive them! or I was receiving them sporadically at best. It goes like I receive message one and message three but I miss message 2! In fact, there are third party apps that are designed just to fix this problem and of course most of them have some problems and do not fix the problem entirely.

iMessage

So iOS has this cool feature where text messages can stream over WiFi and 4G instead of over the carrier’s SMS. So for example my iPhone friend in UK receives my blue texts over the Internet for free without International messaging charges. This feature is not available on Android. Not only that. Apple (and I don’t know if they have done that intentionally) set the iPhone to send text via iMessage by default and if it fails to send it via iMessage it will not send it over regular text unless you go and change the option yourself. So if you have an Android and your iPhone friends send you texts over their iMessage then you won’t receive the messages! This is true if your friend had you as an iPhone user in the beginning and then you switch to Android. The problem won’t appear if you are an Android user from the start.

FaceTime

OK. I am not a super FaceTime user but this really comes in handy when you want to connect to family and friend who are likely to be having and iOS device. Yes, I know that you can replace that with Skype and other services but FaceTime is just as good and it’s native and finally carriers have allowed to run under mobile data plans and no need for WiFi.

Amazon Instant Play

I just can’t believe it that Android does not have Amazon Instant Play app. Come on .. How is that possible.

Google Maps

This is the weirdest thing. Google, wake up! Your Android OS runs a clumsy Google Maps lady voice that is so ugly. Just can’t understand why?