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  • DirecTV to become standalone company after AT&T, TPG Capital ink deal

    I used to like our DirecTV service until they were bought by AT&T. Customer service took a nose dive. We ended up having to cancel service because a tree next to our house was blocking the signal. The customer support people refused to cancel even though their own tech came to our house and stated, “we can no longer provide you with a signal”. I called at least 8 times and they just refused to acknowledge it. Kept saying try for another month. One rep even asked if the tree in question could be cut down or had leaves that would fall off in winter and then the signal would be able to reach the dish. It was like the reps were beaten or fined for canceling service. Eventually they relented but I never did receive the full amount they said the would credit us. 

    Haven’t had cable or satellite since and don’t miss it. 
  • Apple Pioneer Place renovations continue ahead of Monday's reopening

    I agree with Ofer.

    I live in Portland.  Yes, there is more graffiti and the number of homeless has increased or have at least become more visible, but otherwise life is the same as always except for the COVID-ness.  The graffiti will get cleaned up.  Homelessness is one of our country's most intractable problems.  I have a friend who works with the homeless and she thinks some of the increase here is due to individuals being drawn here when the former president made the decision to try to make Portland a war zone.  Now they have no way to get back where they came from or have decided it's just as nice here as there.  Some of the increase is due to joblessness.  The cost of housing here is high.  Regardless, I've never met anyone who wants to see their neighbors living in tents.   
  • Nearly every Mac rumored to see an update in 2022

    I'm also waiting for Apple to take my money for a new 27" or larger iMac to replace my late 2015 5K 27 inch.   I don't need high end graphics, 32 gb ram or 4 tb storage and can't/won't pay for these.

    For some (many?) people, screen size (<42" however) is the need/desire, not the ability to run high-end pro apps simultaneously.  Hoping they offer one in the low to mid $2000 area.  I'm curious what the breakdown is pre Apple silicon of 27 inch iMac sales vs the smaller sizes.  If I had to guess I would think the smaller sizes are much more common in the educational market.  Which would explain why they released the M1 24 inch first.