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afwriter
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3/18/2019 9:59:53 PM
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And it doesn't matter if they have a router that's 10-years old: It's our fault their service isn't good.

I understand that this is an exaggeration, but no one asking for 100 meg internet has a 10-year-old router. It seems that routers are a lot like phones with a built-in obsolescence. 

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afwriter
afwriter
3/18/2019 10:02:10 PM
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I'm a little bitter right now because I am dealing with an internet issue that I am almost certain boils down to the modem that I am renting from Comcast is starting to die. 

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Ariella
Ariella
3/19/2019 9:08:10 AM
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@afwriter Does Comcast require you to rent their modems? You can usually buy a pretty good one for $100 or less. I picked one up at Walmart one day for $50 when somoene who remain nameless fried the one we had by spilling tea on it.

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afwriter
afwriter
3/19/2019 9:27:12 AM
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They don't require it, but it makes my life easier than buying one. If I ever switch back to Century Link (the only other option I have) I would probably buy my own.

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Ariella
Ariella
3/19/2019 10:08:41 AM
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@afwrtier But don't they add on a rental fee every month to the subscription cost? I noticed that Verizon does that, which is one of the things that makes its service a bit higher than Optimum's in my area -- those hidden and unspecified "equipment" charges.

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afwriter
afwriter
3/19/2019 11:02:21 PM
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The rental fee comes out to about one modem a year so I would save a little money by buying one but I don't have to worry about the modem that I bought becoming obsolete overnight which is why I choose to rent one for the time being.

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Ariella
Ariella
3/20/2019 10:31:01 AM
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@afwrtier do modems go obsolete that quicky? I don't think we ever had to upgrade our modem, though Optimum did send us some device to enable WiFi that I don't think we're using as we had already bought one.

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
3/20/2019 6:56:58 PM
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Yes, modems do become obsolete rather quickly. Perhaps you don't notice but the performance is noticeable when you compare an old one to a new modem. It's the same with computers. Think how much better a new hardware equipment performs. 

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Ariella
Ariella
3/22/2019 9:13:23 AM
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@Susan true, but the companies don't seem to offer to swap out your equipment all that often. I'm pretty sure they make a lot more than the cost of the entire modem in the course of the year they rent it to you.

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
3/23/2019 4:38:16 AM
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Ariella: Things work differently in some countries here. Some companies will take the modem back after two years, which is about when you renew or not the contract, and will give you a new one. If they have updated the networks in your area, they will change all the modems in the area.

If you want to return the modem you got, they will recycle. One of the companies has a program that if you give your modem to a friend who wants the same service, your friend doesn't have to pay for a modem, so they get immediatelly connected with a discount. 

In Finland the networks are updated pretty often and companies update and upgrade the modems. Otherwise, you can experience problems if you have an older modem and an upgraded broadband. You know a move around Europe a lot and live in different places for extended periods of time. I have never found better broadband than in the Nordics and Baltics. Not even in the U.K. In the Nordic and Baltics you get excellent Internet: cheap and flies. The modems are 5G ready.  

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Commisio44354
Commisio44354
3/22/2019 2:42:16 PM
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I have been working on a project recently to take older "modem/routers" to help get a new IT Infrastructure established--and we've pulled it off--although it is true that we see transformations on a consistent basis, I still think that we have to squeeze out life out of the olrder machines ASAP...and the team at https://www.keepod.com/ is another manifestation of it which I have tested it..and have told them I'd be pleased to serve an Ambassador. 

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
3/23/2019 5:10:07 AM
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Mike: Keepod seems to be a quite amazing project. Are you involved with these guys and the project? 

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Commisio44354
Commisio44354
3/23/2019 4:18:58 PM
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At one time I contemplated colloabroating w'/them as a System intergrator before they changed their business model--and I actually owned and tested one of their older devices--and am in continued discussions w/them to serve as an Ambassador for them when they launch it in collaboration with Barcelona University.

 

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
3/23/2019 6:34:24 PM
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Why did they change the business model? Then it's different from what they say on the Website? 

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Commisio44354
Commisio44354
3/23/2019 6:43:53 PM
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They, for instance, are not selling individual devices, they are more institution-focused-which is just fine :) 

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
4/2/2019 5:50:38 AM
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I guess they are doing that because it's more profitable for them for this kind of project to do it institution-focused rather than individual focused. 

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batye
batye
3/20/2019 10:02:34 PM
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@Ariella  this days technology keep developing and manf. keep making new one almost each six month as to plug in security holes in hardware... and I do not see end for it... as I keep reading security flows in design on hardware level and only solution is to made new one... 

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DonBrowne
DonBrowne
3/21/2019 10:08:54 AM
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I've always bought my own routers with CenturyLink and Xfinity but one has to be prepared for the installer to try to convince you that their router is needed, or know that the installer might not know how to install your equipment properly. I've run into that problem on each initial install. My understanding is an updated router might be needed if you're upgrading to a newer higher speed that the older router can't handle.

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
3/20/2019 6:59:57 PM
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" ...  when somoene who remain nameless fried the one we had by spilling tea on it." 

The power of the innocent tea. :)

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Ariella
Ariella
3/22/2019 9:12:10 AM
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@Susan yes, indeed.I imagine even water would have had the same destructive effect. Perhaps it's good practice to keep your router tucked out of the way and protected from any possible contact with beverages sipped while in front of a computer.

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
3/23/2019 4:25:48 AM
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Ariella: Sure. Let's not forget a modem is also a piece of electronics. Once I experienced the power of soup. Don't ask me how some of the soup ended up on my keyboard. It was during the Holidays and I was  on a deadline due Jan 2.

This is to say that there was no one to fix my Mac, not much to do, just to wait. I tried everything, including putting rice all over the keyboard. They say it absorbs moisture. At the end, I got the keyboard changed and my Mac came back to life. But yeah, soup can be powerful as well. :/ 

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Ariella
Ariella
3/23/2019 8:28:22 PM
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@Susan I should relay that to the person who spilled the tea -- to watch out for soup, as well. But at least you were able to swap out the keyboard to make it work. I really had to run out to get the replacement modem to get back online and get our VOIP phone to work.

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
4/2/2019 5:55:51 AM
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Ariella: Yes. The problem was that I had to wait until after the holidays because the repair shop where I took it was closed. And holidays or not, I had work to do. After that episode, I got a second hand MacBook Air as spare, which is now also great when I travel because it's much lighter than my MacBook Pro. My next upgrade is going to be a new MacBook Air. It's great for my needs. 

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Ariella
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4/2/2019 9:30:01 AM
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@Susan Definitely pays to have a backup, especially if it's one that serves its own function as a travel computer. I'm sure back in the day writers likely had both heavy and portable typewriters.

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batye
batye
4/2/2019 11:16:34 AM
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@Ariella  this days with technology backup is a must cloud or no cloud I prefr to keep it important files on my private usb 1TB SSD hard drive and on the usb memory stick... I still have old working typewriter... 

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Ariella
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4/3/2019 8:34:18 AM
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@Batye do you stilluse your typewriter, or is there for old time's sake? Aside from some people considering them charmingly quaint and desiring them for decorative purposes, there are some places in the world where they are valued for their function -- particularly the manual ones that require no electricity! 

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batye
batye
4/3/2019 11:48:46 AM
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@Ariella it electrical one with spell check build in... wife use to use it a lot sending letters to her friend... as to save money on the ink when we use inkjet printer... as typewriter rubbons staples use to sell very cheap like $1.00 :) on clerance... 

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Ariella
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4/3/2019 12:22:31 PM
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@Batye Wow, I haven't seen a typewriter ribbon since some time in the last century! I did have a kind of electric typewriter with some minimal word processing features back in the 90s, but it required special cartridges for printing, as I recall. Also its keyboard was not exaclty durable. I had to pay quite a lot to fix it at one point.

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
4/3/2019 12:35:28 PM
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Your comment about the cost of printer ink reminds me of an accident where a truckload of printer ink spilled on a highway, and observers joked that it must have been millions of dollars of ink.... 

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Ariella
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4/3/2019 12:54:28 PM
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@mhhf1ve especially if it was HP ink! That must have been quite a cleanup job!

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batye
batye
4/3/2019 1:00:18 PM
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@mhhf1ve  the ink for inkjets printers cost more than blood and on pair with black caviar...

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
4/3/2019 1:49:11 PM
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No kidding! On a weight basis, printer ink is definitely up there with gold and other luxury items, for sure... It's almost as expensive as some pharmaceuticals. 

I tossed all my inkjet printers and went with laser printers.. toner doesn't dry up.

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batye
batye
4/3/2019 2:50:49 PM
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@mhhf1ve  I try to avoid inkjet printers as much as possible... 

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batye
batye
4/3/2019 12:52:21 PM
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@Ariella  in Canada we are few good years behind and I still buy rubbon and correction tape at 0.50 cents each at the thrift stores in my city...  and it still available online at staples.ca :) lol but it true... 

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Ariella
Ariella
4/3/2019 12:55:33 PM
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@batye there is an upside to having a setting that retains some older tech around. 

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batye
batye
4/3/2019 1:01:39 PM
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@Ariella  yes in my case I'm trying to fix my old Zune player battery... not easy... also for old tech is not easy to get parts... 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
4/3/2019 1:52:47 PM
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Old batteries are the worst.. But there's a reddit dedicated to batteries and trying to find replacements!

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batye
batye
4/3/2019 2:51:36 PM
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@mhhf1ve  I found battery on ebay but to receive it it like 45 days wait... 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
4/3/2019 5:42:44 PM
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Those 45day shipments are usually pretty cheap... since they're sailing across the pacific from China... someday on a fully autonomous ship!

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batye
batye
4/3/2019 7:18:25 PM
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@mhhf1ve I do not know but i do miss days where I could get my item in less than 10 days delivered from ebay - shipment from HK/China... now it 45 days or more...  

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
4/3/2019 8:35:30 PM
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If only AI could figure out a way to ship physical goods faster for cheap... maybe when robots can build everything on demand..

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batye
batye
4/4/2019 4:04:14 AM
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@mhhf1ve  I remember this idea with 3D printer... but you never know... 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
4/4/2019 8:20:59 AM
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Heh. If you think the cost of Inkjet printer ink is expensive... the filament costs for 3D printing may be a big barrier for mass market adoption..

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batye
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4/4/2019 1:39:50 PM
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@mhhf1ve  most people  I know with 3D printer, wait for Amazon price errors/clerance on unwanted/unsold colors, or durng stores closer/clearout sales to buy plastic wire... other way is just too much - to use 3D printing... 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
4/5/2019 1:11:25 AM
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Imagine the costs for 3D printing metals! Plastic 3D printing should get cheaper someday, depending on the plastics. But metallic sintering or whatever is needed for 3D printing metals... isn't going to be cheap for a looong time.

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batye
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4/5/2019 9:16:40 AM
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@mhhf1ve metal printing in 3D I have not seen in Canada yet, due to the prices and also we are few years behind USA... but you are right metal printing in 3D cost a lot... 

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mhhf1ve
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4/5/2019 10:51:28 AM
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3D printing in metals isn't a consumer device yet because of the costs and dangers (melting metals by lasers isn't something you typically do in your basement or garage). But some companies are doing it.

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batye
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4/5/2019 5:21:48 PM
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@mhhf1ve  I think it have a great potential for dental office... but with the way this technology twist and turn you never know... 

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mhhf1ve
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4/5/2019 5:35:33 PM
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I dunno about that prediction... 3D printed organs will probably be a better strategy. I think some scientists are working on stem cells that can grow into teeth. The trick is to get the right kind of teeth in the right place.. you don't want molars where canine teeth should be.

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
4/5/2019 5:36:47 PM
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Or even 3D printed ceramics might be better for dental applications. Who wants metal teeth? Unless you're a bad guy from an old James Bond movie...

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batye
batye
4/5/2019 6:52:26 PM
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@mhhf1ve :) in Eastern Europe many people still have metal teeth's... but thngs change and ceramic is a way of the future... 

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batye
batye
4/5/2019 6:53:56 PM
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@mhhf1ve  few years ago I watch 60 minutes segrment on 3D organ printing, but after never heard anything else... 

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mhhf1ve
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4/6/2019 2:03:01 AM
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There are a lot of inventions/inventors profiles on 60minutes that you never hear about again.... I vaguely remember they even did a segment on some guys working on cold fusion.

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batye
batye
4/9/2019 2:53:07 AM
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@mhhf1ve  yes I think I recall hearing same story :) 

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
4/3/2019 4:30:07 AM
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Definitely. Now my work/office travel bag is much lighter. The MacBook Air is so slim I can even fit it in my travel handbag, which is great. I can't do that the MacBook Pro. And when I am somewhere for a longer period of time I take both with me because I am used to wroking with two monitors. Add Internet to that and a cup of tea.  

In a museum in Stockholm I saw a good collection of typewriters (yes, they are in museums already). There, you could see, as you say, some kind of desk typewriters and also portable typewriters. Because back in the day, business people also had to carry their writing tools, especially writers and journalists.  

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
4/3/2019 8:40:06 PM
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Reliability
> "Today a large portion of consumers have the speed they want -- they can stream all the video they want. They want reliability," Are customers (young or old) willing to pay more for reliability? I think a bit more for wireless ISPs with better coverage, but fixed broadband may not be able to get extra revenue from better reliability..?

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