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Who'da thunk it?
I just discovered that 'specced' is a real word. Meaning 'to write a specification for', as in 'I just specced out new computers for the office.'

Well, at least it's on dictionary.com. What I found more odd was that dictionary.com lists the definition as coming from The American Heritage Dictionary (I presume a reputable source), and doesn't list any kind of annotation of it being slang, or a colloquialism, or such. Just an honest-to-goodness real word.

Kind of odd for a verb formed from the abbreviation of a noun. I love this language.
July 26th, 2005 - 09:05 am | Comments (0) | PERMALINK

Voice Over IP
OK, I don't know if I really have the readership to be asking open questions and actually hope for a response, but I'll give it a whirl:

Roly and I are considering switching to Comcast's Digital Voice, a Voice Over IP (VoIP) system from our standard phone line. I'm wondering if anyone out there uses either Comcast Digital Voice specifically, or VoIP in general and has an opinion to share. So, do you like your VoIP service?

My main concern is outages. Every couple of months we lose internet connectivity for a period of time. It's usually pretty short, but on occaison it's been as long as two or three days. Now, Comcast has assured me that (1) the phone system actually has it's own modem which has a special battery backup system to ensure less frequent outages and (2) if there is an outage where we have no dial tone they are required by law to have it repaired within 24 hours.

The major bonus that I can't help noticing is that we currently pay around $80/month for phone (including long distance). The total cost of switching to Digital Voice: -$3/month. Yeah, that's a negative number. Since we already have cable and internet through Comcast, they're offering us a package that includes Digital Voice for $3/month less than what we're currently paying for just cable and internet.

That's a savings of almost $1000/year. That's kind of hard to pass up.
July 26th, 2005 - 10:45 am | Comments (5) | PERMALINK

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