Downgrading my Cable TV package, again

"Last week I called Comcast and requested that they downgrade my cable television service from the Digital Classic package to broadcast channels only. This is a rather fun conversation to have with the Comcast folks. Their procedure seems to require that they escalate the call at least twice to give a couple of supervisors a chance to talk the caller out of this decision. Despite their efforts, I prevailed and the service has been downgraded. This downgrade will save us about $50/mo."  William Grady, October 2008

When I wrote that in October 2008, I thought that I was downgrading my cable forever.  

 

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Fat Robin Barleywine, with WLP070 Bourbon Yeast

What follows here is my recipe for Fat Robin Barleywine.  This is my first barleywine and my first all-grain recipe that I designed from scratch using the Beer Smith 2 software.  I brewed this on January 19, 2014.  In late February 2014, I bottled this into some beautiful used 25oz swing-top bottles that I got used from Northampton Beer & Winemaking on King Street in Northampton, MA.  I also had labels made for this at Grogtag just because I liked that such a thing was possible.

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Homebrew Emporium in Weymouth, MA

While looking at the September 2012 issue of Brew Your Own homebrew magazine, I happened upon the "Homebrew Directory" section.  The secion consists of a list of homebrew shops by state.  I looked up my state (Massachusetts) and found that Homebrew Emporium had opened a new location in Weymouth, MA (which somewhat near my house.)  I was happy to discover this as there are not too many homebrew supply locations on the South Shore.

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Milk Stout Homebrew Recipe (partial grain)

A while back I found beer recipes for partial-grain Saison and Milk Stout on Homebrew.com*.  I brewed both of the recipes and was very happy with the results.

I took notes along the way on each of the brewing sessions.  I wisely posted my Saison recipe notes but never got down to doing the same with the Milk Stout recipe.  As this was a few years ago, both beers are long gone now and I can no longer find the Milk Stout notes.

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1st Gen iPod Nano Recall Process

About six weeks ago, I was reading the MacRumors website and found an article about the Apple recall of the first generation Nanos. The article explained that Apple was recalling first generation Nanos due to a battery issue. My wife and I each had Nanos a few years back, but I was unsure if they were first generation and eligible.
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Seed and Plant Catalogs

On the train ride home from work last night I noticed that one my friends had a Burpee seed catalog with him. I remarked that I was surprised that Burpee still had a print version of their catalog and had not just gone web-only. He told me that he still gets loads of print catalogs for flowers, seeds and plants and orders from them on a regular basis.
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Apple Recycling Program and PowerON

A few months ago I decided that it was about time to upgrade my second-hand, iMac desktop (G5 2.0 GHz single-core PowerPC, 1GB Ram, 200GB hard drive, 17” display.) The computer had spent about a year suffering through problems booting and subsequent bouts of kernel panic. I probably could have reinstalled OS X but there would be little to gain from it. As configured this aging desktop was stuck with OS X Tiger...
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Have you heard about Square?

Today I read a TechCrunch article entitled, "Square Now Processing $1 Million in Mobile Payments per Day." My first thought after reading the article was to wonder why Square is not looking at daily numbers greatly exceeding $1 Million. If you are a small business (doing anything but retail) with a iPhone, iPad or Android device you should have a Square account.
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Desktops & Wi-Fi

A couple of weeks a friend was telling me about a problem with her home computer. She said that she had internet access through her cable company and she has been connecting to the internet with a laptop for the last couple of years without incident. Recently she got a new desktop computer and started running into problems. She has not been able to get the desktop to connect to the internet. After reaching out to cable company, she was told a tech would have to come out at a rate of $150+ per hour to get to the root of the problem. She decided to hold off on that to see if there was...
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