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  1. iPhone SHOULD be a discount device anyway, especially in terms of its technical specifications. Let the Apple fans have their day, as people other than the Lucky Goldstar and High Tech Computer folks need a chance for a discount too, at least with devices of comparable quality.
  2. I have 14 with 11 tabs. 10-15 is a normal number for a Chrome installation that is actually used. +1 if Flash is working on any tab, +1 for every other plugin. Chrome's own internal task manager can be quite enlightening as well.
  3. Plugin bloat is a huge problem in modern browsers. It is very common that things are installed surreptitiously behind the user's back, people are tricked into installing things which are misrepresented, install things and then forget to remove them, install too many things and not notice the slowdown because it happens over time, or any combination of the above.
  4. Wiping hard drives is a stupid thing to do. The waste of time in reinstalling all of your software and drivers is not worth it. Maybe it's an easy way out, but it's a stupid way out. The learning experience of learning how an operating system actually works inside is more than worth the time to manually troubleshoot and clean a computer the first few times. After the first few times, it's so easy that you can sleep through it. I do this as a professional service and have never seen even any set of three automated programs that can do it better than I can just working off the top of my head. I'm not trying to brag, since anyone can learn all of these things. I just really can't stand people who are always erasing their computers instead of actually taking a bit to learn how they actually work. Anyone can wire in a light fixture to the point that it lights up and then (falsely) consider himself an electrician. Not just anyone can actually understand the forward and backward of wiring and electricity, and how to utilize/implement it properly and safely. As for the Chrome problem, unless you delete the Chrome directories under Program Files and the User and App data locations after uninstallation, extensions may remain. Chrome doesn't use a process per tab, but a thread per tab, and that's only foe the basic rendering engine. Beyond that, each extension runs in a process, which will also have a thread per tab using that extension, the Chrome control process and task manager have a thread each, a debugging process will appear silently upon detection of scripting or markup errors, an extension control and updating process (if any extensions are installed), and I may have missed one or two more. A totally clean Chrome install will have four processes. Be very careful with Chrome extensions. There are frequently bullshit extensions that come from people making bad choices in what to install. Additionally, many (obviously unscrupulous or financially desperate) developers have been paid off by malware creators for the rights to their already published extensions. As soon as an update is published, the new and ad-laden extension will be installed onto all computers running a previously published version, all without the user's knowledge or consent.
  5. And let's not forget that Artemis bullshit thing...
  6. I've seen reflection, which can cause similar issues to ingress, caused by a loose cable, too. Most of the coax wiring I work with is 50 ohm, not 75. Would be strange to see someone run that cable in CATV uses because it's a lot more expensive.
  7. Interesting. I was under the impression that in all (non border) areas, 1x is put on 800, and the LTE will be either 3 or 5 MHz depending on remaining spectrum.
  8. LTE on 800 may have less bandwidth because in many cases the channel is narrower, too.
  9. Not 75 ohm? Impedance mismatches cause visible artifact in analog television, so I doubt that. Ingress on cable is also very hard to track down sometimes, as are ground loops.
  10. I don't think the Crystal, or even Crystal X, is a flagship class device in Japan. The 302SH is a better device, even though it's several months older. I think it's more like the GS4 Mini compared to the GS4, though perhaps not quite so badly decontented.
  11. Not the Crystal X. Look up the 302SH. I want that one. http://www.phonearena.com/news/Monsters-from-Asia-the-IP57-certified-Sharp-Aquos-Xx-302Sh-or-the-most-compact-full-fledged-flagship-in-the-world_id54850 http://www.doi-toshin.com/ip57-certified-sharp-aquos-xx-302sh-compact-full-fledged-flagship-world/
  12. I was really hoping for a high end Sharp phone... This is disappointing that we get the gimped model. That 1920x1080, IP57, 2.x GHz model looks far more desirable and I probably would buy it as my next phone.
  13. What sort of device? The Photon Q that you have listed on your profile is not capable of operation on LTE other than on Band 25 (1900 MHz PCS). It isn't known for the best reception on 25 either. Now, assuming you have replaced your device with a more modern telephone, it should always want to put you on 41 if your device is capable, as the capacity is the highest. Once you get to the edge of range of 2500 (or the carrier becomes oversubscribed), you would likely be bumped to a band 25 (1900) carrier, which has approximately twice the range at a given transmission power and antenna angle. After that, and assuming you haven't come into range of a stronger 1900 or 2500 signal, you would be moved to 800. Remember that the system cannot place you onto a band beyond your device's reception range. If you are on band 25, it can't just send you to band 41 unless your device communicated its ability to receive it and that its current reception is acceptable. There is constant back and forth of control data between your device and the cell site, indicating the capabilities of your device, its current signal reception levels, and also instructing your device on which band it should park and operate - again within the bounds of its current reception and channel loading.
  14. For what you get, the price of the maps is very cheap. It's really cool to be able to watch progress happen almost live. Also, it's an interesting study in network design, at least if you know the areas and their population densities.
  15. So anyway, all, I took apart my phone and cleaned everything nicely, adjusted the tension on the contacts, put an anticorrosive contact protectant. It seems to have helped, but I will know more when I am out and about tomorrow. The lack of 800 is going to be annoying because I am going a few places out of town next week where I am told the 800MHz service has made a big difference. Going to see if I can figure out a root-less method of loading PRL.
  16. Moo again? Yes, mine has exhibited this change quite suddenly, as in it was working one day and the next it was not. To blame this on an aging hardware platform is an excercise in questionable logic at best and a display of outright idiocy at worst. I seriously believe that something has suddenly (or cumulatively but with a sudden manifestation) changed with this device, whether in hardware or software. My firmware was recently updated, but that was at least a month before this issue began.
  17. The Note II does seem to have somewhat better LTE reception normally than my S3 did. The S3, however, was still better than most other phones even a year or more after its release. I find that the S3 was a lot better behaved with the CDMA side of things than the Note II, routinely showing better numbers for data speed on EVDO on the same channel of the same site. 1x reception is about the same. As for 800, that is irrelevant for me at this time.
  18. This can be normal. Your S3 can actually connect to 1x and EVDO on different sites. It's not common, but can happen. Remember also that the two services, even when running on the same site, work on different frequencies. They might be 20 MHz or more off from each other, depending on what Sprint is licensed for in any given market. There's a lot of room there for interference that could affect one but not the other. LTE RSSI generally isn't accessible, so the meter you have, RSRP, is actually based on the average of the amplitudes of specific components within the signal rather than raw signal level. In this case, I have a very good memory for signal levels in specific locations or areas. Mine have dropped hugely on LTE, to the point that my phone is on 3G about 80% of the time when I am near home. It used to be more like 30% of the time on 3G. I had a phone a while back with reception trouble. It was caused by some deposition on the board at the antenna contact points. I cleaned both parts with contact cleaner and the problem disappeared. Almost looked like electro-galvanic reaction. Your S3 has solid capacitors, which do not smell when they fail. There are other components in there that might, however. And no, it does not get hot. Moo?
  19. I don't like the mobile version. Same for most mobile sites.
  20. I have never had reception complaints about my Galaxy Note II until recently. It seems to have decided to live primarily in 3G-Land and not pick up LTE unless you're practically within sight of the tower. I just grabbed it off of my table a few minutes ago and it showed LTE @ -117. In this part of my house, it should be -103-106. Overall, reception seems between 10-20dBm below what I am used to seeing in any given location. Any ideas about this? My Galaxy Tab 3 is not affected by this problem, and my Note II is frequently on 3G when my friend's Note II is on LTE with decent signal strength. Are there any connections in this phone that might require cleaning (as I have seen in other models) or is it simply malfunctioning? CDMA reception does not seem affected at all.
  21. Sounds like Verizon EVDO roaming for me. I HOPED to get on even just 1x with Sprint because Verizon's EVDO roaming was so bad. Their 1x was really bad too, maybe 25 kbps tops.
  22. http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/06/04/sprint-and-t-mobile-agree-on-terms-of-32-billion-deal/ Interesting.
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