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I am seriously considering cancelling my cable, SM

Posted By: IHJB on 2006-06-23
In Reply to: I agree. I only watch network television - sm

although I would miss Food Network, History Channel, and such.

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Yeah, it would be rough cancelling your cable
this time of year. Just think, then you would be stuck with only the networks to watch if you put in some rabbit ears. Not fun. I did that once last year. It gave me a good excuse to read more, but eventually I got sick of having nothing to watch and got satellite.
It could be that you're cancelling out
of spellcheck instead of going through the entire report and then hitting "Return to Document" or "Submit".  If you hit the cancel button at anytime during the spellcheck process, it does not keep the corrected information.
What about noise-cancelling headphones? (sm)
... assuming you don't have to answer phones or anything. If anybody complains that you won't answer when you are spoken to, just explain that you can't work with all the noise, so you had to buy special headphones. If they need you they will have to tap you.
I dont' have noise cancelling
I don't have wireless, either.  I had a pair of wireless that I got at Transcriptiongear.com and I had the same problem with the white noise that is mentioned above.  I have the Bose regular around-the-ear headphones and there's no problem with white noise.  They aren't specifically noise cancelling, but they do block out an enormous amount of noise around me.
I have the Phillips noise-cancelling ones.
I paid 30.00 for them at Walmart...they have worked well for me
My telephone service is VOIP, but it s through my cable service, along with my cable internet. .
We have had VOIP for about a year now and I love it. I really can't tell a difference in traditional service, except the price. One of the best calls of my life was to Bellsouth to cancel our service!
noice cancelling ear phones and keyboard

Someone posted about some earphones a while back and gave the brand and said they really were great with canceling out noise, does this refer to the noice in the ditation too?  (need the name of them, please).  Also I need a keyboard that when you type you barely have to touch the key AND HAVE NO SOUND!. Much appreciated in advance.  I love this site and you guys, too. 

Maxell noise cancelling on sale
at Walgreens this week for $20. I grabbed some this morning when I was there for a completely unrelated errand. I hear they don't last forever, but at $15 off of the regular price I figured I would try them. They squish my ears but are working out OK so far.

Thanks for the heads up on the cellulitis. The koss plug phones are made of earplug material and seem to me that they could harbor nastiness that could lead to an infection.
I have settled with the Bose non-noise-cancelling....sm
over the ear head phones. I finally decided to bite the bullet after spending lots of money over the years for cheaper ones and never being satisfied. I actually ordered the noise-cancelling ones for almost $400. The battery in the ear piece gave me the creeps, a weird sensation in my head when lifting my foot on and off the pedal. The sound with music was fantastic but I didn't like them for transcription. Their customer service was very understanding and incredible, giving me free shipping to send them back and sending me the ones I finally settled with ($180)free shipping overnight. I called a around 4 or 5 p.m. and had the new ones by 10 a.m. the next morning. I love them. The sound is just great. I do definitely take better care of them than I did with my old ones. Volume control is not a problem if you have speakers to plug them into or just a simple add-on volume control work too.
I have had a pair of noise-cancelling Bose for (sm)
around 3 years. I can tell a huge difference when I switch to the traditional stethoscope or Dictaphone brand headphones. The
sound quality is really enhanced by the Bose.

My office is in a loft above our living room. I bought mine because of family being downstairs with the TV on and kids playing, etc.
I like the noise-cancelling headphones from Kensington...sm
Get them through Amazon - last price I saw was around $40. My reaction on first trying them was "where have YOU been all my life" - really gives you a quiet environment and good fidelity. I tried Bose also, costing much, much more, but they were no better so I got a refund.

The Kensington headphone has an active circuit that cancels ambient noise, so it takes a single tiny AAA battery and the only thing is that you have to remember to turn it off when not in use or you waste batteries (which I buy cheap in bulk anyway).

I just checked and they're $36. They're much lighter than they look in the picture, incidentally, and something I should also mention is that the earpiece has a very soft almost kid-glove feel to it.

I'd give you the link but it's reeeeeeellly long. Go to amazon.com and enter Kensington Noise Cancelling headphone in the search box.

Comcast cable has ULD that goes through their cable sm
and there are no limitations. I asked them. They said that you could use the phone 24/7 and it would make no difference. The cable modem has a telephone connection and backup battery in there, all in one unit. If you lose your power, the backup battery kicks in for 12 hours I think they said. I personally was reluctant but it is clearer than Verizon regular phone service. Clear as a bell! It is $39.95 a month. If you have any cable service, you might want to check and see if they have this. This is VOiP protocol but I just have never seen anything that was as clear as theirs.

If Comcast has this, it is my guess that the other cable internet services either have it or will have it in the future. This is fairly new with Comcast.
What type of headphones do you use? Anyone use Sony Noise Cancelling Fontopia Ear buds?
Early Santa Gift - Noise-Cancelling Headphones under $15.00 RadioShack
Merry Christmas all - I thought I would pay this forward.  I was struggling with the dictators sound quality even with volume top level for computer sound card.  It was really affecting my production.  I tried everything - even typing slower and softer so that the keystroke sound would not distort the quality of the dictation.  I was recommended to Noise Cancelling Headphones from Radio Shack. Item # is 33-104.  Made by Presidian.  I LOVE THEM!!!!!!!  Not $300 or $400.00.  Just $14.97.  I thought to myself- o.k. for that price I will try them.  Anything has got to be better than this.  They rock and I'm passing it along.  I don't work for Radioshack or anything but was thinking about swapping my MQ stock for theirs now... LOL. 
Any info on converting a dictaphone 2-prong headset adaptor? I need to find a noise cancelling head

If anyone knows where I can find this, please let me know.  thanks

I notice you have Adelphia!I have it also in Ohio and am anxiously awaiting Time-Warner to take over and get Roadrunner. I've had problems and problems with it over the years. I can't get fast access with our phone company as they are not down our road yet (in country). You are lucky to be able to switch, though.
Anyone not have cable TV at all?

What do you watch?  It seems like the primetime sitcoms aren't very family friendly.  We just canceled our basic cable because they took two more channels away, Discovery and ABC Family, which meant we were paying $20 a month for TBS, PBS, and four free local channels.  Nobody watches channels like Home Shopping Network, QVC, or Government Access, so why do they even include them?  There's only one show I'll really miss, but it'll be out on DVD eventually.  Not that I even watched much TV.  The house just feels really quiet without any background noise.  Where's that Internet radio site I bookmarked?

If cable goes (sm)
Looking into Vonage and wondering about problems with cable if it goes down, not quite sure how it works. email me please about ur opinion
thanks much...
got rid of my cable, no more TV
for a year now.  Just watch movies from Net Flix.  Got tired of all the commercials.
I have cable and love it. Before we moved here I lived where I could only get dial up. What a difference. It is worth the money!
Ahh. Thanks. If that's cable TV, then that's why
Cable or DSL
I have had cable internet service and thinking of switching to Bell South Ultra Fast 6.0.  Do you think Bell South is okay too?
used to have cable
The vonage worked great but it never failed if I needed to work at night my connection went down for upgrades or someother unavoidable thing. I am sure it was my area because they were redoing all the wiring and such. Hope it goes well for you
do you have cable?
If you have cable in your house you can see if you your cable company offers phone service. The only truly unlimited phone plans I have found are cable phone and internet phone such as Vonage. Also you can check with your phone company. They may have a VoIP (internet) phone plan themselves.
Can't get cable where I'm at...
Only satellite. I will call my phone co. and ask about the VoIP. They're a rural company so I have no idea if they even offer it.
If you have not had cable before..sm
I am not sure how Charter does things, but I have Time Warner, who is the actual person(s) to be setting up your computer connection, etc. At that time, they will also set up an email account, give you a temporary password, which you can change to your preference after set up, and whatever else they need to do. They adjust signal quality, speed, etc. My user ID was chosen for me by the cable company..I did not have a choice, so not sure about Charter. but this is pretty much the norm. I would call Charter pretty quickly, as Time Warner always has like a two week delay as to when they can come and set things up. If you need to make an appointment and don't want to wait two weeks, I would do it now. good luck.
Cable vs DSL internet?
I have cable internet service and will be relocating soon to an area that has DSL.  Just wondering, since DSL goes through the phone line, is there any electrical involved; or should I say, if the electricity goes out does the DSL stop working.  I am wondering, if I invest in a laptop and have DSL also, if electricity goes out, would hardly miss any downtown, with the laptop having battery and all.   Is this correct?
I rigged up a cable that would
go from the speaker of the computer into my Dragon microphone, but it didn't even remotely work due to the training aspect of DNS.  Also, I tried the redictating thing, but it was just faster and easier to type it myself using my expander than to reformat, edit, and correct everything.
We have no cable. I yanked it. sm

I've had cable off and on, but this time it is gone for good.

I caught my 9-year-old daughter hiding under a wonderful tent that she made in her room with sheets and blankets, etc.  It didn't take me long to realize that she had covered the TV, plugged in headphones in the back, and was watching MTV!

TV today is just disgusting.  What they are allowing on family time gets worse every day.  What used to be PG-13 is now PG.  What used to be R is now PG-13.

So much for George Carlin's old comedy thing about the seven words that weren't allowed on TV.  What?  Are there like 3 left now?

NO CABLE TV at my house. The local library has a HUGE amount of videos that people donate to the library and they don't cost anything.  When the kids go to the library to get a few videos, they also pick up a book!  Amazing isn't it.!  No advertising.!  Watch out though, it'll cost you a nickel a day if the books aren't back in time.

It has made such a big difference.  My daughter takes the dog for walks. She planted a flower garden that is now coming up. She swims in our pool.  She does word find puzzles in a big book.  She reads at night. Her friends have started to hang out over here because they are tired of sitting in front of the TV.  They go catch frogs, climb trees, chase butterflies, etc. By 9:00 every night she's sooooo dirty and sooooo tired, she takes a shower and goes right to sleep.

Think about it. 

Public TV is getting to be just as bad as cable.
Good old evening family sitcoms are just smut and garbage.  We have a Netflix membership, so I fill up the queue with kids or family movies that I've researched and approved.  The kids have been watching those all summer when they feel the need to watch TV at all.
Do most of y'all have DSL/cable?
It seems like most companies now require it - anyone still on sloooooow dial-up?
No cable, no TV, no antenna
We don't have the TV hooked into anything... not even to get the local channels off of the antenna.  We just watched moveis on DVD or video if we want to watch something.  I miss the news sometimes, but when we had it we either never watched it or couldn't find anything good on it.... what is the point then? lol.  Much better this way. 
No cable/satellite here either
Don't miss it. Don't really have time for TV. Getting really sick of Law and Order when I can watch though.
No cable? oh my...i'm addicted
to the news channels, Discovery and TLC.  Our cable company "bundles" different tiers so you do get ripped off if you have just one favorite, but mine, well the news, not sure why though with all the murder, scandal,e tc.  I blame my neice that I inherited it from her lol. she is the absolute worse!
We have ours through our cable provider...

Wireless here, too.  DBF has 2 puters in his office with the router to the main, NIC card in the other, ditto on the NIC card with my stuff in my office.  He sure is handy to have around...my own personal "tech support." 

busness DSL or cable
When starting your own accounts is it necessary to have a business line set up in your home office?  I know it is more professional, but is there a law that would be broken by not having it when you start out?
I have unllimited LD through my cable co (sm)
I have Bright House cable (formerly Time Warner). They have a digital combo where I get phone, net, and cable.
my Vonage goes through DSL, not cable
so I'm out of long distance/internet if the phone line is down, but I wouldn't be able to work anyway without the phone line, so it makes no difference.
cable Internet.
Cable Internet just recently became available to my area.  I was excited because most the MTSOs require cable.  I am currently on satellite.  I called about the cable internet and they said for a home office it is $80 per month and you only get 10 gigabytes or megabytes (donít remember which) per month for downloading stuff off the internet. Then you get charged extra.  Is this normal for cable Internet?  It sounds strange to me but I am not very savvy on these sorts of things.
Wireless & Cable...
I know this is probably a stupid question, but what the heck. I have cable internet with only one cable outlet, which is in my living room. I currently have my computer in the living room but would like to put it in the back bedroom, which has no cable outlet. If I go wireless can I just put the computer in that room? Is NetGear any good? Simple to set up? TIA!
As Larry the Cable Guy says,
Adelphia Cable
I had this company for years; couldn't get anything else in the country where I live. Now Time-Warner (roadrunner) bought it out. Your service should also be Time-Warner soon. Adephia was BAD! Their service techs knew less than I did; had all sorts of problems off and on. Glad to be rid of them!!!
Satellite, DSL, Cable
Satellite is not supported by majority of companies. Either DSL or Cable, and most reimburse you quarterly towards your DSL or Cable, the rest you can write off. See if you can get DSL or Cable near you. If your on a private road like I am, if there are a few other houses on your street (road) see if they will go in with you for the cost to help out. Just a thought!! Hope it works out for you.
Cable wanted me to pay $8,000 out of my
from the road down the driveway to my house.  Yes, you read that right - $8,000.  I live in a rural, most federal preserve land area.  They have cable line along the road, but will only go so many feet to a house.  Since my driveway is 1,500 feet long they said to run a buried line with boosters every few feet, it would take them 20 years to recoup their costs, so I would have to pay it out of my pocket.  We offered to dig the ditch ourselves, but they said it would still be that much due to the boosters needed.  Satellite was my only option.  There are some companies out there that will hire satellite users.  Some are under the misconception that it is easy to steal a satellite signal - which is hogwash.  It is no different than someone who has their DSL or Cable set up on a wireless network and their neighbor uses their signal to get internet access - you have to have all the privacy options in place to prevent that.
Wireless and Cable?

I have 4 computers all connected via a router and would like to make one of my home computers wireless  and get a laptop.  Is there any way to be able to do both - the cable and the wireless?  My home computer/work computers need to be on the cable, but my son's and my husband's do not.  Is there a way to do this?



I have 4 computers too.  The main one is hard wired to the cable box/modem in the basement and the rest are wireless.  My two work computers are behind routers.  I had the cable company hook mine up though - I'm electronically challenged in that regard!
Not only that, but for those with cable modem
connections, or high-speed cable, did you know that even when our computers are shut off, hackers can hack into our cable and access our computers? We don't even know it. That is per Comcast cable themselves, confirmed by my bank, etc. So just because the computer is turned off, unless you unplug the internet cable from the back, anyone with a laptop and computer knowledge can pull in front of your house and jump onto your ISP. Happens all the time where I live. Scary stuff.
Yes we have cable but they want $40 a month (nm)
Cable wireless
I work outside all the time. Cable internet with wireless. On the road, I have no idea.
DSL vs. cable internet

Currently have AT&T/SBC phone service (landline),  Verizon Wireless cell phone, and Insight broadband internet cable and TV.  Monthly costs:

AT&T:  $50/month unlimited calling

Verizon:  $40/month with 400 minutes (and never even get close to calling that much)

Insight:  $45 internet cable and $45 cable TV

Total:  $180 per month

Thinking of switch to AT&T for bundle of phone, internet, and TV for total of $100/month.  Can't break Verizon contract, or would switch cell phone service too.  So, would save $40 a month by getting the AT&T bundle. 

My question is:  Is DSL "elite speed" REALLY as fast as cable?  And does DSL have fewer episodes of service being down?  With cable, I've had entire weeks where the service was down, and I couldn't work; thus, didn't have a paycheck!  DSL tells me they "never" go down because I'd be on my server, as opposed to sharing a server with cable internet.  Speed is everything to me, as it is to all of my MT colleagues, but it's also important to have service that won't go down for long periods of time.  Any experience with these that you'd like to share?

dsl vs. cable internet
Hmmm....this is a dilemma. Thank you for your note. Do you think DSL, then, is more cost-efficient than cable? Do you have the "bundle" that includes landline phone,
DirectTV, and internet? Are all DSL providers relatively the same cost and service? Mine would be with AT&T.