OK, so maybe it’s telling that I noticed this, but recently Apple changed the way it presents items in the “refurbished/clearance” section of its store. (Maybe I know this because maybe I’m an obsessive tech shopper and maybe I check it multiple times per week. Don’t judge.)
Unfortunately, as is happening just a little too often with Apple these days, the changes mean the page in now prettier, and less functional.
Now, on some level I can see why Apple decided to redesign that part of the store. Here it is from the Wayback machine (h/t 9to5Mac by way of Ubergizmo.com):
Price: $199 TiVo Roamio + $19.99 month ($14.99 with 1-year commitment)
I keep thinking I’m a cord-cutter… and then comes football season.
Sometimes I feel like the Colin Firth/Jimmy Fallon’s character in Fever Pitch, because all throughout the winter and spring months I’m free to do anything I want on the weekends — work out, take long drives with Ms. D., visit the Farmer’s Market… and cut my cable back to those 13 super-basic channels (like no-tell motel cable) and then happily scrimp by with my Roku, Apple TV and some reasonably high-speed broadband. (I don’t know that I actually need both the Roku and Apple TV anymore, but I’ve maintained the habit of switching to the other when one “misbehaves.”)
But then here comes August — and the College Football headlines… and NFL preseason — and I tell myself I can handle it.
Nothing to worry about; I’m not even paying THAT much attention to the games. Look… I’m talking to people amicable during a pre-season Saints game.
And then, about a week before the season starts, I’m suddenly sitting on the phone and online chats for the better part of a day trying like hell to get the SEC Channel to turn on by 7:00 p.m. that evening.
By the next weekend, I’m installing a CableCard in a new (to me) TiVo Roamio so it could substitute for my cable box and spending another full Saturday afternoon calling hotline after hotline trying to get all my channels to show up on the damn thing…
And then on Sunday… I’m jumping up and down, poking my television, cussing like a drunk sailor and wonder WHAT IN THE $%&@ IS THAT REF THINKING?!…
But I digress. First things first… why did I go TiVo?
It’s not often that Ms. D suggests that we head to the Apple Store… but that’s what we did on Saturday after stopping by Latinfest to throw JFP t-shirts to the crowd.
Why? She wanted to see the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and decide which one she’s leaning toward — spoiler alert — she’s thinking 6 Plus.
That surprises me a little because I’ve never thought of Ms. D as the “phablet” type (and, quite frankly, I’m fairly certain she’ll never use that word). Still, it makes sense — she hauls her iPhone around in a purse most of the time and won’t feel the size is an encumbrance; what she will enjoy is the full glory of her social media — particularly Instagram — on the 5.5″ screen. And reading magazine stories (something she does for a living as well as for a pastime) should be that much more enjoyable, especially considering she and I are both upgrading from iPhone 4s.
With a sudden onslaught of interns and recent college grads at the JFP, I’m finding our one sad little wireless hotspot — a Belkin router that seems limited to 802.11g speeds — is cramping everyone’s style.
Not only are our wireless connections running slowly (in particularly the MacBook Airs in the office that have not Ethernet alternative), but every once in a while the router just gives up and I’ve got to go restart it.
So, I decided it was time to upgrade. And while I had my heart set on a Apple router, the price tag can scare anyone who (a.) has taken a fleeting glance at third-party routers on Amazon and (b.) can do math.
The story linked above was very helpful in encouraging me to believe that we could get away with a fourth generation Airport Extreme router, which I just bought from eBay for $50 shipped. I’ll post an updated once it’s unpacked and in the office, but I’m already looking forward to the dual antennas and “guest” access mode.