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The Phone Booth / Re: Fitbit to Be Acquired by Google
« Last post by hbiss on November 05, 2019, 09:31:16 PM »
Believe me, nothing surprises me anymore.

-Hal
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Computers, Software & Accessories / Re: Wi-Fi Hot Spot for Internet Access Backup
« Last post by MacGyver on November 05, 2019, 07:33:26 PM »
Bobby, please keep me posted if you find something good.  My guys still carry MiFi's that are on the AT&T network for backup except for a couple that just tether to their phone becuase they don't need multiple people to be able to hook up to it.  Nothing free, though.
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The Phone Booth / Re: Fitbit to Be Acquired by Google
« Last post by MacGyver on November 05, 2019, 07:29:50 PM »
Here's one of interest.  My secretary had been trying this mail order meat company.  It's all grass fed, natural, no antibiotics, no growth hormone, etc.  The meat is very good I have to admit, but the point of the story is that she shot me a URL to look at the prices.  That was about two weeks ago.  Since then if I go to Youtube, I see commercials for this company.  Okay nothing new there, but today I received a direct mail solicitation from this company at my home address.  None of the other neighbors got one.

The Google car that drives around filming for Street View also sniffs your wifi signal.  That's why you can turn on a setting on your phone to improve location services.  Even if you're not hitting towers, Google says, "I know this wireless signature" and can zero in more on your location.

So the story is that I suppose Google now not only knows your IP, and your wireless signal, but they can now use that so advertisers can direct mail to you after you visit their site.  Maybe I'm off on this, but once you've been a tech for a few decades, you just don't believe in coincidences. 
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Computers, Software & Accessories / Re: Wi-Fi Hot Spot for Internet Access Backup
« Last post by Keighlar on November 05, 2019, 06:34:34 PM »
We use Cradlepoint as a backup.  Delivers internet over 4G, but only charges usage.  There may be a small monthly fee for connectivity.

Some reviews:  https://community.spiceworks.com/topic/1123968-best-4g-lte-hotspot-for-backup-internet
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The Phone Booth / Re: Fitbit to Be Acquired by Google
« Last post by CMDL_GUY on November 05, 2019, 05:45:32 PM »
I got a VM message the other day from you know who. All the guy said was "we noticed that when somebody says hey Alexa your company doesn't come up".

-Hal

I got several of those voicemails!
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The Phone Booth / Re: Fitbit to Be Acquired by Google
« Last post by hbiss on November 05, 2019, 04:44:26 PM »
I got a VM message the other day from you know who. All the guy said was "we noticed that when somebody says hey Alexa your company doesn't come up".

-Hal
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Computers, Software & Accessories / Wi-Fi Hot Spot for Internet Access Backup
« Last post by TexasTechnician on November 05, 2019, 04:03:55 PM »
I have a client that is looking for a backup plan in case their Internet system fails and everything I can find for wi-fi hotspots expires the purchased data every 30 to 60 days and they require a monthly payment.

Is there one out there that doesn't expire data and doesn't require a monthly payment?
Internet On The Go advertised a plan a few weeks ago but when the client tried to order the equipment they say that plan is no longer available.
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The Phone Booth / Re: Fitbit to Be Acquired by Google
« Last post by telemarv on November 05, 2019, 06:45:22 AM »
Don't have one, don't want one. I won't get a "smart" TV, speaker, refrigerator or any thing that listens to what is going on in my home.
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The Phone Booth / Re: Fitbit to Be Acquired by Google
« Last post by MacGyver on November 04, 2019, 07:01:52 PM »
That's a really good point, Larry.  As it is, Google looks at your IP and serves adds to your whole LAN based on what one user searches.  Now consider your device being worn around town and later syncing your data.  Google now knows where you go, likely what you do, and your sync IP. 
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The Phone Booth / Fitbit to Be Acquired by Google
« Last post by CMDL_GUY on November 04, 2019, 02:03:57 PM »
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