Cut The Cord – Preparation

I am getting ready to test “cutting the cord”.  If you don’t know what this means, it is getting rid of my television service provider (DirectTV) and going with internet based streaming services.

The reasons I am doing this are two fold.  First, my kids (13 & 14) don’t watch much TV at all.  They are usually on their phones.  Second and the larger influence is to eliminate my DirectTV bill which is currently at $140 / month.

After talking with a co-worker and doing some research online I will outline my plan.

  1. I will purchase the hardware.  I have ordered a new AppleTV and an HD antenna.  The AppleTV will be used for my streaming apps.  Apple just announced their new TV app, “you have one place to access shows and movies from multiple video apps — in one unified experience.”  The antenna will be used to see how many local broadcast stations I will be able to get for free.
  2. Next decide on my streaming apps.  After talking with my coworker I am going with SlingTV (Orange + Blue).  This service will give me 49 live channels for $40/month.  I will also get a Hulu subscription.  With that subscription I will get my necessary shows (The Goldbergs,  Modern Family, and The Middle plus others).  This service will be $8/month.  I will see how these two services satisfy my television needs.  Most likely I will one off some other services as needed.
  3. Once I get this in place, I plan to test the usability of this system and if I can watch what I want when I want to.

Summary, I will pay $210 up front for hardware and $48/month in streaming services.  So with reducing my current DirectTV bill by $92 I will have a 2 month ROI and then will reap the benefits of that monthly savings.





DellEMCWorld 2016 Summary

OK, I’m back in the airport waiting to head home. I figured I’d think about my experience compared to other IT conferences I’ve been to. First it wasn’t a bad conference, but just different than what I am used to. Here’s what I came up with:

  1. The mobile app was good
  2. Check in was smooth.  Something different, on check in you got a badge. That’s it. Nothing else. No bag, or all the junk that’s usually in them. No tshirt, no pen, no event documentation.  That was a first for me.  That should have tipped me off to the type of conference it is.
  3. The sessions were good, wished they had more around Sonicwall. They had a lot of interesting Hands On Labs if you like that, they usually bore me.
  4. The expo floor was different than any of the others.  No gimmicky booths or pretty girls trying to scan your badge and it was smaller.   I didn’t even come out with a tshirt, not that that’s a bad thing.
  5. More on the expo floor,it was great because it was all focused around Dell products and a lot of them. You could learn everything there was to know about Dell and Dell Technologies. 
  6. Social events were plenty and the ones I attended from both Dell and vendors were great.
  7. Next year they move to Vegas!!

Day Two done, almost…

Ok I am on the shuttle back to my hotel after day two sessions. Morning started with the keynote highlighted by Michael Dell.  Dell and EMC will be great together, blah, blah.  But besides that a Very promising and informing message.  Some good case study videos.  After that were sessions, lunch and vendors. 

What I learned today:

  1. Attandance: 8000
  2. Performance / storage / expectations will increase 10x every 5 years
  3. Kids will “learn beyond the borders of the classroom.” If they have the right tools (office 365 classroom notebook)
  4. Don’t stay at the Airport Hilton for a conference.

I’m still on the shuttle…

First Day

I made it.

The first day is done and here is my summary.

  1. Not sure exact size but I’m thinking smaller than Microsoft Ignite. What I’m going on is the expo floor (less vendors, less crowded).  Next year it’s in Vegas. 
  2. Seems to be more of a “suit” crowd then an IT crowd. 
  3. Don’t stay at the Hilton Austin Airpot.  Nice place but too far away from the action. I usually stay at the Embassy Suites when I come to Austin, much better.
  4. Excited to hear Michael Dell tomorrow morning. 

On my way.

I am going to try my hand at blogging. 

I am currently sitting in the Dallas airport headed to Dell EMC World in Austin, TX. I have attended many other IT conferences but this is my first Dell.  My goal right now is to post at least once a day at the conference which shouldn’t be hard since it’s a short 2 1/2 days. 

Let me know if there is anything you want me to report about.  Thanks. 

I think I have everything I need right now.