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My friend recently bought a house and needed to have some electrical work done. He got 3 estimates from licensed electricians. Here is what he told me he had done roughly from memory:

2 ceiling fans + switches
3 new outside outlets
2 outside outlets repaired
7 recessed lights  + 3 pendants + 2 dimmers in kitchen
2 pairs of flood lights in the back.

He didnt get a single quote that was less than 5K. All the electricians told him that this is just a quote but the actual bill will be less as this is just time and materials. He picked a guy and the guy came with his partner - took 2 days to do it and they work from 7:30am to 2pm. Than they are out of there.

Total bill for the time and materials was $4000. My friend figures the cost of materials was probably close to $800. Remember the work also needs new wire and junction boxes. Regardless you can do the math - $3200 for 2 guys for 2 days. $1600 each so about $800/day for your time BEFORE TAXES. Figure they get hit at 30% for taxes as they are probably LLCs. So they are probably netting $1150 which works out to $575/day.

Thats pretty good money as most IT people cannot consistently pull that kind of $$ today due to the H1B. On top of this there are significant barriers to entry. Here in the PRNJ (People's Republic of NJ) there is a ton of licensing bullshit + liability insurance + disability insurance. Also I am betting that a lot of them do quite a bit of work n cash.

Sure there are lots of unlicensed ones around but you have to be brave to trust one with your house especially when they could accidentally burn it down.

One thing they did tell me is if the owner drives them crazy they leave. By the time they are packing their tools they are usually begging them to come back.


We dont call it the Indian Bowel Movement for nothing.


Though this article is a few years old, the truth is no one knows what these companies are doing with your data.

Discussions - Public / Why Paid Email Will Never Beat Gmail (I dont buy it)
« on: September 26, 2017, 03:33:14 AM »

Not sure I buy it. But there are some interesting comments at the end of the article:

"Suppport is for customers, not for the product. Using Gmail you are the product, not the customer."

"Yep. I see people every day who have their entire business email system based off of free Gmail. They better hope that nothing ever goes wrong with it, because Google does NOT have a phone number you can call for support."

I am looking for a new email provider as I want to divorce myself from the Goolag. They know way to much about everyone and everything. I also don't like their politics and censorships. Thanks but its time to kick them to the curb. Its out of control. Cannot be any of the following:


I have seen lots of suggestions on the web but would like to hear first hand experiences from others.


Very detailed and explains everything about why it sucks.


Thanks Microshaft but I will stick with Apple and Ubuntu.

I went through an Apple hate phase but am over it. The alternative of Windows is much worse. Yes you pay the Apple tax but who needs this kind of nonsense.

I made the mistake of turning on automatic updates and it jammed up my pc. They can eat it.

Discussions - Public / Petya Virus Damage
« on: July 06, 2017, 10:47:19 AM »
So my friend's work computer has been dead since last week. It wiped the MFT table and the boot loader he said. The machine will now not even boot.

Regardless here are some statistics that will blow your mind in his company. They have had 30-75%losses of Windows computers. As of right now they estimate that roughly 35K-45K desktop computer in his company were damaged along with about 15K servers.

Crazy stuff.

Discussions - Public / After 30 Days of Android, I Went Back To Apple
« on: June 08, 2017, 05:33:11 AM »
About a month ago I scored a Samsung S7 Edge at Wally World (Walmart) for $399 as they were clearing them out because the S8 came out. My iPhone 4 was slowly dying (home button was flaky and cant update the software) so I knew it was time for a new phone - cant complain after having it for 6 years.

I will say that Android is flexible and you can do what you want with it but it has LOTS and LOTS of problems. You will spend enormous amounts of time trying to figure out why you have no memory, no battery left, the phone is freaking hot to the touch and more. Apps just crash randomly and behave inconsistently. The phone app would crash while I am talking on the phone. All kinds of weird stuff, when you go on the web there are tons and tons of people complaining.

The OS itself has all this stuff running and you have no idea why - all sucking power and memory. That expandable memory slot they tout - that only kind of works for some things. Apparently the way Android works - the OS regards the memory card like a USB stick, its not part of the OS memory. You cant always move apps, music and pics to it. It greatly depends, so much for that expandable memory.

The Samsung screen is dazzling but the device itself is very fragile, very easy to break. You have to be careful even with an armored case. I didnt break mine but there are tons and tons of complaints about just bumping it and it shattering.

On top of this Google is extremely invasive - I get the impression that Android is a glorified data gathering system so Google can push advertising to you. There is all kinds of nefarious shit running. They want to suck your whole life into their cloud. One day I was in my google account and I came across this thing showing me where I had been in the last week on a map. Pretty dam scary if you ask me. Oh you dont want the phone pulling email all the time - tough shit, there is no way to turn it off in the Gmail app. The default music player wants to suck your music into Google's cloud. The music player itself sucks, people complain about iTunes, well Google's player makes iTunes look like its made of gold. Its absolute crap.

After a month of constantly trying to get it to work smoothly and not have a dead battery all the time I said the hell with it. I dont have time for this bullshit, I just want it to work.

I walked into an Apple store and bought an 128GB iPhone 7. The Apple tards told me to just take it home, plug it in and tell it to restore my last back up from iCloud. 20 minutes later my phone was working like nothing happened. My phone was talking to my Mac like it was never gone. Only thing I lost was the text messages from the last month which I dont care about.

Now thats freaking seamless, how its supposed to be. I just sold the Samsung yesterday (and yes I got back what I paid for it as I am glad I didnt pay Verizon's prices at $679).

The primary problem that I see with Android is its for tinkerers. Its the equivalent of Windows only worse. You know how with Windows you have all kinds of bullshit problems that you have to figure out WHY its not working after it used to work but now doesnt. Well Android is very similar. You have to dig for answers on the web.

If you want to spend your time debugging your phone, trying to figure out why it doenst work, than good for you. For me, I want it to be an appliance and just work. And Apple is as close to that as you are going to get.

Like many things in life, you dont appreciate something till its gone.

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