Usage Tip and data thieves

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For those running Office 365, I'll pass along the following as yet another example of applications eager to chew into your data cap.

Despite previously installing the applications in the dead of night during the LFNZ and repeating the mantra - do not use the some of the online features over and over and over, chanting do not sign-in to Office Live, and then clicking my heels and chanting there's no place like home, they got me yesterday, when I caught a usage spike red-handed.

I'd mistakenly thought establishing the appropriate Windows Update option had me covered ("Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them" coupled with checking the Microsoft Update check box).

It doesn't appear Office 365 honors that check box, Instead, it appears you need to go to the Account Options in any one of the applications which offers a limited choice of enabling and disabling updates. The appropriate choice is disable - then you need to manually check for updates, and re-enable to allow updates, then re-disable after update completes - naturally all during the LNFZ unless of course on the "virtually unlimited" Freedom Plan.

Thank you Microsoft for making it so user friendly.

The data thieves are always lurking in the shadows...

P.S. All of the above is simply empirical observation on my part and some assumption since I'm intimately familiar with the "Click-to-Run Virtualization" technology being used here, and which is just a new fancier name for an older misnomer. I really don't have time to dig deeper into the issue - I'll eventually see if disabling actually works with the next round of updates, which if experience holds should be occurring in 3, 2, 1... YMMV.                                
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Thank you for the information. Sometimes I fondly reminisce about the days of DOS 6.0 when I could control things. Now, my computer thinks for me. Put a number at the beginning of a sentence and suddenly you've got a numbered list. Put three underscores together and suddenly you've got a line the entire width of your page. No. No. No. All I wanted was three underscore characters! And, I'll update IF and WHEN I want to!!

There are three universal truths in our world:

  1. Fifteen minutes can save you 15% or more,
  2. For an erection lasting more than four hours seek immediate medical attention, and
  3. Everyone has unlimited Internet....except satellite customers.
Every facet of the computer world assumes everyone has unlimited Internet.

Fabricated conversation with a software vendor:
     "Sure, buy our product! It's available on the Internet! You can download it and start using it immediately. What? Size? Well, it's only 1.2 GB. But that you can download it and start using it immediately and it includes more features than you'll ever use and those exciting but unnecessary features only make up 92% of the 1.2 GB. Mail it? But your mailbox won't accept attachments that large!

     "United States what? Mail? US Mail? No, we can't do that. That requires postage and postage is very low bandwidth"

In the vastness of the Internet, we Satelliters are a very small group of bandwidth misfits. I whimpered a little last week when a coworker said he accidentally downloaded the Library of Congress...the ENTIRE Library of Congress...while streaming live video. Well, maybe that's an exaggeration but you get my point.

I have no more advice than I've posted elsewhere. But I want everyone to know I feel your pain and share your frustration.

But the obverse of the low bandwidth coin is that I get to live in a forest in exurban Washington, DC where the Internet comes from space or along a long copper telephone wire that won't support DSL.

I cycled last night and was so very close to my 10 GB limit I was toggling my laptop's Wifi so I didn't download unnecessary bits while trying to complete my homework. But here I am on a new cycle so I can share the attached photo with everyone.

 
This, the view from my front deck, is what I traded high speed Internet for. I hope everyone has received something so beautiful as the pay-off for low bandwidth satellite Internet.
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Yeah, and that 20MB hard drive cost $300.  But, you could at least back it up on a handful of 5-1/4" floppy disks. :-)
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I had to wait 2 years until I got my first tape drive :) Until then any power outage would kill the program I had entered by hand.
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Old Labs (VS1-329-L12FZ)

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I was happy just to move off of paper tape and punch cards.
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Power outages were the worst.  Fortunately, I had a new bride who would read me the 2000 Hex bytes of Palo Alto Tiny Basic, as I flipped switches to load/store the program..
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Yep, rural area here too.
We toggle the WiFi antenna on & off every time we use any device: computers, tablets, and smartphones. Background data usage does add up.
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Nice posts, thanks. I'm in a difficult rural spot too. My house is set in a cove of huge boulders and hills and satellite is the only thing available here other than one other service that uses some sort of radio transmission. At my home satellite is the only thing that can get out. I think I've licked all of my data hogs at the moment because this month my data usage has been quite low. This is a good reminder to be grateful for the joy of living in an area filled with natural beauty and why some of us are willing to make trade offs.
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My driveway is 0.7 miles off a paved road, and that paved road does not have cable or DSL.  It's the price we pay for rural living.
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Lab Rescuer,

Thank you for sharing your usage tips.  
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Best option is to not install Office 365, Lots of free Office Suite programs that are free to download. I use Open Office.
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Sure, except for the fact that the choice for some of us is dictated by employers or those for whom we contract, and for a variety of valid reasons. Now go up to a certain 5-sided large office building on the outskirts of DC and convince the occupants of E-Ring - reality bites.                  
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No one in E-ring can imagine that anyone doesn't have unlimited Internet. The conversation would go like this:

"What, no Internet? Do you live in a cave?"

"Well, no I don't. The cave wasn't on the market when I was buying."

You reminded me of the day I tele-worked. With the VPN to the mother ship engaged my tiny bit pipe started to hum and rattle like cast iron plumbing in a three story Victorian.

Good times...
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Exactly Universal Truth #3, and now that I think of it...

With regard to universal truth # 2 above and since I have no first hand experience with it but just in case it ever comes, up arises, exhibits itselsf, occurs, I assume that directive applies equally to er, um, er, um... both parties to the transaction?         
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As LNFZ comes to a close and I ride off into the daybreak, regarding Universal Truth # 1, everybody knows that - but did you know that John Kerry was the model for the N.E. Patriots Flying Elvis Logo - I much preferred Pat Patriot, but them I'm old school to begin with.

Now that I've recovered from Microsoft's chewing up my data with a short vegan diet that allows me to enjoy burgers for the rest of the month (but even then remaining cautious) - the reason for my hiding out in the forest and tolerating satellite internet are for moments like this:

http://www.wildblueworld.com/forum/showthread.php?7893-Stunned        
     
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