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A friend of mine just introduced me to BeerRiot.com.  It’s a beer rating/recommendation site.  It’s actually quite cool.  Basically, you give beers a rating of Like, Shrug, or Dislike.  It compares your ratings to those of other users and gives you recommendations for beers that you would probably like.  After spending a little time on it going through all the beers I could think of (some which I had to add myself because they weren’t there, meaning they probably didn’t count much towards my recommendations), I checked the recommendations.  Apparently, I really need to try Dogfish Head’s 120 Minute IPA as that’s by far the top recommendation according to this site.

I’m occasionally active on Beer Advocate, reviewing beers when I have the time to really think about what I’m drinking and posting on the forums there.  This site is a bit different.  It doesn’t seem to give overall ratings, at least not to the extent that BA does, but it does give you a recommended list of beers to try.  I found that pretty cool, so I’m going to seek out some of the beers it listed I think.  Hopefully, Nikki’s will have most of them.

Also cool about the site is that it uses the Yaws web server, which is designed for dynamic-content web apps.  As I don’t know much about Yaws, I’ll let you read up on it and learn more about it.  So far it seems pretty neat.

Verizon FiOS vs. Cox High Speed Internet

Verizon FiOS is coming to RI and Providence. It’s already available in some areas. People are excited about it; however, I’m not convinced. What it does is bring in competition, which is always good. In a discussion with my fiancée’s brother, he explained to me that the benefit to FiOS is in the upstream speeds, with upstream speeds up to 2 Mbps. He went on to say that upstream speeds for most cable internet services is around 256 kbps. I was curious, knowing that Cox had been increasing their speeds for a while, and decided to check out what Cox offers. In their basic package, priced the same as the basic FiOS package (about $40 per month), Cox High Speed is 5 Mbps downstream and 2 Mbps upstream. In other words, it’s exactly the same as FiOS. Continue reading Verizon FiOS vs. Cox High Speed Internet

Does Bit Torrent make you a server?

There’s a current thread on the NYCheads email discussion list (which can be found at Google Groups, for those of you in the NYC area who want some decent music discussion, though it tends to revolve around NYC and jam bands and the like) regarding OptOnline’s and Comcast’s TOS prohibiting you to be a “server”. The issue that started was Comcast banning Bit Torrent because it makes your computer a server. Some feel that peer-to-peer software does not make your computer a server, though Comcast, and most ISP’s, would probably disagree with that. Though the discussion is still fairly young, and I’m sure more people will add their 2 cents to it, I added mine… Continue reading Does Bit Torrent make you a server?