Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Search for a good ISP

Well so things are settled I'll be moving back to Hamilton within 2 weeks.
The internet situation still needs to be resolved however.
Here's a comparison of the 2 providers I'm looking at:

(The table is below there's some formatting glitch causing it to jump I'm to lazy to fix it now)

































CogecoDSL
Install$50$20
Monthly Charge$47.95$29.99
Rental fees(covered) $0$7
Totals (per month with install)$52.12$38.66
Annual Cost$625.44$463.92


Obviously we can see that DSL is a lot cheaper than Cogeco unfortunately cogeco comes with TV you'd be paying $13.46 / month for TV or $161.52 for the year just for standard cable!


My stance is ditch the cable cause DSL is much more reliable anyways but we'll see if I have trouble convincing the others.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Apartment Hunt

Overview
The places are pretty much the same in terms of space that is available at each the only things I find different are the configuration of the rooms location of the apartments and price. I'm listing the full price which will be shared between 2 people so just divide the price by 2 to get a rough idea of what it would cost.

Place 1:
Price: $ 770/month
Included in cost: Heat, Water, 1 Parking spot
Not included: Hydro, Phone, Internet

Advantages: Closest location to campus, Good landlord, Hardwood floors, Freshly painted and ready, Fair price, Best room configuration.

Disadvantages: Most expensive by $20/person.

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Main living room and kitchen



smaller bedroom



larger bedroom + hallway




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Place 2:
Price: $ 720/month
Included in cost: Heat, Water
Not included: Hydro, Phone, Internet, Parking, Room painting

Advantages: not as close as location 1 but still close, Hardwood floors.
Disadvantages: Internet extra, parking extra, landlord bitchy according to ethel (she was bitchy when I visited too), Place will not be ready until Sept 15 only can get it earlier if you take it as is without the repairs cleaning or repainting required.


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Place 3:
Price: $ 700/month
Included in cost: Heat, Water, 1 parking
Not included: Hydro, Phone, Internet

Advantages: Aside from being the cheapest none.

Disadvantages: Far from campus (farther than camelot towers) and bus comes rarely at this location. The distance would surely make it inconvinent it is at the border of what I would consider too far from campus to make sense. The facility is the most run down of the 3 the hallways to your appartment look much worse than the other 2.

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