Author Topic: Anyone in Dallas?  (Read 29049 times)

Roman

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 11
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #150 on: March 20, 2016, 05:12:56 PM »
Plano here - I saw 6 or 7 others on the first pages. Question for them: what is the cheapest internet-only service you have found? Seems TWC and VZN are the only options here, and I pay TWC almost $60. It's fast (130+dl/23ul) but I'm ok reducing. Thanks!

Spork

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 5462
    • Spork In The Eye
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #151 on: March 20, 2016, 05:15:23 PM »
adding to follow.  I'm 2 hours away... but lived in DFW once upon a time.
Some will sell their dreams for small desires
Or lose the race to rats
Get caught in ticking traps
And start to dream of somewhere
To relax their restless flight

Thinkum

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 557
  • Location: SoCal
  • Life is Good
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #152 on: March 20, 2016, 09:24:41 PM »
Our neighborhood only has VZ I believe. Not sure if TWC are available, but never liked them, too many bad stories from where I used to live in CA. We use VZ and got a 2yr deal of $42/month for 25MB or so. Internet only. VZ has been the best provider that I can remember, CA included. Once the contract is up, it is supposed to go up to about $65 or so. I will of course call and try to get it reduced, we'll see how that goes.

Roman

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 11
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #153 on: March 21, 2016, 07:58:18 AM »
Our neighborhood only has VZ I believe. Not sure if TWC are available, but never liked them, too many bad stories from where I used to live in CA. We use VZ and got a 2yr deal of $42/month for 25MB or so. Internet only. VZ has been the best provider that I can remember, CA included. Once the contract is up, it is supposed to go up to about $65 or so. I will of course call and try to get it reduced, we'll see how that goes.

Thanks! I am overdue on making my calls. 

Because I assume I'll always be on the provider changing carousel, I've never bought and used my own router, always paying that monthly fee.  Thoughts/advice?

Thinkum

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 557
  • Location: SoCal
  • Life is Good
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #154 on: March 21, 2016, 08:13:13 AM »
While in CA, we had local monopolies, so there was very little choice and the providers knew it. In that case, it made sense and we bought our own router since they charged a monthly fee.

 Since VZ has been really good thus far, if it does go up to $65, I might be able to get it down lower. Even if not, I/we will most likely just stick with them. I have noticed that internet only is more expensive in the Dallas area. VZ includes the wireless router with no additional monthly charge.

Spork

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 5462
    • Spork In The Eye
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #155 on: March 21, 2016, 08:15:14 AM »

Because I assume I'll always be on the provider changing carousel, I've never bought and used my own router, always paying that monthly fee.  Thoughts/advice?

This is advice from a network security geek from an ISP:  I think it is always correct to be the one responsible for the security on your network.  I think it's a bad idea for the ISP to have full access to your network.  (I also think it's a bad idea from a liability standpoint on the ISP side.)  It's also a bad idea to have the ISP provide wireless.  The wireless secret is, more often than not, a non-random calculated secret that could be guessed with a little bit of effort.

You can always get a generic firewall that uses wired ethernet for the external interface.  Have them provide you with the lowest amount of services on the router -- connectivity only.  No wireless, no firewall.
Some will sell their dreams for small desires
Or lose the race to rats
Get caught in ticking traps
And start to dream of somewhere
To relax their restless flight

Meadbrndn

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 1
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #156 on: April 03, 2016, 04:41:00 PM »
Hey there. I'm in Dallas just north of downtown and new to the group. Adding to the thread so I can stay up to date. Thanks!

Cyaphas

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 500
  • Age: 34
  • Location: DFW, TX
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #157 on: April 05, 2016, 03:57:10 AM »
Fort Worth - White Settlement for me! Glad to see some local Mustachians here!
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
-Nelson Mandela

“Gold is the money of kings, silver is the money of gentlemen, barter is the money of peasants – but debt is the money of slaves.”
-Norm Franz

Uturn

  • Bristles
  • ***
  • Posts: 481
  • Age: 47
  • Location: Fort Worth, TX
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #158 on: April 05, 2016, 06:23:22 AM »
I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who lives on the proper side of the metroplex. 
It's not about money, it's about mindset

Cyaphas

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 500
  • Age: 34
  • Location: DFW, TX
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #159 on: April 07, 2016, 11:48:00 PM »
I avoid Dallas like the plague. I had to drive from Saginaw to Love Field on Tuesday. It took 1 hr and 40 mins.  I was having flashbacks to when I lived in Seattle. I don't know how people do that every day. So many people cutting me off, not letting me in, no blinkers, heavy acceleration followed by slamming on the brakes. Fort Worth just feels like a really big small town to me. Granted, that I35 & 820 construction has been ridiculous. They built the Sears tower in less time than they've taken on those projects!
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
-Nelson Mandela

“Gold is the money of kings, silver is the money of gentlemen, barter is the money of peasants – but debt is the money of slaves.”
-Norm Franz

Uturn

  • Bristles
  • ***
  • Posts: 481
  • Age: 47
  • Location: Fort Worth, TX
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #160 on: April 08, 2016, 06:28:21 AM »
I live near Beach and Western Center.  Been dealing with continuous freeway construction for 7 years
It's not about money, it's about mindset

Cyaphas

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 500
  • Age: 34
  • Location: DFW, TX
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #161 on: April 08, 2016, 10:49:58 PM »
I live near Beach and Western Center.  Been dealing with continuous freeway construction for 7 years

My Fiance and I are planning on purchasing a place in Park Glenn. It's close to work, we like the schools, shopping options and the park.
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
-Nelson Mandela

“Gold is the money of kings, silver is the money of gentlemen, barter is the money of peasants – but debt is the money of slaves.”
-Norm Franz

Uturn

  • Bristles
  • ***
  • Posts: 481
  • Age: 47
  • Location: Fort Worth, TX
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #162 on: April 09, 2016, 09:32:43 AM »
Arcadia Park is nice.  Lots of bike trail and a great disc golf course. 
It's not about money, it's about mindset

cheapass

  • Bristles
  • ***
  • Posts: 361
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #163 on: April 19, 2016, 09:38:32 AM »
Wylie here, we just moved out to the suburbs from an apartment in Dallas. Being a Mustachian in Dallas is kind of amusing observing people as they bury themselves in debt for Mercedes, McMansions and overpriced dinners at trendy restaurants (Uptown "30K millionaires")...

We would definitely be interested in a get together with other DFW members!

Plano here - I saw 6 or 7 others on the first pages. Question for them: what is the cheapest internet-only service you have found? Seems TWC and VZN are the only options here, and I pay TWC almost $60. It's fast (130+dl/23ul) but I'm ok reducing. Thanks!

My wife and I had the TWC $15/month plan for 2 years and we loved it, even streamed HD Netflix (not 4K). The download speed is 3mbps. The trick to being able to stream video on a "slow" connection without buffering issues is to set up your network so that bandwidth priority goes to your streaming devices. This is called QoS (quality of service).

The way we have it set up is we bought a router (never lease a modem or router from your internet company, it's a waste of money) that we could install aftermarket software DD-WRT on. The QoS settings dictate that our playstation and TV streaming devices have priority when they need it and all other devices share something like 5% of bandwidth in that case. That way when your phone starts updating Facebook or pinging an email server, it doesn't hog up all the bandwidth and cause your video to lag. During the times when you're not streaming video, all devices will get the bandwidth they need.

We're now on the $35 TWC plan for 50mbps and the only reason we upgraded is so that we could stream Netflix in 4K. It works perfectly.
« Last Edit: April 19, 2016, 09:50:50 AM by armueller2001 »

InsertFullNameHere

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 5
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #164 on: May 01, 2016, 07:46:43 PM »
Chiming in on this thread, hope it's not too late!

Cyaphas

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 500
  • Age: 34
  • Location: DFW, TX
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #165 on: May 29, 2016, 07:01:30 PM »
Is anyone interested in a mid-June meetup? Maybe around Arlington or Grapevine?
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
-Nelson Mandela

“Gold is the money of kings, silver is the money of gentlemen, barter is the money of peasants – but debt is the money of slaves.”
-Norm Franz

Uturn

  • Bristles
  • ***
  • Posts: 481
  • Age: 47
  • Location: Fort Worth, TX
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #166 on: May 30, 2016, 09:16:05 AM »
Yes, absolutely.  We can prove that life does exist west of Irving. 
It's not about money, it's about mindset

pl28

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 28
  • Location: Dallas, Texas
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #167 on: May 30, 2016, 08:05:07 PM »
I would be interested, please do keep us posted if we get meet up going.

Philociraptor

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 794
  • Age: 27
  • Location: DFW, TX
  • FIRE Deadline: May 2029
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #168 on: May 31, 2016, 07:14:25 AM »
Is anyone interested in a mid-June meetup? Maybe around Arlington or Grapevine?

We live in Grand Prairie, so as long as we're not busy, I'll be there.

Snownoir

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 7
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #169 on: June 07, 2016, 06:27:06 PM »
Is anyone interested in a mid-June meetup? Maybe around Arlington or Grapevine?

Would love to attend a meetup and meet local like minded folks  :)
- Effect Positive Change

WillWork4Mustache

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 4
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #170 on: June 29, 2016, 06:34:35 AM »
New to Dallas, looking forward to meeting fellow mustacians "Y'ALL".

   Is there a group somewhere for the Dallas folks? In DC we used a Google group, I think perhaps a meetup group might be easiest to use (although I'm far from literate in the social technologies).

-WW4M

JustFixIt

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 5
  • Location: North Dallas
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #171 on: July 03, 2016, 09:08:33 AM »
Another North Dallas MMM member checking in. 

Been in the North Dallas area for 20+ years now, originally from MO, Ballwin//Manchester area.

fatcow240

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 48
  • Age: 32
  • Location: Dallas
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #172 on: July 07, 2016, 01:00:27 PM »
Home: Royse City
Work: Richardson

I plan to cut my commute this fall.

Rutes

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 19
  • Age: 33
  • Location: Dallas, TX
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #173 on: July 11, 2016, 01:17:48 PM »
Home: Royse City
Work: Richardson

I plan to cut my commute this fall.

Hey I'm from Royse City! Go Bulldogs! I live in North Dallas now, close to Richardson. If you're in the market for a house I'm looking to sell mine in the Fall...


We should totally do another meetup. It's been awhile! I think it might just take someone putting a time and place out there - How about the 2nd weekend of August? Saturday the 13th at noonish - we could do a lunch thing. Where? I figure mid-cities might accommodate the most people, but I'm all for going back to the Jeng Chi restaurant since it's right down the street from me...

Cyaphas

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 500
  • Age: 34
  • Location: DFW, TX
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #174 on: July 11, 2016, 01:48:14 PM »
Home: Royse City
Work: Richardson

I plan to cut my commute this fall.

Hey I'm from Royse City! Go Bulldogs! I live in North Dallas now, close to Richardson. If you're in the market for a house I'm looking to sell mine in the Fall...


We should totally do another meetup. It's been awhile! I think it might just take someone putting a time and place out there - How about the 2nd weekend of August? Saturday the 13th at noonish - we could do a lunch thing. Where? I figure mid-cities might accommodate the most people, but I'm all for going back to the Jeng Chi restaurant since it's right down the street from me...

Noon on the 13th would be awesome! Count me in.
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
-Nelson Mandela

“Gold is the money of kings, silver is the money of gentlemen, barter is the money of peasants – but debt is the money of slaves.”
-Norm Franz

fatcow240

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 48
  • Age: 32
  • Location: Dallas
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #175 on: July 11, 2016, 02:13:42 PM »
Home: Royse City
Work: Richardson

I plan to cut my commute this fall.

Hey I'm from Royse City! Go Bulldogs! I live in North Dallas now, close to Richardson. If you're in the market for a house I'm looking to sell mine in the Fall...
I am looking to buy in the fall, after October.
Quote
We should totally do another meetup. It's been awhile! I think it might just take someone putting a time and place out there - How about the 2nd weekend of August? Saturday the 13th at noonish - we could do a lunch thing. Where? I figure mid-cities might accommodate the most people, but I'm all for going back to the Jeng Chi restaurant since it's right down the street from me...

I work about 5 minutes from Jeng Chi, so M-F lunch would be prefered.  I can still make it out on the weekend.

shaynadc

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 1
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #176 on: July 11, 2016, 08:42:05 PM »
Hello all! Are the meetups still happening? I'm down for the next one, ASAP. I need a couple of punches in the face!

In NRH.

DeepEllumStache

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 2250
  • Age: 34
  • Location: Dallas
  • Formerly of the Deep Ellum Variety
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #177 on: July 13, 2016, 04:48:33 PM »
Alrighty let's vote:

Option A: Saturday 8/13 at 12:30 pm
Option B: Friday 8/12 at 7:30 pm
Option C: Saturday 8/13 at 7:30 pm

Restaurant option so far is at Jeng Chi in Richardson.
And a journal because I #REF occasionally

Rutes

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 19
  • Age: 33
  • Location: Dallas, TX
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #178 on: July 13, 2016, 04:58:45 PM »
Dinner option might work better - it went really well last time!
I vote Option C - Sat 8/13 at 7:30p

Uturn

  • Bristles
  • ***
  • Posts: 481
  • Age: 47
  • Location: Fort Worth, TX
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #179 on: July 13, 2016, 05:12:12 PM »
B no es bueano, siempre

I'm good for A or C.

Anyone up for carpool from North Tarrant County? 

It's not about money, it's about mindset

Cyaphas

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 500
  • Age: 34
  • Location: DFW, TX
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #180 on: July 14, 2016, 03:02:21 PM »
A is the only one I can attend.
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
-Nelson Mandela

“Gold is the money of kings, silver is the money of gentlemen, barter is the money of peasants – but debt is the money of slaves.”
-Norm Franz

Philociraptor

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 794
  • Age: 27
  • Location: DFW, TX
  • FIRE Deadline: May 2029
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #181 on: July 14, 2016, 03:04:23 PM »
A>C>B for me, but no guarantees I'll be able to make it at all; that's my dad's birthday weekend so we'll probably go out to eat, not sure what day or time until the week before.

clarkevii

  • Stubble
  • **
  • Posts: 216
  • Age: 36
  • Location: Dallas TX
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #182 on: July 16, 2016, 10:42:02 AM »
I vote for A.

Jeng Chi is a favorite spot of mine since the last meetup there. It is reasonable and it is big place that should be slow on a Saturday afternoon. We won't be rushed out.

My only other suggestion for location would be a bar like place for brews such as Fox and the Hound (Campbell and 75) or even Flying Saucer on the Lake in Garland.

Thinkum

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 557
  • Location: SoCal
  • Life is Good
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #183 on: July 16, 2016, 02:58:03 PM »
I too vote A, lunch is a better bet. I also echo what Clarkevii said about perhaps a brewpub. A good place I just discovered today is Intrinsic BBQ and Brewery in downtown Garland. Laid back area, nice venue, great food and drink, at a reasonable price.

clarkevii

  • Stubble
  • **
  • Posts: 216
  • Age: 36
  • Location: Dallas TX
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #184 on: July 16, 2016, 03:59:41 PM »
Intrinsic is a solid choice. Craft brews and you can also buy 32oz beers for about $7... So not too bad on value :) I've been there and they have a nice courtyard. The place has a has a good vibe.

The only reason why I didn't mention it is because it isn't directly off a highway. I know some people come out from Fort Worth side and both Jeng Chi and Intrinisic are in my backyard.... So I'll punt my opinion to the travelers.

DeepEllumStache

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 2250
  • Age: 34
  • Location: Dallas
  • Formerly of the Deep Ellum Variety
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #185 on: July 16, 2016, 04:20:45 PM »
I'm open to either location
And a journal because I #REF occasionally

cheapass

  • Bristles
  • ***
  • Posts: 361
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #186 on: July 18, 2016, 09:10:54 AM »
Is it bad form to bring your own food and beer to a restaurant?

I kid, I kid

DeepEllumStache

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 2250
  • Age: 34
  • Location: Dallas
  • Formerly of the Deep Ellum Variety
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #187 on: July 18, 2016, 06:47:07 PM »
There occasionally BYOB places but BYOF? Not so much.

Alrighty, looks like option A - Saturday 8/13 at 1230 pm wins.

Now for the final match: Intrinsic or Jeng Chi?
And a journal because I #REF occasionally

cheapass

  • Bristles
  • ***
  • Posts: 361
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #188 on: July 19, 2016, 07:37:49 AM »
Sounds like fun, schedule doesn't work for me but I'll try to make the next one!

clarkevii

  • Stubble
  • **
  • Posts: 216
  • Age: 36
  • Location: Dallas TX
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #189 on: July 21, 2016, 10:56:42 AM »
I'll vote Intrinsic. Drinking a few brews at 12:30 is always a good time.

Thinkum

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 557
  • Location: SoCal
  • Life is Good
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #190 on: July 21, 2016, 11:15:42 AM »
I'll vote Intrinsic as well. Either one is good though.

Smilo2K

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 2
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #191 on: July 29, 2016, 02:36:00 PM »
Another far North Dallas checking in.  Aug 13th at 12:30 / Intrinsic in Garland, it's 3 weeks out but my DH and I should be able to make it.

DeepEllumStache

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 2250
  • Age: 34
  • Location: Dallas
  • Formerly of the Deep Ellum Variety
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #192 on: July 30, 2016, 08:17:09 AM »
Excellent excellent mwhahaha.

See everyone 8/13
And a journal because I #REF occasionally

WillWork4Mustache

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 4
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #193 on: August 05, 2016, 08:12:41 AM »
Wife and I will attend. Looking forward to meeting you all.

-WW4M

WillWork4Mustache

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 4
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #194 on: August 12, 2016, 11:36:56 AM »
Is it settled as intrinsic at 12:30 8/13?

-WW4M

Cyaphas

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 500
  • Age: 34
  • Location: DFW, TX
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #195 on: August 12, 2016, 01:50:26 PM »
Is it settled as intrinsic at 12:30 8/13?

-WW4M

We'll see you there!
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
-Nelson Mandela

“Gold is the money of kings, silver is the money of gentlemen, barter is the money of peasants – but debt is the money of slaves.”
-Norm Franz

DeepEllumStache

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 2250
  • Age: 34
  • Location: Dallas
  • Formerly of the Deep Ellum Variety
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #196 on: August 12, 2016, 06:09:07 PM »
See everyone tomorrow!
And a journal because I #REF occasionally

SpareChange

  • Stubble
  • **
  • Posts: 228
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #197 on: August 12, 2016, 11:27:08 PM »
Wish I wasn't on call this weekend. Sounds like a blast!! Have fun!

Rutes

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 19
  • Age: 33
  • Location: Dallas, TX
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #198 on: August 13, 2016, 11:47:28 AM »
We're here at the front table in case anyone is looking around!

katsiki

  • Bristles
  • ***
  • Posts: 488
  • Age: 36
  • Location: Louisiana
Re: Anyone in Dallas?
« Reply #199 on: August 13, 2016, 11:52:43 AM »
I was just in Dallas this week, but left Thursday.  I'm jealous.  Have fun!