I had subscribed for many years to Comcast's Digital programming with internet a $130.00 a month value. Then one by one my TV's burnt out, a big reddish-purple spot appeared centered on my big screen, so I backed off to just regular cable TV service.
I checked the line voltage on Comcast's cable for many years and it was always around 5-9 volts, today it's zero which is the correct measurement. Meanwhile my PC's equipped with a PCI-TV adapter burnt out.
When the TV adapter burnt out it also took out my pc's AGP video card secondary monitor port each time this happened, and seems to cause lag in ATI primary monitor out port at first. Now six months later ATI video cards will no longer work due to patching by Microsoft or failures running amok across the video card board itself?
Chalk this up to bad manufacturing of video cards by ATI ingeneral, not to mention Comcast's poor service attitude. Newer TV adapter cards are now proporting better quality and less likely to burn out. This I've got to see too believe.
In the last 6 months I saw a Comcast employee twice outside my home working on the lines and twice my PC's burnt out. Before that I had gone 3 years without problem using my tv-pc adapter. Of course Comcast refused to pay the bill. In 2002 my motherboard, cpu, and ram were ruined, so Comcast also ruined that stuff and 3 TV video adapter cards and 3 video display adapters as well.
A USB style TV Adapter card did the least damage to my pc's motherboard. I've also lost the main video card secondary monitor to BGE 3 times when the lights went out, these were all Geforce. Comcast attacks my ATI cards while BGE has been attacking my Geforce cards. They're working together as brothers in crime. That makes a total of 6 main pc video cards ruined and replaced. Special Edition video cards by GeForce have been the best over all when taking a electrical hits of any kind. Obviously BGE is to lame to consider internet over power lines.
Last time Comcast came out here they placed a second over lapping line in the ground as if to by-pass my home and isolate it. I guess it could be used to burn out the big screen by charging the line with high voltage if they're so inclined to do so, etc... I don't trust any of these companies with wires, and I sure wouldn't ever fight for them.
Comcast is the easiest to protect against right now. And this can be done by installing as many high isolation A-B switches as you have video capturing devices. The first to toggle comcast on and off at the wall using a high isolation A-B switch to your TV/ VCR/PC. When you aren't watching TV/VCR/PC keep Comcast disconnected.
The second high isolation switch is used in a two VCR format. One VCR's hooked directly to the PC on switch side A and is never in direct contact with Comcast's cable. The second VCR's connected to Comcast cable on switch side B, both VCR's are now connected to your tv screen through the high isolation A-B switch.
You never want to allow Comcast cable to come into direct contact with your PC. You can record a program on VCR switch side B to Comcast, and then replay it on VCR switch side A to port it to your PC. You can also install a 3rd high isolation switch next to your PC so you won't have to get up and down to toggle Comcast off and on someplace else.
It's bad enough taking direct hits from Comcast service techs working in the street, and with BGE losing power even more important to take precautions. Another measure taken is to solder a bulb to one end of a Comcast cable. If voltage is applied to cable on your street the bulb will now light to warn you of line voltage.
I'm home all day long, and no one has ever knocked on the door to say they're working on the lines. It sure will be great to get both tv and internet from EVDO sources in the future.
The problem doesn't stop here, Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.'s wife is working for Comcast along with other republican members wives. They're working together and as partners are vandalizing our homes, and pleading innocent. Comcast employees have tracked my web where abouts and harrassed me on several occasions. It's time to put government down on the mat and step in their face! Vote Democrat, support your home state of Maryland's polticial historial format of choice.
I've seen the electrical damaged caused by video and audio cables supplied not having adaquate built-in resistance to such electrical surges. I've moved a stereo just to see something else connected to it destroyed and ultimately my PC and stereo destroyed. Every year newer electrical stripe are made better with higher resistance for internet cable connections.
Disconnect your PC from BGE and Comcast if you want to run problem free. BGE's a real problem and yes they really are shutting off the power to vandalize PC's intentionally. Just like they gave the fire departments hundreds of thousands of gallons of free PCB's in the seventies to practive putting out transformer fires. A chemical that is now killing and showing up as brain cancer on fire fighters some 20 -30 years after exposure.
P.S: If I should ever run over a Comcast employee in my car I would hope no one would ever question my intent based on this blog.