—Things fall apart…

August 8, 2013

Sisko facepalm

—I took a sip, ascended the grey couch throne with my Samsung Galaxy SII, and rested my cup. (I of course used a coaster, less I leave any rings on my coffee table.) Hitting the volume button on the TV, catching up with one of my shows, I found myself browsing Google Play for app updates to feed my little Tamagotchi. “Trulia” I believe it was. Casually placing her on the coffee table without a care in the world, I sunk back into the cushions warm in the knowledge that my technological companion was improving upon itself. Evolving, if you will, as is our nightly routine. Read the rest of this entry »

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SMS has been with us from the very beginning of the so-called “mobile revolution”, and yet many of us still don’t use it to its full potential. Maybe we’ve been conditioned to avoid the draconian limits and overage charges from the mobile overlords, but strangely these days carriers are the handing out unlimited messaging plans like it’s going out of style. What else could they do? They’ve been gouging us over for years, charging for a service that costs them next to nothing to deliver (don’t get me started on the international text plan racket) and in response people have shifted their methods of communication to more data-centric options like social media, apps like Kik, or the ever-awesome (and free) Google Voice. They’re losing profits and I say serves them right. Now they’ve changed their tactics to making data their cash cow; tiered data plans, or “unlimited” data for “just a little more”. And while it’s hard for us consumers to quell our ever-increasing data addiction, it’s easy for the frugal masses to find a cheaper route.
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When I got my first BlackBerry, countless years ago, one of the features the annoying sales rep was trying to push was that Hotspot@Home garbage. You know, where T-Mobile (I guess I’m outing myself) gives you a wireless router and you use it to make “unlimited” Wi-Fi calls in your home, and on your handset for an additional $10/month fee. Little did he know I did my reading and knew that I didn’t need that BS. The Curve 8900 came with the UMA feature that let’s you connect to T-Mobile’s services from ANY Wi-Fi connection that supported it. Yea sure it would use my monthly minute allotment, but I was planning to join the cheapskate “MyFavs + Google Voice = Unlimited Calling plan. Suckers. Read the rest of this entry »

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