Yesterday as mentioned in a previous blog posting, I had acquired a new phone for my brother. It is from a carrier called Cricket Communications which has plans from $30 – $60, although any plan under $45 is simply not worth it. I personally dealt with them, and didn’t like the quality of service, but my brother is OK with it. One of the advantages (the very few) that Cricket offers is unlimited calling at even the $30 plan. In my brother’s case, he got unlimited calling, directory assistance, and text messaging.
The phone itself is junk though. The cheapest phone was about $75 – $80 and lacks features that most people would take for granted such as Bluetooth, camera, and a web browser or even IM. The phone is the lowest quality, and probably similar models won’t be found on even the free models. The phone wouldn’t have even been worth it if it didn’t come with a free month. Of course, what would one expect from a phone called EZ. (probably pronounced EE-ZEE)
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Well, first – let’s address the regular iPod that I have. For the best way to explain it, it went to a better place. In the meantime, a replacement which would be an iPod Classic 120GB would cost about $250. This is for now out of my budget. However using my computer as a media player with the resource hog of iTunes 8, is simply not feasible. My option was to look into another media player, and one that would work with iTunes.
First, this iPod would be small, and most likely intended to be home. For the time being, my Blackberry is serving well enough for when I’m not home. The $150 iPod nano would not be a reasonable solution simply because at 4GB, this is too much. My solution would have been the Shuffle – at least until I can afford the Classic.
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OK, those who know me knows of my desire for 4.5 for the Blackberry devices. Let’s face it, You Tube videos, better UMA, and SDHC support. Well, yesterday – T-Mobile finally offered it for their customers, and with my desire for the UMA, and SDHC support, I jumped on it.
Well, it was a trying experience. First, I backed up my data on my phone so it would be reinstalled on the upgrade. Well, somewhere during the end of the process, I had an App Error 523. This was disturbing as it would never boot and therefore, I could not use my phone.
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As I noted in a previous blog, Comcast (Concast)forces a cap on all of their customers of 250GB. Concast claims that this only affects about 1% of their customers, but I am sure the number is much larger, and this number would only increase as the demand for Internet resources increases.
If you do a lot of downloads, as I do. I on my own right do about 1.5GB, and would only increase as time goes on, than this could be a problem for a family of 4 (1.5GB x 4 people x 30 days = 180GB). This is just for computer downloads that are actively done. There is also streaming ( I watched 150 minutes last night alone), VOIP, OS updates, Anti-virus updates – all which consumes bandwidth. To make matters worst, Concast refuses to provide a meter showing how much bandwidth an account consumes.
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Recently, I purchased a 320GB hard drive to replace the 160GB hard drive I currently have. So, after fighting with a stripped screw on the mount for the 160GB hard drive, I placed the 320GB in the system. I tried to use a trial version of a cloning software, and found out I have to pay for the trial to allow it to do its job. So, I reinstalled Vista on the 320 to hopefully get it up and running, and would go on the Internet to get the needed drivers. However, most of the hardware including the network connections for the Aspire 5100 series requires drivers to work.
So, I turned off the PC, removed the 320GB hard drive, and installed the 160 again. I went on a mission to try to get my 160GB cloned to my 320GB. I tried Clonezilla with no success. I tried another that would not recognized the 320 that was sitting in a USB enclosure, and finally Norton Ghost Trial which would not do the reason why you would waste $70 on Norton Ghost.
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I had changed the profile song on mine MySpace page to Crushed by Collide. It would seem as if MySpace does not have many songs that I would put on my page. I guess MySpace is more focused on the “popular” mainstream. It is actually disappointing that they do not cater more to independents, or those not of the mainstream.
On the previous Friday, I went to a local T-Mobile store – the one I always deal with, and bought a Nokia 6068. The reason for this was to allow temporary usage of the phone to those that I feel would need it. For example, if I was watching my niece and nephew while Andie may have to go somewhere, I would let her use the phone so I could be assured to reach her. Therefore, the phone’s purpose was never to be really intense.
The phone does meet my minimum set of standards. It is a clam flip phone which helps protects the keys when not in use. Of course, it is bluetooth allowing connections with other bluetooth devices. The phone also is UMA compliant allowing me to use existing wifi networks I have access too.
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