This is my first weekly update which replaces the daily update. This week could have been better. I received my T-Mobile bill, and noticed there was a discrepancy in my data for my Nexus 7. After talking with a half of dozen people (literally), and went through a range of email communications, I have the problem partially solved. It would seem that 30 days after I activated the tablet, my data is terminated even though I am supposed to get 200MB for the life of the tablet. A support ticket was sent to the engineer, but this could be as late as the first Monday of March for someone to address it. In the meantime, I am stuck having to get a 500MB data added to my bill, and the representative couldn’t even do that correctly. Email support fixed that, and promises to refund the charges for the 500MB while I fight to get my 200MB for that I am entitled too.
It got extremely cold this week again, but I managed to walk the dogs a few time. However, there were also a couple of days where it was dangerously cold for them to be going for a walk. Of course, they got to play indoors which is nice and warm. Talisa especially loves to sleep under the wool blanket at night. The dogs are doing well, although one of them misplaced the Kong toy again so I had to put the other one up until I take the time to look for it.
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Not much happened today. I tried to do some work that needed to be done a few days ago, but the multi-function center refuses to work (again). I gave up, and took the work down to FedEx Office. I will receive the money back, but it is still a pain in the behind. I will call Brother again about this failed machine when I have the patience and resources. I will likely have to allow them to hold a deposit while a replacement machine is in cross shipping.
Not much else is going on. Things are much the same, and the days are relatively quiet. I had a lot of Lindens which were converted to US dollars to pay for about half of my bill. This of course depleted much of my Lindens, but I haven’t been spending them much anyhow.
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On Sunday evening, AT&T made the initial offering to buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for $39 Billion, and stock in AT&T. Don’t worry Europe, you are safe from the evil monster, it’s only the US that getting bent over. And after the rumors opened on the Internet, T-Mobile confirmed it with a small FAQ of the acquisition. The only thing stopping this is US regulators such as the DOJ, and FTC. However, I feel this will not happen, and it would be bad for everyone as a whole. AT&T of course will benefit as they will instantly increase their network dramatically, and add to a customer base of loyal customers. They are even likely to usurp Verizon Wireless as the number one carrier. AT&T stock holders will love this, and in some twisted way of faith, customer of what would once have been T-Mobile will have the option of the iPhone. However, while their maybe some sugar coating, it is simply put bad for everyone. Not only is it bad for T-Mobile customers which is obvious, but it would be bad for everyone who relies on a cellular phone. In addition, it may even likely hurt the US economy. I will explain why.
First, let’s address how this will hurt T-Mobile customers. First, AT&T already noted that they will take the T-Mobile towers and use them for their LTE roll out. Guess what that means? This will be LTE on AT&T using AT&T’s spectrum. This will now mean that all of the 3G devices on T-Mobile will simply cease functioning, or at best go to 2G which is about 1/4 the capacity of the 3G. And don’t be fooled thinking because you have the new and latest Samsung Galaxy 4G, you are safe – because you are not. This is one thing I disagreed with T-Mobile calling their HSPA+ (high end 3G) 4G. It is not, and those customers thinking they are safe because AT&T is rolling out their 4G network is wrong. So if you are like me and was planning on spending $400 – $500 on a non contract price phone that you would have for a couple of years because you prefer T-Mobile, and the non contract price, you may end up paying more if the network starts shutting down in less than a year.
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At least for me. Maybe because I’m not a big social network, nor do I have thousands of loyal visitors. However, in the several months I have had ad-sense running on my site, it has done nothing for me. I literally have earned nothing, and I still find that ads tends to be an eyesore. So, while I am not loosing money by having ad-sense, the goal was to earn money.
Now, I am not saying Google is a rip off. Far from it. I use Google exclusively for my phone’s email. I use Google Reader for RSS. I use Google Calendar for my appointments which go to my phone. I use Chrome as my regular browser – using IE only on a couple of web sites. I even use Google Voice near exclusively with regards to my phone.
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