There was a time when I needed a dual SIM phone. The reason of this is because I cancelled my service with T-Mobile (due to costs), and pushed to rely on my Lifeline service for voice calls. However, at the time, data service was not included into the Lifeline service. I therefore had to use my lifeline SIM for voice calls, and my FreedomPop SIM for data services. This required that I have a dual SIM phone.
Thankfully, in January of 2017, Life Wireless (my lifeline provider) offered a new plan with 500 minutes, and 500MB of data with their Lifeline program. Now, I continued to use a Blu phone only because I didn’t want to have to do a massive load of updates on my only phone I had not from Blu. However with the problems I had with Blu, I given up on them completely. Continue reading I Will Be Blu No More
The psychologist wanted me to pull back on the treatment that was pursued. In addition, the pain in the ankles has been increasing which I will be telling my anesthesiologist about it when I see him. There was also an issue with the upstairs neighbor, and while it was temporary (hopefully), it is situations as this that makes me desire so much of having my own house, that way I wouldn’t have to deal with the consequences of another’s actions.
On a better note, I might be able to have loan forgiveness with my student loan. According to TransUnion, I have $34.000 in debt, and $30,000 of which is the student loan. If this can be effectively addressed, it could make life a little easier. Also, been corresponding with a local person by email. It’s fine in that manner, and have no issues in the person’s preference of communications.
This week was much any other week, although it ended terribly. As for the majority of the week, it has been much like most weeks. I paid bills, and got the things I needed. As for the end though, my tablet’s screen broke. This was due to a drop after my ankles gave way. I invoked my insurance with Assurance Solutions, and it was a complete rip-off. They were insisted on sending me the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 with the claim that it was a comparable model. It was far from a comparable model, and the Tab is inferior in every way. I managed to work out a somewhat reasonable solution with T-Mobile in replacing my tablet, but this is likely a one time thing which means I can’t trust the insurance provider to do the right thing in the future.
This is in addition that I still have yet to get tests for Talisa. This is still $100, and the tablet breaking is a major set back. While I “could” wait, there is also the issue of paying for the tablet I can’t use, and paying for service tied to the tablet. There is also the rumors I read on the Internet where Assurance will not support a device that has been broken for more than 30 days. I am hoping to have another option on standby, but as always, I expect worst case scenario.
Continue reading Week 32
Now, I am sure if you are a regular reader, you will know I am not a big fan of the iPhone. I found it to have an outdated CPU, memory, and the integrated storage typically means you have to buy a larger capacity (more expensive) model than you would otherwise need.
Now, with those aside, there are also a few other reasons why I will not get the iPhone 5. Let’s not consider the usual problems with all iPhones, but let’s look at the specifics first. Yes, the iPhone has integrated memory – although it will seem as if that is the way the phone is going to these days.
Continue reading Why I would not get an iPhone 5
I received an email noting that I qualify to be one of the first ones of the general public for the Connect Card from the local bus system. In other words, they are doing something they should have done 10 years ago. I filled out the form for the address for them to send it, and should get it sometime this week. This card will essentially replace my need for cash, and hopefully replace the need for me to carry the half fare card. I will continue to keep the half fare card (unless it is to be relinquished) in case I loose the Connect Card, but rather than me depositing money in to the really terrible new fare boxes, I will simply tap the reader and funds will be deducted from my prepaid account.
This card will make my life easier, especially if funds can be added online. As noted, I will not have to carry cash to pay the fare box. In addition, I will not have to break change which typically means I will have to buy something. And when the first of the month comes, and I have no cash, I will not have to spend $4.00 in ATM fees plus buy something so I can have the needed bus fare – although in September, I won’t have to do that any how. My goal will be to eventually add funds by the month, or quarter (3 months) and use the card once the driver sets the correct fare. There are few things that will be of concern.
Continue reading Connect Card–Maybe
Today, not much happened. Andie asked me to watch Xavier which I didn’t mind. He enjoyed his time with the dogs, and Spongebob Squarepants was on all afternoon. I swear, someone had to have been on acid when they created that show. Nonetheless, it was left on as an option for him. He was a little demanding on a couple of things which a stern NO! helped set him straight. Andie finally got the dog food for when I watched Nippers, but not exactly as I expected. They purchased an 18lb of Purina Pro Plan which is about $32 for the bag. Considering I will not be able to keep them on that diet (as that is about a 1.5 weeks and eventually only 1 week), I had mixed it with their current food so it could be used without them expecting for it. When they become adults, that will be about $125 per month for their food which is about what I spend on myself.
They of course had their walks which they appreciated. Malak still defecates on the walk which I don’t appreciate, but am prepared for it. Talisa still pulls which I am trying to correct to where she understands. As for plans for tomorrow, not much planned. I will be home all day especially since I have very little if any for any bus fare. I will have to make a couple of phone calls, and will do that sometime after their morning walk. Otherwise, I will work on the wish list, and watch a couple of videos from the podcasts, and Hulu.
Today, I went to the only apartment I found that would hopefully meet my needs. I spoke with the property owner, and he would have to install a ramp for the time I would end up dealing with a wheelchair. In comparison to what I have now, this is a downgrade, but considering that this unit will no longer accept Section-8 in the next lease year, and a 1BR is more than my month’s income + utilities, I definitely can not even think of this place.
So, what is my initial assessment of this apartment? Well, the owner seems pretty reasonable, and seems as if he is willing to work with me. I have informed him that I can not afford to pay more than what I am paying now. As for financial considerations, my hopes is to get the utilities included, and get the security deposit waived (unlikely), or reduced. However, there are other considerations too.
Continue reading Progress on the Hunt
Original Article ( http://fsp.tw/34 )
Out of 27,000 people surveyed in 26 countries by the BBC, more than 21,000 believe and consider that the Internet should be a fundamental right – much like food, water, or electricity. Essentially, anything that is required for a standard of modern living as a necessity, and this could mean that in the near future – the Internet is as well.
What is my opinion in all of this. I feel it should be considered as such. Not only that, but I feel that there should be some price regulation to assure that basic internet is affordable to all. When I say affordable, I mean less than 2.5% of poverty, and when I say basic, I mean of at least 1MBPS 97% of the time. This may sound extreme, but what would happen if you lost your electricity more than 3% of the time, or if it was too expensive for everyone to have it.
Continue reading Give Me Internet, or Give Me Death