Calling from London – or Not

I have decided to assign one number on my Skype account for all calls I would make from it. I have two incoming numbers attached to my Skype Account. One is a US domestic number which is intended to be receiving number for all of the forwarding numbers for the phone. However, I do not want people to call that number directly. So instead, if I have to make an outgoing call with my CID revealed, the ID would show as a +44 020 number which is London UK. The cell phone would still remain as a private number.

So, while I am still in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, the Skype number would show as UK. If nothing else, this would make a good mind baffler for people. I would of course accept incoming calls to this number, but if you call from the US, it is your fault on any long distance charges you may face. I would also look into getting a number for Australia, Hong Kong, and New Zealand since all of these countries are native English speakers. This would most likely take place in July of 2009.

AT&T Not Right for 8320

This morning, I was listening to a podcast about cellular phones, and heard that in 2009 – AT&T would be offering the Blackberry 8320. Why in the h**l would they do that? Their original 8310 offers GPS with a lack of Wifi, and with the 8320, they would loose the GPS to what? Yes, with wifi, people would be able to browse the web, and do things quicker, but I feel the reason why wifi was offered on the 8320 is to cater to T-Mobile’s UMA services. When I talked with AT&T earlier this year before I acquired a line with T-Mobile, they were not intending on even considering UMA.

Now, I prefer wifi, but because of the UMA. The 8320 does not support 3G, and therefore – there is a dramatically lower speed. But, you would have to be in a wifi network to use the wifi capabilities. If I did not have UMA on the 8320, I would have went with an 8310 for the GPS. This means AT&T, very few of your customers would benefit sacrificing the GPS capability for the wifi.

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First Impression – Belkin Skype Phone

Yesterday evening, I have finally received my Belkin Skype phone. It is a Wifi phone that is proprietary locked to Skype. It looks and acts much like a cell phone may, but don’t expect text messaging, even though Skype offers this in their service as a premium. One bad thing to note is the phone (v 2) has already locked up this morning forcing me to pull the battery out.

The phone is no good without the Skype service. So, I guess in that respect, you would have to consider Skype with this post. While you can purchase this to make Skype – Skype calls, you can not use it to send text messages. Skype does offer this as an option on the desktop software, you would figure it would be nice to offer it on the phone as well.

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It Finally works, Yet No One Tells

It would seem as if every so many posts are about my carrier of T-Mobile. Well, here is another one. In one a few months back, I complained about how Family Allowance screwed up US Short Code (such as GOOGLE). When I would send a message to them, it would bounce back noting that the service can not accept the message which was strange since I have unlimited text messages.

Well, earlier today, one of my lines had a directory assistance call at $1.79 for the call. When I called the person in question to let them know – they had no idea that someone did that. I went back, and called about Family Allowance in hopes that they fixed it. The rep I spoke with was dumbfounded in noting that she didn’t know that bug ever existed.

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Unlimited at a Cost

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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First Thoughts of the iPod Shuffle

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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The Pain of 4.5

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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Still Around

I am still around, although not as active in regards to anything including the Internet. Right now, I am still trying to keep my ankle propped up, although not as easy now. When I am lying down, it is very hard to use the computer. Mostly because I would not want my notebook to rest on fabric as it can suffocate the PC.

I am currently resting my legs on a office chair I used when I wasn’t in the chair, and of course sitting in the wheelchair. My notebook is now sitting on my lap. This only helps a little bit, but there is still some swelling going on. Continue reading Still Around

How to Deal with Comcast’s cap

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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I must Wait to Get Bigger

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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