Sunday, March 20, 2011

ATandT Buying T-Mobile for $39B To Ramp 4G - Mobile and Wireless - News & Reviews - eWeek.com

ATandT Buying T-Mobile for $39B To Ramp 4G - Mobile and Wireless - News & Reviews - eWeek.com

What does this mean for me?

Okay... So, Brett and I had Sprint. We cancelled when we moved to Barrow, AK. When we came back we got Nextel because the hubs liked the little walkie-talkie feature. I learned quickly that while I love my husband, a feature like this enables him to get a hold of me FAR to easily and if it's on speaker it also means he'll say inappropriate shit when I'm around other people. I love him, but he's ornery. So when our contract was up we parted our cellular ways. Brett went with Verizon purely because of it's coverage. I went with T-Mobile because of it's cost. I figured it this way. If I was out of range, most of the time I was with Brett so what did it matter? Anyway. The cost of us having separate plans was still about what we paid together at Nextel (expensive for the puny amount of minutes we had). This has worked for us so far but things are changing.

Verizon seems to really be making an effort to lower costs to keep customers like me, who talk a lot. Now the prices seem closer to comparable to T-Mobile's. I've been thinking about having Brett add us (me and the boy) to his plan. It should, theoretically, be cheaper. My contract is up in May but I still owe a lot on my Vibrant. When I got my phone T-Mobile was doing what it could to ditch contracts and encourage people to buy phones. The plan I'm on is cheaper than people who have the ability to do upgrades. My plan is different. I don't get a new contract and I have to buy my phone outright. But they offer an interest free loan to pay the phone off. The cost of the loan with my phone bill is still cheaper than what other people who can upgrade for an extended contract would have. So.. I'm thinking if I want out I'll have to pay off my phone early. No fun.

Here's where the buy out comes in. If AT&T and T-Mobile, both being carriers with GSM technology are joining forces, wouldn't that mean I'd get cheap costs AND better coverage? I wonder if it would be something I could convince Brett to switch over for. Would it be worth it?

Hmmm.... Pondering.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Vibrant

Vibrant #4 has been received AND upgraded!

The key seems to be the operating system.  Nowhere in the "official" documentation did it say running Windows 7 would be any problem.  It wasn't until I fully bricked my phone did I see all the stuff saying you'd probably brick your phone if you used Windows 7 to upgrade if you could get Samsung Kies Mini to even see your phone at all.  Uh, yeah.  I plan to dig a little deeper next time to find out what to do.

So as far as I gather from this point.  If you have a Samsung Galaxy S series Vibrant you can get the froyo upgrade.  The important thing is to only try to upgrade from Win XP or Vista.  NOT Windows 7.

I installed Samsung Kies Mini on the teeny netbook my uncle gifted to me.  Plugged my phone it.  It was upgraded in less than 10 minutes.  Working beautifully!

I Heart Chrome

Yet another reason I love Chrome....

My computer died.  Maybe I'll tell the whole story later but for now, I won't.  Well, I just reinstalled Chrome.  And there is something super special and amazing.  My computer has a fresh install of Windows 7.  So I had to redownload and install Chrome.  (What, you don't have CHROME?  Well, go download it now!  CLICK HERE).  So I downloaded it.  Went to the handy wrench in the upper right hand corner.  CLICK.  Options.  CLICK.  Personal Stuff.  CLICK.  SYNC!  Yay.  I just entered my name and password and all the settings, bookmarks, passwords and such were imported from my CR-48.  Ah, another reason I love Chrome.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

To the Vibrant friends

So I have several friends that within the last month or two have bought the same phone I have, the Samsung Galaxy S series, Vibrant.  So now I'm harassing them occasionally when I have things they HAVE to know.  I will just post what I wrote to share with all the Vibrant owners out there in the ether, in case you didn't know.....

Hello again, fellow Vibrant users.  There is an update that no one is advertising.  In order to do it you have to download Samsung Kies (click HERE for PCs.. don't know about macs).  This is Samsung's program to let your phone talk to the computer and to do special firmware updates that aren't over air updates.  The latest is the Android OS update that I've been long bitching about, froyo (Android OS 2.2).  It is supposed to enhance the awesome hardware our phones have but haven't been properly utilizing yet.  Our phones do have pretty freaking sweet hummingbird processors and copious amounts of onboard memory  *swoon*.  What does this mean to you?  Geek speak aside it will run better.  OOoooOOO!!! It also means you can save programs to your micro SD.  Not that you'll ever need to.  I have yet to run out of memory since I got this puppy in September.  Now, Samsung Kies did give the warning that you need to back yo' shit up so download all those pics and vids to your computer (or put em on your micro SD) before starting your update.  Today, my friends, is full of win!


UPDATE:


One more thing.. you have to register your phone through Samsung's website first, apparently.  I'm doing my upgrade now... Once I registered I got an email from samsung advertising the upgrade.  It sent me to this page here:  http://forums.t-mobile.com/t5/Samsung-Vibrant/Samsung-Vibrant-software-upgrade-to-Android-2-2-Froyo-now/td-p/678871?LID=EM_TmobileAndroid_2&MKM_RID=0119136761&MKM_MID=183385

UPDATE 2:

One final word of warning.. apparently you cannot do the upgrade if you are running Windows 7.  Aren't you glad you have me testing this stuff out because it's my phone bricked and not yours (as in a fancy piece of plastic that does nothing but look pretty on your desk).  For the record.  No where did it say that you couldn't do it if you were running Windows 7.  Only after I bricked my phone did I find in an obscure forum how you can't use Samsung Kies to upgrade to froyo because you'll brick your frakking phone.  Not. That. I'm. Bitter.  

So apparently after reading a whole lot of forum nonsense I got this.. People running XP or Vista can download Samsung Kies and plug their phone in and in a matter of minutes it will say "hey, you have an upgrade!"  and it will install beautifully and there will be flowers and rainbows and unicorns.  Meanwhile you get to witness me freaking out. Yay!

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Fertility Flower

I have had such a love/hate mostly hate relationship with temping.  Now it's a LOOOOOVE relationship.  What is temping?  Well for those of you who actually want to create new humans, especially those who don't seem to get knocked up quite as easily as most everyone else, temping is a way to keep track of your fertility.  It can also help those who want to avoid pregnancy.

Temping is where you take your basal body temperature and mark it down on a chart.  It should, if all things are working properly, tell you when you're fertile.  What you do is you wake up every morning at the same time, and before getting out of bed you take your temperature with a special thermometer, called a basal body thermometer.  This is before you talk, take a drink of water, sit up or potty.  You want at least four hours of sleep and you want to take the reading at the same time every day.  You mark it down on your chart.  When your temperature goes up (about 2 weeks before you start your period) it means you have ovulated.  Yay!  It goes more in depth and is pretty amazing (it can show you a LOT of information about your body).

What I do suggest it check out the website I've been using to chart.  http://www.fertilityflower.com  I have used many different sites and honestly, have found Fertility Flower to be the best.  It detected ovulation that other websites missed.  Until recently I had been using multiple sites just to compare results as they varied from site to site.  I have since stopped using other sites.

There are a lot of good little points that Fertility Flower gets over other sites.

  • Clean and tidy - So many sites are cluttered with ads and, well, mostly ads.  Even when you have too many links to other features it can really detract from what a site offers.
  • Accurate - It detected ovulation for me when other sites did not.  How do I know I ovulated?  Well, I got pregnant.  Yeah, it was another one of the miscarriages, but other sites did not even detect the ovulation.  How would I have known to test?
  • Bulk entries - Let's say you forgot to load your temps for several days onto the site.  The Mass Entry feature lets you load 15 days at a time.
  • Mobility - I don't have to use the mass entry feature myself because I use my phone.  I have  Samsung Vibrant (smart phone) and it loads wonderfully on it.  Before I even get out of bed I load Fertility Flower on my phone and enter my temp.  Awesome.
  • Many different features - You can add so many different symptoms, many that are not covered by other sites, but are important.
  • Free is good, paid is better -  A lot of the competitor sites are not worth using if you're using the free function.  But Fertility Flower still gives you a WHOLE lot of features while being a basic, free member.  Why go paid?  Well, there are even MORE including being able to lay multiple charts atop one another to compare multiple cycles.  Dude.  Awesome!  It is very low cost, and affordable.
  • Easy to use - self explanatory.  It is VERY easy to use.
  • Online forum - free forums!
  • Thoughtful messages - When I miscarried in August I entered this in the Fertility Flower site.  Instead of treating it like  a menstrual cycle it walked me through the process all the while reminding me to be kind to myself.  If I didn't have any of the other good stuff to say about the site this one would bring me back.  It's the little things, you know?  In this case, acknowledgement.
  • Great customer service - Quick, personable, friendly customer service.  Definitely worth it.
Today? Cycle Day 7.  So far, so good.

Blog Therapy

You know, I'm really thinking that I want to blog.. You know, like blogger style bloggy blogness.  I enjoy sharing stuff about my geek toys and about stuff I learn in the world of herbology and fertility and general health.  So, why not blog about it, right?  I guess my little niche in is just that I LOVE geek toys, I'm a former gamer (not a lot of time/energy these days) and I was raised with technology.  My friends tend to come to me when they want something researched and why not share whatever I'm learning with everyone else.  I enjoy it.

So I'm done rambling and it is pretty pathetic as far as manifesto goes but there it is.  I'm going to blog.  Beware. ;)