more thoughts on mobile phones

October 6, 2007  📱

So, it’s funny that I ended up with a phone that can’t iSync, because this morning as I was walking to work, I was thinking about what I want in a cell phone. I wasn’t sure about everything I want, but I knew that the first thing on the list was iSync. “If it can’t use iSync,” I thought, “it’s out of the running.”

my new phone makes me sad

October 5, 2007  📱 🤤

I mis-read the iSync supported devices page. Oops. My Samsung SGH-D807 is not a supported phone, meaning that I can’t easily keep it in sync with my Mac’s calendar and address book. It’s fairly easy to delete all the contacts on my phone, then import all the vCards from my Address Book. I would go so far, in fact, as to say that I don’t mind the hassle. iSync was nicer, but it’s something I only do once in a while.

wtf macosx and other annoying things programming

October 5, 2007  📱 🤤

I still have no phone. Well, that’s not true. I have a really neat-looking phone that I can’t use yet. T-Mobile assured me that I could go get a new SIM from a place about a mile away, in town. When I called that store today, though, they told me that I’d have to go to a T-Mobile corporate store, not a “satellite” store. In other words, six miles, to Whitehall, through traffic. Forget that!

weekend recap

October 1, 2007

Yesterday, we headed downtown and watched the parade for Celtic Classic. It was okay, but I was disappointed by my high school’s lackluster regimentation. A scoop of maple walnut ice cream dulled the pain.

evdo: we're friends again

September 29, 2007  📱

Today, I hit the road with my Franklin CDU-680 from As the bus left Bethlehem, I wasn’t exactly thrilled. Sure, I was online and staying online, but I was only getting about 80kbps, only about twice what I got on GPRS. As we got to Quakertown, I started to quit apps, thinking I’d reboot for… well, because I was desperate. Around then, though, ping times dropped from about 700ms to about 100ms, bandwidth increased tenfold, and things got to be what I wanted. I stayed online all the way to Philly, with great speeds.

misc. news of the day

September 28, 2007  📱

I have lost my cell phone. I think John C. thinks this was an excuse to have to get a new one. In fact, it just sucks. I’ll either have to pay full price or extend my contract, and I have no idea what phone will be tolerable.

speakeasy: such a mixed bag

September 26, 2007

The guys from RCN came, today, and switched our television service over to RCN. They also set up cable modem service, which will replace my longstanding Speakeasy service. Speakeasy is great, service wise, but their prices haven’t changed in ages, leaving me paying $70 per month for 1.5/384 DSL.

evdo intermission

September 24, 2007  📱

My EVDO modem, the Sierra AirCard 595U, was a piece of junk. It kernel panicked, for Pete’s sake! I called Sprint, today, to arrange for its return. I think it’s a sham that they say that it’s compatible with Mac OS, since it seems very problematic on Intel, which is now, I think, all that Apple sells. Worse, it’s the only USB EVDO device they sell.

evdo datacard proving problematic

September 21, 2007  📱

The trip in this morning was miserable for EVDO connection. I could barely stay online for more than a few minutes at a time. I had at least one kernel panic. Eventually, I dialed into T-Mobile’s network over my RAZR, only to be reminded how painfully slow it is. EVDO is totally awesome… when it works.

switching to cable modem

September 20, 2007  🤤

I’ve been a Speakeasy customer for about seven years now, and a Service Electric TV customer for about as long. Come next week, though, I will no longer be either. I am switching to RCN cable TV and cable modem.