Spotty internet

I just spent the last half hour on an entry, and my internet connection dropped. I was just writing about the things that we take for granted, and I suppose a reliable internet connection is one of them! I finally got a good night’s rest after my first hot shower since the night we arrived! We are now preparing our final presentation for the school the wrap up what we have been working on all week Its a bit haphazard, but we are getting there. The municipal president is receiving us and taking us all out to lunch, and we will be presenting immediately afterwards. We then hop in a bus and head back to Durango! The wireless seems to work better there, so hopefully I’ll be able to post more. Its been a sometimes frustrating but always fascinating trip – it’ll take some time to process it all.

Collective wood

Mr. Colbert giving the dreaded “double wag” of his fingers to the iPhone. Saw this last night and just had to post it. Hilarious!

As far as collective wood goes – Technorati reveals 14,235 blog posts on the iPhone. It is currently the number 1 search and number 5 tag. Though initially quite erect the chart below demonstrates flaccidity over time:

# of iPhone blog posts by day

Oh yes, she will be mine!

I’m in love!

I can now truly say that I’m glad I never purchased an IPod. But as far as I can tell the only thing that the iPhone is missing (besides 3G – which T-Mobile doesn’t even have) is an expandable slot. Granted I’m currently maxed out at 4gb with my miniSD slot on my MDA, but I’d still love to be able to look/edit/send photos from my digital camera on the iPhone’s gorgeous 3.5″ screen. By the time I can find an unlocked iPhone, I’ll hope and pray that Canon comes out with a Bluetooth enabled camera. Until then, I can just dream and drool

I changed the link to point to the iPhone home page at Apple. Check out the flash demos on the website for the following functions:

Internet Device

(Make sure you click on all of the flash guides, awesome stuff!)


So, I checked my most recent T-Mobile bill last night, and I almost had a heart-attack! $245!? I feared that T-Mobile had figured out the glitch that gave me unlimited internet access for $5 a month, and as you can see above – those fears have been confirmed. My original plan (over 4 years ago) was $5 a month for 1mb of downloads and each additional mb would be another $10. Well, almost 3 years ago they stopped counting the data and I suddenly had an unlimited plan! Everything has worked wonderfully since! Well, this day had to come some time. OUCH! Granted that unlimited access was $19.99 a month and is now $29.99 a month – so when it comes down to it – if I had been paying the $19.99 for 3 years I would have spent $719.64 (not to mention the free internet that I got in Spain and Mexico!). I have a suspicion that these charges may have something to do with a configuration change I made on my MDA a few weeks ago (in hopes of faster internet speeds). But I’m walking on thin ice when it comes to pushing the envelope with this plan. I have set my phone back to its original settings, but if they really did start counting data – then I don’t want to overdo it this month either… as of today, according to a T-Mobile rep, I’ve used 1mb. So tomorrow I’m going to call again to confirm that fact and then use exactly 800kb of data… then, its just a waiting game…

Gmail mobile client

Google has just released a Java based Gmail client for mobile phones! This client is much more user friendly than the wap version and it even gives you access to your contact lists!

Some of the new features:

  • Up to five times faster access and use, thanks to automatic pre-fetching of messages
  • Drastically reduced clicks and scrolling to access email
  • Fewer keystrokes for reading, composing, or searching mail
  • Attachments, including files and photos, viewable and automatically resized to fit the user’s phone

I was just playing with it now, and even with poor reception (=slow internet) I was amazed at how well the program worked! The fact that you can view attachments is quite a bonus! With Google Maps Mobile and now GMail Mobile I must say I’m impressed with their mobile offerings!

Remember that even though the application is free, you are responsible for any data charges from your mobile carrier! (gotta love unlimited data plans!)

Chicago to offer citiwide Wi-fi?!

Saw this article over at Way to go Chicago!

The nationwide rush to go wireless appears poised to extend to its biggest city yet. Chicago is launching an effort to offer wireless broadband, city officials said Friday, jumping on the Wi-Fi bandwagon as similar initiatives proceed in Philadelphia, San Francisco and smaller cities.

Awesome. Now if they can just get it done before I move within the city limits!