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2014.09.22 – TNN – Google News

POSTED ON September 27th  - POSTED IN Community, Indie Nation News, news, Podcasts, Tech and Net News, TNN - Google Edition
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Indie Nation Google News

Tech Net News and Opinion

Monday Night News

This is the Google news part of our news show here at indienation.fm.

We would also like to remind the listeners that we encourage listener participation through chat, comments and you are welcome to actually join us on the air. We do the show live almost every Monday from 8-10 PM DST. To find out how to join us on the air, contact us via our chat room on the Listen Page.

2014.09.22 – Tech Net News and Opinion

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2014.09.22 – Tech Net News and Opinion

Tech Net News and Opinion

Monday Night News

We opened this week’s show with Titanic and Cape Cod Girls from the album Choice Cuts by Water Street Bridge. You can find out more about this band by listening to the interview at the end of the newscast or by checking out the individual posting of the interview on Indie Nation. Join Brian and Lumpy as they discuss some Walking Dead spoilers and rumors, Google news in general, drones vs Star Wars and more in tech and science news. We would also like to remind the listeners that we encourage listener participation through chat, comments and you are welcome to actually join us on the air.  To find out how to join us on the air, contact us via our chat room on the Listen Page.

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Walking Dead News

  • First off, the season premier is 12 October
  • Season 5 Episode 2 – Another character from the comic, Father Gabriel.
    •  Carol is supposedly back at the end of the premier
  • FYI – Lumpy did check, Walking Dead Season  Marathon begins on 6 October
  • The Air Herald reports that there will be a spin off
  • There is talk about Beth, it seem that a trailer gave that and a few other things away

Closing Tunes

We closed with a few more tracks from Water Street Bridge:

  • Pay Me/Iko
  • Zombie Jamboree
  • Lumpy’s Interview with them at Gen Con 2014

2014.09.15 – Tech Net News and Opinion

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2014.09.15 – Tech Net News and Opinion

This is the recording of our weekly news show.  In this episode we discuss some Celtic music news, Android news, Chrome OS app news, net neutrality, Minecraft, Microsoft, writing on maps from the era of Columbus, and more.

 We opened with two from  Ceil Moss

  • As Far as the Eye Can See from the album of the same name
  • Lies a Lurrighan

You can find this band at:

2014.03.03 – TNN – Smart Cars

POSTED ON March 13th  - POSTED IN Indie Nation News, news, Opinion, Podcasts, Science, Tech and Net News, Technology
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Tech Net News and Opinion – Smart Cars

Shelley, the autonomous race car

Shelley, the autonomous race car (Photo credit: Saad Faruque)

While doing our weekly live news broadcast, we noticed we had a good number of stories on newer tech in automobiles.  This topic is something that Lumpy has followed for a few years.  (Maybe it has to do with the fact that he converted a 1971 Impala while in high school.)  Nonetheless, we are convinced that the cars of tomorrow are going to be considerably different from those of today.

Please listen in and if you ever wish to give us your opinion leave a comment, join us in #indienation on Geekshed.net IRC, or, better yet, join us live on the air Mondays 8-10 pm EST where you can voice your opinion live.  (You can get details on how to join us in IRC.)

2012.06.04 – Tech Net News and Opinion

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2012.06.04 – Tech Net News and Opinion

Greetings listeners,

English: Wil Wheaton at the 2011 Phoenix Comic...

English: Wil Wheaton at the 2011 Phoenix Comicon in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Welcome to this week’s episode of Tech Net News and Opinion.  This week we accidentally/intentionally did things a bit differently.  For those of you who have been asking for more news and less music, you got it.  Brian, Knowles, Meshelly, Knunez (iPhone at Geekshed), OmniDragon and Lumpy start and end this week’s show with music but the rest is all news talk.

Remember listeners and readers, if you wish to participate, the way to do so is to get on over to the Geekshed IRC Network and join us in #indienation.  We do the news live almost every Monday from 8-10 PM EST.  (As a general rule, if a Monday is a holiday in the USA, we do NOT do the news.)  If you have items you think we should cover as news, shoot us an email at news@indienation.fm or tweet us @indienationfm.

2012.04.23 – Monday Night Tech Net News and Opinion

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2012.04.23 – Monday Night Tech Net News and Opinion

Hello Indienation listeners join us as Brian, Lumpy, OmniDragon and Cleta bring you tonight’s Tech Net news and Opinion and as always Knowles217 joins us in Teamspeak. Tonight’s news consists of Tech, Copyright, Hacking and Prize worthty news. As always you can find us over on irc.geekshed.net in #indienation you can join us there.

2012.03.19 – Tech Net News and Opinion – Episode 014

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2012.03.19 – Tech Net News and Opinion

We started tonights show with some music from

The Pistol Whipper Snappers
we played

  • Drugs Motorcyles And Texas

You can find them at:

Then, we went to some music by
Beatnik Turtle

  • How Did I Google This

You can find them at:

And we played some music by:
Todd Chappelle

  • Google

You can find him at:

Lumpy, OmniDragon, Cleta, and Matt bring you tonights tech net and news.

Linux and Android, together at last

Cnet.com

The latest Linux kernel 3.3 now includes code from Google’s Android project. Most people do not realize that their Android phone’s operating system is really Linux based. Android is merely a fork of the Linux kernel code that is overseen by Linus Torvalds on kernel.org. He announced, with the release of version 3.3 of the Linux Kernel, that the two sets of code are now combined which will mainline the release of patches and new features. The merge has been underway for months and this is merely an announcement of its completion.

Google Nexus S - Samsung Android Phone
Google Nexus S – Samsung Android Phone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Researchers find privacy and security holes in Android apps with ads

Arstechnica.com

Researchers at North Carolina State University discovered that many of the libraries used in free Android apps to display the in-app advertisements are a possible threat to the users privacy. Hackers can use these libraries to bypass Android security and some make it possible to fetch and run code from the Internet. The research team examined 100,000 apps and found that nearly half included code to track the user’s GPS coordinates and that 1 out of 23 allowed data to be passed back to the advertiser.

Super-secret Google builds servers in the dark

Arstechnica.com

In an article from Arstechnica.com, it has been discovered that Google goes to extreme measures to ensure the secrecy of their server designs and networking gear. They give their technical staff lights to go on their heads when working on these super secretive servers to ensure no prying eyes will be able to catch a glimpse of their custom hardware. According to Chris Sharp, Google unscrewed all the light bulbs inside of the hardware cages that house their equipment in the Equinix data center. They have also turned off all of the overhead lights and sent their workers in with miner’s helmets. Google refused to comment, but, with the high end gear being an important edge against their competitors, this behavior is not surprising.’

The Google logo, the word "Google" i...

The Google logo, the word "Google" in a Catull BQ font, released on May 6 th 2010. Uploaded by User:Kyro using CommonsHelper. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Google flushes heat from data center with toilet water

Arstechnica.com

This past week Google announced that it is nor working with the Douglasville-Douglas County Water and Sewer Authority to cool its Douglas County, Georgia computing center with 100% recycled water. From taking showers to flushing their toilets, local residents are helping to cool the data center. During a time of drought, Google no longer has to worry about being short on fresh water. They also did not want to contribute to the water shortage. Michael Patton, the deputy director of water and waste water operations for the WSA stated that, “It’s a win-win for both us and for the community, too.”

We talked about Polina Kourakina and her fundraiser for her first full length album, This Erie key of A. Here is the link
indiegogo.com/polinak and you can click on the sidebar widget here on indienation.fm.

we played some music from the very talented
Polina Kourakina from her Wonderlust EP
we played:

  • Useless
  • Liquor & Wine

You can find the beautiful Polina at:

Microsoft gives cops tools to detect child porn

Cnet.com

The software giant along with a Swedish technology company has giving law enforcement agencies a digital tool that sifts through massive amounts of online images to help identify instances of child pornography. Child pornography is one of those rare crimes where perpetrators often post evidence of their illegal acts online.But the vast quantity of images circulating on the Web makes finding specific photos of child abuse a huge challenge.They reviewed more than 65 million images nd videos of child sexual exploitation reported by law enforcement since 2002.

Microsoft's logo with the old slogan, "Wh...

Microsoft's logo with the old slogan, "Where do you want to go today?" (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Microsoft seeks patent on monetizing buttons of TV remote

geekwire.com

It’s called “Control-based Content Pricing,” and the basic idea is dynamic pricing of the material that you are watching lets say you skip a bunch of commercials the price of what you are watching just went up and apperently it builds on an existing patent that was already issued to Microsoft last year.

Suspicions aroused as exploit for critical Windows bug is leaked

arstechnica.com
Attack code privately submitted to Microsoft to demonstrate the severity of a critical Windows vulnerability is circulating on the ‘Net, prompting the researcher who discovered it to say it was leaked by the software maker or one of its trusted partners. There is an Update on it that says it wasn’t:
Update: Aaron Portnoy, ZDI’s Manager of Security Research told Ars he’s sure the leak didn’t come from anyone with his company. There is another update on it that says the code match:
Update 2: Yunsun Wee, Director of Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing division confirmed that the code appeared to be match vulnerability information shared with MAPP partners. He said exploit details have never leaked out of his company, and he added he was unaware of leaks involving other Microsoft partners, either.

We wished Jamie Holm from Sick of Sarah Happy Birthday!!

Sick of Sarah – The Roxy Theatre on 5 June 2009

Sick of Sarah – The Roxy Theatre on 5 June 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And played some of their music:
We played a couple of tracks Lumpy recorded live in Cleveland
at The Pirate’s Cove.

  • Kiss Me
  • Hello, Good Morning (sent out to Lumpy)
  • Autograph

You can find them at:
Facebook, MySpace, sickofsarah.com

The Pirate Bay plans fleet of low orbit server drones to evade the authorities

extremetech.com

In what reads like an April 1 missive, The Pirate Bay has announced that it plans to launch “Low Orbit Server Stations” that will act as a front line defense against future take-down attacks and censorship attempts on the world’s largest torrent site.
Details are sketchy, but it sounds like these low orbit servers will act as proxies that redirect users to geographically-hidden servers that host the actual torrent indexes and trackers.

Anonymous Releases Their Own Operating System, Complete with Hacking Tools, and You Should Not Download It

Lifehacker.com
“”Because you could “end up in jail”.
The OS is based off Ubuntu and runs the MATE user interface. It comes complete with many built-in hacking tools that crack passwords, search for vulnerabilities in web sites,
Update: The AnonOps Twitter account claims the OS is fake and full of Trojans, so our dis-recommendations stands. They say if you are interested in testing security use BackTrack.

Lester Chambers, Successful Musician Who Received No Royalties From ’67 To ’94, Planning To Sue

techdirt

From 1967 to 1994, he recieved no royalties whatsoever. There is a photo on the web site that he posted on Facebook. The author of the article said he almost didn’t publish this because he wasn’t sure if it was real. He published this photo. All you can see is this Gold record and the letter he wrote. Lumpy reads the letter,

“I am the former lead singer of a 60s band. I performed before thousands at Alanta POP2, Miami POP, Newport POP, Alantic POP.” I did not squander my money on drugs or a fancy home. I went from 1967-1994 before I saw my first royalty check. The music giants I recorded with only paid me for 7 of my albums. I have never seen a penny in royalties from my other 10 albums I recorded. Our hit song was licensed to over 100 films and T.V commercials without our permission. One major TV network used our song for a national commercial and my payment was $625 dollars. I am now 72 trying to live on $1200 a month. Sweet relief; a music chairty is taking donations for me. Only 1% of artists can afford to sue. I am the 99%”

You can see the photo in the link.

Airport in direction of Abidjan for the first ...

Airport in direction of Abidjan for the first amnesty international tour of Africa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bruce Springsteen, Another Pirate Remixer!

techdirt.com

According to this techdirt article here is what he is saying

“For me, it was The Animals. … “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place” had a great bass riff, you know it had that—[plays riff on guitar]—and that was just a clock, a clock marking time. [sings the first few lines] That’s every song I’ve ever written. “Badlands”, “Prove It All Night”, “Darkness” was filled with Animals. Youngsters, watch this one. I’ll tell you how it’s done right now. I took “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” [hums and strums the Animals riff, then transitions into his song Badlands]—It’s the same fucking riff man. Listen up youngsters: this is how successful theft is accomplished.”

Lumpy talked about this article from Techdirt.com
Where John Lennon said On Copying Others’ Music:

“It’s Not A Rip Off, It’s A Love In”
“Money’, ‘Twist ‘n’ Shout’, ‘You really got a hold on me’, etc. were all numbers we (the Beatles) used to sing in the dancehalls around Britain, mainly Liverpool. It was only natural that we tried to do it as near to the record as we could – I always wished we could have done them even closer to the original.”

Nancy and Ann Wilson playing at a charity conc...

Nancy and Ann Wilson playing at a charity concert for the Canary Foundation 07-28-07. Photo by Michael Sierra www.michaelsierraphotography.com (original en wiki user is the owner of referenced website) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Then we went on to some music from
Heart

  • Crazy on You
  • Magic Man

You can find Heart at:

Most all of their links are on their web site.

ISPs To Become Copyright Cops This Summer

extremetech.com
We talked about this article Lumpy brought up about SOPA and the three strike programs where your ISP says hey we think you have been surfing torrents and doing things illegal so they are going to cut you off for lets say two months and you can’t get back online for two months, okay here is your second strike its going to be a year or some other abutory period and thats basically since the recording industry and the motion picture industry couldn’t get it made law they are just striking business deals with all the major internet service providers.

Then we ended the show with music from the very talented.

Jonathan Coulton

  • Code Monkey
  • I Feel Fantastic
  • Creepy Doll

You can find him at:
MySpace.com
Jonathancoulton.com

Creative Commons, Non-Commercial, Attribution, Share-Alike


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2011.12.26 – Tech Net News and Opinion – 005

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Starting it off with and featuring Christmas Music, Wish Background from Kevin MacLeod. After the nice 20 minute background track, we went to our first story: This week we will discuss Go Daddy, SOPA, Google Googles and more.

 

Boycott Makes Go Daddy Change It’s Stance on SOPA

After many people complained and many transferred domains away from the company, ARS Technica received a statement from Go Daddy. According to the post at ARS, part of it read:

“Fighting online piracy is of the utmost importance, which is why Go Daddy has been working to help craft revisions to this legislation—but we can clearly do better,” Warren Adelman, Go Daddy’s newly appointed CEO, said. “It’s very important that all Internet stakeholders work together on this. Getting it right is worth the wait. Go Daddy will support it when and if the Internet community supports it.”

In a related post, CNET reports that 21,000 domains were transferred from Go Daddy in a single day. The same article also states that the next loss, due to how many still transfered in, was only 1,020 domains.

Below are some links suggested by people in IRC at geekshed.net #indienation

Back to Christmas Music. To start it off Derek K. Miller:

  • What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)
  • We Three Kings

Then from Calvin Owens (Mevio)

  • Merry Christmas Baby
  • The Christmas Song

Did HP “Mitigate” the Printer Flaw?

Remember late in November when we debated whether the HP laser jet printer flaw was real? According to a post CNET Security, HP has “Mitigated” the flaw. As the article states, mitigate means “to make less severe or painful” As we speculated back in November, the article states a lawsuit was filed against HP claiming that they were aware of the flaw and released the product anyhow. HP is still stating that there are no reports of the printers being exploited in the wild.

Back to Music

Hi Tech Eye Wear from Google

They will be branded “Google Goggles”… CNET has a story about some spectacular spectacles reportedly in the works by Google. They would enhance your view with information about your location and display it in 3D . The article also mentions that Apple is working on a similar product. The story, however, is speculative for they are only rumors and Google won’t comment on rumors.

More links from folks in chat:

from Pierce

More music:

The New Cold War, Patents

Gone are the days of Nike missiles, bomb shelters and mutually assured destruction.. or are they? An article at ARS Technica, claims they involve trolls and lawsuits.

We closed with A Cool Christmas Jingle Bells from Natalie Brown

Merry Chrismas All and remember you can find all many of these artist at Mevio’s Music Alley. You can find a list of all the artist we play at Christmas time on our Chrismas Music Page

Comments and feedback are welcome. You can call us at (818)81-INDIE or hit us up with and email at programing@indienation.fm. You can follow us as @indienationfm on Twitter. You can also join our community on Facebook.

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News – New Google Jobs: Thanks to the Purchase of Motorola Mobility

POSTED ON August 25th  - POSTED IN android, Business, Hardware, news
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Motorola Mobility was bought by Google . this give Google another ‘leg up’ in the tech market as the Motorola Mobility division now will be branded Google.  This also opens the doors to more tech jobs,  as of July 2011 it is estimated that there are just over 4 million jobs in the tech market, up over 120,000 from this same time in 2010.  This is sure a good thing,  however the sale of Motorola Mobility  to Google has yet to be approved by regulators, but nothing to indicate that is wont happen.   More details on Dice.com shed some light on what this could mean for the job market.

Imaging having the ability to develop the Android (Google’s Linux based OS for handsets and tablets) using Motorola‘s amazing hardware!   I see this as plus for the tech market as well as the job market. Win win, but of course right now it is wait and see.  Did you like this article? We would love to hear from you comments about this,  just comment below or send a twitter message with the hash tag of #motorola to us @indienationfm.

 

Live long and be tech..

Why I ditched my smartphone for a “dumbphone”

POSTED ON July 19th  - POSTED IN Government, Opinion, Technology
LG Optimus One Review

Image by clintonjeff via Flickr

When I tell people that I just got rid of my Android smartphone and replaced it with an old cell phone that doesn’t even have a camera (*GASP*) – willingly and gladly (*GASP*) – most of them look at me like I have tentacles growing out of my ears.

Making the switch

As I walked into the Verizon store, I was kindly greeted by an employee at the door who asked if I needed any assistance.

“Yes,” I said, as I unclipped from my belt the 8+ year old Motorola v60s phone I had purchased on eBay and showed it to him.

“I would like to set up this phone on your prepaid service and port my phone number over from my current provider.”

He looked at the phone and immediately realized how old it was.

“Sure,” he said. “Let me check first to see if it actually gets a GPS signal, because if it doesn’t we can’t use it”.

He flipped it open and saw the GPS crosshairs symbol on the plain, but functional monochrome, blue-backlit LCD display.

“Okay, it does. Let’s get you signed in.”

We walked over to a touchscreen terminal where I entered my name and answered a couple questions about why I was there and he said my name would be called shortly. I thanked him and took a quick look around the store.

Amid the vast selection of gadgets along the walls, my attention was immediately drawn to the iPad 2 section. There were two display models – one black and one white. A teenage boy was playing an interesting looking game on the black iPad that appeared to feature a pirate ship, where he’d tilt the device one way or the other to move the ship and tap on another ship to attack it.

A teenage girl was playing a game on the white iPad that looked like some kind of 3D maze that she had to navigate a ball through by tilting the device in the direction she wanted it to move.

Next to the iPad display was an Android tablet display – I think it was the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Nobody was using it.

They never called my name – I was helped by another representative only a minute or two later.

I again explained what I wanted and was invited over to a register to complete the transaction.

“Man, I remember these phones,” the rep said. “I used to have one of these back in the day. They were nice with metal case and everything.”

I told him my first cell phone was a similar model and I haven’t had a flip-phone I liked as much since. I just bought this one for $18 on eBay and it came with 3 chargers, a car adapter, extra faceplates and antennas.

He told me he needed my account number with my current provider in order to have my phone number ported. I had no idea what my account number was, so I proceeded to call Virgin Mobile support on my LG Optimus V Android smartphone and ask them for my account number. This took a while – about 15 minutes – because Virgin Mobile has automated most of their phone service and simply saying “representative” over and over won’t get you to a live person right away.

During the call, I glanced over at the iPad 2 display and saw the two teenagers still there.

After I got the info, the Verizon rep asked me a little bit about my service with Virgin Mobile. I told him it was pretty good – that I paid $150 for the phone and $40/month for 1200 minutes and unlimited data and texting. He asked me about the coverage and I told him it was decent – since Virgin Mobile is owned by Sprint they use the Sprint network. It wasn’t the best – I’d been in several places where I didn’t have a signal and others with phones on other networks did. But overall, the service was good for what I paid.

He didn’t ask me why I was switching over to Verizon. He probably figured it was best not to push it and risk making me realize how crazy I was and change my mind. Really, who in their right mind would willingly and intentionally downgrade from an Android smartphone to an 8+ year old Motorola “dumbphone”?

While he completed the transaction, I noticed a teenager with her mom standing next to me as they purchased a couple of iPhones. The teenager was riveted to her cell phone, which was a slider phone with some kind of social media integration, oblivious to the world around her.

I paid my $25 activation fee, put $30 on the phone, and was soon on my way.

As I left, I again caught a glimpse of the iPad 2 display and saw those same two teenagers glued to the gadgets more than 30 minutes after I had first noticed them.

Why ditch the smartphone!?

My reasons are many, but (irrational as they may be) can be summed up in one answer: I don’t need a smartphone. Here are some specifics (in no particular order):

  • Too distracting – I’m half tempted to go back to the Verizon store today and see if those two teenagers are still at the iPad 2 display! I love technology. I love being connected to it, interacting with it, using it to make my life easier, safer, cleaner, more enjoyable, etc. But I think there is a point at which we can become too connected to our technology and it can pull us away from more important things. Am I really making the best use of my time when I’m checking my phone every 5-10 minutes for the latest tweet, email, FB post, etc.? Honestly I have to say no, I’m not. Granted, I might find something else technology-related to fill the void with, but the point is it won’t be attached to my hip.
  • Privacy – this has been of great concern to me lately. If you’ve read some of my other posts in this blog, you know I don’t trust government. I also don’t trust businesses that use government force and coercion to protect and further their own interests. Google has been under fire for its questionable information gathering practices, from its street view product to its Android smartphone OS. Their goal is to gather as much information as possible about anything, everything, and everyone. Can we trust Google to protect our identities and respect our privacy? When the government knocks on Google’s door demanding the information it has, what will it do? The stark reality of the Internet today is that there is no 100% guarantee of privacy or security. The way I see it, by getting rid of my smartphone at least I’m reducing my exposure. You might argue that if I’m not doing anything “wrong”, I have nothing to fear. Well, the government has deemed it necessary to grope and fondle airline passengers and expose them to toxic radiation via so-called “full body scanners” in the name of “security” and “fighting terrorism”. A government that can justify such blatant invasions of privacy and disregard for basic human dignity and decency cannot be trusted to act any differently with regard to the Internet.
  • There are alternatives – if I really want to use GPS navigation for road trips, I can get a GPS system. If I really want to have a portable video recording device on hand, I can get a pocket camcorder. Need to check my email, Twitter, or Facebook? I’ve got about 5 working computers at home (laptop and desktop) that I can use. It’s not like I have to give up all the smartphone features I liked. There a a lot of options out there.
  • Replacement cost – it’s a lot cheaper to replace a “dumbphone” than it is to replace a smartphone if it gets broken, lost, or stolen.
  • Smartphone plans are changing – Virgin Mobile just announced that they are changing the pricing on their smartphone plans, increasing the monthly cost of their 2 cheapest plans. And starting in October, they will no longer be offering “unlimited” data, but will be throttling it at 2.5GB per month. This is consistent with changes going on across the industry and translates to more cost and less features for the consumer. I think we’re going to see more of this as time goes on. A few articles I read about the Virgin Mobile plan changes indicated existing customers would have their current plan rates grandfathered in, but I still would have been subject to the data cap (not that I ever download close to that much in a given month) and if I ever wanted to change my plan, I would have had to pay the new rates. With these changes Virgin Mobile no longer stands out from the crowd and I didn’t feel as compelled to stay with them.
  • Coverage – for the most part coverage was good with Virgin Mobile as they use the Sprint network. But there were several occasions when I was in a place that got no signal or very bad signal and folks around me had no problem. I don’t so much care about the data connection reliability, but I want to know I’m going to have the best chance of being able to make a voice call if and when I need to. And frankly, Sprint is not known for having the best coverage or most reliable network. Verizon, on the other hand…
  • I’m a “retro techie” – I absolutely love being able to take old technology that most would consider obsolete or useless and, well…putting it to good use! And I love seeing the looks on peoples’ faces when they see me using things like an old Palm Pilot or IBM ThinkPad. This old Motorola v60s is a welcome addition.

Conclusion

Smartphones are impressive gadgets that allow us to conveniently do many things and interact in ways that were unheard of 10 years ago (Facebook didn’t even exist 10 years ago, and mobile video calls were science fiction). If you love your smartphone or want to get one, I think that’s great.

It ultimately comes down to my own personal journey and me trying to figure out what I want from life. Sometimes it’s good to take a step back and evaluate things from a wider perspective. Am I making the best use of my time and resources? Do I really NEED some of the things I have?  When it came to my smartphone I felt like it was something I could – and should – do without.

(Originally posted on my personal blog on 7/18/2011)

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