Bye bye N900, thanks for all the fish..

From: Mike Harrison 

I mised a couple of important calls this last Saturday morning as my N900 
finally melted down... Not sure what went... or why, but rebooting on a 
fresh battery did not help, I really think the radio just freaked out.

Out of frustration and perceived need as well as just time for a new 
phone. Bought a Samsung Note II outright.

Wow.. after a couple of days with it, I'm mostly impressed.
I comprimised and setup a personal gmail account (mike.geeklabs@gm....)
so some things worked like they intended (google Play, etc.. )
got it linked to my WebDav share's.. (WTF?!? No USB file system 
support for Linux?!?) and a few other things.

Some part of me realizes that my life is now a part of Google's version of 
the Truman Show... now everything is recorded, linked, tied, associated.. 
etc... and when a recently deceased friend's google account added me to 
his circles (some ghost in the machine?) I was reminded how automated and 
farsicle the entire social networking world really has become.

So it's really really kewl.. but somehow I just don't find myself trusting 
it the way I trusted my N900. Too many things happening behind the screen.
As I sniff my home WiFi.. it chatters and calls home a lot, but at least 
as not much as Nancy's iPhone.. and much more than my Mac and Linux 

The number of the beast has arrived, mine is 423-605-6943 and I pay for 
the honor of having it.

Mike Harrison  cell: 423.605.6943

=============================================================== From: Eric Wolf ------------------------------------------------------ I bought Asha an iPhone 4 on Virgin for Xmas. It replaced her old Samsung flip-phone on Verizon Prepaid. She's beed thrilled with it to the extent that she entered her entire address book (deadtree) direct into the phone. She wanted to do that before installing Gmail. I kept telling her she can install Gmail then sync her contacts with Gmail... Now I need to get them to sync in the other direction so that her contacts end up in Gmail. I'm in the market for a new phone myself. I'm averse to the contract model that cell carriers use. I'd like to see if I can unlock a Virgin iPhone 4GS to work on other US networks. But there's little point since Virgin is currently cheaper than the other networks. -Eric -=--=---=----=----=---=--=-=--=---=----=---=--=-=- Eric B. Wolf 720-334-7734

=============================================================== From: Chad Smith ------------------------------------------------------ Mike - I still have my N900, and it's still rubbing just fine. Let me know if you want to buy it or trade it for something awesome. :D Conversely - if you haven't trashed your broken one - does it still function at all? Like even just as a pocket computer device, without the phone? I really want a new phone, but the problem is, AT&T makes you have a data plan on certain phones, even if you never use their data, and even if you bought the phone outright - or from someone else. (I tried a used iPhone 3G about a year ago, and they sent me a text saying they have added the monthly fee.) *- Chad W. Smith*

=============================================================== From: Dan Lyke ------------------------------------------------------ On Tue, 22 Jan 2013 16:07:46 -0700 Eric Wolf wrote: I've gone to T-Mobile. There are a few places where there's AT&T or Verizon coverage but no T-Mobile, but most of the time when I'm up in the Sierra or the northern foothills I'm on vacation anyway. Among the many niceties: T-Mobile does interest free loans, not contracts. You're welcome to buy the phone for full-price up-front. Dan

=============================================================== From: William Wade ------------------------------------------------------ I suggest taking a look at I have been using them for a year now. Been nice and very cheap. The wifi setup is not for everyone, but if you have wifi at home and work that is good, then it works out really well. Wil

=============================================================== From: Eric Wolf ------------------------------------------------------ T-Mobile has added a "web exclusive" (also in Wal-Mart) $30/mo no-contract plan with 100 mins talk, 5GB @ 4G + unlimited 3G, unlimited text. SimpleMobile also resells T-Mobile with a $40/mo plan with unlimited talk, 250MB @ 4G + unlimited 3G. Definitely more stuff out there! -Eric -=--=---=----=----=---=--=-=--=---=----=---=--=-=- Eric B. Wolf 720-334-7734

=============================================================== From: michael pearson ------------------------------------------------------ Let's give it a property Viking funeral, instead of flaming arrows we can use thermite.. have you tried using near field communication to share files yet?

=============================================================== From: Phil Sieg ------------------------------------------------------ All Verizon iPhone 5's have unlocked SIM slots (mandated by FCC). You can put a StraightTalk Unlimited Talk/Text/Data plan in for $45. Same SIM also works on LOCKED ATT iPhones since it is an ATT MVNO. I am pretty sure $45 unlimited everything is the best plan available. My wife has been on it with her iPhone for 6 mos with no hitches. Phil Sieg President SeniorTech LLC / Snapfon B: 423.535.9968 F: 423.265.9820 M: 423.331.0725

=============================================================== From: Mike Harrison ------------------------------------------------------ Nope. Not yet. Not sure I have a use case scenerio for that.. yet.

=============================================================== From: Chad Smith ------------------------------------------------------ Yeah, I don't get the point of NFC myself. For transferring files - when will you be in a situation where you need to transfer files between 2 devices that both have NFC - but do not have either WiFi, BlueTooth, or USB? (You shouldn't even need a HotSpot to use ad-hoc file transfer - or BlueTooth.) The only potential use I see for it would be point-of-sale stuff, but then when would using a tablet or phone to pay for something be more convenient or even *as* convenient as a credit/debit card? I'm not say it is pointless - I am just saying, I do not see the point. *- Chad W. Smith*

=============================================================== From: michael pearson ------------------------------------------------------ found this looking for a usefull implamentation nfc .. still looking.. = )

=============================================================== From: Chad Smith ------------------------------------------------------ Oh yeah, because a 12 oz. tablet that requires power to work is a lot easier to carry with you every time you leave the house than .5 oz of non-electric metal. *- Chad W. Smith*

=============================================================== From: Rod-Lists ------------------------------------------------------ The alarm company I used to work for had rfid cards that open doors. Any underwriters certified alarm station has to check points of some sort to prevent a hostile takover. Waving a card to get in is easier than a key. And can just as secure if not more. ----- Original Message -----

=============================================================== From: Dan Lyke ------------------------------------------------------ I'm with the "door lock" argument: I've been trying to figure out how to make my front door sense presence. I thought "Oh, I can see if the phone's MAC address is connected to the WiFi network" and then realized "oh, wait, that means that the door is always unlocked while I'm home." And I could put an RFID reader on the front porch, just read my Clipper transit card, but my wallet is RFID opaque (which is something I might change, as it is annoying). If NFC on my phone let me trigger my front door when my hands are full of groceries, I might bite. Dan