In Other News…

Walking Well, I was in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, over the weekend.  While I was there I walked, and walked, and walked, and … I set a new walking record for one day:  On Saturday, April 23, 2011, I walked 21,168 steps, or 10.13 miles!  I walked from Granville Island, to Vancouver, through Stanley Park, along the north shore, and… Continue reading

Utterly Shocking!

Image by Getty Images via @daylife AT&T promises that they have 97.7% of people in the US “covered.”  In their commercials they paint the whole country with Cingular‘s adopted orange color.  (They bought out Cingular and chose to keep Cingular’s marketing colors as the tired AT&T blue color had become a potent reminder of how horrid AT&T is.  You know,… Continue reading

More Apple iPhone 4 Aggravation

Image via CrunchBase Everyone was excited about getting the new Apple iPhone 4.  But seriously, did these people test this device much at all? First, the issue with the antenna signal decreasing surfaced right away.  My first call on the iPhone 4 fell victim to this problem when it went from a full strength signal to dropping the call with… Continue reading

Time to Raise Some Hell

Apple isn’t a victim of their own success.  They are badly managed at the distribution and retail levels — abusing their customers to feed their hype-driven marketing machinery. It starts with my trying to reserve a phone on the date Apple themselves said everyone could place an order.  Their system, probably AT&T‘s databases, were overloaded and my first attempt to… Continue reading

Something Good about AT&T

No, really! I complain so often about AT&T that I feel compelled to say something, anything, good about them when ever I can.  Today I can. My new iPhone 4 was having connecting issues in the house, even with the MicroCell.  I called the support number the AT&T rep at the AT&T store gave me in case I had any… Continue reading

I’m a Proud New Father…

of an iPhone 4! It arrived at 9:30am at the front door via the stork (FedEx guy). I unboxed it ceremoniously. It is beautiful, and smart — just like it’s father (me, course)! I turned it on. It asked to be connected to the mother ship. I plugged it into my Macbook Pro. iTunes then displayed my phone number and… Continue reading

My Personal MicroCell Tower at Home

I have frequently posted vituperant remarks about AT&T. The company generally is loathsome. Their 3G network service here in Manhattan Beach is horrid. I can barely get a signal at the house. I frequently drop calls. Incoming calls frequently just go straight to voicemail without my phone ever ringing. LAX rarely even gets 3G service, just the horribly slower Edge… Continue reading

Excellent!

In light of the fact that AT&T is ending their unlimited data plans for iPhone users, capping them for fees to punish the data hogs, I find this tweet by Josh Helfferich excellent. “Let’s just get AT&T to fix the oil spill, they’ve been capping everything else lately.” — Josh Helfferich via Twitter“ [Source: “Let’s just get AT&T to fix… Continue reading

Venting My Anger–Again…

Software Updates I admit that I use technology more than the average person. Maybe I need to change that, because I am sick to death of sitting down to work at one of my computers only to be greeted with a bunch of software updates — which I always feel compelled to do immediately and be done with. Then, 5… Continue reading