Cell Phone Shenanigans

After much debate, I have decided I need to save money on my cell phone bill. I had a brain wave (or a radio wave that hit the wrong/right synapse) and I thought, “data only.” So, sitting in line for the car wash, I decided to do some googling.

Lo and behold, Dan Misener (CBC Radio tech journalist) blogged about this exact same thing. As an added bonus, he’s a Canuck, which helps because not all things USians can do we can do. He switched to Bell’s tiered tablet data plan by snagging a SIM card, calling in an activation, and plugging in the sim.

Without going into all the detail that he did, there will be a few changes in how you get a hold of me going forward. Fruit phone users (i.e. iPhone users) will have to change how you contact me, as my phone number will no longer work with iMessage. I’ll be using an email address instead. Or you can contact me via Facebook Messenger (it’s NOT evil, no matter what you heard on the Internet), Telegram (great little peer-to-peer messaging client), or Google Hangouts. Commander Data users (i.e. Android users) can get me at all those same clients above. All things considered, SMS (standard text messages) will work, just don’t be surprised if I respond to you from a different number/email address.

You will still be able to call me. My number will still work. I’m just going to using a VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol or Internet phone) service to handle that stuff. I settled on VOIP.ms, which Dan recommends, but we’ll see how it sounds and performs when my number gets transferred next week.

The switch to data only makes sense for me. Most of what I do on my phone is data related. Phone calling is about 10% of what I do, but it’s between 40-50% of my costs. There will be complications on my end that would turn off even the most seasoned smart phone user, daunted by the workarounds, but I know my setup will work for me. Don’t dive into this without first weighing the pros and cons for yourself.

No, I will not fix your computer for free.

The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of destroyed hard drives and when the drains are full of tattered screws and scraps of silicon and metal, the computer illiterate will drown. The accumulated filth of all the malware websites and unending popups will foam up about their waists, and all the people who didn’t back up their data will look up and shout “Save my stuff!” … and I’ll whisper … “no.”

High School Memories

My little laugh for today:

I was reminded of my grade 9 art teacher as I passed a guy with a grey ponytail.

I butt heads with Mr. Seigner on a few occasions. He failed me in grade 9 art. Pretty sure he thought I had no talent. He would be appalled at what I do for a living.

My job involves quite a bit of art & design.

All I gotta say is:


Testing all the things

I never intended to use this domain as a test bed. It used to get a decent amount of traffic. Way back when it was only techie types that had blogs, people in real life in the blogging community would actually know who I was by my blog. Not so much anymore.

This is the day in age when many popular websites are powered by some kind of blogging platform, the most ubiquitous being WordPress. Since being a medium deal in the blogging community, I’ve become a developer. Mostly using other platforms (Zend, Codeigniter, dabbling in things like Angular, Laravel, Three.JS, and many others) but also in WordPress. But I’ve never really done the blogging thing since… I dunno… 2005, I think.

So I’m starting again. This is going to be a mishmash of whatever comes spurting from my brain. Tech, health, politics, whatever crazy conspiracy my brain cooks up… so much of the same stuff I wrote about before, but maybe slightly more mature. Maybe.
testing-is-for-wimps-real-men-test-in-production-thumbAlso, I’m using this as my test bed for Amazon Elastic Beanstalk. I’m contracting for a company that uses it for everything (or will be soon) and one of my coworkers uses it for his website, so I thought I could give it a try. It helps that I’m taking a Udemy course for AWS solutions architect.

So all this will be testing myself in writing and technology stack. We’ll see how long both of those last.