Article: MVNOs performance lags main carriers. Duh.

From this article:

If you’re using an MVNO for your wireless service in the United States, you are likely saving quite a bit of money as compared to what you would pay if you were under direct contract with Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, or Sprint. That’s great!

However, a new report from Canadian mobile quality metrics company Tutela suggests you are getting what you pay for. In other words, you might be saving money, but your service is likely considerably worse than it would be with the host operator.

Yes, and water is wet.

This tiered pricing allows customers to buy lesser service at a significant discount.  My Verizon MVNO plan is half the cost of the Verizon equivalent, and it fits my needs perfectly.




Article: amortising RV internet

Here are poll results based on this question:  Would you pay extra for dependable, fast internet [at an RV park]?


Let’s take that data and see what it might look like as a monthly rate:

  • $30/mo, 20%
  • $60/mo, 21%
  • $90/mo, 11%
  • $150/mo, 11%
  • $180 – $300/mo, 2%
  • Would not pay for internet, 34%

There are reasons why this may not be a valid comparison (they already have dataplans on their phones, etc).

When I go FT I would pay $60/mo and would be ecstatic with $30/mo.  I know I won’t pay $70/mo since I cut off my DSL at that rate and am getting by on the grandfathered Verizon 3G.







email bandwidth conservation

Email is something we take for granted until we can’t get it; then it’s a First World Crisis.  Luckily email can be extremely efficient because text is cheap to send/receivetext.  And since so little data is moved in minimal setups you can often get email through when nothing else works.

We need to look at the two major ways to do email:  webmail and traditional email clients.


Webmail means accessing your email via a webpage Continue reading “email bandwidth conservation”

data hygiene

I have started to de-dupe and optimize my data (eBooks, music, Old Time Radio, documents).

While I was thinking Big Picture I reworked my backup strategy from USB hard drives to large  USB flash drives.  The benefits:

  • physically smaller size
  • much lower power consumption
  • don’t require a power brick to run
  • can be marked and rotated easily


de-spamming, archiving data, DD214

This is the progress I made today:

  1. went through a folder of mp3 CDs, backed them up to disk, tossed the CDs, and put the disc folder in the donation pile
  2. unsubscribed from about 20 sources of unwanted email.  Not only will this help decrease my inet bandwidth use but it will help me focus by removing a distraction.

This is absolutely going to work.

My employer is having annual benefit enrollment right now so HR is hammered.  They will be done on the 12th so that next monday I will call and find out where to send my DD214.

Then I can request a quote to buy back my military time as a part of this retirement.  That will get me 45 months closer to retirement.  That would be Feb 30, 2025.  Holy crap.

I am finishing up paying off debt this year so I wouldn’t be able to buy it until next year.  Price will go up another 10% on Sept 1, 2017 so I’ll want to do it before then.