For the last … 7+ yrs, I’ve been paying about $10/yr for a cell phone plan.
Just added my annual $10 to the pre-paid account a few minutes ago to keep all the minutes alive for another 365 days.
Also, if it isn’t clear, I’ve had a smartphone for the last 2 yrs and only a voice plan. No data. Data works great from wifi. GPS also works if you cache the maps or if you use an offline map program like NAVFree. No Data Required Apps
I’ve described this $10/yr Cell Phone Plan before for anyone new to my blog.
- It might not work for many people, but it does work for many more than who are using it.
- If you are into minimizing, it could be for you.
- If you have a home phone AND a work phone, it could be for you.
- If you avoid talking when driving, it could be for you.
- If you don’t chat on your cell phone, it could be for you. Mainly emergency use and a few out-plans-have-changed calls every week.
- If you don’t need a data plan to earn a living, it could be for you.
There have been times when not having a data plan has been bad, but that happens only when I’m overseas and unlikely to have a data plan for the limited time there anyway.
Between dumping CableTV and not having a monthly cell bill, I’m easily saving $2000/yr.
Our electrical bill is in the lowest 1% for similar homes, so saving much there probably isn’t possible. Ceiling fans.
Our water and gas bills are routinely at the monthly minimal charge just to have service, so saving much there probably isn’t possible.
We could cut back on expensive foods and alcohol. Perhaps not.
Any other ideas for saving money from monthly expenses?
BTW, the pre-paid plan balance is $79+ after adding the $10 more today.
Turns out that nobody is paranoid enough when it comes to their internet use.
I’ve been paranoid for years and years, not because I have anything to hide, my life is relatively boring. Mostly it is because I believe in the US Constitution and the right to privacy that is included by the 4th Amendment therein. Without a judge signing a warrant based on probable cause, what I do is nobody’s business.
If you haven’t read the full Constitution since High School – take 5 minutes and read the main part again now. It is a simple outline for governments written in plain English. I dare say – genius.
It isn’t perfect. I’d change the election laws by forcing term limits, prohibit campaign contributions except from 1 human individual to another human individual, prohibit contributions unless the person contributing can legally vote in THAT elections, and I’d add clearer privacy rights across all forms of communications taken place in private. I’d add that government employees can be recorded in any way while they are working, except where safety is a concern.
So it turns out that I was paranoid about the wrong things, at least if you read my blog articles. I’ve been paranoid about the US Government for years, just didn’t think it was a good idea to post those thoughts to the internet. We will see if there is any impact to my international travel based on this.
Some days we just can’t win.
This little blog VM is out of disk space … er … sorta.
It is out of inodes. Fortunately, it is at 93% use for sector storage, but unfortunately, there are less than 3K inodes available.
apt-get update cannot complete. Out of disk error.
The VM has 1.5G of swap that never gets used. The RAM amount is set to prevent that need on purpose, so I decided to
- change the swap partition into a data partition,
- rsync over a few thousand files from /var/www,
- mount /var/www from the other partition (vda5) and
… life would be good. Yes, everything under /var/old-www was removed after mounting.
It was all scripted to minimize downtime. AND there is a good backup from last night should anything terrible happen. Downtime was a little over 30 seconds. Good enough. Heck, www.amazon.com was down for at least 10 minutes today, so my 30 seconds should be fine.
After all that, now there are fewer inodes available on /!!!
$ df -i
Filesystem Inodes IUsed IFree IUse% Mounted on
/dev/vda1 296000 293371 2629 100% /
/dev/vda5 97344 3751 93593 4% /var/www
Looks like it is time to build a larger VM file. The blog storage was already expanded last year – which is probably why the inodes are so tight. Copying the entire VM will take longer than a few minutes.
What a pain. I hate downtime, but I hate leaving a system sorta-patched must more.
Some days we just can’t win.
Using FreeNAV on Android is mostly good, but it lacks a few capabilities that would be really nice for any GPS user.
- Add POI data
- Import POI files
- Export Favorites
- Transfer Favorites
The POI DB is definitely missing many, many, many POIs. Looking for a specific pizza place found 6, but none of them are the two within 3 miles of home that have been there longer than I’ve lived here. It seems to list places 100+ miles away.
Looking for free audiobooks?
Both sites also have links to free eBooks too.
These are well-known authors with well-known books. Many are classics, certainly a few books that you’ve always meant to read, but just never got around to reading. Very few new books there.
Have you read Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy? Now is your chance!
When ever a new year arrives, it is time to do some digital cleanup. Going through old files, new files, old emails, new emails, archiving important things and deleting as much as possible. Heck, if I didn’t respond to that email yet, it probably wasn’t all that important.
Anyway, here’s how I do it, and more importantly, how you can setup your systems to make it easier next year and every year after that.
I won’t pretend to know all about your digital files, so it is unlikely these techniques will work for every situation. Still, I think there is some value with just a little organization.
By now most people that I know are using Anki techniques to learn things with memorization. Anki quizzes on facts and tracks whether we get them correct or not.
Anki learning gets a little tedious to me. Boring. There is at least one less boring option.
This week we’ve all read how General Petraeus was forced out of his position because the FBI was able to read his emails. I’ll leave the moral question about affairs for you to determine on your own, however, from a technology perspective, he did many things wrong.
I’ve added an update below, since new technical information has become known.
I started something new this week and must say that
My Corpse Pose Rocks!
I thought that was funny before, but now it is hilarious!
I just need to improve on the other 25+ poses covered. ;) I can see that taking a lifetime. Something that looks so simple can be extremely hard.
BTW, my ooooms are good, but have some room for improvement too. It is unexpected that I do feel something internally when making that sound.
Watching Olympics on NBC
I’m addicted to Olympics. I admit it. As I watch them on my OTA setup, the fluffers, you know, the announcers between sports, are constantly saying to watch all the events Live by visiting nbcolympics.com. I’ve been there a few times and been disappointed.
Sorry, this becomes a rant.