Great. Now all they need to do is expand coverage - as much as I want to switch from Verizon to T-Mobile, it won't do me much good if half the time I can't get a signal.
Question for anyone with T-Mobile currently: I've been talking with my wife about switching to the prepaid, 100 minutes/month, unlimited text/data plan, but a big hangup is that her hometown is in the "Service Partner" coverage area on the T-Mobile coverage map. What data speeds/caps do the prepaid plans in service partner areas, if they are allowed to use data at all?
Now that I've been trying Netvibes for a few hours, a few things are bothering me:
- Do I really need to confirm every time I want to mark all items as read?
- Why can't it put all the "new" items at the top? Sure, it was posted yesterday, but you didn't find it until right now. Why display it after all those other articles I've already read? Google Reader sorted by the time it found the new articles, putting new stuff at the top above all the stuff I already marked as read.
- Why so slow to update feeds? Maybe this is just the crush of new traffic, but it is finding new articles multiple hours after they showed up in Google Reader.
It's ok, but the only thing it has going for it for me right now is that it isn't completely crushed by all the new traffic. Maybe once I can get my feeds imported to Old Reader or Newsblur those will fit my usage patterns better.
Two main advantages Google Reader had over Firefox RSS bookmarks:
- Sorting: Instead of needing to go into each bookmark to check if it has new items, just visit Google Reader and it'll have an updated list of all new items for all feeds (or just per folder if you set them up).
- Syncing: The list of new items you haven't read is constantly in sync no matter what device you access Google Reader on or what device you last accessed it.
Firefox RSS bookmarks provide a workable RSS solution, but it was just much easier to keep up to date on a large number of feeds with Google Reader.
These days, I have no clue where Microsoft is going
Oh, that's easy to figure out. Just look at what Apple did in the last year and expect Microsoft to go there in two years.
I used to carry the spare batteries, but the portable phone charger can charge my phone AND other devices about 3 or 4 times. My ear is not tethered to my phone, so it's not a big deal to have my phone plugged into a plastic device that's about the same size as my phone. If you can't put your phone down for a few minutes at a time, then go for the spare batteries -
I don't know about that. I have a portable charger, and while it was nice to be able to charge any device, it takes more than a few minutes to get any significant charge out of it. So if you're only charging for a few minutes at a time, you're charging for a few minutes at a time several times for the rest of the day. And if you're using your phone so much it needs a recharge in the middle of the day, you're less likely to be able to set it down and let it just charge. It was nice when I got my Galaxy Nexus with a spare battery - take a minute to swap the battery and then I don't have to worry about it the rest of the day.
but then you've got to figure out when you are going to charge them. Want to spend your whole evening in the hotel charging a variety of batteries in your phone?
Assuming you get a charger that can charge the battery outside of the phone, this shouldn't take any longer than charging the portable charger.