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Comment Carrier comparison (Score 1) 111

Many who comment here will have a reason that they chose one carrier over one other carrier. They may have switched carriers. I always found that the latest carrier plan was better than the competition, and that it would go back and forth or be too confusing to come up with one clear answer. I actually have iPhones and aPhones on 5 carriers. I also travel the world quite a bit. Domestically, all the carriers are good for most unless you live in an area not covered by some. I remember times when Verizon was faster but now it seems that AT&T is faster for me, most of the time. I remember when you could buy international data from Verizon that covered 200 countries, while the AT&T list was only about 50 countries. That affected me in places like Russia and South Africa, back then. T-Mobile has incredible data plans for here and away but they don't seem as fast as claimed unless I'm in the store. Sprint has gone far out of their way to help me with issues, including a stolen phone number. Right now I believe that the best carrier I have, for my own needs, is Google Project Fi because the plan works in over 100 countries. You can even order a free data-only SIM for free, without even a shipping charge, to use it on iPads and the like. I would never say that anyone's choice of plan is bad in any way though.

Comment Re:Fortran (Score 1) 616

BASIC on my own, a little bit of machine language which I did not have the patience for, then FORTRAN for school.

I would find it instructive to have people post their ages along with their first languages... but some people might balk at that. Anyway, I'm 56.

My first language was actually assembly - I had a high school electronics course where we put together a simple circuit board around some Motorola processor (IIRC). We had to write some simple program for the thing and be able to save (and recover) that program to/from a cassette tape. As I recall, we'd write the assembly language on paper, then convert it to octal and key that in... maybe it was hex, but I believe it was octal.

I learned BASIC on my own, followed by FORTRAN via an advance placement program at a local university. That came in handy in college, since a lot of my engineering courses required FORTRAN (a lot of people were more or less piecing the language together in the course).

Being able to program helped me in my first internship, since at that time it was rare for engineers to how to code - towards the end of it, coding was most of what I was doing. And, since I figured out I didn't particularly like engineering anyway, being able to code made it much easier to switch career paths early.

Comment Re:Email tie-in (Score 1) 71

The big problem is that for years, like, a LOT of years, you built your entire online existence on a single email address - and for many people that address was the one they got from their ISP.

Having been through a lot of ISP changes from the early 90s onward, I learned this lesson early. Fortunately, I have a permanent alumni address from one of the universities I attended. I've been forwarding that to whatever ISP or email provider I am currently using for 20-25 years now.

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