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September 2nd, 2008
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I now have mobile internet!
As many of my friends know, I have an avid amateur meteorology hobby and enjoy following storms and other major natural events, so I was quite busy this weekend with Gustav, which turned out to be pretty boring after all. I hate when the media blows things out of proportion. I mean, I don't mind getting excited over something exciting, but I just felt like there was a lot of overreaction and hype over Gustav. Being new at my job and not wanting to violate the corporate internet acceptible use policy, and Fearing that I might miss something while I was at work during one of these hurricanes, I decided to take the plunge and have a data plan added to my wireless plan. My contract was almost up, so I qualified for a phone anyway. I did some research Saturday afternoon and obtained a list of phones that I could use with Mobile Speak. Thanks to the corporate discount I get because of where I work, I was able to get a nice discount on the Motorola Q9C and data plan. Late Saturday afternoon, shortly after posting my private entry, my sister offered to go with me to the Verizon store to see what would be involved in setting everything up and how much it would cost. Well, after asking lots of questions and looking at many phones, I eventually walked out with the Motorola Q9C in hand and a data plan. The sales rep at the Verizon store was absolutely amazing. I was really too tired to mess with things Saturday night, but I spent the rest of the evening reading the Mobile Speak documentation so I could be ready to install and use it the next day. Sunday after I got home from work, I decided to try installing the demo of Mobile Speak. I was going to get my nephew to do it for me, but the instructions seemed fairly straightforward. Well, things went very smoothly and I got Mobile Speak installed on the Q. At first, I feared that I wouldn't be able to learn to type on the tiny little QWERTY keyboard, but already, with practice, it is getting easier and easier. I am so excited to now be able to take my internet connection with me wherever I go. It's almost overwhelming to know that I can stream audio, surf the web, do E-mail, download podcasts, and do all sorts of cool stuff with my phone while I'm away from my PC, on lunch break or waiting for the bus. Mobile Speak is a fully functioning screen reading program that makes web-enabled phones accessible to the blind, and thus has its own set of commands that I am still learning, but overall, I think Code Factory did a very good job providing Smart Phone accessibility with Mobile Speak. I purchased my license and am waiting to get my codes so I can activate it. It was absolutely delightful being able to listen to streaming audio during my lunch break and surf the web on the bus. I think it is going to change my life! There are a lot of tropical systems out there, but none of them look all that exciting right now, but things could change. Today was an absolutely perfect day. I mean, everything went like clockwork the entire day, and my productivity at work was fabulous! And this is a three-day week for me.

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From:unsilenceddream
Date:September 3rd, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
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Cool on your new phone. I, too, just bought an accessible phone and love it. Mobile Speak is great, too.
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From:pi3832
Date:September 3rd, 2008 11:59 am (UTC)
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I happened to be in Chicago for the storm, so I don't have any first-hand experience. But I've been calling down to Louisiana, and trust me, Gustav was not "boring." For some reason the news was obsessed with the levies in New Orleans, and when those held, decided there was no story. The folks on Grand Isle, and in places like Houma and Port Fourchan probably feel differently,

The next time there's a cat-4 bearing down on NOLA, you can come down and stay in my apartment if you like, and experience it in person. You'll have the place all to yourself, because I will run away.
From:caneprints
Date:September 4th, 2008 12:54 am (UTC)
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I agree that any sensible person would not stay in New Orleans for a category 4, or even 3 for that matter, but I had a real problem with what I saw as the media making a big deal of little things. In any hurricane, there are going to be power outages, trees down and flooding. I would think that people who live in hurricane-prone areas would know how to handle this. I certainly feel sorry for the people who have damage to their property, but from a storm enthusiast's perspective, this was certainly not a memorable storm at all. I have been listening to WWL on the internet, and I admit I was surprised at how bad the damage is in some areas. With at least one of the tropical storms out there heading this way, it looks like the northeast might soon get a little taste of Hurricane Season 2008!
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