Easy to learn, Easy to work, Easy to play

That is what Asus says about the little mini laptop, the Asus Eee 1000H N280. I ordered it last Sunday from Amazon and it arrived on Wednesday. That was super fast!

It is the perfect size for when I travel on vacation. I can check my email, read blogs, find things to do in the areas that I visit, etc.

I will be taking it on my next trip to Isla Mujeres. I already know all of the restaurants that provide free wireless internet access. I am hoping that the restaurant just a couple of doors down from where I stay has a strong enough wireless signal that I can connect to it from my hotel room. I eat breakfast at that restaurant 3 out of every 5 days anyway so I wouldn’t feel like I am stealing their internet. It will be nice to go have a drink in the evening and get on line while waiting for dinner at some of the other places that have wireless access.I hear that the new Cafe Mogagua is a great place to sit, relax and people watch while accessing the internet. I have not heard great things about their breakfasts though and only mixed reviews about dinner. But I have heard great things about their banos. That is an important thing to know when traveling in Mexico.

I took Tara her mini laptop today and she was thrilled but at the same time disappointed because she says now Kelly will never get off of the computer. He is a gamer and a computer hog.

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Hhmm, maybe they ought to consider changing their name

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This is what I was greeted with when I came online this afternoon to check my email. Nice cheerful news, right? NOT!

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Maybe I will just check my email from my smartphone.

Geeze, all I wanted to do was buy a new phone and switch my wireless service provider

Update: I do not have my Qwest 20% discount. I have to go back in and have them upload my photo id yet again. Also I found out today that the word is that Verizon will be selling the new RIM Storm Blackberry beginning in 11/14. So my plan is to return my MOTO Q and get the new crackberry. VZW has a 30 day customer guarantee, no questions asked return policy. I however will let them know that I am returning the phone because I think that had I known the Storm release date was less than two weeks away I would have waited.

The Storm has a touch screen and looks like it will be very easy and cool to use. Much better than the tiny little keys I have on the MOTO.I spent over an hour in the Verizon Wireless store on Saturday. My only mistake was that I did not bring a copy of my current provider’s bill. How would I know that was needed? I did not need my bill when I ported my wireless # from AT&T to Qwest. That transaction was done over the phone. The sales person helping me could not get my order to go through. I must have given him the same information over and over at least 4 times. I really do not like to have to verbally give out my SSN. I mean there were people within two feet of me on both sides. I also ran into huge problems because as a Qwest employee I get a 20% discount off of the monthly Verizon plan charges. The rep had to scan my Qwest id photo to upload to my account information. He tried many times from two different computers and couldn’t get it to upload. He was asking for help from two other sales reps. Finally one of the other guys got my photo id to upload from his computer. Because I did not have my full account # with me the rep could not fully activate my account. He told me that I had to call the customer service department and give them my full account # so they could complete the activation. I was standing in the Verizon store for over an hour. I was so ready to sit down and put some ice on my knee but decided I deserved a late lunch out first. When I got home I called Verizon Wireless customer service and after three transfers got someone who could help me, well sort of. He had to take all of my information over again. Then he transferred me to someone in their credit department who needed to set up some security questions regarding my credit history. I was so ticked off by this time that I almost told them to F it and cancel my service request. Meanwhile I got a call from the sales rep at the store who wanted to know why my service wasn’t activated yet. Well, duh it was your problem to begin with. I told him I was on another phone with Verizon customer service. He, I am sure was worried that his sale had not completed (sales compensation) and he asked me to come back into the store so he could try to finish the transaction. Sorry, I said that is not going to happen!
Finally a couple of hours later my service was initiated and I now have Verizon Wireless service. I still am doubtful if I have the 20% Qwest employee discount on my account. That will be a follow up question with the sales rep when I go back in later in the week to have them synch my Bluetooth headset to the phone.
I already do really like the smart phone that I bought. Believe me I have spent much time already programming it and still have more to do. I have unlimited text messaging and can synch to up to 6 email accounts. I have only two email accounts but it will be nice to have both my work and personal email available to me on my phone. My next to do is to get some cool ringtones so I can differentiate callers. I already found that I can buy Gone With the Wind’s Tara’s song for my daughter Tara’s in coming calls.

The telephone – friend or foe?


I was reading CancunCanuck’s blog this morning about the phone call she received from her brother announcing that he and his long time partner are getting married. This made me think about the telephone and what it means to me.

The telephone can be a friend bringing good news – “Hi Mom, we set the date for our wedding”. I was so happy to hear this news since Tara and Kelly had been talking about getting married for years.

The telephone can be a foe delivering really bad news. – “Jackie, Tara has had a cardiac arrest and is in ICU at OHSU”. True story. I got that call on 12/28/07 the day after I arrived in Mexico for a two week vacation.

I do work for one of the major telecommunications companies which happens to not only be a tier one service provider but also the local telephone company in 14 states in the USA. So I am very familiar with the rules and regulations regarding caller id, solicitation, etc.

Lately I have been getting really irritated with the number of solicitors who call my home telephone # even though I have registered on the DO NOT CALL REGISTRY. I do have a security screen feature on my line that forces a caller without caller id to identify themselves. Without this feature I am sure I would get even a ton more solicitor calls. I can get home from work and have 15 new callers with 6 or more voice mails from telemarketers/solicitors.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE NATIONAL DO NOT CALL REGISTRY
The National Do Not Call Registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls at home.
Most telemarketers
should not call your number once it has been on the registry for 31 days. If they do, you can file a complaint at this Website. You can register your home or mobile phone for free.
There have been many laws passed by various state public Utility commissions and the FCC that regulates companies that use either live telephone solicitors or automatic dial announcing devices (ADADs) must provide on Caller ID machines their company’s name and a telephone number. These telemarketers can no longer use per-call blocking or per-line blocking to prevent customers from identifying the caller. The number which appears must also accept incoming calls.


How a lot of the telemarketing companies get around the different rules and regulations can be by number spoofing (caller id might show 999-999-9999) or they pass caller id like Ohio, Florida, Maine with 8XX telephone #. You name the state and it has probably shown up on my phone on caller id.

Once in awhile out of curiosity I will answer a telemarketer’s call if the caller id number and name is one that I see multiple times a day for weeks showing on my phone. First off they can never pronounce my last name (it’s not that difficult), they ask to speak to Jacqueline or they ask if Mr. is at home.

I personally have nothing against the individual telemarketers making the calls as I know to them it is just a job. But do they really like what they do? How many times a day must people receiving their calls treat them rudely or hang up on them? I am sure glad that is one job I have never had.

Top telemarketing voice mails I receive:

“Your automobile extended warranty had expired. This is your last chance…” If this is my last chance why do you freaking keep calling me?

“This call is important to you, please press 1 to speak to an agent now”. If it were an important call to me wouldn’t I be calling them?

“I can lower your home mortgage rate by blah, blah blah”. I doubt it since I am locked in at one of the lowest rates offered several years ago.

“You have won…. You recently entered a contest”. No I did not; I think I would remember doing that.

OK, you get my drift, irritating huh?

Now remember I did say I work for a telecommunication company so “if you want to lower your long distance rate……”

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUTTHE NATIONAL DO NOT CALL REGISTRY
The National Do Not Call Registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls at home.
Most telemarketers

should not call your number once it has been on the registry for 31 days. If they do, you can file a complaint at this Website. You can register your home or mobile phone for free.

Qwest and DNC at the Pepsi Center, then and now

Qwest, the corporation that I work for had the honor of being selected as the official communications provider for both the DNC and RNC. My director was a handful of few Qwest employees who got a VIP tour of the DNC at the Pepsi Center in Denver last Friday.

While you can see the DNC at the Pepsi Center on TV it looks more impressive with only a few people in it. It is a huge venue. Here a few photos that my director took last Friday. I will probably get some preview photos of the RNC center later this week.

Here is an interesting article that Qwest released regarding the first DNC in Denver and the current event.

Release Date: August 21, 2008
1908-2008: Wiring Denver’s Democratic National Conventions Then and Now Qwest and the Telecommunications History Group Look Back at the 1908 DNC as Denver Gears Up for the Most Digitally-Connected Political Convention in History One Hundred Years Later

DENVER, Aug. 21, 2008 — With the centennial of the first convention in Denver as the backdrop, Qwest Communications, the Official Telecommunications Provider of the event, teamed up with the Telecommunications History Group to compare the 1908 and 2008 Democratic National Conventions (DNC).

“The Qwest network will facilitate an unprecedented digital experience for the delegates and the media at this year’s convention. Such technology was unheard of in 1908, which only highlights the need to stay connected with the people and the events that matter most in our lives,” said Qwest’s president in Colorado, Chuck Ward.

From a technology perspective, the upcoming convention in the Mile High City bears little resemblance to the 1908 convention – when only 12 special telephone lines were installed to accommodate the event and enable national news bulletins.

By contrast, this year’s convention sites – the Pepsi Center and INVESCO Field at Mile High – are expected to have unparalleled digital connectivity, with 6,000 voice and data lines carrying real-time news, videos, blogs, phone calls, e-mail and other digital data to a global audience.

“As you would expect, times have changed in the communications world since the last convention in Denver,” said Herb Hackenburg, a founding member of the Telecommunications History Group. “The level of data and voice connectivity provided by Qwest will enable the world to watch, listen and read about the DNC as it happens and that’s exciting!”

In 1908, when Denver was tapped to host the DNC, the Colorado Telephone Company relied on its new state-of-the-art technology to keep the public informed about the convention proceedings within minutes of when they happened.

Using a PBX (private branch exchange) telephone system, six special service telephones, six telephone booths, six specially trained telephone operators, two long distance lines, telegraphs and Morse code, the phone company was able to transmit news bulletins to pre-selected customers like local newspaper editors and political leaders from the 1908 convention.

Pages at the convention were trained to recognize delegates and distinguished guests by sight. When delegates and guests received calls, the attendants would immediately find them on the floor and escort them to the phones.

Democratic nominee William Jennings Bryan didn’t even attend the convention in 1908. Using a megaphone rigged with a telephone transmitter so that the megaphone would work “in reverse”, Bryan listened to the crowd signal its approval of his nomination from his home library in Lincoln, Nebraska, via a special long-distance telephone connection to the convention floor. *

Today, it is Qwest that will facilitate much of the information flow that will keep the eyes of the world on Denver from August 25th-28th. Qwest’s fiber-optic network for the 2008 DNC has an aggregate data capacity of 50 billion bits per second, which could transmit an HD movie in two seconds or the entire collection of print holdings at the Library of Congress in less than one hour.

Qwest has implemented infrastructure upgrades that required about 3,344 miles of single strands of fiber and 140 miles of single strands of copper and coaxial cable, installed video equipment with capacity to handle 130 simultaneous video feeds at both the Pepsi Center and INVESCO Field at Mile High, and added approximately 2,600 additional data lines and 3,400 voice grade circuits to serve both venues.

During next week’s convention, Qwest’s network will be used to transmit the Democratic presidential nomination and convention proceedings for the world to watch in real-time at home or on the go, from the opening gavel to Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at INVESCO Field on Thursday, August 28th.

THEN & NOW AT THE DENVER DNC

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