February 2nd, 2012

Macbeth the Usurper

Report on Stuff

A brief report:

Car - Water pump. Repairable for low-enough. We're fixing it, then using that opportunity to shop for another car. That's about 2-3 car payments worth of repair, so reasonable enough to muddle us through.

New House - Bank rejected our offer. We are rewriting our offer for less $$$. We are changing our loan type so that we can fold anticipated repairs into the mortgage.

Old House - Busy cleaning for house guests this weekend. Small child is allergic to dust mites. We raise dust mites for fun and profit.

Novel - I am exploring paper publication via CreateSpace, a subsidiary of Amazon. 

Macbeth the Usurper

Dumb Phones

The age of dumb phones is over. I am looking over plan replacement phones and finding almost no folding phones.


The important parts here are:
  • I'm on a family plan.
  • Family plan has no texting.
  • Family plan has no data.
  • I am unwilling to pay data plan pricing, at all, period.
I am hoping that somebody will put out a feature phone that has a micro-usb connector. I don't see it happening anytime soon.

I'd update my phone, then sell the new one and make a profit, but the new ones all need internet $$$.

Can I rant that I hate the new phone racket? Phones were already expensive before all this internet craze, and now they are way too expensive. 

The second part of my hate is the size of the phones. I like small phones. I want a small phone. These new ones just aren't small enough for me. All I care about is getting the maximum standby time and forgetting that I have the phone on me.
Macbeth the Usurper

Bought Phone

I did find a phone to replace my current one. I bought a Rugby II (refurb) ruggedized phone. $18. (Hey, I'm paying for a new phone every 24 months, like it or not, so I'm getting what I'm already paying for.)

The thing comes with a micro-usb port. Yay. That lets me drop a few chargers. My phone, my work Blackberry, and my Kindle all use the same charger. Coolness.

The Rugby II also comes with a whopping 21 day standby time. I hope it lives up to that.