Sunday, February 14, 2010

Snow Leopard Olympic Glory

Ghanaian olympic skier Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong "The Other Snow Leopard" has overcome some incredible odds just to make it to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games. Don't assume Kwame is the "Eddie the Eagle" of 2010 ... the man can ski. Granted, the odds aren't in his favor but we're pulling for you Kwame.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Straight Talk Prepaid Cell Phone

I was getting a little tired of my Verizon cell phone plan. Two phones for $69.99 with 700 shared minutes and unlimited mobile to mobile. Problem is the bill was over $86 after the added Verizon and government surcharges/taxes. That's a lousy deal in anyone's book. I decided to try prepaid since I hate contracts. When I spoke with Verizon they just wanted me to sign up for two years to get a new phone etc. No thanks!

My new phone is a Samsung R451C running on Straight Talk. The service is surprisingly good and is said to run on the Verizon network. Straight Talk has an unlimited plan for $45 but the $30 plan more than enough for me. For $30, you get 1000 minutes, 1000 texts, and 30MB of data. The phone and service is fine but forget about the web features. Straight Talk disables Java on the phone and doesn't support apps or games. Do yourself a favor and buy a cheaper phone.

I am disappointed that Straight Talk crippled the phone. I was looking forward to writing my own apps and trying about mobile web development.