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Dear Reader,

Just keeping everyone up to date on what’s happening with me.

I’m sad to say that I’m having to shut down I’d like to thank all my customers and those who helped out by being affiliates and in other ways. I owe everyone who supported me in this venture a debt of gratitude. I would have liked a better ending it just didn’t work out. All my customers have been migrated over to my other hosting venture, until they decide whether they wish to stay or find other hosting. I’ve talked with most of them personally to apologize and offer any assistance I can in making their final decision.

On a happier note, I’m glad to say that I am now a Zone Leader on I met Rick Ross back in Boston a year or so ago and we’ve been in touch since then trying to put together a deal that is good for dzone and for DevZone. We were finally able to do so and part of that deal is that I’m a Zone Leader. So you’ll be able to see my smiling mug over there as well as on DevZone now.

This means I’m also trolling for content for both sites. So don’t be shy! If you’ve got something to say to the PHP community, let me help you get it out there. Drop me a line! (now…seriously…I need content!) :)


Finally, after the game tonight, I pack it up and head out early tomorrow morning for Cupertino for a week. I’ll be in the office Tuesday but at SugarCon the rest of the week as well as the PHP meetup in SF on Thursday evening. If you are in the area, ping me and let’s hook up for drinks! I only get out there a few times a year so I want to see all my friends that I can.

That’s all for now. I’ve got a couple of tutorials I’m working on that I’ll post over at when they are done.

Until Next Time,

I am a citizen of the CrackBerry Nation

Dear Reader,

Yes, I am now a citizen of the Crackberry nation. Since I left and got off of 24hr call, I’ve made do with small, non-internet based phones. However, with and both beginning to take off, I felt it best to go back to a “device” instead of just a phone.

I am now the proud owner of a Blackberry 8320 and for the first time in 10 years, I am not using Sprint as my service provider. Sprint has been good to me, no doubt, but the last 2-3 times I’ve had to deal with them have been increasingly frustrating. My contract with them is up on the 25th of Feb so I figured I’d look around and see what else is available.

I remembered a post by Terry Chay on how he got a “discount” on an iPhone. In it he mentioned a website called I’d never heard of them before so I decided to take a look. It’s a great site, very usable, extremely easy to find good deals on. I quickly put together a plan that got everybody new phones and get me the crackberry I wanted. (I just had to have WiFi) It also allowed me to correct one of the most heinous parenting fauxpas I’ve made in the past 18 years, I was able to get unlimited TXT messaging for the family. The website was very easy and turned a very complex shopping experience (do you KNOW how many options you have when selecting a phone?) into a stress free experience. I even tried two or three different options before I settled on the right combination. All in all, if all I had to judge them from was their website, I would give them an 8 or 9.

Here comes the fun part. I’m very picky when it comes to gadgets and they lost a point on their web experience because the page describing the Blackberry I wanted did not include a model number. There are three in the 8300 line and only one has WiFi. So, after putting together everything I wanted in my shopping cart, I thought it best to call and place the order so that I can make sure I know what I’m getting.

I clicked on “Place your order by phone and a popup popped up with the phone numebr and a “dial in code”. The menu tree I was greeted with was thankfully short (god I hate those things) and did not require me to speak to the computer, just punch numbers. After about 10 seconds on hold I was greeted by a nice young man who asked me for my dial-in code. After receiving it, he pulled up my shopping cart on his end, answered my questions about the Blackberry (it was the one I wanted) and then just completed the shopping cart for me. I was blown away. He even suggested a change to the plan that saved me even more money.

The end result, I was out of pocked $350 for 4 phones that retailed for $1,500. After mail in rebates, I will be out of pocket $24. Sinanara Sprint, I’m a T-Mobile customer now but more importantly, I’m a customer.

Until next time,