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I am a citizen of the CrackBerry Nation

Dear Reader,

Yes, I am now a citizen of the Crackberry nation. Since I left JupiterHosting.com and got off of 24hr call, I’ve made do with small, non-internet based phones. However, with securePHPhosting.com and nashvillewebhosting.biz 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 LetsTalk.com. 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 LetsTalk.com customer.

Until next time,
(l)(k)(bunny)
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Goals for the New Year

Dear Reader,

Ok, that last post was as close as I’m gonna get to a “year in review” post. I just don’t like looking backwards that much. So let’s take a moment to look forward and set some goals.

  • Lose 30 lbs.
    Yeah, I know it’s a cliche but I really want to drop 30 this year. These guys just opened up down the street, I think I’ll give them a try. Aside form the fact that they use ColdFusion for their website, they seem to be pretty cool.
  • One blog post per week in 2008.
    Guess what, I’ve got the first week covered. Seriously, I’ve been real lax in posting here for the past year, mainly because most of my writing efforts go to DevZone. However, I do have several ideas that I want to discuss here that revolve around technology but are not necessarily related to PHP.
  • Write One new article per month.
    With all the opportiunities I have to write, you would think this is a no brainer but like everything else, I get sidetracked on other projects. So I hope to post or have printed, one new article per month.
  • Another Book in 2008.
    Ok, so my first book isn’t officially released yet but even so, it was all written in 2007. I’d like to come up with another idea and sell it to a publisher. I’m guessing my ability to do so is greatly dependent on the sales of my first book. So do me a favor…go order a copy.
  • A picture a day in 2008.
    Inspired by people like Chris Wage, Andrei Zmievski, Sebastian Bergmann and Terry Chay, I really want to post one new picture per day in 2008…I’m already behind, this being Janyary 2nd and I’ve yet to post a picture. As soon as I finish this post, I’ll start figuring out what and where to shoot. Note: my goal is not to be as good as any of those four, just to post a new picture every day. I’m shooting for goals I can actually hit.
  • Learn a new language
    The Lovely an Talented Kathy and I will be learning French this year.

So those are my goals for the year, only time will tell whether I can hit them. Hey, have you posted your goals for the year? let me know, I’ll link to them.

Until next time,
(l)(k)(bunny)
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Proving my point

Dear Reader,

Thanks Terry for tweeting this. It’s just proving my point.

Until next time,
(l)(k)(bunny)

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[Disclaimer: Since’t it’s not immediatly obvious because this is in the “Humor” category, this is tongue-in-cheek. Of course Terry’s post doesn’t prove my point, quite the opposite, getting all the public cursers in one place is a good thing for the rest of us.] :)