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Another travel day as I head back to Washington. David Adesnik on Spider-Man in India is worth a read, particularly the final couple of paragraphs.

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Comments

"Another travel day as I head back to Washington."

I keep tryin' to tell ya:

Get a SonyEriccson bluetooth cellphone with a wireless plan from Cingular or T-Mobile. If your Powerbook doesn't have bluetooth built in (which it might), buy a $30 bluetooth dongle. And either for free, or for only a couple of bucks a month extra on your wireless plan, you'll have access to the internets on Amtrak, or anyplace else you've got cellphone coverage.

Then your travel days can be blogging days. Your days queued up at the DMV can be blogging days. Days spent camping in the woods can be blogging days...

Posted by: Petey | Jan 30, 2005 11:21:49 AM

I haven't read it yet, but from the online press I've read I suspect Spider-Man: India may be more interesting in a scholarly sense than a good comics sense.

Posted by: Justin Slotman | Jan 30, 2005 12:35:35 PM

Petey - great advice, though I suspect MY prefers using travel time as down time, given his Herculean level of blogging lately. I got an SE phone with Cingular and am insanely happy with it compared with my old Nokia/AT&T. Instead of BT I got an $18 USB cable that does syncing, modem and charges the phone. It's a knockoff of the one Sony wants $50 for, but with BT dongles getting so cheap, though, it might be worth switching. Have you checked out Float Mobile Agent? It's freeware that does almost anything on an SE phone - modem, sync, edit profiles, photos, you name it; about the only thing it doesn't do is upload Java apps. It's amazing - I can put my whole Outlook calendar on my phone, download text messages and photos so they don't eat up memory, etc. Definitely would not recommend the Cingular pay as you go data plan. It is $.10/KB which which quickly becomes ridiculous, even for WAP surfing. No idea why this is so expensive - one second of a typical phone call probably uses more bandwidth than a month of WAP surfing. Guess they just charge what they can get away with.

Posted by: Adam M | Jan 30, 2005 12:43:31 PM

Matthew

Using excessively small type in your posts is really not considering the needs of older readers.

Posted by: Ari | Jan 30, 2005 12:44:14 PM

"Definitely would not recommend the Cingular pay as you go data plan. It is $.10/KB which which quickly becomes ridiculous, even for WAP surfing."

Good to know. I'm familiar with T-Mobile's T-Zones plan, which is basic data for $5/month, although I've heard there are tricks with both services to get data for free.

One nice advantage of BT is that you can just leave your phone in your bag or pocket while you surf with your laptop.

Posted by: Petey | Jan 30, 2005 1:05:46 PM

"One nice advantage of BT is that you can just leave your phone in your bag or pocket while you surf with your laptop."

Amen--really wish I'd waited to buy my laptop 'til it came with bluetooth - I'd rather not have an annoying antenna hanging out the side of my USB/PC Card slots. Still, BT is the shiatsu, and I'm pretty much powerless to resist it.

"I've heard there are tricks with both services to get data for free."

Such as? ;) I'm all ears. Did 3 months of WAP surfing, Cingular sent me 3 bills saying I'd used ~$.50 of data service a month, then sent me a bill outlining the real previous 3 months' data charges, and it was like $72. Needless to say, the magic word "fraud" was invoked in conversation with their Customer Undermining department (works every time), but trying to explain WAP service charges to their staff was like asking them to diagram the garage doors on Neptune. Eventually, after much frustration and ~45 transferred calls, the money got returned.

Posted by: Adam M | Jan 30, 2005 1:20:53 PM

"Such as? ;) I'm all ears. Did 3 months of WAP surfing"

You'll always have to pay full freight for WAP. The tricks I've seen are for using the phone for data with a laptop for free or very cheap. And given the wide variety of configurations possible, I'll just send you to google for details.

Posted by: Petey | Jan 30, 2005 3:43:35 PM

One example: T-Mobile tries to convince you that you need their $20/month T-Zones plan for data, but you can get by just fine with their $5/month plan.

Posted by: Petey | Jan 30, 2005 3:45:49 PM

ok, all the debate about BT, cell phones, and blogging on the train is fine. but who else is excited by the idea of a bollywood spider-man starring aamir, shahrukh, and priety? how can you not love the idea of spidey singing as he swings along over mumbai, with the populace dancing on their rooftops watching him sail by?!

Posted by: Amy | Jan 31, 2005 2:59:20 PM

I've managed to save up roughly $78383 in my bank account, but I'm not sure if I should buy a house or not. Do you think the market is stable or do you think that home prices will decrease by a lot?

Posted by: Courtney Gidts | Nov 16, 2005 8:06:57 PM

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