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  09:21:47 am, by The Dreamer   , 96 words  
Categories: General

Asia Tsunami Relief Donations - Update 3


Thinking about this....I've decided that I want to find one more charity to give to....

Making it an even 10 charities, for an even total of $250.

This will be on top of the donations I'll be making at the office on Wednesday (the office is having a fund raising event....soup lunch and a bitter competition event. I think I'll make soup.)

And, on top of designating a my donation to Engineers Without Borders ( for Tsunami Relief.

The EWB donation isn't planned until during National Engineers Week ( - February 20-26, 2005.


  06:30:36 pm, by The Dreamer   , 97 words  
Categories: General

Asia Tsunami Relief Donations - Update 2


Well, I have made the donations to the other organizations I had previous listed.


$25 - CARE: Asia Quake Disaster Appeal

$25 - Habitat for Humanity International's Asia Tsunami Recovery Fund

$25 - Oxfam's Asia Earthquake & Tsunami Fund

$25 - SaveTheChildren's Asia Earthquake/Tsunami Relief Fund

$25 - World Food Programme's Tsunami Disaster Appeal

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  05:37:03 pm, by The Dreamer   , 49 words  
Categories: General

Jury Summons

Today I found a Jury Summons in my mail box.

I knew it was only a matter of time, part of me was wondering if I would ever get called up.

Now to try and figure out my employer's new absence policy and how it relates to Jury Duty.

  01:15:02 pm, by The Dreamer   , 102 words  
Categories: General, VoIP

LNP & Vonage Fax Line

Well, it turns out you can't port a number to become a fax line. But, I don't really want the hassle of changing my fax number.

So, I guess that means another $16.49+tax for another full Vonage residential line that is actually just for my fax machine. Its already bad enough that I only use it once or twice a year, but Vonage doesn't implement distinctive ring....and I don't want the fax machine messing up my voice activity.

Though phone adapters are free....could mean that I have an adapter next to the fax machine...instead of moving the fax machine.....


  11:37:39 am, by The Dreamer   , 488 words  
Categories: General, VoIP

Dumping Landline....

I think I've had the last straw with my landline.

Pretty much the only use I have for the landline is to receive faxes (because number portability didn't exist when I got Vonage, and I didn't have a definitive on whether the fax machine would work).

But, the fax machine seems to work on might be a little bit slower, but not really a big deal when you factor in the savings of Vonage, etc.

Though the extra minutes of getting Vonage fax line is overkill for my needs.

But, I also use it [landline] as backup for outgoing calls. Sometimes call quality on Vonage is problem, so sometimes I'll opt for the easier solution of switching to line 2 on my phone and calling out on landline. The thing is 99% of my outgoing calls are long distance, which is what makes Vonage such a great deal. Especially since the bulk goes to Canada.

The less simple solution is to go and unplug my ReplayTVs from my network....I suppose I might investigate some kind of remote switch to do this....

Now, when I first moved to the US...I originally had Sprint as my long distance provider...only because Sprint was my provider when I was living in Canada. Later I switched to Qwest, because they had a better deal. Though I didn't like that even in months where I don't make any long distance calls at all...I still have to pay the monthly fee to them (plus another fee for international long distance....its just Canada that I call) So, I switched to a service with no monthly fee.

I went with Pioneer Telephone. That proved to be a big problem.

At some point last year they changed their underlying provider, which caused a switch on my line (without prior notice, and apparently this kind of operation circumvents my PICC freeze)...incurring fees for the switch (they said they would credit me the switch fee, but they never did...along with the switch fee when I first became their customer). In fact a couple weeks after they made the switch, they called to tell me that because I was closing my account that I needed to switch off of them and incur another fee.

I called saying that I didn't close, and the CSR mentioned that he had been getting lots of calls from other customers calling for the same reason.

But, despite the assurance that I wasn't going to be cut off and forced off of their network, I found out (the hardway) that they did this to me anyways. I have a credit balance, and they still owe me for the two previous switch fees.

But, I've decided that they can just go away.... XX( because I've had enough with the hassle they've been inflicting on me.

And, this might be reason enough to ditch landline while I'm at it.


  04:00:12 pm, by The Dreamer   , 41 words  
Categories: General

The Dreamer's 500 Year Diary


Well, I got myself a LiveJournal.

Kind of came with having to register to leave somebody a comment.

Been toying with having a less-technical online journal, except that I don't really have all that much to say that isn't technical.



  03:36:44 pm, by The Dreamer   , 50 words  
Categories: Wireless/iPhone

BB7100t temporary image hosting


More on creating home screens for the BB7100t...well, I found this....

In order to help fellow BlackBerry 7100t users deal with T-Mobile's lacking image attachment support, I created this service. It is intended to help PC users get attachments to a BB, and not the other way around.

  02:40:34 pm, by The Dreamer   , 164 words  
Categories: Wireless/iPhone

Blackberry 7100t Custom Wallpaper Images

I was playing around on Friday, and found that I could save images from the browser and then use those images as the home page on my phone. 88|

The picture I had grabbed was of me from my own website, it didn't look very good and was badly placed on the screen.

This got me thinking of creating an image of my own for this.

When I finally got around to doing though, the first thing I went looking to do was recreate a custom OSU logo. The one I had on my Motorola T720 had the wrong aspect ratio for the visible portion on the blackberry screen, so I had to fiddle with getting something that worked.

This is the image I came up with:

OSU logo for BB7100t

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  10:11:33 am, by The Dreamer   , 96 words  
Categories: General

Asia Tsunami Relief Donations - Update


Yesterday, we were informed at work the kind of response the company was giving towards the relief effort. And, we were told that they will match our donations (a first). So, I have pledged to donate at least the same amount to each of the other charities that I had previousily mentioned.

I also offered to volunteer should my time and/or expertise be needed for the (my employer's?) relief effort.

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  04:15:37 pm, by The Dreamer   , 80 words  
Categories: Wireless/iPhone

ditch bars on BB7100t


Just came across B-)

Looks better using the 'default' theme rather than the 'T-Mobile' theme.

Kind of confusing of smaller being better. I knew my signal was bad at work, but now it is easier to see just how bad it is.

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