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ATT vs VerizonVerizon.

My earlier AT&T versus Verizon post was labeled «part one» for a reason: it was written before I had any basis for comparison. Now, three weeks and two days into my contract with Verizon, I've yet to experience a dropped call. There are places with strong signals and places with weak signals; that's no different on Verizon than AT&T. But the most important difference is that I can hold entire conversations without being disconnected a half-dozen times in succession. On AT&T I was lucky to get ten minutes of uninterrupted talk time.

The one kind of service I got from AT&T was lip service

Two companies that get design: iPhone versus Palm Prē

ImageA few months ago Monochromatic Outlook compared the iPhone with the Nokia E75, evaluating the device with all the features a user could ask for against the device with a focus on user experience. It was evident that Nokia's approach of cramming technology together into one package left something to be desired without attention to the user interface.

AT&T versus Verizon, part one

ATT vs VerizonI've been a customer of AT&T's for over seven years. For the most part it was six good years and one really bad year. When I first switched over to AT&T Wireless their GSM coverage was spotty, but the dead zones were consistent and I when I wasn't in one the reception was clear and strong. In 2005 when Cingular bought AT&T the dead zones disappeared and I've had clear reception anywhere in the City limits.

So when Apple cut their exclusive deal with AT&T for the iPhone I defended AT&T from critics who claimed Apple had tied the iPhone to the «worst» cellular provider. I applauded Apple for making a phone run on GSM instead of CDMA networks, and in the US, the GSM players are AT&T and T-Mobile. Of the two, AT&T was the most likely to provide the infrastructure that a popular, data-hungry Internet device requires. Even a year after the iPhone was released, when the iPhone 3G came out, T-Mobile didn't offer 3G network speeds.

Chasm City
Alastair Reynolds

Alastair Reynolds has some tricks up his sleeve. I’ve observed this pattern in the two novels of his I’ve read so far, Revelation Space and Absolution Gap: I notice at some point when I’ve gotten a good way into the book that it doesn’t seem surprising and that I’m not getting much out of it, then just before I begin to lose interest there’s a subtle twist I hadn’t anticipated and I get hooked in.

'Round the ballpark

I would have liked to have gotten out the door before I started my workday, but there were things that were broken and had to be fixed first thing, and I didn't get out the door until after 5 o'clock.

I took a basic loop out past the ballpark and back the other side, very similar to many of the ballpark runs I've done this year. The sun was hot and my knee doesn't seem to be fully recovered but it also doesn't seem to be getting worse.

Another 5K and I'm slowing down

Today's race in Golden Gate Park went more slowly than I'd have liked. Slowing by sixteen seconds in the 5K between June 20th and July 4th didn't bother me, but adding an additional minute and fifteen seconds to that time is a warning sign.

It's easy to guess why I might be slowing. I had an entire week between races and I didn't get out on the road once. I know I said that I had to cut back and take it easy to avoid injury, but I think cutting back to zero might have been taking it too far.

2010 Alameda RACE

ImageI couldn't have asked for a nicer day for a race. The sun was shining but it wasn't too hot, even considering the relatively late race start of 9:45 am. The race course takes advantage of the street closures for the Alameda Independence Day Parade and the runners start fifteen minutes before the parade follows.


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