This is just an FYI. I ordered a nearly new but used Android phone on eBay from another customer using the same provider. Thus, the phone easily activated in my name and is quite usable. I’ve linked it to my old Gmail account: firstname.lastname@example.org — if you need the advantage of quick email contact while I’m away from a computer, that’s the one to use. Also, texting works a whole lot better.
And because this thing offers the usual GPS and mapping service, I’m likely to be chasing the wild trails more often. Also, it’s warming up again and our local weather services predict only one more cold snap of any significance for the season. I’ll be out later today on Point 10 at Draper Lake, if all works out as I plan.
I’m using the new laptop a lot more these days. The old tower system has gotten a little grouchy with the display and I haven’t felt eager to dig into why, but I suspect the video card is burning out. Still, it runs fine and makes a good file server. It’s pretty easy to exchange files over our home router using SSH. That really is the safest LAN protocol, folks. I use it with FileZilla.
Finally, this phone turned out to be in really good condition and I got it for a third of Sprint’s retail for the same device. The previous owner had done some really strange things to it, but it all wiped away pretty nicely with a factory reset. I did the research to determine which phone best matched my features list and got the fewest consumer complaints. You can always tell which complaints are anomalies or just plain idiocy and disregard them. Buying it outright means no extra juice in our cellphone bill.