Recently, perhaps over the past few months(two in a row tonight in fact), I’ve encountered people in fast food restaurants attempting to use a credit card, then being perplexed at the fact that the particular restaurant didn’t take cards. Some people didn’t even have the “real” money to pay for the purchase and walked out.

Shannon was trying to find a phone number for MUSC tonight in the phone book. She was looking for a number to tell her what room a sick friend of hers was in. Looking in the business section, you would expect a largish block of MUSC numbers. Nope nothing.Ok, so she looks for Medical University of South Carolina, she finds “See MUSC”.
Ok, flip to MUSC. And she finds, “See M U S C”. Dead end… well a recursive end.Next she tries www.musc.edu, hmm nope can’t get to the directory now without an MNA, but she does finds a link to muschealth.com. Nope that site is down. Finally she calls me and I happen to be taking a friend home that knew the right number to call. She calls it, gets disconnected. Calls back, gets transfered to medical records. Then transfered back to her original person, who finally helps her.Arghh!!!!1

Well I have two shiny new t616’s in my possession. Unfortunately, getting my old number port over isn’t going to well. It appears this what happens behind the scenes when you try a number port:

  • All the cell providers use a gateway run by the FCC.
  • Requests to port numbers go through this gateway.
  • A request is matched from the new service provider to your record with the old provider using multiple fields(name, account number, address, social).
  • The match is done automatically, so if any data isn’t exactly equivalent for all fields the request will fail. For example a request for “JohnssSmith” will fail if the record with the old provider is “JohnsSmith”.
  • The gateway only processes every 3 hours. So tracing down typos is a slow tedious process

If all goes well, I should be the owner of a t616 by the end of the week!!! :-)

In preparation for my new toy I was looking for a way to sync it with my desktop and came across Multisync. Claims to sync most everything including the t610/616 over bluetooth. Not having my new phone yet I decided to try and sync the two instances of Evolution I use(work and home). After a little bit of fiddling and a properly setup ssh port forward, it worked. If it works as well with my phone, I’ll definitely be adding to my short “how could I live without” list of applications.

Taking the dog for a walk the other day…I see 2 Highschool age guys in a front yard.They had a:

  1. rope
  2. helmet
  3. motercycle
  4. video camera

I sensed trouble, so I stop and ask “What’s up?”. One of the fellows gives me a strange look and says “School project, yeah school project, that’s right”.

Wanting no part of this, I hurry along with my dog walk.Needless to say, I eagerly awaited the 11:00pm news for a report.