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About cmeisenzahl

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  1. Right now we're longtime Sprint customers, maybe 10 years. I've got a family plan now w/ 550 mins. I've got I think 5 phones and an Airave going. None of us have "smart" phones but we all have texting. On my phone only (LR Rumor Touch) I have the added $15 for unlimited data. I'm thinking about getting an iPhone this coming summer when (presumably) the next revision of the iPhone is introduced. I would probably keep my wife and kids on our our Sprint plan and just move myself and maybe my dad. We already own a iPad and a couple of iPod Touches so I'm familiar with iOS. I do have a few questions I was hoping someone here could help me with. Thanks in advance! :-) 1. What differences are there between the iPhone on AT&T and Verizon? Based on their coverage maps they both cover my home and work area very well. 2. I could see myself using up to maybe 1000 texts/month and a few GB of data, what kind of plan should I consider? 3. After all of the fees, taxes, etc., what is an expected real-world monthly bill for me given the above? 4. Are there any advantages to having two of us with iPhones on a plan? Any kind of add-a-line or family bundle discounts with respect to the plans? 5. What is is important that I didn't even think to ask? ;-) Thanks VERY much! Chris
  2. Guys, I've had the iPad for 6-7 weeks and love it. I'd like to get an affordable Bluetooth keyboard to work with it. Are there any limitations I should know about, or should they pretty much all work? Any recommendations? Thanks very much in advance, Chris
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    Best way to read epub files on the iPad? ...

    Great info, thanks, guys!
  4. I just bought an iPad today! ;-) I have two books that ere published as epub files that I would like to read on the iPad and have a couple questions. 1. What's the best way to get them onto the iPad? (this time I added them to iTunes and synced) 2. What's the most elegant way to read them? The built-in iBook app? Kindle app? Something else? Thanks very much in advance! Chris
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    iBook repair update ...

    Thanks for the help before, the original post. http://forum.maccast.com/index.php?showtopic=16040 Friday night I spent 2.5 hours tearing the iBook apart. I've never seen so many screws, in fact I had 3 left over when it was all done, seriously. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. ;-) On the upside, it booted, I was able to format the disk and install Tiger again, all is well, for now. ;-)
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    OpenOffice or NeoOffice? ...

    Rebuilding my G4 iBook after a crashed HD. Is one of these 2 suites markedly better than the other? Or more stable on Tiger? Thanks in advance!
  7. If I never hear the term 'ditto-packet' again, it will be too soon. ;-) Aug. 8, 1876: Edison Patents Mimeograph "Before the inkjet printer, before the laser printer, before the dot-matrix printer, before the photocopier, there came the mimeograph machine. They were everywhere — in schools, offices and the military. If you needed just a few copies of a document, you used carbon paper. If you needed thousands (and had the time and the budget), you could send it to a print shop for typesetting and publication. But if you needed something in between, say 30 copies for a classroom handout (or test!) or 500 or 1,000 for a church bulletin or incendiary revolutionary poster, you had the mimeograph." http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/n.../dayintech_0808
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    Need help w/ a dead iBook ...

    Thanks, guys. I was able to boot from the DVD last night and run Disk utility. The HD is being reported as failed. Is this an appropriate drive for a G4 iBook (it's ATA)? I think the newer MacBooks use SATA? http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Western%20Digital/WD800BEVE/ Thanks!
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    Need help w/ a dead iBook ...

    Thanks, guys. I think it has a single firewire 400 port. But I don't have an external OS X drive to use. I'm going to try to boot from the OS DVD again tonight and see if I can run the disk utility. I suppose a new HD might me in order from macsales. ;-)
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    Need help w/ a dead iBook ...

    I'm sad to report that 3.5+ year old 12" 1.2 Ghz. G4 iBook is in rough shape. ;-( Last night it completely froze so I rebooted it. When it started back up it showed these things in succession ...c-main 1. A flashing picture of a globe (earth) for maybe 20+ seconds 2. A picture of the system folder with I think a question mark in it (this scares me) 3. The full gray screen with the large darker gray Apple logo in the center of the screen (small spinning pinwheel near the bottom of the screen) for as much as a couple minutes 4. A bright blue screen, sometimes showing the mouse pointer This last screen just stays there indefinitely, I've waited as long as 20 minutes. I've rebooted several times with the same results. The machine had Tiger on it. I found what I think was the Tiger DVD and attempted to boot from it, but I got the same results as above. I may try my Panther discs if I can find them. I do think I hear the HD spinning at times. Any ideas? Does it sound like the HD might have finally just died? It was the factory 80GB 4800rpm drive. If I replace it I would like to get one that spins faster, it's plugged in the vast majority of the time anyway. All advice and pointers to info much appreciated, thanks very much in advance!!
  11. A nice app to track all kinds of snippets of info. Do it all on the web or download the client for Mac or Windows. http://evernote.com/
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    Arthur Benjamin does "Mathemagic" ...

    Absolutely amazing. Arthur Benjamin does "Mathemagic" | Video on TED.com "In a lively show, mathemagician Arthur Benjamin races a team of calculators to figure out 3-digit squares, solves another massive mental equation and guesses a few birthdays. How does he do it? He’ll tell you." http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/arthur_...mathemagic.html
  13. Nazi photos reveal devastation of WWII Allied bombing raids on Germany - Telegraph "A "spectacular" collection of 3,000 Nazi photos reveal the extent to which the Allied bombing campaign devastated Germany's cultural heritage." http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/...on-Germany.html
  14. Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe, where baked beans cost $30 billion - Telegraph "On the rare occasions when products are available, the prices are astronomic. At the TM supermarket in Borrowdale, in Harare's western suburbs, many shelves were bare yesterday. But a kilo of mince cost Z$490 billion, a kilo of sausage Z$170 billion, and a tin of baked beans Z$30 billion. Despite Zimbabwe's desperate shortage of food, heavy import duties have been slapped onto edible products, and a litre of imported orange juice cost an eye-watering Z$303 billion. Some prices have trebled from a week ago, when lavatory paper worked out at just under Z$22 million for a single sheet of two-ply. There was none in the supermarket yesterday, but by now there is probably an alternative use for the Z$50 million dollar note. At one Harare restaurant dinner was Z$875 billion per person, and the house wine a little short of half a trillion dollars a bottle." http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/...30-billion.html