While hardly an insider, I’ve been to Facebook’s offices a couple of times over the years, and I’ve met some of the people from the film in person. I wanted to know what other people, closer to it, had said about film, Facebook, and what comes next… Continue reading →
After almost 20 years, I’m honored to have been asked back to NASA. This time for the Space Shuttle launch scheduled November 1, 2010, as part of #NASATweetup.
Over two days I’ll get tours and the opportunity to speak with shuttle technicians, engineers, astronauts, and managers as well as to watch the launch from the press area. Of course I’ll share on Twitter, Facebook and blog while I’m there.
This is the last scheduled mission for Space Shuttle Discovery, and the Shuttle program is scheduled to end with the final Endeavor mission, STS-134 in February, 2011. [Update: the new budget approved recently adds one last mission in June for Atlantis.] My friends Rusty Hodge of SOMA-FM Mission Control and Scott Beale of Laughing Squid have been to invited to past #NASAtweetups.
The last time I was to KSC and the Cape was as an engineer. Yes, on some level I can claim the title rocket scientist (without even resorting to the model rockets I built and launched as a child)… Continue reading →
Today we have AT&T U-Verse and Speakeasy DSL, next week we’ll also have Comcast Extreme 50. These appear to be the only choices here (except commercial dedicated circuits). We’ll be disconnecting two of them shortly, but it’s a great opportunity to compare service from the three providers and I wanted to share what I’ve learned so far. Continue reading →
Another friend is presenting: Mike Smithwick. He started writing Distant Suns for the Amiga in 1985, and I first met him during my days as an Amiga engineer. More than 25 years later and Distant Suns is still going strong, and he has new announcements to make Tuesday night. It was a great coincidence that he applied to the show without even realizing I was involved.
The wraps are finally coming off the secret new project from best-selling author Neal Stephenson (Snow Crash, Quicksilver, Cryptonomicon, Anathem) and my friend Jeremy Bornstein at Subutai Corporation.
It’s cool that we have custom iPad bags from Rickshaw Bag Works, and that we have Intel as a sponsor, as well as SugarSync and Appency PR, and a lineup of other great media, presenters and guests.
This fantastic video does a great job of expressing the unique advantages I enjoy through being on AT&T.
(I’ve also been meaning to update my review of the AT&T 3G Microcell… but I’m still waiting for another return call from AT&T tier 2 support. I’ve spent hours on the phone with AT&T over the past month.)
I’m about to launch a new iPhone and web app, LeanScale at the next SF AppShow. Join us, it’s a great event, and look for more here soon.
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Yesterday I read on Mobile Crunch that the AT&T 3G MicroCell went on sale. I ran out and bought the last available one from the AT&T Store nearest me. I’ve tested it in two San Francisco homes and can report on how it works for me.
The theory is great. I pay AT&T an extra $150 to fix service that I’m already paying more than $100 a month for. They give me a cute little orange and white box by CISCO that connects to my broadband internet and makes a micro cell site out of my house. Voila, a little bubble of reliable service in the wasteland that is trying to make iPhone voice calls in San Francisco.
Along with all the hype before the first iPhone was released, I added my voice, noting that it would forever change the mobile phone business in important ways. I camped in line to be among the first to get one. There was enormous hype. Yet, in the two and a half years since, more change happened than most hype predicted.
For example, I was on an $89 voice plan that gave me 1350 minutes a month with rollover. AT&T was going to happily keep charging me $20 per month extra indefinitely. (I effectively had unlimited minutes already — with text and data becoming my dominant means of communication, I had accumulated tens of thousands of rollover minutes.)
$69.99 per month for unlimited voice -- but I had to go online to make the change
I went online to login and make the change to my account. In approximately 90 seconds total, I switched and am now paying $69.99 per month for unlimited voice.
So now my iPhone costs $120 per month ($30 data plan and $20 unlimited texting) before taxes and fees (and apps!). Continue reading →