I finally had it with the phone company. I end up spending close to $100 most months with minimal long distance charges, and that seemed like way too much. So, I got my brother to refer me to Vonage (good for a month's free charges) and ordered their service.
Today the Linksys RT31P2 arrived. It looks just like a traditional Linksys router, except that it has 3 ethernet ports instead of 4 and two phone jacks. I was concerned that it would interact badly with my existing WRT54GS router, but I decided to just try the stupidest thing imagineable: I plugged the RT31P2 into my WRT54GS on an open port, powered it up, connected the phone, and voila! I have dialtone!
I'll probably have more to say about it later, but so far, I'm fairly impressed.
According to scientists, squid have overtaken humans in terms of total bio-mass.
That means they take up more space on the planet than us.
The reason has been put down to overfishing of other species and climate change.
If you thought $0.10 was expensive for an SMS message (and it is), for pity's sake, how bad is $3.95 per message?
Holy crap, how pathetic do you have to be to use a service like this?
If you haven't figured it out by now, I've been a geek for a long time. Twenty five years ago, my geekdom took the form of "gaming geek". In high school this meant a mild spate of RPG games, but mostly wargames from Avalon Hill and a fair number of games from Steve Jackson. I loved Steve Jackson games because they were cheap and fun. I played Ogre, Car Wars, Illuminati the classic Tom Wham games Snit's Revenge and The Awful Green Things from OuterSpace. Good stuff, Maynard. Lately some of us at Pixar have gotten into lunch time games of Munchkin, keeping the spirit alive.
That's why it is so cool to read Cory Doctorow's posting claiming that Steve Jackson Games' electronic publishing venture is brilliant. SJ Games now has an electronic publishing arm that sells games and game related materials as PDF files which are not copyprotected by DRM. And you know what? If you lose the files in a disk crash Steve Jackson Games will let you redownload the ones you bought for free. Take that, iTunes music store.
They have four samples you can download, including GURPS Lite, a streamlined version of their popular roleplaying system. Break open a can of Zygwortz, pat Ook on the head, and enjoy.
Incidently, I have no interest in this company other than as a satisfied customer. Give it a try if you like.