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Blogging again and other updates

Blogging again and other updates

My Why: I have been struggling with the purpose of this site, then I realized that the site is for me and not really anyone else.  I use it as a tool to look back and remember what I was doing in the past or as a public tracker to hold me accountable.   It is also a place for me to test new server configs and other web experiments.

The Server:   I am still on Digital Ocean but I have streamlined and optimized my droplets.   I have moved keys sites to their own droplet and moved bunch of smaller sites on to one droplet.    In the mass reconfiguration I moved this site in a mad dash.  I did it quick and dirty and I did not reinstall any plugins or add any ads or other normal WordPress tools.  I am working on bringing some of these features back.

The Business:   I own and run a few part time companies.   I will say that things have been on the slower side for me lately.   I feel that I have spent too much time working in my business rather on it for too long.   This have left them in need of repair so to speak.  I am now in a rebuilding/redefining phase of the different companies.  I am pairing down the functions that I do not enjoy doing or don’t offer me growth (even if they are proven money makers) and investing in things that push me outside my comfort zone or are most important to me.

The Person: Me that is.   I am really working on me and trying to rebuild me in the image I have of me.   I have alot things I want to do  and running out of time to do them in.   I am trying to do the really hard stuff and define where I want to be and how to get there.  I truly believe this is a life long effort.  Next year will not be about me, it will be about the next generation.

NEXT:  Stay tuned

 

 

Google Project Fi – Testing do you use less data?

Google Project Fi – Testing do you use less data?

My Project Fi testing and review.

I have wanted to test Google’s Project Fi service for a while. 2 things have been stopping me.

  1. I needed to buy a new phone that works with it
  2. I have unlimited data with T-mobile and I use alot of data.

With the a new Nexus 6P about to arrive at my door any day now, my first excuse was gone.

I currently commute 4 hours a day 3-4 days a week right now and I chew thru data like crazy while trying to pass the time or be productive. I hit close to 10GB a month pretty consistently. on Google Fi that will cost me close to $120 a month.   I have unlimited with T-mobile at $70 a month that works out to be $78 out the door.

Why would I ever switch?

  1. I think there is chance that I could use less data on Fi. Fi uses Sprint, T-mobile and WiFi hot spots and data is free over hotspots. and there are alot of hotspots along my commute. including Cablevison that runs its own mobile service over it’s wifi hotspots. as a Cablevision customer i get access to those hotspots as well.
    • Why doesn’t this work today?  it isn’t smart enough without google fi’s system.  EX: If i am on hotspot A and request a website, but since i am moving by the time the website comes back I am on to hotspot B. the webpage data thinks I am still at Hotspot A and can’t route it to me.  Fi’s could brain should be able to figure this all out.
  2. Improved Service coverage.  Since Fi uses 3 different networks at once, coverage should be better than t-mobile alone.  T-mo is pretty good in my area, but there are chunks of my train ride where data coverage drops out for good amounts of time. Not to mention no coverage in any of the tunnels or subways.  I am not sure is Sprint has coverage there either, but i am gonna test it.

 

Risks of going to Google Fi .

  1. They will screw up my google voice number.  I think this risk is low, but that is the number everyone knows and I do business on.
  2. The service will be shut down. It is called “PROJECT” Fi and the word Project doesn’t seem to inspire confidence that the service is a fully developed product that Google is committed to. The big G has a history of shutting down projects on a whim or because of “Insert corporate BS here”.
  3. Monitoring and Privacy – Google already knows more about me than I ever will, what is giving them this too going to change?

 

My Fi sim card will be here shortly. I am not letting go on my t-mo plan yet so I can test them side by side and let you know who comes out on top.