31 Mar 2004, 06:58

Sweet sweet mobility

I didn’t honestly expect this to work, at least not as well as it did, but I grabbed a data cable for my cell phone tonight and gave it a try for using my phone as a CDMA modem. But it worked! It really, really worked! The company that makes the cable made a big deal out of how it required their software (sold separately) in order to work, but I didn’t think it was worth having to get a cable and software. Fortunately as it turns out, you can use the cable just fine with regular good old windows networking. Nice. Now I’ve got an anytime, anywhere (ok, anywhere inside of Sprint’s network) internet connection for my laptop, lack of Wi-Fi hotspots be damned! I seem to get about 14-17 KB/sec which isn’t bad at all. Plus as part of my cell phone contract, I have unlimited PCS Vision (Sprint’s data plan) usage so it shouldn’t cost me anything extra. This brings me so very very close to my all time number one geek fantasy of being able to stream my music collection from anywhere. Unfortunately, all my music is at a higher bitrate than this connection would be able to handle. If I could find a streaming server that could re-encode files to a lower bitrate on the fly though, I think I’d be in business.

[Listening to: Built to Spill – Carry The Zero]


Comment by Phil on 2004-03-31 00:51:26 +0000

I’ve said it many times, but I think it bears repeating:

You are one smart bagel.

Er, cookie.

Er, something.

Comment by Carrie on 2004-03-31 02:01:08 +0000

Neeeeeeeeerd 😉

(Built to Spill rules, btw)

Comment by Neal on 2004-03-31 11:31:41 +0000

The OGG format is designed to allow it to be stripped down to lower bitrates on the fly. Not sure what software actually does this yet, but it’s a possibility.

In the future, everyone will be connected to the Internet all the time. It’s just too darn useful for us to accept anything else!

Comment by Sarah on 2004-03-31 15:10:31 +0000

I think you are a good canidate to test out those nifty wearable computers, you might as well already have one.

Comment by Ash on 2004-04-15 21:30:21 +0000

YES but can you WRITE on your SCREEN???????