“I don’t usually personally promote books… but when I do, I’m the star!”
Well, okay, not really the star, but I did get interviewed for Dungeon Hacks, by David L Craddock. I’ve just received a pre-press copy and will be reading it over the next few weeks, but it is neat to see some of the events I recall from years past in print! Enjoy!
Okay. I’ve messed around with Blender on and off for, well, years. Here is yet another attempt to collect resources and notes. If anyone other than I ever reads this, I’ll apologize in advance: this post is likely to always be far less coherent than anything I set out to write for other eyes. Continue reading “Learning Blender (in my copious spare time)”
So, I was looking at my credit card bill a few months ago and it hit me… My monthly telephone bill via Vonage has grown to $37.44! I wasn’t really certain how that aligned with, say, phone from Verizon FiOS (which we have for internet) or other options, but I thought I’d look around for alternatives.
I finally settled on buying an Obihai Obi200 VoIP adapter for $47.99, connecting to Google Voice (free for domestic phone calls, $0.01/min for international calls I could think of any reason to make), and e911 service from Anveo ($12.99/year for up to five 911 calls). The other part, of course, was to port my current “home” number from Vonage to Google which turned out to be a little more exciting.
Google only supports porting from mobile numbers, for some reason, and Vonage doesn’t count as mobile. So, it required a two-step process: first, port from Vonage to T-Mobile ($14.99 for a sim activation kit + $10 for some airtime to deal with setup – I already had an unlocked phone, but the battery was dead, so I needed another $9.98 for a new battery). That step took about 48 hours, not counting the excitement of getting a new battery for an old phone. THEN I could immediately port from T-Mobile to Google (another $20!) and wait another 24 hours.
…. and it worked! Same phone number, all new services, new hardware, and I have far more control over the components so I can switch providers as needed. Woo hoo!
Total cost: $102.96 one time (more than half was fees to port my old number), and $12.99/year recurring costs. Compared to $449.28/year with Vonage, and I’ll break even in three months.