Running just a little late tonight on the old brain dump. Sorry about that.
I’ve been playing around quite a bit with internet telephony and studying on the simple solutions to free phone calls. I’m afraid that I haven’t found a “simple” or totally free (as in both free beer and as in free speech) yet but this is a work in progress.
I have been using the PDA to make calls over the internet. I am told that those calls are actually better than my calls from the desktop and even better than the calls from the Blackberry. I am just so excited that I found a work around that allows me unlimited calling for free and I can use wifi instead of 3g.
I’m tempted to remain a cell customer and get just a data plan for the phone and load an sip client on that for calls. Tempted, but at this point I think I would rather have the money in my pocket than a duplicate of something that I can do for free.
The whole free calling scheme involves, at this point, involves a big honking company that I am in no way comfortable dealing with. This company is a huge violator of laws and personal privacy.
But even with their egregious behaviour they are helping me to achieve some of my goals. Someday, hopefully sooner than later, I will set up a server and be able to have control of my email, my phone calls, and all my Web 2.0 ephemera.
Right now though I have lots of information to both wade through and try to understand. This stuff is way in the deep end of the pool and will take a boatload of time for me to sort out.
But it will be sorted out! I am tired of working myself to death for some fatcat corporations who rape us on a daily basis, drive the economy into the cesspool and then reap big bailouts as rewards for their ineptitude and greed.
Screw them. I am tired of working for them and watching my wages drop to third world levels. Here’s a news flash for you people who have some perverted view of American history- the business of America is not BIG business. It never has been. Traditional American policy has always been about the mom-n-pop businesses and the people employed by them. Only since just before the Great Depression have all eyes turned to dumbassed corporations for salvation.
And that view has tanked the American economy and will continue to destroy it. No nation in history, and I mean no nation, has ever achieved success without one of two things- SLAVERY or a MIDDLE CLASS.
America had her days of slavery and they disappeared. The middle class is disappearing here now. This will lead to a return to slavery.
Obama’s solution of using big government to solve our issues is idiotic. Perhaps it is not as idiotic as Bush’s big government and big business solution but it will still lead to ruination.
It’s time for we as a people to stand up to both entities. Maybe we don’t need a revolution but we need to tell them bozoes that we’re taking our freedom back.
Maybe it starts with people not freely giving out our information to Facebook and Google. Maybe it involves people standing up and realising that we don’t NEED $600 cellphones that cost us $100 a month to operate. Maybe we need to start demanding better computers and mp3 players by not buying the second-rate crap that Microsoft and Apple produce.
I’m probably just tired of being pushed around. I’ve been run thru the ringer the last few years and my toleration for nonsense is at an all time low. We let the dang government violate our Constitutional right in the airport and think it is all right. But then again we think it’s cool to pay an unreasonable amount of money every month for a cell phone so we can stay connected to the world all day everyday and spend $70,000 for a car that is so uncomfortable that one cannot walk for a week after a road trip in it.
If we call the generation that won World War 2 by the worthy epithet “The Greatest Generation,” our’s should probably be called “The Stupidest Generation.”