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15 July 2007 @ 05:57 pm
So i went by a Sprint store and got my list of phone numbers printed out, yay! Since my phone spent about 45-60 minutes in the queue i spent the time looking around at the phones and asking people about stuff. They said i did qualify for the standard $150 rebate if i recommit for another two years. (I damn well better!) When i said i wanted a phone that could transfer data back and forth with my computer they claimed i'd want to get one of the Windows OS ones. Makes sense, but bleh =P There _are_ phones with touchscreen keyboards, but all of those have the physical keyboards as well *headdesk*

So i can get a Treo for about $275, or i can get a Blackberry with a funky editor for $150, or some "Moto Q" thing for about $100 but which comes with a camera, or i can give up on the whole idea and get a normal phone for "free."

So kirinn, didn't you say that you and akiko got phones that could transfer stuff back and forth with a computer? How much were those and from what company? And for what network?

I also stopped by Shoe Pavilion and found that they have the style of birkenstocks i want, but not in the right combination of size and color. They had another brand/style that was fairly similar and had the right combination, except that they were a little narrower and longer than the Betula ones, which is the exact opposite of what i want.

Also called up the Roller Skate repair place, they said the reason why they haven't gotten back to me about the bands for my rollerblades is because K2 hasn't gotten back to them. In fact he said the only communication they've had with K2 for the past two months is repeated messages along the lines of "sorry, we still haven't sent you your shipment yet." =P He suggested i could try contacting K2 directly and complaining, other than that i guess my choice is to buy _another_ new pair of blades, either that or swap out the wheels and brakes on the good pair once a month so i can use them at Wumpskate =P

So all in all today was mostly a lot of running around but not actually getting much accomplished =P

I'm trying to decide if i want to go to Malediction tonight. On the one hand, mmmm, Malediction, on the other hand, mmmm, sleep.
Kirin: Skuld-computerkirinn on July 16th, 2007 12:18 pm (UTC)
Quick answers on phone/computer stuff since I'm in a rush:

akiko has a RAZR; the nifty thing about it is it actually has a *standard* (small-connector variety) USB port, so you can get a cable easily. MacOSX more or less recognized it on connection, and I'm sure lots of other software would too since RAZRs are all trendy or something.

I have an LG CU400, and annoyingly had to buy a propritary cable to go from the bottom dock/power connector to USB. I found some freeware called "BitPim" which sort of can connect to it, although it doesn't really recognize its interface so I have to just mount the whole phone's file system, which is a tad dangerous but I've managed to figure out where ringtones and pictures come from and go to. I imagine there's more freeware options around for PC.

Side note, I know you were talking about transfering text, which I haven't done, but I wouldn't want to read much on this tiny a screen anyway... in any event, if you find some software to mount the filesystem over USB you ought to be able to do whatever.
Sister Atom Bomb of Courteous Debateakiko on July 16th, 2007 01:23 pm (UTC)
Er, no, my Mac didn't recognize it at all. You need software to use the USB connection. David says you can pirate it easily enough. The bluetooth connection, however, is seamless.
Kirin: Skuld-computerkirinn on July 16th, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, duh, right. It recognizes it over BlueTooth, since the Mac is expecting things like cell phones to show up on that interface. My older Mac doesn't have built-in BlueTooth, so I had to rig up USB.

So, Geoff, if your PC has BlueTooth, it's probably even easier, since I think the cell-over-BT connection is a little more standardized. OTOH, BT will probably give you some "official" way to sync things, which might or might not allow you to do everything you want depending on the phone model, so you might end up wanting to do a freeware USB thing anyway.

Oh, another thing I forgot: a lot of phones from cell providers come with arbitrary data xfer over USB or BT turned *off* by default. There is often some secret code to get to a special phone menu to turn it back on. Google is your friend for that.