The Unbearable Banishment: a new toy for gadget boy

Friday, June 12, 2009

a new toy for gadget boy

Here’s my latest obsession.

This is the new MiFi from Verizon. When activated, it creates a wifi bubble. This is perfect for my laptop during the long, tedious train commute, where internet service is nonexistent. The advantage this device has over a wifi card is that I can also use it for my iTouch. That way, I have all the advantages of an iPhone without suffering AT&Ts horrible service. It’s two device drivers for the price of one. Plus I get major kewl kid cred.

Mrs. Wife and I recently used it to check our email while driving from New Jersey to Ohio. In the desolate mid-state Pennsylvania mountains, no one can hear you scream. Or get wifi.

Up to five people can use the same signal, but it's secure so the only way someone else can leech off of my wifi is if I give them the WEP key password on the back of the device, which I’ll probably never do because I hate people so much.

The bad part is that when I activate my cell phone jammer to cut short a rude boy’s cell phone call, it also knocks out my wifi signal. So I can use one device or the other, but not both simultaneously. Also, I keep it in my pocket and wonder what the negative long-term effects are of having my testicles constantly bombarded with a radio signal at close range. It’ll probably sterilize me but at this point I don’t really mind. But if it starts to shrink my boys, I’ll have to rethink using it.


OpenID daisyfae said...

you are a flaming geek. flaming.

and i have gadget envy. grrr... that's cool.

June 12, 2009 at 11:32 AM  
Anonymous popomatic Jeff said...

This thing sounds awesome. I also have an iTouch and intentionally haven't bought an iPhone because AT&T sucks.

June 12, 2009 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger jason quinones said...

i have a dirty old ipod and am in no way envious of your purchase.

but that's just me.

i hate technology prob about as much as you hate people.

yet here we...

two people communicating through technology.

the irony makes my head hurt...

June 12, 2009 at 2:08 PM  
Anonymous Rob said...

Jammer? or MiFi? What to choose? What to do?!? Oh, the HUMANITY!

Seriously, though, the gadget says Verizon, so is it internet connectivity via cellular? How expensive is that? Is it by the minute, by the month?

Somebody in northern Alberta was using his cell phone to download movies in a remote location a winter or two ago. Ran up a $34,000 cell phone bill in a month. And then expected to not have to pay it...because "he didn't knooooooooow."

I saw from your comment at daisyfae's place that you've signed on as an employee. Good for you for capturing some security in hard times. But, don't let them own you.

I think my boss was taken aback yesterday when I said words to the effect of, "I consider myself just a mercenary, working for the pay." This was during a discussion about "office politics" and my lack of interest in playing. I think I told him I wasn't emotionally invested either.

Funny how you get when age 50 (and retirement eligibility) loom. I'm under no illusions that I'll be able to retire any time soon. Fortunately, demographics are in my favour right now in my profession.

June 12, 2009 at 11:19 PM  
OpenID nursemyra said...

well if you don't want any more children..... I think small balls are cute anyway ;-)

June 13, 2009 at 7:08 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Daisy: And you are a flaming geekette!

Pop: Nest year: the iPhone on the Verizon network. Seriously.

Jason: I actually DON'T hate people (that much). It was one of my clever sarcasms.

Rob: There is a monthly service plan. It's about the same as a smart phone.

Nurse: Small balls, perhaps, but if they become the size of BBs, I'm going to seriously freak out.

June 13, 2009 at 8:26 AM  
Blogger Jimmy Bastard said...

I would start checking my gentlemen vegetables on a weekly basis very soon.

This new job must be paying some serious money.

June 13, 2009 at 3:39 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Jimmy: Perhaps I can leave that chore up to Mrs. Wife. Re: the job salary. It's not serious money, but I'm making more than someone who never spent a day in college could ever have hoped to.

June 13, 2009 at 10:02 PM  
Anonymous neeeekole. said...

you cant play god now with two devices. it was bound to happen. i bet you are torn between the two. and you know you dont have any testicles left after the whole marriage thing.

June 14, 2009 at 6:49 PM  

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