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this weekend i decided to go shopping with my wife…well, okay, she shopped, i waited in chairs most of the time outside of dressing rooms.

during one store visit, there was a t-mobile store next to it, so i decided to just wander and check out the devices (which i already knew which ones they had).

the conversation went something like this:

employee: how can i help you tonight?
me: ah, just killing time while my wife is shopping…
employee: i see, so are you already with t-mobile?
me: actually, i just switched
employee: really, may i ask why?
me: sure, i switched to verizon for the faster data speeds.
employee: oh, well, you know they aren’t that much faster
me: dude, step off, i’m a techno-dweeb and trust me, you don’t want to engage in the conversation you are about to enter.  i’ll disorient you with a bunch of acronyms like CDMA, GSM, TDMA, EVDO and spout off frequencies of the spectrum you haven’t even considered for…your head will start spinning you’ll wish you never asked.

okay, i really didn’t say that, but did tell him he was dead wrong and that my personal experience was that verizon was about 7x faster than the EDGE service i had w/t-mobile.  he insisted t-mobile was faster and then i finally had to shut him down a bit rudely and let him know that he really wasn’t equipped to make that statement.

it got me thinking later that night (actually about 5 minutes after that) and while on my treo 700w, i went to a mobile speed test site (DSL Reports MSpeed).  my results were actually pretty interesting.  you first choose your ‘data chunk’ size you want to test with: 5K, 20K, 100K, 200K, 600K, 1MB.  on all but the 600K i got this message (screen caps from my actual device):

toofast200k

so when i tried it with the 600K size file:

vzw600k

and with the 1MB file:

vzw1MB

pretty dang good… now i don’t have my t-mobile device anymore with me, but i can tell you that the fastest speed (and yes, on EDGE) that i ever received was 173kbit/sec.  so my 7x comment was specific to me.  i realize that there are definitely different considerations and ‘your speeds may vary’ does apply, which led me to click on dslreports’ ‘fastest speeds’ link to show the summaries by sample:

fastest

notice that sprint (spcsdns.net) and verizon (myvzw.com) are the two fastest.  and notice where t-mobile (tmodns.net) is?  almost 3x difference.  And they have about the same sampling size.  so my comment was pretty accurate.  the report site also had a link of ‘fastest today’ which i thought had intriguing results:

fastesttoday

noticing that t-mobile had posted some pretty good speeds (also notice the broswers there).  now i’m one to admit when i’m wrong and at first glance the ‘fastest today’ speeds show t-mobile faster (albeit not by much) than sprint/verizon (both using EVDO technology).  however, when you apply the sampling rate to get averages, i think it rains supreme that t-mobile (EDGE) is still a bit slower.

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this was pretty funny, felt like passing it along:

air force one gets tagged (hoax) — visit www.stillfree.com to see how/why they did it.

still funny.

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i couldn’t help but chuckle after reading this and staring at the irony smack in the middle of the article (source: msnbc):

In a rare occurrence, the CIA fired an officer who acknowledged giving classified information to a reporter, NBC News learned Friday.

and where’s the irony you ask…well if you read further…

Sources said the CIA believes McCarthy had more than a dozen unauthorized contacts with Priest. Information about subjects other than the prisons may have been leaked as well.

The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the firing.

yep, that’s right, notice the bold part…lmao.

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i’ve noticed a design trend along “web 2.0” sites…

atlas

verbdate

verbdate.com

37signals

37signals.com

ror

rubyonrails.com

ning

ning.com

edgeio

edgeio.com

zendphp

framework.zend.com

notice all the ‘choices’ in-your-face design.  not that there’s anything wrong with that.  just an observation.  i think like anything in the world, people see good things and they emulate them.  this is no different when people see good, simple, ui designs and emulate them as well.

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.net compact framework released an sp1 for v2: NETCFv2SP1