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Wednesday, June 02, 2021

data and time
Looks like I picked just the right time to switch to an iPhone. Starting this month, AT&T Wireless is scrapping the formerly-standard flat-fee data plan for unlimited monthly consumption:

Newcomers will have two options: Under the DataPlus plan, subscribers can pay $15 a month for 200 megabytes of data; that would handle about 400 photos or 100 minutes of streaming video. The DataPro plan offers 10 times that capacity, 2 gigabytes, for $25.

AT&T will send text alerts to customers near their limits. DataPlus customers who go over will be charged $15 for an additional 200 MB. DataPro users will pay $10 for an extra 1 GB.

AT&T says 65% of its smartphone customers use less than 200 MB a month, and 98% use less than 2 GB.

The plus for me? I’m grandfathered under the old $30 plan, so I could keep that until the end of my contract in 2012. I could downgrade to one of the capped plans and save a few bucks. The problem: My monthly usage so far indicates that I’ll routinely top that 200MB of data. So it won’t pay for me to go with DataPlus, as I’ll wind up paying that same $30 anyway. I could go for the DataPro plan without missing a beat, but it’s just five bucks in savings — a drop in the bucket. I may change my mind later, but for now, I see no reason to not stick with my legacy plan.

Obviously, AT&T is just the first provider through the gate here. Given the trending usage toward more data and less voice, the other carriers will follow suit soon enough, and unlimited data plans will be a thing of the past. It was fun while it lasted.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 06/02/2021 11:30pm
Category: Tech, iPhone
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Here’s a novel use of iPad versatility:

Forgot to mention - when I was in Ireland - a restaurant was using iPads for menus.

Any independent verification of this? I’ve found the concept advanced, mainly as a way to eliminate waiters, but no actual sightings other than this tweet.

I’d hit any restaurant that attempted it, just for the experience. Imagine the surprise at opening a routine-looking leather menu cover, and instead of a printed price list, finding a touchscreen inside…

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 06/02/2021 10:47pm
Category: Creative, Food, Tech
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A random tweet from Tara reminded me of this old urban-fashion myth:

In its earlier heyday, rumors about Adidas ran rampant. Most popular was the grinningly-shared tidbit that the appellation stood for “All Day I Dream About Sex.” Whispers had it the shoes’ designers had deliberately chosen the funny-sounding name ‘Adidas’ to convey this teen-centric message in a way that would sail right over unsuspecting parents’ heads. (Then, as now, sneaking a fast one by the ‘rents was all part of the game.)

Such was the appeal of the spurious that few thought to question it. The truth, of course, wasn’t anywhere nearly as exciting. The company was founded in 1924 in Germany and named for its owner, Adi Dassler.

That “earlier heyday” was the 1970s, when I heard this very rumor in grade school. Definitely a good source of pre-adolescent titillation, and in hindsight, quaintly so.

For the record, the company/brand name is officially “adidas”, sans any capitalization. For some reason, that’s part of the corporate history. To perpetuate the acronym-based legend, that all-lower-case preference probably has sexual origins…

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 06/02/2021 09:32pm
Category: Comedy, Fashion
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