MERCY HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 500; Location: 3250 19TH AVE; Grades: 9 – 12; Girls only)
MERCY HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 500; Location: 3250 19TH AVE; Grades: 9 – 12; Girls only)
Here’s a good dozen what sat in the lobby for twelve long hours.
Guess what? Nobody took even a one.
So these books got hauled off to the big blue bin when I got home last night. Good times.
And best of all, those The Real Yellow Pages / AT&T / YP books are surprisingly small these days, so you can carry them all in just one trip, you know, before they get all soggy:
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Uh, AT&T, what’s the point of this exercise?
Nobody in San Francisco wants your Yellow Pages.
I know you think that we do, but we don’t.
Does Verizon do this? No
Does Sprint do this? No
Does T-Mobile do this? No
So why do you do it?
I know that you can do it, you know, legally, but I don’t know why you do it.
If you want to get credit for giving minimum wage union members money, why not just give them money and be done with it?
Anyway, if I see any stack of your phonebooks anywhere about town anywhere near a big blue recycling bin or an AT&T store, they’re all going to get together tout de suite.
See you in Hell, Yellow Pages people.
NB: Don’t try to “opt out,” San Francisco. All that does is give your contact information to AT&T so that they can ask you, every fucking year, if you still want to opt out. My conclusion: AT&T is a cancer.
Michael J de la Merced has all the deets about how everybody”s telling the FCC how great AT&T-Mobile would be.
How could this marriage go wrong with so many supporters (like AVAYA, Brocade, Facebook, Microsoft, Oracle, Qualcomm, RIM, Yahoo)?
Will Sprint and Verizon be the only ones to object? Will Steve Jobs and Apple weigh in at some point?
Anyway, read below for what popped up my inbox this AM.
1) AVAYA, Brocade, Facebook, Microsoft, Oracle, Qualcomm, RIM, Yahoo!: “The challenge of keeping pace with consumer demand and continuing to lead globally in wireless broadband services and products requires that we tackle the issue on multiple fronts. Many policy related efforts will not be able to quickly address near term capacity needs. The FCC must seriously weigh the benefits of this merger and approve it. Such action will help to meet the near term wireless broadband needs of consumers and ensure that we are globally competitive as the world increasingly embraces wireless broadband connectivity.”
2) Sequoia Capital: “From the microchip to the mainframe to the PC to the Internet to mobile computing, venture capital have been an integral part of an economic model that has stimulated growth time-and-time again. The technology start-ups we work with will be a key beneficiary of this more efficient and robust national wireless network. We are in favor of the Commission approving this transaction.”
3) Joint Venture Capitalist Letter (Charles River Ventures, Technology Crossover Ventures, Matrix Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, Radar Partners, Lightspeed Ventures): “Many of the fast-growing companies we invest in are technology firms that would benefit greatly from the combination of AT&T and T-Mobile, a merger that will drive job growth, innovation and economic opportunity through a more efficient and robust national wireless network…By combining the physical infrastructure and spectrum positions of the two companies, the merged entity will be able to accomplish what neither firm can do on its own: namely, deploying a 4G LTE broadband infrastructure to more than 97% of the United States population…This merger represents a critical part of the solution to our spectrum crisis in the United States.”
4) Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers: “This commitment would help millions of Americans throughout the United States gain access to a network that can support innovative technologies, applications and devices….We are in favor of the Commission approving this transaction”
5) Information Technology Industry Council (ITI): “Unfortunately, even if Congress were to act today, consumers would not experience the benefits of making new spectrum available for at least five years. Which is why a combined AT&T/T-Mobile has some real appeal for many. The new entity would likely result in meaningful near and long-term improvements to the nation’s networks…The Internet, and Americans’ ability to access it from almost anywhere, has been one of the greatest drivers of our economy. Supporting initiatives that will increase infrastructure investment and enable even greater access to the Internet whether it’s over a wired or wireless connection is smart public policy, smart economic policy, and smart consumer policy. Our nation needs more spectrum, more investment, and broader adoption and accessibility.”
[UPDATE: Whoops. The good phones are $479 - so take away $430 and you're paying $50 for the phone (assuming you're signing up for a two-year contract) plus The Man takes close to $50 in sales tax away from you. I guess that's close to being free. Unlimited data, two phones = something like $100/mo before taxes.]
I don’t know, but there’s some coupon you members got in the mail that says “up to $430 off” or whatnot – it runs through April 3, 2011.
(I don’t know, does T Mobile work as well as the all-time-grand-champion Sprint network in the 415? Signs point to no, so far. But your phone will switch over to WiFi seamlessly at home so that’s half the battle right there. And outdoors, T Mobile’s doing A-OK with wicked fast performance.*)
Go see manager Nick in the kiosk at the SoMA Costco** and then, You Make The Call over whether this is a good deal or not.
*Not that that matters too much. I’ll tell you, my old-school Sprint smart phone never dropped a call and always worked everywhere all the time (except for the basement of the State Building and your typical elevator). Until that traffic accident, it was doing fine – RIP, Palm 900-something with free unlimited data plan. Maybe I got spoiled with the Sprint network.
**They have more than just T Mobile, of course, but I don’t know all which ones.
Of course, some San Francisco residents recently lost against some NIMBYs, but what about the Richmond District? Look at all them operational antennas:
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Now, I guess the light green areas aren’t guaranteed to have good service but this is a start, non?
Does this mean you can get a free USB antenna dongle and $20 a month for 4G to use around the city on your laptop, netbook, iPad, whatever? I think so.
Anyway, CLEAR wants you to know all the deets:
“World Series Rings and a 4G Network
Well San Francisco, first you win the World Series, then a few months later your city is lit up with a 4G network. Not a bad way to ring in the New Year! As 2010 winds down, CLEAR is pleased to formally add San Francisco to its list of cities now covered by the CLEAR 4G network.
New customers can take advantage of CLEAR’s online-only mobile internet promotion to receive a 50% discount on their service plan for the first two months, with overnight shipping included and no activation fee. This promotion is available at www.clear.com/san-francisco for a limited time, so check it out today!
San Francisco was not our first rodeo, but building out this network to cover 4 million new people was no easy task. In recent weeks, our tower technicians have been working day and night to ensure coverage throughout the city. That is a lot of work, but one of our technicians in San Francisco told us that “a tremendous amount of caffeine, cookies and kabobs were consumed to keep team members happy and awake, so we could get the sites on air.”
There are now hundreds of sites in our San Francisco coverage area and we’ll continue to add sites over time to ensure we are delivering the best customer experience possible. There is a good chance you may actually have seen several of our antennas already but not noticed them, as we do our best to keep them camouflaged within the area’s surroundings. Next time you see a cross on a church or an odd-looking palm tree, it just might be one of our 4G cell sites!
One question we often hear is, “Why would CLEAR launch a major city like San Francisco months after other smaller cities?” There are a number of factors; one obvious one being the difficulty of building the kind of state-of-the-art network required to cover a city as large, populated, and topographically unique as San Francisco. It takes a significant amount of planning, mapping, and specialized engineering to place cell sites in specific locations to provide for optimal performance of a 4G wireless network, so we can satisfy the demands of customers whether they’re using the network at a park, on BART or in a high-rise office or apartment building. Still, we’re happy to do it if it means bringing the people of San Francisco awesome 4G speeds at a reasonable price. You can visit www.clear.com/san-francisco to take advantage of our promotion for new San Francisco customers, and start the year off right!”
Here’s something for your Bucket List – you and your buds should spend 40 minutes to journey on up to the Infineon Raceway in bucolic Sonoma County for the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Toyota/Save Mart 350. I’ll tell you, never before have I seen such a collection of military jets, helicopters, U.S. Air Force generals, U.S. Army howitzers, skydivers, 18-wheelers, RV’s, motorcycles, fun, attractive, we’re-happy-to-be-here groups of women, affable dirtbags drinking beer, and loud, loud, loud race cars all in one place in the bay area.
It’s like you cross over the Petaluma and enter into a different world.
Who goes to this annual event? People like actor Tom Cruise, 49er Roger Craig, Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, and a host of local celebrities too numerous to mention. And yet, this event doesn’t seem to get all that much attention from the press in the 415. That’s funny.
Anyway, why not let’s take a look-see.
The custom exhaust headers on this cow should tell you that this part of Sonoma County isn’t the regular kind of Wine Country that you know and love:
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If you want to go to the bay area wine country on Race Day, plan on leaving your house by 7:30 AM. There’ll be traffic up there, but it will be well-managed. (I’ve never experienced them, but I understand that the traffic jams are no picnic. Oh well, you just need to plan a bit and you’ll be fine.)
The mise-en-scenefrom Sunday Raceday 2010. There’s a huge facility down there big enough to have resident deer living inside(!) the racetrack:
The logistics of this traveling road show are amazing:
Now, speaking of fun and attractive, a NASCAR Regional Manager named Krystal managed to finagle me a garage-and-pits pass, which lets you see a beehive of activity up close, not that I knew what was going on. But these teens seemed to know the score - they certainly were happy to be at the garage when noisy #88 fired up for the first time on race day anyway:
Red Bull was in the house. (One hit from this contraption is probably three or four cans’ worth.)
O.K. that’s the garage. Now, let’s go out to the track where this friendly middle-aged fellow was offering people rides in his front-wheel-drive Camry hybrid:
Oh no, turns out he’s former NASCAR owner-driver and mechanical engineer Brett Bodine! I haven’t been this scared inside of a hybrid Toyota up in Sonoma since that last time visiting constituents with Senator what’s-her-name:
This is my impression of yesterday’s ride-along. OMG, we were just haulingaround the track, pulling those lateral g’s, on the aprons, over the aprons, etc:
I was astonished at how fast we went in this four-banger sedan:
Whoop, now it’s time to visit a “hauler,” a rolling garage on 18 wheels. Here’s the one from Kevin Harvick, Inc.:
This 18-wheeler is laid out like an airplane. Here are some spare parts going back into a closet:
Anything you need to fix a car is in one of these drawers right here:
And speaking of spare parts, here’s an entire spare #29 hiding up in the attic of the trailer:
Who else has dropped by for a visit but 2010 Grand Marshall Roger Craig!
Inspecting the front of the trailer with series leader Kevin Harvick hisself:
Time for a quick photo and then they were off for more pre-race preparations:
What else goes on before the race? Everything. Our local Coasties delivered the trophy by twirlypopper…
The Patriots air team made a few passes in their Eastern Bloc jet trainers…
Lovely HLN newslady Robin Meade belted out our National Anthem and signed a lot of caps…
World-famous Juan Pablo Montoya accepted an award…
The Infineon Raceway Girls circulated…
The Army dropped by with plenty of Humvees and 105mm howitzers…
The drivers and their wives strutted on the catwalk…
A giant Save Mart shopping cart made the rounds…
And the street sweepers took a few laps.
Whew. Now it’s time for some racing. So let’s use four ATV’s to slowly herd the fans off the track and leave us begin:
Yes, I had earplugs but, yes, my ears are still ringing. I’ll tell you, you don’t want to get anywhere near these monsters without airline-style, headphone ear muffs:
These cars were hauling butt, even though they were on a road course. (They’re capable of getting up to about a third of the speed of sound on those oval tracks.)
Sometimes their wheels leave the ground and fly for a bit:
Is this a backfire? I think so:
Here’s a bigger one:
A smokey burnout on pit lane:
And here’s the prize. You get a wine goblet, too:
So, there you have it. Of course it’s a bit of a culture clash – it’s NASCAR stock-car racing in the bay area’s otherwise-boring Sonoma County.
But no matter, it’s a spectacle. Make plans to take a visit next year in June 2011. Y’all come back now.
See you there!
I won’t even get into how ridiculous it is that San Francisco has no comprehensive WiFi service available when you consider the promises made a half-decade ago. The issue of the day is what you can do to get online wirelessly with your netbook or notebook or lapbook or whatever.
Of course you can always linger about a Tulley’s Coffee or (the very nice) Valencia Gardens housing project and get 50+ megabits per second, but most of San Francisco offers you no connection at all.
But how about tethering your cell phone to your netbook to get connected all over town. PdaNet software can get the job done for most smart phones (and even for your iPhone, assuming it’s jailbroke). Check it:
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See? Sprint connects pretty well all over town, so you can use your cellie’s $15/month unlimited data plan to connect to the Internet at a slow, but serviceable 2.4 Mbps.