A Not So Geeky Weekend

Wow, this was a busy weekend, but I got a bunch done.  It wasn’t in any means “geeky”, but it’s all that’s on my mind right now.  I could probably talk about AT&T buying T-Mobile and how funny that seems after all of T-Mobile’s commercials, but I just can’t seem to put any thoughts on it together.  Although, I will be glad to see that girl in the pink dress go away.  She just annoys me.

Friday and Saturday I spent a good amount of my time working on our backyard.  I’ve been wanting to it up ever since we bought the place, but never really had the time nor the motivation to do it.  This time, I’ve got the motivation and a plan, so now it’s just about brut strength.  I’ve now successfully removed 2 large Crepe Myrtles, 2 annoying Holly bushes, a mad scientists experiment of a Rose bush,  a medium size Evergreen, and a completely buried tire (full size, if you are interested).  Apparently this buried treasure was placed in a sandbox some time back and left to be discovered by future generations. Yay me! So now that the demolition is complete I need to spruce up the joint.  Here’s the plan:

Looks good, right?  Yeah, that’s what I thought.  I’d explain it, but seriously, the picture says it all.

Sunday, was a bit less strenuous.  My wife won some completely awesome tickets to the Wizards game, so we packed up the family and met my parents at the Verizon Center.  What a treat.  I can’t say that I follow the Wizards that closely, after all they aren’t doing that well, but I may have to start paying attention. John Wall can ball! He’s definitely legit. Wall, even though young and cocky (hopefully goes away over time), already has that clutch cool under pressure thing going for him. He hit the big shots when they need him to, and seemed to be everywhere on defense.  As for the final outcome, the pictures above pretty much sum it up.  It was nice to be able to see one of the few wins the Wizards have had this season.

So, how was your weekend? Thoughts on the AT&T T-Mobile Deal?  If you have any landscaping gardening experience, I’m looking for nice looking plants that work well in the shade, sun, and/or sandy soil.

UPDATED: AT&T 3G MicroCell

Well now that’s a fun surprise.  When I got home from work today my wonderful wife hands me a letter from AT&T stating that we are entitled to a free 3G MicroCell.  Yep, free.  Let’s just say I’ll be stopping by the local AT&T store in the near future to pick one up. 

The 3G MicroCell is a little device that sits in your house connected to your internet connection.  It functions as a kind of cellular hot spot within your house.  This is especially handy when you have poor cell strength in your house, as is our case since our HOA won’t let carriers put up towers.  Very cool, and completely out of the blue.  Now I haven’t looked up anything to see if other people are getting this same deal, but I suspect it may be due to the fact that we have 3 iPhones on our plan.  Who knows, I don’t ask questions when it comes to free tech gadgets.  I’ll let you know how awesome it is after I get in my hands.

Update:  MicroCell is up!  The setup was a breeze and auto adds all the numbers on your account to the allowed access list.  You can have a max of 10 devices on the list, so if you have friends with AT&T they can benefit from the box while at your house.  As you can see from the screenshot below, when connected to the MicroCell your network label changes to let you know that you’re connected to it.

Interesting though, when I went into the store to pick it up I asked why I may have received the letter.  The guy I talked to said that it was most likely due to a larger number of dropped calls or low signal reports near my billing address.  So, thank you anyone who lives near me that was complaining about your AT&T phone.  It was very much worth your trouble.

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