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Mobile Computing Ideas from Big Dennis

Big Dennis has been sort of the Appalachian Marco Polo.
His business keeps him on the road from Sunday nights through Friday's, yet he always manages to find his way back into the Appalachians.
He says the mountains get him "re-charged" so he can face another week on the road.

Probably so.

His column is updated every day or thereabouts, as he can e-mail us, so check back often for new contributions.


Sounds Like A Plan -- Part 2 Of 3

Last time I told you to figure your estimated monthly cell phone talk time by guessing at your daily usage and multiplying by 30.

Not only is that a rough way to do it, but also you should consider a few other factors before looking at what packages the carriers are offering:

  • Where will you call from?

    Will you be talking in and around your hometown or from points all over the country?

    This will get you thinking about "roaming," which may cost extra on certain plans.

  • When will you call?
  • During the day?
  • Evenings?
  • Weekdays?
  • Weekends?
  • Many plans make a big deal out of free nights or weekends, but if that's not when you'll call, it isn't a big deal!

  • Where will you most likely call to?

    Most importantly, will it be in-state or out-of-state?

    This will help determine how valuable the long-distance component is.


  • Do you have some mobile computing advice to share or have a question?

    You can Write to Dennis!.

    Include your first initial and last name and put the word MOBILE in the subject.

    I'll try to use your contribution in a future column.

    (Please note that these columns are written several weeks in advance so publishing it will be delayed accordingly.)


    If you have to travel like I do, then you KNOW what a pain computing on the road can be.
    If your traveling is for pleasure and you plan to take a laptop, then you STILL know what a pain computing on the road can be.
    Either way, I hope these ideas help.
    Oh, if you get home before I do, please leave a light in the window and the latch-string out.

    Big 'Un


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