Surprise! There is nothing affordable about the Affordable Healthcare Act! It was all a joke, but at the same time it’s real! Is this bitch’n, or what?! This is the best thing that has ever happened, at least that’s what this administration wants you to believe.
In reality, the goodies (I say that sarcastically) in the Affordable Healthcare Act should come as no surprise to those who can read and don’t follow lock-and-step with what their government tells them. Especially this one. Many had been warning the public about this disaster for years and still very few listened. Or, they just ignored the issue thinking it can’t be as bad as the naysayers are making it out to be.
I’m about to head off for the “land down under” (Australia) and I want to make sure I don’t get pummeled with a huge phone bill upon my return. Why would I have a huge bill? Well, with the Galaxy S4 (and any smartphone for that matter) all use quite a bit of data. Even when you aren’t actively using the phone, there is a lot of chatter taking place in the background (software updates, weather applications, stock widgets, pushes, pulls, etc). If you are not within range of a Wifi hotspot, then all that data is transmitted across the mobile network(s), and each Kb of data downloaded or uploaded costs money (especially if on international travel and you data plan does not support it).
You might be thinking, why not leave the phone at home? Well, I need it while I’m in the United States so I can call family to come pick me up from the airport, or to kill some time during layovers. I also want it while abroad so I can use it in Wifi hotspots to send email (with photos) back home or call family with Skype/Tango.
So, how can I turn off data and only use wifi on my phone? In other words, how do I turn my Galaxy S4 into a simple Wifi only device?
Airplane Mode (On): This will turn off everything (all radios) including data, phone and Wifi. Not exactly what I want, because I do want Wifi. So this won’t work.
Data Roaming (unchecked) + Mobile Data (unchecked): This will turn off all mobile data, but leave Wifi on and allow phone calls to be placed. Not exactly what I want because if someone calls and I answer, I will get charged a nasty per minute rate. But, this would work. I just have to make sure I don’t accept or place any calls on accident (Ever receive one those 5 minute voice mails from someone that sounds like their phone is in their pocket — I’ve done it).
Airplane Mode (On) + Wifi (On): I can activate Airplane Mode and then also turn Wifi on. I think this will work. This will prevent data networks and also prevent phone calls, but it will allow a Wifi connection. I’m going with this option. I hope it works, because I’ll be a bit pissed if I get charged a crap ton of money.
There are a number of reasons why one would need to recall an email message. It might be due to a bad choice in words, sending an email to the wrong person, or you forgot to add an attachment. One thing to note is, you can only recall an email message sent to a user who is using the same exchange server as you (eg; corporate environment). If you send an email message to a recipient outside your corporation (yahoo mail, gmail, etc), you will not be able to recall the message from those individuals.
The recent outbreak of large and destructive tornadoes in the mid-west has a lot of folks speculating that perhaps global warming or climate change is the cause, but caution must be taken before making such correlations. Although the average number of tornadoes reported each year has in fact increased, this does not mean there are any more tornadoes now than in years past. That may sound contradictory, but a lot has changed in recent years that allows meteorologists to better detect and categorize tornadoes.
In the last few years, there have been great technological advancements in tornado detection. Sophisticated NEXRAD (Doppler) Radar and its software is far more sensitive now than ever before and as a result, can detect the smaller EF-0 tornadoes that would have otherwise gone undetected. In years past, if the tornado wasn’t spotted by a trained observer in the field, it wasn’t counted due to the inability of the radar to detect them. Furthermore, there are more of these advanced radar systems deployed throughout the mid-west, increasing the coverage area.
Two things lead to the creation of this entry 1) various companies and the Federal Government are both collecting and storing my personal data, 2) I recently purchased a new Galaxy S4 and was alarmed at how much information the phone was spewing into the digital aether. Google+ was extremely concerning as it was syncing my contacts, locations visited, email, photos, IMs, and a ton of other stuff back to Google.
The damn thing figured out where I lived on its own by simply calculating where my phone spent most of its time! Convenient I suppose, until I realized Google+ along with hundreds of other companies are sending that information to the Federal Government, who in turn is storing it in a big Utah spy warehouse, for which they just had a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Harmless, right? Well, maybe. I don’t know.