Daily Archives: December 7, 2010

Standing On My Head


A question was presented by someone I follow on Twitter today (@bradbig) that got me thinking, and made me want to do a quick post about it.  He asked “What’s something your parents used to say to you as a child you said you’d never say, but find yourself saying all the time?”  Well this one is an immediate answer for me, partially because I make myself cringe every time I catch myself doing it.  The statement in question: “Standing on my head.”

While growing up, one thing that used to get on my nerves, and drive me crazy, especially the older I got, was when my mother would use the phrase “Standing on my head” to answer a question I posed.  I can admit that this answer was typically given to a question that had a somewhat obvious answer such as “What are you doing” but typically that was meant as a conversation starter, not so much as actually question.  It used to drive me crazy when I got that response, and it was one of the first things that ever had me think to myself “I won’t do that when I’m a parent.”  I might have actually said it out loud on occasion that I was in fact never going to use that statement, as it drove me insane being on the opposing end of it.

Well guess what?  I’m using the statement in the exact same manner my Mom used to.  Doesn’t matter what I’m doing, if the oldest or my son ask me a question, such as “What ya doing” and its blatantly obvious, I will in fact answer with “What’s it look like, standing on my head.”  And every time, a small part of my inner child dies as it curls up in a corner and weeps over me using the dreaded phrase.

So what about you?  What’s a phrase you swore as a child you’d never say to your own children that you find yourself saying all the time?

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AT&T Named the Worst Mobile Carrier by Consumer Reports


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Well, better late to the party then never I suppose.  According to a survey of nearly 60,000 people, where more then 30,000 were iPhone users, AT&T was rated the worst wireless service in the US.

In a survey conducted by Consumer Reports, U.S. Cellular was ranked the best wireless provider, while Verizon and Sprint were neck-and-neck in most areas of satisfaction.  AT&T was the only wireless provider to show a significant decrease in satisfaction.

Its suggested that one of the reasons, especially when a large portion of the group owns Apple’s iPhones, is that AT&T is behind other networks offering 4G capabilities.  4G?!  Most of the area I cover doesn’t even have 3G coverage with AT&T, while Verizon Wireless has zooming 3G and data coverage in most of the areas AT&T does not.

Once using the excuse of having heavy data usage because of the iPhone as reasons behind their problems, its hard to buy into that excuse anymore, especially with the influx of other smartphone platforms taking over the other networks.  (Refer to my comparing of a Verizon Wireless Droid X to my years of using the iPhone on AT&T).

If the rumored Verizon iPhone comes up early next year, look for more backlash then expected as more studies and feedback come in showing that AT&T is bad across the board and people realize that its not “then” and that AT&T isn’t trying to make things better.

I didn’t realize what I was missing with the data coverage until I got to play with a phone from Verizon.  What about you?  How would you rate your current carrier?

**Disclaimer**

I have been an AT&T customer since 2005, and an iPhone user since early 2009.  Verizon Wireless provided Geekasms.com a test unit to try for 2 weeks to compare service and the Android OS.  All major providers received the same request, with only Verizon responding.  No wireless carriers are sponsor or advertisers on Geekasms.com

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