Archive for December, 2005

Exceeded your minutes on Verizon Wireless?

Wednesday, December 14th, 2005

From the “things I wish I’d known a month ago” files. I found out today that Verizon Wireless will apparently allow you to backdate calling plan changes to the beginning of your current billing period. If I’d known that as I’d watched last months excess minutes mounting up I would have done it in a shot. The overage charges would have easily paid for 12 months of the difference to a bigger plan!

I didn’t actually get my calling plan change backdated but I did ask the service rep and she indicated I could even if I was over my minutes allowance – if you can confirm that this does work (or doesn’t) leave a comment.

It is a small change for the better – I remember last time I changed plans spending 30 minutes on the phone debating with the service rep how I’d managed to switched to a larger plan, used less minutes over the month than my previous plan allowed and still got hit with overage charges because of the way the minutes were pro-rated.

P2P Backup for your PC

Saturday, December 10th, 2005

I’ve been waiting for something like Allmydata for a while now. The 1:1 plan looks like a good deal – for $2.99 you get as much backup space as you’re willing to provide on your own PC. And although the free plan is probably not for me it’s a clever way for AllMyData to get their storage.

It would be really interesting to understand the parameters for the service – how the files get distributed to ensure availability in the face of thousands of machines each of which will be online only intermittently. The problem is not a typical P2P one.

Of course bandwidth will still be a limiting factor if I want to back up my photos, my music, my videos etc. Maybe this is the reason to get FiOS!