The truth about my life

Wed, 29 Feb 2012

No, I didn't kill the phone too. And no, I'm not defaulting to smoke signal for communication. Not yet.

I'm a Turkcell customer for probably about 10 years or a bit more. The network worked great, almost all the time. Turkcell is an awesome example if I ever decide to build an operations company, all around.

But their premium pricing is not good enough, and now that I depend even more on my phone for communication since I've killed pretty much every other method, it became costly. But it's not critical enough for ~$100/month item in my operational cost. I'll happily accept 5% call drop rates, 20% slower internet etc. in exchange for a 50% discount; because my communication is not that critical. Realizing that, I thought, maybe I should try and experience how mobile number portability works in Turkey firsthand.

After checking prices and packages, I settled on Avea, a long time Telenity customer. Almost all of their mobile messaging infrastructure runs on Telenity software. So I took a visit, but finding an Avea dealer is not easy, not as widespread as Turkcell. They obviously have a database on their website, but I went to the closest but the dealer store was closed for renovation.

The experience was smooth. It took about 2 mins for the nice guy at the dealer to fill out the form for me, I read the agreement briefly and signed here and there, took my new SIM and left without paying a dime. Apparently I'll get a text message soon that tells me when to switch SIM cards. After the switch, I'll be back again with the same number in Avea network, paying about $25 a month for a much larger communications package. Saving 75%, not that bad.

I'll try to keep you posted about my Avea experience once in a while.

Thu, 23 Feb 2012

I'm finally on Android. I ditched my beloved Nokia E65 in favor of a SonyEricsson Xperia Mini Pro, the smallest Android device with a keyboard. It also happens to be my best buy since Laguna.

Change of the device simplifies my artillery of gadgetry. No need to carry a digital camera and the bluetooth GPS receiver that served me well for the last 2 years can be put to rest.

Its A2DP support means I can finally use my bluetooth stereo earphones to replace inconsistent gym music with awesome beats to suit my running sessions.

This post was made possible using ConnectBot to a vim in a screen, but lacks HTML-proper because the keyboard has no < and > chars bound to any key. Obviously this is no hacker keyboard.

Update: VX ConnectBot to the rescue, excellent support for SEXperiaMiniPro (I know, sounds kinky when spelled this way).

Sun, 12 Feb 2012

In another attempt to gain more time for life, I've also axed instant messaging. Until now I actively used my own Jabber, Google Talk, MSN and also Skype. I will not be online on any of these instant messaging services anymore. Now all I've got is a regular cell phone (maybe I'll kill that one, hmm?) and of course you can get in touch with me via e-mail.

It really is like drug addiction treatment. You've got to be tough, or it won't work.

In other news, FOSDEM wasn't good enough. I don't expect everyone to be a great keynote speaker, but if I kept listening to some of these talks I could actually cure my insomnia. That's how good they were. Brussels weather was freezingly cold but friends were pretty warm. Turkish speaking Iranian and Tunisian taxi drivers everywhere. I'll certainly take another visit to Belgium.

Fri, 03 Feb 2012

Dear friends,

I'm taking the next plane to Brussels for FOSDEM, I hope to be able to attend the Friday Night Beer Event. Let me know if you're coming too.

About me

I'm Enver ALTIN. I'm from the other side of the river.

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