Friday, July 27, 2018

Connected!

7:09 am:
Little iPhone shows that he is connected to AT&T. And Mr. Mac shows that he is connected to Little iPhone's Personal Hotspot. That should not be! But it is. Go figure. We do not throw rocks at gifts!

7:22 am:
Yellowstone Falls
We see on our Rand McNally paper map that we are close to the spectacular Yellowstone River's falls.

Of course, we cannot miss seeing those falls again! The color of the canyon walls. The power of the falls! Wow!




8:31 am:
Data Roaming
We just received a text message from T-Mobile which explains why we were able to make a Blog post this morning.

The text read:
“You’ve used 167 MB of 209 MB allotted for data roaming. You will be limited to 209 MB.

So, our net connection came because of data roaming. It's a 210 MB data gift from AT&T.

Now here is the thing about 209 MB of data. That's so close to zero MB, that it is almost laughable that AT&T and T-Mobile pay any attention at all to this amount of data. But both of these carriers do pay attention! And there is a reason for that attention to data.

It is bandwidth that has a cost to the carriers. And that cost is related to investment in installing equipment and the cost of powering that equipment.

Once the investment has been made in installing and powering equipment, the cost of delivering 1Gb of wireless bandwidth should be relatively stable. 

And yet, the telecom industry has convinced consumers that it should not be the case.

The telephone industry has always been a smoke and mirrors kind of operation. Remember Ma Bell and their long distance rates? After Ma Bell [Bell System] was broken up in 1982, long distance rates just went away! Why? Because it cost Ma Bell no more for a call to your next-door neighbor than from Los Angeles to New York City!

Soon, data rates will be gone as well as competition between carriers heats up!


11:00 am:
Beartooth Pass Google Map
When I was in Beartooth Pass yesterday, I wrote down the GPS coordinates.

Click [Here] to look at a Google Map of Beartooth Pass.


1:28 pm:
Camped Looking Down at Yellowstone River
We were high-tailing down the highway to look at Yellowstone Falls. Then, Baby Boid chirped up, "Why are high-tailing it to the Falls? This is a nice place. Let's stay here!"  

So! We are staying here!




4:20 pm:
How to Make an iMovie
I've made a movie. Here it is!










Nite Camp Location Map
Elevation: 5,008 feet





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21 comments:

  1. George, are you on your way to Upper Yellowstone Falls or Lower Yellowstone Falls? The upper falls in 2012 when we were there were so beautiful with rainbows appearing around the falls. Hope you have your seniors' Golden Passport pass for national parks; that pass saved us a lot of money as we went in and out of the parks (both Teton and Yellowstone) many times.

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    1. Hi Dee,

      Right now, I've made a Camp along the highway. I'm thinking that this place will be Nite Camp.

      About your "which falls" question. It may well be, that I'll go for both falls. How about that?

      George

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    2. George, it's great that you will see both falls.

      For convenience sake, if you do not have your seniors' national park card for lifetime free admission to all national parks, if I remember correctly, there is a national parks office at Gardiner near the entrance to Yellowstone where you may fill out an application. It is only one of two cards in my billfold that never expire (my Social Security card being the other). We visited the national parks office near Gardiner and after parking had to make our way to the front door through a herd of elk grazing on the front lawn; those elk had no fear of humans. While I kept my eye on the elk as I was walking, I forgot to watch for elk poop all over the place and had to do a shoe cleanup when I reached the rest room.

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    3. Hi Dee,

      I do have my Senior Pass card with me!

      You likely learned something about elk poop from that close encounter of the first kind!

      George

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  2. I think that selling data is the cash cow for the cell companies.

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    1. Hi Rob,

      Yes. I understand your comment.

      However, cell providers sell band width not data. And in my opinion, those providers are overcharging for bandwidth. By an amazing amount!

      There is far too little competition between cell providers. All the large firms [Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile] should be busted up. Just as AT&T was busted up in 1982.

      After that bust-up, the cost to consumers will plunge! And we will not be receiving notices. Like the notice that I received today in my 8:31 am Blog post about Data Roaming!

      George

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  3. Because of the fires in California there was a notice that yellow stone is supposed to be closed because of smoke don't take my word for it check it out I may have heard wrong

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    1. Hi Ed,

      Please don't be concerned mistakes!

      George

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    2. Yosemite is closed by the fires, not Yellowstone.

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  4. I was bad again slap slap it was Yosemite valley not Yellowstone sorry about that,,,, 👉you can go now👍

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    1. Hi Ed,

      It was likely that Yellowstone begins with the letter "Y" and Yosemite also begins with the letter "Y".

      That coincidence might confuse anybody!

      George

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    2. Mister Ed and George, the place to be concerned about right now is Redding, CA. I watched the two anchor news ladies in Redding sign off their tv station in tears because they needed to make a run for it as the fires were closing in around their television station building where they broadcast their daily news report. I pray to God they made it OK.

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    3. Hi Dee,

      Well, I do not believe that I will be anywhere close to Redding until late October. Fire should be out by that time.

      George

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  5. Actually George the phone companies are constantly adding new coverage and faster speeds. It's not like they are done, or even close.

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    1. Hi Don,

      So, you believe that cellular providers are doing only good things for customers?

      George

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    2. Did I say that? But you suggested they have finished with infrastructure and I was merely pointing out that they are spending money at a pretty good clip still.

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    3. Hi Don,

      They may be spending money on infrastructure. Their customer's money, actually.

      My beef with Verizon is their customer service, when a customer has a beef. They have absolutely NO regard for that customer.

      Me, for example! Verizon billed me for 3-month's service after I left them and was a T-Mobile customer. Of course I did not pay! They did not care if I was not their customer. And turned me over for collections.

      It is my understanding that Verizon is infamous for over-billing.

      George

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  6. Meanwhile...Back in areas with no cell service, that would be me, getting screwed by "those" pals in the phone service...$40. bucks a month, just basic, more than my electric bill..Grrrrrrr.....
    I have to drive 5 miles downriver to get 1.5 bars to get cell service...5 miles back too....

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    1. Hi David,

      You and I have a BIg hope. That's universal internet access for everybody. Free too! Anywhere!

      George

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  7. George, I enjoyed your video... ooooeeee… sorry, I mean... movie! :) Blessings, Lynn

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    1. Hi Lynnie,

      Thank you!

      Boid and I made another movie together yesterday afternoon! Boid and I are in a campground talking to each other! 😎

      George

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