Trying to save on smartphone data by using public wi-fi
Lots of places have wi-fi; rarely is it very fast. I’m trying to complete a Red Cross orientation in preparation for some training in March at Escapade (the Escapee rally in Tucson). If only the Red Cross had offered a pdf file with the materials – but NO! They had to develop a very resource heavy presentation training with a LOT of imbedded Flash videos. And no way to buffer them up ahead of time, or download the presentation to play off-line (who are these people!). So, over the libraries wi-fi, it was taking on average about 20-30 minutes to view each tiny 3 minute video – after 2 hours, I’m barely 1/2 way through the orientation (estimated at 70 minutes, including the tests at the end of each module).
Very annoying. Almost as annoying as the guy sitting at the desk next to me – surfing dating sites, looking at the photos, examining profiles, and crafting messages to various women – probably 1/2 dozen while I was there.
Next, I tried copying my smartphone photos over to my laptop to resize and paste into an offline blog entry (this one!).
It worked! This means I can set my phone to upload only on wi-fi but still have access to the photos whenever I want.
London Bridge is alive and well, in the middle of the Sonoran Desert at Lake Havasu City, AZ
A London Bridge has spanned the River Thames in London since Roman times. When a new bridge was needed in the 1960’s, the old bridge (which was sinking into the mud of the river) was purchased and brought over (granite block by granite block) to Lake Havasu and faithfully reconstructed near the Colorado River as a focal point for the lake Havasu planned community. A channel was dug so that the bridge spans the Bridgewater Channel Canal over to a small island. Small period ‘shoppes’ have sprung up around the bridge. It’s very much like touring a theme park in Disneyland.