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About Tomas

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  • Birthday 12/26/1946

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  • Phones/Devices
    Samsung Galaxy S7
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    University Place, WA
  • Here for...
    Sprint Fan Boy (or Girl)
  • Favorite Quotation
    "What are the facts? Again and again and again - what are the facts? Shun wishful thinking, ignore divine revelation, forget what 'the stars fortell,' avoid opinion, care not what the neighbors think, never mind the unguessable 'verdict of history' - what are the facts, and to how many decimal places? You pilot always into an unknown future; facts are your single clue. Get the facts!" --Robert Anson Heinlein
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    Many and varied...

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    Most anything EXCEPT opera C&W, rap, hip-hop.

    Favorite Books
    Hard SF

    General About Me...
    Retired telecommunications engineer, Bell System
    USAF 600PS, Combat Camera, Vietnam '69-70
    USAF SAC, B-52F, Carswell AFB, TX
    On-Air, tech & camera @ KTVW-TV, KTNT, KTPS, KTOY

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  1. A possibly interesting viewpoint from Gizmodo.com ...
  2. Hmmm... Why? It works well for me. Has for almost 20 years.
  3. I suspect that many (most?) current high-end Sprint smartphones are fully capable of using both networks, and are only blocked from doing so by firmware/software. If T-Sprint or S-Mobile were to push out updates to all reasonably current devices capable of using both networks during the transition, should they merge, that would be a good first step. My biggest concern, of course, is will I be able to keep my grandfathered Sprint plan... (SERO)
  4. Been running the oficial JB 4.1.2 for a few weeks on my PQ, and the only actual problem I've encountered is in trying to log Bug Reports. It's built in to the Dev Options now, but I sure as heck can't figure out where it hides the files it makes. Other than that, this has been the least problematical major upgrade I've run into.
  5. Was very surprised to run into a tiny isolated bit of 4G yesterday at 6th Ave and Jackson Ave, and for about a half mile east on 6th in Tacoma, WA. I see the find did show up on Sensorly today. Hopefully this means 4G is slowly closing in on my neck of the woods in University Place.
  6. Buzzing around yesterday with Sensorly on, and got 4G for a roughly one mile stretch along I-5 in Tacoma, WA between mile markers 133 and 134. What makes this special to me is it is the very first time my Motorola Asanti has actually connected to a 4G signal: Now I know its 4G actually works.
  7. Tomas

    Married to it

    My wife and I had a different problem: Many of our friends could not understand what we were talking about half the time as I was a telco engineer and she was a telco technician, and we both worked in digital carrier systems. (BTW, her dad and brother were also telco technical types, so her family was steeped in it. Some of the family table talk got pretty exotic.)
  8. The "SOAK Team" gets the release shortly after final build is ready so we can wring it out to make sure there are no hidden problems not caught in "Beta." (And yes, we've had it for about a month - got it before Christmas IIRC...)
  9. I know. I keep watching one particular site (because it's one that serves a lot of my local area) that was originally scheduled to start work in October and to be on-the-air by now, but no one has even knocked the rust off the gate lock yet...
  10. Had several gaps like that here today, and I'm probably 40 miles SSW of you folks...
  11. ...still raining...

  12. Wait! Map of all Sprint towers? Really? *off on a search*
  13. No! No! Mine first! I even promise to bring the crews hot coffee and deli sandwiches and soup and snacks if they start now! I will even bake more oatmeal, pecan, cranberry cookies and deliver them still warm from my oven... Gimme a call, guys...
  14. From a long retired Telco digital facilities engineer (the view from the fiber facilities side). "Run fiber to the cell site" is an easy thing to say, but not something that a customer will "have by next Tuesday." There are even times when there is no economic value to spending vast sums of money to bury fiber at $30/foot for ten miles when there is little likelyhood of revenue even approaching outlay anytime in the next 40 years. Urban runs have other problems, expenses and delays, including right-of-ways, permits, seasonal issues, road blockage/construction, etc. Some areas will already have a fiber build close by, but many will not, and with as full as many urban conduit runs are, tearing up blocks or even miles of arterial has to be permitted by so many different offices - each with their own agenda - that the time from request to in-service can sometimes be measured in years. Sent from Photon Q LTE - Tapatalk
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