The King Sleeps

The King Sleeps

Izumi popped in to check on Tyler before going to bed and saw this. He didn’t have any head gear on when we tucked him in. When we asked him about it the next morning, Tyler said that he put it on after we left him because it was flattened out and he wanted to restore it to it’s original shape.

The crown was given to him on his birthday at school where he was. “king for a day.”


Using Sprint’s Power Vision Network

A couple of months ago, Sprint graciously given me a Power Vision-enabled phone to use gratis as part of their Ambassador Program. I’ve been generally pleased with the service and showing streaming video on your cell phone makes for a neat demo when the conversation in the room turns to the mobile internet.

A few weeks ago, Sprint sent the Ambassadors (I wonder how many of use there are out there?) an email reminding them that they can use the USB cable that came with their phone to connect to a laptop and experience broadband speeds over wireless. I downloaded their software which essentially acts as a broadband modem for your laptop.

Sprint announced today that they are significantly upgrading the capacity of this network. They’re calling this new rollout “EV-DO Revision A” which is an upgrade to the current “Revision O” network. You can ask Sprint how they do their alphabet. From the press release:

With Revision A technology, peak download data rates increase to 3.1 Mbps (from 2.0) and peak upload data rates increase to 1.8 Mbps (from 144 kbps). Average download speeds improve to 450-800 kbps (from 400 -700) and average uplink speeds become 300 – 400 kpbs (versus 70 – 144 kpbs). The faster data rates can enable richer applications and services such as high-speed video telephony, music on demand, video messaging, large file uploads and high performance push-to-talk capability.

Goody. I promptly connected via my Sprint phone and hit to check out my speed as well as what others are reporting.


Well, not quite what they promise but hopefully the upgrade will take care of that. Although I really don’t have a need for wireless broadband (Yahoo’s on campus wifi is great and I’ve rigged up wifi at home), the install was dead easy and I can think of a couple instances where broadband wifi would be a godsend:

  1. Field sales, consultants, or repair staff.
  2. Anyone attending a conference. Everyone at eTech complained about the wifi and one session would have been a wash had not Jason Calcacanis not volunteered his wireless broadband.
  3. Anyone with a long commute on a train.
  4. Anyone living within New Orleans needing to communicate to the rest of the world.