My dad had a conundrum–a relatively small one, but large to him. He left a service provider and was annoyed because he had no email anymore, whatsoever.

He didn’t have a clue–no that it’s his fault or anything. I set him up with a Google account, a backup phone number through Google Voice, showed him docs and reader and a permanent email that would stay with you regardless of whether you pay or not and you’d think I struck gold.

He was relieved. It made me realize how deep the digital divide is. He thought wifi was just out there, available on any laptop… No…

But the google thing was a gem: no account to be a slave to–get the internet at the best price to be had. Surely it’s a tactic of service providers to get you reliant on an internet handle to make you not act on getting competitive prices for internet.

Like old, over-priced phone service. I told him to ditch the phone or get one of those combo offers and “pay” for the phone service through the bundling.

I mean voip is so much better if you’ve already got a cell phone!


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