1 Year, off to wine country!

Straight Talk Nexus 4

I switched from T-Mobile to Straight Talk and after some frustration managed to get things working.

I ordered their ATT sim online from the Bring Your Own Phone section and a 1 month activation card.  Everything showed up and I gave it a shot.  Their online tool failed to allow me to port my number but they did it over the phone with no problem.  AND I did not wait for customer service.  Number was ported within a couple of hours.

I used the settings found on their website:

 

APN Settings

FIELD SETTINGS
APN wap.tracfone
PROXY att2.tracfone.com
PORT 80
MMSC http://mmsc.cingular.com
MMS PROXY att2.tracfone.com
MMS PORT 80
MMS_APN wap.tracfone

 

Which promptly failed to do anything.  With various searching on the internet I found settings that mostly worked.  Data, Voice , Text, MMS Send – but MMS receive failed.  I would get the text notification but it would then fail to download and I would be looking at a blank message editing screen.

 

The short version is eventually called customer service told them what was going on and that the default APN settings didn’t work at all.  They had me power down my phone while they configured my account on their end.  I powered it back up and the settings I found on the internet stopped worked.

Deleted the old settings, named the new settings from their website (above) STRAIGHT_TALK and rebooted and then had everything working.

 

from my house with three bars:

ping 174

download 3.22

upload 1.03

 

Easy way to test MMS is to send yourself a MMS message.

Gina’s Birthday Dinner

A gallery: Gina’s Birthday Dinner at PICO

 

Kirk Creek Camping

Camping down south of Big Sur in Kirk Creek campground at the end of March.  Only got rained on one night!  Went kayaking at Moss Landing on the way back up, good times!

Vienna Philharmonic At Green Hall

Vienna Philharmonic At Green Hall, good times! They played for two and half hours almost with the encore, crazy. Got our fix of classical for some time I think. :)

Carson Falls in a rainstorm

Gina and I hiked to Carson falls during the big rainstorm.  Quite wet but very fun.  Probably should have taken the rain coat vs the accidentally grabbing the wind breaker.   Someone had made a lovely looking little heart out of found objects, and the water was rushing!

Lovely

This poem came up in my Buddhism class, very touching.  From the Taoist Laozi .

Always We Hope – Laozi

Always we hope
someone else has the answer,
some other place will be better,
some other time,
it will turn out.

This is it.

No one else has the answer,
no other place will be better,
and it has already turned out.

At the center of your being,
you have the answer:
you know who you are and
you know what you want.

There is no need to run outside
for better seeing,
nor to peer from a window.
Rather abide at the center of your being:
for the more you leave it,
the less you learn.

Search your heart and see
the way to do is to be.

Abide at the center of your being.