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📱︎ Very-low-cost mobile cellphone service

If you want very-low-cost 📱︎ mobile cellphone service, for use in the 🇺🇸 USA-only, I highly recommend the low-data plan at Republic Wireless .  If you tell your 📱︎ phone to get data for YouTube and most apps only-over-Wi-Fi (.pdf) , the lowest-cost plan is fine, and even returns a huge rebate, so it costs only $12-16 a month, out-the-door.  And if you don't need Google Maps or email while on the road, you can get the base-plan (even cheaper!), with data over Wi-Fi only, and voice and SMS text over that or 📶︎ cell towers.

I bought my phone, a mid-grade , which I like a lot.  If you don't need a flashlight and a screen that big, the bottom-of-the-line also works well.

When I traveled overseas, I could NOT make phone calls, so we borrowed a burner phone and got a temporary SIM card onsite.  Worked well.

I also hear very good things about price, and coverage in 🇨🇦 Canada and 🇺🇸 USA, about TracFone.

Other possibilities.

After you get your phone, harden your phone against threats (.pdf).

📱︎💻︎ Computer use for ordinary and tech-savvy 👥︎ computer users

Like nuclear radiation, cyberwar doesn't make you bleed, but it destroys everything.

If you are not paying for the product, you are the product.


    — R. David Edelman, as heard by EP on 2018-01-19.
Protect your 📱︎ smartphones, tablets and 💻︎ computers from spam and malware, via antivirus (.pdf)
How to prepare and show 🌄︎ presentations (for 👥︎ people who do this sporadically) (.pdf)
Setting up a Facebook Page, such as to publicize Discover! Parks Event (.pdf)

Personal topics

If you are scheduled to do something hard, and you yet don't feel ready:
 ◦  Prepare.  Hard.  Over-prepare.
 ◦  Get your game face on.
 ◦  Center yourself, using whatever you need.  Exercise hard.  Yoga.  Long walk.  Play your favorite instrument.
 ◦  If you are reasonably-young or -urban, listen to Eminem's Lose Yourself a few times.
 ◦  Eat a good dinner.
 ◦  Get a great night's sleep.
 ◦  You are ready.  You own it!
 ◦  And if it still doesn't feel right . . . Fake it until you make it!

    — various sources, some me, 2018-03-26.

How to prepare and show 🌄︎ presentations (for 👥︎ people who do this sporadically) (.pdf)

Just keep swimming.  Just keep swimming.  Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.  What do we do?  We swim, swim.

    — Dory.

It gets better!

    — I first heard this used by people trying to reduce death by suicide in gay teens.  Later, I found it applicable for all young people, and anyone trying to find there way in this world.  True.  Partly because you get better at solving problems.  Partly because you meet more people who can help you out, know that one nugget of information that you need right now, and so on.  Partly because you slowly acquire more assets to help you along the way.  It may not look that way now, but if you can avoid dying, I've found it generally does get better!

Eric Piehl resume (.pdf)   Eric Piehl resume (.doc)   Eric Piehl LinkedIn

Not knowing something is fine.
Not wanting to know or refusing to know something is the problem.


    — Eric's third law, first described by me, as far as I know.

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If you don't ask, the answer's No.

    — MM, about 1998.

I have other articles, not for public use.  Some articles are just for me.  But a few articles may be in the of this page;  if you are a on how to access it.