When creating this blog it was my mission to tell the world a little bit about what makes Superfly tick. And anyone that knows me knows how much I LOVE my technology, so I wanted to let my friends in on the key to keeping on Al Gore's internet when there is no other way. Before I left for my deployment I received a ton of advice on things I should bring. The main one that everyone agreed on is a brand spanking new iPad2. I was never much of an Apple guy until I bought the iPhone, but I eventually caved and went to BestBuy (or as I like to call it, Window Shopping Amazon). Now the two major differences in iPads are the size of the memory and whether or not you just get the wifi version or the 3G version which requires a subscription so you can get internet on the road. The problem is that the 3G version costs the same as buying a small child on the Black Market. Which, incidentally, is probably the same kid that is actually assembling the iPad in China. Now, I knew my travels would keep me mainly on bases where wifi is available, but if you have ever used government wifi you know that it is just slightly slower than getting an email picture attachment on AOL back in 1992. So the trick was getting the wifi iPad and finding a way to get wifi everywhere I went. Again I went to Amazon which is the main recipient of the hard earned tax dollars you pay me (next to child support services in several states of which I no longer visit). That's where I found this:
This little devil is how I am able to write to you right now. The Virgin Mobile MiFi 2200 gets a 3G signal wherever you go and sends it to your computer, iPad, or whatever else you have in wifi form. It costs me $50 a month for unlimited service and I only have to pay the month I use it. So when I'm off to the sandbox I just stop paying until I return. Once in country I will offer reviews on the deploying warrior's favorite vice...cigars.