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To Sleep, Perchance To Nod Off

Here's a researcher who's seriously studying fine-tuning the power nap as a substitute for eight hours of Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzs.

If you have not sussed out power napping, this eeper will eep at you if you nod off while motoring.

But, if you live in Pugetoplis (Seattle/Puget Sound area), you're weary of I-5, the world's fastest parking lot (and, what about the pavement change at the King-Pierce county line, eh?) One approach is to measure your misery & see just how bad the traffic is on your Palm.

But, instead, you can take the bus, and leave the driving to Sound Transit, who now provide free WiFi on (some) city buses. WWRKT (What Would Ralph Kramden Think?)

Communicating with mobile phones in disaster areas despite system overload (updated)

Communicating with mobile phones in disaster areas despite system overload (updated 2006-07-20)

SMS, Short Message Service, or text messaging, will work over intermittant and often even overloaded connections, to get messages in and out of congested areas to/from mobile phones. It's worked transcontinentally to save lives, and help evacuate thousands from harm's way. Learn it.

eMail-to-phone

Don't have an SMS-ready cellphone yourself? You can e-mail from a computer to an SMS-capable phone. Here's E-mail to SMS addressing for major carriers:

AreaCode+MobileNumber@alltelmessage.com AlltelAreaCode+MobileNumber@message.alltel.com Alltel (alternate)
AreaCode+MobileNumber@mmode.com former AT&T users on CingularAreaCode+MobileNumber@mobile.celloneusa.com Cellular One
1+AreaCode+MobileNumber@mobile.mycingular.com CingularAreaCode+MobileNumber@page.nextel.com NextelAreaCode+MobileNumber@omnipointpcs.com OmnipointPCSAreaCode+MobileNumber@qwestmp.com QwestAreaCode+MobileNumber@mes…