- ComputerworldReviews Editor, present
Barbara Krasnoff divides her time between writing short speculative fiction and acting as Features & Reviews Editor for Computerworld. In the latter position, she assigns, edits and produces online product reviews; she also blogs and occasionally writes a review herself.
Barbara is a member of the NYC writers group Tabula Rasa, and her short fiction has appeared in a variety of publications, including Space & Time Magazine, Electric Velocipede, Apex Magazine, Doorways, Sybil's Garage, Behind the Wainscot, Escape Velocity, Weird Tales, Descant, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Amazing Stories, and the anthologies Crossed Genres Year Two, Descended From Darkness: Apex Magazine Vol. I , Clockwork Phoenix 2, Such A Pretty Face: Tales of Power & Abundance, and Memories and Visions: Women's Fantasy and Science Fiction .
Recent stories include "In the Household of the Brelsh" in Crossed Genres 29, "Button Up Your Overcoat," in Broken Time Blues: Fantastic Tales in the Roaring '20s, and "Red Dybbuk," in the upcoming Subversion: Science Fiction & Fantasy tales of challenging the norm. Barbara is also the author of a non-fiction book for young adults, Robots: Reel to Real (Arco Publishing, 1982).
Over the past few years, lots of us have been using an inexpensive little device called OBi to tap into Google's network and get free, no-strings-attached home phone service. It was a brilliant little hack that served us well.
In a couple of weeks, the plug's getting pulled. As of May 15th, Google will no longer allow third-party devices like OBi to access its XMPP network.
Hang on, though: There's still hope. With a few minutes of setup, you can keep using OBi to get simple and cheap service that's very similar to what we had before.
I made the transition with my own OBi box earlier this week. Here's a hands-on guide to what's involved and what sorts of decisions you'll face:
So in this article, has looked at 16 of the more prominent no-contract carriers outside of the Big Four (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon-Wireless) to try to give basic, useful info for folks who want to switch.
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