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Dave Howell
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Another astonishingly affordable Humble Bundle has appeared. A few of the games don't run on Macs, but most do, and I'm very intrigued with the fact that Tropico 5 has a co-operative multiplayer mode. W00t!

One Ringy-dingy....six! ringy-dingy

Ah, the strange world of 21st century telecommunications. 

When I was a kid, I had 25% of one phone number. You wanted to talk to me on the phone, you called my house. My mom might answer. "Dave, it's for you!"

In college I had 1/2 a phone number; when the phone rang, it could be for me, or for my roommate. 

When I moved to Seattle, I had a phone number all to myself. 

Then I upgraded my internet access from dial-up to ISDN, and gained a 2nd phone number along the way. 

I eventually was arm-twisted into getting a cell phone. Three phone numbers; with a bill associated with each of them. 

At the moment, I'm almost not paying for phone service at all. I just have a $10/month charge for my cell phone, and I'm planning to terminate that service in a couple of weeks. So I find it exceptionally strange that, at the moment, I have SIX phone numbers of my very own. 

There's my Google Voice number, which is the one I actually hand out to people. There's my IPKall number, which is a phone-network-to-internet VoIP bridge. There's my cellular number, soon to be discontinued. There's my Charter number for the free phone-delivered-via-digital-cable service that came bundled with my television/internet service. There's the phone number tied to my T-Mobile data plan. It's a data-only-for-tablets plan, so I don't know what good the phone number is, but they insisted I had to have one. And finally, there's the number linked to my new Talkatone account. 

Now, the IPKall number is shutting down in a couple of months, and the Talkatone number is intended as a replacement for the cell number, so I'll be down to a mere four numbers by summer. Nevertheless, if somebody had told me in high school that I would eventually have a 24-fold increase in my phone-number-ness, I would have been very hard to convince. 

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