Android is a smartphone operating system developed by Google using a Linux kernel. The end result is a powerful smartphone that can best the iPhone. It is open source, so the apps are free, and you have personal liberty to customize your phone any way you want. Tech geeks are known to "root" their phone, which is a process that makes you the admin of the operating system, similar to Windows' Administrator account that has been in use since XP in personal computers. The only difference is that you do not get the annoying pop up on an Android phone as you do with the windows pc counterpart.
Android is available on all major networks, and some people have managed to flash their CDMA droids onto smaller PCS networks such as Cricket and Metro PCS.
Android is the Anti iPhone. For every iPhone 4 there is a HTC Evo, G2, Galaxy S, among others. Android is less show more features, unlike the iPhone which many people have bought for show. Android started out on T-Mobile with the G1 (HTC Dream), then went to Verizon with the Motorola Droid (Milestone in GSM markets). Sprint got into the action with an HTC phone, and AT&T was the last to get with Android with the Galaxy S. To date, AT&T limits its android phones to turn sales to the iPhone, and the other 3 major cell phone carriers emphasize their innovative phone features with their Android devices.
A very evil, sadistic person. This is a person whom the less sadistic, but still very evil Dentist
will send you to in order to straighten your teeth. For the most part, it means having metal placed on your teeth for 2 to 4 years, which is called "Braces
". For others, it goes past braces and have to get "appliances
" which are more pieces of metal placed AROUND the teeth. Appliances are usually placed on the roof of the mouth, but can also be placed on the floor of the mouth - under the tongue or on the sides of the mouth. Then they're even less fortunate people whom have to have Headgear
, which is a piece placed outside on the face, attached to the back teeth by a long piece of wire. All of these orthodontic products are very awkward for the wearer. They cause discomfort, pain, and sometimes social stigmas.
Once you start going to the orthodontist, you have to visit them every month or so in order to "check up" your "progress" and cause more discomfort and pain. After 2 to 4 years of brutal hell, the orthodontist lets you go. They take off the braces and any other appliance they placed in your mouth, but then you are cursed with a "Retainer
". Most orthodontists will tell you to wear the retainer for the rest of your life so your teeth won't shift. Most don't do that and thus the teeth shift, making all of the aforementioned procedures a waste of time.
Today the dentist told young 14 year old Samantha that she needs braces. The dentist then proceeded to send Samantha to the orthodontist. A week later, Samantha went to the orthodontist, where it was decided that she would need braces for 3 1/2 to 4 years. She started her treatment a week before starting her freshman year at high school. She did not know HS would be hell for her.
The braces were glued onto Samantha's teeth and was given a month before she had to go to the orthodontist again. Samantha went a week with pain due to the braces. Her speech got a tad messed up and the braces pushed her lips a bit forward. Her speech normalized in time for school, but many people started to be shallow about the braces. Time went by and going to the orthodontist became a normal thing for Samantha. Everything was okay until she had to get an appliance. Her speech suffered tremendously and now had a full lisp along with pain and discomfort all over her mouth. Things started getting worse from there.
She wore the appliance for 2 1/2 years and always had her lisp. Many people decided to not be friends with her, talk shit, and having boyfriends was only a dream to her. She contemplated suicide many times and was involved in many fights. She somehow made it to senior year. The braces were taken off just in time for graduation, but was cursed with the retainer. Before starting college, she decided to stop wearing the retainer. Her teeth shifted a bit, but she was happy in the end.
DMV is known nationwide as "The Department Of Motor Vehicles" where you get your tags, licence, ID, and other legal documents with your state.
In the DC Metro Area
, it is slang term for the DC metro area. It is a term that has been recognized as far back as 2004 when local R&B and Hip Hop stations "WKYS 93.9" and "WPGC 95.5" started advertising themselves as radio stations that play the biggest hits in the DC area. As the time has passed by (and thanks to Wale), it has become a widely known term for the DC metro area. There have been local international calling cards that also bore the name "DMV" as far back as 2000, but never were able to popularize the name for the DC metro area like the way the radio stations did. It is not a popular term in the actual "DMV" area as many people prefer to represent their areas of DC which are: PG, NoVA, Route 1/The Highway (Richmond Highway portion), Chirilagua/Arlandria, South Arlington, and many smaller communities.
Non Local: "I hear you are from the DMV"
DC Local: "Nahh fool, I'm from the Highway"
Non Local: "What part of the DMV is that?"
DC Local: "I just told you!" "The Highway." "You know?" "Richmond Highway." "Sacramento Square." "You're slacking!"
Then of course DMV is self explanatory, unless you live in Maryland, which they call that government department the MVA.
Contrary to a post here, Aldi is a grocery store based in Germany with stores all over Europe and growing in America. The store is to the likes of Trader Joes where everything is cheap and generic brand. The food is good, just like the food you expect to get at the big boys like Safeway
but made by a unknown brand with the same ingredients as the "name" brand.
Aldi has their stores around the same size as a Trader Joes and usually has around 6 to 8 aisles. In those aisles you find the food that you want, usually stacked up in boxes, not shelves to save money. Once the boxes are freed up they set them aside for those that don't want to pay for the reusable bags they have. Aldi is also known to have small gadgets and electronics for the home.
A typical Aldi trip consists of going to the store, getting a quarter out of your pocket and inserting it in the cart (you get the quarter back later. They do this so you won't leave the cart in the parking lot. Very efficient way of avoiding cart dings on your car), going inside the store, grabbing your generic groceries at a much decent price than the overpriced name brands at the "Supermarket", going home with some extra money in your pocket. Maybe making a trip to the other supermarket since Aldi doesn't stock up on certain things the supermarket does like junk food.
I went to Aldi today. Yes I did have to loan a quarter to the store to use their carts, but at least I don't worry about the car getting beat up by the carts. The food was very cheap and even though it's not a name brand tastes the same way as the name brand. I also got this new laptop that they randomly had there. I thought it was a good deal so I said why not? Next week I'll go back to buy food and see what other gizmo they have. I'm still enjoying the blender I got there last month.
This needed to be updated.
T-Mobile is the 4th Largest cell phone company in the U.S. followed by AT&T - Formerly Cingular, Verizon Wireless, and Sprint-Nextel. It is currently a major supplier of Android phones (G1, Nexus, MyTouch, etc.). Their signal as of 2010 is not that bad, but lets be honest... What cell phone company actually gives you coverage everywhere you go? Yes AT&T may have coverage in some areas T-Mobile doesn't, but likewise T-Mobile has coverage in areas AT&T doesn't. Outside of metro areas and far into the rural areas, you do start noticing T-Mobile has a small footprint but today's plans allow you to use AT&T's network (known as roaming) for free. That's usually for calls anyways. They may charge roaming for Data but that may be in the plan details themselves. Usually though, most networks offer coverage in the same areas in this day and age.
T-Mobile is the one of the 2 major cell phone companies in the USA to use GSM technology, the other being AT&T. So it is very common for iPhones to be used on T-Mobile and G1s being used on AT&T, provided you did a SIM Unlock.
T-Mobile also offers wireless internet. They have hot spots (T-Mobile Hotspots) which are found in Starbucks, FedEx Kinkos, airports and other business locations. They also offer Internet service through a USB stick that you connect to your laptop. It is not the fastest nor the cheapest, but it is sold for the businessman who cannot access a hot spot.
T-Mobile does not suck like many people are told they do. Yes they have a small footprint for a major cell phone company, but they usually let you roam for free if it has to be. Most people are not affected by it though as T-Mobile has excellent service in metro areas.
Most of their plans are cheaper than Verizon and AT&T. They are also the only company besides Cricket to offer post paid no contract service, which is known as Even More Plus.
Their customer service is one of the best compared to many companies in and outside of the cell phone business today. They are not asses like Verizon or AT&T.
The only way you can get a better deal than T-Mobile is Cricket but they are a Metro PCS network with a VERY small footprint.
703 is an area code that covers the Northern Virginian areas of Arlington, Alexandria City, Fairfax County, Prince William County, Manassas City, parts of Loudoun, Stafford, and Faquier. It was the original area code for the whole state of Virginia, but it was then split from the southern area of the state in 1973 to create area code 804
. Area code 703 was split again in 1995 to create 540, and it's current footprint in Northern Virginia. Due to the increase of residents in the Northern Virginia area, it had to be overlaid in 2000 to prevent further splitting of the area code to just the cities of Arlington and Alexandria. It is preferred to have a 703 number than a 571 number for people in Northern Virginia, and some people go great lengths to avoid the 571 stigma as many people see it as a cell phone area code, or as an outcast area code.
Many people show their pride for the Northern Virginia area by getting custom merchandise with the 703 area code such as hats, shirts, and other accessories.
Whenever I go to Northern Virginia, I use my 703 numbered phone to contact my friends in Arlington and Alexandria. It is a very popular area code and isn't known to have numbers readily available. Usually phone companies give a 703 number the exact 60 days after someone deactivates their 703 line before putting into circulation again. That is only true thanks to demand.
Privately owned Cable company and subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, which currently operates in Metro areas and serves 6.2 Million customers in 17 states which are
They are also the sole Cable provider in Rhode Island.
Besides Rhode Island they do not have a big footprint and are 3rd largest preceded by Comcast and Time Warner.
Like all service monopolies, customer service is not a top priority. They are known to piss many people off and chase them out to Satellite TV since each cable company has a monopoly in the areas they serve.
Cox also offers Internet and Phone, and will give you the triple play offer which is Cable, Internet, and phone for $100. Otherwise though, their services are expensive. It is not unheard of to pay for $100 on digital cable alone with Cox after taxes and rental fees. The company goes as far as charging a rental fee for the REMOTE.
As far as Cox internet goes, for the most part, it is competitive with DSL. Most of their packages are $3 to $5 more or less than DSL's equivalent. Service is not the best and you will always find yourself stressing when calling the customer service line, for all of Cox services.
Cox cable sucks balls. I payed $50 for basic cable before switching to Satellite. Their Internet is decent I guess. You can't really complain if you have Verizon as the other option for Internet. Still sucks though. Their phone service after the smoke and mirrors isn't that pleasant. It's almost like Verizon which charges you for other phone features, most which come standard on cell phones. Even the prepaid ones.