technology today is sort of mind blowing. new products come out every day and they seek to replace the prior model which just came out itself seemingly days ago. trying to stay on top of the latest and greatest gadgetry is an exercise in futility that will suck you dry financially. its not just tech ology either. its everything we encounter in life. shit is always changing and there is always something that you use that is changing, some new procedure you have to remember, new style that the cool kids are embracing, new bands everything. if you wanna survive in society today then you need to be incredibly flexible. you can’t get hung up on anything because its all so transitory. (i hope that is the word) unless you have just a ton of free time how are you going to stay on top of technologys latest trends or stay abreast of tomorrows fashion faux paux? in the absence of unlimited free time how does the average 40 year old stay relevant ?
pretty lofty topic this is turning out to be but definitely one that seems, dare i say…relevant. i can’t imagine how strange this world would seem to a time traveler from the past. that would be a truly interesting documentary to watch. which conveniently gets me back to the subject i started writing about to begin with. that being how cool it is to have hbo on my phone.
so basically a lady i met at the casino of all places was the one who actually turned me on to the whole phenomenon of having cable tv on your phone. i had heard of it before sort of. back when i used to live on franklin street in elsinore and we had cable i remember there being an option to use your email address affiliated with the directv account and somehow watch football on the phone. it sounded pretty unlikely to me then but the basic idea was already there. like i already said technology is amazing. when i used to be actively searching for jobs as a senior accountant i always wondered about some of these tech companies that made an application or a product that seemed way out there to me like how could this shit ever catch on because nobody had all the components necessary to make the shit work. i guess i am talking about the early days of instagram, twitter, facebook, facebook messenger even texting. like you could have this shit like messenger that has the capability to do all the shit it does which is amazing and totally relevant now that everybody has messenger but back then it was like fuck messenger nobody is on that shit. fast forward to 3 years ago and messenger is starting to become my number one spot to pick up girls get laid etc. who would have thunk it?
well, people who are smarter than me, with more vision than me, more self confidence than me and more god given sense than me for starters. its technology. and the reason you can make free video calls to anyone in the world with a wifi connection thats technology too. everyone brings their little piece of the puzzle to the table. each component or app or whatever the fuck. all of those people have little start up companies funded by venture capitalists who are hoping that they are putting their money in the right startup that has some fundamental piece of say messenger for instance or makes the program that puts those snapchat doggy faces on girls faces in video chats or some crucial piece of the end product we as consumers see on our list of apps you cant delete from your phone when you buy it. if they have something crucial suddenly this startup this venture capitalist, some rich bastard sunk a million bucks into is now being sold to facebook for 17 billion dollars.
happens all the time.
back to me and hbo. so this lady meredith i met at pechanga a few years ago who was rolling on the gambling big time and allowed me to share in the fruits of her success was randomly run into again at my friend tracys house in elsinore. poor tracy is currently incarcerated in los angeles which totally sucks. but 2 years ago she was living in elsinore and i used to hang out at her house alot because i was basically homeless myself. i am a runner now and i was a runner then and i would leave to go running from tracys house then take a shower and whatever at her house. it was fun because alot of people partied over there and they always tripped out on me running.
the whole spectacle of me was an interesting sidenote to tracy and myself and lots of other people that passed through that place.
anyhow….meredith was there one time offering people to put cable on peoples phones for free. people that frequented tracys sometimes didnt have phones or they switched them all the time or only had access if someone had wifi or whatever….they were more into getting high than worrying about meredith babbling about cable on cell phones.
i wasn’t though. she explained that she got this user name rh1124 and password nicholash112112 for optimum cable (new jersey) and all you had to do was download the optimum app on googleplay, sign in and use that portal as a launching pad to watch every channel the real rh1124 person was authorized to watch. (supposedly her sisters neighbor or some shit) i figured that it was just a home cable account and it was. i never imagined that password holding up for long but it did. having access to watch cable that someone actually paid the bill for is a win win in my book. hurts absolutely nobody, their is no theft taking place really. the people are not being affected in any way. their bills are not going up. nothing. these people are cable fanatics. they have six boxes and a monthly bill of $300 which they always pay. these days the password doesnt work. they changed it about 6 months ago so i lost fox sports showtime amc starz and every other channel.
hbo was already signed in on my phone and for some reason just keeps on working. 2 full years now. if i had to reinstall hbo i would lose it. i cant switch phones either. so its going to end eventually. but for now….hello Game of Thrones, Room 104, The Wire, The Sopranos, The Deuce, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Girls, The Left Overs, The Night Of, Vice, Championship Boxing, thousands of movies. hbo on my phone is fucking radical and i am very thankful to have it.