Reasons to choose either cellular or Wi-Fi exclusively

Many business people like having both cellular and Wi-Fi connections for their devices. If they have multiple devices like an iPad, iPhone or laptop it can be helpful if they also have a cellular connection. It allows Internet connectivity even if no Wi-Fi is available. So why should I suggest that you make a choice between them?

Reasons to choose either cellular or Wi-Fi exclusively

  1. Cellular connections are slow and expensive. The cost of using just cellular are very high compared to the flat rate of Wi-Fi connections. It can be very expensive to unknowingly download files, update, attachments and go over your cellular data limit. It requires you to think of what connection you are using while you are using your device, and to remember or estimate how much you have used. Most people don’t have the skills or desire to do that, so in most business this tends to have expensive data costs that could have been avoided by just using Wi-Fi.
  2. Reasons to choose either cellular or Wi-Fi exclusivelyChoosing what connection you are using places an unnecessary burden on the average person. I do not pay for cellular data. I have a Wi-Fi at home and one wherever I work, and that is where I download updates or whatever I need. If I get email I have limited the download size in the settings so that I avoid downloading huge attachments. On an iPhone, without Office365 most people don’t work with files anyway so it is wasted and time-consuming.
  3. By having both you are paying for capacity you aren’t using. So for most people who don’t travel, you are paying double for capacity you don’t use. If you download most of your stuff by Wi-Fi, then the very small free amount of data included is enough. My plan for example has a 1 GB of data, and that is fine for my use. I download things on Wi-Fi which is much faster than cellular, and then I don’t have to pay extra for a slow download.
  4. Cellular is overused and overpriced. It’s cool to have wireless connection to data, I get that. However you are really paying for this premium and it isn’t necessary for the majority of people. The only people who I can really justify paying for cellular internet access are people who travel the majority of the time. However most of us do not travel, which means that Wi-Fi is clearly the better choice.
  5. Security is overlooked on cellular and a huge risk. You may have read about stingrays which are used by police and FBI and which copy and look into the data you send over cellular connections. Wi-Fi offers more protection since it generally is under the control of you or your company. If you deal with sensitive matters, Wi-Fi is safer, and the safest of course is a wired connection.

I get it, cellular is cool. It is neat to have Internet anywhere. However you give up a lot in doing so. You give up security, time, money, ease of use. Consider using one or the other, and make your life easier.

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Safari has issues with Flash

I have talked about Tidal before and I enjoy the service. I tried to access it today using the newest Mac OS and Safari browser, and had issues. The problem was when I played a song. It asked me to install Flash. Ok, I installed the newest version of Flash. Then I tried to play the song again and it stuttered and mostly didn’t play the song. When I listened to it in Firefox it started and not a single stutter.

This isn’t the first time that Safari has issues with Flash. For years I have tried to use Safari and it has always had flash issues. Since many free web games are flash, Safari isn’t a good browser to play free flash games. I used to use Chrome to play those games, but since have used Firefox. It seems to be more reliable, and Google as I wrote before doesn’t deserve support.

Safari has issues with FlashYes I know that Flash is being discontinued by Adobe. However it isn’t that way yet. Unity seems a natural successor to Flash and many of those free games were remarkable in what they could do. I don’t mind that flash is dying. It has been painful for IT people to support with constant updates. Plus the average person gets tired of always being constantly being asked to update. Even when it is set for auto updates, it requires things like rebooting or closing applications to fix. Annoying I agree.

Flash was a good idea but terribly executed. Many great ideas in IT occur, but get corrupted by so many reasons. Java was a great idea, but it became a mess. Safari was a good idea, but Apple should just give it up. I have tried to use Safari time after time, but there are always issues that prevent me from using it. Besides Flash, Safari has also had problems with compatibility with many websites or crashing. I think that third-party browsers are more stable just because they don’t try to integrate into the weaknesses of the underlying OS.

Perhaps when Flash is no longer popular I will give Safari another try, but I doubt it will be any more compelling than the alternatives.