Category Archives: Random Thoughts

Reduce My Transportation Problem

I have a crazy idea. And when I say crazy, I mean that it could never happen (due to a few issues), but will make sense if it could happen. Those that know me knows that I carry a philosophy that this world is so screwed up, that if something makes sense, it will never happen. So what is this crazy idea? Well, I have to deal with public transportation, and my home bus (the bus(es) to serve the neighborhood I live in) only runs hourly. This has caused a number of problems. For example, a day before today (2016-05-27), I had a doctor’s appointment. This appointment was at 10AM, but I got to the doctor’s office at 9:10AM because if I caught a later bus, I would have been late. And me being 30 minutes or more early for appointments is a regular occurrence because the only home bus runs hourly. In addition, I have a dog, and no driver’s license because of medical issues. I will like to be able to get my dog to places other than just the neighborhood I live in, and this is not possible (currently) with public transportation. One major instance will be a veterinarian checkup that should happen every year. To walk Malak there will be a 90 minute walk, and due to the time of the year that it is possible for me to take him means very hot concrete.

So what will my solution be? Well, it will be nearly $2,000, but this will be a bike with all of the items I will need and the components that will make such an idea feasible. I never ridden a bike before, and while that is usually a childhood staple, a normal childhood is something I never had. This will obviously mean I will have to learn to ride a bike, and then there are the ankles which I have almost no mobility which I am sure will have some balance issues. So, this will raise some issues, and cause for some adjustments. In addition, this will also need to be a solution to allow me to take my dog if he needs to go somewhere, and address issues like groceries, and possible doctor appointments. Continue reading Reduce My Transportation Problem

Homo-Sexual Marriage in the US.

A few days ago, Homo-sexual marriage was made legal on the Federal Level. This will mean that where there is no law banning it, it has made it allowable without any challenge. In states that Homo-Sexual Marriage was banned, it is now reversed. So what does this mean, and what are my thoughts about it? First, I am not going to endorse, nor condemn this action. And the simple reason is that it is (or should be a non-issue). Yes, Homo-sexual marriage maybe the greatest thing that has happened, or maybe coming of an Anti-Christ. However, now, it is legal and enforced on a federal level in the United States. And under some grounds, this should have been done in the 80’s.

I will give my thoughts on this issued based on legal, political, religious, and social perspectives. Again, I am not going to endorse nor condemn this issue as my opinion of it does not really matter on the grand scheme of things. By giving my perspective of this issues on these grounds, you would hopefully understand why a person’s opinion shouldn’t matter. Just to let everyone know, I have no degree on any of these subjects, so if my information is inaccurate, I welcome constructive thoughts from someone with an appropriate degree. I will be more than happy to adjust or revisit this post with a better education.

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The Confederate Flag

OK, today it would seem as if there is a lot of issue about the Confederate Flag. While I haven’t been in as touch with the news as I should be, here is what I understand recently. A racist teenager (probably with psychological problems) started shooting a church with predominantly African Americans in hopes to incite a civil war. While I may not have the whole story, I have enough of it. Now, some people that support the Confederate Flag will say it is a matter of heritage. And with that, one should not argue. However, the Confederate Flag has become more to represent something else, and something more evil.

Now for those that don’t know, the Confederate Flag was the national flag of the Confederate States of America. This country existed predominantly the southern half of what was the United States (much smaller back then). The Civil War was as much about politics as it was about slavery. It came with economic implications on both sides, and no matter what one may say about the right/wrong of the civil war, it was as much as those things as it was about slavery. Keep in mind, it wasn’t anything about Freedom as after the northern victory, there was still a great deal of inequality even amongst women, as well as African Americans. And with the segregation laws that were allowed to persist (what is called Separate but Equal) has been a complete debauchery on the Federal Government’s part, and was very much unenforceable in the south. Even to this day, you could still find segregation and inequality from after the “victory” of the North.

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Amazon Fire Phone

Amazon recently held a press event with their new fire line of devices. Like the Fire TV, the Fire Phone is a heavily customized – unsupported fork of Android. When I mentioned unsupported – Google Apps are not installed on the device, and this is how Amazon wants it. In turn, they are offering their own app store. This is a relatively high end phone, and with it comes a high end phone price, and limited to one carrier (at least in the US). The phone has a 2.2Ghz Quad Core Arm based CPU with Adreno 330 graphics. The phone has 9 band LTE (there are more than 2 dozen), and support all GSM-2G/3G bands. There is also NFC, Bluetooth, and Wifi-AC support. The phone has a 4.7” display, 13MP rear camera, 2.1MP front camera, Dynamic Perspective System, and runs Fire OS 3.5 which is a fork of the Android OS that is catered to Amazon and its services. All of this will cost $650 for the 32GB or $750 for the 64GB model. 1 year of Amazon Prime is included for a limited time, and the phone will only be supported for AT&T. AT&T will have a contract price of $200 with a 2 year contract.

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T-Mobile Uncarrier 5.0/6.0

On 2014-06-18, T-Mobile launched their new initiatives to “shake” the wireless industry. These new initiatives are called Uncarrier 5.0 and Uncarrier 6.0. For those that don’t know the Uncarrier benefits – here is a breakdown.

  1. No Annual Contracts (current contract customers are SOL)
  2. Jump Insurance Policy
  3. International Services / 200MB free Tablet Data
  4. ETF payoffs

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LG F6: Final Review

Yesterday late morning, I returned the LG F6 from T-Mobile back to the store. The reason of why was in the 10 days I had the phone, it has proven to have a couple of good points, but mostly bad points. The LG F6 was $290 which I paid $50 down, and would have paid $10 for 24 months. I also had paid the taxes on the $290 as well.

When I looked at the phone, it had the LG UI on it, which I wasn’t fond of, but willing to tolerate it (otherwise, I wouldn’t have purchased it). However, in the time I had it, the phone locked up on me a number of times, disabled its own Wifi – therefore in one instance burned through the data within a couple of days as I expected it to be on the home’s wifi network. Programs that didn’t even started will close due to an illegal operation.

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BBM for Not Android/iOS

Blackberry promised BBM on Android on 2013-09-21, but hasn’t delivered. In turn, a slew of malware fakes have appeared in the Google Play Store. Blackberry claims the reason why it didn’t put the app in the Play Store was because an version that wasn’t ready was unleaked to the public, and they are making some improvements on the IM client. Meanwhile, a select number of iOS users (mostly in the east) have been able to receive it.

This to me raises a lot of serious issues for regards to Blackberry. Now, I have a sentimental fondness for Blackberry. My first smart phone was a Blackberry 8320, and while I had never really got to use BBM, I did like the concept with a couple of flaws such as the PIN (Personal ID Number) was hard coded into the device which meant if you changed your device, your PIN changes too. It would seem as if Blackberry has eliminated that flaw, and made it user credential based.

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2013 Mac Pro–Not for the Market

WWDC 2013 – Apple released the upcoming Mac Pro with no details on price nor options. The idea was to have a system that will replace the current (now discontinued) Mac Pro which is respective of a full size tower which has seen no real updates in a decade.

Apple’s new design as with most of Apple’s products are aesthetically unique if not pleasing. Those without an open mind will call it a trash can, or ashtray. However, the design behind its shape is an engineering concept to eliminate the otherwise bulky fans and heat sinks.

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This is not the Hangout You are Looking For

A month ago, Google has a number of communication services that simply do not talk to each other. There is Google Talk which is much like Yahoo Messenger, or AIM. There is Google Voice which uses Google Talk, but offers a phone number. This can also integrate with an Android phone. There is Google Plus Messenger which is a comparison to Facebook Messenger.

However, just recently (2013-05-21), Google has announce Hangout, and offers it as a replacement to Google Talk. It also offers video, and VOIP services for those using Google Plus. The idea will eventually be to replace all of the services with Hangout. Name aside, this is not a great idea, but they do have some parts in the right direction.

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What Should Be in the Next Android OS

My life is good as for the regards to my cellular phone. I own the Nexus 4 which means I will always get the most recent version of the Android Operating System. With Android 4.2, I found a number of features that I really like, but I personally will like to see some features integrated with Android that would make the phone OS, a more capable system.

Now, I am sure that Google isn’t going to read this blog and say he is absolutely correct, and we need to do this. However, I am still interested in putting out my thoughts on what I think Android should include. I will be entering the features I will want to see from priority of importance.

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