Not much happened this week, but what did happened wasn’t for the best. I had a couple of minor things that needed to be done. It rained a few times which reduced the options of walking the dogs. They did get some long walks though. On Thursday, I took the two to the vets for an annual checkup, and vaccinations. The vet is concerned for Talisa due to the hair loss she has in the back side. He wants me to do a CBC-Chem and a Thyroid test ASAP. The tests will cost $100 + transit to get her there and back.
For this, the landlord was very kind in offering me $25 for the tests. He said I could take it out of the rent, and considering I pay $30/month in pet fees, it’s not much of a loss on the actual rent. Someone I know needs their phone replaced. This person owes $25 to begin with. I took what was Gage’s phone (which is my phone), replaced it with a better phone which I paid half down, and put the other half on EIP. This should now allow me to get the old phone unlocked, and sold to the person for the down payment I made on Gage’s new phone + the money owed. This will mean $75 + $25. This will just mean I will have to get the money to transport her. I of course still have to sell the phone, but at least it will be something. In turn, my nephew has a better device, and this person that owes $25 will have a reason to pay the money owed.
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This week has been a hectic week. I took the dogs out for two long walks which I might have over done it a little. I also got a friend request from a half-sister. If the past gives any clue to the future, it will not be productive. However, I am giving a chance again. I received a cheap phone and an micro-SD card which is intended for a friend, but it will seem as if according to the UPS web site – shipping the phone will cost 3 times as much as the phone is worth. Needless to say, I will have to look to other shippers. I will be checking with FedEx and USPS on Monday.
Otherwise, not much else happened this week. I finished a web site, and will soon work on a new one. I will also want to do some updates on a couple of other sites that are in the works. In addition, there is some work being done on a site that is not yet in existence. As for plans for next week, I will have to go to the Social Security Administration, the FedEx Store, and the Post Office in Downtown. If I win the domain, I will have a new domain in my inventory. If not, I will be refunded the pre-registration. I also have to take the two dogs for their annual check up. Thankfully, Nicole who gave Malak is able, and willing to take me there. Otherwise, it will would have been a bit of a long walk to get them there.
Earlier today, I upgraded my phone from the Google Nexus 4-16GB to the Nexus 5-16GB. While the Nexus 4 still worked well enough – there are a couple of reasons why I chose to upgrade, and the benefits I have. First, the Nexus 5 is more capable phone which will run more reliably, and in a slimmer package. In addition, the Nexus 5 support LTE bands of service which will hopefully allow for future VoLTE (Voice over LTE). The capacity is the same, so there is no benefit there. The phone cost $30 (sales tax), and will have a monthly charge of $16.50 for 24 months.
As with most Android devices, updating the phone was relatively simple, although not everything as for settings transfers over. The button placement is similar so there should be no learning curve from my Nexus 4. As for the Nexus 4, it will eventually be replacing the Siemens Home Phone as the primary house phone. This will first require the phone to become unlocked, and then using the TruPhone SIM Service. The Nexus 5 has a 4.95” 445ppi display supporting HD resolution and a 16:9 Aspect Ratio. There is a 1.3MP front camera, and an 8MP rear camera with an LED flash. There is a 2300mAh battery, Qi Charging, Bluetooth 4.0 support, Wifi-AC, NFC, GSM-2G/3G and LTE Support. Since this is an North America phone, the LTE bands are 1/2/4/5/17/19/25/26/41. In addition, CDMA 0/1/10 are supported. The phone has a Snap Dragon 800 CPU (2.26Ghz) with an Adreno 330 GPU. There is 2GB of memory, and with my device – 16GB of storage, but there is a 32GB option. A micro-USB (slimport) is at the bottom, and there is noise cancelling microphones. As one might expect, I have the black model.
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Not much happened this week. I done a little work on my various sites. I also took the dogs out for a couple of long walks this week. I finished paying my bills including my Electric Bill. Andrea paid most of the bill for her phone which was used to make another payment to my credit card. I also had to buy some groceries, and I ordered dog food for the month. Not much else went on. I did receive my food benefits, but will be waiting until I have to go close to the grocery store before buying food. This is why I bought some groceries early.
As for plans for next week, I will have two doctor appointments, one being for the ear which started draining again, while the other is a dental cleaning appointment. Also, with Google terminating XMPP support with GTalk, this will mean I will have to make some adjustments with my home phone. I will be doing this at the last minute to reduce the cost of using the SIP provider. Otherwise, not much is planned for the week to come.
A couple of years ago, I wrote a post about how to use a consolidated phone number for both the home and cellular phone. And while some degree of my method has changed in the couple of years, this method has been the same, and remained my way of having a home phone, and a cellular phone – while only needing to have one telephone number. However, in May of 2014 – Google will be terminating XMPP support with Google Voice. This will mean that most of the SIP providers, and IAX systems that plugs into Google Talk will no longer work. Now, companies such as Ooma, will still work – but this is because they just allow you to disclose your Google Voice number – but will use their network to make the call. You also have to pay $10/month + the ATA for this. Their ATA is about $150 – $200 which can be a little pricey when it means you will be able to plug a standard POTS phone into the device. You can also buy their cordless phones for better function – but these are $50 per phone, and the Ooma ATA only supports 4 phones. All together, you will be spending $500 + $120 per year for your home phone which may or may not do everything you would need to do.
I would still want a more unified solution, and while my proposed method will still be somewhat costly, it will be cheaper than the Ooma Solution. Keep in mind, there are a number of SIP providers that will allow you to spoof your CID to show your Google Voice number rather than a number they give you. As with the post this is replacing – I will use a similar format. I will go into detail on what you would need, then go into the hardware, and finally the services. I will identify how emergency calls are handled, and I will go into detail of what happens. I will go into additional options, and will explain what I “will” do. I will also go into the cost of services, and allow you to determine if the value is worth the investment.
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There has been a little casual interests on what is on my phone or tablet. To make life simpler, I will be combining all three on one page. In addition, I will be noting what will be on a future replacement home phone – although, since I don’t have that device – it isn’t guaranteed. The devices I will make note of will include a Highsense Sero 7, a Google Nexus 4-16GB, and a Nexus Full HD (2013 edition) 7-32GB with LTE. In case anyone would want to know, I have written reviews of all three.
All three devices have a few things in common. First, they are all registered under my main UID with Google. Second, they are all running Android 4.1 or higher. While I would have preferred iOS for my home media player, the cost of an iOS device was simply prohibitive. All three devices are also used daily – although intended to serve particular roles. I won’t go into specs, nor my opinions of these devices as again – this was done in reviews of all three.
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Not much happened today. I walked the dogs, and did some writing on a document. I also had to do some updates on my phone’s applications. Otherwise, not much else happened. As for plans for tomorrow, I will likely be home, but I will be expecting my brother to come. I do have to go to the pharmacy to drop off a prescription. I will also have to get a couple of loaves of bread, and add funds to my Connect Card as well. Otherwise, this is my day.
Tomorrow, will also be the last daily update, and any updates on my life will be on a weekly basis rather than a daily basis. It is due to very short entries basically indulging on the rather dull life I have. Anything that might be a major event (in comparison to the other days) will be noted though. In such case, the posts will be posted on Sunday morning regarding the previous week.
Not much happened today. I took the dogs for a walk, and stopped by my brother’s place. I returned home to feed the dogs, and I made myself some soup. Otherwise, I spent a bit of time playing Injustice: Gods Among Us. which was initially an iOS game, but is also available for Android. Chris stopped by for a little while, but otherwise – not much else happened. As for plans for tomorrow, not much is planned. I will walk the dogs if the weather is good. Otherwise, not much planned. Tomorrow will be a quiet day.
A bit happened today. First, UPS delivered the blanket I ordered which made life a little more comfortable. In addition, I went to Andrea’s to deliver my niece her new phone. She was extremely happy with it. However, since she is not under my account, she has to work with who owns her account will have to authorize a SIM card change. This is because her old phone uses a Mini-SIM, and the new phone uses a Micro-SIM.
Chris went to my place, and on the way to my place, we seen the Route 4: Troy Hill leaving while the 88: Penn was turning on Liberty Avenue. Since we had another 30 minutes to wait for the next bus (during the rush hour), I took the time to add funds to my Connect Card, then we got a Subway at the Subway Restaurant. We left with about 5 minutes to wait for the next bus. My brother left late at night to walk down the hill to catch the 54.
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Not much happened today. My kitchen sink froze again. In turn, the landlord brought a heater over, but it will be concern for the electric bill. UPS came and delivered a tablet case which so far, I am not fond of, and the phone for Alexis. After the delivery, I went to East Ohio Street where I deposit the money I received yesterday as well as get some soup which I need considering the tooth extraction. Otherwise, not much happened.
As for plans for tomorrow, I will hopefully see Alexis to where I can help her set up the new phone. I am also hoping it will be warm enough to take the two for a walk. Otherwise, not much is planned. I will be resting from the extraction though.