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2013-11-02

Not much happened today. I spent a significant portion of my day waiting on FedEx. However, about 3PM, I received my rawhide sticks (for the dogs), and headphones. Once the headphones were charged, I paired it with the phone, and will have attempt to make use of them tomorrow.

Of course, the dogs had their walk, and brushing. I also watched a couple of videos, and chatted with someone on Skype. I also updated my OS to Windows 8.1 which I now have a completely useless button on my taskbar with my desktop environment.

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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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The Optical Drive in a Coma–YAY!

Just recently, Apple has finally done something I agree with in some areas, although there are still issues I don’t agree with. Let’s get to the blog post this is intended for. Apple has refreshed their line of PCs including their AiOs, and the 13” Macbook Pro. These changes I have agreed with is the omission of the optical drive. Now, I am not saying I am completely against the optical drive. The optical drive is good for workstations, media centers, and what I feel should be NADs (Network Attached Drive)s. Especially in notebooks, the Optical drive as well as the mechanical drive are both battery drains for little performance. Optical drives – by their very nature requires a center to turn at very high speeds while a laser scans the data. This is a lot of energy. When you consider a CD is only 600 or 700MB, and a DVD is at most 8.4GB, this is laughable in hard drive standards. And then the mechanical hard drive is not much better with very much the same principals with magnets rather than lasers.

Solid State Storage is like your regular memory. The only difference is SSD keeps the information that is placed in it. SSD does not demand more electricity than memory as there are no moving parts. Because of this data is many times faster then even 10000RPM drives, and if the magnet touches the platter, the drive can be destroyed – that will never happen.

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Why I can’t buy another T-Mobile Phone

It is actually depressing, but it would seem as the carrier that I have been with for several years – and I can not buy any more of their phones. No, T-Mobile hasn’t terminated me, and I could go and buy a phone. In a matter of fact, I could buy a phone, and make payments on it after paying a down payment, sales tax and $18 upgrade fee. So, why can’t I buy another T-Mobile phone when it may actually be beneficial for me?

Well, this isn’t an issue with just T-Mobile, but it seems to be an issue with all carriers. A smart phone is like a computer. Now, if a computer can handle it, you install OS updates for if nothing else, new features, and fixing security holes. A basic cell phone typically almost never gets updated. However, a Smart Phone is much more intensive, and demanding, and it should get its updates.

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2012-03-11

Today was pretty plain in the morning, and afternoon – however an associate of an associate asked me to remove a virus from their computer without their OS disc. I was able to kill the virus – but not before it did a lot of damage. This computer had Windows XP SP1 with IE 6 which I am sure is the problem. Since Microsoft considers XP at end of life for the consumer market, I had to grab both SP2 and SP3 packs and install them. This will be some work I will have to do for tomorrow.

Another thing I will have to do is try to get the drivers loaded. Since the person can only access their home network via wifi – this is definitely a must. Hopefully, I will be successful in this endeavor with this finicky brand (Dell Latitude 610)

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My Plans for an Upgrade.

I had been using a My Touch (rev 1) since November 2009, and while it has served, I feel that I should have better. And while all of the really nice phones are on Not T-Mobile, I am looking into staying with T-Mobile. Now one of the problems with the My Touch is that is too slow. So, I would definitely want something that is faster. Also, the screen is way too small. So, after some looking and researching, there will only be two devices I will be interested in. I will only choose the the My Touch 4th Generation if the Samsung Galaxy S 4G (not really LTE, nor Wimax) is not worth the price that is unknown as of writing this posting. The My Touch 4G is $450 without a contract. As for the Galaxy, it is expected to be $250 + 2 years – $50 rebate. At such price point, I will expect it to be $500 without contract. Even with this in mind, I will want to try to get the price reduced especially since I have been a loyal customer.

The Galaxy has some things I truly would consider wanting in my next phone with a couple of exceptions. It has a 1Ghz CPU which in my opinion should go without saying. It has a 4” AmoLED screen which is supposed to have better contrast for outdoor viewing. It does have Android 2.2 which is on my current phone after several months of delay. I would however expect for it to receive 2.3 soon. It has a front side camera which while I will probably not use it so often, it would make a good option for making self portraits. It also supports wifi calling, but with the crappy ISP, and reasonably good cellular – there is no real advantage to wifi calling. I would have rather black as opposed to charcoal gray, but I am sure I could get a skin that is black if need be. It claims 6.5 hours talk, but I don’t believe it, and I would be looking to getting a spare battery and charger.

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Almost 2 years. Time for an Upgrade?

It has been almost two years, and in about 4 months – it would have been 20 months since I had the first revision of the My Touch as my cellular phone. When I bought it, I wanted it for GPS, and 3G capabilities. At the time, it was the only smart phone that was such an option for me. Now a days, in comparison – it will seem as if my phone is more like a toy rather than a phone. And there are times I am frustrated with the CPU lag it gives to me. Of course with a 528Mhz CPU on an OS that should be using twice the CPU, I guess I can’t blame it. So, I already know I wish to upgrade, but exactly what, and would I settle for less? Well, first I don’t see a reason to settle for less, and if there is no phone I am comfortable with on my carrier, I simply would either consider another carrier, or not get a new phone.

I will go into each and every detail that I will consider as important to me, and would offer my thoughts to such. With that in mind, I would focus on what I would want, and expect for my needs. While I am sure that there are other features some may find as important, that would be on their interests, and not so much of mine. However, I would of course need a smart phone that would support Google Voice, and offer the ability to tether without paying extra.

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