Not much happened today. I waited on Section-8, for an inspection, but otherwise – nothing else happened. I did give the dogs a short walk which is good considering it is supposed to come down hard again tomorrow. Otherwise, not much else happened today. As for plans for tomorrow, I will expect to be home, but again – nothing planned. Yes it is one of those very dull and pointless days.
A bit happened today. I had to go to Downtown which from there, I had to get cleats installed on my shoes, notify the Department of Public Assistance of the change in rent. I also had to get documentation noting that I no longer had a bank account with a bank I used to use, and provide that with Section-8.
After that, I went to Andrea, and Chris’ place where Alexis gave me a birthday gift which was nice of her. She also liked my new phone, and was attracted with the “sparkly” look on the backside, although I wouldn’t call the pattern sparkly.
Not much happened today. I wrote a blog posting about my first impressions with the Nexus 4. It is a good phone, and I like it. However, any new phone will be much better than the G2x. The reason why I focused on the Nexus is the reliable update path which will be something to look forward too.
I watched a couple of videos, and a movie from Netflix. It seemed as if the postal carrier wasn’t coming, so I sent the DVDs back by dropping off at the mail box before 11:30AM. The mailbox says it is collected at 1:15, so it should have gone out today.
Today was a busy day – at least in the morning. It also rained a little which didn’t make things easier. I walked the dogs in the morning while it was above freezing. After that, I went to Downtown which I had to get documentation that I needed for Section-8. Once I got that documentation, I went to the other side of Downtown to get cleats added to my shoes. Then it was a wait for the Route 8 to get to the Grocery Store. While at the store, I bought what I hope to be almost a month’s worth of groceries. The shopping cart came in handy as I filled up the cart.
After the grocery store, I took myself to the Rite-Aid Pharmacy to remind them that their regular customer will be needing a prescription filled in about a week. I personally find me having to remind them as un-professional, but it seems as if this has to be the case.
A while ago, there was a service called Bitcoin that started. As anything that deals with money, I was a bit cautious about jumping in. However, I decided to take the leap as it is around, and there was only one major security breach.
For those that don’t know, bitcoins are an electronic virtual currency. Merchants and people can use them independently of the banks, and therefore independent of transaction fees. One could of course exchange it for real currency which can be deposited into a bank account, or Paypal. However – there are exchange fees, and one is responsible for any taxes due to it.
Not much happened today. I had to have an inspection audit regarding my Section-8. As before, the inspector came, and there was no issue. I also had an email from a friend in Delaware which was good even though I rarely hear from her. In addition, my neighbor upstairs moved out. This will mean I am the only tenant in my building as of now.
I also did a little work on my web site which needed some adjustments. I am hoping to get it out of BETA soon. Otherwise, not much happened. Tomorrow will be a busy day. I will have to go to the post office, and then to Andrea’s to pick up something. I will hopefully just spend a portion of my late afternoon. I will be leaving about 2PM.
Today was not as busy of a day as I expected. The apartment is cleaned, and was ready for inspection. I started with the dogs at about 7AM this morning. I finished the treadmill walk at about 10AM, and walked them for about 20 minutes outside considering it was drizzling.
The inspector came a couple of hours early. However, I was ready needless to say. So the two didn’t jump on him, I asked him to wait a moment in the hallway while they went into the cages. The inspector asked a few questions, and inspected the apartment. He went to the basement even though I normally don’t ever use it. He seen a small problem which I notified the landlord.
Not much happened today. I had to make a couple of calls, and I did some work on my sites. I also spent some time watching TV. However – things have been a bit quiet. I received a letter in regards to an inspection which I will have to prepare for. This is a very quiet day.
As for plans for tomorrow, I will be working on a couple of things with regards to my Internet network, and watch some TV that was recorded today. Otherwise, not much planned.
So, the end of 2011 is almost here, and 2012 will soon be here. So, what do I think will happen in 2012? This is my predictions for 2012, and some will be ridiculous, but others may make sense. I will also divide my predictions into groups.
Port Authority to try to stay in the black will do things to upset many people. Bus fare will go up, and service will go down. In addition, the fare system will be streamlined to make it easier. All standard bus routes will be in 1 fare price rather than possibly two. This will increase the base fare to $2.75 (mid point between the two zone prices), and will keep transfers at $1 for a 3 hour period. Services will also drop. Bus routes now not offering Sunday/Holiday service will also loose Saturday service. Express, Rapid Buses, and Subways will have a 75¢ surcharge. In addition, there will be the use of a magnetic card/cash combination. The card will replace bus passes, and will eliminate transfers requiring the rider to use the card if they will want to have transfers. A card will be keyed to a particular person, and therefore provide for half fare transit for disabled which will also require a photo on the card.
Apple will release the iPhone 5. It will have a new shape, but I don’t see the screen going above 4”. Even with the license spectrum that T-Mobile has with AT&T, I don’t see it coming to T-Mobile, unless Apple produces an iPhone supporting all of the HSPA+ bands. Unless Sprint abandons WiMax (therefore pissing off current 4G phone owners), or Light Square comes in as a White Label LTE provider, Apple will not go to 4G. They will still stay with a 64GB max capacity.
Apple will release a Macbook Air 15” model, and drop prices on the other two models. I could see the 11” going to $800. The 11” will still lack a SD card reader – however the 13, and 15 inch models will have one. The Mac Book Pro will be dropped, and the iMacs will get a refresh. I can also see another virus hitting Apple Mac OS lines.
The iPod Shuffle – dropped. The iPod Nano – price reduced, and runs a minimal version of iOS. Don’t expect a robust app store compatibility. iPod Touch will be the flag ship, and the Classic will be changed to support SSD rather than a mechanical hard drive. This will drop prices in SSDs and make it more attractive to the end users. I could see SSD prices hitting $1/GB because of this.
Apple will release a television. This television will have integrated access to the iTunes Store, will have a cable card adapter and support for 4 simultaneous channels. It will have a camera for FaceTime, PiP, and a power button. The power button will be out of sight, and will rely on an iOS device as a remote control. Remote control will take the form of wifi, and LAN access with UID authentication for controlling individual TVs. They will come in 36”, 40” and 50” models, and will cost 75% more than a lower high end TV. It will be pretty, but will not sell.
Google will continue to offer free GTalk calling services, and I could see them considering to going into SIP, however this may not seem to be likely. I will like to hope that they would have done something with the 2 year Gizmo Acquisition and at least offer +883 support. I could also see Google offering better URLs for their Google Plus Service, and with the increasing adoption of Android devices, this service will increase by default. I don’t see many people using the service though. Android 4.0 will be a success, but only for the devices that have it. Manufacturers and carriers will continue to drag their feet on updates, and one my only expect an upgrade to 1 platform even if there can be support. So all phone originally with 2.2 will not get 4.0.
In the end, Google will continue to have dominance, but will start to stagnant. Google will also most likely sell the Motorola acquisition they possessed but of course keep the patents to use to protect Android. As for the Android OS, it will start to off branch into other areas. It will be reasonable to see the OS running cars, homes, and little tiny Androids. Non Approved devices will still not get the Market, or other Google Integrated Services instead – companies will continue to offer their own store with paranoids like me not opting to use them. Instead, people will get the Amazon App Store – therefore will be a serious competitor to Google.
A major company will acquire its own TLD (example IBM acquires .ibm). GoDaddy will suffer in 2012 as many small consumers who knew of their support for SOPA will alienate consumers, and they will change close to the expiration dates. TelNIC will continue to not have a widespread adoption and will only be used by people who want a contact page, or knows the full potential.
There will be another major security issue that happens on the Internet. In addition, a US infrastructure system will be targeted via the Internet. I also see something coming into public light that accuses the United States having committed a cyber attack on an unfriendly country.
Verizon will make a deal with Comcast. They will take Comcast’s wireless spectrum, and offer the network to allow Comcast to offer a “Quad” Play package – adding mobile into their deals. However, Verizon will stagnant on expanding their FiOS markets, and eventually stop taking customers. Instead, they will recommend Comcast. Comcast’s prices will rise. Ala’ Cart Television will still be a consumer’s dream.
Netflix will face a serious competitor either in Amazon, or Apple. They will not offer DVD rentals, but offer streaming services for less than Netflix.
Windows 8 will integrate better with the gaming and mobile platform. The design will cater to those using those systems, and newbies, but will isolate the long time Windows 95+ users who have been familiar with the Start Menu and task bar. Microsoft will unify their OSes, and line ups. One might see Windows Game, Windows Mobile, Windows Home, and Windows Professional with the version starting at 8 for everything. Game will be the XBox platform on a new XBox system.
The rise of prices in mechanical hard drives will stagnant in the second quarter. About this time, I could see prices of SSDs dropping. They will be higher than the price of mechanical hard drives, but at $1 per GB which is what I will assume the price to be eventually will drop the prices to where it will be reasonable for most people. Thin notebooks will start having SSDs as an option. End of the year, I will suspect a low end PC to have a 120GB SSD (PC less than $500).
Tablets will take a center stage, and will try to replace PCs. In some people who are just using it to consume media, this will become an option. For people that create content, the tablet will serve secondary. Smart phones will rise with the major players being Android, and iOS. Windows Phone will stagnant at 15-20%, and RIM will fall to 10%. If they don’t have a game changing lineup of phones, they will declare bankruptcy or seek a buyer.
SIP will start to gain more attraction for people needing or wanting a home phone. One might even see a consumer grade cordless telephone that will connect into both an RJ11 and RJ45 jack. This will hit brick and mortar stores, and will carry an attraction niche such as cheap phone service. One company once keeping their SIP services behind walls (such as Vonage, or NetTalk) will open it up allowing people to not have to buy their router.
Republic Wireless will go out of BETA and will have better integration with Google Voice. This might actually help convince Google Voice to accept +883 adoption. T-Mobile will declare bankruptcy, and Deutsche Telekom will simply just abandon them. Without the sufficient subscriber base, and the bankruptcy news, they will start to bleed customers. This will drive higher prices of current cellular plans. VMNOs such as Cricket, or Virgin Mobile will reap the benefits of T-Mobile’s wounds.
World – America
Canada will loose RIM to a bankruptcy, or company buyout as their market share in the mobile space drops below 10%. The United States will re-elect Barack Obama unless the majority of the population will blame him for another hit in the financial market. If this Ron Paul or Mitt Romney will be elected. Housing and Urban Development which provides financial assistance to low income families will offer a program for long term recipients to provide a similar home/condo to where they will provide for a 10 year assistance payment on a mortgage. This will only apply to recipients of 10+ years with no landlord complaints of non-payments.
No changes in other parts of America with the exception of Mexico. I could see a very public assassination of a government figure by the cartels. I also see a mass murder spilling over on the US side of the border. This will involve the US to go into Mexico on the blessing of the Mexican Government to either use Special Ops forces, or drones to strike cartel gangs.
World – Asia
Having seen that Capitalism has “failed”, the youth will seek to try to bring Communism back to Russia for hopes of jobs, and meeting the basic needs. Russian/US relations will falter, but there will not be a cold war attitude. The nuclear armistice will still allow the US to help Russia get find and dismantle their nuclear arsenal as agreed with.
Having lost their long time great leader, North Korea’s successor will flex its muscles by “test” launching flag ship nuclear ready ICBMs. There will also be rumors that South Korea will be invaded by North Korea. China will have to step in to try to make things better at least in regards to North Korea.
World – Middle East
Iraq since our departure in late 2011 will fall into a Civil War, and there will be concerns of Iraq splitting into two or even 3 separate countries. However, Iraq will remain 1 country. Talks between Palestine and Israel will be in the final stages, but Hamas must not be allowed in power. In addition, a successful cease fire will have to take place with both sides. Country lines will be mostly Israeli based, but some adjustments from there.
Confirmation that Iran has a nuclear weapons program will become apparent. The United States will still have a strong presence in Afghanistan, however there will be considerations of pulling out. Pakistan will tighten permissions to use their border in efforts to get more financial aide.
Today was a very busy day. I woke up with a bit of pain which made things a bit difficult. I however made it out in time to catch a bus (although the bus was late) to get into Downtown. While there, I had to go to Section-8 office again – this time to sign the lease. Hopefully, the landlord does his final parts as well. After that, I had to go to the post office to check on my mail. From there, I took the P1 (formally EBA) to Shadyside for my doctor’s appointment. Once I finished, I went to the old grocery store to get a couple of things including recycle bags for the garbage can which I can’t believe how expensive they are. I also had to get a couple of things. Once I done that, it was a trip back to Downtown. Once there, I had to take care of the phone bill, and question some discrepancies. The representative couldn’t find the reason, so I will have to call customer service.
After 30 minutes of waiting for the bus, I finally got on, and took the bus pass my stop to the pharmacy to fill my prescription. After that, I had to go to the local Uni-Mart for some milk that would go into the Macaroni & Cheese I bought until Monday. I finally got home about 1:30PM, and spent much of the remainder of the day going through my queue, and podcasts. As for plans for tomorrow, I will have to make some phone calls, and will have to add the calendar entries. Other than that – tomorrow will be thankfully, relatively quiet.