Today was my 3rd wedding anniversary, and we celebrated in style… we kept our daughter home from school, and spent the whole day from before opening, until after closing, at Canada’s Wonderland!
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I’m going to use this post to track my weight loss.
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So, whether or not you have been following my SmartPhone adventures or not, the short of it is, I’ve gone through 4 phone in less than 1.5 years. I went from a Blackberry (can’t remember which model, but one with a ball, not the trackpad), to an Android (Samsung Captivate), to a Windows Phone 7 (Samsung Focus), and recently – back to a BlackBerry 9700. Through all of these phones, I’ve learned one valuable thing: Even though a phone may have super-duper awesome powers, such as a great touch screen, awesome apps, or a fully Exchange 2010 integrated Outlook client, simplicity will always be king. I’ll explain…
My original Blackberry was great. It was BES (Blackberry Enterprise Server) connected, which meant full exchange integration including calendar, tasks, notes, etc…, but I was so tired of watching everyone around me get iPhones, and Androids… fun phones. So, I basically went in whining to my boss one day, and little did I know that there was already a plan to do away with the company enforced Blackberries, and let people choose their own hardware. I was ecstatic. So, after much deliberation, I upgraded my phone to a sparkling Samsung Captivate. It came with Android 2.1 Éclair (immediately upgradable to 2.2 Froyo), and had TONS of free apps, and games. It was truly a remarkable phone. I paid $100 at the time, and that was including my upgrade as I qualified for one. The best part about the phone, was there was a huge non-Samsung developer community putting out ROMs (images of the phone’s operating system) that were tailored to increase performance, or add additional functionality. There were even 2.3 (Gingerbread) ROMs released, which gave you added functionality such as Wi-Fi internet sharing, amongst others. This euphoric Android world came crashing down though, when the phone started to not ring when I would receive phone calls through the night, on weeks when I was on-call. Or, it would reboot mysteriously whenever it felt like it. I was upset, although it was difficult to be upset, since I had almost 100% caused my own problem. This was about a year or a bit more after I got the phone, so I couldn’t even get it back to stock, and ship it back to Samsung for a repair, or replacement, or anything. I needed a new, and reliable phone.
I talked to Rogers (my provider), and because I was on a business plan, they were able to process an upgrade for me earlier than they normally would have. I could have chosen any phone I wanted, for a price… but I felt that since I had already spent $100 about a year ago on a phone, that I needed to choose one of the cheaper (if not free) SmartPhones that they were offering. Most were Android based, which I didn’t want again – and as tempting as their offer of the iPhone 4s for $150 was, I just couldn’t justify paying the money (although in hindsight, maybe I wouldn’t be typing this blog post right now if I had…). I noticed that they had the Samsung Focus, a Windows Phone 7 (not Windows 7 Phone…) for $20. I chose it, and it arrived a few days later (as a side note, it actually ended up being $0 when my bill finally came in). This phone is awesome. It came with Windows Phone 7 OS on it, and immediately there was an upgrade available to the 7.1 (Mango) release. It literally does everything, and fast. It has great social network integration, as it actually integrates Facebook, Twitter and Linked-In directly into the OS. To add to its awesomeness, it comes with a trimmed down, but still fully functional Microsoft Office suite, and a fully Exchange 2010 ActiveSync enabled Outlook client. Trust me, check out some of the “Smoked by Windows Phone” videos on YouTube… you won’t be disappointed. Anyway, you may be asking yourself why I gave up such an awesome phone, if it does everything…, well… I discovered it didn’t do everything. It doesn’t tether. Not wired. Not wireless. It just doesn’t. I called Rogers repeatedly from the first week I got it, all the way until I stopped using it about 2 weeks ago, asking about the tethering, and the answer I kept getting was that it was coming… It never came. Finally I got into “I’m the customer” mode, and called them for a battle. I got one of their “Managers” on the phone, and was told flat out – we can’t do anything to replace your phone. I was offered a RocketStick for free, as long as I was willing to pay the $15 dollars per month to keep it active, and have it share my 6GB data plan, but why did I want to put out an additional $15 a month? So, I refused, got a used BlackBerry 9700, and they worked with me to switch my plan to one where it would work for BlackBerry, or any other phone I decided to hook up (this was due to the BlackBerry requiring the special RIM service connections).
Now, I’m happy. Not overjoyed, not ecstatic – but happy. Which I can say I haven’t been for a while when it comes to phones. I still have all the apps that I used regularly such as Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, Shazam, and LinkedIn – but on top of that I have great email, and great instant messaging with my wife using BBM (Blackberry Messenger). I still want a new phone – ie. The BlackBerry Torch 9810 (which subsequently my mother-in-law just got as an upgrade with Telus for $0), but with the 9700 I don’t feel like I can’t do something that should be a standard function of a SmartPhone.
Thanks for reading my rant. Hopefully at some point I’ll post about a new phone… wish me luck!
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Happy Friday everyone.
Was just mulling something over in my head that was asked to me the other day, which was “Why don’t you have a Windows blog?”. It was a question I’d never been asked before, and once I thought about it, I had no good answer to.
Therefore, stay tuned as I release yet another blog related to my experience, and day to day use of Microsoft Products. Oh and just because I have a Linux blog, doesn’t mean I hate Windows, so don’t expect me to bash or promote either as my least/most fav
That is all
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Happy New Year everyone!
I’m on the bus on the way back to work after the holidays, and I thought maybe I’d do up a quick blog post.
Like every other year I’d like to say that I plan on posting more, but as we all know by now, as good as those intentions are, they don’t always go according to plan. So I’ll simply say Happy New Year, and here’s to all the best in 2012 for everyone!
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Happy Monday everyone. This is just a
short note to wish everyone a great week, and more specifically a
I’m feeling pretty good today. Had a
pretty good weekend, although I was a bit edgy on Sunday. I had a
good reason to feel that way though, as I’ve just taken a step
towards better health. I’m slowly adjusting my diet to cut out all
of the things that are contributing to my lack of energy, and such.
Yesterday was the hardest. There is nothing like sitting at home,
knowing that you can just get up and grab one of a million different
snacks, and just not. Its almost impossible to put the feelings into
words that others who are not going through this would understand,
but suffice it to say that I was antsy, and irritable, and just not
very fun to be around. Its how I always imagined quitting smoking to
be, for a long-time, hard core smoker.
Aside from that, its Thanksgiving this
weekend, and I’m hoping to be able to use my two on-call lieu days on
Thursday and Friday, thereby giving me a 5 day weekend. Fingers
Well, that’s about it for today. Oh,
but check out my Youtube channel. I’m hopefully going to be posting
videos regularly, of random events, and/or just me talking about
whatever I feel like.
Tune in here:
Thanks for reading!
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I’m sitting here on the bus on my way to work, and decided to check into my blog for the regular tasks:
- Trashing spam comments
- Updating Plugins
- and Checking to ensure I’m at the latest version of WordPress
You see, I do these things regularly, so that means that my blog is always in top form. I wonder why no one ever comes to see it. Its super up to date, oh.. and did I mention that all the plugins are up to date.
Wait. What? What did you say? I don’t update it? Well I do. I do update it, I just typed a small paragraph explaining how I update it. Pardon? The blog posts? Posting? Is that what you do with a blog.
I knew I forgot something.
So, as I was saying, I stopped in to do the regular updating, and thought – why don’t you take 2 seconds when you do this crap to type a post? If I did that, at least I wouldn’t be typing up post #2 for 2011 in September. Alas, here I sit, balancing a coffee against my leg and the wall of the bus, and my cell phone that is acting as my Internet connection (God bless Android & Wi-Fi tethering), typing up but the 2nd post of 2011.
Tons of things to update over the last year (considering besides my Mother’s day post the last post was in November of 2010!). I’m super busy at work where we just built our pilot Exchange 2010 environment. So far we’ve moved about 20 people over, and I haven’t heard any major complaints.
My daughter is in grade 3 this year (good lord where does the time go?), and so far *knock on wood* it seems as though this is her best year yet as far as teachers go, and such. Its still early, but I will always prefer to be the optimist.
My wife and I are working on a lifestyle change when it comes to food. Our, lets call it passion, for the wrong types of food over the last while has caused our bodies to start to tell us what we can go do with ourselves, so it’s time for some action. She is doing awesomely, and adapting WAY better than I am. I just can’t seem to figure out how to keep myself from migrating back to the “easy” stuff. I’ll sit and complain, and then finally have some crappy thing whereas she’s not overly happy, but will take a bunch of veggies, throw them in a pan with a bit of olive oil, and cook up a chicken breast. Then I sit and compare my toasted PB&J sandwich to her awesome stir fry and think to myself, why did I think that was so hard? At any rate, we’re trying, and she is great. Nuff said
There is much more going on, and so many more things to talk about, but I’ll leave it at this. I’m getting close to my stop for my bus transfer, so I’ll bid you all adieu now, and probably type up a post for my other blog (LinuxLog) on the next bus.
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To take a break from my regular Twitter feed musings, I wanted to let everyone know that I’m sort of re-launching my LinuxLog Blog. I’ve had blogs now for many years, and as fun as it’s been to post (however infrequently), and watch my Twitter messages get posted, all it’s done is create the illusion that I’m active on my blog. Therefore, over the next while, I will be revamping the LinuxLog Blog (and this one as well) to only contain actual blog posts in the content, and to keep the Twitter feed off to the size, in its own space.
The reason for this change is that I was looking, and I mean really looking at the site the other day, and thought – 99% of these messages, in the website’s context, make absolutely no sense at all. Anyone coming to the site, and expecting to find any information at all, is going to get lost in all of these @replies, and retweets, that may or may not have anything to do with… well… anything.
So, soon enough, these will be gone.
If there are any interesting articles, tips, tricks or comments that I need to make, they’ll be made by my hand, explicitly for the blog, and not through what ultimately is a glorified copy/paste from Twitter. I have come to the point where I feel it’s cheating, and I really dislike the format it’s giving the site. Therefore, it will be changed (it still isn’t at the time of this posting), and a refocus will be put on ensuring the following:
- http://www.billingham.ca/MyBlog: Will contain ONLY personal posts about my life, the universe and everything.
- Http://www.billingham.ca/LinuxLog: Will contain MOSTLY information about my experiences, learning, and tips and tricks, about GNU/Linux
The rest of the site will evolve the way it evolves. As far as I’m concerned I needed to focus on one or two parts of the site at a time, and these two have come to the forefront.
So, thanks for reading, and hopefully this blog will become a great source of entertainment for you… but you don’t have to take my word for it….
“Butterfly in the sky… I can fly twice as high… take a look, it’s in a book.. the Reading Rainbow…”
Yup… a total tangent.. but, since it’s my blog…
“I… can do anything! Things to know, and ways to grow… the Reading Rainbow!”
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