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I’m Falling In Love With An Android…Phone

an android with love in its eyes

A few weeks ago, something happened to me that makes geeks the world over scream with happiness: my cell phone contract had reached its end with my previous carrier.  To normal folk, this might not seem like that exciting of an occasion, but to the geek species, this is almost like having a second birthday.

Suddenly faced with a decision that will once again lock me into 2 years of ridiculous fees, unchanging phone hardware and the prospect that I would have to use yet another phone that I would not enjoy, I decided to shop around instead of going with the only local carrier with decent coverage here in my area.

I said goodbye to US Cellular, and went out into the world to find a carrier/phone combo that met my needs.  Each one of the providers had a major flaw, but I decided I had to look past that flaw in order to find a device that was exactly what I needed.

So, Sprint became the clear choice, regardless of the fact that they do not have a retail store in our area.  Now to decide which phone I wanted to use.


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Creativity Blockage

I haven’t made much time recently to sit down and write. Between summer class AppIndie 2.0 work and family stuff, I haven’t exactly been a maven of productivity.

Just as I haven’t been writing any blog posts (the last one was when?), I haven’t been working much on my novels, or any of the other creative pursuits that I’ve come to enjoy. Though I make an effort to show up for my writing time, but nothing seems to come out when I sit down.

Writer’s block is probably nothing to stress about, but just the same, it feels me with that bit of anxiety that seems to permeate through the rest of my life.

While some of my friends and colleagues seem to be moving forward with their work and creative pursuits, I seem to be just stuck in the mud.
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Workflow Experiment – Decisions

Originally I had planned to do this experiment using the 32-bit variants of Ubuntu and Windows XP.  I have recently purchased 8GB of RAM, however, so I will need to use the 64-bit variants in order to take full advantage of this hardware.

What I need to know is which Windows version should I use?

  • Windows XP 64-bit
  • Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit
  • Windows 7 Beta 64-bit

If I stick with Windows XP 64-bit, will I have issues with Adobe CS4?

Will I hate myself for even thinking of installing Vista?

Should I bother with Windows 7, since the beta will run out in August?

Do you have any experience with any of these Operating Systems, or some insight that might help me make the right choice?  Let me know in the comments.

The Fear of Using Windows – Part 2: Cost of Ownership

This is Part 2 of “The Fear of Using Windows.” Please read Part 1 if you have not already.

There is a lot more to owning and maintaining a PC than just picking one up from the store and plugging it into the wall. I think the overall lifetime cost of a PC should be considered when purchasing new hardware. Continue reading

The Fear of Using Windows – Part 1: The Three Types of PC Users

I’ve harped heavily here before about how Windows doesn’t work well for people who are just starting out with computers. I’d like to go into a bit more detail about thoughts I’ve had recently and give a little background to what I’m talking about.

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To Upgrade or Not To Upgrade

As some of you may know, Ubuntu Linux 8.10 “Intrepid Ibex” is set to be released in a few days. Since I last reinstalled Ubuntu, I decided to go with the 32-bit platform, even though my hardware is 64-bit capable.

At this point, I only run with 3.5Gb of RAM, so using 64-bit isn’t a must for me, but I, like other Linux users, like to squeak out every last bit of juice that my machine is capable of. The issues that I had with 64-bit are not mine alone, and I’m not too sure whether or not the next release of Ubuntu will in fact cure any or all of these issues.

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