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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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WINE + iTunes 7

I am embarking on a new geeky mission, that’s an extension of an older mission that I completed, but not to the extent that I really wanted to.

Our electricity bills at home are outrageous, and I decided to start doing my part by consolidating and eliminating PCs that did not need to be running all the time. Every night, I turn off my main workstation PC, and only leave 2 on 24/7.

A few months ago, I had 2 servers, 1 Mac Mini, and two workstation PCs that were on at all times. Each one had its own purpose, and were compartmentalized so that services were not redundant between two machines. This became the first concern for me in trying to lower the electric bills for the household.

I moved the file server, development web server, and video processing to one new server, with very high specs that is able to handle the load. The music serving was then being done strictly from the Mac Mini, as it was the only Mac that had 250+gb of storage (through a mini mate).

Though the Mini doesn’t suck down as much power as the other PCs in the room, it is still on at all times for in-demand audio playback from one of the three Mac laptops we have laying around the house.

In my attempt to further consolidate things, I’ve installed iTunes 7 on the main server through WINE (1.1.4), and it seems to be working just fine. Though this would be an experimental fix at first, I think that it will work out just fine in the future.

The only thing left to do is export all of my music to the main server, restore all of the album artwork, and setup the podcasts that I listen to through that install of iTunes. The main issue I see here is whether or not I will be able to use iTunes to manage my iPod. Now, that’s not that big of a deal, as there are many other ways under Linux to manage an iPod, and I might have to go down one of those routes anyway.

Though consolidating all services to two servers hasn’t really made much of a dent in the electricity bill, I can sleep better at night knowing that I’m not the sole cause of the carbon emissions that are a direct result of our electricity use.