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We missed the tropical storm, or it missed us, depending on how one looks at it, and perhaps counting eggs before they hatch. However, today will be hot, 30% chance of rain/thunderstorms, humid, high UV index (wear sun screen!) and such.

In Other News
Last weekend I looked at some prices while off to the bulk-purchase club known as Sam’s. Specifically I looked and did not purchase because items viewed not on the list of allowable purchases. Prices actually seemed in line with other places, and perhaps not so much a great deal. Notes made include: $300 (US) will now purchase enough laptop for comfortable travel. Comfortable travel means not hauling around a mini-flat screen television. $1300 (US) will purchase a moderately powerful desktop (no data on upgrade aspects from what comes in the box) with a 27" / 68 cm Full HD LCD monitor. More research to be done regarding this. Reason? Herself’s desktop is nigh onto six years old. Himself’s laptop (and primary/only PC) is still showing signs of dubious functioning after the Crash of last October. Finally, a six shelf of stainless steel wire structure with 3" / 7.5 cm casters is $90 (US).

Already use three of those in various locations in Studio 318, and am contemplating another. They are quite handy. One is assembled into two parts, half of which is stationary and the other half with casters. Used that half to photograph Tudor House last year. Quite convenient for turning that big box around to photograph from different angles at a comfortable height for my posture.

Stopped to look at phones on the way home. The NotSoSmart Phone is now a shade over two years and the contract is ‘up’ meaning now the provider is sending me upgrade notices. Unlike last time this happened, I’m considering it. I rely on my calendar particularly, and that’s been on a PDA for a long time now. Opted to go with the NotSoSmart Phone because of interest in consolodating items being carried around (PDA, phone) and not particularly unhappy with that general result. Only needing to keep track of one item is helpful.

At any rate, looked at two variations: iPhone & Droid. No decisions yet. More investigation to do. Quite illuminating, eh? Here’s the summary though. Played more with an iPhone than with Droid, so I want to do some of that yet. Like the differences from the NotSoSmartPhone even in appearance & operation alone. Am a tad surprised yet not annoyed that iPhone does not provide for a memory stick insertion. All data backup is via sync, but hey when the ‘smallest’ option available is 8 Gb the memory card is less of an issue. NotSoSmartPhone on-board memory is... less than an old 386 style PC. Less than 640 Kb in other words.

Very amused, and intrigued, at being able to access various things previously not available via even the NSSP (you figure out the acronym, eh?). At any rate, not likely to upgrade immediately, and am thinking about upgrade as a personal birthday present. I mean after all, if a new phone that accesses the Interwebz can solve the Midlife Crisis problem...

Just now, it's time to get up, get dressed and go outside while still relatively cool to do some Ranch related work. Later, when it's hot, time to do some photography work.


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Jul. 24th, 2010 01:39 pm (UTC)
I have an iphone, and a month ago, I would have said that it was the awesomest thing ever. I've been annoyed with it since the software update, though; it used to *never* require rebooting, and now it's slower, and sometimes (once every few days) gets 'stuck' and has to be rebooted.

Having the internets in one's pocket is a sweet state of affairs, though.
Jul. 24th, 2010 01:42 pm (UTC)
another thing I am less happy with the iphone about; my girlfriend has a droid, and she can set *any* MP3 file as a ringtone, I am restricted to 30 second clips of things in the itunes store, which I create and purchase (for .99, but still), even if I already own the song I want to use...

Jul. 25th, 2010 01:26 pm (UTC)
Experimenting with iTunes shortly after iWon my iShuffle (another story, think I posted it), I discovered that those ring tones will only work on an Apple related device. No cross-platform functionality, eh? Thus, food for thought.
Jul. 25th, 2010 04:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah; apple stuff is usually reliable and stable, but also does not play well with others. And is not at *all* self serviceable, if you're into that.
Jul. 25th, 2010 12:43 pm (UTC)
I've got the droid Eris, cheapest one of the lot and it's great. And as aineotter days, the part about the ringtones of your choice and make is quite true I've got mp3 tones, ogg tones you name it.

my unlimited usage plan is $85 a month, I hardly ever use all of my minutes for any given month.

Have fun with the search
Jul. 25th, 2010 01:27 pm (UTC)
Yes, after even the wee bit of time in the store, I'm thinking I need to take a hard look at Droid.
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