Three months with my new Android phone.

August 16, 2011 at 1:06 am (Smart Phones/Tablets)

In my past entries, I wrote about how I like the iPhone, and how it cannot be beat. I wrote about Android and how I didn’t really care for it. Well, bought a Motorola Droid X2 a few months back, and my life has not been the same. Let me tell you about it.

After being an iOS user for years, I was convinced that was as good as it gets. I figured I knew everything about Android and all the devices that ran it. Boy, was I wrong. I was under the impression that the Android Marketplace was nothing but a malware infested dump for sub-standard apps. The fact is, nothing could be farther from the truth.

First of all, I need to describe my experience with my Android device. As I said, I have a Motorola Droid X2, which in contrast with all the negative reviews is a beast of a device. The speed and power of the Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core processor in this thing is just amazing. In fact, there is an app called TegraZone, which is basically a collection of games designed specifically for devices that run the Nvidia dual core processor. All the other Android devices that do not have this kind of power cannot run those games. That said, the games in that app are of console quality. The look incredible, and they play incredible as well. You have to see it to believe it. They look outstanding on my Droid’s 4.3 inch QHD display.

My Android device runs the latest version of Android, which is Gingerbread. Trust me when I tell you this; Android is a very smart, and very personable operating system. One of the biggest characteristics of Android that blew me away was how personal you can make it. The ability to add widgets to the home screens and all the other little tweaks you can make to the device through the operating system is what I didn’t know about. They are what made me fall in love with Android.

To make this fairly short and to the point, it is simply this that turned me from iOS to Android. iOS runs well, but there really isn’t much to do except run the apps. You can’t add widgets, such as live news headlines. Basically what you get is what Apple gives you, and that is very limited. With Android, you can do so much to make your phone personal. You can add live widgets to the home screen. You can use live wallpaper, which adds an indescribable personal touch to your device. The little things you can do to your device with Android is really what makes the whole experience personal. It really feels like it is “your” phone. Not Apple’s.

The apps in the Android Market Place are also truly amazing. Since Apple isn’t there rejecting apps they don’t like; you truly get a well-rounded choice of apps that do just about anything. The apps are getting better by the week. Everyone makes a big deal about the freedom in submitting apps to the Google Market Place. They act like it is a malware infested cess pool. You simply have to use some common sense. Not any different from when you are using the internet on your computer. There is also free malware and spyware software that runs on your device just like the protection you put on your computer at home. It scans every app you install, making sure there is no malware included with the app.

The bottom line is this, I was in love with my iPhone until I experienced Android for the first time. Since then, iOS and I had a falling out. I now love Android and my Android device. I love the freedom that comes along with it. Finally, I have a device that really, truly feels like it is mine.

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World Events Pointing To Anything?

March 13, 2011 at 1:10 am (Really interesting world events)

The recent major earthquake off the coast of Japan has caused me to cease to ignore this ratcheting upward trend of natural disasters. We have all heard of, or have seen on the news, all the recent major natural disasters including the recent earthquake that just wreaked havoc on Japan.

I don’t know about you, but right now when I turn on CNN, I swear I’m in a theater watching 2012 with John Cusak, all over again. Some of the disasters we are seeing happening today don’t look all that much different from those in that movie. Is this fact getting anyone else’s attention? Does it have to happen in your city to make you realize that this is really happening?

I am not really all that old, but I can accurately say that the rate and severity of the disasters that happen today did not happen like this when I was both a kid, and a teenager. Sure there were major disasters, but only every once in a while and never with the amount of carnage that accompanies those we are seeing today. It seems that recently, each time we hear about another major natural disaster, it takes it up a notch from the last one that happened. It seems very clear to me that both the frequency, and the intensity of each and every natural disaster is worse than the one before it. The country that was most recently devastated isn’t even finished cleaning up their damage before there is another country getting pummeled by something else.

Now you know this is going to lead to a comment about the whole Mayan calender 2012 debate, so here we go. I am not a follower of the theory that the world will end in 2012. In fact, I believed that nothing unusual will happen in 2012 except a lot of people will make a lot of money off of those who really think it will be all over in 2012. I don’t know much about the Mayans or their calender, but I am pretty sure they believed that 2012 is not really an end, but rather a new beginning, or a rebirth. The completing of a cycle, and the beginning of another.

Just for discussion’s sake, let’s say the Mayans are correct. Let’s say 2012 is the end of one cycle, and the rebirth or beginning of another. What does this really mean? It means that in 2012, there will be a new beginning, or the beginning of a new cycle. Now I don’t know about you, but that is pretty vague to me. I’m not sure what that really means.

However, let me tell you what I know for a fact. I know for a fact that every beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. It has to be that way.

Let me finish by saying that I don’t claim to have any answers for anything. The only things I know will happen for sure are that I will pay taxes, and I will eventually die. I also know that our Earth is doing things I don’t ever remember it doing, ever. Not on this scale; not at this level of devastation. Turn on CNN on your flat-screen, throw 2012 with John Cusak into your Blu-Ray player. Do some of the disasters really look all that different? Do they really?

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American Chronicle | I see dead birds and fish, Apocalypse at hand? Scientists still baffled.

January 7, 2011 at 2:58 am (Really interesting world events)

American Chronicle | I see dead birds and fish, Apocalypse at hand? Scientists still baffled..

Most of us by now have heard about the dead birds falling from the sky in Arkansas, and in Louisiana, as well as the fish washing up dead in different parts of the world. I cannot help myself but to stare at my dual computer screens which are packed tight with several browsers all spewing information on birds and fish dying by the thousands. Oh wait, add crabs to the list as well. As for explanations, I have heard the very ridiculous “fireworks” and “lightning”. Never mind that people have been lighting off fireworks on New Years Eve for eons, and never once have 5,000 birds taken flight and died before falling to the ground.

 

What is even more interesting is that when tests are conducted on these birds and fish, it is always found that the fish have not been poisoned, and the water quality is acceptable. As for the birds, they have all died from blunt force trauma and internal bleeding, and they were dead before they hit the ground. That means something killed them in the air. It just happens to have started on New Years Eve, and right around the stroke of midnight. Really? Does that not trip a multitude of red flags for anyone else, or is it just me?

 

One thing is for certain, we are going to hear a multitude of “generic” reasons as to why this is happening. The government will try to down play this as much as they can. One thing any government will not, and cannot have is their citizens feeling like their world is out of control. Right now, everyone’s world is totally out of control. No one has any answers, but there are plenty of theories.

 

Are all the recent floods and earthquakes, which have been increasing in frequency and in the amount of lives lost and destruction caused, the “birth pains” that are to signal the beginning of the end and the return of Christ which he told His disciples on the Mount of Olives, over 2000 years ago, and of which we can find in the book of Matthew in chapter 24?

 

No one really knows, but we do know that we don’t know what is happening to the birds as they are beaten and killed by the thousands in mid-air. No one really knows what is killing thousands upon thousands of fish and crabs while they are swimming in waters all over the planet. With that in mind, how long until it starts happening to human beings. I mean, are we really all that different biologically than these other creatures. What kills them can probably kill us as well. Will we really be all that surprised to wake up one morning and after firing up our computers, loading that browser just to have “1,000 people mysteriously killed overnight” jump out at us as we read the first headline of the day? How long until that happens, and what then?

 

I have included a link with some of the facts of what is transpiring around the world as this is written. Read it people, read it well.

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Windows Phone 7-A Refreshing Change

October 19, 2010 at 4:32 pm (Smart Phones/Tablets)

You must have heard about the new Windows Phone 7 soon to be released. As usual, everyone is asking whether or not it can beat the iphone, and now Android devices as well.

Anyone who has done even a little research into this new Windows Phone 7 must have noticed how original and different the Operating System of Windows Phone 7 is. You must have noticed the new system of tiles that are the home page, and display all the relevant information you need, all in real time. The tiles flow up and down, as well as side to side, giving the user a very smooth and rich experience. Everything you could ask for is easily obtainable through these tiles. This phone is a refreshing change.

If you compare it to Android, which is a fragmented mess; you will see just how beautifully put together the Windows phones are. When you compare it to the iphone, you will see just how much more information is available to you without having to open an app to tell you. Microsoft got this Operating System right. I don’t know how they did it, but they did.

If you are a gamer who uses the Xbox and Xbox live, you will find the Windows phones to be the richest, most exciting mobile gaming platform out there. The gaming experience on these phones is like no other devices out there. If you are a gamer, it is worth getting the new Windows phone 7 just for that reason. It is that good.

If your job demands that you work with documents each day, you will find the Windows phone to be a irreplacable tool in your work day. The quality and level of the Office software on the Windows phone is like nothing you have ever seen before. I guarantee you will fall in love with how easy and useful the software is to work with on these phones. It will become an indispensible tool.

If you are just an average consumer, who needs a device to do not just one, but many different tasks, and to do them well. This is your new device. If you just want a new and refreshing mobile experience, that is exciting, robust, and rich in features. This is your new device. If you are just tired of everything that is out there in the mobile world, and you are looking for something new and exciting. Look no further. This is it.

I dare you to do a little research, watch a few videos, view a few demos, and learn about the new Windows Phone 7. You should be warned in advance. You will probably see what I see, and fall in love with it as well.

Do not buy into the hype that the Windows Phone 7 is doomed to fail before it even gets on its feet, as the media would like you to think. Apple has them so convinced that the iphone is the best, that they forgot how to open their eyes, and their minds. Windows Phone 7 is not anything like the iphone. They did not copy the iphone. You will not have the same experience as you have on the iphone. You are not meant to.

This is original and refreshing. New and different. Rich and robust. I dare you to try it out, but be warned, you may never go back to your iphone or Android device.

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Too Much On My Plate

September 19, 2010 at 3:41 am (Really interesting world events)

I am a full time online college student. I attend school at the University of Phoenix. I am just weeks away from getting my Associates Degree in IT, with an emphasis on computer networking and telecommunications. I will be going on for another two years to get my Bachelor’s Degree as well. I am also a full time employee. I work at a foundry called Brillion Iron Works, Inc. I work 8-10 hours a day, six days a week. I am also married and have a son.

I have managed to average a 3.7 G.P.A. but I am afraid I am at the end of my rope. I am so burnt out it isn’t even funny. I never get enough sleep, I don’t care about my job too much any more, and I really lost most of my drive when it comes to doing my assignments for school. One big problem I have is that no one in my family really seems to understand how hard what I am doing really is. They don’t know what it is like to put in a hard 9 hours at work, then come home to do advanced algebra, when you can’t keep your eyes open at your laptop. All you want to do is go to sleep, but you can’t because you have another 1500 words to go on a paper you are writing.

I keep telling myself that it will all be worth it in the end, but will it? I don’t know how much more I can take of this. I need a break, and I need it soon!

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Gaming computers, custom gaming computers, gaming pc, custom gaming pc

May 30, 2010 at 11:49 pm (Gaming)

Gaming computers, custom gaming computers, gaming pc, custom gaming pc.

It’s been 3 weeks now with my new custom built gaming rig built by Digital Storm, a business that custom builds high-end custom gaming rigs. I know I wrote a blog about this company in the past, but I never actually dealt with them, or had a system built by them until just recently. Let me tell you about my experience.

So I ordered a system from Digital Storm, in a nutshell, my system has a core i7 930 processor, which is overclocked to 3.8 G Hz. It has an EVGA X58 LE SLI motherboard, a Creative Xi-fi Xtreem Gamer 7.1 sound card, 6 gigs of high performance RAM, Nvidia’s GeForce 480 GTX graphics card, an upgraded cooling system (for the overclocked processor), and a Cooler Master Storm Sniper case. I basically had this system built with the objective of being able to play any game in its highest settings, period. This system does just that as if it were still in idle mode.

I cannot tell you how powerful this system is, I can tell you that just for kicks, I ran a Spybot Search and Destroy scan, a Microsoft Security Essentials scan, and streamed a video from You Tube, and then checked the usage of the processor in the performance section of the task manager. After running all those programs simultaneously, I still only was using 4% of my processor. I also installed Crysis, which is a game that is known to really tax any system, and I set everything on its highest settings, and it played flawlessly (something few systems can do).

As for the customer service part of dealing with Digital Storm, I have never seen anything quite like it. They were in contact with me in every stage of the building process. They kept me informed of where my system was in its building and testing phase. Any question I had, they answered immediately. The best way I can describe dealing with them is that it felt like I was the only customer they had. It’s no wonder they have an A+ rating with the BBB.

The bottom line is this. If you are looking for a company to custom build your system, look no farther. There is no reason to go any where else. Digital Storm has surpassed every expectation I had, and I cannot be any happier with them, and with my new high-performance beast they built for me.

Please, check out the link I left for you at the top of the page!

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Four months with my iphone

April 16, 2010 at 9:48 am (Technology/Computers)

It has now been over four months with my iPhone, and I simply cannot put it down. It has become an extension of who I am.

To best sum it up, it is a device that effortlessly delivers all the news and information I could ask for. There is one area where this phone has become irreplaceable. Let me explain.

I am an online college student, and everything I do for school is online. All of my textbooks, and all other materials are online, and I need to access them often. The iPhone is the only smartphone which my university supports for the online classroom discussions, and the iPhone let’s me connect to my classroom anytime, anywhere.

This is essential for the mobile lifestyle we are all too familiar with. For this reason, I would be at a loss without my iPhone. I would also see my grades drop, which is unacceptable.

I have never been so attached to a device, nor have I seen one who does so much, so well.

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Two months with my iphone

January 30, 2010 at 6:25 am (Technology/Computers)

Well, I am now officially into the second month of having my 16GB iPhone 3GS. I still love it. The apps are what put me over the edge.

I am a college student majoring in information technology/networking. There are apps that help me to learn subnetting, manage networks, and troubleshoot network problems.

These are powerful tools that help me now, and will help me in the future. To be able to locate a problem with a network right from my iPhone is an absolute dream.

The iPhone is proving to be an indispensable tool in my college career. I would be lost without it.

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After 2 weeks, I’m in love

December 18, 2009 at 2:45 am (Technology/Computers)

It has been two weeks now since I bought my new 16 Gig iphone 3GS.  As I was afraid would happen, I fell in love.  I was worried it would happen, and it did.

It should be noted that I am not an Apple anything.  I never owned an Apple computer, never laid hands on a Mac operating system, and I said I never would.  I am a PC, and I run Windows.  Then I bought an iphone.

I have never in my life seen such a complete combination of power and beauty, mixed with simplicity as I have with my iphone.  I am convinced that someone who has never seen an iphone could be comfortable using one in as little as 15 minutes.  They would be able to navigate their way around that phone with the best of them.  It is that simple.

As for power.  The iphone can stream movies, play beautiful games, and yes it can multitask.  You can go online while on a call.  It does all these things, as well as take great pictures and video.  It does everything seamlessly, and it looks good while it does it.  The operating system is flawless.  It is robust, and has yet to crash or even stumble.  Flawless.

The final verdict is this.  I wanted a Droid.  I was afraid I would fall in love with the iphone, and I totally did.  I already feel lost without it.  The iphone has it all together; the droid has a ways to go.  The iphone 3GS is everything I was afraid it would be, and then some.

It is a powerful, beautiful, and easy to use smart phone, and it will not be knocked off its throne any time soon.

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Welcome to Aces High

December 1, 2009 at 5:35 am (Gaming)

Welcome to Aces High.

I have been playing a game called FlyAcesHigh.com on and off for several years now, and have just completely fell in love with the game.  If you enjoy flight simulator games and combat games based on WW II equipment; you will absolutely love this game.

The visuals are excellent and the planes are very detailed along with excellent physics all around.  You can drive tanks, jeeps, personnel carriers, and many other vehicles that served in WWII.  You can fly fighters, bombers and tons of other airplanes from all sides of the war.  There planes are scale models of the real thing, and each plane mimics the real thing in awesome detail.

You can take part in missions of all kinds, or simply duel with other planes.  This is a paid subscription game but you do get a 2 week trial, and you will fall in love with the game well before the two weeks are over.  Trust me.

Hats off the the creators of this game, you have a paid subscriber for life.  Four hours in this game feels like 20 minutes.

 

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