Monday, October 31, 2016

Funny, but I'll be paying for this later...

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Sweet revenge.

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So, I'm in the third camp.

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Thanks, @kellygrussendorf Happy Halloween...

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Try as I might, can't block out the little girl voice yelling "hail Satan." Not even trying anymore...

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Trump: draft-dodger

The first question I all myself about a political candidate is, when/where did he serve in the military. That's it. Full stop.
If they didn't, they never put their ass on the line. No skin in the game, etc.
If they got a deferral, what for? And yeah, you gotta prove it.
All too many prominent families bought their kid's way out of Vietnam.
I think Trump is one of them.
Draft Dodger.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Monday, October 17, 2016

Making the case for more “budget phone” coverage.

So, I’m going to try to make the case for more “budget phone” coverage.

Right now, I’m using a BLU Energy XL. Big display, BIG battery, USB-C charging, 3GB of RAM, 64GB storage, microSD slot, fingerprint sensor. I can watch 1% uptick per minute while it’s on the charger. Yes, I replaced the launcher with ASUS’s ZenUI, and Chrooma keyboard, I imagine it’s running 5.0 because it’s a known variable, and they can tweak out more battery-life than they could 6.0, which has been promised before the year is out. I've had it for two months, and love it.

I’m using Google Drive and Docs constantly, a few niche apps, and search for work. Camera use is primarily to get a “look, I did it” photo that I email to the boss.

When I’m not at work, it’s music, podcasts, and some social media.

About the only unusual thing I do on this device is reading; Kindle, Nook, OverDrive, Play Books, and Zinio for Libraries.

But here’s the thing that separates the “budget” buyer from the “flagship” buyer; we don’t expect it to be perfect.

I’ve got a coworker that just laid-down  $1300 for a flagship and watch combo. He likes it, but there are these two or three things that annoy him, he admitted when I asked him about it. I asked him if he tried any alternative apps that might work better for him. <blink>What?<blink/> He had paid for, and fully expected, perfection. The typical Budget phone buyers don’t. Replace the launcher, the keyboard? Sure. Want burst-mode on the camera? OpenCamera is right there in the Play Store. It’s not quite at the sudo apt-get install whatever level that we have in Linux, but it’s not like you can’t make a few choices...

Here are the Android devices I’ve had over the years, and the OS version they’ve run, just for the sake of comparison;
Samsung Exhibit II - 2012 - Android 2.3.5
Nexus4 and Nexus7 - 2013, Android 4.2, 4.4, 5.0, 5.1. and 6.0 (on the Nexus7)
Nexus5 - 2014 - Android 4.4, 5.0, and 5.1.
BLU Studio Energy - 2015 - Android 4.4
ASUS Zenfone2 - 2015 - Android 6.0
BLU Energy XL - 2016 - Android 5.0


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Horseshoe Bend, AZ

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After the storm

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Thursday, October 6, 2016