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I love my daughter

I am sitting here in my living room with my daughter while she does homework.  TV is off.  Stereo is on.  What she likes touches me.  She pays attention to the lyrics.  I can tell she has a good soul.  She is so amazing.  I love her more than anything in this entire universe.  She’s so pretty and I love her so much that it hurts sometimes.  I tear up when I think of how wonderful she is.  She’s growing up too fast for me.  I want more time with her.  Time is the one thing we cannot get back.  We need to use it wisely and take care of ourselves so that we can maximize our time with people we love.  <——— This is very important.

I love you so much Elsa.  You are the love of my life sweetheart.  I will always love you, no matter what.  I will not judge you.  I will always forgive you.  I will always help you when you need help.  After my body dies (of natural causes….nothing is planned folks), I will always be with you.  My soul will be by your side always.  Stay Beautiful my love.

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Cancer, Life, Stuff, Perspective

The last month has been very trying.  My mother-in-law has been in the MICU, and a week ago we didn’t think she would make it.  We were called in to have “the talk” with the doctors.  It sucked bad.  I love mymother-in-law so much.  She’s like a second mom to me.  Thanks to God we have been seeing her make small improvements.  Not really in a celebration mood yet, but we are being cautious.  We hope and pray that she keeps getting better and is then able to go to rehab and come home.  She has/had (not sure yet) Multiple Myeloma.

I’m so tired of cancer.  I truly hope that the entire cancer support system is not a racket….but a lot of me thinks that it is.  I feel like if we had a cure for cancer thousands and thousands of people would be out of a job and many drug companies and hospitals would go out of business and for that reason a cure is being suppressed.  That would piss me off huge considering how many people die of cancer trying to “fix” it with chemo and radiation treatment.  All I can hope is that God gives my mother-in-law some more life to live and it’s a happy life up to the end.

After seeing what she has gone through, I hope that when it’s my time to go, I go quickly.  I would prefer to die in a car accident or from a heart attack or die in my sleep. I don’t want to be in a bed in an ICU for weeks and weeks.

Death comes and goes every day.  We don’t think about it until it walks close to us or someone we love.  It’s a big deal.  It just makes you realize that most days what you are “concerned” about or “need” to get done, is probably no big deal.  We need to slow down and spend time with our family and friends; people we love.  The other shit can wait.  Be happy with what you have.  Most of us have enough stuff….and should probably share with folks who don’t.

Edit:A month after I typed the post above my mother-in-law died.  So damn sad.  I miss her greatly.

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Malaysia flight MH370 – something odd going on

This shit is getting ridiculous folks.  Somebody knows something about this flight and is keeping it “hush hush” due to some bullshit political reason.  You cannot tell me that China, Vietnam, India, and Australia (along with some other nations) would not have kept track of aircraft within a few hundred miles of their borders?  Along with that, the US Military has bases all over the place over there.  I would imagine at Diego Garcia (a military base in the middle of the Indian Ocean) they know what happened to that Boeing 777.  Who is not talking…and why are they not talking?

Funny that the NSA and Google probably know where I am at during the day, at any given time but we can’t find a huge passenger jet.  I feel like something is going on with this flight.  My gut instinct is that it didn’t crash.  My gut says that it turned all of the transponders off and landed at a remote runway, military or otherwise.  It was hi-jacked.  I think in a day and age where we have thousands of satellites and cameras all over the globe that we should know where a commercial aircraft is, even if it “crashed”.

I don’t think that flight 93 “crashed”.  I think it was shot down so it wouldn’t hit the White House.  I don’t think that flight MH370 “crashed” either.  I think it is on the ground some where with survivors and someone will be asking for ransom soon.  I hope this is actually true.  Better to have 239 people alive than dead.

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iOS 7 – No Thanks

Yesterday I upgraded both my iPad 2 and my iPhone 5 to iOS 7.  I was really excited before it was released and thought it would just be another great Apple iOS upgrade.  In the past I have always liked the upgrades to the iOS as new versions came out.  There was never a time that I didn’t like it…..until now.  Today I reverted back to iOS 6.1.4 before Apple stops signing it.

 

Things I don’t like

  • Why is the text thinner?  It makes it harder to read.  I mean the text for all of the icons, the time, menus etc.
  • Why is the size of the time displayed at the top center of the screen smaller?  Was it done so they could replace the “bars” of the cellular signal with stupid dots?  The dots take up twice the width of the bars and look worse.
  • Why do you now have to swipe to the left to delete mail instead of to the right?  Zero reason this should have been done.  When you swipe to the right it just opens the message.  If I wanted to open it I would tap it.
  • Why did they make everything all white?  That is annoying as shit.  It is worse for your eyes and it looks like a damn Windows phone.  The menus are all white, email is white, the keyboard is a lighter grey and white.
  • Why do things need to be flat looking?  We spent all these years making things look so pretty and real in Windows, MacOS, iOS, Linux, etc.  It looks more appealing.  I would be OK with the flat look if everything wasn’t all one color or different shades of the same color.  It looks like crap.
  • Why is there no weather graphic when you pull down notification center?  There is only text telling you what the weather is like.  What is this, a DOS version of iOS?  Are pictures of clouds and rain or the Sun too much work?
  • The “recent apps” thingy is junk as well.  Now when you double tap the home button, instead of getting 5 or 6 icons of your recent apps you get 2.  Yeah, 2.  2 big square representations of your apps and to get rid of them or “close them” you have to slide them upward.  Great, now I have to scroll side to side 3 times more to see the same amount of apps.
  • Why when I choose a picture to use as my lock screen can I not make it as small as it used to be on iOS 6.1.4?  It keeps “bouncing back” to a larger size when I pinch it down to  a smaller size.
  • Why is the folder window so small.  I realize now you can scroll left to right to see more items in a folder.  However, it would easily hold 6 more app icons on the screen had they make the folder window a bit taller.
  • The little read badge icons that show you how many unread messages you have or how many app updates are available are harder to read.  Why?  Because there is no white border to cut down on the harsh contrast between the red circle and the app icon that it’s on top of.  In addition the number is too thin; Hell, all the fonts are too thin.  You would think that someone with ZERO design experience thought of this.  WTF?
  • No drop shadow behind the text of the app icons as well which makes it even harder to read on some of the shitty backgrounds and colors they give you to choose from.

Things I like

  • Control Center.  Perfect.  Wouldn’t change anything.
  • AirDrop.  Love it.  No need to “bump” phones.
  • Keypad buttons.  Round looks good.  They are nice and clean.
  • The clock app actually showing the real time on the icon itself.  About time.   I wish the weather icon was the same way.
  • The new compass app.  Awesome.
  • The fact that you can now move the damn Newsstand app into a folder so you don’t have to see it anymore.

I will not be upgrading anytime soon.  If I have my way, I’ll just keep using iTunes 10.7 and iOS 6.1.4 until they make major changes to iOS 7 or I switch to an Android phone.  Side note, iTunes 11 looks like shit and has less functionality and is less intuitive.  Whomever worked on iTunes 11 obviously also worked on iOS 7 too (probably not, but I’d like to think so).

I feel like if Steve Jobs was still alive this OS would have never been let out to the public looking like it does.  Jony Ive sure seems smart with his British accent and all but I’m starting to think twice after seeing this OS.  No thanks Apple.

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People are missing it

People are missing it.  I don’t think they have any idea that they are missing it either.  Increasingly, I see people riding in the passenger seat of cars and they are looking down.  They have that look; you know, that look that people only get when they are looking at their damn phone.  It looks rediculous   You look like a moron when you’re looking down at your phone.  Even when I look down at my phone I look like a moron.  Smart phones have made people dumb.  Instead of people enjoying the outside world when they are actually outside, in a car or otherwise, they are looking at their damn phone. What a complete waste.

I understand the convenience of having a smart phone and being able to use it, especially when you’re not the driver of a car.  The thing is, it is only a convenience.  I highly doubt that anyone is ever doing anything where they are texting or typing something that is an emergency.  Seriously.  When stuff is an emergency people use their phone as a phone and hold it up to their face and talk.

I can remember when you didn’t have a choice of what to do.  The only thing to do was look out the window.  If you didn’t want to look out the window you had to bring a magazine or a crossword puzzle or something.  I just don’t get what is so important that people need to see what is on Facebook  or Twitter or otherwise.  I don’t understand why they have to be available all the time or why they have to text all the time or update Facebook with their location or other dumb stuff.  Now, I do use Facebook and Twitter and I like both sites very much.  I however view them as something fun to do in my spare time; not something that I always have to be doing.

I just think that people need to go outside and “be outside”.  They need to be in it.  There is so much beauty that is lost because people refuse to take it in.  Instead, they spend time playing with their devices.

I should state that I do own an iPhone 5 and that I have had a smart phone for the last two years.  I simply choose to not let the phone rule my life and everything that I do.

Lose the phone.  Spend your time outside, truly outside.

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Radio Commercials – do they work?

So, something I’ve been wondering as of late; do radio advertisements even work?  I don’t think they do. I often drive 45 minutes each way to and from work and I alternate between 2 or 3 stations.  If I’m listening to a talk radio show like “The Alan Cox Show” and he goes to a commercial break, I switch back to NPR.  If I’m listening to NPR and they go to break, I switch over to Alan Cox.  If they are both on a commercial break  at the same time (this rarely happens) I switch over to an alternate radio station. Sometimes I may listen to a song or two on the “third” station before I go back to NPR or Alan Cox.  So, I never hear these commercials.  I cannot believe that I would be the only person to do this.  I can guarantee that tons of other people do this.  Who the heck actually hears the commercials?  

I would bet if there was a way to do an accurate study the advertisement/marketing folks would be blown away by how many of their ads are NEVER heard.  This makes me laugh to an extent because when I do actually hear a commercial (rare) it sucks.  I mean it sucks so bad that I think a 14 year old kid could have come up with a better commercial.

I’d be curious to see what other folks think about ads/commercials on the radio and if they really work.

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Windows Phone sucks

Let me start off by saying that I have been an iPhone user for the last 2 years. I love the iPhone. I have tried a couple phones with the Google Android OS as well. I thought that they were pretty cool. I would say on a scale of 1-10 that the iPhone would be an 8 and Droid phones would be a 7 (maybe a 6 for certain phones). Well on that same scale I would give the Windows Phones a 4.

I have used an iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and currently use an iPhone 4S. I have loved them all. I also think that with each iOS update the phones get better. I was given the opportunity to try out a Samsun Focus S with Windows Phone 7.5 loaded on it. I was able to try the phone for 30 days. I made it 24 hours and no longer wanted the Windows Phone. I moved my SIM card and my phone number to the Windows Phone and had turned off my iPhone and put it in a drawer. I now have my iPhone 4S back and am back using it again. Thank God. Below I list the reasons that the Windows Phone sucked. If Microsoft doesn’t make major changes to Windows Phone 8 it will fail just as bad as Windows Phone 7.5.

The reason for this phone sucking are partially due to Samsung and partially due to the Windows Phone OS.

✖ No visual voicemail. You have to call in and listen to your voicemail. This was on AT&T. Maybe it’s different with another provider.

✖ No good apps. No United Airlines app which I need for work. No good receipt scanning app. No “Words with Friends”. All the Navigation apps sucked. The included AT&T Navigator sucks. Bing maps suck.

✖ The way the camera is setup is garbage. The button is on the lower right side of the phone. You hit the damn thing on accident all the time. It will not macro focus. You cannot tap to focus. You tap and it takes a picture. In addition you can turn off the camera button so that it doesn’t work (when the phone is locked). That also doesn’t work. Seriously. I enabled that setting, and then locked the phone. After holding down the camera button it comes right up and I can take pictures. It’s easy to see that they didn’t put much thought into how the camera works at all.

✖ The way that the games are tied to XBOX live seems childish. I don’t own an XBOX. I don’t need avatars or online game scores or whatever else populating onto my phone in the “games” section. I would rather each game be a separate app like on the iPhone or Droid.

✖ The Windows Phone native Facebook and Twitter “tie-ins” suck. I had to disable them and download full apps. They didn’t look anything like Facebook or Twitter. Just a boring white page with jumbled large and small text trying to look trendy. It just looks horrible like that.

✖ The time shows up in the upper right hand corner of the phone. If you want to see the battery icon, your connection status, and/or WiFi status you have to tap the top of the screen to get all of those other icons to “slide down” out of no-where and you can see them. After a minute they are gone again, only leaving you the time. I realize that when you have no service, or a low battery the icons do show up. That’s too late in my opinion. At least give us the option to have all the icons on all the time.

✖ Microsoft tries to tell you that with this new Windows Phone you don’t have to scroll through pages and pages of apps like you would with your iPhone. With the Windows Phone you have to scroll up and down instead of side to side. No difference. They fit less on a page because they use huge square tiles instead of nice compact icons that have descriptive logos or colors like the iPhone and Droid phones use. Some people may like this. Not me.

As a side note, the way them rename their products ever year or two needs to stop. You have people who have a @hotmail account or an @live account and it’s no longer called Windows Live. They actually did start using the “Hotmail” name again. That’s a move in the right direction. Every now and then I get people asking me what the heck is a “Live” account. Heck they have renamed it from Hotmail to MSN to Live Mail and now back to Hotmail. Someone at Microsoft sure likes to change names a lot.

It is hard for me to imagine how a product like this can leave the building without someone going “uh guys…..yeah we can’t leave this phone like this”. How does nobody see the problems they are allowing it to ship with? Was it rushed to market? I guess I shouldn’t wonder since Microsoft has a history of releasing incomplete stuff to market and calling it “finished” or “final”. They did it with Windows Me, and Windows Vista. I hope they don’t do it with Windows 8.

For those interested, linked below is a much better write up on why the Windows Phone sucks.
http://www.wpsauce.com/2012/05/windows-phones-suck.html

I did edit this post to take much of the swearing out and some of the really harsh language. I did so because I felt it made the article a bit more crisp and drove the point home better.

For the record I didn’t hate everything about it. I really like how well Microsoft Exchange mail works on the phone and I do like the overall layout of Email on the phone. It would be nice to be able to have an “All Mail” folder that would change my view and aggregate all of my accounts into one folder. It’s easier to quickly move or delete mail like that. The touchscreen was very responsive and the on-screen keyboard was perfect. No complaints. The lock screen was informative and much nicer than the lock screen on an iPhone. The phone was thinner and lighter than the iPhone and I did prefer the lightness and the feel of the Samsung Focus S to that of my iPhone 4S.

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