Posts Tagged ‘Tech’

Time to change things up

Posted: January 24, 2014 in Bloggers, Editorial
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So a little real life for everyone. This week the job front decided to pull a fastball on me with a future office closure. I have a month before the doors shut for good. (Feb 21st) Time to find some place new.

I am going to use my real skills and talents to find myself a better career path. I feel for far too long I have ignored my true callings and passions. I have my sights set on Technology. I would love to get into the tech world. I find the products and procedures much more forthcoming and inventive. In the upcoming months I will be researching, formatting, and striving to enter a new world and endeavor for myself. It’s a little scary to say but what good things aren’t?

I think the Business Analysis job path with goals towards Project Management is where my heart is set. Lots of new jargon and lingo to learn but I’m happy to be excited at the prospect of enjoying work again. I have a few skills to brush up with as they are not used in my daily life but regardless of it all I’m optimistic and excited.

Sometimes life just happens to put you on the path you should have been all the while. I am going to enjoy the journey and hope for a brighter tomorrow.

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This weekend I’ll be saying goodbye to a friend I didn’t think would be leaving me this soon. We’ve had a great relationship together but we have both come to realize it will never work out for the two of us. This tumultuous ending comes as a surprise to very few but it doesn’t stop it from being a remorseful breakup. Others had made the decision long before me. Some never even gave them a chance. But this weekend ends the longstanding relationship with me and a physical keyboard on my phone.

Oh QWERTY key I knew you well. You’ve always been a friend to me allowing for quick opening and typing out of long detailed and complex thoughts. You’ve allowed vibrant use of my vernacular without worry for word addition or misunderstanding. You’ve allowed me to be my own personal typist and spell check. But our time together is coming to a close.

Why you ask? Well to be blunt it is because you’re becoming so very outdated. I can honestly say there never was a time when I felt you kept up like the rest of the pack but I loved you regardless. You gave me something that the others couldn’t. You gave me text confidence and for that you were always priceless. I remember when we first met. I was so nervous but it became an instant love affair. My text message limits sky rocketed as I found I could always find just the right things to say with you. No longer did I have to worry about clumsy T9 or mistake prone on screen. You were mine to express myself how I saw fit. You were always known so well like we’d been together forever. You were simple… but I think that is where the problem in you lied.

Your simplicity became your biggest burden. With more and more phones being able to accept after market keyboards via Bluetooth why should anyone feel pigeonholed to keeping you around oh QWERTY key? With your addition of girth with no added power more and more users flocked away from you. Why add the inches just to type a little bit faster? The onscreen keyboard wasn’t that bad right? Well it was for me. I held out as long as I could. But you didn’t seem to hold out for me.

What happened to us? Why did you stop coming around? I use to see you and maybe 5 of your friends a year but now I’m lucky if even one good one of you comes around. You also never seem to excel. You’re not terrible, but mid-range at best. Why can you never be a blockbuster? I feel you’re never supportive much after the start of the relationship. You sort of just fall to the side and are forgotten. So now it’s my time to do the same.

I want to say I’m sorry. I really do. I always supported you. I never thought that this joy had to end. But for me it really does. You’re just not reliable anymore. I can’t trust you’ll be around when I need you. Do I think I’ll find better? No I really don’t. But I think that I’ll have to make due. I’ll find alternatives and ways to make things work until the hurt of losing you is just a mere memory.

It was great while it lasted old friend. Maybe one day down the line we can meet again in another fashion. Maybe I’ll run into a cousin of yours that is compatible with what I need. But for right now I have to say goodbye. I have to turn away and not look back. But you’ll always be the physical keyboard in my heart.

So I have been putting off making this post since the creation of this blog. Mostly because I have all the words to fill it but I reallllllyyyy didn’t want to do all the link finding and fact checking. I honestly think I’ll just post the rant while the passion is there and at another time follow-up with silly things like… facts.

So you may or may not know it, but for being such a technologically advanced country we are consistently being put over a barrel and taken for our internet. We aren’t even the top 10 of best internet speeds in the world.

This can be related to a myriad of problems.

  • Other countries are just establishing methods for connecting to the net therefore can adopt the most recent technology. We have had internet since the days of dial-up and are slowly upgrading technology with has a cost to dig up old lines and place in new ones.
  • With new legislation if internet providers upgrade one area of the nation they are being pressed to upgrade the rest of the nation. Having to upgrade technology for the whole country (including middle america) will cost companies more than the profit they would receive from it. More rural areas don’t have the populations to promote sales and services of new technology but are being left in a “dark age” which only drives away from people moving there.
  • There is a competitive market in other countries which drives down prices and promotes technological dog-fighting. It also offers more options for the consumer to get the internet connection they “want” instead of what the company is willing to offer them.
  • The average household doesn’t realize they are being screwed on pricing. They take their bill at eye value and since there is no better comparison you pay what you owe.

So we have high bills? This is America we make the extra revenue so we can pay for more premium services right? (cough healthcare cough) But our services aren’t even premium. Companies aren’t even providing the services that they advertise. Recent studies have shown the major disparities in what companies offer and advertise.

But how do we as the consumer change any of this? Well that is a hard shot in the dark. We can attempt to support the smaller ISP providers popping up locally or even regionally. But most of these companies buy their bandwidth from the larger providers anyways. Cell phone data plans were getting to a point where you could live without a major provider but with every company now putting download limits and caps you can’t cut the cord just yet.

With streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Spotify taking over the net and increasing download rates across the nation we will need quick internet reform before we too fall into a “Dark Age” of internet progression. 1gps downloads are obtainable now and not at the exponential prices being offered. The paltry services being given such as “Road Runner Lightning” show that the companies understand a need for change but it seems nickel and diming the consumer is more important than actual progression.

A lot of these issues are presented in recent Net Neutrality arguments but that is such a clusterfk that it will probably never pass any sort of legislation in a viable matter that helps the consumer. So right now I’m at a loss for words. I would like to open this up for discussion on the “how” we can make this better. Any tricks people have used to stop feeling sodomized by their bill every month?

 

 

I love my smartphone. It goes everywhere with me. I carry a charger on me at all times including a car charger for those emergency situations where I can’t find an outlet. Currently I’m using a G2(HTC Desire Z)

So preeettttyyyy

Oh you sexie beasto you

I have never been more in love with my phone than I have these days. I update my social media from the phone. I even wrote most of this blog post from it. It is quick, efficient, not without its flaws but a pretty awesome device. I feel naked without my phone. It hasn’t always been this way. It wasn’t that long ago that I could quote myself saying a cell phone is for making calls and little else. You didn’t need all the bells and whistles. I really stayed true to this idea until I was smitten by the Motorola Razr.

So thin so beautiful

So shiny

This is the first phone I ever bought out of design instead of function and stability. I was one of the many ignorant few to buy a Razr day one even with the minuscule pittance of a paycheck I had in those days. I can almost still remember the unboxing. So slick so sexy. The first commercial I saw for it almost made me weep. But with great joy comes great sorrow as my new beauty died. Then broke. Then died. Then broke. Then died again.

Beautiful differed

Why you no love me no more

This is how I was introduced to the vicious cycle of new technology. My Razr died about 8 times during its stay in my life and only 2 of those were accidents caused my me. During this time I watched as the Razr was introduced to new versions and upgrades as my bladed beauty was replaced time and time again with warranty replacement. T-mobile got to know me by first name after a while until it got to the point where I became sick of the whole ordeal and switched to the Samsung t629. This was a lovely phone by comparison. The operating system was simple but efficient the call quality was excellent and it introduced me to the slider motif. This phone had a nice little life and I managed to fill the mini-sd card so much I had to buy a bigger one. It was a good phone but this was the dawn of texting and T9 just wasn’t cutting it anymore. Once my contract was up for renew I switched to something more my speed.

T-Mobile Shadow

Enter the new Challenger

The T-Mobile shadow introduced me to the half keyboard and my addiction was just getting ramped up in the cell phone arena. This phone was perfectly marketed to me. I wanted more power but I didn’t want the clunky un-fun blackberry like devices being offered. It had mobile internet, email, and many other perks (including wi-fi) that I would grow to love and increasingly become addicted to. It got bogged down by apps and since it was a Window’s phone I’d have to reset the damn thing five times a day but I loved it. I never knew how many emails I would write while exploiting free wi-fi (I wasn’t going to pay for data) The keyboard made me fast and efficient at it. I also got my first taste at a GPS-like navigation which always died but the idea would stick in my brain forever.

This phone also connected well to my computer. I could easily transfer over pictures, music, and movies with a few clicks of a button. I was able to sync my contacts and even download updates. I could feel the next step already as this phone’s mana seeped into my veins. I needed more and I needed it soon. This one’s contract couldn’t end quick enough as I watched the ongoing battle with the iphone murdering Blackberry and talks of a new Google operating system in the works. I eagerly awaited updates and what would T-mo offer me to get another new device that I didn’t really need but becoming more of a lifeline than I ever would imagine.

2nd time's a charm

Hello Moto

I know what you’re thinking. Didn’t you learn anything from the Razr experience. No, no I didn’t. I feel right into Motorola’s grubby little hands with the Cliq. The G1 was outdated by the time I wanted to join team Android and the Cliq seemed to be the shiny new thing that could solve all my problems. Also it had a full keyboard. When my Shadow died momentarily I borrowed a friends Sidekick 2 and realized how inefficient my half keyboard was. I should have known something was off with my Cliq when I first got it but ignorance is bliss. I got all the nuance of the smartphone revolution and all the bells and whistles of social network integration. It was a great life until I realized Google likes to update their products… A LOT. My Cliq was quickly left in the dust as Moto decided it would focus its attention on its Droid line. I saw many of the features I desired (Looking at you navigation) being added in additional updates while my Motoblur lagged behind the competition. I waited for what seemed like forever all while being immersed in options I now take for granted. I didn’t even notice how attached to my email, facebook, RSS, maps, and mobile internet I had become. It wasn’t until my Cliq took a fatal fall (months after its 2.1 update) and cracked the screen that I realized the bind I had put myself in. I dusted off my Shadow and tried to use it again as new. This was not going to work. It was slow, and almost barbaric. All the form function and design I had gotten use to (albeit slow as dirt) was gone. Where were my applications. Where was my f-n Angry Birds!!!

Swaaaaaaaakkkkkkk

I waited forever to play you.. Only to hate you soon after

I had become an Android addict and learned that I desperately needed to satiate my fix. I held out for what seemed like forever but finally broke down for my birthday and bought myself the G2 I am using today. I can’t say I will ever go back. The cell phone game has changed. They did what all good technology should. They made me need something I never needed before. They made me crave and desire something that I had no use for. My phone almost does more work than my computer and it is almost toe-to-toe with my Netbook in data usage. Each week brings me a new application to try out as it integrates into my life.  Last week was the Google Music Beta, next week I may be able to park my car with it (ok maybe a few more weeks than that) It makes me wonder what is to come. What new device can they add to the phone to make it smarter. I remember when I hated touch screens and now I can’t live without mine. I still loath touchscreen keyboards but one day I am sure that too will pass. Are you part of the smartphone revolution? Are you reading this from your phone right now? What was your first taste? Do you think you can go back to the Nokia 1110 for a week? I know I can’t. I am happy here. Can’t wait for the next upgrade.