Monthly Archives: September 2008

Camera Phones take lousy pictures

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I don’t understand the attraction of cameras in mobile phones.  They take lousy pictures.  I have yet to use a mobile phone that takes a decent picture.  Maybe its me and my hand just isn’t steady enough.  This morning as I was coming into the office I found this little guy sitting in the driveway.  Unfortunately the picture isn’t very good because I took it with a camera phone!

It has been raining for the last day or so but I was still a bit surprised to see a salamander in the parking lot.  I am not sure what kind it is but I thought it was pretty cool looking so I took a picture of it.  After I took his picture I picked him and put him in one of the gardens so he wouldn’t get mushed by a car.

My Pantech Duo is back!

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This morning I received a package and in it was new repaired Pantech Duo.  I popped my SIMM card in and the battery and it powered up and seems to work just fine.  Unfortunately I left the USB cable at home, at least I think I did because it isn’t here at work, so I can’t sync it with my laptop which means it doesn’t have all of my contacts and calendar on it but I am happy to have it back.

Shot 92 today

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I played MDCC this morning and played ok, shooting 92.  I putted well today unlike the last time I was out, I think I only had one 3 putt (I can’t find my card) but my long iron and hybrid shots weren’t very good today.  I didn’t lose a ball but I was in the woods on at least 3 holes and on 2 of them, it took me 2 shots to get out.  I did have 2 birdies – #4, and #10.  On #10 I had a good tee shot, a great 3 wood and a so-so wedge which left me just short of the green with.  There was a significant bump in my line so instead of putting it or using my wedge, I used my 4 hybrid and with a putting stroke, knocked it in the hole!  Certainly the highlight of my round.  Looking back on my round, I can easily identify 3-4 shots that I should never have had to hit but those mental lapses continue to keep me from breaking 90.

Picked up RockBand 2

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I picked up RockBand 2 the other day and had a chance to play a little bit over the last two days.  My initial impression is positive, I still love the  game adn RB2 adds more to what was already a good game.  No issue migrating the RB1 songs nor any of the content I had purchased over XBL Marketplace.

I had hoped that the game would recognize your progress from the first game but it doesn’t so I am starting all over again.  I still can’t play very consistently on hard but I am usually able to get through a song without failing, at least on Bass which is easier than guitar.

I think there needs to be a level between medium and hard.  Between the speed up and adding the orange note, I really struggle with hard.  I need Medium-Hard where it is at the pace of Medium but adds the orange note.

How’s my golf game?

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I haven’t posted much about my golf game in a while, I have been out twice in the last month and both times played pretty well.  I shot 91 at MDCC and 90 at The Preserve.  In both instances it was my putting which kept me from breaking 90, particularly at The Preserve where I 3 putted at least 5 times.

I was a little disappointed in The Preserve, the greens were not in that great of shape.  I had heard about the course over the years so it was surprising to see the greens so marked up.  We played the day the remnants of Hanna started to roll through so it wasn’t very busy and we cruised through the front nine in about 1:45.  It slowed up at the turn and we picked up another player which also slowed us down a bit but it was nice to get out.

I am hoping to play MDCC this Friday – hopefully I can keep the solid progress up.

Hotels That Don’t Suck update

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I was in Europe last week and visited Finland and Sweden.  Although I have been to Sweden upwards of 15 times, I have never stayed at a hotel at the airport.  I had a 7:00 AM departure to London and a co-worker I was with had an earlier flight so I suggested we stay at the airport and save the 40 minute cab ride from Kista where our office is.

We ended up at the Radisson SAS Sky City which is right in the airport.  I have added this hotel to my Hotels that Don’t Such list.  It is a nice  hotel and being right in the terminal save a ton of time in the morning.  It may cost a little more but taking some of the risk out of early morning connections in Europe is well worth the risk.

Sending the AT&T Tilt back

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After almost two weeks of use, I am sending the AT&T Tilt back to our AT&T Account Rep who I had borrowed it from.  Much to my surprise, I really didn’t like the phone.  While I really like the slide out keyboard and even though the phone is on the heavy side, ultimately it was Windows Mobile Pro that turned me off.  I also could not get my Jawbone headset to pair with it, not sure why that was an issue since I haven’t had a problem with it pairing with two or three other phones.

IMNSHO Window Mobile Pro really is a PDA first, mobile phone second usage model.  It is simply too hard to use with one hand to make it a viable solution for me.  I actually have reverted back to my old standby AudioVox SMT5600 which, while an ancient phone, simply works.  It is showing it’s age though, some of the buttons are getting a little stickly.  I hope the Touch Flow interface which HTC has on their newer phones addresses this problem.

One of the features which I really like about Windows Mobile Standard is the ability to quickly find a contact simply by starting to enter a name or phone number.  The possible choices are quickly narrowed down and it is easy to dial the default contact number or show all of the numbers and select one.  This same usage model is a PITA with Windows Mobile Pro and with the Tilt, really requires using the stylus unless you have a long fingernail to use instead.

It seems like most of the new Windows Mobile phones are based on the Pro version instead of the Standard version.  I’d love a phone like the HTC S740 but it doesn’t appear that AT&T will offer it.  I am trying to keep my options open by getting my Pantech Duo repaired but it has been several weeks since I sent it to RMS Logistics and I haven’t heard a peep out of the repair center.  Guess I ought to check into that.