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From Android To Apple

Blackberry Keypad
The first smart phone I got was a Blackberry. At the time I was quite happy with it. The iPhone came along. I was in the US at the time, and it was only available with AT&T, and their service had so many holes where I lived. Therefore I went the Android route with a Motorola Droid. I rather liked its slide out QWERTY keypad. In fact I recall that I positively didn’t want a touchscreen phone!

Over the next few years, I upgraded. I moved to England, and for a while ended up with a fairly cheap HTC phone — a Wildfire. It was quite underpowered, even back in 2011, but it got me a contract, rather than an expensive prepaid, pay-as-yoiu-go option.

I moved onto an HTC Desire, then I got a Samsung Note 1. I loved the stylus, although I ended up using it less than I thought I would. It worked though. Then a Note 3 which seemed lightning fast in comparison. My wife and I also had Samsung Note tablets.

Meanwhile though, my wife was getting more and more frustrated with her ever-crashing Windows laptop. It wasn’t just Windows, I think the laptop was beginning to fail hardware-wise too.

Anyway, I took the plunge and bought her a MacBook Pro for Christmas 2014. She loves it. It’s in daily use, and I’m typing this on it right now.She works for a large pawnbroker chain, and they had a 16GB iPad Mini 2 going cheap, so I purchased it, just to try one out. I was impressed with the size (to be honest my Note 12.2 was just too big to be that portable). I was also impressed with the quality of the iOS apps compared to Android.

My Windows desktop gave up the ghost. As a replacement I purchased a Mac Mini. That was ideal, as I didn’t need anything else, as my keyboard, mouse, printer and monitor was working fine. I didn’t need one of the new ‘complete’ systems that High Street retailers tried to push on me when I went to look in their stores. I rapidly filled the iPad mini 2, and my Christmas present in 2015 was an iPad Mini 4 with 128GB.
iPad Mini 4

Our Note 3 phones were out of contract in the fall of 2015, but we went over to a SIM only plan as we felt there was more life in them yet. However, having now partly got into the Apple ecosystem, the Note was the odd man out.

In 2016 we took the plunge and got a 256GB APple 7 plus each, on a two-year contract. Right now, there’s still a year to go on those. We’re not looking to upgrade this year in any case. We’ll see how the iPhone X pans out over the next twelve months, and look at our options in late 2018.

Day #1 of 13

Starting today I’ve got thirteen days off the day job.  I don’t know why I call it the ‘day’ job, as it’s all hours of the day and night. In fact the only time I don’t work is all the way thru the night.


I got up this morning with plans to get some work done at the computer, but my plans have been somewhat frustrated by issues with the desktop.

I really need to do a clean install of Windows 8.1,  so first up was an order for a 120GB SSD, so I’ll have a new, fast, drive on which to re-install a hopefully somewhat faster booting OS. At the same time this leaves all my data intact on the existing 1TB hard drive that’s now the boot drive within the machine.

Installing the drive when it arrives tomorrow (I do love Amazon’s free next day delivery option with Prime – even though it’s increased in price with  video streaming added).

In my experience,  the hardware install is almost always the quick, easy, part. It’s the OS re-install that takes the time.

Canon & Coffee
Canon & Coffee

Another job I’m undertaking is converting all my RAW photo files to DNG. I’ve already had a few issues in the past with read issues when Camera Raw has been updated,  and it was unable to read the RAW format from my mew Canon 70D. That issue is sorted now, but it was another time-wasting problem while it lasted.

Once they all converted I’m going to move them all from the hard drive to an external drive. That not only frees up space on the desktop’s hard drive, but it allows me to have the added portability of  working with Lightroom and Photoshop on my laptop when I want to.

I currently have my RAW files backed up in the cloud on Google Drive, but I’ve decided to move to Backblaze as it’s a better price point, and allows for unlimited backups at no extra charge, including the aforementioned external drive(s).

NotePro 12.2

Other computer related tasks in the next few days include sorting out my untidy collection of mp3 files, and getting those properly catalogued, and then synchronizing them in iTunes Match.

After all that I might get time to get a bit of gardening done, and sink a few pints of good craft beer. In fact, it’s almost beer o’clock as I type,  so I think that could be my very next task. Now, where’s my scarf, it’s cold outside.