Monthly Archives: February 2010

Tech Talk Thursday #19-Shopping for a Mac

Last Friday Tish and I went to Memphis to do a little shopping and it was fun. This first stop on our trip was at the Apple Store in Germantown. This wasn’t the first time I’d ever been to the Apple store but this time was different. I was going there to buy a Mac and not just look around or buy a case for my iPhone. This wasn’t my first Mac computer either. It was going to be my third but only my second laptop.

When I walked in the door I was greeted by a girl and was asked if I needed any help. I told her I was just going to look around. As I was looking a lady approached me and asked if I needed any help again. This time I ask how long it would take to put some additional memory in a MacBook and she said, “It depends on how much work they have.” I asked her to see how long and she said, “Well, it can change in a short period of time.” I said, “Can you ask them how long if I bought it right now.” She went and got me an answer of less than 30 minutes. I was satisfied.

When I told her what I wanted she had to get another person, Blake. Blake was really nice and I told him what I wanted and asked about getting the $30 off iWork. He also told me about the other promotions they had going on. We ended up buy a wireless printer for about $41 after rebate. I turned down the off of MobileMe because just didn’t feel I’d use it.

After all was said and done, I walked out of there with a new MacBook with 4GB of memory but everything else just standard. Also got a sleeve to carry my new Mac in too.

The Big Box Company

Our next stop was Best Buy. Now let me tell you, I enjoyed my visit there but only because they had a room that had musical instruments in it. When I first walked in the first thing I remember seeing is the wireless phone area. Looking back toward the entrance and to the left was the “help desk”. The guy behind it had on a tie. What is this? The “geniuses” were all wearing blue t-shirts back at the Apple store.

The next thing that I noticed that I didn’t like was something that I heard. There was a young lady that was looking at computers and she must have asked about Apple computers. The guy “helping” her said, “This computer can do anything that an Apple can do except this one doesn’t have bluetooth.” Right after that he used another line I’ve heard a thousand times in Best Buy and Circuit City, “I’ve been thinking about buy one of these myself.” I know he wants to sell a computer but the salesman doesn’t just have to flat out lie about it.

I paid a visit to the musical instrument room too and found lots of guitars and there was even an acoustic room. I went in there and played a few of the guitars they had in there. Had fun.

That’s going to do me for this weeks edition of Tech Talk Thursday. Hope you enjoyed reading my story about my shopping. It was just shopping it was an experience.


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Trucker Tuesday #15

This has already been a week and it’s only Monday night. I have searched and thought about what I was going to write for this week for the last three days and couldn’t come up with anything. Seemed like the more I thought about it the more distant any ideas were. After a long day in the Denver, CO, area I finally came up with something.

This winter weather is really getting to me this year for some reason. I don’t know if it is I just don’t want to be out in it or if I am just ready to go home and spend some time with my wife and kids.

Over the last two or three weeks I have seen all kinds of weather. The only kind I haven’t seen is extreme hot. I’ve been in snow many times and when I left the house the other day it was 70 degrees. I can’t believe I’m here in CO and the temp is 18. What’s up with that? When I was here in early January it was 40 degrees.

My Current Location

I found this neat iPhone app that I’ve been using for a couple of weeks now. It’s called InstaMapper and I am using it to display my current location on my Facebook page and also on a stand alone page. Just look for the link on the right-hand side of the page and click and you can find out where I’m at or how long it has been since I’ve been there.

This service is free and can be used with other phones too. Check the website for details.

That’s going to do me for this week. I’ll see you back here next week. Thanks for dropping in and if you are ever near my location be sure to say hi.

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Tech Talk Thursday #18-Reasons I Will Be Getting an iPad

Last week I shared with you reasons I wouldn’t be getting an iPad, so this week I’m going to give your reasons I will be getting one. Make sense?

1. Great blogging tool

Add the extended keyboard and the iPad will be a great blogging tool. Type out your post and publish them instantly. It won’t just be good for blogging but for any other type of writing with the right program, of course.

2. Bigger screen is always better

Have you ever tried watching the latest episode of Lost on that little iPhone screen? I have and it’s not a very good experience. It’s good for watching short clips but not full length tv shows or movies.

3. iWork

I don’t currently use iWork on the Mac because I mostly use Google documents. I don’t always have an Internet connection so with the $9.99 price tag for each of the iWork programs, I am so getting them.

4. That $499 price

If I wasn’t in the market for a new computer but wanted a new gadget, this price is just right for me. With all of the things that the iPad brings to the table along with no contract to sign, I think this is it’s strongest selling point.

I couldn’t come up with another reason to make it five like last week but I’m sure with enough thought could come up with 1000 reasons to get one. If you have reasons for yourself then please feel free to post in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you next week.

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Trucker Tuesday #14-Going Through Customs

Sometimes things just don’t work out. This is the third Friday in the month and we are supposed to have a conversation with a driver. It won’t be happening this month. Neither of us was free when the other one was so we just couldn’t get together. That being said, I do have a story to share with you today. Enjoy!

I’ve been been out of the United States but I know a few people that have drove trucks out of here and back and this week I’d like to share a store that was told to me a long time ago.

Spanky was driving a furniture van and had been delivering up in Canada. He must have been having a good trip until he got back to customs but what happened there made his day. As he pulled up to the customs agent he said, “You got anything back there?” Spanky replied, “Nothing except some blankets.”

“Pull it over and let me take a look.”

Spanky pulled his rig over and got out to open his doors and when the agent looked inside he saw some blankets that looked like they had something under them. The agent looked surprised. The agent said something under his breath and jumped up in the trailer. He went to kick the blankets real hard and about the time that his toe made contact with the wheel well that is when he remembered the wheel well.

Spanky said, “I told you I didn’t have anything.”

The agent turned to Spanky and said, “Get the h*** out of here.”

I’ve included a picture of a furniture van so you can see what it looks like and understand what the agent kicked. Spanky had the blankets on top of the wheel well and the agent thought he was trying to hide something.

That’s going to do it for this week. Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you back here next week.

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Tech Talk Thursday #17-Reasons I Won’t Be Getting an iPad

Welcome to a new edition of Tech Talk Thursday. Again this week I am going in a different direction than previous weeks and I’m going to share with you reasons I won’t be getting an iPad.

1. It’s a giant iPhone without the phone

I already have an iPhone and really don’t need something that has a bigger screen and won’t run programs that I have for my Mac.

2. I need a new Macbook more

With the announcement that the iPad was coming I wrestled with the decision to get a new Macbook or a new iPad. I’m still using a Powerbook G4 and the battery won’t even stay charged on it long enough for me to disconnect it for more the a couple of minutes. It’s also over four years old and running Tiger.

3. I would never buy the first of any thing

I’ve never really been an early adopter of anything and if the same holds true for the iPad that was true with the iPhone, it will have problems and will have a lowering of price soon. Not the mention the next iPad will probably be out before Christmas 2010. I don’t have the latest iPhone but I still enjoy my 3G.

4. I’m not giving AT&T anymore of my money

I think this is the kicker for most people. They feel they are giving AT&T a lot of money and the are getting below acceptable service. (Personally, I like the service, but that’s another bog post). I give AT&T a small fortune every month and I’m not giving anymore. I tried to get out of my contract for my air card, that had less than a year left, and they wanted to charge me $100. It’s gone this coming July.

There you have them. Stay tuned for next week when I’ll share the reason I will be getting an iPad.

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Trucker Tuesday #13-What do you do during your downtime?

A few months back KatDaddy and I talked about what we did during our downtime on Truck Talk. Since my interest have changed, I’m going to share with you what I do during my downtime while I’m on the road now.

One of my favorie things to do is getting my guitar out and playing it. I’m still very much a beginner but since I have Internet in the truck I’m able to learn new songs and chords. Like other guitar players, I find doing this very relaxing and stress relieving.

I also like to read. Sometimes I actually read a book but most of the time I will read something on the iPhone. I also like reading some of the trucking magazines.

Lastly, of course, I blog and check out the social networking sites that I belong. I seldom watch videos on the iPod or the computer because I would rather be more productive in my limited downtime. Most of my blogging is done during this time.

If you would like to share what you do during your downtime, please feel free to write it in the comments section.

Next week I’ll be bringing to you a story or two from a 30+ year trucking veteran.

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Childhood Memories #4-What Time?

Welcome to this months edition of Childhood Memories. In this edition, we will look at a funny story that I’ve told a few times over the years. I remember this almost like it was yesterday but some of the detail are a little foggy.

I don’t remember this time of year but I do know that it was warm weather because I had walked down to the neighbors house to use the phone (see note below). My family and I were living outside of Corinth and our neighbors Glidewells. I still remember their names but won’t list them here to protect their identities, although the daddy of the family is now deceased.

I had called my granddaddy, who was coming to get me and take me to his house. At the beginning of the conversation, he had told me that he would pick me up at 9:15. We then talked for a couple more minutes and then he told me that he would pick me up at a quarter after nine. I didn’t know why he had told me two different times.

I returned to the house and told me folks what Granddaddy had said and they started laughing. I didn’t know why. After they had finished laughing they told me that “9:15” and “quarter after nine” meant the same thing. I still didn’t understand. A quarter was twenty-five cents so a “quarter after nine” should be 9:25, right? They then explained to me why the times were the same and it made sense to me.

I remember many things that happened around that little house in the short time we were there. One thing was I turned nine years old and mowed the grass for the first time. We also lived there during the summer of 1980 and had to sleep in the living room with the rest of the house shut off because it was so hot that summer. I’ll have to save more for later.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again next month when I’ll share some of my memories about my Granddaddy Floyd.

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