Monthly Archives: July 2010

Tech Talk Thursday #31

The last couple of days has been full of great tech news and new product releases from Apple. What product are you the most interested in getting?

Now that the bumpers are shipping for the ones that had to order the free one, I’m glad that I went ahead and ordered mine along with the phone. This past week I got an email from Apple telling me that my refund for the bumper that I had ordered was automatically processed and I should see the money back in my account in 3-5 days. Even though that bumper looks really nice it doesn’t provide that much protection. I’ve heard some great stories about the Otterbox cases for iPhone and I’m thinking about getting one of the Otterbox Defender cases. I first want to look at it and see how much bulk it adds to the iPhone 4. I am a little hesitate because the iPhone is such a piece of art that I am afraid of coving it up.

I could go on and on about the iPhone 4but I’ll stop for now.

This next one may have a little to do with the iPhone 4 but for the most part is doesn’t. What’s with these people filing lawsuits over Early Termination Fees (ETF) that the wireless carriers are charging? They are just a bunch of people looking for a quick dollar. What are these people looking for? The must not have read all of the contract that they signed. All they saw was the price of the phone and nothing else.

Personally, I would rather not have the ETFs but since we do have them I’ll live with it. I’m glad that I can go down to most any carrier and not have to pay $500 for a cellphone. I’m not sure which is cheaper but I’m betting it is cheaper to get the subsidized phone and use it for two years and then get a new one. Mainly, if you pay full price for a phone, say $499, your phone bill isn’t any cheaper than if you paid the subsidized price of $299. I’m just saying.

The Library of Congress ruled this week that it is legal to jailbreak and/or unlock your phone, namely the iPhone. I don’t jailbreak my iPhone and won’t because I’m one of AT&T’s satisfied users. I think this ruling is for the right reason but I think Apple should be selling unlocked iPhones in the first place. I also think that Apple has the right to refuse to let you jailbreak into to OS of the iPhone because it pretty much keeps the App Store user friendly.

That’s going to do me for this week. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit my buddy’s blog every Tuesday for his take on tech here.

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Hojo’s Trucker Chat #27

With my truck in the shop and me driving a sub (that I hope I will get to return this week), this weeks Chat is going to be kind of a short one. To make the story about my truck short I’ll just say that the water pump went out and that was after driving almost 1900 miles from home.

As I was thinking about some of the things that I wanted to write about this week I thought back to the time when I first started with my current company. Business was steady and I was getting plenty of miles. At one point I was down to only working three or four days a week and I was enjoying it.

I was telling this to my friend Monkey one day and he said, “Hojo, I was to ask you a question. Why are you only working three or four days a week?”

I quickly replied, “Because I can’t make it on two.”

For the first time since I’ve know him, Monkey didn’t have something to come back with. I think I surprised him.

I have one more and I promise I will quit. One time the family and I were eating at the Mexican restaurant and the waitress had come by so many times that I was getting a little annoyed. The next time she came to our table she asked, “Do y’all need anything?”

I said, “Yes, we need you to leave us alone.”

I wasn’t being rude really. I was just joking. If this had been our first time there I wouldn’t have said something like that but since she knew us I knew it would be alright.

There’s a couple of things you can use and maybe get a laugh out of this week. Thanks for stopping and I’ll see you next time.

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Tech Talk Thursday #30-iPhone 4 Comes to My House

Welcome to another edition of Triple T. This week I’m going to focus on how I got my iPhone 4 and what my impression of it is after using it for just over a week. I’m sure you have already read about the issues some are having with this new device so I’m not going to go over those again here. I’m just going to share my thoughts.

Since I was on the road when pre-orders, I didn’t get my order in on the first day and decided I was going to wait and try to get one at my local AT&T store. One the couple of days before the official launch AT&T announced that they wouldn’t have walk-in sells until June 29th. I then decided to go ahead and order mine from the Apple Store.

I ordered the iPhone 4 32GB and the bumper on the 22nd. The ship date for the iPhone was by July 14th and the ship date for the bumper was by July 24th. The next day I received a shipment notice from Apple and my bumper was on it’s way.

To make this long story short the bumper arrived the Saturday after I ordered and the iPhone took 20 days to get the my house.

Activation was really easy. I plugged it into my MacBook and when the activation screen came up it asked me for my zip code and the last four digits of my Social Security Number. It entered my info and in about two minutes I was able to sync my new iPhone with my computer.

The first thing that I noticed was how fast it synced compared to my 3G. I don’t know how fast the 3GS was at syncing but the 4 is super fast. It would normally take me five to ten minutes to transfer a 900MB movies to my 3G but it only take a couple of minutes to put it on the 4. I was surprised.

The screen is beautiful. That is about all you can say about it. I would never want to go back to using my 3G now because of the screen quality. Apple did great.

The new A4 chip that Apple put into this device is great too. It’s supposed to be a 1GHz and I would believe it. The programs that I used to use on my 3G start in a split second now. I heard you could tell the difference in the 3GS too.

Next is the speed that web pages load. I can tell the difference in that too. When I start the Fox News app I can barely tell that the app has updated the stories almost as fast as I started the program. I’m guessing that it took about 10 seconds or so to update on the 3G and on the 4 takes less than 2 seconds. I get this speed on WI-FI and 3G but on Edge it is a lot slower.

Mutil-tasking is another feature that I like about the new iOS. Although available on the 3GS, it wasn’t on my old 3G. Most of the apps that I use have been updated to take advantage of this feature and it makes listen to Mac OS Ken every morning on Stitcher a lot better because I can listen and look at my email at the same time.

You can probably tell that I’m very satisfied with my new iPhone and it won’t be going back to Apple. As far as all of the issues, I haven’t had any of them. I’ve tried to recreate that antenna problem but I can’t. Even without the bumper I can’t get my bars to drop. After the 4.0.1 update I didn’t see any changes in my bars either except that they were a little bigger.

Thanks for dropping by and hope to see you again here next week.

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Tech Talk Thursday #29

I can’t believe that it has been over two months since my last post. And the bad thing about it is that a lot has happened since that last post. The new iPhone was announced and has be released in that time.

Speaking of iPhone…I have received my iPhone 4 but as of this writing I still don’t have it out of the box. It is at the house and I just haven’t made it home to get it activated but will let you know next week how the activation went and what my first impression is of it.

TuneIn Radio

Today’s review is going to be about the TuneIn Radio app. I have review other audio apps here before but this is my favorite and it has a price of only $1.99. This app is full of local radio stations and you can search for shows, songs, and stations. What I really like about this app is the record feature. It will record the audio for you while you are on the phone in the background, provided you have an iPhone 3GS running iOS4 or iPhone 4. You can pause up to 30 minutes of live radio. That is cool.

Farmville

Here’s another game that I kind of like to play. I would much rather do things on the computer but with the Farmville iPhone app I can harvest my crops on the go. The graphics are pretty good on the iPhone 3G but I’ve heard they are really great on the iPhone 4. I will soon find out.

I know this has been short and sweet but thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again here next Thursday.

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Hojo’s Trucker Chat #26

It’s been almost two months since my last Trucker Tuesday but as of today I am changing the name to Hojo’s Trucker Chat. It may come out on Tuesday and it may come out on some other day of the week but I still intend for this to be a weekly post.

Last time I told you I was going to share about the time my trailer caught fire and that is what I’m going to tell you but I’m going to tell you about the rest of the week too. I have a little something bad to say about the company I worked for back then but I will be nice.

I think it was around August 2006 when this all started. I picked up a load going to Port Everglades, FL. I did drive team but this week I was driving solo. I left Roberts, AL, after getting a shower and something to eat and headed toward FL. I was an hour from running out of hours when I looked back and saw that I had smoke coming from under my trailer. I stopped on the side of the road (at the end of an on ramp) and got out. I saw that my tire was on fire so I got my fire extinguisher and tried putting the fire out but couldn’t. I then called 911 and started unhooking from my trailer. I told the 911 dispatcher where I was and what was wrong.

To make a long story short the fire department came out and put the fire out and used a big front-end loader with a claw like thing on the front to make a big hole in the side of the trailer so they could actually get to the fire.

After calling the company about an hour later they didn’t seem very concerned. The next morning the phone started ringing at 8am ET and woke me up. When the fire started I didn’t have but an hour to drive but didn’t go to bed until 4:30am. One of the first things that my safety director asked was about the freight. He didn’t ask how I was doing.

To make a long story short, it all worked out that I spent the night with my great uncle that night and went to Gulfport, MS, the next day to pick up. I did have to bobtail but it was no big deal. After picking up in Gulfport, I started home for the week and when I got to Macon, MS, I got pulled over for speeding.

I will admit that I was in the hammer lane in a 65 mph speed zone but there was no way in this world that I could have been speeding. The officer told me that he had clocked me at 72. I told him that my truck was governed at 65 and I know I wasn’t going that fast. He did take my license and checked them and, I’m sure, that they came back clean. He then told me to have my company to check my governor and I told him that I would….I didn’t.

That was a full week and enough for me. Being pulled over for going 72 in a truck that would only run 65 just topped it all off.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you will join me again next week.

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