Today I had my first commute with the new service.
630 am – 1040am Battery down to 47%. Not great it is about the same with my 2yo note 3.
Youtube streaming the whole train ride (train delayed)
Streaming Music during walk to the office and in the shower
800 MB of data used 🙁 according tot he phone but only .04gb of data on Google Fi That is only 40 MB. WOW! (maybe this is delayed. I will wait and see)update I did use 800 mb it was a delay in the First dashboard
I still hit some of my dead spots and there were good chunks of the tunnel that were dead but I was able to atleast get 3g for about 50% of the tunnel.
Testing the Camera – I took both these photos while I was moving. I do not stop! Both are taking photos of mixed lighting conditions. The software image stabilization is amazing. the bottom image looks fuzzy at first but if you zoom in, it is really clear, it is more of the haze that is in the air over NYC.
My Project Fi testing and review.
I have wanted to test Google’s Project Fi service for a while. 2 things have been stopping me.
- I needed to buy a new phone that works with it
- I have unlimited data with T-mobile and I use alot of data.
With the a new Nexus 6P about to arrive at my door any day now, my first excuse was gone.
I currently commute 4 hours a day 3-4 days a week right now and I chew thru data like crazy while trying to pass the time or be productive. I hit close to 10GB a month pretty consistently. on Google Fi that will cost me close to $120 a month. I have unlimited with T-mobile at $70 a month that works out to be $78 out the door.
Why would I ever switch?
- I think there is chance that I could use less data on Fi. Fi uses Sprint, T-mobile and WiFi hot spots and data is free over hotspots. and there are alot of hotspots along my commute. including Cablevison that runs its own mobile service over it’s wifi hotspots. as a Cablevision customer i get access to those hotspots as well.
- Why doesn’t this work today? it isn’t smart enough without google fi’s system. EX: If i am on hotspot A and request a website, but since i am moving by the time the website comes back I am on to hotspot B. the webpage data thinks I am still at Hotspot A and can’t route it to me. Fi’s could brain should be able to figure this all out.
- Improved Service coverage. Since Fi uses 3 different networks at once, coverage should be better than t-mobile alone. T-mo is pretty good in my area, but there are chunks of my train ride where data coverage drops out for good amounts of time. Not to mention no coverage in any of the tunnels or subways. I am not sure is Sprint has coverage there either, but i am gonna test it.
Risks of going to Google Fi .
- They will screw up my google voice number. I think this risk is low, but that is the number everyone knows and I do business on.
- The service will be shut down. It is called “PROJECT” Fi and the word Project doesn’t seem to inspire confidence that the service is a fully developed product that Google is committed to. The big G has a history of shutting down projects on a whim or because of “Insert corporate BS here”.
- Monitoring and Privacy – Google already knows more about me than I ever will, what is giving them this too going to change?
My Fi sim card will be here shortly. I am not letting go on my t-mo plan yet so I can test them side by side and let you know who comes out on top.
This is a poor product. Surface was prepared according to directions and using rust oleum products. I have no rain for over 2 weeks and great weather ~70 F.
The overage of 125sq ft per gal is WAY off. more like 30 Sq ft per gallon.
This product leave the surface so rough you cannot go bare foot.
After 4 days it started peeling off.
It took 7 Gallons to do what you see here.
has a very uneven finish to the colors
I have had my Nook tablet for about a year now. Since day one I have been running custom ROM on it. After adding the custom ROM it really has been the best tablet you could buy for $200. I use it all the time, while my 10″ tablet never got used. if i was going to bring something that big I was gonna bring my laptop. With all the new offerings this year, Kindle Fire HD, Nook HD, Nexus 7 and iPads. I am selling my tablets and buying something new.
Choosing an ecosystem: What do you want to do with it?
The first thing you need to do is figure out where you content is already. I am solidly in the android camp. I have alot of apps. I am not going to rebuy those apps for an iPad, so that is off my list, also I like the 7″ size. While I love my nook, one of the reason I am looking to upgrade is that I am tired of hacking it and having bugs. I have no B&N content so I am not interested in the stock Nook software. I am ruling out the Nook HD and company as well.
Unfortunately, I have alot of content on both Google Play and Amazon. I love them both.
I have been waiting for the new Kindle Fire HD and I was really hoping they would open up the ecosystem a bit, but expectantly I was disappointed. HEY AMAZON: Thank you for building the Fire and bringing the price down for 7″ tablets, but I don’t think this is a long term plan. Please offer your skin and software to other Android tablets (The Amazon video player). There in lie my problem and Amazon’s problem. The Fire HD is a great device, but it is really only going to let me bring my Amazon content.
My phone is the Google Nexus, and frankly I love the simple stock OS that just works. No hacking no nothing. all the features and they work and you get the Android updates FAST.
The Nexus 7 will be my tablet. I can have all my Amazon content and my Google play content on the same device. I also get the clean and powerful Stock Android OS that I love about my Nexus phone. I can even get the Nook features if I want them. All with no hacking or cracking or side loading. It just works.
Note: I think Amazon and B&N’s business model is only viable until the rest of the population learns to use a tablet. I think when Fire and Nook owners go for their 2nd tablet, they are going to want more features. and on a full featured Android tablet they can get it all.
More posts about this laptop here, here and here.
The downside of an Ultrabook is the small hard drive. One of the downside of the Windows ecosystem is the OAMs can install a bunch of useless software, also known as “Bloatware”. Samsung didn’t fill this machine up with that much bloat, but with this small of a drive, every kilobyte counts.
So the system shows that out of the 128 GB SSD that only about 89.1 GB is usable. Of that paltry 89.1, only ~58 GB of free space. That is 31 GB for windows, apps and the bloat.
Now after system updates and Chrome install, I am down to 51.9 GB
Update: I have had to do atleast 4 Windows updates now and I am down to 50.1 GB after those updates
Update2: I am now on my 6th (I think) windows update down to 49GB
- Absolute Reminder
- Bing toolbar
My gosh this thing is fast
- Amazon Kindle
- All 15 of the wild tangent games(took forever 5 mins)
- Norton online back up
- All Norton products for that matter.
- multimedia pop
- Samsung software launcher
- Windows live messenger
- Windows live Mail
- Windows live writer
- windows live mesh
- Skype, but I will add it back on my own later
With all the updates and removal all the things above i am left with 52GB free. Now I have to add an Antivirus and update MS office, tho I might remove office as I am hardcore Google Drive/apps/docs user now.
I have left the Samsung programs installed for now, as well as I have not investigated re-partitioning the drive. There is a 21GB recovey partition installed. After I get some time with the machine I will look at doing a clean wipe and install of the OS, or maybe just wait till windows 8
More posts about this laptop here, here and here.
I have been drooling over a new laptop for almost 2 years now. Ever since my screen broke on my Acer 5610z. I have alsways had a work laptop to hold me over, so I was waiting till I found something I really liked. I knew i wanted something thin, light and powerful. I bought a 13″ Mac Book Air about 6 months ago and promtly returned it 3 days later. It was sexy machine, but not up be a real work horse. I almost bought the HP folio 13 about 5 times, but I waited.
When I saw this Samsung Series 9 NP900X4B sitting in Best Buy today, It had everything I was looking for and I jumped on it. WOW it is fast, thin and light ohhh and it is a sexy piece of hardware.
Update: I have had to do 4 system updates now.
More reviews to come as I get more time with it. First step removing the bloatware.
I am a bit of a road warrior, I do a fair bit of traveling for work. I have been rather loyal to my airline of choice and their star alliance partners. But when I had to book a flight at the last minute for a family emergency, I thought long and hard about the carrier I choose. My main concern was that I am not exactly sure when I need to come back and a round trip ticket was a far better deal than i was finding with one way trips at the last minute. I know I was going to shell out a $150 change fee with my normal carrier, when it was time to come home. So I looked at Southwest based purely off their commercials.
The festival type seating was a little confusing at first simply because other airlines want to change you extra for choosing and aisle seat or exit row. With Southwest it is simply a matter of who gets there first. The other thing was that the leg room on my flights was very spacious, and the seats had much more recline that other airlines.
The only downside I can see to southwest is that there is no extras on the plane. Food other than snacks are not available and in flight entertainment is limited to what you bring with you. It really is like a bus that flys. These are things that other airlines charge you an extra fee for anyway.
I can’t say that southwest will be my new carrier of choice, simply because I do mostly international travel, but when traveling on my own dime it will definitely be near the top of my short list of carriers.
These Sennheiser CX300-B Earbuds (Black) ear buds just arrived on my door. I plugged them in to my Ipod Nano and was surprised by the great sound and noise cancellation (I had to switch to the small plugs). I have the stereo on and a small space heater next to me and I can’t hear either with the earbuds in.
The cord is long enough. the only thing was the packaging. It was one of those crappy plastic blister packs that you must have a razor blade to open.
This is a review of the book The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss.
I have to start by saying I really want to Love this book. Who wouldn’t want what this book promises? Work only 4 hours a week, Travel the World, and Live in luxury.
I have only made it to chapter 4 and I am having some reservations about this book. I am hoping he starts addressing my doubts soon. This is not going to be something everybody can do.
I will say that I am glad he doesn’t spend half the book trying to sell me on his Idea like a lot of other books do. His writing style is very direct and he is good a communicating his point.
So far the book is about Setting Dreams and cutting things out that waste your time. I can see his point on a lot of this, but I think you have to take it with a grain of salt. Many times I feel he is teaching or going to teach you how to be an Asshole and How to cheat your employer. Everything is this world is a matter of perspective and I can see what he is saying, but I am not sure I can feel good about doing it. For example: He explains How he won his fighting title. It was by exploiting the rules. And how he harassed his teachers to give him better grades in school. What he did was legally right, but dosen’t mean it was ethically right.
I will work on finishing his book and then apply some of his rules, but if I were to follow his rules I wouldn’t be blogging or reading any blogs.
I will keep You posted.
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As I recently posted in one of the comments, I just got back from a week in Vegas Baby!!!! I found a great deal on Luxor’s website directly. $89.00 bucks a night for 5 nights. Wow, that is a great deal for a Major Hotel in Vegas…. It is break time, ill finish this later.
I know I haven’t finished this post, but I did what to put some more notes about it before I forget.
The Luxor sent to a customer satisfaction survey and I can tell you I went to town on them. Then, I didn’t hear from them for over a month. Then they offered me a free night stay, You can see the email chain below.
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