I have had the TILT with at&t for about a week now. I have to say this is the best phone I have used to date. Here are some highlights of why I like this device..
1. Its sleek and visually cool looking, coloring is modern and glossy.
2. The weight of the phone is indicative of being well built, it feels sturdy and tough.
3. It has plenty of onboard memory; you can customize the device, install apps and have plenty of onboard memory left without the need of a storage card.
4. Onboard GPS radio is neat; this is my first phone with true onboard GPS. A perk is that both Google maps and windows live search work with the onboard GPS radio for free.
5. The speed of this device to a data network is amazing. Over HSDPA I can download at nearly 1mbps which is not bad, although this connection is theoretically capable of much faster sped, but it’s still way better than EDGE!
6. You can use this device as a wireless modem, so when you travel or go somewhere that doesn’t offer free internet access, you can connect over Bluetooth to a laptop and get on the internet for free using your phone’s data plan.
7. Windows mobile 6 pro seems much more stable and visually attractive.
8. Battery life is not bad, in one day I am only using less than 50% of the battery with normal to light usage.
9. You can be on the phone and receive e-mail and use the data connection at the same time. No longer does using the phone disable all other radios on the device. You can now get important e-mail while talking on the phone.
10. Mobility! I can browse the web, make a blog post, track my position with GPS, take pictures, connect to wifi, use bluetooth devices, conect to VPN, run Citrix applications and sooooo much more, all while on the go.
There is more I will post about this device later, but those are the main points…
Over the weekend, I received a free upgrade to an HP w2007 20″ widescreen LCD flat panel monitor for my home PC. Its a long story which I’ll comment on soon. This is a nice monitor, perfect for multi-use and the things hat we do with our computer. Its got a nice glossy black finish, which I was a little concerned about because it will be used in a shared area of the house, but after some use and testing its actually not bad. It gives images a nice shiny look. It has a 5ms response time and has a 1000:1 contrast ratio. Retail cost was $269.
I came across this amusing article a long time ago actually, it has an interesting take on Daylight Savings time:
It happens every spring: crocuses, baseball (with any luck), and the switch to Daylight Savings Time (DST).
Coming off DST is not hard. In the Fall, we set our clocks back one hour. We all get an extra hour to sleep, and those who forget find themselves at church, or the airport, or wherever an hour early. Embarassing, but not catastrophic.
But in the Spring we set the clocks forward, and the trouble begins. We lose an hour of sleep. Forgetful people miss Mass, planes, breakfast, and the big game on TV. Some are thrown into disarray for up to a full week. Annual losses due to DST confusion have been estimated (by me) at over a million dollars. I myself have missed a flight to Washington and a showing of The Seven Samurai because of DST.
There is no need for such tragic waste. We can – we should and must – urge our lawmakers to reform Daylight Savings Time as follows: Setting clocks back is easy; setting them forward is difficult. Therefore, let us keep the fall ritual as it is. However, one Sunday each Spring, let us set our clocks not one hour forward, but TWENTY-THREE HOURS BACKWARD.
Think of all the advantages. We will not lose an hour of sleep; we will gain (almost) a day of rest. It will be Saturday all over again. You will never again miss Confession, or an airplane, or the Redskins game.
Naturally, if this were the whole plan, our calendars would fall behind one day in each year. However, the second part of the Revised DST Plan deals with this. Every four years, instead of adding a day, let us SUBTRACT THREE DAYS. Furthermore, let these be Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, which according to recent polls are the least popular days.
If done in February, which seems reasonable considering what a miserable month it is, this would have the beneficial side effect of shortening the excruciating presidential primary season by an effective four days.
The advantages of this plan are clear. Let us waste no time. With a determined effort we can have Reformed Daylight Savings Time by Spring of next year.
Write your congressperson today!
Yesterday, we finally received the picture order for our 2006 Christmas Card mailers. Its a nice casual Christmas picture of our family on a glossy 4×6 with our new address and cell phone numbers on them. I have been waiting for about 2 weeks to get these, which is why we will be mailing them out late. Better late than enver! We are mailing them out to 3 families today or tomorrow, and sending a bunch to my mom to distribute. Its not as good of a video as I was hoping, but I’m sure people will still enjoy it.
Next, I realized that my internet speed was very slow at home. I have a cable modem high speed internet account with Road Runner and also got the 10MB speed plan, so I should get close to 10MB down and 1MB up. After performing a speed test I found I was only getting from 200KB-600KB, which is obviously really bad. I submitted an online support ticket, but never did hear back. So I decided to do my own testing. I started to shut off my home computers/servers one at a time to make sure it wasn’t something on my home network causing the issue. I sthudown my backup server, ran another test, nope, that wasn’t it. I shutdown my exchange server, nope that wasn’t it. I shutdown my AD controller (sisko) and sure enough my speeds returned to normal. Sisko must have had some kind of issue that was causing severe network problems and slowing down my internet access speeds. I’m not sure if it was sending out data or receiving data, but it was flooding my network. I rebooted the server, disabled unneeded services, ran windows update, and checked for spyware/adware and found no problems. I assume its a symptom of a software issue in Windows that went haywire, or possibly the initial signs of a bad NIC or one thats on its way out. At least I know where to start looking now if it ever happens again.
So now both of my issues are resolved. I did make a few changes though, I implimented a secondary DNS service with rollernet for shorehost.com. I also got a new no-ip mail reflector account that does the same thing as rollernet, but it costs $$. I added this service to shorehost.com and churchgang.us. This should prevent any further loss of mail or service interruption in the future. I now have 4 backup MX records in my DNS zones for both domains, and this should provide way more redundancy than I really need. ]]>
After about 9 years of being in IT, I’ve learned how important backups are. I’ve experienced data loss due to not having a good backup several times. It really is worth it to have a good backup plan. Whether at work or at home. At home, I’ve got two 2003 servers, two XP desktops and I always make sure I at least make a ghost image of each one, with just the bare OS and again with all the software I need loaded. For example, my home PC, last night I was having troubles due to some beta software I installed (foolishly). I had planned to use my other XP desktop for software testing, but never seem to do that. The junk always goes on my primary PC, after all its faster and resist crashing longer than the slower desktop. So anyway, long story short, I decide to restore a ghost image of my Home PC with all the software loaded on it. Since I have a domain, my user accounts are still OK, I keep all my data on separate drives and network locations, so I won’t loose anything. But there always seems to be something you forget. Items like desktop downloads, favorites, RSS feeds, etc. now I couldn’t get windows explorer to work long enough to copy anything, so I got out my trusty Knoppix 3.9 bootable CD, inserted my thumb drive, and off I went, I was able to use Linux to get my data off my drive, before I reloaded the ghost image. I finally around 11pm, got all the stuff copied over and my ghost image restored. All I had to do was setup our desktop profiles again, like setting up outlook, and redirecting the my documents folder. Then I was done. So I’m all back up and running, thanks to having a good backup strategy. It only took 4 minutes to restore the ghost image, if I had to reinstall windows and all my apps manually, it would have taken hours! I use NTBACKUP to backup my two servers. The other desktop I don’t care about and will likely give away soon anyway.
Once I lost 2 years of data on a Novell Netware server I had at home. I decided I’d break a mirrored volume in Netware, forgetting I had stuff on it. Once it was broken, my data was gone. Boo hoo hoo. I was recently using a Dell PowerVault NAS 705N for my storage needs, but its a little slow, it was RAID5 which was good, but I decided to sell it, so now its listed on eBay. I hope I can sell it and get another 400GB hard drive. I have about 1TB of storage space in my PC right now. I need it too, I’ve got 200GB of normal data, like CD images, software, downloads, documents, etc. Then I have lost of multimedia, like music, movies, home video recordings and such that take up a lot of space. So I need to get one more drive and that should do it for now. My only concern now is that if any one of these drives fail, I loose all my data, and I don’t have a location on my network with storage large enough to store all that data if I were to back it up. I thought about getting a tape drive, but don’t want to spend the money (that I don’t have) on a tape backup solution which would likely not be large enough to hold all my stuff on a single tape anyway.