General Personal

The New Phone

After having so much trouble with my Motorola C343 I went back to my old Motorola V60c for the last 5 months of my phone contract. Well on the 16th I was able to cash in on my “New every two” plan and get caught up with the latest phone technology. My wife upgraded her phone a few months ago and she got the LG VX7000. After having two Motorola’s and not being happy with things like the charger connections, call dropping, and slow menu time, I decided I would make the LG switch too. I really like my wife’s LG and so it was sealed that I would be getting that one but when I looked on the Verizon website I saw that they had discontinued that model. I remember looking at the Kyocera KX2 Koi swivel phone and really liking it too. It turns out that verizon has discontinued that one as well.

Since my wife has had such good luck with her phone even after the Madeline saliva incident, I decided to go with the LG VX6100. It has some great features that will hopefully be worth the $50 that it cost and I have already used the camera phone several times. The battery life and talk time are sufficient and I especially like the size. With just a little extra bend in the neck I can actually hold it in my shoulder (this was one of the reasons I wanted teh Kyocera). I have 15 days to decide if this is the phone that I want to keep but so far it seems to do everything that I will need it to do.

General Personal

My Short-lived Mac experience

The day before I had my hernia surgery, the woman I have been working for loaned me a powerbook G4 titanium. Here are the specs from System Profiler:
Machine Name: PowerBook G4
Machine Model: PowerBook3,3
CPU Type: PowerPC G4 (2.1)
Number Of CPUs: 1
CPU Speed: 550 MHz
L2 Cache (per CPU): 256 KB
Memory: 1 GB
Bus Speed: 100 MHz
Boot ROM Version: 4.2.9f1

The processor is slow but the RAM helps out quite a bit. Not too bad but definitely an old machine.

When I got it I had to use the install disc, that I got from my buddy Martin, to reset the admin password. The owner of the machine is her boyfriend and he had just gotten a new one so she was trying to get rid of this so it would not be in the house. Anyway, I didn’t really want to mess with his account but I wanted to install some stuff and just check out latest Mac OS. I must say I have enjoyed it quite a bit but I have also been frustrated by some things as well. I love the look and feel of the hardware (the keyboard is superb) and the OS (running Tiger) is really slick. But I am just such a windows fan that I always feel like I can’t find anything on the Mac. I look at the dock and it looks like everything is running but I can’t find anything. Luckily there is expose and I don’t know how anybody used a mac without it. I have never used the function keys so much before.
I see the appeal definitely but I just can’t justify the cost. It is hard for me to even justify the cost of a PC laptop but the one I have has served me well so far and it was only $1000. I know the iBook is only $1299 right now but that is without any kind of protection plan. I have thought about the Mac mini as an option but I just love the laptop. I did not get a chance to use any of the iLife products because he does not them on his machine. I did however get a chance to use Macromedia fireworks MX 2004 and I did enjoy designing on the Mac. My only real gripe was with Safari. When I first started writing this post it was in Safari but I realized that none of the advanced editing buttons were displaying. When I switched to Firefox they were there.
I do like the Mac but I don’t think I could completely switch. Plus two of my favorite pieces of software – Feeddemon and Topstyle – would no longer be available (unless I installed other software to run them, I know I know). Maybe after I get the student loan paid off I will get one. Until then I am a PC user.


Life after the surgery

I made it through the surgery without any complications one week and 4 days ago. I was admitted to the hospital at 8:30am on October 27th and released the same day around 2pm. It all happened so fast that I barely remember my time in the hospital. My wife took the day off and was able to come to the hospital which helped a great deal with my mental state. I was not terribly nervous about it but of course you can’t help but be a little concerned since there is always a chance that something can go wrong.


The Hernia

Tomorrow morning at 8:30am I am going to the hospital to have surgery to repair my hernia. Yes, I have an Inguinal Hernia and it bulges out so that it looks like I have about 1/3 of a tennis ball under my skin. It is not painful all of the time but since my occupation requires that I lift heavy things from time to time I thought that I should probably have it repaired. I had it diagnosed on the 9th of September and the 27th was the first opening for the surgeon that I am to see. I have heard good things about him so I am not as nervous as you’d think. Also, I read Nick Bradbury’s blog and he just recently underwent a surgery that puts mine to shame.
My mom is visiting for a couple of days so that she can watch the little one while my wife and I move the house and deal with my hernia. I have not written for awhile now and that is because of the move from one house to another and work and Madeline and life in general. This week though I will probably be posting quite a bit since I will be on the couch recuperating. Feel free to drop me an email or a comment on this post; you will definitely receive a reply as I will have lots of time.