Saturday, January 31, 2009

Blackberry Bold in Hand

Its finally here! My new Bold arrived a few hours ago and after setting it up with a BIS I'm ready to go. I've been messaging with my cousin (who is in seventh heaven!) And getting the lay of the land. Typing is really easy and fluid on the keyboard and I just need to get more comfortable with the navigation. So far I'm pretty impressed! More later...
Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T

Thursday, January 29, 2009

A Bold Excursion

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My admiration of the Blackberry Bold has certainly been no secret to regular readers of Mobigasmic, so this latest piece of news should come as no suprise: I've ordered a Blackberry Bold! I found one online for a price that was simply too good to pass up, and have decided to give it the old college try. I don't expect to fall in love- I just want to have a little roll in the hay with it. It should be here in a few days, and I've compiled a list of things I'd like to do with it:

1. Get a Blackberry Plan (BIS?)
2. Twitter- using Twitterberry
3. Use MobiPocket to read my eBooks
4. Find an IM client (either Beejive or Palringo)
5. Find an RSS reader (BlackberryCool?)
6. Transfer movies from my Tivo-To-Go desktop to the Bold
7. Find a way to get video podcasts (ideally without iTunes)
8. Use YahooGo and Live Search
9. Try the SlingPlayer beta
10. Do an in-depth comparison of the Fuze and the Bold

If there's anything you'd like to see or hear more about, especially from a Windows Mobile user's perspective with absolutely no Blackberry background, be sure to let me know!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Flat Black Bars for Windows Mobile

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In earlier versions of Windows Mobile the top and bottom bars used to be flat, but with the glossier Windows Mobile 6 and 6.1 glossy bars (or gradient) were introduced. In yesterday's post I talked about using a flat black theme to acheive a smooth hardware to software transition. But most themes (.tsk files) will install with the glossy bars by default. To achieve the flat look again, which looks great on any flush screen device, follow the instructions given here.

Monday, January 26, 2009

AT&T Wireless Down?

I can't get my AT&T wireless data to work. Anyone else having a similar issue?

Glazed Vista for Windows Mobile

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So far its still a work in progress, but this developer has been working on what looks like it could be a very interesting skin for Windows Mobile. If he can keep the overhead (i.e. Program Memory usage) low, he might have a real winner on his hands!

Passing on the Pre

After the initial euphoria of the Palm Pre wore off, I started giving some serious thought to the device and whether it was something I could see moving to. I've been using my HTC Fuze for well over 2 months now and have been exceedingly happy with it. Not the "I'll make do" kind of happiness that I felt with the HP 910 but a real, sincere happiness with my phone of choice. Looking at the Palm Pre, there were a couple of things that looked interesting, but when I took a closer look at my Fuze, I realized I already had them. I present to you, top 10 reasons I'll be passing on the Pre:

1. Cards

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The new WebOS touts 'cards' as a way to switch between open apps. Well, I counter with TaskFacade, a fantastic graphical task manager that not only lets you see a snapshot of all open apps, but even lets you configure if you'd like to exclude certain applications from the view (like the phone, activesync, etc). And you know what? I can see all my 'cards' at the same time.

2. Hardware/Software seamless transition

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If you change your theme to a flat black one on the Fuze/Touch Pro, you achieve the same result. The black blends right into the hardware.

3. Keyboard
I initially liked the idea of a vertical slider but a closer look at the keyboard gave me pause. I've been used to giving forward-facing QWERTYs a break for the size of their keyboards, understanding that the tradeoff is the convenience. However, I can't forgive the Pre for having both a slider and a tiny keyboard. If I have to perform another step before typing (and remember, the Pre has no onscreen keyboard so you'll have to do this for every single letter you want to type) then I'd better be getting a luxurious typing tool.

4. Open-ness to develop
Probably the only application that I am seriously jonesing for is a proper Facebook one. And I have faith in the WM developers that it will soon be made. I don't want to move to another platform and have to wait for my most used apps to be re-created in between the development for the iPhone and Android. I couldn't do without SPB Finance, ListPro, MobiPocket, eWallet where I've invested a lot of time getting my information into them.

5. Automatic Saving
This is one of the most annoying features I think I've heard of. You open a task, start to write something, then change your mind. According to what WebOS, this gets automatically saved. Thanks, but I'd rather decide what I want and when.

6. Notifications
I love the notification icons in WM. And I love that I can comfortably hand my phone to my boss without worrying that a naughty text from my husband will pop up and create an awkward situation. If I want to know that the message is about, I only have to tap the icon.

7. Video recording
Erm... I need that.

8. Synergy
This sounded like a great idea when I first heard it, and to be honest for most people it probably is. But for someone like me, who keeps each facet of my life separate, I don't want anything that pulls it all together. I just don't.

9. Battery Life
Sometimes not saying anything is more telling than words. I don't know what type of battery the Pre will be packing but its safe to say if it was fantastically long battery life, Palm would have been shouting it from the mountaintops.

10. Removable Memory
I'm not saying 8GB isn't enough memory for me, but one of the things I like being able to do is pop the microSD from my videocamera and immediately upload content to our family site right from the park, or vacation. My entire family lives overseas, and our family photoblog is where w all get to connect. Considering that the Pre does not (yet) support video recording, not being able to swap cards is an issue.

So Pre, well done, but I'll be passing on you for now. But just like the iPhone, Xperia, and G1 spurred applications to enhance the WM experience, I'm sure the Palm Pre will only help make WM even better.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Is the Grass Really Greener?

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to use a different phone on a different operating system than your comfort zone? That kind of curiosity led me to try a Nokia E71 last year but I still wonder about other platforms. One windows mobile expert, Blackberry expert, iPhone expert, Palm expert and Android expert have come up with an interesting concept. For the past two years they have an annual 'Round Robin' where they exchange phones. This year the entries were the Blackberry Bold, iPhone 3G, TMobile G1, HTC Fuze, and Palm Pro. Their findings are neatly organized in this grid where you can find your 'representative's' opinion on the other phones.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Triple Boot your Phone

Can't settle on just one mobile OS? Get them all!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

LOST- Are You Ready?

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Make sure you clear out your TiVo because you'll need a good 3 hours for tonight's showings!

Finger-Menu for Windows Mobile

If you're like me, then the one aesthetic aspect of Windows Mobile that continually bugs you is the menus. They are bland, and really a throwback to the stylus era. TouchFlo3D devices now have an option to make the softkey menus bigger and more finger-friendly, but they still aren't what I'd call pretty.

I stumbled across Finger-Menu and it really answers that issue in a fantastic way. Now my phone looks as snazzy as any of the newer OS's out there. Its free, and hasn't caused any issues on my HTC Fuze, and I'd really recommend it if you're looking for a nice small way to jazz up your UI without major cosmetic 'surgery'!

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FingerMenu for Windows Mobile from Kamal DS on Vimeo.

Monday, January 19, 2009

RadioShack HeadQuarters

On a jaunt downtown Fort Worth we stumbled on the headquarters for RadioShack. Impressive!

Sent from my HTC FUZE™

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Keitai in the USA



I think I should move to Japan- they really get it. Its beyond the fact that mobile phone use is so deeply embedded into the culture now and has its own name (keitai) but that they understand that a cell phone should be seen and not heard. It is considered extremely rude to talk publicly on the phone and on the subway there are many signs prohibiting talking on your phone. Texting, and multimedia access are huge as are the use of 'charms' hanging on the phone to express your personality. And the selection of phones and features are unbelievable. Yep, that's it- I'm moving. (Or I could just be delirious from the flu I've been fighting the past few days!)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Twitter gets "Damaged"

Early last year I talked about what I thought was the most innovative use of Twitter, 140novel which was a novel been written by CNet's Molly Wood 140 words at a time. Since then there have been a lot of feeds that I've seen for movies and shows, but really nothing too earth-shatteringly interesting. There were the annoying ones like Skins which would pounce on any mention of Gossip Girl and tweet things like "If you like Gossip Girl, you'll love Skins! Thursday nights on BBCAmerica" (which, by the way, I did not love).
Today I saw something that has become my new favorite Tweeter- if you watch the show Damages on FX, you are familiar with the characters Ellen and Patty. Some brilliant person has created accounts and tweets in the voice of their characters, even when responding to others:

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Its a fun and interactive way to keep the vibe of the show going, and it isn't yet another blatant marketing attempt. Bravo!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

PalmPre vs. iPhone vs. WinMo vs. Android vs. BlackBerry - Fight!

Suprisingly, I'm going to disagree with a few points here where Windows Mobile won:
Keyboard and Battery- I think Blackberry should have the top scores in these categories
Browser- iPhone should be the top score in this one
Network- Blackberry should have a higher score than the iPhone since they have devices on multiple carriers
Multitasking- Blackberry should not have the same score as the iPhone which doesn't even do multitasking.

 
 

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via Mobility Site by Gil Bouhnick on 1/14/09

It seems like I'm not the only one excited about the Palm Pre.

Gizmodo just published a nice post comparing between Palm Pre, iPhone and Android.

I took the original list (found in here), twisted it a bit according to my own opinion, added some new categories and of course, added Windows Mobile (and BlackBerry) to the competition.

Of course it's a completely subjective competition so I will be the only judge.

So, are you ready?

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1. Touch Screen:

Android, iPhone and Palm Pre have capacitive screens. Only iPhone and Palm Pre have multi-touch which is much better, so we have 2 winners here, each with 1 point:

iPhone: 1 pts

Palm Pre: 1 pts

Windows Mobile: 0 pts

Android: 0 pts

BlackBerry: 0 pts


2. Screen Gestures

All new devices have gestures. I believe iPhone used to have an advantage here, but after watching the Palm Pre videos I believe Palm took the gestures capabilities couple of levels up (shortcuts, closing apps, etc.).

In addition, there's this gesture interface in the bottom of the device which really looks promising, so this point goes to Palm.

Palm Pre: 2 pts

iPhone: 1 pts

Windows Mobile: 0 pts

Android: 0 pts

BlackBerry: 0 pts

(Well well well, what do you know, the new-comer leads the way…)


3. Overall Design:

palm-treo-pro-4-thumb Until I saw the Palm Pre amazing pictures, I was certain that the best looking device ever created was Palm Treo Pro (or HTC Touch HD).

Omnia and Xperia are also good candidates here so since only Windows Mobile has this huge variety of different form factors, I will give the point to Windows Mobile.

Note: I wanted to penalize the Android for T-Mobile G1 for the horrible design but since it doesn't have points yet, I couldn't…

Palm Pre: 2 pts

Windows Mobile: 1 pts

iPhone: 1 pts

Android: 0 pts

BlackBerry: 0 pts


4. Single Hand Navigation:

Not every user is aware of that need, some people are even still using a stylus(!), but having the ability to operate your device with only one hand can really change your quality of life.

For me it's a critical consideration: operating my phone while holding a bag, walking with my dog, or any other situation you can think of.

2 months of experience and I still can't properly operate my iPhone with a single hand. The Android G1 has a sliding QWERTY so I guess it is out as well.

Based on what I've seen so far, and based on my personal experience with Palm Treo, I'm willing to bet the Pre will have the greatest single hand navigation. But since I just mentioned Treo 750 running Windows Mobile - it proves that WinMo can get single handed as well (it's all a matter of form factor), so I will give 1 point each.

Oh, and let's not forget BlackBerry which also gets 1 point here.

Palm Pre: 3 pts

Windows Mobile: 2 pts

iPhone: 1 pts

BlackBerry: 1 pts

Android: 0 pts


5. Multitasking:

iPhone - out.

Android - almost, but not quite there yet.

Windows Mobile - of course! (1 point there).

Palm Pre - the best! [The best Jerry! The best!] And did you see how they manage and close each task? multi-tasking by design. 1 point.

Palm Pre: 4 pts

Windows Mobile: 3 pts

iPhone: 1 pts

BlackBerry: 1 pts

Android: 0 pts


6. User Interface:

Even with the TouchFlo 3D, Windows Mobile is not doing well in this section. iphone11

Palm Pre looks amazing as well, even better than iPhone in some aspects, but we didn't see enough, we don't know how 3rd party apps will look like, and couldn't find the flaws yet.

Android did not convince me that it's better than the iPhone, so I will give this point to Apple, they deserve it just for the sake of creating a revolution.

Note: I almost took that 1 point from BlackBerry due to the horrible 'text only' user interface in most devices…

Palm Pre: 4 pts

Windows Mobile: 3 pts

iPhone: 2 pts

BlackBerry: 1 pts

Android: 0 pts


7. Development platform:

The Pre's "Web OS" is an interesting concept. Many developers know how to write Java script, but the question is - how strong is it? How will the development environment work when trying to debug etc.

I once had an unpleasant experience with Java, trying to develop using IBM WebSphere tools (tip: don't ever try that), then I moved back to Microsoft's legendary Visual Studio - without a doubt, the best development framework.

With .Net compact framework - developing WinMo apps is something every kid can do. (heck, even I managed to develop a couple of free tools). Point goes to Windows Mobile.

Palm Pre: 4 pts

Windows Mobile: 4 pts

iPhone: 1 pts

BlackBerry: 1 pts

Android: 0 pts


8. PIM & Office Tools

No need to explain why Windows Mobile still leads this section.

BlackBerry is the best when it comes to emails, but I hate the workarounds for the office documents.

I believe Palm Pre will not be far behind but point goes to Windows Mobile.

Windows Mobile: 5 pts

Palm Pre: 4 pts

iPhone: 1 pts

BlackBerry: 1 pts

Android: 0 pts

(We have a changeover! Is this fun or what?)


9. Web Integration:

I took this section from the Gizmodo list, personally I don't find it as the most important section, but I guess other people do.

Gizmodo Wrote: "The Pre subtly integrates the internet into the phone at every opportunity, and it's awesome. Contacts get pulled in from Facebook, Gmail, IM and and scanned for dupes; the messaging app shows your last several emails, IMs and SMS with that contact in a single window. Really, really smart stuff. Advantage: Pre"

Windows Mobile: 5 pts

Palm Pre: 5 pts

iPhone: 1 pts

BlackBerry: 1 pts

Android: 0 pts

(Can you stand the hit?)


10. App Store / Developer Community:

While there are hundreds of Windows Mobile software & freeware sites, the AppStore, managed to create a bigger buzz (even though it doesn't have trial options - which is lame)

From checking the Palm AppStore, I don't think they will be able to compete with the original one.

Android's more "open stance" might make it a decent opponent here, but I think that for now iPhone gets the points.

Windows Mobile: 5 pts

Palm Pre: 5 pts

iPhone: 2 pts

BlackBerry: 1 pts

Android: 0 pts


11. The Network:

Acording to Gizmodo: ("we stand by our numbers: Sprint is the best 3G network in our tests") Sprint is the best 3G network.

On the other hand, we want the freedom to choose our own network!

Since Android (G1) is a T-Mobile phone (for now), Palm Pre is Sprint, and unlocking the iPhone is a pain in the a$$, I will go with Windows Mobile. You have the freedom to choose, and there are plenty of unlocked devices too. Point goes to Windows Mobile.

Windows Mobile: 6 pts

Palm Pre: 5 pts

iPhone: 2 pts

BlackBerry: 1 pts

Android: 0 pts


12. Physical keyboard:

palm_Keyboards let's throw away this iPhone (though I must say I type pretty fast with the landscape keyboard - the problem is that many apps do not support landscape mode which brings me back to throwing it away…).

The Pre QWERTY keyboard is great, Android has it too, and Windows Mobile has many devices with good keyboard.

But for me the BlackBerry keyboard is the only one that gives a really fast and convenient typing. RIM will finally get another point!

Windows Mobile: 6 pts

Palm Pre: 5 pts

iPhone: 2 pts

BlackBerry: 2 pts

Android: 0 pts


13. Camera:

Since the best Cameras can be found in Windows Mobile devices like the Omnia (not all of them though) - the point will definitely go to Microsoft here.

Windows Mobile: 7 pts

Palm Pre: 5 pts

iPhone: 2 pts

BlackBerry: 2 pts

Android: 0 pts


14. Battery:

We still don't know what will be the battery life of the Pre, but we can easily disqualify the iPhone from participating this one (20% during the night when 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth are all off!?).

Gizmodo gave extra point to the Palm Pre because of the wireless charger. I will do the same.

Windows Mobile: 7 pts

Palm Pre: 6 pts

iPhone: 2 pts

BlackBerry: 2 pts

Android: 0 pts


15. Copy & Paste:

The iPhone is the only one which doesn't have this basic feature. Brrr.

BlackBerry's copy / paste experience is far from being convenient so RIM does not deserve a point here as well.

WinMo, Android and Pre are the winners here, but since copy/paste is such a basic feature, I will give them only one 1 point which will be split between the 3 of them.

Windows Mobile: 7.333 pts

Palm Pre: 6.333 pts

iPhone: 2 pts

BlackBerry: 2 pts

Android: 0.333 pts

(Android finally gets one… OK… almost one point…)


16. Browser:

Pre, iPhone and Android browsers are based on WebKit, which has become the standard for the mobile web.

Safari crashes every once in a while, that's true, but I still think it's one of the best browsers.

I tried the android, and the navigation was not smooth.

I know many WinMo users think that there are better alternatives for Windows Mobile, but I tried Opera and I don't think it's good enough just yet, and for me SkyFire is an Autobot. (the first one who could fly, by the way…)

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I will go with Gizmodo here as well, and give the points to the Pre and iPhone for having multi-touch in web browsing (a feature that I like very much)

Windows Mobile: 7.333 pts

Palm Pre: 7.333 pts

iPhone: 3 pts

BlackBerry: 2 pts

Android: 0.333 pts


Summary.

Wow, that was intensive, don't you think?

The first place goes to… both Windows Mobile and Palm Pre!

What a match it is going to be!

(Who would have thought that those 2 old rivals that struggled 10 years ago with green screen PDAs will meet again…)

Of course, everything here is completely subjective. I'm sure many people will still prefer the BlackBerry alternative, while some spoiled kids will still nag their dad for an iPhone.

It's amazing that the good old Windows Mobile is still standing and fighting proudly, mainly thanks to great devices that hide the weaknesses of the old OS.

I know there's a lot of mobile "power users", freaks, and blogger with a worm corner in the heart for Palm. It leads me to believe that the Pre is going to be a hit. And if not… well… that's going to be a shame.

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Monday, January 12, 2009

What's Missing on the Palm Pre?


Now that we've all had a chance to digest all the Pre-ness, its time to take a long hard look at this screen. Now, if you're a die-hard Windows Mobile user, then you already know what I'm getting to: Today Screen.
One of the very best things about Windows Mobile is the Today Screen and being able to configure it any way that you want...and unfortunately, I'm not sure that's going to be happening on the Pre for two reasons:
1. The WebOS is (technically) the next generation of the Palm OS. Palm's home screen has always consisted of the launcher screen -with the exception of the Centro which adds the phone screen as a landing pad if so configured. Palm, Apple and Blackberry tend to share the same ideology of wasting the page with large icons by default.
2. The 'home screen' will unlikely be developed because the space is meant for the 'cards' of your running applications. I imagine for simplicity's sake they will be looking to keep the landing page simple. Not a bad idea, but the thought of running an app for every piece of info I want to see at a glance is quite off-putting.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Palm Pre on eBay...NOT!

Here we go. Already sellers listing 'domain names' for the Palm Pre. So far 8 bidders...I wonder how many of them realize its not for the actual device!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Palm Pre Detailed Hands On

This one's from Crackberry

Podcast! Mobigasmic 002

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Today's Podcast Highlights

-My Thought on the new Palm Pre

-My Wishlist for WM revisited

-Pending Software: TuneWiki and Yahoo OneConnect

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Palm Brings the Fire with the PRE

Holy Cow! Now I understand why Palm hasn't been sweating the small stuff....

Engadget has full details on the new Palm Pre, the highlights are:

-3.1-inch 480x320 screen that slides vertically to reveal a keyboard.
-3MP camera,
-LED flash,
-Sprint's EVDO rev. A,
-Wi-Fi,
-Bluetooth,
-a micro USB with mass storage support,
-a 3.5mm headphone jack,
And the most riveting is the wireless charger. Yes, you read that right: A Wireless charger! The future has arrived people!!
Pics from Engadget below, be sure to head over to their site for the full story. Now, I know I'd never go to Sprint, but when they make a GSM version of this I may just have to Rentobile it for a month!


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My Silent Workhorse

If there's one gadget of mine that I can truly say is under-acknowledged, its my Zune 8GB. I really hated my first gen Zune which was really an unattractive, chunky mess but I just couldn't bring myself to commit to iTunes and get an iPod. Then in late 07 I happened to watch a GeekBrief where Cali showed the new Zune without an ounce of derision (Cali is a notorious Apple fangirl) and decided to get myself one. I can't remember the last gadget I had that has gone for over a year holding the same spot in my heart. There are so many things that just make sense with the Zune:
1. Wireless syncing. I have a speaker dock in the kitchen and while its in there it automatically syncs with my desktop upstairs so in the morning I have the latest episodes of all my favorite podcasts.
2. Clock. This came with an update a few months ago so now I can see the time on my Zune. This means that (were I the jogging type) I could go jogging and not even have to wear a watch!
3. Size. My Zune isn't tiny in the sense of making it awkward to hold. Its just narrow and thin enough that it could fit into the front of a shirt pocket easily. It rests on the car mount for my Fuze even though its much smaller. Anything smaller would be knocking around and falling out of the holder.
4.Games! Simply the most brilliant idea. Nothing too sophisticated, but just enough to occupy a moment or two.

Its an investment I'm glad I made, and if you're looking for a hassle-free music player that doesn't require you to mess with files and folders, then this may just be up your alley!
Sent from my HTC FUZE™

And That's When the Fight Started

Every now and again my sister-in-law sends me these emails, and most of the time I get a little chuckle out of them and then delete. But for some reason, this one had me giggling for hours. Please do enjoy:



Saturday morning I got up early - it was still dark - , quietly dressed, made my lunch, and slipped quietly into the garage.
I put my golf clubs in the trunk of the car and proceeded to back out into a torrential downpour.
The wind was blowing 50 mph, so I pulled back into the garage, turned on the radio, and discovered that the weather would be bad all day.
I went back into the house, quietly undressed, and slipped back into bed.
I cuddled up to my wife's back, now with a different anticipation, and whispered, 'The weather out there is terrible.'
My loving wife of 10 years replied, 'Can you believe my stupid husband is out golfing in that?'
And then the fight started ...
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My wife sat down on the couch next to me as I was flipping channels. She asked, 'What's on TV?'
I said, 'Dust.'
And then the fight started...
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My wife was hinting about what she wanted for our upcoming anniversary. She said, 'I want something shiny that goes from 0 to 150 in about 3 seconds.'
I bought her a scale.
And then the fight started...


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I got home last night, my wife demanded that I take her someplace expensive... so, I took her to a gas station.
And then the fight started...

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After retiring, I went to the Social Security office to apply for Social Security. The woman behind the counter asked me for my driver's license to verify my age. I looked in my pockets and realized I had left my wallet at home. I told the woman that I was very sorry, but I would have to go home and come back later.
The woman said, 'Unbutton your shirt'. So I opened my shirt revealing my curly silver hair. She said, 'That silver hair on your chest is proof enough for me' and she processed my Social Security application.
When I got home, I excitedly told my wife about my experience at the Social Security office.
She said, 'You should have dropped your pants. You might have gotten disability, too.'
And then the fight started...


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My wife and I were sitting at a table at my high school reunion and I kept staring at a drunken lady swigging her drink as she sat alone at a nearby table.
My wife asked, 'Do you know her?'
'Yes,' I sighed, 'She's my old girlfriend. I understand she took to drinking right after we split up those many years ago, and I hear she hasn't been sober since.'
'My Gosh!' says my wife, 'who would think a person could go on celebrating that long?'
And then the fight started...

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I took my wife to a restaurant. The waiter, for some reason took my order first.
"I'll have the strip steak, medium rare, please."
He said, "Aren't you worried about the mad cow?""
Nah, she can order for herself."
And then the fight started...
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A woman is standing nude, looking in the bedroom mirror.She is not happy with what she sees and says to her husband,'I feel horrible; I look old, fat and ugly.I really need you to pay me a compliment.'
The husband replies, 'Your eyesight's just about perfect.'
And then the fight started.....
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I tried to talk my wife into buying a case of Miller Light for $14.95.
She denied me it. Instead, she bought a jar of cold cream for $7.95.
She said she'd look pretty after using the cold cream. I told her that's what the beer was for.And then the fight started....
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My wife asked me if a certain dress made her behind look big. I told her not as much as the dress she wore yesterday
and then the fight started.....
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A man and a woman were asleep like two innocent babies.
Suddenly, at 3 o'clock in the morning, a loud noise came from outside.
The woman, bewildered, jumped up from the bed and yelled at the man 'Holy crap. That must be my husband!'
So the man jumped out of the bed; scared and naked jumped out the window. He smashed himself on the ground, ran through a thorn bush and to his car as fast as he could go.
A few minutes later he returned and went up to the bedroom and screamed at the woman, 'I AM your husband!'
The woman yelled back, 'Yeah, then why were you running?'
And then the fight started.....
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I asked my wife, "Where do you want to go for our 20th anniversary? "
It warmed my heart to see her face melt in sweet appreciation. "Somewhere I haven't been in a long time!" she said.
So I suggested, "How about the kitchen?"
And that's when the fight started....
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My wife and I are watching Who Wants To Be A Millionaire while we were in bed. I turned to her and said, "Do you want to have sex?"
"No," she answered.
I then said, "Is that your final answer?"
She didn't even look at me this time, simply saying "Yes."
So I said, "Then I'd like to phone a friend."
And that's when the fight started....

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

My Dream Device-2009 Edition



















It seems like every year I have a long list of things that I am aching to see on the mobile front. At the start of last year I had an Ubiquio 503G in hand and longed for a device that had an actual community around it. This year I've got my HTC Fuze, and between XDA, PPCGeeks and HowardForums there's no shortage of fellow users to commune with. In fact, I've recently ordered a number of items to "trick out" my phone (more on that in a later post).


But its not been an easy transition from a QWERTYbar to a slider. While I admit that having the extra screen real estate to watch movies and lay out my Today screen has been phenomenal, it really makes you take a moment to decide if you actually want to open the keyboard to type something now or later. Its not a big hassle, and I don't mind it for now, but still.


My dream device now would have to be the Blackberry Javelin (Curve 8900) body and screen running Windows Mobile 7. But I'd like the Javelin to look the way it does in an all-black case as shown above, with a really great d-pad (sorry, but the Fuze and Xperia dpads are a big FAIL). What device would you beg, borrow or steal to get your hands on?

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Sign of a True Geek

I had an extremely gratifying moment over the weekend and it involved my Fuze (of course!) and an app called Water Level . I'm always happy to find new ways to get that "wow" reaction from my husband, who could just as easily use an abacus than a calculator (only a slight exagerration- I dragged him kicking and screaming onto Facebook). After taking our Christmas tree down we were putting a painting back up on the wall and couldnt tell if it was straight. Before he could decide to go into the garage to get his tools, I whipped out my Fuze, fired up Water Level and placed my phone on the painting and casually declared "Its straight."
The look on his face made my year. Thank you Fuze, for another Kodak moment!

Sent from my HTC FUZE™