Rolling Up My Sleeves Again

As some of you know, I work in the tech support industry, so that last thing I want to do is repair computers when I get home.  However, it seems that I may have to do just that.  So after doing some digging on my PS3 issue, it appears that the solution to my problem is a technique called reflow soldering.  It’s not a very complicated process, but a process that takes some time.

Doing this myself will only cost about $60 in supplies and a couple of hours of my time, instead of the $150 plus shipping charge to send it to Sony and wait 6-8 weeks.  Sometimes I just want stuff to work….but with that kind of time and price disparity, I’m going back in with my sleeves rolled up.

Sync Your DROID X With iTunes

So I have found a web site with some instructions on syncing your DROID X with iTunes.  I can only assume this will work with other Android devices.  I was previously using DoubleTwist for this task, but DoubleTwist still has some work they need to do before they over take iTunes when it comes to media management.

The downside to DoubleTwist is that it is not an open source project so I can not grab the source code and contribute to this project.  I need to start emailing them and find out how I can contribute.  I believe in the Android platform and want to help it succeed.  It’s a very cool mobile platform and I see some very nice things on the horizon for hit.

Has much as I used to hate writing code, when you are working on projects that you believe in, writing code can be a very good thing.

Wash Your Hands You Nasty Bastard

So I was just in the bathroom.  And while I was doing my business, I noticed two guys walk out without washing their hands.  Some would say nothing about that is odd, but here is the odd part.  These two nasty bastards, got 2 quick pumps from the hand sanitizer that is just by the door before leaving.

Now, if you are going to use hand sanitizer, why not just wash your hands.  What the hell is wrong with people.  Hand sanitizer is fine when you don’t have soap and water and need a quick “cleaning” of the hands, but in the presence of soap and water, you choose something not as good as soap and water.  Just retarded.

My Top 25 Emcee’s

This is a list of my top 25 Emcee’s.  It is by no means a definitive list.  If you don’t agree with my list, oh well, go make your own.

01)  Rakim
02)  GURU
03)  Talib Kweli
04)  Mos Def
05)  Rev Run
06)  Doug E. Fresh
07)  Chuck D
08)  Ice Cube
09)  Tupac
10)  MC Lyte
11)  Blackthought
12)  Lupe Fiasco
13)  KRS-One
14)  NAS
15)   Busta Rhymes
16)  Pharoahe Monch
17)  Big Daddy Kane
18)  LL Cool J
19) Queen Latifa
20) QTip
21)  Scarface
22)  Eminem
23)  Andre 3000
24)  Common
25)  Kool Moe Dee

2 Weeks With The Droid X

So I have had my Droid X for 2 weeks now.  The phone has been amazing.  There were some issues with it in the beginning with the syncing, but that was my fault for not setting it up correctly.  The phone has a beautiful design to it, and a beautiful screen to match.

The Motorola developers and designers behind this phone really went all out.  It’s a great device that feels good in your hands, and has a good weight to it.  The phone has a 4.3” screen on it that is gorgeous and bright.  so bight that if you do not turn it down, the battery life diminishes a lot.  Even with the screen not on full brightness, it is still gorgeous.

The battery life of this phone has gotten a lot better since the Android 2.2 update.  I can get through the entire day now and not have to charge.  The touch screen took some getting used to, then again, I’ve been using an iPhone for the last 2 years.  The differences in their virtual keyboards are subtle, but enough to feel different.

There are a couple of things that I do miss from my iPhone.  The battery life if the iPhone 3G, while I do not like iTunes, I love how it can manage the apps for the iPhone, and the amount of apps in the iPhone App store.

Those are all things that I do believe will come to Android, it’s just a matter of time.  As someone who was a die hard iPhone user, I have no regrets about moving to Verizon and Android.  And by the way…can you hear me now?  The call quality and so far, no dropped calls is amazing.

Anyone looking for a smart phone, you have to at least look at the Droid X.  My other recommendation would be the HTC EVO on Sprint.

Being Sore All Over

So I’ve been back at GT for two months now and I park the equivilant of a few blocks from my building.  It’s about a 10 minute walk.  The walking has made me realize something….I am out of shape.  I do not move enough.  My walk is made more difficult by two things that I do.  I sometimes take the longer way from my parking deck to my building, and I now carry a heavy backpack with stuff in it, to make the walk harder.

The weighted backpack has done a lot for increasing my aerobic capicity.  I have been working out as well, but not as much as I want to.  I’ve been working on getting the cardio up before hitting the gym in high gear.  Next week will probably be the 1st week of increasing my working.

I’m still toying around with the idea of a weighted workout to get more out of it, but I need to do some research and find out what is the best way to have a weighted workout.  I’m sure there are some products out there, I just need to find the,.  This is going to be an interesting journey back to being fit.  It’s a painful journey, but one that my body will thank me for since it will live longer.