The Big Switch!

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It has been quite some time since I have blogged or posted about things in a while, and many apologies to those who read my blog. But, now I do have something to write about and it is about making the #switch to a Windows based phone.

A Connected World

A little history here. On my Verizon account, I have been carrying 2 separate phone lines. One for personal and the other line for my small business. In the beginning, both lines were Android, but then I switched one of them to the Apple iPhone 4S. Now, initially, I was impressed with the 4S from Apple. This was my first foray into using Apple products, and I must say that they do possesses a certain level of simplicity of use and fluidity of motion. And, I in no way will take away from them the fact that, for the most part, the mobile world does revolve around Apple. And therein lies the problem. Because my world (both personal and business) has always been Microsoft, and not Apple.

Mixing Apples and Oranges (in a manner of speaking..lol!) 

Microsoft Operating Systems have always been on any PC or laptop that I have owned, so there is a sense of familiarity about it. Working with it as long as I have, either just as an end-user, government employee, or a  college instructor, there has always been a version of Windows that I have used to be productive, entertained, and organized. With that being said, when I added the Apple iPhone 4S into the mix, it was not a matter of a poor choice, but rather a “seeing what is out there” type of choice.

Apps, OPs. and Oops!

For my social networking life, there are just three apps that I use with any amount of frequency. They are: Facebook, Google Plus , and Twitter. And with any search in either Android, Apple, or Windows Apps store, you will find these three apps. So, why the switch? Simple. Office 365 and One Note. With Android and Apple mobile OPs, you have One Note, but, no Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. With the large amount of my documents being in MS Word format, having a way to bring them up in native format was a BIG PLUS. Now, I would not propose to create an entire document on my mobile phone, however being able to edit it, make small changes, and save it in native MS Word format is a wonderful thing! Also I tend to toss my phone around a lot, and with an iPhone, this is not a good habit to have..lol.

In the end, its all about the movies…

The final selling point for me, I didn’t actually find out about it until I came home with the phone. And that is – 32 GB internal storage and Carl Zeiss lenses. From my early days of photography, I was the proud owner of a Contax brand camera. Excellent camera, beautiful pictures, and the Carl Zeiss lens made your photos look outstanding. Now, take that lens and put it in a mobile device coupled with 32GB of internal storage for all my music, videos, and movies? You have got me sold! So now on my daily commute, I can chose to either listen to music, watch music videos, or any one of my favorite movies that I have downloaded to the phone (“Smokey and the Bandit” anyone?) Oh, and the looks I get from my fellow commuters is priceless because not everyone has a Windows Nokia phone. So, is any cell phone the perfect cell phone? No, not really. But having tried all three platforms, I can say that the Windows 8 phone fits perfectly into my life, my media, my social networking, and in my pocket!

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Shocks rather than quiet..

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Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction…

Read a interesting article/study over this 4th of July holiday weekend.  From the University Of Virginia, a study was done that most people would rather give themselves an electric shock rather than to be alone with their thoughts.

http://www.today.com/health/people-would-rather-shock-themselves-be-alone-their-thoughts-1D79883179

I found this interesting because that is actually when my best thoughts come to me, is in a quiet room as I am actually trying to go to sleep! As I took a look at some of my FB friends posts over the past few days, a number of them seem to be able to exist with their own thoughts in a quiet room.

Time Out = Quiet Time?..

It also led me to think of a common practice among parents – which is “Quiet Time” for youngsters who become rambunctious or get themselves in trouble. My thought on that was – “Has this quiet time led to individuals not wanting to be alone with their thoughts?” If you think about it in that respect, then you may have to say “Yes”. When we give a child “time-out”, we are having them sit and give thought as to what led them to being punished in this manner. So as they get older, do they tend to associate “Quiet Time” with punishment and therefore subconsciously do not want to have to “think about things”?. According to the study, the participants were in range of age from 18-77, so in many ways that theory would not play out. So it still begs the question – “Would you rather shock yourself than be alone with your thoughts”

Just my thoughts as we head out of the holiday weekend into the first full week of July

Hope you had a great fun-filled 4th of July and may you have a great week!