Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Forgotten PINS

With the iPhone’s touchID system you don’t need to worry about reentering your PIN every time you want to use your phone. However this does come with the downside that if the PIN for your phone is unique, as it should be, you might not remember it if you have to reboot your phone. Just learned this lesson. However unlike Android Apple’s iCloud backup capabilities do make recovering from such mistakes less of an annoyance. If you have the recovery key for Apple ID’s two factor authentication handy. In total including hunting for the recovery key for my Apple ID it took maybe 30 minutes to get everything loaded back and logged back in.

Friday, September 2, 2016

From Android to iOS

Okay, so to start with a bit of history. My first smartphone was a Google Nexus One that I purchased in late 2010. I stayed with that phone until I got purchased a used Samsung Galaxy S2 from Swappa in 2012. That Galaxy S2 was my primary phone until early last year when I purchased a 2nd Generation Motorola Moto X. So I have been heavily using Android from Frozen Yogurt until Lolipop. Now I am using an Apple iPhone 6S Plus. So why the transition?

The simple answer is that there weren't any other options. I know that may come as a surprise to some people who understand the diversity of devices in the Android ecosystem. However my reasoning boils down to 3 problems.

First, what do I actually use my phone for? Podcasts. That is primarily what I use my phone for. I also listen to podcasts on my PC as well. So having a podcast player that will correctly and properly syncronize the current play location, subscription list, and other basic status information between the mobile device and the PC is very important to me. On the PC especially Microsoft Windows there are a lot of podcast apps. However very few of those will sync with an Android podcasting app. Yes, I know about Google Play Podcasts. However, it doesn't have all of the podcasts that I listen to. It also doesn't effectively sort between played and unplayed podcasts. Basically the way Google Play Podcasts work is that each podcast is its own playlist and you can't tweak that playlist to switch between the podcasts after all the unplayed episode on one podcast are done. This is a major issue for me because most of the podcasts that I listen to line up where I am switching podcasts during other activities.

Second, I watch videos on YouTube, Netflix, Vudu, and Amazon Prime Video. These are helped by having a larger screen. For reasons that I will detail later my choices on larger screen devices for Android are limited to the LG G5 and the Samsung Note 7. The LG G5 isn't that much larger than the Moto X. The Samsung Note 7 is only available with the, in my opinion, stupid rolled edges. I have several friends that have Note 5s and Galaxy S6 Edges and Edge+s. The rolled edges and I do not get along.

Third, I use my phone for staying in contact with friends and family. Some of that family lives in areas where no one, ATT&T, Sprint, Verizon, or my carrier T-Mobile, gets useable coverage most of time. Now T-Mobile as one of their Un-Carrier moves a few years ago opened up the option of using a Wi-Fi network with an Internet connection to make and receive phone calls and text messages. Unfortunately to make use of this feature you need a phone with special T-Mobile software installed on it. With the exception of this iPhone all of my smartphones have been white box phones. The T-Mobile Android app is enough of a nuisance on a white box phone when you install it from the Play Store. It is even more annoying on a carrier provided device. The only device that supports WiFi calling, is currently sold by T-Mobile, and doesn't have a large amount of carrierware on it is the Apple iPhone.

So with all of those three items getting checkboxes from the Apple iPhone the competition has got some really tough stuff to beat. In the next couple of posts I will cover the conversion between Android and iOS.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Food Experiments: A New Series

With the goals of trying to trim the budget and eat healthier. I am going to work on creating a new group of posts with all of my experiments in cooking.

Starting a New Series

Okay after nearly a year of IRL getting in the way of pushing out regular content updates on the Soapbox, I am working on a project to learn more of C# and .NET. I will be creating a series of posts covering pieces of .NET and C3 that I had a lot of problems understanding how to use. The series will be called Random Musings in .NET and C#. If I get a better title for the series I will update the tags accordingly.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Playing around with Dragon NaturallySpeaking

Okay, so I have got a new piece of software to help with creating content on the system.

This piece of software is known as Dragon NaturallySpeaking. The reason I am using Dragon NaturallySpeaking is, because, I do a lot of typing at work. When I come home from work, I really don't want to do a lot more typing on the computer. The main purpose of a tool like Dragon is to allow me to put my thoughts down on paper in a very simple to use way, without having to worry about all the extra stuff that you gotta do when you're trying to type up a blog post. Now, I'm not sure if this tool is going to work, but I am going to give it a try here for a couple of days. So if you notice more punctuation mistakes on the blog please bear with me while trying to get used to using this dictation tool.

Thank you and y'all have a wonderful day.

Robert

Monday, October 5, 2015

Sorry about the post level.

Sorry about the rate of new posts on the blog. I am extremely busy this month with an Appleseed shoot later in the month and several other projects going on right now.

See ya'll later.

Robert

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Obligatory Hello World.

Starting off with some of my Computer Science training. Hello World.

So I guess that make it achievement get "Start a Blog".

A little about myself. I am very fond of Minecraft. I was as of the writing of this post making a Let's Play series in Minecraft but work has gotten in the way of being able to do that everyday. So I am going to start a challenge for myself starting September 1st. The challenge is record and post an Let's Play episode everyday in September.