Monthly Archives: August 2009

Mobile Tech Connect from the Holy Land

I am in Israel for a few days now and it is hard. Been sick since I got off the plane, airline lost my luggage (same clothes since Wed.), and my Internet is not hooked up yet (doing everything through the iPhone). Still for all the backwardness and challenges I am optimistic that this is the right choice for us and things will work out eventually.

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The iDoEveryThingButWorkWellAsAPhone Phone (my little rant)

Is it me or does the iPhone do everything else extremely well except … well, phone?

Before purchasing this wonderful device and entering the world of the mobile, I had a $10 Go Phone from AT&T.  It was tiny, plastic, did text only, but always worked.  Ever since I got an  iPhone, I have experienced 3 to 5 dropped calls per day (and I don’t even use the phone that much).  What accounts for the iPhone’s lack of phoneliness?  The AppleInsider blog posted a bunch of theories last summer when the 3G premiered.

Love the apps, (can’t imagine life without Kindle apps!), email, and other functionality, but the whole point of buying this device and taking out the two-year contract which I’ll be breaking in a week (look for a post on that when it is all said and done), was to have a device that made calls anywhere.

If I wanted a device that had so much trouble making calls, I could have saved myself the headache of locking into a new contract, just bought an iPod touch at Costco for $225, downloaded the Skype app, and paid only $9.95 per month for phone service, the only limitation being that I would have to use it when I got wi-Fi.  Don’t get me wrong: I’m still an iPhone and Apple promotor, but seeing as the device works well with everything else, why not it’s primary function.

What’s your experience with this?

Check out this guy’s solution (after 3:35 of this video you don’t really need to keep watching, b/c he’s already told you the solution):

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Getting Things Done – My New Project

I am not the world’s most organized person.  At work, my email can pile up just like the next guy; at home I used to be under the belief that if you made your piles neat, that was organized.  Enter Wonder Woman – the world’s most organized wife.  She makes lists and systematically gets things done.  My first reaction to this is usually stubborn resistance (“I’ll get them done my OWN way”_, but truth is my way does not always work.

After seeing many posts on LifeHacker referencing this book, I had to pick it up.  David Allen’s classic work on productivity, “Getting Things Done” holds some hope even for people like me.  See, I’ve tried all the technology solutions: Outlook journaling tool, Toodledo (my current choice among list maker), Mac Journal, Excel sheets, checklists, and even pen and paper.  What usually happens is I start strong and then get cluttered resulting in the method falling apart.  I need more than just a tool; I need a new way of working.

This will take practice, and although I have only read the first chapter of GTD (on my favorite iPhone app: the Kindle for iPhone), it holds promise.  As I get more into it I hope to post more about it.

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Consumer Blues

As I sit and watch the public rummage through my life, the pressure of an international move looming just nine days away, I find myself seeing everything for sale for a buck. Clothes that my wife needed a year ago sell for next to nothing, that HP pocket PC (retailed at $300 in 2005) just sold for $15, amazing how even unopened wedding and baby gifts we didn’t like dint even capture 10% off their retail value.

All this makes me think that as we start our new lives, acquiring more “stuff,” remember the conser blues I feel today letting nostalgia be replace by good ol’ fashion American consumerism. There are very few things we truly “need” and may we remember that even now as my wife heads out to do more shopping.

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