Category Archives: Technology

Smartphone #3

Earlier this summer, I received notification from Verizon that I was eligible for a discount on a phone upgrade.  I decided to wait since I was not exactly sure what I wanted.  Well, yesterday I went ahead and went in and did the upgrade and life is sweet for I have a Droid again! And not just an “Android” droid, but a Droid droid 🙂 — I got the brand new Droid Razr.

Sweetness!! There are all kinds of goodies about this phone:

  • it is the thinnest smartphone on the market. I kid you not, this thing is thin!
  • a camera on the front of the phone (1.3 megapixel) and on the back (8 megapixel & 1080 HD video)
  • 4G – so I am finally on the 4G network
  • multitasking! i can be on the phone and on the internet at the same time
  • 4.3 inch screen – nice and big
  • a dual-core 1.2. GHz processor -stuff runs fast on it
  • currently runs the Gingerbread OS, but will get upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich in 2012.
  • has an HDMI jack so when we do get a new TV next year, I’ll be able to port my phone to it

My 1st smartphone was the original Droid, which I got in November 2009 on the day it came out.  In Sept 2010, I got the hubby and I matching Samsung Fascinates.   I am so pleased to have another Droid though — there is just something cool about hearing that “Droid” sound play with new notifications; besides, the kids get a kick out of it too 🙂

I’m Fascinated

A couple of weeks ago, I finally brought my dear hubby into the smartphone era :-).   A visit to Verizon to check out our options led me to get us matching Samsung Fascinate Android phones.  Oh my!

I myself joined the smartphone bandwagon last November with my Motorola Droid.  I got the phone the day it came out and immediately fell in love with it and how connected I’d become by using it.  Having access to my email accounts and many other apps and features was excellent.   While I had not planned on getting a Fascinate, Verizon had a promotion of buy one, get one free, so how could I resist? I needed to get a phone for Kalonji anyway.

So, I succumbed.  And, I’m glad too.  I truly did love my Droid, but the Samsung is much lighter.  I thought I would miss not having the physical keyboard the Droid offers, but so far I don’t.   I like  the camera on the Fascinate better and the feature that has me most in love? The mobile 3G hotspot.  For $20 month I can get up to 5GB online usage by turning my 3G signal into a wi-fi signal.  This is perfect for me when I’m on the go.  Absolutely perfect!

My DROID is now in the hands of my father and he too is quickly becoming addicted.  I love spreading the love.  🙂

WIRED Magazine’s New Model for Digital Publishing

This is very interesting.  This video discusses WIRED magazine’s approach to digital publishing that is kinda cool.  I can see myself navigating their magazine this way.

We Have a New WebHost

After what has taken me way too many hours over the past couple of days, I have finally transferred my website to a new webhost.  I was actually not happy to have to do this, but over the past couple of  years I have been experiencing increasing dissatisfaction with my webhost over a myriad of technical issues & poor customer service for my website.  I’d been with my webhost for the past 6 years at least, so you can’t say I’m not loyal!

So, in the wee hours on Friday morning I purchased an account with BlueHost and began to transfer my files.  I’d been familiar with BlueHost since this summer in my role as webmaster for the NCGenWeb project and in that time I have seen the high level of customer service they offer.  They also have a more flexible back-end when it comes to my multiple WordPress-driven sites and I am thrilled.  In all honesty, for the past year, I’ve hated the thought of  posting to this blog and my genealogy blog b/c the administrative panels were ever-so-slow on my previous webhost and I could never get the issue resolved.   Also, their server permissions were set as such in a way that has not allowed me to take advantage of some of the features WordPress has added over the past few upgrades.

Thus,  48 hours later, my many files, databases and WordPress installations are all getting settled in their new home.  I do have one last portion of my site to transfer over, my genealogy site powered by TNG, but I am sure I shall have that completed by tomorrow morning.   Not everything went perfectly during the migration, but I have workable solutions for two portions of my site that didn’t quite work right and I will revisit them this summer for further customization.

Here’s to more blogging!

My New Toy: Sansa Fuze

Several months ago, I lost my iPod shuffle and when I recently found it, the plugin to charge it was broken.  So, I’ve been entertaining the thought of getting a replacement for awhile now.   Today, I went to Best Buy and bought one – an 8GB Sansa Fuze, and unlike me, I bought it without doing any research.  I was looking for one that was not an iPOD; nothing against iPod, but I knew part of the cost is the name and I just need a basic mp3 player.  I also wanted one with a lot of space. 


My Sansa is a grey color, but this is what they look like.  It holds songs, videos,  and pictures.  When I got home with it, I was VERY much delighted to find out a couple of other benefits of the Sansa Fuze

  • it is a voice recorder — this means I can record conversations and interviews I may have with family members for genealogy purposes. perfect! I can record the kids talking and share that with family.  I am very excited about this. 
  • It is compatible with Rhapsody!  A couple of years ago, I signed up for a Rhapsody account, but have not lately had a paid membership.  I liked the variety of music, but felt stifled being limited to listening to it online only. Now w/ the Fuze,  w/ a monthly membership, I can transfer any song on Rhapsody to the Fuze and listen to it while disconnected. Sweet!!!!!!!  I’ve spent this evening going thru my physical CD collection and grabbing them from Rhapsody to add to my computer library.   Now, if a CD comes out and I’m not sure if I want to buy it, I can also most likely get it from Rhapsody to listen to, and then purchase it if I like it.  And, w/ a Rhapsody membership, this means too that from any computer that I’m connected to online, I can listen to my favorite songs that I have as part of my Rhapsody playlists. 

So, excuse me while I go play…..