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Post in 'The Inglenook' started by Mrs. Krabappel, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Now where did I place that spell checker? :lol:

    Just razzing ya teach. I know that for some folks a portable database is a godsend.

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  2. Mrs. Krabappel

    Mrs. Krabappel Minister of Fire

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    That extra u is stylistic. It's short for fab-U-lous.
  3. spirilis

    spirilis Feeling the Heat

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    I graduated from a crappy blackberry up to an android phone this past sept, I love it. I've used an iphone maybe once, but I did buy my wife an ipad last year for christmas so I've used that. They're just ... different devices that all do the same crap, IMO. I am a computer geek so take that into account, but I found my android very easy to figure out/use. The apple ipad was quirky; I'd open an app (like Numbers, the spreadsheet app) and would be dumbfounded about how to do things since there's just 1 button (the home key) and everything else is touch-based. I'd eventually break down and use google on my laptop to search for how to heck to do things on the ipad. Kinda silly. Android devices always have a menu key, home key, back key and a search key (or at least mine does) so there's no question which buttons to press to figure things out.

    Fwiw, I actually enjoy reading ebooks on my Motorola Droid Bionic. It's one of the larger ones, 4.5" display, but reading ebooks is pretty comfortable to me. Technical books with lots of diagrams though, not so much. I'm guessing I'd prefer the ipad or kindle fire for that kind of thing.
  4. Mrs. Krabappel

    Mrs. Krabappel Minister of Fire

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    great input y'all and even Moses used state-of-the-art technology to remember what God told him :lol:
  5. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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  6. agartner

    agartner Feeling the Heat

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    Resist the tech and save the cash. Nook? Wife has one. My observation, you dont need to charge the battery on a paperback. Smartphone? I got one but work pays for it. I use the data plan to check the weather every so often.

    Our society is too "connected". As bg noted, where people used to socialize, thy now go heads down into their three inch screen of doom.
  7. Mrs. Krabappel

    Mrs. Krabappel Minister of Fire

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    I'm not really asking if it's a good lifestyle choice for me. I sift through the pros and cons for my individual situation on a regular basis. In two months I'll be working full time, raising my kid, and going to graduate school full time for biology. I'm pretty sure I'll be composing papers in the line at the grocery store. Reading my textbooks from a kindle when the boy is at karate. I'll wave to my neighbor at the mailbox and call that my social life.
  8. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    I hear that. Raised a wife, got through college and grad school and worked full time all the way. In seven years. Oh, forgot to mention getting the first house built during that same time.

    Reading on the can and eating or driving with a book in your hand can be done. Trust me on that one.
  9. Milton Findley

    Milton Findley Feeling the Heat

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    My iPhone will be accompanying me to the next world. I feel lost without it, and it is like a good wife in so many ways.
  10. GAMMA RAY

    GAMMA RAY Minister of Fire

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    Do it Kat...come over to the dark side with all of us naughty folks.... ;-P
  11. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Was that after installing the iPorn app or do you just like the way it vibrates? :p LOL
  12. mayhem

    mayhem Minister of Fire

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    Ups and downs to everything. I have a blackberry, got my wife a Droid2 Global. Not even funny how much more capable the droid is than the BB. Everything works better, faster, its far more intuitive to use and just better in almost every way (corporate e-mail is the BB's reason to exist, Droid and iphones can't even begin to touch BB in this one area).

    I just got my boss an iphone 4s, spent a couple hours getting it connected to Verizon and then another couple hours getting it to read her e-mail and move her photos from her Droid to the iphone. iphone has hands down, the nicest display I've ever seen...it has no peer in the market as far as I'm concerned...but the actual use of the thing confounded me about 50% of the time, but to be fair, like everything else out there, there is a steep initial learning curve for all of them. There were minor things that I was really surprised that I simply could not do with the iphone that you really should be able to in my opinion...I even asked the resident apple fanboy here and he said "nope".

    I did not try Siri out at all. I'm curious how she'll work on a corporate phone thats been properly locked down though...probably defeats the whole purpose of the thing. I know the Droids have voice commands available too, as does my blackberry...I understand Siri takes it a step further, but I can't say in what way or how well. The BB commands are limited to phone functions, the Droid you can use voice commands for the phone, run the NAV system (setting destination point for example), navigate the web, leave yourself notes, send and receive texts and e-mails, select music to listen to and other stuff...haven't used it though.

    My phone is paid for by my employer, I also manage the corporate account...so I have access to basically any phone I want to get...I don't think I'll be getting an iphone though...I just don't think it fits me or how my brain works...seems too complicated and limiting, but I know its not supposed to, probably get a Droid Bionic when my upgrade time is here in a couple months.
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    OK. Now I am rethinking this smartphone stuff. Hmmm...
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    GAMMA RAY Minister of Fire

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    PFFT....
    Yeah right....That's the funny of the day....:*)
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    The latest gen now has a sexy lady named Siri that you can talk to and she understands. Wait until some clever devs get hold of this.
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  17. agartner

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    Didnt mean to dis the tech lifestyle, my bad for that. More a reflection on my own personal lifestyle and my own challenges with being "always on". Have you considered a tablet, a la ipad? I have one, battery lasts a good long time, does good as a reader, apps for both kindle and nook exist, plus email and a usable web browser. Mine is wifi only and doesnt use the phone network, so that may hurt the mobility for the auction thing. Bit on the pricey side imo, but its a multitasker.
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    Now this one made me smile.....:)
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  20. Milton Findley

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    Both, two birds with one stone. :)

    It is the calendar and alerts which save me, that plus the fact that it automatically synchronizes everything. When I am away from home, it is like a tiny little computer too. I can keep up with stuff in the Inglenook.
  21. GAMMA RAY

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    Milt, I am glad you have your priorities straight..... ;-P :lol:
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    We have just GOT to start charging for this place. :lol:
  23. Retired Guy

    Retired Guy Feeling the Heat

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    Phones should receive and make calls. The pea green western electric on the wall doesn't take pictures or text. Upgraded to a "dumb" phone" the other day from a "really dumb" phone. Old one didn't do text. New one does but I don't, has a camera, so do I, my 35MM Nikon is better but Kodak is looking to go bottoms up. The phone sucks but the battery works. In all, I call it a plus!
  24. btuser

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    I am very rough on my phones. Not abusive, but I don't get one because a new one came out and I'll buy the same model used so I'll have two batteries. My last nextel went through the snowblower and still worked, just needed a lot of super-glue. I have been heckled by homeless people for the condition of that phone.

    As far as parts go, the Blackberries are pretty easy to work on. I spent this morning taking 3 phones and turning them into zero phones, then back into one phone that worked and 2 phones that did not (and no superglue). I like the sync and the desktop software. Most important is the email and the way our data-guy has it hooked up across a bunch of SQL stuff. The word on the street is RIM is going to get sucked up by someone else and that the technology is about as far advanced as its going to get.

    I like the actual buttons on the Blackberry, but have to admit that the Iphone's screen would get me over it in a hurry. The pictures I can take are better than any hand-held camera I've ever owned. Most amazing for me is that I was never a text fan for the first 10 whatever years of the technology, but now can't stop. I actually prefer it to audible human contact because it slows the conversation down and I can appear smart and clever, if only to myself.
  25. Mrs. Krabappel

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    *posted from my iPhone*

    That's just for you BB

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