Monthly Archives: September 2012

Bye-bye Blackberry, hello iPhone 5

I was one of the last hold-outs. I’ve had a Blackberry since 2007 (when they looked like this) and I loved it. I upgraded to the Curve and then most recently to the Torch. Who wouldn’t love the Torch? It has all the popular touch-screen features, but when you’re ready to type, you slide out a magnificent keyboard.

The keyboard has been my main reason for holding out, but not the only one. Interestingly enough, I’m a Mac person. I’ve been working on Macs since 1993 and have never owned a “regular” PC. I have an iMac, a MacBook Air, 2 iPods and an iPad. And for all those devices, I prefer the Mac OS. But when it comes to my phone, I like being able to customize and drill down to the tiniest degree. The Blackberry satisfied that; having had an iPad for over a year, I knew the iPhone was basically the same device and therefore I knew I couldn’t customize it as well as my trusty Blackberry.

But keys! I like keys. I like that confirmation when I type a letter, that soft-padded click of a key.

The Blackberry corporation didn’t keep up. I don’t know why or how the company that created smart phones with full QWERTY keyboards ended up being so flat-footed while all these newcomers shoved their face in the sand. But that’s the beauty of the free market—keep up or get washed away.

The other problem I had was compatibility, and that’s where I love this new iPhone. My calendars and contacts seamlessly sync with each other. No conflicts, no questions asked. If I put something in my phone’s calendar, it magically appears on my laptop and iPad. Same with my contacts and a few other things I’ve got set up through Cloud.

So what if it takes me an hour to type one sentence. I’m told to be patient, that it’ll just happen. I’ll miss the little blinking red light, the perfect alarm and alerts, the padded click of confirmation when I type; but I’m not gonna lie, I like the big screen with super retina display. And the speed—my God the speed at which everything launches on this iPhone. With my Blackberry I avoided using the browser. I’d do it if I were in a pinch and learned to find my center and calm down because every page is going to take a year to load. And I’m not going to miss the touchy trackpad. My Torch is only 1 year old, and about 10 months in, the trackpad started having a mind of its own. It would go into hyperactive mode in the middle of me typing a text or email, changing characters into weird symbols and inserting the cursor where it didn’t belong. I can’t tell you how often I was tempted to throw it over my balcony as I retyped the same word 1,000 times.

With sweet sorrow, I say goodbye Blackberry, you were a work horse. Hello iPhone 5, you’re my sassy new assistant that ain’t so hard on the eyes.


Which is the weaker sex? Neither.

Part of the Obama perma-campaign (I truly believe this man has never governed) is the claim that women make less than men for doing the same job. I saw a report on Fox the other night that proves that they really don’t have true data to back that up. The data we do have, however, is that women on the POTUS staff are in fact paid a weaker salary than the men folk. We often accuse others of actions of which we’re guilty, so maybe that’s what’s going on here.

But then you have this article from The Atlantic, citing yet another conflicting stat:

In nearly 40 percent of American marriages, the wife earns more than the husband.

Naturally that seems to fly in the face of the POTUS’s campaign claim where he openly tries to pander to women. They go on to report that women who are financially dependent on their husband are more faithful, and if the man is financially dependent on his wife, he tends to stray. Apart from that being a broad brush with which they’re painting, I have this newsflash: water is wet.

The feminist movement never seems to pick up on the fact that if you emasculate a man into submission, it’s not good for a relationship. Now I’m not saying that making more than your husband is an automatic ticket to emasculation, but if you DO make more, you have to create balance in other areas to ensure he knows he’s the man. That’s not caveman mentality, that’s common sense.

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Madge likes Obama

Is akin to saying “water is wet.” Gotta give the old broad credit for putting her own creative flourish of calling him a half-black Muslim. At least she kept her boobs tucked in while gettin’ all political.

But what I find more interesting is the crowd reaction. It’s not overwhelming and full of happy cheer. I think I even hear a few boos. I know my friends over at GOProud probably love Madonna, but won’t be voting for Obama.

Can Madonna even vote in this election? I thought she now has a British accent and lives in jolly England. Then again, we don’t seem to mind when non citizens cast their vote in major elections.

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Spin cycle

Today during a campaign speech, Romney said that Obama didn’t raise taxes during his presidency. I can think of one tax, namely the big behemoth that none of us wanted, which will effect each and every tax paying American.

Several pundits on the right are wondering why the hell he’d say such a thing. I’m sure we can say it was a gaffe, but then again according to the mainstream media, every word that drops out of Gov Romney’s mouth is a gaffe.

But what I look forward to most is how the MSM will cover this. The statement is untrue, it is a fact that Obama did raise our taxes.. but they don’t like pointing out anything that makes Obama look bad. So I don’t expect them to point their finger, shout “A-HA, Romney lies again! Obama DID raise taxes and whole shitload!”

We have a sneak peak already. Here’s ABC news’ spin on it:

Indeed, Republicans have spent much of the election season criticizing Obama for adding to the middle class tax burden, most recently citing in a campaign email blast the 6 million Americans expected to face a tax penalty for violating the Affordable Care Act’s insurance mandate.

And there you have it. They won’t claim it to be true, they’ll couch it as a “Republican claim.”

At some point I hope they realize that we see their thinly veiled attempt at a wording sleight-of-hand, but what they’re doing is deplorable and what they print is filth. Long live the new media.


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Women for Romney

A must-read for any woman. I don’t know if it’s because I’m paying more attention than ever, but I’ve never seen such abuse by the mainstream media and pure dereliction of their duty. Thank heavens for the new media.

Also female related, this is just appalling. I guarantee any opt-out flyer was sent home with a student and most got lost in backpacks. The majority of parents may not even be aware that this is happening. And yet, you probably still can’t get an aspirin from the school nurse without parental consent. The moral degradation of our society continues.

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