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Apples to Windows

I usually don’t do tech posts, but this has been on my brain since Christmas and I feel the need to organize my thoughts on this one, so I thought I’d do it here. Maybe I’ll actually help someone out or get some good advice via a (rare) comment. Come on folks – bring on the comments! I’d love to get your opinions.

So one of my gifts was a Windows phone. I’ve been an iPhone user for almost four years, so this was a big switch for me. And I must say, it’s been a learning curve. I’ve had to get over the mental scarring left by a Windows 8 installation debacle at work a couple of months ago. One of the guys got a new computer – with Windows 8 – and part of my job is tech setup. This was a problem, since all of our company applications are configured for Windows 7 or older. So there were issues with coding, etc. just to get the machine functioning. And, not knowing anything about Windows 8 other than the name, it was a couple of days before I figured out that there is an actual ‘Desktop’ link that takes you to the familiar Windows screen. Bottom line, the basic problem was a faulty Windows 8 install on the machine that bogged everything else down. Learned that the hard way after three days’ work.

But back to the phones. Now that I’m figuring it out, there are some things I really love about the Windows phone. Here goes:

  1. The screen is HUGE. In a good way. The phone itself is bigger, yes, but thinner and lighter. And the larger screen makes it much easier to surf the web and actually read content. I’ve had issues with my sight all my life that aren’t improving with age, so this is a biggie.
  2. The larger screen’s resolution is fabulous. Crisp, clean and clear.
  3. I get to have my badass Sydney Bristow ringtone again, on the rare occasion that someone calls me. This is really important. Priorities.
  4. The live tiles are totally customizable – not just in location, but in size. I can have the important stuff larger and at the top, while lesser-used apps are smaller and towards the bottom.
  5. Basically it’s more user-friendly than an iPhone.
  6. The phone comes with an actual, printed-on-paper users’ manual. And an index card of shortcuts that I can easily carry around if needed.
  7. There’s an app that quickly and easily imports all iPhone contacts.
  8. I’ve noticed that the web connection is MUCH more stable than 3G. I’ve tested this with both phones in the same place. Connectivity on the iPhone is dicey while the Windows is consistently fast.

Now, the cons:

  1. I haven’t found a way to edit my favorites. So if you don’t rename a web site before you save it, too bad.
  2. You can’t organize favorites into folders. A minor problem, but still annoying. I don’t like scrolling through my entire list of bookmarks to find the one I need.
  3. This one is more a problem with my situation. My office uses Live Messenger to IM regularly. Since the phone is connected to my Windows Live account, every IM shows up as a text on the phone. I need to check my texting plan to make sure these won’t end up as overage charges.
  4. I miss my iTunes. There is an app that will transfer over all my music, but I haven’t had time to mess with that yet. So I am currently tuneless.
  5. The Words With Friends app hasn’t been released yet. So if you have a game with me and I haven’t played in a while, I’m sorry. That’s why.
  6. The directions feature in Maps is a bit quirky. You have the option to select routes by car, bus or on foot. For some reason mine keeps defaulting to ‘on foot.’ Which shows up as a 16-hour commute. Again, not a big issue but annoying.

So, in a nutshell, I’m sticking with my lovely Windows phone for now and hoping that they fix the bookmark issue. No offense to Apple, but this baby just makes the iPhone screen look antiquated. And while I still think Windows 8 has no place in the business world – too distracting – it’s excellent for phone or tablet use.

Enough tech for you today? Like I said, this is rare for me and won’t become a habit. It’s just been on my brain and I felt like sharing. Since I haven’t figured out how to discuss what’s REALLY on my mind today. Ponder that for a while, Pinky!

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Walk it Out – January

So, I’m not exactly starting with the unachievable goal this month. If you read yesterday’s post, you read about my resolution of the month plan for this year. And here’s January’s goal:

Walk the Talk.

The art is courtesy of one of my favorite kids’ authors, Phil Bildner. I can’t take credit for it – but he’s the one who gave me this idea. Basically I’m going to work on practicing what I preach. I’m really good at snarking on people who annoy me. Those little (and sometimes not-so-little) things that people do that really tick me off. Nemeses included. I let it get to me, build up and eventually explode. And you know what? I’m sick of it. Not just sick of those things that people do that get to me, but I’m sick of my reaction. Hence Walk the Talk.

And that means:

  • Making a point NOT to do the pet peeves I gritch about in other people: excessive humble bragging, grammatical errors, publicizing how smart I think I am, etc.
  • Setting an example of my expectations with my kids.
  • If I AM going to complain or call someone else to task about something, I need to make sure my own side of the street is clean first.
  • Working as hard on my thinking as my actions.

The last one is going to be the hardest. I can already tell. Like I’ve said before, I’ve got a strong filter. So not saying negative snarky things is usually pretty easy for me. Until I reach my boiling point, that is. It’s the thinking that I really need to work on. Because, honestly, my head usually defaults to the negative. Sad to say, but it’s true. I remember reading about some kind of therapy a few months ago that involves wearing a rubber band around your wrist and snapping yourself with it if you catch yourself doing whatever it is that you shouldn’t be doing. Pretty good idea, huh?

I have a feeling I’m gonna need a BIG THICK rubber band! We’ll see if I end up with welts on my wrist before the week is out!

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