iPhone 4S for Work

Tomorrow should be pretty good because I’m going to activate my work iPhone 4S to replace my myTouch 4G. For work I was allowed to choose the cheapest model iPhone for free which was pretty nice. The only limitation was that I have to keep the phone for two years instead of being able to switch out my phone every year. I normally like to refresh my tech pretty quickly but for phones I can wait the two years with no problem. I could have waited for the iPhone 5 but June is a long time to wait.

The biggest reason to switch isn’t driven by the fact that it’s an iPhone since I already have an iPhone as my personal phone, the reason is because my company has a lot more apps available for iPhone compared to android. On the iPhone there are apps for looking up people on the corporate directory, booking travel, and even entering m time and expenses. To me that’s really awesome since those apps aren’t available on android. The reason my company has given to all the android users is that android wasn’t as secure as iOS and they are seeing increased usage in iPhones compared to all other devices including our old stranded Blackberrys.

I received the shipping notification from my corporate procurement department and my new phone had been sitting at my house since Tuesday. It’s a bit late to be setting up a phone so most likely I’ll do that tomorrow morning. To differentiate my personal phone from my work phone, I decided to get the phone in white. I have a case that I’m using too so I can stick that on there as well so it’s semi protected.

Slowly but surely I’m trying my best to reduce my reliance on my laptop even though I just got a new one to test Windows 7 for my company before its official release. The ability for me to do menial tasks like time and expense are huge since I need to do it every day. The real value will be when I’m allowed to use the corporate intranet using my iPhone, then the only reason to use my laptop will be to do my work in MS Office products. It’s time to land finally. Hopefully I can post this when I touch down.

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Year of the Dragon

Its officially Chinese New Year which means the year of the Dragon has begun. I’ve read a little on this topic on my off hours from work while I travel and I must admit its pretty interesting. It never really occurred to me before until I read about it that the year of the Dragon is the only year in the Chinese calendar that relates to a mythical creature rather than one found in nature. T be thorough, I decided to look at the placemat the last time I went to a Chinese restaurant and lo and behold its true, only the dragon is unique in that regard.

There were lots of articles that were saying there might be a baby boom because people want to have their children born this year because of what the dragon represents and because saying you were born in the year of the dragon is just plain cool as hell. I personally was shooting for a rabbit when I had my daughter since I wanted her to be lucky. Not to mention there are lots of toys that are rabbits that I can take advantage of as she grows up.

Happy Year of the Dragon!

Death of bit torrent

There has been a lot of talk in tech news circles about bit torrent sites going belly up recently due to the recent crack down by governments looking for ways to curb online piracy of media like movies and music. Media content creators and artists have been trying to combat this for ages. I remember when Napster was huge when I was in college. There were people downloading and sharing music like crazy but it was actually a great way to get music and to listen to artists that a lot of us have never heard of before. Alas Napster died and tried to come back as a pay service but that largely died off too. There have been other numerous file sharing sites over the years but trying to kill off places like The Pirate Bay and Megaupload seem a bit harsh.

I’ve attempted to try bit torrent and it’s a bit too slow for my taste. It takes long hours, sometimes DAYS to get stuff from bit torrent. I’m sure a lot of people have the patience for that sort of thing but I certainly don’t. I use services like Netflix and YouTube for most of my media consumption or I just wait until I can get home and use my TiVo. Besides killing off a few services like bit torrent really doesn’t do anything except for programmers to innovate again to cheat the “Man”. Instead of using torrents, they’ve already started to use some other type of link on torrent sites that still do the same thing and you still don’t have to change the software that you’re using which is pretty awesome.

Don’t get me wrong, I do feel bad that there is media piracy but there are lots of positives to it. Think of it as free advertising most of the time in my opinion. So you lose out on the price of a CD or movie ticket, think most of the time people want to get their content digitally and if you really like the artist you’ll go and find a way to see them live. A great case for this is No Doubt. They put their entire discography online for FREE on their website and you didn’t have to go to iTunes or anything to get it. I downloaded it, although I still haven’t unzipped the file and it’s already been at least a year or two, and went to their concert and had a blast and even bought a t-shirt. Movies you really can’t do the same thing but the masses want their stuff on demand instead of having to plan out their days around movie times and junk like that. I know that personally I’ve only been to one movie so far in the past 3-4 months because there aren’t any movies I’m willing to pay $10 for.

While the death of bit torrent isn’t final, I do know that they are just giving programmers an incentive to create some other spectacular file sharing software that will probably take the government another 10 years to find out about and try and shut down. In those next 10 years, I’m sure I’ll be getting everything on demand, hopefully also while I’m in the air because being offline kind of stinks and I don’t like having to store everything locally.

Sick travelers suck

I on one of my typical flights for work and I am just surrounded by pestilence. I think it all started when I got to the airport and the person in front of me started coughing up a lung and they didn’t even have the courtesy of covering their mouth. I tried to avoid it but it’s kind of hard when you’re in a single file line moving forward. Talk about rude man! I’m currently sitting in my seat as I write this blog post (it won’t get posted to my blog till I can get an Internet connection) and the person behind me sounds like they’re going to leave some internal organs in the pocket behind my seat.

I’ll admit that I am also guilty of traveling while I’ve been sick but most of the time when I do fly sick, it’s because I got sick while I was away from home and not really from being home. I mean seriously, it’s really hard to get sick when you live in South Florida. Ive been trying to do a best job of not traveling when I’m sick or layering up more when I travel. Case in point, I’ve basically retired my North Face shell jacket and my EMS vest for a ski jacket. Normally take my black work coat if it’s REALLY cold out to protect my legs but the ski jacket has been doing a great job keeping me warm and sickness away.

It would be awesome if in addition of giving out drinks, flight attendants could give out Meds or something to those passengers that are seriously sick which can get the rest of us sick. The only reason this is starting to concern me more and more is because I have a little daughter now that gets sick easily, it.ready got her sick last year from my traveling and getting sick and I want to try and avoid that because the doctor bills are crazy expensive.

The one good thing about flying on airplanes though is that they have good air recyclers which supposedly catches a good amount of the germs flying around in the air while the plane is up in the air. I’d take some of that Airborne stuff but I tried it when I first started flying and it’s kind of nasty actually. I’m just going to keep in good health as I continue to fly for work.