Switching to iPhone – Day 5


Cases & Virtual Keyboarding

Spent an hour in a very crowded NYC Apple store looking to nab a case for my WinMo AT&T Tilt replacement, the new 32 GB iPhone 3GS.

What I found was a whole lotta not much–some were cool, but many crappy.  And I mean “what were they thinking!” kind of crappy, too.

After some mildly obsessive research this past weekend, I had already narrowed the selection down to two possible candidates, neither of which are currently available–one ships in July. The other, “back-ordered”.

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Switching to iPhone – Days 3 & 4

tokitori_oniphoneFinally, my first couple of work days using my new iPhone. I must admit that i was a bit worried–my phone/PDA is my life-line to the world of the self-employed.

Before we move on, I’d like you to meet my new friend, Toki Tori. More on him after the bump.

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Switching to iPhone – Days 1 & 2


Continuing my experience with switching from the Windows Mobile AT&T Tilt to the iPhone 3GS.

Looks & UI

I have to say that while I was pretty impressed with my new, sleek, shiny little toy, the user interface kind of blew me away. “Dead Simple” doesn’t even begin to describe it. Not having to pull out and use a stylus while pressing a bunch of buttons to navigate as in WinMo? Priceless.

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Switching to iPhone

iphone-loveFinally got me an iPhone.

I’ve been playing wait-and-see since the 1st gen model came out in ’07, wanting to give it a chance to flop or mature before I dipped my toes into the Apple mobile pond. I’ve always been a fan of Apple, but I was honestly a bit pessimistic about the 1st gen due to some missing items: 3G, multi-tasking, 3rd-party apps, physical keyboard, tethering and push email to name a few.

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The Litterbug Dilema

This is an image used in a Seattle litterbug campaign. The enraged dude with the paddle? That’s exactly how I feel when I see people littering–I want to smack spank the living crap out of them.

For years I’ve been working up my nerve to ask litterbugs to pick-up their litter and be responsible. However, it was hard to maintain the veneer of civilized folk and politely ask them to pick-up their mess, when all I wanted was to kick them in the ass.

Over the last couple of years, I’ve managed to calm down a bit and contrive a less confrontational means of accosting the litterbug.

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What’s Your Comfort Food?

Everyone has their comfort food.

Ahhhhhh! A special-tummy-warming-get-you-through-the-doldrums kind of food.

Mine, I indulgently call The Scott Dog (yes, in capitals, patent pending).

It consists of:

  • Hebrew National hot dog
  • Potato hot dog bun
  • Tiny chunks (not melted!) of the sharpest cheddar cheese you can find
  • Finely chopped raw onions
  • Horseradish
  • Spicy brown mustard

Variations are permitted based on need, imagination or life-threatening necessity.

Origins? My childhood, as is common with many cherished comfort foods.

What’s your favorite comfort food?

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AT&T – The Least Dropped Calls… NOT!

I’m checking my email. My mobile phone is sitting on the desk next to my elbow. Suddenly, I get a notification that I have a new voice mail message.

Did I:

  1. Think, “Hmm, that’s funny, it didn’t even ring.”
  2. Say, “That durn AT&T. It would be helpful if they sure got their stuff together.”
  3. Quip, “So many 3G iPhones, so little bandwidth.” Or…
  4. Shriek curses in a babel of languages, tear my hair, rend my clothes?

Well, none of the above, actually, but I certainly feel like doing number 4, sometimes. This happens quite a bit and can be very frustrating–more so when waiting for an important call. Then there are the dropped calls, staticy conversations and handset hardware glitches.  Again, number 4.

Whatever the reasons, it would be really nice to have mobile phone service as reliable as a landline.

AT&T claims the least dropped calls. I guess if you never actually get the call, it can’t be dropped.

I get it. It’s a feature!

Way to go, AT&T.

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Being Thankful…2008

I have a quite a lot to be thankful for this year.

Five years ago, I really couldn’t have imagined my life, today. And I’m not talking about my career or my Wii Sports tennis ranking (which is pretty low, I might add). No, I mean in life…L-I-F-E.

Where is that exactly? Well, let’s see…

  • Celebrated my one year anniversary with an awesome lady
  • This awesome lady and I bought and renovated our first awesome apartment
  • We hosted our first Thanksgiving with our awesome friends and their awesome baby girl
  • My wife has a new job that she does not hate, where she can leave work on-time and have five weeks vacation
  • Barack Obama is the president-elect
  • There is a Trader Joes in our neighborhood
  • My wife’s family likes me
  • My family loves my wife
  • I have a great relationship with the rest of my family
  • I have some pretty cool friends

As I said, quite a lot to be thankful for.

I think with the mess the human race constantly creates for itself, recognizing and acknowledging how beautiful one single tree is in the global forest that is our world can put a smile in the heart and a balm on the soul.

So, yes, I am very thankful.

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Are You a “Looser”?

As a kid, I read quite a bit and had a decent vocabulary for a brat my age. However, I was a poor speller–eliminated from the 4th grade spelling bee on the word “chihuahua.” Regardless of the fact I couldn’t tell the difference between a chihuahua and a chimichanga, I still was a poor speller.

I also had terrible penmanship. I don’t know how other schools were, but our school passed-out grades for handwriting through the 4th grade.  I consistently received either a “U” for Unsatisfactory, or an “N” for Needs To Improve.

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The Definition of Ugly…

The definition of ugly as defined by Merriam Webster:

1: frightful , dire
2 a: offensive to the sight : hideous b: offensive or unpleasant to any sense
3: morally offensive or objectionable <corruption—the ugliest stain of all>
4 a: likely to cause inconvenience or discomfort <the ugly truth> b: surly , quarrelsome <an ugly disposition> <the crowd got ugly>

The definition of ugly as defined by me :

1: A well-dressed woman walks into a deli and asks to trade twenty-five pennies for a quarter to be used in the parking meter.
2: The deli owner tells her he didn’t want the pennies.
3: The rest is as follows…

Lady: “So you’re not going to give me the quarter?”
Deli Owner: “No.”
Lady: “Thanks. Thanks for fucking nothing. I hope your fucking store burns. Go back to your fucking country.”

I witnessed this, today, while getting a drink at my local deli.

As you can see, both definitions have a lot in common.

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