iPhone Battery Life

A few weeks ago, I got an iPhone 6+.  I am not a hard core user of the phone, but I do use it.  Starting with my iPhone 5, I would turn off a lot of background tasks to improve battery life.  Well, the big battery in the 6+ really takes it to another level.  I had noticed that some nights I don’t need to charge it (even while running my sleep tracker overnight).  So I decided to not run it to see how long it would go.  Below is my first attempt.  I had a few hours of calls on the phone, including some speakerphone use.  Didn’t play much music, but did some browsing, messaging, took photos, etc.  All day Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday on one charge.  I could get used to this kind of battery life!



GE Garages

I’ll put more verbiage here eventually, but GE brought a maker-oriented road show called GE Garages to Rice.  Since that’s so close to the house, I took the family down there on Sunday.  (As a side bonus: Bernie’s Burger Bus was there, and it was free!)

Bernie's Burger: the Substitute with truffle fries

Beatrix listening next to Makerbot Replicators

The Makerbot Replicators are 3D printers – they print 3D objects using melted plastic.  Extremely cool stuff.  The blue tape was there because the printers were outside, and it was a very, very windy day.

The outfit was Bea’s idea, since she knew we were going over to Rice.

Med center left, Burger Bus center, metal cutting right

Beatrix wanted to see me weld something, so the 2 of us went back on Monday.  That will be another post…


Beatrix’s flowers

Beatrix has been bugging us about wanting to plant some flowers, so we bought her a planter, and I went with her over to Houston Garden Center.  Beatrix picked out some celosia and zinnias.  And of course, she needed some gardening gloves.  We got way too much, so now I need to buy a couple more planters.  I told her that I suspected that was part of her plan, and she just laughed.

Stylish gardening gloves

Too many flowers

First phase of planting done

420 Hotdog

Bacon peanut butter dog

Wow.  Has it already been 2 years?  Gosh…

I put down a by-line of “tech, talk, and bacon” and realized I haven’t had any bacon posts.  So here one is.

A couple weeks ago I was in New York, and I wanted to try out the Feed Your Hole food truck.  They had something called a 420 hotdog there, so of course I had to get one.  A peanut butter and bacon hotdog.  My only regret is that I only got one.

Flash: Apple vs Adobe

Honestly, I am not the biggest fan of Flash. 90% of the time I see it just used for annoying ads. It’s always killing my browser, or pegging the CPU, at least until I install Flash blockers. (Of course, it might not help that I often have 50 tabs open.) And I always have issues with it under Linux.

For the past week I’ve been doing a lot of surfing with my iPad and, honestly, lack of Flash is not so bad. It’s not as bad as trying to surf with Netscape / Mozilla under Linux in the, say, late 90’s / early 2000’s. Always loved those sites that were “optimized” for Internet Explorer. (Read: they used non standard HTML that wouldn’t work with anything else, or, horrors, ActiveX or, as I used to call it at the time, CaptiveX.)

My favorite moment back then: hitting a web site that lectured me that I needed to install Internet Explorer to view the site. I was. From an iPaq running – wait for it – Internet Explorer. Epic fail.

Of course back then browsing from a mobile device was a lot less than mainstream.

Which brings me to tonight’s amusing moment. Went to Ikea’s website and they had a big graphic saying I needed Flash to view that particular content and, not to worry, it was easy to install. Since I was on my iPad, by “easy” I guess they mean “impossible”. Oh well. Luckily I’m able to view much of the rest of the site… So far.


Well, last night I went by the apple store and picked up an iPad. Initial impressions are favorable.

In recent months, I had thought about picking up an iPod Touch, mainly for the apps and mobile experience. Around Christmas, I had also considered a Kindle. Also, my MacBook Pro was starting to have seemingly age related issues, so I had been eyeing a net book of some kind.

When I first got my laptop, I was using it as a desktop replacement. But as time has worn on, it seems to get slower and slower. Recently, I had mainly been using it for web, notes, and email, and using a desktop for my work. As a result, a net book seemed adequate for what I needed.

When the iPad was announced, several people I know seemed underwhelmed. I on the other hand was quite excited. Here was an item that potentially could be used instead of 2 or 3 items on my wish list. Reading about the Kindle for Tablets software, and then Evernote’s plans for iPad made it even more compelling.

That left me with one remaining question and a dilemma. The question: would the onscreen keyboard be useable enough or would I have to get a hardware keyboard. (The iPhone keyboard kind of gets on my nerves, which is why I’ve stuck with my Android phone.). After reading a few reviews this week, I was happy to see that people thought the virtual keyboard was quite usable for more than casual use. Then it came down to a dilemma: get one now, or wait for the 3G model at the end of the month. Since I’ve got wifi access 95% of the places I go, and since I already have a portable 3G access point, I started thinking I would skip the internal 3G. And when I noticed that there is already one, and probably soon 2 4G networks in town, I started thinking the cost benefit wasn’t there. Not to mention I was getting impatient.

So last night I went to the Galleria. They were running low on iPads, and only had the 64G model. That was fine, as I had a lot of data to carry around and had planned on the 32G model anyway.

I didn’t open the box until 11 pm, and by the time I updated my laptop to the latest iTunes, downloaded music, photos, and a few free apps, it was 4 am by the time I went to bed.

But here I am In the afternoon and I haven’t cracked open my laptop yet this morning. Just have a few items to sort out. But otherwise I’ve surfing, listening to music, and now twittering (using AOL Lifestream) and posting to my blog (using the WordPress client) for the first time in months.

Losing FTW

After my dad went on disability a few years ago, I decided to take care of myself a little better, and especially to lose some weight. I got a physical for the first time in years. And I started eating a lot healthier. Over the next couple of years, I lost over 50 lbs and became a little more (and sometimes a lot more) active. I kept the weight off, and I felt years younger.

Then last spring, I got a lot busier. I didn’t sleep as regularly. I stopped all walking. (Which had already tapered off around the time our daughter was born.) I started eating a lot more poorly.

So here I am, at the beginning of 2009, almost 20 pounds heavier than I was a year ago. Ugh! I’m not getting any younger, and I’m feeling the weight, even though I’m not nearly as heavy as I was 4 years ago. So, in commemoration of Groundhog Day, I’m starting a new stage of healthfulness. Like before, my goal is slow & steady. Eating right, a little activity. Nothing drastic. Just consistency. Every day.