In the meantime, I have Linda's phone (my old Blackberry) while she's using an old phone of hers. This phone has Blondie's intro to "Sunday Girl" on it for a ringtone. I hope nobody calls me.
So the iPhone is taking a little getting used to. Overall, I think I wish I'd waited for the Blackberry Bold, but hey, maybe I'll get used to the differences. I'll adapt. I'm adaptable.
"The battle for the hearts, minds and wallets of mobile phone owners enters a new phase this weekend with the launch of the BlackBerry Bold.
RIM, the Canadian company behind the BlackBerry, the mobile email device beloved of businessmen and travelling salesmen, is making a concerted effort to appeal to a much wider audience - ordinary people, like you and me, rather than hedge fund managers and captains of industry - and the Bold is its most ambitious attempt yet.
The sleek, stylish phone has all the classic BlackBerry hallmarks - from the qwerty keyboard for tapping out emails to the capacity to open and edit documents - but it's also one of the best entertainment devices BlackBerry has produced, with a really good music player and the ability to show videos on the crisp, clear screen.
BlackBerry has had to raise its game following Apple's entry into the mobile phone market with the iPhone - the newest version, the iPhone 3G, hit shops last month. The Apple has been, by and large, a critical and commercial success. It has also raised the bar in terms of public expectations.
At its heart, the iPhone is an iPod, so it's got music and video playback pretty much licked. It's also a fantastic tool for surfing the web, because it operates on both the high-speed 3G mobile phone network and in wireless hotspots, and the touch-screen interface means people can view web pages as they would on a normal computer.
It means that other mobile phone manufacturers have had to think much more carefully about the user experience. The Bold has been designed with this almost entirely in mind…
iPhone 3g: If the iPhone had the ability to edit documents on the go, it would be the perfect business device. As it stands, it is probably better suited to consumers, but its ease of use, superb multimedia capabilities and the ability to add software make it one of the best all-round handsets on the market.
BlackBerry Bold:The BlackBerry Bold, quite simply, does more than the iPhone. It looks better than any of its predecessors, too, but email and professional uses are always going to be the priorities for this device. If they're your priority as well, then it's a superb machine - carrying it says you mean business."
Full article here. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/connected/ma
Next week I only work until Wednesday and then we’re off to sunny Costa de la Luz. We fly to Faro, Portugal and stay a bit across the border in Spain. We’ll be there a week. Don’t know if I’ll bother bringing my phone to make blog entries with. Readers will just have to use their imagination.
I blame all this to and froing on the train and the fact that I really don't use the internet at work other than for work purposes (of course!)... so maybe I've used my mobile once or twice on the sly at work to check something or other.
Anyway, I'm going to have to cut back and save my money for more important things... like, I don't know, guinea pig food.
I've also noticed that they're checking peoples' tickets more this month than they did when I first started taking the train. They probably read my LJ entry on that subject a few weeks ago and sent a Scotrail interoffice email around to the ticket checkers.
The train is late today, by the way, so if you're reading again Scotrail... I'd like to register a complaint
How are the kids and wife doing? My stepdaughter Jenny (age 23 now) just got engaged to her longterm boyfriend Andy over the holiday period... So we're pleased about that and looking forward to a wedding next year. Andy and Jenny have been together for about 7 or 8 years believe it or not. They first went out when she was about 15 not too long after I arrived on the scene... And they've been together ever since. They were even together up at the same University in Edinburgh for a while, altho he graduated about a year before her. Now they're both teachers... He's a phyd ed teacher at the same school Linda teaches at and Jenny is a primary school teacher at a small village school outside of Dumfries.
I'm thinking of joining the family profession too... Considering going back to school and becoming a high school math teacher... I'm still unemployed and can't seem to find a job in engineering that's within driving distance of Dumfries. There are only a few companies around here. I had one verbal job offer that later fell thru, and I'm a bit frustrated at this point. Not having to go to work every day has its clear advantages but I'm a bit too young to be a retiree just yet. Luckily we're financially OK just on Linda's salary as we don't have outstanding debts... The house and cars are paid for etc... But I guess I need to figure out what to do instead of sitting around the house and walking the dog. Actually, in some ways, being off work has been a real advantage in that there have been times recently when Linda's mother has needed a ride to somewhere and the horse had needed to be brought in and out everyday due to being too fat. Linda's been very supportive and figures I've been off for a reason, as its worked out pretty well.
I'm still mad at my phone. I don't like my new Blackberry as much as my old, dead Xda IIs. The Blackberry has a smaller screen, not a touch screen like my old one, the QWERTY keyboard is smaller, it came with a smaller sized memory card so I'm not able to put as much music on it, and... I guess I'm just not liking it as much.
I wish I had sent out my old one to be repaired instead of gotten a new one... but that probably would've taken forever. I still have the old one, and may still try to get it fixed, but since I've already upgraded to this Blackberry, my insurance won't pay for fixing the old one anymore.
Hey, i just got a call from someone recruiting for IBM in Dublin... which is no good for me 'cause I don't live in Dublin... but they say the job is 75% travel and you get to go home every weekend. Probably beats being unemployed, and IBM is a good company, so they're going to send me the job spec anyway. It's do do with Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma, which I know a bit about...
I'm going to see if I can get my old phone sent out to be repaired (if it don't cost nuthin, as I have phone insurance)... because I still like my old one better.