23 July 2015

Third Lumia Is The Charm, Gadget Road Map Q4 2015

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Earlier this month I bought another Lumia 535 Dual SIM, that brings my total to three (3) devices of the same model.

My first unit I gave to my mom while her iPhone 6 is out for repairs

My second unit I gave to my colleague, I bricked my redmi 1s which he was using so I had to give him the Lumia.

My third unit is for me. Even if I've revived the redmi 1s, I'm not going back to android because of the contact email bug with exchange. It has been a nightmare going over contacts and correcting errors periodically. I just don't have the time for it.

I was supposed to purchase a Lumia 640 LTE Dual SIM but those are smart exclusive and I hate getting phones from carriers. So it's back to the 535, it's not a flagship phone but it suites my work needs and it's very affordable. MSFT writing off the Nokia purchase is kinda disheartening... I hope Satya Nadela doesn't get rid of WindowsPhone / Windows Mobile completely.

Since this is a work phone I am a little less apprehensive on trying the test builds of Windows 10, and since I have a lot of unforeseen expenses I am not going to buy another Windows Mobile just for testing. I will have to wait for the final release, I'm on iOS 9 developer beta, and am thinking of trying out El Capitan when I have time. Speaking of Windows 10 it's due to launch next week I haven't been keeping up with the test builds but from my limited experience I like it. I doubt it will be rolled out day and date to everyone and Microsoft has told us as much, it's actually good since I will be deployed in the field anyway. I'm not going to update at once, I just want to download it.

I've decided that I won't be updating my old Acer laptop because I want to keep it on Windows 7, when I was trying to flash my redmi 1s the xiaomi firmware tool failed on Windows 8.1 but worked Windows 7, so there.

I'm going to be updating the ASUS work computer before the one year deadline ends of course. We don't want to waste a free update! My 15in MacBook Pro is still working well enough for my needs, however I need to get another MagSafe adapter since the cable has frayed (it seems all Apple cables fray sooner or later) I wrapped it with electric tape. I also need to buy another bluetooth headset since my Voyager Pro is basically dead. I'm thinking Voyager Edge or get another Voyager Pro, still undecided.

I'm pretty sure I will be getting the next iPhone 6S Plus or whatever they end up calling it. Still not sold on the iPad and Apple Watch. I just don't need those two pieces of tech. On the Android front I'm going to keep the RedMi 1S on MIUI 6 developer ROM so I can continue on poking around Android and feeding Google Now properly.

So for Q4 2015 it's an iPhone and a Bluetooth headset.






26 April 2015

INC in the BOC

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INC in the BOC 

For the people, by the people is a myth. We live in a failed democracy, it's all an illusion. No different from president BS Aquino's mantra of "Daang Matuwid" (Straight Path). 



No less than four (4) I would say highly placed government officials have pressured Sevilla to quit his post because the ex-chief of customs refused to give Atty. Raval the helm for the Bureau of Customs (BOC) intellectual property division, enforcement and security services (ESS). 

The Raval appointment is being lobbied by Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC), a popular religious group in the Philippines. 

It is a fact that corruption is rampant within our government. It is also a fact that religious groups with their claims of a "bulk vote" can exert a lot of influence onto our morally ambiguous and power hungry politicians. So there are no surprises there. 

My questions are...

1. Are the four cabinet dorks, members of INC? Did they act because they were instructed by the higher ups in government or by their religious leaders, maybe even both? 

2. It is moot if the appointee got his post or not, but it would be good to find out if he is a member of INC as well would it not?

3. What interests are held dear by INC leadership or it's prominent members that would benefit from a grateful appointee in customs?

4. What will our government do about this shameful breach of ethics by these four douchebags masquerading as public servants? 

BS Aquino needs to flush the four turds in his cabinet but don't bet on it. He is absurdly over protective of his cabinet, even if they are already failing him or giving him a worse image than the one he already has. This is great advertising for INC who's membership may yet grow once word spreads that they have the ear of highly placed officials. Let the vicious cycle continue. Move along, move along... 


16 April 2015

Windows Phone 10 Technical Preview on Lumia 535 - Not Recommended

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THIS IS A TECHNICAL PREVIEW, BUGS ARE A PART OF IT. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO INSTALL THIS FIRMWARE IF YOU ARE FAINT OF HEART, OR IF YOUR DEVICE IS MISSION CRITICAL. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
Windows Phone 10 Tech Preview
Updated while I was sleeping
As a member of the Windows Insider Program, I was able to get the 1st release of Windows 10 Tech Preview for my Microsoft Lumia 535 Dual SIM.

In retrospect I shouldn't have enabled automatic updates with the TP. I knew it was going to be buggy but I guess curiosity got the better of me as it always does with new versions of an OS (I play around with Windows 10 Tech Preview for PCs, iOS firmware betas, and OSX betas) 

The 1st tech preview is very buggy if your device is mission critical please do not install it. That being said I am very pleased that Microsoft is going with a wider release on Windows Phone 10. 

So as I am typing this I am using the Windows Phone Recovery Tool to rollback to 8.1 

waiting for the restore software to download

I will not elaborate on the bugs that I encountered as I have already reported these to MSFT. I will not post an initial impression also because I don't think it's fair to the engineers. I will say this though when they get the bugs sorted I think Windows Phone 10 would be a great follow up to 8.1

Especially excited about Outlook Calendar and Outlook Mail for Windows Phone, both of which the desktop versions I already use daily for work.

THIS IS A TECHNICAL PREVIEW, BUGS ARE A PART OF IT. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO INSTALL THIS FIRMWARE IF YOU ARE FAINT OF HEART, OR IF YOUR DEVICE IS MISSION CRITICAL. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.