Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Mozilla Firefox 7 for Android

I downloaded Mozilla Firefox 7 onto my Motorola Triumph today to try out. The previous version caused my phone to reboot.
Well I barely used it on my phone for a few minutes and it rebooted my phone. I'm rather disappointed that I've now had to remove it from my phone for a second time.
Anyone else having similar problems with Firefox on their Triumph?

Amazon Kindle Fire

I saw the announcements of Amazon's new Kindle Fire and thought it looks really great for a tablet and especially for $199. If I had the extra money I'd consider getting one. My main use would be streaming content and cruising on the Internet.
It doesn't have a camera or GPS, though I can't imagine I'd be using those features that much if I had them. I have my phone that could do that.
It doesn't support 3G, which is fine for me as I wouldn't want an extra bill every month.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

New Battery for Triumph follow-up

Netflix

Since we gave up the Dish Satellite service when we moved we thought about some viable alternatives for our entertainment.
Even with all of Netflix's recent missteps I signed us up for their 30 day trial and so far it's been pretty good. Granted not the most recent of releases, but that hasn't been important to us, but a decent collection which I'm sure we never scratch the surface of the offerings. For $8 a month it seems to be a great alternative.
I've been mostly streaming on my PC but I've also streamed to my Motorola Triumph phone while laying in bed. I've hooked it up to our old 4:3 TV via our laptop and it's ok. It would be nicer to have a dedicated device but we'll defer that expense to another day.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Triumph's New Battery update

Today I didn't have quite as good of results but I think it was primarily because I was running a "battery saving" program that would turn on WiFi every 15 minutes for 1 minute. Now with my old Optimus V it would have been ok with that setting, but the Triumph sucks down battery life with WiFi on. Normally I keep it completely off until I get home.
So I've uninstalled the App and will try again tomorrow to see how well the new battery lasts.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Triumph battery replacement

It's now been 26 hours since I last charged my Motorola Triumph and it still has a 51% charge which is a lot better than the stock battery. I found this one on EBay. So far so good!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Combast 12/2 Business speed test

Here's one of my more recent speed tests with Comcast Business.

Comcast Business

When I decided to purchase a new house I had to decide what my ISP was going to be.
For over 10 years I had Earthlink (Mindspring initially) DSL and was very pleased with it's speed. Typically I could get 4 MB down and 600 KB down. However, I was looking to try and cut back on my bills and would have wished that Earthlink would have offered naked DSL (doesn't need a phone line) as I would have stuck with them. I found having a land line an unnecessary expense as everyone in the house was using their cell phones and rarely used the land line.
Also we were using Dish Network for TV, but decided that we really didn't watch that much so we cut that expense.
So I began searching for a new ISP and considered Comcast Home Internet, but they unfortunately cap how much you can use it, so that was out. My sister has used Comcast Business for a number of years and since it doesn't have a cap I placed my order. I decided to only get Internet and nothing else bundled with it. Though I was told that as a residence I couldn't get TV service with Business even if I had wanted to.
The only down side is it seemed to take a long time than it should have to get it installed. It took a week for Comcast to do a "drive by" (not their term but mine) to see if the house was connected up to Comcast. It was, and one would have thought there system would have shown that. After that it took another week for a tech to come out and install the service. He had to turn it on at the pole and do a little figuring out which cable went to the room I wanted to use, and then plugged in the modem. After that it was pretty quick for him to get it setup via a laptop.
After he left I fired up my Netgear router and away I went. This time I had no issues with the Netgear as I did when I tried using it with Earthlink.
I must say I've been very pleased. I ordered the 12/2 service (lowest tier) and have tested it and get 20/5 quite often. Before it would have been quite a challenge to stream a movie with the DSL line I had, but now can have a couple streams going at once.
We've even signed up to try out Netflix for the next 30 days to see if that'll be something that the household will enjoy as a replacement for Dish.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Jury Duty

Definitely not tech related, but I was summoned for jury duty and today was the day. I've never been so it was a completely new experience for me. I took some extra power for my phone, but I didn't need it. I mostly read, and much of the time I had to have my phone off.
The court did mention that they don't use strips with our names on them to randomly pick, they let a computer do that now so there's the tech related portion for this blog post!
All in all a good experience. I think for the day that you have to take to do this it is well worth the time to experience one of the things that has set us apart from some countries in the world, trial by a jury of your peers.
When I was in a pool of potential jurors for a trial we had to go around and introduce ourselves and answer some basic questions, one of which was our occupation. It was sad to hear how many were unemployed. I know that unemployment is high, but until you actually see folks that say it, then it really hits home. I'm very fortunate to be working now.
Now that I've done it today I won't be eligible for another 2 years. . . and then I'll be much more positive when I go now that I know what goes on.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Triumph WiFi

I've been noticing that whenever I have WiFi turned on the battery drops quite rapidly. One overnight period it went down over 50% 7 hours. If WiFi is turned off it goes down around 25%. So I pretty much keep WiFi turned off all the time now as 3G has been more than adequate.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Despite the rumors to the contrary :-) I didn't fall off the face of the earth. In the last month I sold my house, bought a new one, moved, and then today got internet installed! So in due time I'll be back in business. It might be a little slow as I still have unpacking/setting up to do!
Thanks for your patience!