Tuesday, December 18, 2012

No Civil Discussion of Gun Control Found on Left

After reading all the trolling, anti-gun posts on social media for the last several days I don't think there can be a calm rational, nuanced discussion about gun control. On this issue, the Left is just as extreme and irrational as the Right is about their hobby horses of abortion and gay marriage.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

New Life for My Old iPhone 3Gs

As some may know I my current phone is an HP Pre 3 running webOS.  While I like the phone it lacks one critical app: Amazon Kindle. My HP Touchpad has a Kindle app that works fine, but Kindle was never made for the Pre 3.

My problem was I often like to read a few chapters in bed before retiring and to do this I need a backlit screen and I like something small and light weight that I can hold in one hand and a tablet is just too large.  I suppose this is a leftover from bedtime reading back in the Palm PDA days.

Fortunately I remembered my old iPhone 3Gs which was sitting around in a drawer for almost a year.  I charged the battery, updated the version of iOS, updated all the apps and I have a perfectly functioning WiFi only PDA.

In some ways the lower resolution screen of the 3Gs works better than the high res screen of my Pre 3, because the higher resolution means tiny type which is hard to read on a small screen.  But the 3Gs screen is perfect for reading.

Still I would prefer to have a Kindle app on my Pre 3, but at least I have a work around and it cost me nothing to have the old 3Gs charging on the nightstand. Win.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Switching from Android to webOS Cellphone

The post office delivered the webOS HP Pre 3 phone I ordered today.  This means that Monday I will visit my local ATT Wireless store and switch carriers and phones.

I decided that trying a webOS phone was an itch that needed to be scratched lest it really bother me.  The Pre 3 was never released in the USA, but the phone I bought was made for ATT and it's network, just never distributed.  So I better try it now or forget it because no more Pre 3's will ever be produced.  That is a shame, since having held the hardware in my hand I can tell this is a very comfortable phone.  The shape of the Pre 3 has been described as a "river pebble" shape that fits in the palm of your hand and I think that is apt. The back is rubberized to provide a firm grip.

The phone battery is charging now.  On Monday it will get the SIM card and I will set it up with my various accounts.  Knock wood, I hope everything works.

Future:

IF I like the HP Pre 3 and if it proves reliable, I hope to use it over the next 24 months when maybe somebody will release an Open Sourced version of webOS on a phone.  Realistically, I don't think I will hold my breath, but it could happen.  At least I will have tried something new and gotten it out of my system.

Stay tuned.