Keep thinking about moving content from theoldiheartbrad.wordpress.com to this site, but not sure yet. There’s a lot going on in life that I want to put here but haven’t. I’ll get there….
For about 10-12 years now, I’ve been an Apple guy. I’ve used their laptops, desktops, phones, mice, keyboards, wifi transmitters and wireless backup devices…and just about anything else I could manage to afford or acquire. It’s been a good, solid run. I’ve generally loved using Apple products. I’ve always enjoyed the ease of use the products provide. Granted, the price points of Apple products isn’t always fun, but I strongly believe in the phrase, “You get what you pay for.”
Well, all that said, things are changing for me. It seems to me that Apple is moving in a direction that I’m not a really big fan of. I’ve noticed that as time has gone by that things like quality are slipping a bit. I’ve also noticed that things like malware are becoming more and more common on OSX and iOS devices. I’ve noticed that Apple is creating a very “closed” culture technologically. I’ve also noticed that it doesn’t seem, regardless of their claims, that they’re doing everything better than everyone else. I state it like that in reference to Jobs’ or Forstal’s quote about multi-tasking on the iPhone, which goes something like this, “We’re not the first one’s to do multi-tasking, but we’re doing it the best” or something to that effect.
So, here comes the big bombshell: at the end of the month, I’m ordering an Android device and saying good-bye to my iPhone and Apple as a whole. I will also be transitioning my home computers to Linux machines running Ubuntu. And before you freak out, here are my reasons for doing so:
- I like the idea of using OS’s that are designed by the community FOR the community — meaning, I don’t want some company telling me what I need to have & use. I want more freedom of choice and the ability to use something that’s more open.
- I am sick and tired of reading about Apple and their damn patent lawsuits. It’s ridiculous! Maybe Henry Ford should’ve patented the steering wheel so that no other car could use one…some things are meant to be shared and it only makes the market better for the consumer…something Apple cares little about.
- I’m a hard-core Google user who has everything in my computing life linked in some way to Google…Gmail, Calendar, Play, Plus, etc.
- Android 4.0 (ICS) is just dead sexy. It has so many more features and is incredibly customizable (which I like).
- I’ve chosen a Samsung handset to be my Android device of choice…and so have a lot of others. Love where Samsung is going with mobile technology.
- I’m moving to Linux because it’s safer, affordable, and open source. My computer usage as a consumer has changed drastically. Everything I do is web based for the most part. Don’t need an $1,800 shiny laptop to do everything I love doing on a computer.
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to spend the entire afternoon and evening on my friend’s boat. He has a giant pontoon “Sun Tracker” as seen in the picture here in the post. His doesn’t have the full cabin, but it’s just about the same size. Anyhow, we spent the entire day just cruising the Fox River at about 20 mph…it was glorious. Got a nice tan, enjoyed some great snacks, and plenty of nice scenery. It was very, very peaceful.
It felt great to leave technology behind. No work computer, no home computer, and I even turned my iPhone off. No distractions. The only time I turned my iPhone on was when we boated past my dad’s friend’s house…and lo and behold, my dad was outside standing there so I screamed and waved and he called me. We chatted for a bit. He was out on his motorcycle, and I was out on a boat. We know how to enjoy a nice day (90 degree high…perfect)!! So after that, the phone went back off and I was in bliss.
There’s something about just sitting and not thinking about anything. It’s just pure relaxation. My buddy who owns the boat is a lot like me; we both work a lot of hours so we take pleasure in the little things like un-plugging and just relaxing. We both are big quality time people. We like to be with our friends and loved ones. We lifted together in the morning, had lunch at his place with his family, then loaded his daughters up in the car and hit the boat. From there we picked up his wife and 2 of our other friends and cruised the river some more. After that, we just headed back to his house, had some dinner, then watched a movie…the movie ended at 10:30pm and we were both spent. From there I proceeded home and up to bed. Being out in the sun all day can tire ya out!
It was a great way to reset after a long week of working a lot. I’m trying to get better at finding balance that way. Like even now…I’m on my work laptop and should be working but thought it would be a great idea to close off the relaxation by writing about it. Or, I’m just avoiding work. :-)
Anyway, nothing major here, just sharing my Saturday with you.
When this blog got set up today, I had it in mind to just import a bunch of old posts from my previous blog. So, I did it. After spending hours looking at all of them and researching themes at the same time, I decided that it was time to scrap the old posts and let them lie where they lie and start fresh.
Lately, “Starting Over” has become quite a theme in my life. It’s been good. So, why not do it here too? Will hopefully be posting quite a bit here.