Dreamer’s World March 31, 2018

  This week has been a very busy one for me. Work was more hectic than usual, there was the self-assessment that had to be done in the close of the current reporting period, which is always fun. I also had to start thinking of new objectives for the next reporting period that starts soon. This was on top of the normal routine work and the crisis phone calls for help from people. To add to all of this, I suffered a major bout of insomnia on Tuesday night and called in sick on Wednesday as a result. I was extremely happy to be finished yesterday.
    The upcoming move to the new apartment continues to hurtle towards us. It will soon be just 2 weeks before the move, this marks the point at which I begin to pack items away and prepare for the move. Hal has already been at it for 2 weeks. I need to conserve my energy for now.
    Hal did get a new cell phone this week, a Samsung Galaxy S9+. While it is a great device, I just have never been a fan of Samsung products. They always make things too complicated for my taste. I prefer my Google Project Fi phone to anything else available right now. Hal is very pleased with his new phone, and I decided that I would upgrade something of my own.
       I have an ancient Sony digital camera. It is at least 10 years old, and I no longer have the cable that connects it to a computer for downloading or to charge the internal battery. After some internet research proved that a replacement cable would be too expensive, I decided to get a new digital camera. I looked at Best Buy and saw a Nikon that I really liked. It does the 4K video in 1080p, and I thought that the price wasn’t too terrible. I didn’t buy the camera at the store. Instead, I came home and looked it up online to see the reviews. The reviews all stated that it was an excellent camera for the price. I then noticed that it was available via Amazon, and for $50 more I could also get a case, SD card, rechargeable batteries and other things that I would have had to purchase separately if I bought the camera through Best Buy. I placed the order thru Amazon and I am hoping that the package will arrive by Tuesday, which is the projected date.
       I might use the new camera to start developing a vlog for myself. This is something I have thought about in the past, but I lacked the proper equipment for it. I am not making any guarantees, but it is a subject for me to ponder over in the coming weeks.

Dreamer’s World March 15, 2018 – Time Flies

    Time flies when you’re having fun, at least that is how the old saying goes.  I wonder how it equates to when you are stuck at work, feeling like there is no end in sight? I ask because I am at a standstill this morning due to system upgrades that are being pushed out by the IT department. These updates are impeding my work, and that means that I will have to dedicate more time to these tasks later at the expense of other jobs that I must finish.
     At least this interruption gives me time to write. I have been so busy that I have blog post drafts that will never see the light of day, let alone get published. Things are hectic around the apartment as Hal continues with preparations for the move, although that is still six weeks away. I know Hal well enough to let him do what he is doing and to stay out of his way. Personally, I cannot live surrounded by boxes for weeks at a time. I prefer to pack during the last week before the move. I make a mental list of things that will be packed away first, as well as items that will be donated to charities or just thrown away. I find this routine works best for me.
     I suppose that I have lived with few possessions for so much of my life that I treasure the few I have and don’t want to feel restricted any longer than necessary. After 18 years together, and multiple moves during that time, it should come as no surprise that Hal and I accept the differences and grow stronger together each day. As the morning crawls along, I find that my mind struggles between work that I can’t do right now and flights of fancy as I look forward to warmer weather and the move to the new apartment.
     I want to go and look at a few items that I want for the new apartment. Nothing major, just some shelving units from IKEA. I plan to make two of the shelving units into a headboard for my bed so I will have more storage that is convenient to access. The bed is rather tall, and it is difficult to find headboards that would fit, and I don’t want to spend lots of money on a headboard. Perhaps we will go to IKEA after work this afternoon to check the shelving units out and get some measurements.
     The morning is slowly dragging by, and the laptop is still updating. Whenever one program finishes, another starts. I have no idea how long this will go on. I have no idea how much longer the updates might take because that machine belongs to the client and the updates are their responsibility.
     At least I can use Grammarly app on my other laptop to keep writing to pass the time before I have3 to host my meeting. After that, depending on the status of the other device, the day will get busy, or it will remain boring as the time passes. I love the ability to write using multiple computers while working on the same document without losing my place or any changes I have made. I wish that Grammarly had a Chrome extension that would work with OneDrive, but it isn’t bad the way it is. I just have to cut-and-paste the final version from Grammarly when finished.
     The verdict from IT on my machine is to replace it. Tomorrow will I will get all of the data I need stored in the cloud and also make a software inventory so I can reload the new machine when it arrives here. I have decided that I am staying home after work unless we go somewhere for dinner or to bring something home to eat.

Dreamer’s World February 27, 2018 – My New Libratone Noise-Canceling Headphones

For a long time, I have wanted to get a pair of good noise-canceling headphones. I had set my sights on the Bose QC-35 II headphones, but I never got them because of the high price tag. I had been getting my personal finances under control and really started trying to justify spending the money on them, but something always held me back. Perhaps it was the high price, maybe it was just common sense, but I wouldn’t buy them unless they came down in price by at least $100.
    Eventually, the desire to get new headphones subsided because Bose never recognized the mental messages I was sending to them. I am an audiophile because I love music, and I wasn’t impressed by any of the noise-canceling headphones on the market. After xmas, I figured that I would just wait until something new or better came along. I never gave up on the idea of getting new headphones with noise-canceling, but other priorities were more important to me.
    Just over a week ago I was browsing the web one evening, and I decided to check out the Google Store website. I looked at the accessories that are available for my Google Pixel 2 XL and was very surprised to see that there were noise-canceling headphones available in my price range. I had not heard of the company called Libratone before, but my curiosity was aroused.
    I began to search the web for Libratone and was surprised at the positive feedback that the company was receiving for their products, including the noise-canceling headphones. Of course, there were YouTube videos that showed the noise-canceling headphones, the Libratone Q-Adapt Wireless On-Ear Headphones. I was intrigued by them and kept up with my research.
    I reasoned that if Libratone was considered a good enough brand to be allowed in the Google Store, that there had to be something worth checking into. With the research I had been conducting, my mind began to realize that I might have found the headphones I was looking for.
    I finally broke down and ordered the headphones. They arrived a few days later, and I must say that I am tremendously impressed with them. There is an app that Libratone makes for my phone that allows me to control the noise cancelation without any trouble. I have tested them around the apartment, and I have had no problems at all. They are heavier than the Bose headphones, but not to the point of being uncomfortable to wear, and that is a huge benefit.
    I found that one of the advantages to the Libratones is that since they are on-ear rather than completely covering the ear, I don’t get the cabin pressure syndrome from wearing them for an extended period of time. They look classy, and that is an added bonus as far as I am concerned. The active noise cancelation works very well and is no problem to adjust as needed.
    Of course, any headphones are only as good as the sound quality that they produce. The Libratones are excellent in this regard. The sound quality is right up there with Bose, perhaps a bit more bass than the Bose give me, but I can live with that. The mids and high ranges are crystal clear at all times. I haven’t blasted them at full volume because I never do that with headphones under any conditions. That is why the noise cancelation was so crucial to me in the first place.
    I would recommend these headphones to anyone who wants a great sound experience with the option of noise cancelation and a stylish look that isn’t seen everywhere you go.
    Here are the links:
 
 

Dreamer’s World February 27, 2018 – My New Libratone Noise-Canceling Headphones

For a long time, I have wanted to get a pair of good noise-canceling headphones. I had set my sights on the Bose QC-35 II headphones, but I never got them because of the high price tag. I had been getting my personal finances under control and really started trying to justify spending the money on them, but something always held me back. Perhaps it was the high price, maybe it was just common sense, but I wouldn’t buy them unless they came down in price by at least $100.
    Eventually, the desire to get new headphones subsided because Bose never recognized the mental messages I was sending to them. I am an audiophile because I love music, and I wasn’t impressed by any of the noise-canceling headphones on the market. After xmas, I figured that I would just wait until something new or better came along. I never gave up on the idea of getting new headphones with noise-canceling, but other priorities were more important to me.
    Just over a week ago I was browsing the web one evening, and I decided to check out the Google Store website. I looked at the accessories that are available for my Google Pixel 2 XL and was very surprised to see that there were noise-canceling headphones available in my price range. I had not heard of the company called Libratone before, but my curiosity was aroused.
    I began to search the web for Libratone and was surprised at the positive feedback that the company was receiving for their products, including the noise-canceling headphones. Of course, there were YouTube videos that showed the noise-canceling headphones, the Libratone Q-Adapt Wireless On-Ear Headphones. I was intrigued by them and kept up with my research.
    I reasoned that if Libratone was considered a good enough brand to be allowed in the Google Store, that there had to be something worth checking into. With the research I had been conducting, my mind began to realize that I might have found the headphones I was looking for.
    I finally broke down and ordered the headphones. They arrived a few days later, and I must say that I am tremendously impressed with them. There is an app that Libratone makes for my phone that allows me to control the noise cancelation without any trouble. I have tested them around the apartment, and I have had no problems at all. They are heavier than the Bose headphones, but not to the point of being uncomfortable to wear, and that is a huge benefit.
    I found that one of the advantages to the Libratones is that since they are on-ear rather than completely covering the ear, I don’t get the cabin pressure syndrome from wearing them for an extended period of time. They look classy, and that is an added bonus as far as I am concerned. The active noise cancelation works very well and is no problem to adjust as needed.
    Of course, any headphones are only as good as the sound quality that they produce. The Libratones are excellent in this regard. The sound quality is right up there with Bose, perhaps a bit more bass than the Bose give me, but I can live with that. The mids and high ranges are crystal clear at all times. I haven’t blasted them at full volume because I never do that with headphones under any conditions. That is why the noise cancelation was so crucial to me in the first place.
    I would recommend these headphones to anyone who wants a great sound experience with the option of noise cancelation and a stylish look that isn’t seen everywhere you go.
    Here are the links:
 
 

Dreamer’s World January 11, 2018 – Exploring Writing Tools


    I have been exploring ways to streamline how I create my blog posts. Right I’m using the Ginger keyboard app on my smartphone, and typing directly into Evernote. I am probably going to be researching this approach for a few days at least. The Ginger keyboard takes some getting used to at first, but I can see some advantages to it as I slowly work with it.
    I am starting this portion of the blog post on the desktop version of Ginger. It is similar to Grammarly desktop, but with some differences. These differences won’t make much of an impact on my writing, except for the incessant prompts for me to upgrade to a priced plan of Ginger. Here’s a hint guys, STOP HASSLING POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS before we have had the chance to test your app out! I want to make a decision based on how this performs, and not on a reaction to repetitive ads to upgrade.
    So far, I have one major complaint about Ginger. I have a habit of typing that often neglects to lift my finger away from the shift key in time to avoid capitalizing the first 2 letters in a word. This is something that has troubled me for years and I don’t need lectures about it now, I need an app that will recognize and prompt me to correct those mistakes. So far, Ginger has failed with this. I still have to proofread myself to find these aggravating errors because Ginger will not even highlight them for me.
    Another and more serious difference is that Grammarly will show items that I have written and I can select to continue writing those particular entries at a later time.
    I must admit that it didn’t take me long to decide that I prefer Grammarly over Ginger for the simple reason that Ginger doesn’t seem to have the option to save something that I write so I can go back to it later to continue and finish.
    Another drawback is that the font doesn’t merge into Evernote as neatly from Ginger as it does from Grammarly. Not a big issue, but something that makes another step necessary when trying Ginger.
    Obviously, I am sticking with Grammarly for the time being because it offers more and is easier to use for me.

Dreamer’s World January 11, 2018 – Exploring Writing Tools


    I have been exploring ways to streamline how I create my blog posts. Right I’m using the Ginger keyboard app on my smartphone, and typing directly into Evernote. I am probably going to be researching this approach for a few days at least. The Ginger keyboard takes some getting used to at first, but I can see some advantages to it as I slowly work with it.
    I am starting this portion of the blog post on the desktop version of Ginger. It is similar to Grammarly desktop, but with some differences. These differences won’t make much of an impact on my writing, except for the incessant prompts for me to upgrade to a priced plan of Ginger. Here’s a hint guys, STOP HASSLING POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS before we have had the chance to test your app out! I want to make a decision based on how this performs, and not on a reaction to repetitive ads to upgrade.
    So far, I have one major complaint about Ginger. I have a habit of typing that often neglects to lift my finger away from the shift key in time to avoid capitalizing the first 2 letters in a word. This is something that has troubled me for years and I don’t need lectures about it now, I need an app that will recognize and prompt me to correct those mistakes. So far, Ginger has failed with this. I still have to proofread myself to find these aggravating errors because Ginger will not even highlight them for me.
    Another and more serious difference is that Grammarly will show items that I have written and I can select to continue writing those particular entries at a later time.
    I must admit that it didn’t take me long to decide that I prefer Grammarly over Ginger for the simple reason that Ginger doesn’t seem to have the option to save something that I write so I can go back to it later to continue and finish.
    Another drawback is that the font doesn’t merge into Evernote as neatly from Ginger as it does from Grammarly. Not a big issue, but something that makes another step necessary when trying Ginger.
    Obviously, I am sticking with Grammarly for the time being because it offers more and is easier to use for me.

Dreamer’s World June 29 2016 – Google Fi and the Nexus 5X Day One

     I am counting today as the first day with the Nexus 5X on Project Fi. Technically, I got the phone yesterday, but since the case I ordered hasn’t arrived yet I’m not taking the phone anywhere yet. Once the case arrives, I will venture out with the Nexus 5x and see how the reception is and how the network provides me with coverage around here.
     I love the phone so far. It is smaller than the iPhone 6 Plus but that adjustment isn’t a real issue for me because the iPhone was actually rather clumsy at times due to its size. 
     I am really pleased that the Nexus 5x also works with the iGluco BG meter that I have. I was prepared to switch to another meter since the iGluco, as the name suggests, was originally designed for iOS. But the app is available on the Play Store, and I can continue using this meter. This is just a pleasant addition to the phone so far.
     I have had no issues at all with the phone or the network thus far. According to my account page, I have used a whopping 0.01 GB out of my 3 GB of allotted data for the plan thus far. Of course, I haven’t taken the Nexus 5x out of the apartment yet, and won’t until I have a case for it, but I can monitor the usage very easily with the app for the phone. If this works as planned, I will pay approximately $55 a month. $50 for the service and $5 for device protection and replacement. Of the $50, $20 is for the calling and texting and messaging with the extra $30 covering 3 GB of data at $10 per GB. If my usage doesn’t reach 3 GB, I receive a refund or credit on my next monthly bill. If the usage doesn’t reach 3 GB I can always reduce the amount of data that I want as well since wifi data usage does NOT count against that limit. If this works out and I were to leave my current carrier, I would save over $120 a month! The key is to not rush into a decision based on only 1 day. I need more time to see how well this will suit my needs over a month or two before making that decision.