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iPhone Problems – Time for a New One

Posted on Monday, April 7th, 2008 at 12:06 am

Apple iPhoneI've had my iPhone since the day after it came out, and I finally started having some issues with it. It randomly drops the signal and becomes inoperable in terms of data and voice service, and I would have to either reset it or toggle the Airplane Mode. I am a frequent user of the data network and when it randomly drops on me, I can no longer communicate with those on my buddy list, or check my email, etc.

I guess that having bought a "first batch" iPhone was destined to have problems at some point in time, but then again, this is technology - which is never perfect. I'll be making an appointment at the Genius Bar so they can replace my phone. There are other small annoyances such as my speaker volume being irrationally low, and that I can't ever hear it ring in any normal circumstance, or when I'm using it as a speakerphone. The UV coating on the camera lens plate also wore off and now my pictures are always blurred and overexposed. This is a big no-no for me as I love to take the best photos possible.

I've grown to be sentimentally attached to my iPhone and I didn't want to exchange it, but this has gone overboard and now it's a requirement for me to take action. I still love my iPhone, no worries!

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Posted In: General Stuff, Technology

Depreciation of the Landline Phone

Posted on Saturday, April 5th, 2008 at 1:57 pm

Landline Phone - Soon to be obsolete?Not long ago I was looking back at how things used to be in my household, and how things are now. One thing I can say is that things have definitely changed! Before the time when we all got cellphones, "getting the phone" was the most exciting thing - Now, it's the opposite. Nobody wants to pick up when it rings, and it's always passed on to someone else when there's a misc. number on the caller ID.

You know, landline phones were once considered one of the greatest inventions in history because of how it permitted people from all over the world to communicate at will, albeit at cost. Now, it looks like the second greatest invention has taken over - the cellphone. Now, I'm not against the growth and domination of cellphones over landline phone, but I'm just simply recognizing the change that has occurred so seamlessly.

There have been some companies out there that have attempted to make cellphones feel like landline phones by creating "docks" for the home where minutes won't be used up and so forth. I'm just curious though, will landline phones ever be completely replaced by mobile phones at some point in the future, or will it be one of those things that just lives on forever?

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Posted In: General Stuff, Technology

Classical Composers & the Piano

Posted on Thursday, April 3rd, 2008 at 2:39 am

Baby Grand PianoLately, I've been listening to classical music. I've always found this type of music to be very relaxing, and emotionally powerful. There are definitely some amazing works from composers that most people have heard of. Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Haydn, and Chopin have all captured my heart in both similar and unique ways.

Because of my attraction to classical music even from a young age, I've always wanted to learn how to play the piano. Some of the greatest works of music have been composed and delivered on the piano, and I would love to learn and appreciate this master tool as best as I can. I don't plan on becoming an amazing player, but I want to develop a kind of comfort with this instrument so that I can be comfortable playing beautiful music, and maybe at some point, creating my own.

My interest in classical music started when I was very young and used to listen to my Mother play on the piano. I tried learning at one point, but due to certain circumstances, it didn't turn out well. I honestly hope that this turns out to be some kind of a "hidden skill" as I really do want to be able to play. These days, YouTube pretty much has everything I like listening to. One thing I find cool in particular is people's own interpretations of some compositions.

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Theme Based Web Design

Posted on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008 at 7:35 am

Web design can be approached in many different ways - some creative, and some just plain and simple. It takes a lot of work and experience for a designer to see web design as an amazing form of expression. In other words, there's so much that can be put towards a design of a website, it can be near obsessive.

Theme based web design is one of the types of design that can either go really well and be successful, or just go terribly wrong and be all over the place. The result, of course, is solely up to the creator's imagination, goal, and desire to achieve something awesome. I have come to the conclusion that web designers with a niche in Illustration have the upper hand in theming, but it can also be done just as well by others with a little bit more effort.

Here are some examples that I believe have successfully managed to portray a "themed" look. I searched through my bookmark database of about 5,000 links (the most tedious thing ever!), as well some CSS Galleries online and found some worth showing: More after the jump...

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Posted In: Design & Code