Fed up to the back teeth of constant freezes, leading to power cycling the unit, I carried out a hardware reset today. Power off unit, hold the power button & up volume key to power back on, select the relevant option with volume key, power button to action. Heading to the giffgaff forums to enter correct carrier settings, I now notice GPS works indoors! Bargain! (It used to work only outdoors & take a minute or longer to geolocate.) Proper set up works wonders, no more typing home town then auto complete for local weather reports. Very pleased!!! The only way to tell if the freezes are faulty hardware (RAM?) is to reset the phone to factory settings. I was understandably some what reluctant to take the plunge, & I’ve accidentally wiped my entire contacts list in the process, but it can be rebuilt when people actually contact me, if they do so at all. New beginnings & all that.
Yes, you heard me right, kayaking, my new hobby. Not white water or anything, just touring the Somerset Levels to start with. Hey, if you wanna join me?…
Pouring water on the fire, Firefox OS 1.0 is more of a damp squib. Stability is awful, but hey things can only improve with Mozilla’s aggressive update schedule. The music app cowers in handling a music catalogue of 22GB. Nope. Crash. The Open seems to love to crash in app, while the OS itself seems stable enough. Functionality is basic at present but still an advance over feature phones. The display is small, be prepared to peck out sentances on the meager screen with no auto correct in the WordPress writer as of yet. On the plus side, color representation is good though not bright enough for direct sunlight, the backlight being handled by a front facing sensor. In conclusion, should you get one? While eminently affordable be prepared for an alpha experience.
Has my favourite toy of the moment, a ZTE Open, totally eclipsed the need for a laptop?
Apart from using a fully fledged mouse & dedicated, non noisy, non cherry switch keyboard late at night, a pocket sized computer is both more portable & convenient. Suddenly my laptop seems outmoded & maybe obsolete?
With the absence of Ting Mobile in the UK, the best value (at least for my light usage) falls to giffgaff. Check them out! The great thing about them is everything is self serviced from their website, no call centres! Putting the power in your hands. They piggy back off the o2 network, so good coverage. If, however, you are a heavy user? Virgins £15 VIP tariff unlimited/all you can eat data, text & calls may suit.
The Zealot 16 back pack seems to offer all I would want from a technical perspective. Roll out tool pouch, arm phone pocket, hydration, integrated lid & knee/shin carry. However, initial impresions tend towards cheap build quality. The materials used seem to be the thinnest gauge they can get away with & at £70 this is not really good enough. It remains to be seen how many seasons of abuse it can stand up too…
Fight or flight?
I did it! I faced down my fear! I finally understand how to break the negative cycle of fear of fear (therefore, keeping fear alive.) Claire Weekes was right, banging on about the same concept a quadrillion different ways, but it has to be felt to actually understand it.
The importance of despair & being authentic.
At the very knifes edge of panic one must be courageous & ignore one’s imagination’s tendency to think the worst & harping on all your insecurities. In that very moment, one must choose to courageously seize the moment as opposed to shrinking in fear! You, must, in fact, run the exact opposite of your instincts & let the despair manifest itself, even outwardly, in public without trying to enforce a (false) “happy” emotional state (masking.) Doing so allows the panic (not dangerous in itself) to pass through you without continually spiking fear of fear in a never ending cycle. Taking five minutes out to compose oneself is infinitely better than having to retreat home in shame & lie down in a darkened room.
Life will, no doubt, give ample opportunity to practise this new skill & doing it under pressure will require diligent rehearsal. However this is most definite a step in the right direction.