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Today's the Big Day

It's on the way! It'll be here in a matter of hours! I raked some poor defensely Circuit City employee over the coals during the grand opening of a new store yesterday, got an amazing deal, and low-and-behold ... my new TV is ON THE TRUCK! Wahoo!!!

Now, finally, a real TV. After all these years. The upsides are innumerable, including (and I like this because I get to put something together) having to actually setup my entertainment center right.

So, that leads to all kinds of questions, and certainly led to a late night last night ripping apart my entertainment center and deciding which new extremely expensive cables I'd now ues, etc. It's led to a few questions posted to TechLore as well, such as... (please weigh in over in the forums)...

Cell phone complaints....

I have been suffering from extreme frustration with my cell phone solution.

I have the Cingular familly plan. The service itself is fine, but the basic phones I got with the plan just STINK. I got the basic Sony Ericsson model last June. I have had to replace phones several different times, and have another one that is dead.

I talked to cingular and they gave me permission over the phone to just go into a store and upgrade to a new phone.

When I got to the store, the only way they would let me upgrade was with a new two year agreement.

BARF.

I am so incredibly frustrated with these phones, I don't know if I want to continue with Cingular. I am almost ready to pay the money to cancel my contract to go with someone else.

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

I just want my phone to work.

The End of an Era


Okay, I can't take it any longer. I have to get my new TV. The 27" CRT I have I got right after college, and because it's not "shiny", the rest of my entertainment center hasn't ever really gotten finished either.

So, here's the plan...

Way too much for a first entry

I've been promising my friend Steven that I would start a gadget/tech blog for a while now, but haven't gotten around to it for various reasons. At this point, I have a backlog of toys to discuss, and I'm going to see how well I can stick to contributing something every few days as I use the products. Unfortunately, to get started I need a bunch of background.

First, a bit about me. I'm an enterprise architecture consultant. I won't bore you with what that means at this point, except to say that I travel quite a bit (4 days a week, more or less full time for the last 8 years) and my daily life is really focused around the technology I carry with me - my laptop(thinkpad for now), mobile phone (today a blackberry 7100t), and when I'm flying or trying to focus, my music (iPod).

Heart Rate Monitor

The more you work out, the more efficient you become, the less calories you burn. What to do, what to do?

I am a big fan of heart rate monitors. They help keep you honest when you exercise. They can help you make sure that your warmup is really a warmup, and know when you have cooled down enough.

One of the main reasons for getting a heart rate monitor is to watch the effort that you are producing. As you train, you become better at what you are doing, and you have to work harder to see results.

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