Saturday, April 30, 2016
I realized that I don't actually need a high-end, flagship phone any more, Android is now mature enough that a good, budget phone will do pretty much everything I need it to do. I don't really play games on my phone, and I have a dslr when I need to take good pictures, so what I need is a phone that will- make phone calls (duh!), handle texting and light social media, let me listen to my audiobooks and music, take acceptable snapshots, and last a full day on a charge.
After going backwards and forwards on phones from BLU, Alcatel, LG, etc.etc., I decided to go with what is seen as the best of the budget phones- a Moto G 3rd Generation. It is not the fastest phone (in fact, in performance it's a little behind the 3 year old Nexus 5 it's replacing), nor does it have the highest resolution screen (only 720p, but a lower resolution screen uses less battery), but it's pretty much pure Android without lots of bloat added (apart from a couple of nice Moto touches like the double-twist to open the camera), and the camera is definitely a step up from the one in the Nexus 5, and as well as having supposedly great battery life, it's waterproof (great for dog walks in the rain!). And it was only $220 (I did spring for the one with 16GB of storage and, more importantly, 2GB of RAM).
It arrived yesterday and I spent a couple of hours setting it up, and so far I like it a lot :) We'll have to see if the battery life is as good as they say, but it seems to do everything I need it to quite adeptly, and it takes surprisingly good pictures...
Jackie and Crisp both have the previous version of this phone (2nd Gen), and both are very happy with it- I shall post a further review when I've had it for a while and have had a chance to see what it's like for everyday use.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Monday, April 18, 2016
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Saturday, April 16, 2016
And the girls who came from the Milton Fair and then vested for their role in the choir looked adorable :)
Friday, April 15, 2016
Sunday, April 10, 2016
Saturday, April 09, 2016
After a couple of days of leash walks Holly is not showing any sign of the limp she had, but she seemed to be getting quite depressed, so I decided to risk heading back to the woods. I think she approves of my idea (though she's not as happy about the lack of a tennis ball in my pocket)
Friday, April 08, 2016
Thursday, April 07, 2016
About half way through yesterday's walk Holly seemed a little uncomfortable; and when we got home she started limping, but this time on a front leg.
Today there is no sign of the limp, but as usual, just to be safe, we're going to do a few days on the leash until I'm sure.
We've installed a second projector pointing down so that they can lay a white board over the coffee table and have the maps from the Dungeon Master's laptop projected on it. This way they can move their little miniatures around on the map and the DM can change the map as events warrant.
It's just a super-cheap projector from China, but it does a pretty good job. It's mounted on one of my patent, over-engineered, vibration-isolating mounts using rubber o-rings to stop the dance class upstairs shaking it too much ;)
I think it'll be a hit with the gang when they come tomorrow- I'll try and post some better pictures of it in action then :)