Chasing the Wind for 15 Years

Still here. 🙂

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My Windows Phone

I bought my Windows Phone last November after reviewing the options. My old Window Mobile 6.1 was at the end of its life and ready to be retired.

1 – iOS iPhone. Great phone. I’m not enamored with Apple’s stranglehold on their iTunes store. I watched Google Voice be denied from entry at Apple’s seeming whim.
2 – Android. It looked chaotic to me. Anything goes. Worse, each carrier manipulated the operating system to their benefit, leading to bloatware that could not be uninstallaed. I hate bloatware.
3 – Blackberry. Hahaha.
4 – Windows Phone. Design looked great. It has the benefit of a single marketplace like Apple, but Microsoft was bound to be more flexible due to past antimonopoly suits. No bloatware, either. Carriers can add their own programs, but they’re easily uninstalled.

And since the Mango update, I’m even more happy I went to Windows Phone.

Dwight over at the Houston Chronicle has come to the same conclusion, though he’s still an Apple fan. That’s fine, but I can tell you I enjoy my Windows Phone more than my wife enjoys her iPhone. I have last year’s Samsung Focus, and it’s lightweight with a great screen. When I finally upgrade next year, the only thing I’d like to add isn’t available yet. I expect Skype to be added by Microsoft as an integral feature (no app needed), so I’ll need a front facing camera then.

And beside, it makes my buddy Sean envious. That’s always fun.

Moving to WordPress.com

New host today, and I’m testing the interface to see if it connects to Facebook, Twitter, MySocialEgoIsHuge.net (that website is unregistered so you can claim it if you wish) , and so on.

I had been using Blogs-About.com since April 2004.  I setup the original Chasingthewind.net webpage as a place to share my faith in Christ and let me learn HTML.  Well, while the faith in Christ has grown (though my service to Him has not, alas, due to all the travel the last couple of years, my enthusiasm to learn HTML has diminished.  I no longer want to spend time tweaking code.

I’d been happy enough at Blogs-about, even though my WordPress setup has hiccuped once or twice (not their fault!) during an upgrade and I had to ask them for help to fix my blog installation.  Well, several weeks ago I upgrade WordPress again, it hiccupped, and I left a trouble ticket.

It went unanaswered.  I sent a followup, also unanswered, and then an email bounced.

So I spent some time researching where I want my blog hosted, and I’ve moved over to WordPress.com.  I may lose a little flexibility, but the options here do everything I want.  And the reliability will be higher since the upgrades are automatic and I won’t munge them up on my own.

Lisa from Blogs-about : thanks for 7 great years of hosting Chasing the Wind.  If you ever stumble across this blog entry, say hi.

Happy 7th Blogiversary

Yeah, I know. Chasing the Wind has been sleepy for a while. My passion for pithy comments has waned somewhat, Facebook has replaced the blog as the social network, and I’m on hiatus from bible study teaching so there are no lessons to post.

But hey, I still own this domain name. 🙂

Toodledo

I’m still looking for that perfect to-do list manager. I really liked the Windows Mobile 6.1 syncronizing solution (except for the occasional hiccup that duplicated everything). But now that I’m using a Windows Phone 7, that solution is gone.

Right now I’ve settled on Toodledo.com which is working really well. It’s an easy to use, web-based to-do list. I link it up through Funky Mule’s Photondo (I know, weird name). It’s still a work in progress, but I’m hoping the upcoming 1.4 revamp and the WP7 software update will give me the speed and reliability I’m looking for. Right now I just use Photondo to add the todo list, then later use the Toodledo website to finesse it.

If I knew more about the GTD (Getting Things Done) method, I’d use it, but I don’t have time to learn it. 🙂 So for now, this is my solution.

This is a Link to a Typical Incendiary Blog Post

This sentence contain the actual link to the incendiary post, with or without comment from this post’s author.

This is a quote from that link to illustrate agreement.

This sentence contains a provocative statement that attracts the readers’ attention, but really only has very little to do with the topic of the blog post. This sentence claims to follow logically from the first sentence, though the connection is actually rather tenuous. This sentence claims that very few people are willing to admit the obvious inference of the last two sentences, with an implication that the reader is not one of those very few people. This sentence expresses the unwillingness of the writer to be silenced despite going against the popular wisdom. This sentence is a sort of drum roll, preparing the reader for the shocking truth to be contained in the next sentence.

This sentence contains the thesis of the blog post, a trite and obvious statement cast as a dazzling and controversial insight.

This sentence is an agreement or disagreement to the original thesis with an urging to read the original post in it’s entirety.

That's Enough of Disqus

I’m disabling Disqus today from my blog at http:\\chasingthewind.net . The idea was great – a more open community for comments to posts. The interface was nice, and I liked the fact that individuals “owned” their own comments and could edit them as necessary.

But Disqus was barely used by the community. The only additional comments I got were mostly spam. And there’s a technical hiccup – I use a utility to crosspost comments from Facebook to my blog and back again, and Disqus ignored those comments. It’s like they don’t exist. I can disable Disqus and the WordPress comments appear; renable Disqus and the comments disappear again. I have to manually import, over and over again, for the comments to match.

And since there was no response to my technical inquiry at Disqus, *poof*, it’s deleted.