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.