Sigh. I dropped my Windows Phone and killed it the other day. In the last year I have wrecked three phones and a tablet. Dad and Mom are about to lose it. I think the vein on his head is still pulsating. That’s not good. Not only that but I just paid back dad this week for the phone I broke.
I am working but I need to stop breaking my phones.
Mom moved from Bell Mobility to Fido because she gets more data for less money and upgraded from her Samsung Galaxy Prime to a Motorola Moto G4 Plus. She told me that I could buy her phone for $50. She had a white case for it and I bought a new charcoal case for $30. We set up both her phone and my phone this morning.
The good news is that while doing it, Samsung sent a big Android update which updated the phone. It’s not a gaming phone which is fine by me. I need it to text, check email, and keep in contact with work, Jordon, Wendy, and Oliver. It also plays Spotify well.
Some photos of Lake Louise that I took while up there last week.
A moment after I took this photo, Dad realized the pockets to his pants looked soaked. It has just poured rain and he had his hands in his pockets as we walked. They got soaked while the rest of his shorts remained dry.
Well I finally have my first full paycheck from working at Safeway. Some idiot stole my backpack a couple of weeks ago so I had to replace that with my first partial paycheck. With my full check, I had to use most of it to pay Dad back for my Windows 10 cell phone. He suggested I keep back some of it and get myself something. I had been looking at smart watches but what do I need a Pebble or a Apple Watch for? I don’t. I just want a nice watch that I can wear every day.
Dad has Timex Expedition Atlantis watch in silver and black and I have always liked it. I saw one in black and realized it was the one I wanted so I bought this for myself with my own money. It feels pretty good. It looks good too.
My much beloved laptop was dying. It was running Windows Vista and while it was still working, Dad wanted to upgrade me to Windows 10. He was going to just upgrade it but for the same price, he bought me a Lenovo ThinkCentre from OTV that had Windows 7 on it. It then upgrades itself to Windows 10. We ran the benchmarks on it last night and it does really well although the onboard video is a little slow. I can’t see Dad dropping $700 for a new video card for it any time soon.
I had a monitor but it was tossed in a cleaning purge so Mom went out and got me a 19.5 inch monitor from HP. It’s a nice setup.
So today we are running Ninite to get me the programs that I need.
So on Friday, dad came home from work and we were talking when I noticed a Pentax K-5 II box on the chair. I asked him what was up and he just said, “look at the invoice”. I did and it had my name on it. I opened up the box and there was a Pentax K-5 II in it. I was more then blown away and was really happy to see it.
My Pentax K-30 is incredible but this is better. It has better JPG quality, faster autofocusing, and a better build quality. I am going to sell my K-30 (as soon as it gets back from some warranty work) and order myself the grip to go with the camera. I’m pretty excited by it.
I put on my Tamron 18-200 lens on it and I could tell right away how quickly it autofocused. It looks like it will be an incredible camera and a fun camera to take exploring with me this summer in Banff.
Usability: This burly mug has the easiest-to-use lid, thanks to its ergonomic, trigger-like opener. It’s big, and as such won’t fit in a car’s cup holders, but I found that this was my go-to for bringing to work.
Keeps Liquids Hot for (Claimed): 8 hours Temperature Loss After 2 Hours: 24 degrees Temperature Loss After 8 Hours: 60 degrees
Bottom Line: The Stanley was the big winner in terms of short- and long-term heat retention. If you like your coffee hot, this is your mug. We also loved the trigger-style lid that never spilled but was easy to use, even one-handed.
Both will be great company on some trips and adventures in 2016.