At this point it's less than two weeks before we move to the new house.
I spent much of this week fighting with phones. My present phone, a
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini, has been giving me problems for some time.
Wednesday I ordered a new phone, an unlocked Motorola G4 Plus. Lovely
thing, with 4G of RAM, 64G of internal storage, micro SIM, and micro SD
card. I spent pretty much all day Friday getting it set up...
... only to find out that there is a design flaw that causes "ghost
touches" when the phone is charging. That means that it's completely
unusable for the time it's on the charger. This is apparently a simple
fix that can be performed by a repair center, and, hey, there's one in
downtown Seattle. Except that its phone is disconnected. I spent a
couple of hours on chat with Motorola's tech support, and learned that the
only actual repair center is in Texas. This is apparently a consequence
of their having been sold to Lenovo. The phone also had a loud and
obnoxious boot sound, which I became very familiar with.
Yesterday I also found out, in the course of investigating microcells,
that AT&T now has "WiFi Calling" (which T-Mobile has had for years,
but let's not go into that). So after putting my SIM card back in my old
phone, I went online trying to find out how to turn it on. (This is
important because cell service on Whidbey Island is spotty at best, and
our new house is outside of all the spots.) Not finding anything obvious,
I chatted with a support person, who told me that the instructions were on
the "device support" pages...
...only they weren't. So back to chat, for the rest of the goddamned
afternoon, during which it turned out that my phone needed either a
new SIM, a factory reset, or both. Since at that point I knew from
experience (see Friday) that setting up all my icons and logging back in
to all the apps that need it is a multi-hour process, I decided to forgo
the reset until I had the new phone (which I hadn't selected at that
point) in hand.
So after printing out the shipping labels for returning the Motorola phone
to Amazon, I spent the rest of yesterday researching phones. I
eventually found the LG G5, which is actually a much better phone
in all ways that I can determine without actually having one in my hands,
and cost about the same $250. It should be arriving sometime today,
because Amazon is awesome, especially in its home town of Seattle. It has
"only" 32G of internal storage compared with the Moto's 64, but the same
4G of RAM, and supports SIM cards up to 256G (which is the size SSD I have
in my laptop, for FSM's sake).
So it's been a pretty grueling weekend, and that's not even counting the
heat. Last weekend was worse, but I did go to the Seattle Pride festival
with Naomi and the kids. That was fun, especially the fabulous
I also did a little walking during the week. Still not as much as I ought
to, but it's a start. The other accomplishment for last weekend was
putting the finishing touches on two-sided song printing. I still need to
edit the lyrics files to accommodate the new structure; that's minor.
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