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Alright, here’s the deal. When people think Android, they think it’s only for nerds you can find on “Revenge of the Nerds“( For you younger folks, google it!). That’s not the case as 63% of us have significant others. The platform in 2011 branched out globally and knocked Nokia off their pedestal! As far as other overwhelming numbers, most of us Android users are the t-shirts and jeans kind. That fits me pretty much! You can check the rest of the numbers below… Enjoy!

 

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Here I Am, I Never Left!

Hey everyone, it’s been awhile since i’ve thought about posting or have actually posted anything. I’ve been going through personal hard times and a new job. Things are steadying a bit and I’ll have more time to dedicate to the blog. I have to give a big thanks to Ideen who has been keeping the blog alive in my absence. He’s also been getting on me to get back on it! Thanks bro. He’s been definitely posting compelling entries on our blog. Anyway, expect a few post entries from me this week! See you guys!

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Laziness is Not An Excuse

It’s Projection 101 from yours truly once again.

We are in the holiday season and that will lend itself to lethargic and lackadaisical behavior.    We eat a lot, drink a lot, and spend money we may not have on things we don’t need.  Not always but generally speaking.   This is a blog so I will have time for specifics later.  Just not in this post.

Does technology and all it’s conveniences help aid in you laziness?   Has it made you passive?  In a sense it has spoiled me and spoiled many of us.  I expect things to get done faster.  And I expect to do as little work as possible.   If it only takes 10 seconds then I want to it to take 9 and 8.  I am never satisfied.  If my laptop lags, I get upset.  I expect it to always work all-of-the-time.  If my Smartphone takes too long to find a number or to text someone, I get angry and curse the world.  Why are the numbers and letters taking too long (four seconds instead of one) to pop op on my screen.  Sounds healthy right?

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Thankful and Grateful.

Thanksgiving is in two days and I feel a renewed sense of life this holiday season.    For the first time in at least a few years I am hopeful.   I always have been optimistic and then deflated from time-to-time by the world around me.  This is the world I created.  As we all have this power to do attract good or otherwise.  Seriously.  And as always, we should be say ‘thanks’, over the course of the year and our entire lives.  Not just over a month, or a one time thing.    It makes a world of difference, in someone else’s life and your own.

What does this have to do with technology?  A lot.  I wouldn’t be able to write this blog post a few years ago.  I would not be a member of Facebook, unless I was in college or not at all.    We wouldn’t have YouTube to enjoy any video or audio track, we so desire.    We would not have electronic mail to make communication that much easier; between family, friends, hiring managers, and businesses.  Which leads to online shopping.   We can literally buy anything we want with a few keystrokes.   This should not be trivialized.   Who thought sometime like eBay would ever come into existence?  The Internet is our friend and our playground.  We can make a living using the World Wide Web.   In a lot of cases, we never have to leave home.  But that isn’t always for the best.  There is still a joy and simplicity in going out to do the things we enjoy.  I could go on and on, and in future posts I will.   There is a lot to be thankful for.   And not just during the holidays.

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Caught In A Good Romance?

I don’t want to make any blanket or generic reviews of any online dating sites.   I just want to gloss over the positives and negatives of these sites.

I am a member of match.com, but have not been a subscriber in a few years.  I have been on plenty of dates but  Continue reading

Back In The Cellphone Game!

Well people, I am now working for Sprint directly and I will be limited as far as what I can share on the company itself and our competition. I will still be posting on the wireless industry but my post will be much more balanced than they have been on the past. The good news is I won’t have to stop my blog but I will have less time to dedicate to it. The transition to our new blog has been delayed due to personal reasons and the new job. It will still go down within the next week or two so stay tuned!!! That’s all for now folks!!

Reality and Fantasy Both Have A Place.

There is room to daydream and visualize.    I was one of those people who would obsess over my various fantasy sports (baseball, football, basketball).  And I did win a decent amount of leagues.  Some were lucrative payouts.  Unfortunately, it came with another kind of price. Continue reading

There’s Gonna Be Another Blackout?

I am having a great time writing on here.  I must say thanks to Benwizzi!  This is creative and brilliant.   As I have started to post on here, I realize I could make a myriad of posts, and they will all interconnect.

When I mean blackout.  I mean when your phone dies.   I am not breaking out the doomsayer discussions just yet.  They’ve been going on for years and we’re still here right?  😉

I will start by saying, I am not referencing anyone specifically.  But the earlier you go out to drink, eat, be social with your friends, the greater the chance your phone will die.  Did you forget to bring your charger?  Refer back to the bringing your charger to the bar post I made.  It’s on this blog.

We go out to have fun and feel good.  Well that is the intent isn’t it?  Isn’t that why we were put here on this planet.  To feel good and to be happy?  Well I hope so.    The social interactions with each other when we go out have changed drastically.  And this has rapidly exploded in the past decade or so.

Presumably when you are already out with a group of friends, you should be content and happy right?  But how come we see more folks texting, not even calling, other people to see what is going on?   I have, in the past, been personally accused of looking for the better option at night.  As if the current people I am hanging out with are not good enough.    I have heard this trait accusation on other people as well.  I like to think I have gotten better, and just go with the flow now.  All that texting (and sometimes calling) people drains the battery.  Now if you are bored, then why did you come out in the first place.  Well something is better than nothing or staying at home right?

When your Smartphone is on it’s last legs and finally dies.  Is that really the end of the world?  I have seen some emotional breakdowns.  Then there is a calming period, where everything seems ok.  You learn to adapt.  You recall times where you and others went out without electronic devices and technological gadgets.  There may be the occasional using another friend’s mobile to make a call or text.  But at the point, there is almost a sense of peace and closure.   Nothing is going to be as bad as it seems.   You tend to become more at ease, more blissful, and appreciate the company around you.      And isn’t that why you spend time with people in the first place?  🙂

Can you go back 15 to 20 years back and recall using your computer and for what exactly?

I can give you some reminders.  Back in the mid-to-late 90’s we had all kinds of great dial-up systems.  Some of these will resonate :

Prodigy, CompuServe, Delphi, Sierra Network, Playnet, Quantum Link, and a host of others.  How about Bulletin Board Systems! (BBS’S) Were any of you a Sysop or Co-Sysop of a BBS?  I get goose bumps as I write these terms.   The old modem dialing out and logging on gives me chills as well.  This was Social Media before the term was coined.  And I have issues with that term.  I will talk about that another time.

You had your 2400, 4800,  and 9600 baud modems.  We thought they were so fast and revolutionary,  At the time they were. And we learned to be patient and remain still, when waiting to download are favorite Freeware, Shareware, and Pirated 🙂 software.   When the 14.4 modem debuted we went crazy, then the 28.8, 33.6, 56k etc.    The speed got faster and we tried to keep up.  And in many ways we got faster.  I am projecting onto you how I feel.  I sometimes still feel the Internet is too slow.  That’s my own impatience.  I wonder if I was indoctrinated to believe everything should be faster.  In a conscious and unconscious state I was.   Even as I type this, I expect this to be as fast as I want it to be.   It’s as if I will never be satisfied.  Now how many others am I speaking for?

Will things ever slow down?  Do they need to slow down?  Should they?  For the benefit of humanity, maybe it’s for the best.  I’m not trying to sound doom-and-gloom here.  But what is the rush?   I know the big computer, cellular phone, and media companies need to promote the next big thing and make gigantic profits, with the next gizmo and gadget, we may or may not actually need.   In this case, do all good (good?) things come to an end.

I am noticing a plateauing of behavior by my peers.  There is a sentiment and understanding, that this may not be sustainable.   I have no evidence to support this.  I just have my intuition and a feeling, that this can only go so far.  Some of my friends are in agreement.  It doesn’t mean I am right.

My main concern is, what if the power grids and satellites blacked out one night.   It may take very little (or a lot) for something to happen in the universe, where technology could go in reverse or retroactive.  Are we mature enough and patient enough to remember how it used to be?     I’m not saying it’s going to happen.  And this is not meant to be a negative piece.  I am happy we have evolved but at what price to humanity?  There is a lot of good that comes with it.   I want to focus on that.   However, like many objects, does the world run on batteries too?    In future posts I will talk about how the reliance on technology has been good and not-so-good.  🙂  I will also talk about the online services of the past.  Some were brilliant and ahead of its time.

Thank you!

Hello everyone. My name is Ideen Barimani or IBarimani for short on the blog. How’s it going?

I wrote a blog, that you can see on the right side of your screen, called All 81. It has been a personal goal of mine to try to go to every Baltimore Orioles home game this season. And I am thankful I was able to do it. And I am grateful to all of my friends who helped me along the way. And I do need to give kudos to Facebook and Foursquare as well.

We have rapidly expanded as a society and technology is in such a hurry. Does there need to be this sense of urgency? Well fortunately for me, it benefited me this season.

The Facebook check-in feature allows people to announce where they are and with whom they are with. Now this information is completely voluntary. It’s addicting and contagious. In future posts I’ll discuss why this is good and bad. Instead of calling, texting, or messaging friends to let them know where we are to tell them to come out, it simplifies the process. The good part is, people know to come to you and where to find you. The bad part Continue reading

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