black friday

25 Nov

london 2.44pm 12.8C sunny blue sky. friday 2016

i suppose i must be of another generation where the word black denotes death and that something horrible has happened. that is what i always feel when i read  or see ‘black friday’ anywhere. but it seems this generation thinks of it as a great day, when it is time to splurge out, or that after today they are working for themselves rather than for the taxman, or that today is a day they start getting the profit.

well i thought i shall get into the mood of it and join them by buying something. but it was a half hearted attempt really haha.  i had thoughts of wondering what it will be like to own a smartphone so i went to the nearest carphonewarehouse at victoria, and looked at the cheapest thing on the wall display… an alcatel with 3.5inch screen . £49 to buy outright. a young kid came up to me, he was looking so young and asked me if he can help me. i asked if it takes a ordinary sim card… and he said i shall find out. and came back to say it takes a micro sim card. there is another size called a nano that is even smaller. so i thought oh well, that is that then, because i got a standard size one from talktalk which i am using on my nokia mobile.

then he said round the corner there is another carphone warehouse who could chop it to size for £2. that is news to me. u can chop it smaller? and sure enough, he showed me a picture of the standard size, with the actual chip pasted in the middle looking much smaller than the cardboard that fits the standard size slot. i suppose there must be some skill in cutting it , otherwise anyone could do it themselves right? but it is good to know that i could buy one of these smartphones without fearing my standard size sim card wont fit. or having to order a micro sim specially.

i suppose the nano one will have to be ordered specially . but i think only very expensive models like iphones , or the top brands will be using those. and if u got the money to spend £700 on them, u can afford to splash out on a nano sim, dont you think? but in the end i did not buy from them . even though he said u can pay just £19.99 and top up with £10 and it is yours. you dont have to use the sim, just use yours… and keep the other as a spare. but online i have seen one that you can buy outright for £39, and another which they say just top up with £20 and it is yours. and that one is 4 inch. i cant remember which online store i saw it, now. but i am sure it will pop up on my outlook express as an advert . haha.

the thing is i am not sure what a smartphone do. i mean apart from making like an ordinary phone, does it work like my chromebook? only smaller? and if that is the case i allready got my chromebook so why should i need it? are there other things that it will do that my mobile , and my chromebook separately does not? if so, what are those, and is it worthwhile to buy one?

questions, questions, and no one to answer them. maybe because the answer is oh just stop asking the questions allready, and just buy one and try it out. haha. maybe deep down i am just not convinced i want one. 

added 10.45am 1 dec 2016. cloudy 3.9C. read this about more than 1million accounts breached , via android devices. 57% were in asia, 9%in europe. it then can access google accounts like google drive, google docs, gmail. it makes me hesitant about getting a smartphone, because if i get one i want an android device. the malware has not infected europe that much …yet. it might be if i get one i should go for the latest product as it might have better security. well, the main reason i got chromebook was for the security, and i am not willing to have to bother again with potential security breaches that would by pass my chromebook security  if i get a smartphone. so i shall postpone getting a smartphone for now. it affects 

Android 4 (Jelly Bean, KitKat) and 5 (Lollipop). so another way of countering it is to get smartphones with android 6 marshmallow or higher.

 

 

Digital StillCamera

this one is a porcelain horse that my friend covered with gold leaf to make for his father’s 90th birthday. it is to suggest he is still going strong like that horse, at the ripe old age of 90.

added. 10.49pm 7C dry . mustbe quite a eerie sight in central london tonight, seems there is a power cut affecting only soho and westend. certainly i was not affected. i am sure all those businesses there would have preferred they are not affected, as it is the busiest part of london.  it seems it started around 5pm, and lasted about 4hrs. the daily mail had some pictures showing the huge advertising board at piccadilly completely dark. and all the streets are dark. on a friday night too when people will be out and about on the start of their weekend revelry. the tube network was not affected, but the theatres have to cancel their performances. 

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5 Responses to “black friday”

  1. Garfield Hug Saturday November 26, 2016 at 12:17 am #

    Go for it and get a smart phone! It is great as it works like a computer giving access to internet. I post on wordpress using it, read emails and send emails too. Plus whats app for instant messaging or voice. You can watch movies on it too. Ha ha it is both a boon and a bane! Boon for self use😊 and bane😶 when my moronic boss sends 100 photos! Give it try. You will not regret it. 😊Happy Saturday

    • alifesgayventure Saturday November 26, 2016 at 10:24 am #

      wow, this is high recommendation indeed.

      • Garfield Hug Saturday November 26, 2016 at 11:10 am #

        Hope it helps you in deciding! Let me know if it meets your expectations😊

  2. Sarah M Sunday November 27, 2016 at 9:28 am #

    You can buy a machine that cuts the sims down to size, or you can just do it yourself. When I was in Bolivia where iPhones are scarce, I just bought a normal sim and cut it myself. Took about 4 attempts, but the sims are free so it doesn’t really matter.
    And yes you should get a smart phone. It’s one of those things you’ll wonder how you ever managed without.

    • alifesgayventure Sunday November 27, 2016 at 9:41 am #

      wow, u actually cut it yourself. that is daring i think. i think i will end up being dragged screaming and kicking into the smartphone age,haha. i know of old people who have by- passed or missed the laptop stage and gone straight from home phones to smartphones and become wizards at it. i was sent a forwarded text to my mobile from someone who got a text message from someone like that. that guy had sent a long text message, (how does he do it, typing out those messages without a keyboard?), and yet says he has yet to find out how to send an email. haha.

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