Tag Archives: smartphones

miscellaneous stuff

4 Apr

london saturday 2015 9.15pm

a blogger wrote that they are going to write down the time when they wrote the post on the post  and i thought it was rather a good idea. i am surprised wordpress dont have an option to add the time to the post.

i was out to the supermarkets for bargain foods at about 8pm, and got back  with 4packs, each pack contains 12 sausages. i got them for 49p per pack, reduced from £2 each. usually there are 8 sausages in a pack, but these are  ‘family size’.

these sausages are only 47% pork, the rest is god knows what. haha. 

 i dont eat sausages much, as i dont think they are healthy, but now and then when these cheap offers comes up it is worth it. they are good for breakfast with eggs and mushrooms and baked beans. and nice as in  bangers and mash. 

 i freeze them and so dont eat them all at one go.

i got bread reduced to 25p each too. i bought 2 loaves. there are always plenty of bread reduced during holiday periods. 

the next day is sunday and none of the supermarkets are open on that day. i dont expect a lot of stuff being reduced tonight. i think people do a lot of shopping on saturday… that is why the supermarkets keep to their usual opening times, and close at 10pm. there were a lot of empty shelves i see tonight, which reinforce my theory that people tend to panic buy before a holiday .

i go near the end of the day as i dont want to buy even at half price. i want a quarter price reduction. haha. but if u do that u must accept the choice is limited. the bargains might be better on monday , easter monday as that is a early closing day and i think there will be very few shoppers then after the easter binge buying. 

i got a email message from the sainsbury for mobile, telling me from 3 May they will increase the tariff for surfing the internet to 5p for 1mb. usuallly the other providers charge 1p per 1mb. so this increase is hefty. all those smartphone users will be hit by this increase.  

it does not affect me as i make only phone calls and send text messages and the tariff for those remain the same, 8p/min for calls, 4p for each text message. 

it makes it less and less attractive to buy a smartphone. and then there is the increased use of electricity as the thing requires charging so often. i shall stick with my chromebook and home wifi, or free public wifi. 

i have a friend who have a smartphone, and when i find him fiddling around with it, unable even to send a email, and typing again and again, erasing his mistakes because he keeps hitting the wrong key in that tiny excuse for a keyboard in the screen… i thought what a waste of time and money really.

his was a huawei, costing him £170 to buy. granted he is not a good example of a person using a smartphone, ( he is so nervous, he asked me to look away because it makes him  nervous…haha)but i have a chance to see how small the keyboard is on that screen, and know i will get real fed up using it. 

i have been entering competitions with a smart phone as a prize , but now i am not sure i want to win one. it seems to be very expensive to run. 

 added. 5.4.15 sunday 10am. a friend who got a iphone5 says the phone can guess what he wants to write. even my cheap nokia has this function. so how come that huawei dont have it? unless of course, my friend did not switch on that function. like i said, he is not a good example of how to use a smartphone.

Digital StillCamera

i heard in a sound podcast that nokia is no more. microsoft will kill it and replace with the microsoft lumia . but it seems nokia the company still exists. just no more nokia phones. these names can be confusing, there are windows phones too. i always equate windows with microsoft, and then i hear microsoft is getting rid of calling their operating system as windows… they haven’t yet decided what to call it, at this time of writing. 10.4.15.

welcome to the year 2015

1 Jan


by now everyone, or practically everyone in the world would have ushered in the new year and be in 2015. but i look around me in my flat and see things that do not really show any difference to living in the late 50s, or 70s.

my cooker , fridge, microwave, oven, even my landline phone, still have the same design as when they first appeared in the 70s and my table lamps , furniture,can be from the 50s. someone entering my flat would be forgiven if they mistake it to be from the 50s or 70s. 

as it is the only thing that looks futuristic is my flat tv screen which is unlike the heavy fat backside ones, one of which i still have in my bedroom, disconnected and neglected now. haha.

oh i forgot my chromebook would look futuristic too. that would be the two things anyone coming from the 50s or 70s assuming they could time travel to my flat, would notice.

i am reminded by a comment made here by garfieldblog that if i bought a smartphone i would truly be in the future. she said i will be able to get whatsapp and wechat on it and so can use it to send text and make real time chats. (hang on a minute, couldn’t we do that allready with an ordinary phone?!! haha.) but its not free!!

i think once smartphones come down in price like £21, the future for me would have really arrived because then i will  get one.

Added.5.1.15 just read this article nokia smartphone for £19. available in europe early spring2015. i wonder if we will really have it here in uk. it might be stopped by the other rivals.

i fear also that means the decline of the laptop or chromebook. it is easy to imagine a smartphone with a bigger screen than 5″, (hang on, is that what a tablet is?)using voice recognition to type words , or have it connected wirelessly to a keyboard which may not even be solid, but a image in the air or on any flat surface. (now that would be futuristic, if ever it happens!!) then i can visualise being able to chat and text anyone all over the world at no cost. i presume wifi will be available everywhere and free. though i suppose we will be bombarded with advertising, but we will tolerate it and learn to ignore it. 

i was reading this blog entry and on the sidebar were these words in afrikaan, this one make me laugh. 

baie dankie – thanks a lot (pronounced “buy a donkey”)