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I think for a video camera it is by far the best bang for the buck. I have the FlipMino HD, and it's a decent little cam, but it retrospect cell phone video is as good, or better than what you can capture today with the flip. The main thing I need is an amazing video editor, and it would truly be on. Check out the latest video for @GoPro GoPro.com #GoPro
Monday, April 2, 2012
I have full handset coverage on my broken Droid Charge, so, I drove to the Verizon Store pleaded that I am on my 6th Droid. HELP ME BEFORE I GO ZIMMERMAN ON YOUR ASS!!
I have not had a phone that actually works properly in almost a year. I initially paid $350 for the HTC Thunderbolt,which included a case, and extended battery, and that was at my contract renewal price. Then after 5 Thunderbolts that none worked properly, countless calls to Verizon, factory resets on phones, driving to the store 6 times, the manager of the Verizon store gave me an option to pay another $50, and she would get me a Samsung Droid Charge, I had read reviews about the Droid Charge, and none of them were good. So, now I am at $400, but eff it, I just want a phone that actually works. I don't have a land line phone, just my cell phone, so having one that works is important to me. I am a Photographer, and my cell phone is the lifeline of my business. I do my emails, promote on Facebook, you name it. It's all my call phone.
Of course, people who know me really well, know how Anti-Iphone I am, and have always been. I had choice at the time I bought the Thunderbolt to get the Iphone 4, but just couldn't bring myself to sell out, and do it, and the Verizon one wasn't world compatible. I LOVE a lot of the features of the Droid phone, all the Google stuff, from my Gmail, to Google Maps, and Navigation. If only the damn phone WORKED!!!
The Samsung Droid Charge is a beautiful phone. The screen clarity blows the Iphone out of the water, I mean the phone itself, it looks like a Lambo compared to a Chevy Camero, but unfortutley the phone is the biggest POS, I could have ever imagine. Force Close, Force Close, Force Close, it's an every 15 minute occurrence with this POS phone. I once timed how long it would take me to actually get into my instant messages SMS program to send someone a text. It took 33 seconds. That doesn't sound like much, but you sit there, and wait 33 seconds every time you want to send a text message, and see if you don't almost lose your damn mind, and that is if it actually opened, and I didn't wait 33 seconds to get a forceclose, and have to start the process all over again.
After Verizon shipped me this POS phone, and within a couple day's I was already getting pretty leery. I actually set it up, and then after a couple day's did a factory reset, to see if maybe it would start performing right. Nope, no luck, just more waste of time, screwing with another Droid phone, that doesn't have minor issues, but, MAJOR issues. I was so beat down, by all the calling, and constant complaining about all the Thunderbolts I had gotten that I just was beaten down into the point of submission. I feared actually losing it, and ending up on the news after a total meltdown, and taking out everyone at a Verizon Store....so, what did I do about my new PEACE OF SH** Verizon phone..........absolutely nothing.....I just come to the conclusion to live, and suffer through it. I didn't call one time about this phone. I just said eff it. I'll wait until my contract is up, and just get an Iphone, I guess, even though I don't want an Iphone, but at this point. I am, at my wits end. In my old age I have become a pretty mellow guy, so, I am sure you can understand my surprise when walking down a damn city street this, POS Droid Charge, pushed me past my limit, and I literally lost it. THE BRINK.....I literally found myself, when I actually came out of my rage realized I had in a moment of sheer anger, and frustration had taken this POS Verizon phone, and slammed it as hard as I could on the side walk shattering the screen. Then, I wasn't done......I walked down the side walk kicking it like a hockey puck for a good ten times...kicking it as far as I possibly could. A couple of times I actually kicked into into the scrubs in front of a building, and had to find it because, lets face it. I WASN'T DONE YET!!. To my amazement the phone still worked. the screen was smashed but actually worked, so that actually infuriated me even more. The protective rubber case had come off, and was lost, for good though. I finally picked it up, and got a chunk of glass lodged in my finger from the screen, but at this point, I didn't even give a F****. So, I continued on my walk home, and had to constantly talk myself out of throwing this phone as far as I could out into traffic. I finally reached my house, where I opened the front door, and sailed the phone across the room, and made a whole in the wall with it, as it lodged in the wall. Welp, it had hung on, but that was the straw to end the Charge's life. Oh, it still works but the screen doesn't work at all, and you can't see anything it's totally black.
I mean I stop, and step back, and just think to myself, HOW, CRAZY it is, that this phone drove me so crazy, that I had a melt down, and destroyed something that I literally am addicted too, and feel like I can't function without in daily life. I really pride myself, on being a cool, calm rational thinking smart, intelligent person, but, I went all out Mad Men on this phone. I mean it's still setting here in front of me as I type this, and I still just glancing at it, find the urge to pick it up, and hurl it again. I found nothing but joy in throwing this effing phone at the wall as hard as I could. It was sheer bliss!
ONLY problem....well, now I have no phone at all, and I knew my little episode would be a costly one, but as long as I NEVER have to look at another Samsung Droid Charge again in my life. It would be worth the money, I hoped.
So, I got up this morning, and got ready to head out for the Verizon store since I have no phone, and can't call. There is no Verizon store very close to me in downtown Long Beach, so, I have to drive to the one in Lakewood. I get there, go in, and they ask if they can help me, and I just show them the phone, and the guy is like OH, NO, horrible. We will be right with you. I was relieved he didn't ask what happened? I don't like to lie, so I was prepared to tell him I destroyed this pos phone, because,....well, it deserved to die for being a POS. Anyway, he checks the computer hands me a brochure, and say's oh, yeah, you are covered, lucky you. Phone is covered just go to phoneclaim.com, and fill out the claim, and they will send you a replacement over night. I then kindly said. Can you please check the computer for all the complaints, and problems I have had with my last 6 Droid phones, because this is the sixth one, and I don't care what on Gods Green Earth you do,,,,.......whatever you do, DO NOT send me another one of these God Damn Droid Charges. He smuggly stated, well, you are not eligible for a upgrade for a long time, so that is all I can do, but you will have to file your claim at the website I gave you on the brochure. So, I came home, payed ten dollars for credit on my skype account, called the insurance, and the lady said oh, yeah, ok, yeah, we will have your replacement there to you tomorrow priority shipping, it will be a $99 dollar deductible. That is where I just could not take it any longer....and I said listen. I understand, you are just an insurance person who is handling my claim, but let me explain to you why I do not want to pay $100 dollars for another one of these phones. I said, in all actuality I would pay you $100 never to have to look at another Samsung Droid Charge again in my life, and then I actually told her actually how this one got dropped multiple times on the sidewalk, and ended it's life impaled in the sheet-rock wall in my living space. A hole in the wall granted I still have to repair.
So, I ask her......I am so relieved in life that this phone is dead, it will not torment me another day of my life, but you are asking me to give you payment of $100 so you can send me another one of the F***ing phones. I was very calm, and polite on the phone, and she simply stated. Mr. Holly, I can definitely hear the frustration in your voice. Let me check, if we don't have this phone in stock, I can get you a different phone, as long as we don't have this one in stock. I waiting a minute she comes back, and say's. I am so sorry Mr. Holly, we do have them in stock, so that is all I can order you now? Do you want to give me your Credit Card information so I can process your payment? I said, so you understand when I receive this phone, and pull it out of the box, before I even turn it on I am going to be prone to want to chunk it as hard against the floor as I possibly can, and then I am going to be calling you, and this is gonna turn into a vicious circle that will cost me a $99 every other day until I can no longer pay again, and she said I really advise you to call Verizon on the phone, and tell them exactly what you have told me, and see if they will help you buy out your contract so maybe you can get an Iphone, and be done with these problems before you spend another hundred dollars on a phone, that you more than likely will destroy if you have any problems with it like your last one.
I said that is a good idea, so she transferred me back over to Verizon, and I got a rep who informed me...ok, we will let you buy your contract out, and that will be $460, and and Iphone is $299+tax you will be looking at around $800. I said WOW, so considering all the problems I have had with my last 6 Droid Phones, and I am a LONG time customer this is the best you can offer me, and she say's, YELP.
Lets not forget the fact that I had a Verizon HTC Incredible, that actually worked just fine. The battery life on it was just horrible, but the phone, I never really had any issues with it. I went in last Summer when I was in Florida, and bought the HTC Thunderbolt, because I was headed to Paris the next day, and I needed a WORLD PHONE, only reason I upgraded to the Thunderbolt because the salesman at the store told me the Thunderbolt had a sim-card in it, and that made it world capable. So, even though I had a perfectly good phone, I wanted, and needed a phone for the week I was going to be in Paris, so with accessories payed $348.64 for the new phone. Arrived in Paris 48hrs after purchasing my new phone, and was excited to have a new world addition phone since I was going to be traveling a lot, and GUESS WHAT!!!
The HTC Droid Thunderbolt is NOT a world phone!! The Verizon sales associate didn't know WTF he was talking about....so, every single person I am with, our entourage of about 15 people are all AT&T Iphone4 users. Every single one of their phones worked fine. Guess who the ONLY Douchebag in our group who just spent $350 for a new phone, and had a phone that didn't work....the only Verizon customer in our group. Yelp, yours truly that would be MEEEE!! So, the main reason this whole nightmare started was buying a phone, I thought, and was told would be world ready, and it was not. So, when I got back to the states, I just said forget it. I'll just keep it...it Thunderbolt was 4G, and I liked that aspect, or thought I would. The 4G never worked, Verizon sent me five different phones to addresss different issues with each phone. Each one had problems that actually kept you from using the phone. One of them I remember once the screen went dark, you could not push the button to get the screen to come back on, out of sleep mode, you had to literally had to take the damn back off pull the battery out, and reset it. I mean this every 2 minutes, you can't use a phone like that. I was traveling across country on a motorcycle at the time with this phone, it was ridiculous.
Also, to add insult to injury, when I went into the Verizon store earlier today, with my smashed phone, and the guy gave me the brochure with the insurance name, and phone number on it, he said here just call this number. I said how am I suppose to do that? This is my only phone....he said, oh you don't have a landline? I said no, I do not....he said...oh, well here,....come over here. I know what we can do for you. I follow the guy, and he leads me out to the sales floor, and shows me Verizon now offers a landline phone now for just $20 a month. I looked at him, and seriously thought about punching him in the face, but opted not to spend the night in the Graybar Hotel, and have to deal with law enforcement. I felt, I had been lucky enough last night in my fit of phone destroying rage, people just looked at me oddly, but no one actually phoned the authorities, and reported my domestic phone murdering outburst, so I didn't want to start now. I simply looked at the guy, and knowing he works on a commission of some sort probably, simply asked. I can't even get a God Damn cell phone from you fking Demons, that works worth a f***, and you're specialty is suppose to be cell phones. This is a Verizon Wireless store isn't it? Wireless stands for Cell, correct? What on earth makes you think I would buy any peace of equipment from Verizon Wireless to have a landline phone, are you seriously out of your effing mind. He said, well, actually you only need this little Verizon box to plug into, but you don't have to buy your landline phone from us, you can by any landline phone from Walmart, any landline phone will do. At this point. I just walked away.
So, I am literally going bonkers without a phone, but on the other hand....today has been a day, one day of my life where I have not been constantly tormented by my effing Droid Charge, so today has actually been a day of total relaxed decompression. It has simply been a joy not to have to deal with that phone not one time today, but tomorrow, the new one arrives, and I will be back in Verizon Wireless Cell Hell, until the new one hit's the sidewalk, and I have to repeat this process all over again.
No, actually, I really am at my wits end. I even went to Walmart today, and just looked at a freaking prepaid option...anything to get out of not having to deal with this new Droid Charge, but I mean unless I want to spend enough money on a GD phone from Verizon, that I could have bought a new computer....it looks as if I am stuck for the foreseeable future. I EFFING HATE YOU VERIZON WIRELESS.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
I've tried to be quite about the whole Joseph Kony thing. The whole thing just makes me smdh. Kony has been raining terror for the better part of two decades.
I remember using Kony in conversation back when we were getting ready to invade Iraq to get big bad Saddam, and all the people talking about how brutal he was for gassing the Kerds, and I said if that is a just cause to invade a country than why on earth havent we invaded Africa, and went after Joseph Kony? When I brought it up, people would just sit with a blank look on their face, because they had no idea who Joseph Kony was, but they had bought all the pre-war propaganda about Saddam. So, why until now is Kony becoming a household name?
Oh, maybe because he is black, and his victims are poor, and black, there are no natural reserves of oil for us to get our hands on. Now, after all this time a film is made, goes viral on the net, and all the sudden all the brain dead Americans who have never kept up with world news are all up on their soapbox and want to march into Uganda, and capture Kony.
Here is a news flash for you peeps. Joseph Koney is as old of news as Bin Laden who until Sept. 11th 2001, most of you didnt know who he was. The US, has been after Kony for over five years. Most experts say he isn't even in Uganda anymore, and there is some very logic speculation that he actually isn't even alive any longer. Sound familiar?
The only ones who will, and are benifiting from the Kony video are the film makers themselves. If this whole thing wasn't such an attrocity, I would honestly be laughing about it.
It makes a LOT of people look like fools, but with that being said there is a lot of evil stuff that goes on in the world, and a lot of it is in our own back yard. So, like Ron Paul says. It is not our job to be the World Police. We need to get our own house in order, and take care of our own problems, and if we are gonna get involved, or get all wound up over an issue as this you don't wait for well over 10yrs of brutality before you decide to take action when a little well produced video comes out. Learn to read an effin book, don't buy into all the hype, and Propaganda before you educate yourself on an issue.
Some of you need to pull your head out of the sand, and learn to keep up with world events, like you do Jersey Shore, and American Idol, and if you choose not to, don't get all wound up over something that is old, old, news on the world stage.
Long past time something should have been done about Kony, more than likey he is no longer with us.