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Setting the Record Straight: Nokia CEO Stephen Elop about Skype and Nokia
Somehow, decisions were made the spin comments made by Elop at Nokia that he was “blaming” the lack of success of the Lumia platform on MSFT’s ownership of Skype. This is fertilizer.
In an interview with Elop recently, he clearly told the actual story about how Skype’s integration with Windows Phone is actually an opportunity for carriers rather than a detractor. What was very clear what that these discussions are quite “advanced”; that this is not a simple knee jerk reaction to someone taking away the networks ability to charge minutes.
Minutes are becoming more and more meaningless to the networks these days. Applications which drive regular data use are the ones that will ultimately be most interesting to the networks. They are not hating Skype for iOS and Android I am sure. If they were, they would get blocked from the phone.
Microsoft is Going to Be Big in Mobile. Count on it.
Between its WP7, WOA and XBox properties, combined with Skype and only 1 or 2 high quality hardware OEMs, MSFT will make a huge impact on mobile. This doesn’t even account for what can come through its proper integration with Office 365 and Lync in the enterprise. In fact, Lync will probably become Skype at one point or another, at least from a branding perspective.
Nokia is going to bleed some more, but will pull out of their 4G dive. They have excellent industrial design, a very good sense for application development (I have a Lumia 900 and really like their apps) and will be a player in the tablet market as well (how about a WOA tablet that looks like a giant Lumia 900?).
Buy the stock. Or wait, don’t buy it until I am done buying it.
Actionable Inc. Irvine, CA
Monday was a great day and a great workout, after a great workout on Monday I had my worst day ever for the workout today, so for punishment I added a bunch of exercises to the 300 workout to not only make it more difficult but also more complete. If you don’t know much about the 300 workout you can see more at The Daily Workout. It goes through the basic workout and defines all of the exercises and has a 300 workout video to help you understand how to do the exercises (thanks to Men’s Health).
Below is the updated exercises and how to build them into the workout for a total body workout with isolation moves added in. Goal time 30 minutes or less.
50 – pull ups
75 – dead lifts (100 lbs)
50 – push ups
25 – bench presses (135 lbs)
50 – leg extensions (45 lbs)
50 – 20 in box jumps
It has been a while since I posted a workout and even longer since I updated my workout but today I decided I would start creating more regular workouts. A friend of mine has started go into cross fit classes in Washington and has really liked them so I figured since my workouts are similar in design and vary from day to day, so I figured that I would start posting my daily workouts on the blog again. December 15th I started by posting that I was going to start the 300 workout and I can say that the progress from that workout has been phenomenal for my wife and I both. Today I completed the 300 workout in 14 minutes and 32 seconds. What was the secret? 3 days of rest, focused attention and good meal planning.
My workout specifics:
25 – pullups
50 – deadlifts (100 lbs)
50 – push ups
50 – (20 in box jumps)
50 – Windshield wipers supporting 135 lbs (arms locked)
50 – 32 lb kettle bell clean and press’
25 – pull-ups
All in all my best day ever.
total weight lifted – 23,000 lbs + 50 box jumps and 50 windshield wipers
total time – 14:32
my current weight 158 lbs
Try it out, see how you do and leave me a comment. The goal is to do as many or all of the workout with out a break. This was the first time I ever completed it without a break.
Valentines Day is here again and like every guy, we are on the web looking for something to get our wives and girlfriend’s for Valentines Day. So I am here to offer advice as a father and husband of 4 years. It isn’t a lot of experience, but I normally come up with a few things that are inexpensive, but really hit home with the girls.
The 5 Musts for Valentines Day Shopping
1. Take your kids (or someones kids) with you when you go shopping. Kids are really good shopping help for Valentines Day. They don’t care about how much things cost or how simple a gift is and they always choose frivolous gifts that are fun, quick to buy and make someone happy.
2. Bring the camera with you when you go shopping. It will make the trip more fun and it will give you memories to share with your wife or girlfriend after you give her the gifts.
3. Have the kids pick out the card(s) if you aren’t good at finding cards – it’s fun to see how they pick out cards and the mom’s and girlfriends are mush when they hear you took the kids with you. BUY THE CARD EARLY-WRITE IN THE CARD-HAVE THE KIDS WRITE IN THEIR CARDS!
4. Always buy flowers and a vase even if it comes from the local grocery store. A small bunch of flowers is better than no flowers. BUY THE FLOWERS EARLY!
5. Always buy your girl chocolates. Especially if she has a favorite type. Don’t worry if she is on a diet or trying to lose weight. This is a good way to tell her you love her just as she is.
Anything else you do or buy is just icing on the cake. She will love everything else you do after you have followed these simple tips. And one other tip for those of you that are just over-achievers… try this. If you want a different way to get flowers try buying real flowers from the local nursery and plant them with the kids when the wife or girlfriend is not around. When she sees how much effort and thought you put into this Valentines Day, she will not only be impresses she will melt and not believe what you went through
Sweet and Sour Sauce
Step 1 – introduction to cooking
From what I hear I am a decent cook. My family like it when I cook and my parents in-laws and most other people I cook for seem to like it when I have them over so I thought I would start a little part on my blog for recipes. Really I don’t plan on trying to write an exact recipe I would rather teach a little about cooking, but this is a great book to help getting started making sauces-my favorite meal add-on.
Cooking, if you’ve ever watched Martha Stewart or if you watched the movie “Julie and Julia” about Julia Childs’ isn’t really about recipes. Its about what flavors go together. Like what flavors would go well in a sauce or thinking bigger, what flavors would go together to make a meal.
Exercising on prescription heart medication can be a good idea if guidelines are followed strictly.
Okay, I hate jumping on the band wagon for phones and electronics, but I think this the Nexus One is a really great phone. And I definitely like keeping my loyal following up on the latest updates for wireless and electronics. So with that in mind, I would say, watch for it at Walmart (since they carry T-Mobile phones). If you are ready for an update on
your existing cell phone plan or if you just want to upgrade your phone I think this the Nexus One would be a great choice. It comes installed with Google voice which if you don’t have it yet is one of the best inventions that exists to save minutes on your cell phone plan (this means saving money-I like that). Google voice among other things allows you to switch from your cell phone and home phone while
you are walking in and out of your house–Cool! And a bunch of other stuff too. On top of this there are many other great features that come with T-Mobile and Google apps. That gives you about 20,000 apps to choose from from the Android Market (it’s like the app store for iPhone). That isn’t quite as many as the iTunes App Store which is around 93,000 apps now but that is a lot more apps than I will ever use I am sure.
As far as competition, it is yet to be seen which phone will be the best. The iPhone still has the most apps and up to 16 GB of memory the Nexus One is 4 GB. The Nexus (by HTC by-the-way) does boast the longest talk time which is very important to me. I hate the idea of having to go buy an extended life battery just so I can for one day. And yes this is happening a lot more with the new touch screen phones. The big screens take a lot of battery power to run. And another money saving item on this phone is the free wi-fi.
I like being able to sit at B&N and surf the web over coffee. (For me it’s all about the little things in life.) granted, this phone is not the only touch screen phone that has wi-fi, the iPhone, Palm Pre and Motorolla Droid all have wi-fi as well, but most of them have more expensive calling plans. And as usual I am looking to get the most for my money and so I know that T-Mobile in major metropolitan areas is doing great for coverage. They also have a plan for $99.99/mo that is unlimited voice, data and messaging. Nobody can beat that, although sprint is trying to compete with that with their 5 GB plan for $89.99- a good deal as well if you choose the Palm Pre.
Overall I like many of these phones. The iPhone is the gold standard that everyone tries to match-and that’s a big goal. The Palm Pre is an amazing phone for Sprint, Verizon has the Motorolla Droid which has gotten rave reviews, but I think I am still banking on Google with the Nexus One (until the next big phone comes out). Google is a great competitor in any market and I would buy stock in them any day.
So go check out these phones. Pick up an upgrade at your local phone store, though my links to Amazon or at Walmart and have fun playing with your new toy. That’s what it’s all about anyway. If we just wanted a phone to talk on we would just get a free one somewhere, but for most of us it’s not about talking any more, it’s about the convenience that you carry with you when you have your phone that surfs the web, plays games and has fun apps .
There are many different vitamins out there and many of them will do a job, but when I consider buying vitamins I normally want to get the best and get my money’s worth. And with a little research on my part I always get the best deal. This time, when I went online looking for vitamins it was for my pregnant wife. I wanted to find her a nutritional supplement that would be safe for her and not cause and extra morning sickness (often this is a problem with pre-natal vitamins). So after a little research I found one of my first details. Vegetarian prenatals are often less likely to cause morning sickness. After looking around on Amazon and many other vitamin websites I came upon this vitamin supplement called Maxi Pre-Natal by Country Life Vitamins. It is vegetarian, safe and I can say after purchasing it a good vitamin that I would recommend.
Now, I am recommending this vitamin because I bought it for my wife, but if you want to do a little research for yourself, here are a few tips to help you research your own vitamins.
1. Make sure your vitamins come in a dark bottle. Most vitamins are affected by light and can lose their potency if they sit in sunlight.
2. If possible it is best to buy liquid, liqui-gels or capsule vitamins. These are much easier for your body to use than a compacted capsule like you would find in a Centrum type vitamin.
3. When you open your bottle of vitamins smell them. If they have a smell that is another good sign of how easy your body will assimilate the vitamins.
4. Taste your vitamins. If they have a taste that is strong or weak they are likely a better vitamin. They just need to have a flavor (this will not be as easy to tell with capsules), but if you can taste your vitamins that means that the saliva in your mouth can break down the substance you are about to take. If there is no taste it is likely that the vitamin may be so compressed that you will not be able to break down the vitamin into its nutrients in your mouth or your stomach. And if you can’t break down the vitamins that means you won’t get many of the nutrients.
The digital SLR world is becoming more popular. It used to be that only professional photographers had SLR cameras. These days they are becoming the norm for mom’s and parents of all demographics