1. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Thank you for sharing your experiences with me. I'll have to keep it in mind. This helps a lot actually.

    I mean I knew that I would be a minority but I guess it was shocking to experience it. Hearing how some of my classmates interpreted the data set blew my mind.

    I'm going to make a mental note to myself about your experiences when I find myself questioning if I belong.
    No one starts out fully skilled in their profession or their pursuits. We all are always on a continuum at different points. There are many truly successful people who are less talented in comparison to their peers but make up for it with that millstone work ethic, willingness to remain coachable and humble. It's OK to fail, it's OK to change plans and careers.

    I went to grad school because I figured I had what it took to be decent at my profession but understood I needed training to be more consistent. As long as you stay in tune to what's important, you'll get what you need from grad school, no matter the outcome. It is designed to be intense, isolating and challenging because you're asking for higher responsibilities at the next level of your career. Grad school starts the process of separating the "wheat from the chaff" but isn't the end of that process.

    I supect you'll be just fine.
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    01-27-2018 01:24 PM
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    Random subway art with the new update from Andy's phone...
    01-27-2018 01:25 PM
  3. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    I'm dreaming of a silver Nokia 8, a white Andy's phone, a blue V30, a Black Mi Note 2 and a 950XL in the collection. That's too many phones, but the dreaming process is fun, as I'm only two phones short.
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    01-27-2018 01:29 PM
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    I am taking the Idol 4s out today on the spare line mostly to listen to music in the car - it has a headphone jack so that is handy.
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    01-27-2018 01:33 PM
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    I really misses Windows Mobile. It is so nice to be playing with it after a year. Only if the camera was any good on this Idol 4s, sigh...
    01-27-2018 01:34 PM
  6. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    I really misses Windows Mobile. It is so nice to be playing with it after a year. Only if the camera was any good on this Idol 4s, sigh...
    There was a lot to like indeed. I had that same reaction just now when I went looking for the Mate 10 Pro but stopped to mess with the Invoke speaker in Best Buy.

    Unfortunately, lots of good tech die on the vine.
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    01-27-2018 01:41 PM
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    I really misses Windows Mobile. It is so nice to be playing with it after a year. Only if the camera was any good on this Idol 4s, sigh...
    You echo the sentiments of so many.
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    01-27-2018 03:00 PM
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    Went to a South Indian vegetarian buffet place. Oh boy, I am stuffed. It was lip smackingly delicious today.
    01-27-2018 03:04 PM
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    I like my Alexa speaker, but Amazon really needs to make this thing more rounded and a little less task/command driven.
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    01-27-2018 03:17 PM
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    Ok, which looks better? One is from the x3 and the other from a S8+.

    No cheating!!wp_20180127_16_48_37_pro.jpg
    01-27-2018 04:01 PM
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    Ok, which looks better? One is from the x3 and the other from a S8+.

    No cheating!!https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...2ab7eb4f92.jpgClick image for larger version. 

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    Mr Clue, why did you pick such a hard thing to take a picture of to do a comparison on?

    I'd say I liked the X3, because I prefer slightly colder looking photos.
    01-27-2018 04:03 PM
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    Detail, oversaturation and WCB are the most important to me.
    01-27-2018 04:05 PM
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    Mr Clue, why did you pick such a hard thing to take a picture of to do a comparison on?

    I'd say I liked the X3, because I prefer slightly colder looking photos.
    How did you figure which was which?

    Sent from my HP Elite x3 on mTalk
    01-27-2018 04:10 PM
  14. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    How did you figure which was which?

    Sent from my HP Elite x3 on mTalk
    I do most of my posting here in the apps (Tapatalk on the tab and WC forums on the phones), so I saw the tags for the X3.

    But putting that giveaway aside for a second, Samsung cameras don't take cold pictures anyways. It's why I always liked Nokia - they're more on the cooler side, giving you room to edit and keeping the scene more realistic for my tastes.

    Plus, you picked magenta - a color nearly all phones struggle with. Samsung tends to make those too warm as well.
    01-27-2018 04:16 PM
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    I'll be honest and say that I had a moment in class the other night that had me wondering if I belonged there.

    Then I had to remind myself that I wasn't admitted to the program by mistake, I was meant to be there too. Funnily enough, my coworker actually felt the same in her class too because like me, she was the only one. I'm not the only black person in class but I am the only one in my program in class. I feel like I'll have to keep reminding myself of this.

    99 and MIA, have either of you ever felt that way in grad school or know anyone that has? Anyone else is also welcome to chime in too.
    My first semester was very rough in grad school. It was a very humbling experience. There were a lot of factors at play though. I came in Spring instead of Fall semester. The three classes I took (thanks to a useless advisor), all had the preceding class in the Fall so I was constantly playing catch up. On top of it I missed almost two weeks of school thanks to the shutdown (******* contest between Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich).

    I pretty much failed all the exams - the first ones. I did question what was I doing here or what I was doing wrong as I was a pretty decent student. After the spring break I was able to get the studies calibrated and ended up with As in the classes but it was a very rough first semester. I pretty much cruised through the rest of grad school because I finished the hardest classes in my first semester.

    Hopefully you will do much better since you are used to the college system in USA and have some practical work experience as well. Both of which I didn't have much exposure to.

    Good luck with your program.
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    01-27-2018 04:53 PM
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    My first semester was very rough in grad school. It was a very humbling experience. There were a lot of factors at play though. I came in Spring instead of Fall semester. The three classes I took (thanks to a useless advisor), all had the preceding class in the Fall so I was constantly playing catch up. On top of it I missed almost two weeks of school thanks to the shutdown (******* contest between Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich).

    I pretty much failed all the exams - the first ones. I did question what was I doing here or what I was doing wrong as I was a pretty decent student. After the spring break I was able to get the studies calibrated and ended up with As in the classes but it was a very rough first semester. I pretty much cruised through the rest of grad school because I finished the hardest classes in my first semester.

    Hopefully you will do much better since you are used to the college system in USA and have some practical work experience as well. Both of which I didn't have much exposure to.

    Good luck with your program.
    OMG you went through a lot. I can only imagine how that felt for you at that time.

    Hmm, you are right about that. I have heard that a lot about the work experience and I hope it comes to pass for me. Thank you for the luck, and also thank you for sharing. I just had to ask because I guess I never considered the possibility of feeling this way.
    01-27-2018 11:18 PM
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    No one starts out fully skilled in their profession or their pursuits. We all are always on a continuum at different points. There are many truly successful people who are less talented in comparison to their peers but make up for it with that millstone work ethic, willingness to remain coachable and humble. It's OK to fail, it's OK to change plans and careers.

    I went to grad school because I figured I had what it took to be decent at my profession but understood I needed training to be more consistent. As long as you stay in tune to what's important, you'll get what you need from grad school, no matter the outcome. It is designed to be intense, isolating and challenging because you're asking for higher responsibilities at the next level of your career. Grad school starts the process of separating the "wheat from the chaff" but isn't the end of that process.

    I supect you'll be just fine.
    I keep saying thank you, but I do mean it each time. It's hard to express how thankful I am for the wise words you and 99 share with me about your experiences in the process and after it.

    My boss also told me that I should be open to other things possibly coming up (so maybe dabble in other classes too) when I was telling her how my first class went. She told me her own story which was very interesting, so it's funny that you mention that it is OK to change plans.
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    01-27-2018 11:20 PM
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    I am taking the Idol 4s out today on the spare line mostly to listen to music in the car - it has a headphone jack so that is handy.
    How did this go? Actually until you mentioned it, I forgot that your other phones don't have headphone jacks.
    01-27-2018 11:34 PM
  19. libra89's Avatar
    You echo the sentiments of so many.
    It seems like the Idol 4s is really good because that is the only complaint I have heard about it.
    Last edited by libra89; 01-27-2018 at 11:51 PM.
    01-27-2018 11:35 PM
  20. worldspy99's Avatar
    I keep saying thank you, but I do mean it each time. It's hard to express how thankful I am for the wise words you and 99 share with me about your experiences in the process and after it.

    My boss also told me that I should be open to other things possibly coming up (so maybe dabble in other classes too) when I was telling her how my first class went. She told me her own story which was very interesting, so it's funny that you mention that it is OK to change plans.
    The so called 'other' classes is what got me my first job and opened up a career avenue for me. So I highly recommend it. The only slight downside I see these days is that it will cost you. When I was is grad school, once I paid for 12 credits, I could tack on other classes for free and that's what I did. I added a bunch of engineering statistics classes from the Industrial Engineering department for free. I was recently looking at my grad school fee and program of study structure and saw that was going to be difficult and expensive which saddened me.
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    01-28-2018 08:55 AM
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    How did this go? Actually until you mentioned it, I forgot that your other phones don't have headphone jacks.
    Went well as far as listening to music is concerned. So the app (Saavn) that I use for music in the car is now a paid version on iOS and Android but on WM the free one works just fine and no ads which was great.

    Took one picture and the same with the Pixel. No contest there. Deleted the picture taken by the Idol promptly.

    Battery life is great though.
    01-28-2018 08:58 AM
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    It seems like the Idol 4s is really good because that is the only complaint I have heard about it.
    Camera is ugly. I mean could they not have put a Lumia 640 camera in there? Even that would be a serious upgrade over the clunker they have in there.
    01-28-2018 08:59 AM
  23. worldspy99's Avatar
    Some flower pictures from yesterday. We went to get some ice cream in Playa Vista.
    01-28-2018 09:00 AM
  24. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Andy's phone is a real exercise in getting a lot tight and yet missing out on the basics. SMH.
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    01-28-2018 09:20 AM
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    Camera is ugly. I mean could they not have put a Lumia 640 camera in there? Even that would be a serious upgrade over the clunker they have in there.
    They could've put a Nokia 808 camera in there and still suck. The problem is that it uses generic Qualcomm drivers. Alcatel got lazy, plain and simple.
    01-28-2018 12:24 PM
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