1. libra89's Avatar
    You'll do just fine. Good luck!
    Thank you!
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    05-01-2018 07:31 AM
  2. worldspy99's Avatar
    Off to Boston for a quick trip tomorrow.
    Catch up with you all next week.
    05-01-2018 11:11 AM
  3. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    What a gorgeous day outside weather wise. I really wish I wasn't in the Ol' Salt Mines right now.
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    05-01-2018 12:07 PM
  4. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    So I finally got the replacement bands for the Q explorist. The rose gold stainless steel looked great, but it was such a fight to get the pins in and out. The brown leather band I have feels ok but is super stiff. I guess I will have to get the wood strap after all.

    I can already tell battery life is going to be an issue with that watch. Gonna test it out with the Mix 2 in the morning, so I'll see.
    So, today worked out as expected.

    The Mix 2 performed as expected. Standby time was great, performance was excellent, battery was good, and it was nice to have access to the bigger screen and the weighty feel of the device. This is definitely daily driver material for me. I kinda like the Mi Mix 2 S because of the newer chip, dual cameras and Qi built-in, but I don't think I'll go through the effort to get one.

    As for the Q explorist, it performed as expected. The battery life was so-so. It looked really good on the wrist (the rose gold was very subtle) and the default watchface is solid. It chugged through the OS just fine. I would not use this as a daily driver because of the battery life and the lack of Qi. This inductive charging crap makes the watch take hours (!) to recharge. Also, I don't like how the radios on the watch run. Initially I'd say it's Xiaomi (the phone) but I suspect similar stuff if I paired it with the Pixel.

    All in all, a very attractive bigger watch suited for dress up. I wouldn't have paid that $300 Fossil is asking for at all. Also, I won't use this as daily driver material at all. I'd almost argue that the Huawei watch 2 classic is a better mix to my style of dress up and usefulness.
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    05-01-2018 07:12 PM
  5. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    I'm very saddened as to what LG is doing in the marketplace. They just seem lost and 2018 appears to be just selling **** they was working on in the labs that it was too expensive to not get into production.

    It's like they finally have a decent enough design and cannot get out of their own way. Just don't get it at all. Part of me still would own a V30, but they're so shoddy with their software support (not Moto bad, but not that far off) I don't feel like it.
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    05-01-2018 07:48 PM
  6. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Other random comments for the peanut gallery:

    1) the Xiaomi ANC USB-C headphones have been ok. They're a little temperamental, but they work. I wish I could have tried Andy's earbuds though.
    2) Don't like the battery life I get on the Pixel, otherwise the phone works as reviewers have said.
    3) Having said that, if the camera on the Mi Mix 2 was 80% of the Pixel 2's, the Mix 2 would be my daily driver.
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    05-01-2018 09:43 PM
  7. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Somehow, I'm not surprised that I wasn't impressed by the G7...
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    05-02-2018 06:10 PM
  8. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Somehow, I'm not surprised that I wasn't impressed by the G7...
    I still would own a V30 at the right price for the audio chops, but man LG is using the same stuff Kanye used at the start of the week. Need to lay off that mess, I swear...
    05-02-2018 06:42 PM
  9. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I still would own a V30 at the right price for the audio chops, but man LG is using the same stuff Kanye used at the start of the week. Need to lay off that mess, I swear...
    I like the V30 better than the G7. The G7 doesn't appeal to me at all.
    05-02-2018 08:46 PM
  10. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    I like the V30 better than the G7. The G7 doesn't appeal to me at all.
    It's not targeted at V series folks. It's targeted at people who bought the G5.
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    05-02-2018 10:21 PM
  11. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    What a day at work. Too intense indeed. I live to fight another day though...
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    05-03-2018 06:40 PM
  12. worldspy99's Avatar
    Hello from Nashua, NH.
    The Pixel 2 XL takes some amazing pictures.
    05-03-2018 10:43 PM
  13. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Random summer time street fair...mvimg_20180504_132344.jpg

    It's often nice to see what one can randomly wander into during the summer time here...
    05-04-2018 01:02 PM
  14. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    The one thing I like about the G7 is the G button, that dedicated Assistant button. Love how you don't have to use "Ok Google" to make it work. A very useful touch indeed.
    05-04-2018 01:05 PM
  15. worldspy99's Avatar
    Spring is in the air! Some Flora pictures.
    05-04-2018 02:07 PM
  16. worldspy99's Avatar
    Okay this one's going to be a doozy.
    6+ hours on the flight to LA today.
    Oh well, could be worse if I was boarding the Dubai to LA flight
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    05-04-2018 02:12 PM
  17. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Okay this one's going to be a doozy.
    6+ hours on the flight to LA today.
    Oh well, could be worse if I was boarding the Dubai to LA flight
    Good luck with that.
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    05-04-2018 04:33 PM
  18. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Well, looks like it got quiet.
    05-04-2018 09:49 PM
  19. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    05-04-2018 11:10 PM
  20. worldspy99's Avatar
    Good luck with that.
    Yup, it was a bit longer than anticipated. Weather forced the flight path a bit north over Canada and the headwinds were terrible. In the bright side, middle seat was vacant.
    05-04-2018 11:12 PM
  21. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Yup, it was a bit longer than anticipated. Weather forced the flight path a bit north over Canada and the headwinds were terrible. In the bright side, middle seat was vacant.
    I'm glad you've arrived safe and sound.
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    05-04-2018 11:36 PM
  22. raycpl's Avatar
    Been quite a week!!
    My team is through to the Champions League finals.
    Been waiting for no.6 this since 2005.. Has been a heck of a ride and amazing goal fest.
    Looking forward to the game in Kiev
    Liverpool YNWA


    ... !
    05-05-2018 08:40 AM
  23. Ed Boland's Avatar
    Morning crew! (Well, it’s morning here on the east coast U.S. anyway)

    Tomorrow’s the big day! Finally closing on my home purchase. It’s been a long time coming and a lot of hard work, but in a little over 24 hours from now, I’ll be a home owner!

    Another good thing is that the appraisal came back $12k over what I’m buying the house for. So I’m starting out with a good bit of instant equity.

    Once everything settles and all, I’m thinking it may be time for a new set of wheels...

    The 2018 Challengers are speaking to me. Going to need at least the R/T, if not the 392 Scat Pack. These cars are drop dead sexy!
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    05-06-2018 07:00 AM
  24. raycpl's Avatar
    What a day.
    Went back to the nice little twin islands of Mataking, off Semporna.. the last time was back in 2008....
    Glad there are places to go and things to do that don't cost an arm and a leg.... just a nice sizzling sun tan!!

    Mataking Resort








    ... !
    Last edited by raycpl; 05-11-2018 at 09:43 PM.
    05-06-2018 07:54 AM
  25. raycpl's Avatar
    Spent a couple of hours, snorkelling and had simple packed lunch.. then, its 15 mins to the nearby island of Timba-Timba



    Sitting on the long wooden jetty, and seeing an amazing scene below the waters








    Me missus and colleagues from our department



    ... !
    05-06-2018 08:04 AM
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