1. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    I'm often startled by the level of trolls and bots on any article about 45.

    Yes even here in Europe. They target all articles regardless what's written. Saying the same things all the time.

    Unfortunately some people don't realise they're trolls and bots...
    To some, the president is a troll and or bot, so it sounds about right there...
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    02-14-2020 07:29 AM
  2. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Happy Galentine's Day (yesterday - and yes, that's a thing too) and happy Valentine's day today to all.
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    02-14-2020 07:30 AM
  3. libra89's Avatar
    Happy Galentine's Day (yesterday - and yes, that's a thing too) and happy Valentine's day today to all.
    Thank you, I hope you have a happy Valentine's day too. Not doing any of that, but I'm looking forward to relaxing for the first time in nearly a week. I just need to figure out what I want to do first lol.
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    02-14-2020 01:08 PM
  4. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Thank you, I hope you have a happy Valentine's day too. Not doing any of that, but I'm looking forward to relaxing for the first time in nearly a week. I just need to figure out what I want to do first lol.
    I'm semi surprised you didn't do the Galentine's Day stuffs...
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    02-14-2020 02:46 PM
  5. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    The Friday before holiday weekend is always chaotic, and today has not disappointed.
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    02-14-2020 03:46 PM
  6. libra89's Avatar
    I'm semi surprised you didn't do the Galentine's Day stuffs...
    Sadly, none of my friends that are ladies try to plan this kind of thing really. If they might be into that, they are either married or in a relationship so they don't think about that.

    There was a year where my really outgoing friend invited us (me and mutual friends in the group) to show that he appreciates our friendship.
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    02-14-2020 04:21 PM
  7. libra89's Avatar
    The Friday before holiday weekend is always chaotic, and today has not disappointed.
    Dang.
    02-14-2020 04:23 PM
  8. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Dang.
    Yup. It happens.
    02-14-2020 07:18 PM
  9. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Yup. I agree 100%.

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    02-15-2020 07:44 AM
  10. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    And I agree with this too.

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    02-15-2020 07:51 AM
  11. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    This was also nicely done.

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    02-15-2020 08:08 AM
  12. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    I posted those last three videos because for years now I'm not a fan of the hype YouTube influencers use. While Ranjit has his flaws too, I think these style videos are more useful in navigating a very mature smartphone market these days. It's a great time to be a consumer and your really do your research and choose smartly, you don't have to give these OEMs a ton of your hard earned cash.
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    02-15-2020 08:13 AM
  13. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    I posted those last three videos because for years now I'm not a fan of the hype YouTube influencers use. While Ranjit has his flaws too, I think these style videos are more useful in navigating a very mature smartphone market these days. It's a great time to be a consumer and your really do your research and choose smartly, you don't have to give these OEMs a ton of your hard earned cash.
    To me, if you don't care about too much fluff, something like a Mi 9t is great value for money if you need a big screen and a big battery. You can pair that with a Fossil Gen 4 watch if you want something stylish as there are always sales to be had with them.

    Or a Pixel 4 on sale works too for something compact if you can tolerate the battery performance. If you want to go big screen high end, a S10+ works. A mate 20 Pro still puts serious work in 2020. G8 works well as a compact alternative.

    On the Android side, there are so many choices. That's why as much as I like the V50, it's not worth the hassle to get. Same for the Xperia 5. Hell, if I wasn't so impatient, I'd still be using the V35 happily and not tried a V40. Market is too mature to be wildly hopping around when smart choices can land you a quality handset you can use for a long while.
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    02-15-2020 09:38 AM
  14. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Sadly, none of my friends that are ladies try to plan this kind of thing really. If they might be into that, they are either married or in a relationship so they don't think about that.

    There was a year where my really outgoing friend invited us (me and mutual friends in the group) to show that he appreciates our friendship.
    Based on how Galentine's Day is designed of a dude is involved it doesn't compute...
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    02-15-2020 10:05 AM
  15. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Don't stress about it. I'm lacking humour lately.

    I've gone through a lot in the last couple of years and the last couple of months have been quite stressful. Mostly of my own making... Changing jobs, finding a place to live, moving, etc...

    The new job isn't helping either. I completely hit this project at the wrong time. It's a complete cluster F. I'm not enjoying it. Hopefully in a week or two time things will settle a bit but it's not looking that way.

    Oh well.

    Currently my thoughts are getting some new skills out of this and then bolting.

    But we'll see.
    Hmmmm...

    One of my colleagues is going through something similar to this both on her side job and did so with her main job last year. It's so hard these days, especially as an older more accomplished worker where meaning is important.

    It's one of the things I think about a lot as well. I would love to transition out into something else that's a bit more manageable for me to get me to my next stop. Much of those opportunities in the hospital don't open up much as people cling onto them a ton (and I still have to grind through not having the look of what management wants).

    Ain't easy no matter what level one is at in its own way.
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    02-15-2020 10:14 AM
  16. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Other tech news, I'm satisfied with the new laptop. I need to undervolt it, as the so so battery life is a permanent sore spot. I'm also looking to get a USB-C fast charger as well. The generic standard cable has been great, but I'd rather use USB-C to smooth things out.
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    02-15-2020 10:16 AM
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    It's so hard these days, especially as an older more accomplished worker where meaning is important.
    There's 2 ways to go with this. Some of us older folks feel like we still have a contribution to offer so we take it in the ... just to "show" them. Me on the other hand don't have anything to prove. I've put my time in and as my boss told me the other day, how is it that more people know you outside the company than within. 35 years in the industry will do that. My wife is facing a similar "crisis" in that she's not working in the field she got her degree in at her age. That's all too common but I've tried to reassure her that at least she's in her industry. There's airline pilots selling furniture at Rooms To Go which is totally unacceptable.
    02-15-2020 10:57 AM
  18. libra89's Avatar
    Based on how Galentine's Day is designed of a dude is involved it doesn't compute...
    This is true, but that's the closest I have had to that experience.
    02-15-2020 12:05 PM
  19. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    There's 2 ways to go with this. Some of us older folks feel like we still have a contribution to offer so we take it in the ... just to "show" them. Me on the other hand don't have anything to prove. I've put my time in and as my boss told me the other day, how is it that more people know you outside the company than within. 35 years in the industry will do that. My wife is facing a similar "crisis" in that she's not working in the field she got her degree in at her age. That's all too common but I've tried to reassure her that at least she's in her industry. There's airline pilots selling furniture at Rooms To Go which is totally unacceptable.
    I agree. The mill is grinding harder and harder these days.

    I wonder about how some of the youth will fare once they transition into some of the positions you, 99, Laura and Axim (I know yes already retired). Doesn't look too good, really.

    There was a big study on working hard youth culture thst I posted here sometime last year. I think that the industrious American spirit ideal has been reinvented in so many times but at its core still takes advantage of the efforts of people on the come up.

    I'll only speak of me and state that I have a plan navigate the slough that is my industry. It doesn't make the grind easier as I move towards what I want.
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    02-15-2020 12:56 PM
  20. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    So the side stuffs for the Nokia should be here today. I will likely get another slimmer case that better protects the camera array but I will use this Tudia in the interim. Due to activities below, it should be a nice opportunity to test out the device.

    I got her Mexican last night and for the official Valentine's day outing, we go for bowling and Senegalese dinner afterwards tomorrow. It was too cold and I didn't want to get caught up in the hype of the day.
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    02-15-2020 02:27 PM
  21. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Hey Libra, how's your jollof rice skills? Need to learn how to make that.
    02-15-2020 02:29 PM
  22. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Need to be on a beach resting.
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    02-15-2020 02:39 PM
  23. libra89's Avatar
    Hey Libra, how's your jollof rice skills? Need to learn how to make that.
    I have an idea of how to make it but sadly, that's all I got.
    02-15-2020 05:12 PM
  24. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    I have an idea of how to make it but sadly, that's all I got.
    Ok. Well, having an idea is a good place to start.
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    02-15-2020 06:06 PM
  25. nate0's Avatar
    This place will remain a ghost forum for how long? Hardly any activity lately. It is sad to see it this way from what I remember about 2 years ago even as Windows phones were going extinct. Not much for consumers to talk it up about these days though in the Microsoft realm, as even Windows Central is filled with iPhone and Android device talk these days. Does this at all affect the Mobile nations group or Windows Central pages as a whole? I was worried for a while there, thinking they might pause or shut down this particular forum site...or maybe it is just me, all in my head? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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    02-15-2020 06:56 PM
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