Thursday, March 25, 2010

Spring Training

I am going to Florida with some guys to see baseball spring training. We have tickets for 4 games and will be back on Wednesday. My plan is to blog from each ballpark with a picture from each park. Whether this happens or not depends on several factors. The first problem is the beer conditions each day. I will have to blog early from each location but this could be tough based on the previous nights activities. The first blog will come Saturday (3 27) AM. I will list the Cities, ballparks, and teams.
I will probably not be including any info on difficulties of the actual trip to avoid any conflicts. I am sure there will be some. If there are any general problems that could be avoided if someone knew ahead, I will give a heads up about that.
See you in Florida. Go Braves!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Adult childhood fears

Just think it through... or not.

G1 camera stuck in the 70s

The camera on my T mobile G1 went south last week. In fact I think it went so far south it actually moved 35 years back in time. The colors went sort of "Mod Squad" on me. Any way the result is that I needed to send it in under warranty.
The problem here is that I had changed the rom software on the phone and doubt they would have been real happy with that. The process was fairly straight forward and I found a couple of different guides on upgrading / down grading. First I wanted to get the phone back to the original Spl (secondary program loader). This is the one tricky part that I wanted to make sure was taken care of before starting the process. I grabbed the Spl from XDA forums post:
Then I used a guide from XDA forums to get the phone to cupcake:
I stopped after the cupcake part because I was trying to "unroot" not root.
Downloaded cupcake CRC1 from:
Installed it over the current rom. Followed the guide here (or just got the file from here):
After I finished all this, I was at the most recent donut and can receive any OTA updates.
Now, I had rooted the phone in the first place so I knew what to do mostly. I could see some of this being tricky if you had never done it before.
I have my new G1 from T mobile now and have not done any mods to it yet. The camera is perfect and the whole process was easy to deal with.
I can't wait for the Openeclair team (Wes Garner) to get 2.0 out there to try. I will probably not change the phone until that happens.
If anyone wants step by step on the whole thing just leave a comment or email me and I can throw it together. Same thing if you want to root instead of unroot.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Winter Vacation

As I am sure everyone already is aware of the global colding going on nationwide this winter, I decided we needed to take matters into our own hands and head south. Very south.
I know absolutely nothing about booking a vacation so this took some research but I think I got it now. I compared the idea of a flight to somewhere and taking a cruise. Lots to consider here but the idea of the cruise won out in the long run.
After searching all the sites online, I settled on a site called "". It took a ton of looking and comparing to figure what would be best for us. I wanted a short cruise, 3 nights max, and eastern Caribbean if possible. This really narrowed the choices as well as our time frame. I booked it all and worked out all the details just 10 days prior to the trip. I won't do it that close again. The price was not that much better and the anxiety this caused was high.
The only real pre cruise trouble was Susan's passport was expired. The info on the cruise site said, get a passport, but time was to short. It also said, birth certificate and ID was sufficient if leaving from and returning to the same port. This turned out to be fine but I would not do it again. If you get stuck in the Bahamas, you would not be able to fly home. A bit risky I think. Five to seven weeks for a passport renewal these days but we are working on it.
The cruise was almost perfect with just minor stuff along the way. The weather the last day was less than perfect but that about covers it.
If there is a moral, it would be, take a vacation when you need one, not when you can take one.