Update on My keyboard and an app review: TechExam by WA7MC

My keyboard has been working perfectly for a week and two days! I think that trying until I got the board to seat perfectly did the trick.  I will continue to clean the connections with rubbing alcohol on a regular basis. That did help.


I’d like to review an app on my Windows Phone. It’s called TechExam by WA7MC. The publisher is Mike Clark. I used this application to study for my HAM radio license.  It has a good flashcard system that gives random exams, matching the format of the actual test, and using the question pool.  Some questions require looking at a picture, so the pictures were included as well. I can’t learn from the questions alone – I’m not that kind of memorizer. But by using the app along side my class at a nearby city hall I was able to pass the exam! There are many free web based tests available, but since I spend much of my study time on buses, the $0.99 was well worth the expense. I highly recommend TechExam for anyone with a Windows Phone that wants to pass the Technician level Amateur Radio Exam.

Smart phone battery life – the lesson I learned from a tech newbie

Normally I don’t think anything of charging my phone every day, of having it die by 6pm. And that’s what happened day one of my new Windows 8 Nokia Lumia 822. However, in that same period my husband’s new smart phone went through very little battery. Why did his last so much longer? The only difference between mine and his usage is that I have many email accounts synced. Oh…
So this morning I adjusted it so my emails would only update every two hours. I’m happy to say that it worked! I should have done this a year ago! In fact I might set some email accounts to only manual downloading. Then I can sync every few days. I still have plenty of power left for my car ride home tonight.
I’ll tell you about my new phone soon.

I survived the inevitable. Well, so far.

It happened. That dreaded day. The day I got home from work and the internet light was *off*.
I’m moving, to a place with better internet, so I cancelled my plan ahead of time to save money. I’m glad that I have my phone because I’ve been able to do just about everything with it. I’ve kept up with Facebook and Google+ (although Google+ is very limited on WP), and my emails.
The main thing that I am missing on my phone is access to my banking program, Quicken. I wonder if Quicken has a phone version. I should research this.
Thank goodness for my phone!

I finaly got my Windows 7 phone!!

I decided to go with Verizon’s HTC Trophy. I know I am close to Windows 7.5 rollout, but it has been worth it to get it early and simply update it when the time comes rather than spending more and getting it pre-installed.
Do I like the phone? I LOVE it! I like that it uses a micro-usb for charging. I like that the wall outlet is really a wall adapter for the USB cable – I don’t have to carry two chargers with me this way. I like that it will charge while connected via USB even after I fall asleep and so does my computer (my old phone would be drained dry by morning if I left it plugged into the computer. I like that I can access all my One Note notebooks that are stored on Windows Sky Drive. (It took me a while to discover that indeed all notebooks can be synced.) I like that I will have the mango update by the end of next week. I like mangos. Oh wait, not truly related.
I will share again after I have the 7.5 update.
(ps. I learned in Intro to Logic today that the symbol ‘~’ means ‘not’.  So everytime I sign my name ~GoldAurora I’m saying I’m not GoldAurora… This class is going to mess me up emotionaly isn’t it?)

Windows Mobile 7 was designed for me

Do you know how I know that Windows Mobile 7 was designed just for me? Well, to start, my cell phone 2 year contract is up at the same time that Windows Mobile 7 phones are coming out on the market. Also, I am a busy girl with lots of friends in lots of social networks, and WM7 will keep track of them all. Thirdly, I was the looser who loaded the Zune player on her computer even though she doesn’t have a Zune. Just to test it out. I loved everything but the fact that I couldn’t sync podcasts to my windows media playing phone. I do not like the podcast player on my current phone. Mostly because I need to hand enter the address for new podcasts. That is a huge pain, especially since I usually enter new podcasts while on the road.
Now I just have to decide which manufacturer to go with…