Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Windows 8 Plunge

Technology has been very good to me in my professional life and although I don't believe my employer will be migrating to Windows 8 any time soon, I enjoy dabbling with technology and this interest ties nicely to my interest in blogging.  For the purpose of this blog, I will organize my thoughts into 3 sections, The Buying Decision, The Install and Initial Impressions.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Android Apps - 8 Boring Picks and 8 Personal Picks

After a series of finance and benefits focused posts, its time again for a fun, tech post...

I have long been a "pre-paid" (pay as you go) cell phone customer and was thrilled to see the arrival of smart phones to pre-paid plans a couple years ago.  I initially purchased an Android phone with Virgin Mobile back in the day when Virgin had their $25 per month unlimited plan.  That phone became my daughter's phone - yes, I'm a bit of a soft heart... she was soon to head to college and I believed it would be more important to her than to me.  Thereafter, Virgin Mobile increased their rates; AT&T offered an Android phone which I purchased and as expressed in my post relating to pre-paid plans, AT&T changed their plan options.  Although, I was disappointed by AT&T's behavior in regards to how they rolled out their changes, I have been able to adapt to the plan that they ultimately offered.  I highly recommend smart phones and for those who are budget conscious, I highly recommend looking at the Android offerings.  While those iPhones may be wonderful, I am not quite comfortable with the idea of such a high priced device being so vulnerable to being lost, damaged or stolen.  I love my Android LG Thrive (screen shot below), it does all I need and more in regards to "on the fly" type data and messaging.

Here are some of the apps that I particularly enjoy:

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Evaluating Health Plan Choices

If you have health insurance through your employer, it may be that time of year where you need to make some hard choices.  This post describes my choices and methodology and is offered in the spirit of helping others navigate similar choices that may be offered through their employer.