Monthly Archives: August 2016

I Was Wrong – My Next Phone May Not Be a Nexus

I had previously said my next Android phone would be a Nexus. This was based on the fact, that in the past, the Nexus branded Android phones were the first to receive software upgrades and security patches.

The next release of the HTC phone with Android 7 is not expected to have the Nexus name. Google has always been a brand to shift rapidly with little concern as to the effect on users when it came to software packages. You just have to look at Google+ and Hangouts to see examples.

I had been following Google’s unusual cell phone network in the US called Project Fi. If I were in the US, it is probably the network I would chose. The network was only available to owners of Nexus devices.

In fact, Google had even sold Nexus phones at a substantial discount, if you purchased one when you joined the Project Fi network. I had considered having my daughter sign up on Project Fi, just to get the phone, keep it a month and cancel the service and send me the phone. Another advantage of Project Fi was that there was no contract.

I vaguely remember seeing somewhere that the promotion on Nexus phones, purchased in combination with joining Project Fi, expired in mid September. I always figured this was because of the new product releases that are pending.

Now I am not sure what to think, but it has sure made the HTC announcement much more interesting.

For users of the Project Fi network, it should also be interesting to see if that project takes a new direction, ends or just adds new supported phones. I don’t think it is going to end.

My next phone could still be a Nexus. The new announcements may cause a large drop in the previous models prices. I have no problem buying a previous model that was still a fantastic device. The key for me is to get a phone that I know is going to get fast releases to Googles new software and patches.

I’m never so lost that I can’t find the refrigerator.

Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting Outreach 2016

Here is the latest ACS Message.

U.S. Embassy Panama City
U.S. Citizens in Panama to an Absentee Voting Outreach Event for the upcoming U.S. Presidential Election

What: Representatives from American Citizen Services will be available to answer questions about absentee voting during the event.
When: Wednesday, August 31st from 2-3pm (doors open at 1:30 pm)
Where: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Consular Section Lobby
How: Please register here NLT Tuesday, August 30th. Space is limited to 120 guests.

IMPORTANT: After registering, you will receive a message confirming your participation. You must present this confirmation along with proof of citizenship to enter the Consular lobby. And remember, no telephones, video cameras, or video recording permitted.

We look forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday!

Looking for other options? Representatives from American Citizen Services will also be addressing additional U.S. Citizen civic groups in Panama including:
The Veterans of Foreign Wars at CELI: Friday, September 9th at 3pm,
The American Society at Inedito Rooftop Lounge: Monday, September 5th from 6:30pm to 8pm

Please contact these organizations directly if you are interested in attending.

Representatives from American Citizen Services will also visit David, Chiriqui in late September. Details will be sent out soon.

I painted 1 room & then the room next to it looked kinda shabby and I’m guessing this is how plastic surgery gets out of hand.

For Sale – Brother – HL-2240 Printer

BPThis Brother – HL-2240 printer had been shipped to Boquete by the deceased gringo of the current case I am supporting. His daughter said to ask $50 for it and she was hoping it will go to someone that will use it.

I understand that it was lightly used. It is in the original Brother packing box. If you have an interest, please contact me. I will send the funds collected to the daughter in the US.

Backing Up

I have some hardware changes I am planning during the next year. These changes always create the chance of losing my PC’s data and I have decided I need to have some external backups. I use Apple TimeMachine and have a local back up of everything that is on my MacBook Pro.

However, if I had my MacBook Pro stolen or if it failed, then I am down to my TimeMachine backup. Since it is a local device, it could be stolen too, so I have been looking at offsite backup systems.

The odds of both the external TimeMachine backup and my MacBook going out at the same time are small, but always possible,

Quite a while back, I tried iDrive and didn’t like it. When I had tried iDrive, it had completely hogged all of my bandwidth and my PC was completely unusable. Continue reading Backing Up

The story of milk:
Good milk.
Bad milk.
Disgusting milk.
Dangerous milk.

I love a happy ending.

Not A Great Day – And Yet Better Than It Could Have Been

This morning I needed to run to Boquete to take care of an Embassy case. We left a little early because we needed to run by the bank first. A block from the house, I hear this noise and it sounds like a tire.

Sure enough, I had a flat. I pulled to the side of the road and pulled out the spare and jacked up the car. Then I couldn’t get the lug nuts to budge. As luck would have it, a Panamanian stopped and was wearing heavy duty boots and was able to jump on the lug wrench and loosened the nuts. Whew. Lilliam gave him $5 for his assistance.

Went to the bank on the mini spare and then to a tire repair place next to the new Super 99. The tire fellow pulled out a large nail and patched the tire. He asked Lilliam for $3 and she gave him $4.

Then off to Boquete to pick up items for the Embassy for a US citizen that had died. Continue reading Not A Great Day – And Yet Better Than It Could Have Been

Diet tip: If you think you’re hungry, you might just be thirsty. Have a bottle of wine first and then see how you feel.