My mobile history

As a kid I hated using telephones. I don’t really know why and I’m sure there are some social anxiety issues at the root. Even today, I’d much rather email or text than call someone. My ideal phone conversation goes something like “I’ll be there in a few minutes and we can talk then.”

That being said, I’ve been fascinated by mobile phones and mobile computing since I was a teenager. My first exposure to a portable phone was at my first job in the late 80’s as a “roadie” for a local Detroit event musical outfit, The Jerry Fenby Band. I would ride along with the Jerry in his van and help haul the gear into the country club or event center and setup the equipment. Jerry had a phone installed in the van, and he’d use it to call his wife, the band’s singer, on the way to the gig. It seemed like a ridiculous luxury and I’m sure it costs $5 per call.

In college I worked at Sears in the computer, word processing and phone department. We sold mobile phones and phone contracts on commission. The paperwork was a nightmare, and most people who applied were denied credit. I learned a lot about phones during this period, but I didn’t own one myself. I attended college before mobile phones were common, which is a significant demarcation between the pre and post connected generations.

I started using mobile phones when my work places started buying them for me. I’ve rarely paid a monthly carrier bill that I wasn’t able to expense. That is definitely a luxury and a big reason why I was an early adopter of smartphones.

At the time of this posting, I’m using the HTC One M8. I’m also using an Android Wear Watch, the LG G Watch, which is a useful companion device. And I have an iPad 3, so I’m familiar with iOS.

Here is a partial list of the mobile phones I’ve used, with a focus on smartphones from the last 10 years.

Motorola StarTAC

StarTAC

Audiovox SMT 5600 (Windows Mobile 2003) (HTC Typhoon)

Blackberry Curve 8330

Blackberry Curve 8330

HTC PPC 6700 (HTC Apache) (Windows Mobile 5.0)

PPC 6700

Google G1 (HTC Dream) (Android on T-Mobile) – 2009

HTC Droid Incredible (Android on Verizon) – 2010

Nexus S (Samsung) (Android on Verizon) – 2011

Nexus S

HTC EVO Design (Android on Sprint) – 2012

HTC EVO Design

HTC One M7 (Android on Sprint) – 2013

HTC One M7

HTC One M8 (Android on Verizon) – 2015

HTC One M8

LG G Watch – 2015

LG G Watch

My next thing

Over the holidays, after nearly three years at Navitor, I decided to move on to another career challenge by joining Best Buy. As Senior Product Manager on the BestBuy.com eCommerce team, I am managing the applications responsible for the customer’s account and profile information, self service, digital rights management and more.

I am thrilled to work on one of the top eCommerce sites in the United States. Best Buy is playing an important roll in helping people buy and use the wide range of technology that is so pervasive and increasingly important in our lives.

Potter’s World

Charlie just turned ten and is finishing up the last few chapters of the last Harry Potter book. Sam is almost eight and is in the middle of book 5. Jodi and I both read all the books as they came out and have enjoyed revisiting them with the boys. We’ve been watching the movies, but only after Sam finishes each book. It will be a bittersweet day when Sam finishes the series. I would understand if J.K. Rowling doesn’t revisit her world of magic with new books, but I know I would be first in line if she does.

This is lovely:

John Fullbright Delivers

Hard Working Americans

Todd Snider has put together a top-notch band and recorded a killer set of cover songs under the moniker Hard Working Americans. Do yourself a favor and buy this one, it’s a keeper.

Hard Working Americans

Track list (with original songwriter)

“Blackland Farmer” by Frankie Miller
“Another Train” by Will Kimbrough
“Down to the Well” by Kevin Gordon and Lucinda Williams
“The Mountain Song” by Kieran Kane
“Stomp and Holler” by Hayes Carll
“Straight to Hell” by Drivin’ N’ Cryin
“Welfare Music” by The Bottle Rockets
“Mr. President, Have Pity on the Working Man” by Randy Newman
“Run a Mile” by Dan Herron and Chuck Mead
“I Don’t Have a Gun” by Will Kimbrough and Tommy Womack
“Wrecking Ball” by Gillian Welch

Steve Jobs presenting the Macintosh publically for the very first time

A previously unpublished video from January 30, 1984 where Steve Jobs presents the new Macintosh personal computer to the Boston Computer Society. He starts off with some jabs at IBM, then follows up with the haymaker 1984 Macintosh commercial. He then goes into Jobs mode with tech specs and abundant hyperbole about how insanely great this computer is.

My Favorite Music in 2013

Here are my favorite albums of the year. Enjoy!

Parquet Courts – Light Up Gold

Jason Isbell – Southeastern

Superchunk – I Hate Music

The Greencards – The Sweetheart Of The Sun

The Avett Brothers – Magpie And The Dandelion

The Head and the Heart – Let’s Be Still

Aoife O’Donovan – Fossils

John Fullbright – From The Ground Up

Dawes – Stories Don’t End

Steve Earle & The Dukes – The Low Highway

Son Volt – Honky Tonk

Josh Rouse – Happiness Waltz

Tim Easton – Not Cool

Sarah Jarosz – Build Me Up From Bones

Pokey LaFarge – Pokey LaFarge

Laura Marling – Once I Was An Eagle

Joey Ryan & The Inks – [Pause]

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell – Old Yellow Moon

Deer Tick – Negativity

Bill Callahan – Dream River