It’s been a long time since I’ve updated. Too much going on, and the blog is an afterthought, that’s all. Well, work is going fine. I decided to get away from the whole supervision thing and move back into a technical role. I’ll be starting my new system administrator position in a few weeks. It will still be 3rd shift, so I’ll still be off the rest of normal humanity’s time schedule. I’m pretty used to it, though. I’m excited about the role too as I’m not a great supervisor. Some aspects of supervising I admit I’m probably good at, but I don’t really like it, and I fail at other aspects. So, back to a technical role for me, and I like the idea. It will likely be at least a small pay cut, but different none of the supervision headaches. I’ll be responsible for me and my own production, that’s something of a relief.
On the technical side of things, I finally got the courage to root my T-Mobile MyTouch 3G yesterday. I replaced the stock OS with Cyanogenmod after seeing a presentation on it from a Linux geek’s podcast. It intrigued me. He made wild claims that it would improve the phone’s performance and battery life. I usually take such claims with a grain of salt, especially from the stereotypical Linux geek crowd. I love Linux and use it on my own computers as my desktop system of choice (lately I’m on Gentoo and loving it even more), but I think some of them go too far in bashing Windows/Mac/anything pre-installed on any device. I had to check it out though, especially after last month when I upgraded my phone’s OS with T-Mobile’s recommended Froyo update. That thing nearly turned into a paperweight. It became very slow just running even the basic stock apps like messaging. My contacts got all screwed up, I lost some and others were duplicated or “triplicated.” It was a mess. Even the screen lock function stopped working right. Some apps, like the venerable Opera Mini, would just crash in the middle of simple browsing. So, I figured, why not? I’ve had the phone a year now anyway. Yesterday after work, I got a new SD card to make into a “goldcard” to use for rooting the phone. After some frustration and lots of googling, I finally got it. Apparently, all of the older rooting exploits for my phone were patched up and made obsolete by the official update from T-Mobile that I applied about a month ago (the one that ruined my whole Android experience), so I had to dig pretty deep to find something that would root it now. Plenty of geniuses out there who have done it, though, and their instructions worked. I won’t link to them here because although they know what they’re talking about, I think they assume too much, and the average user would end up destroying their phone or giving up altogether. Though now that I’ve done it once, if you have a T-Mobile MyTouch 3G, I’ll be glad to help you out especially if you have the latest official update because I know your pain.
Anyway, Cyanogenmod truly saved my phone. It’s faster and far more responsive than it ever was even before T-Mobile’s update. Did I say fast? It blows me away now. You’d think I had a pentium processor in that thing. And the battery life is truly longer, no lie there. I left the wifi on all night and the thing is still going. With the stock OS, it would be dead by now. It’s also far more configurable and fun than the official OS. I highly recommend it for whatever smartphone you happen to have. You’ll actually enjoy the Android platform again.
Messing around with my phone is not all I’ve been doing since I last posted, though. I’ve picked up the piano again, and this time decided to throw on guitar as well. I don’t practice as much as I’d like, for sure, but I do get practice in throughout the week, and I think I’m even improving somewhat. It’s definitely a nice way to relax after work. I moved my piano into my bedroom a few weeks ago, and that has definitely helped me with practicing more. I’ve also been getting outdoors more. I got a beach cruiser from Target and have started riding it most days after work. I’ve discovered all kinds of things I never knew about the neighborhood. There are little (I mean little, seriously) cemeteries scattered throughout the neighborhood, obviously there from before the neighborhood was a suburban area full of ranch houses and apartments. There are also tiny city parks all around, too. Apparently there’s a little river somewhere between all these houses and these parks pop up at various spots in between and behind the houses to meet with it. Pretty neat. The last few days, though have been getting oppressively hot and humid, I’m not sure I’ll be able to keep up the morning rides throughout the summer. I might try changing to evening ones before work.
Out of the blue yesterday, one of my Chinese “aunts” called me up. Monday was apparently the Dragon Boat Festival (I hadn’t noticed, shame on me), and she’s making 粽子– “zongzi” the food that’s traditionally eaten for this festival. 粽子are “balls” of sticky rice with filling of meat, vegetables, eggs, etc. wrapped in bamboo leaves and steamed. So, so good. Monday morning after work I’ll be going over to her house to eat. I haven’t seen her in about a year and a half, so it will be good to catch up as well.
In the last bit of news, I’ve been “pre-selected” for jury duty in my hometown of El Paso. I haven’t been summoned yet, which is frustrating. I’d rather get summoned to go and get it over with. Now it’s like this thing hanging over my head that’s bound to pop up at the most inopportune moment and with little notice *sigh*.
A friend of mine that I met back in my time at ODU has a bunch of kittens. I’m really getting tempted to get one when they’re six weeks old. I miss my previous companion cat of 18 years. Not sure yet, though, if I’m really ready for another one. There are other things going on that might preclude my getting a new cat. It’s ok, I have about two to six months to consider it more thoroughly.
Well, that’s about all for now if you’re even reading this far! Until next time.