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The Wonders of Technology
Posted Oct 4, 2010 - 11:53:34

 This last weekend was definitely a 21st century one. I honestly can't think of anything about it that would even make sense to a ten year old me... and that's really saying something.

First and foremost, for the first time in at least three years, Crysta and I finally got new cellphones - an iPhone 4 for her, a Palm Pre Plus for me. I considered getting an iPhone, but I really like the Pre Plus. WebOS is, frankly, the best mobile operating system I've ever used, and I think I can live without facetime. Yeah, definitely can live without Facetime. I also am still running Tiger on my Macbook, and iOS 4 devices don't sync with Tiger - so I'd have to either use Crysta's Windows machine for all my syncing, or go through the hassle of upgrading my Macbook's OS. Considering I regularly use a piece of software that doesn't work in Leopard/Snow Leopard, it seemed like the obvious answer was go for the OTHER phone I liked just as much.

So, as stated earlier, the Pre Plus won out.

I have to admit, after a few days with this thing, I'm even happier with my choice than I thought I'd be. It really is the slickest user interface I've ever used. I still think the iPhone 4 is pretty cool, and if there weren't computer issues I'd probably be equally happy with it. But I finally can stop carrying two devices (my cellphone and iPod Touch) everywhere.

So that's cool.

I spent the wee hours of Saturday night/Sunday morning doing the final steps of the No Brand Con site move, so now it rests on nicely secured and updated servers. Now if there is a security issue... it'll be just my own fault. But hey, at least I can control that.

It went surprisingly smooth, especially compared to the last time I had to move the site from one server to another (which was in 2008). This is partially because of things I changed about the site last time which made it significantly more portable.

The database for the No Brand Con forums though is huge, as it's an active forum that's been running since... 2003? I think 2003. Moving that alone was a good two hours of labor. It's not the sort of thing you can just dump into PHPMyAdmin and call it a day. All I'm saying is that I'm glad I kept the MySQL tools on my laptop... they are a life saver.

So yeah, that happened.
- Traegorn

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