Daily Archives: May 29, 2021

And Occasionally Some WD-40 . . .

I left my old and new phones copying all my 52+GB of data over when I went to bed about midnight and it was all done when I got up. And a quick look showed that all my contacts, photos, etc., appear to have been moved over, but no sign of any apps beyond the ones that came preinstalled. Which is about what I expected since just transferring them wouldn’t have installed them.

One thing I’m happy to see is that my new phone is much, much faster, both in operation, how fast programs open and run, and also how fast data downloaded, or at least how fast it was processed as it came in.

And later, things got even faster.

But this morning started with coffee outside on the patio while Jan admired her new flamingo bird bath complete with the solar-powered fountain I also got for her.

Flamingo Bird Bath with Fountain

I was actually surprised how little direct sunlight was necessary to start it pumping. It also comes with 3 other spray heads, but this basic one works better to keep the water in the bird bath.

Later in the afternoon we headed up to the Webster area, first to make an office stop to pick up a couple of Amazon orders that came in late yesterday, one of them the second wireless charger for my new phone. Then it was on down to our only remaining Chinese Buffet, East China Star.

And we can chalk up another place that not longer requires masks, but just ‘encourages’ them. Or in this case, ‘strongly encourages’. But apparently, most of the patrons, including us, needed a lot more encouragement since the vast majority were maskless, and many people who were wearing them when they walked in, looked around, and then took theirs off too.

And while we were there I looked at my phone and saw that it now said that my phone connection was the fabled 5G. So not wanting to lose this chance, I ran SpeedTest.net found I was getting almost 60 Mbps.

WOW! That’s faster than our connection at work.

Then, heading back toward home, we made a quick stop at Harbor Freight, and then a final one at HEB for a couple of things. And now it looks like HEB has fallen off the mask train too.

When we were just there the other day, they still had a big banner across the front saying that masks were required. But now the banner is gone, and so were most of masks. Another one bites the dust.

Then this evening I discovered the plus side to copying all the apps over. As I was going through my old phone, picking apps to download to my new one, I found that apps in excess of 50Mb were downloading and installing way too fast. Then it occurred to me that the phone was checking to see if an app had already been copied to the phone, and then using that, rather than actually downloading it again.

So as a test, I downloaded a new, large app not already on my phone and found it happening at about the usual speed. Nice.

Tomorrow I’m going to start doing some prep work and making a list of what we want to take on our upcoming trip.

And maybe sit out on the patio again.

Thought For The Day:

Almost anything is possible with the right attitude, a sledge hammer, and some duct tape. And occasionally some WD-40.