Sunday, 16 June 2013

Moving to Windows Phone 8 with Google

My LG P500 Android phone has finally slowed to an unusable crawl. Even a Cyanogenmod ROM couldn't revive its performance once I had loaded the modest collection of apps I use. For the money it was a great phone that gave two years of good service, but it has now come to the point that I can't reliably unlock the screen as it would forget the first part of the pattern half way through me drawing it.

I've been interested by what Microsoft have been doing and had a few Windows Phone (WP) using friends recommend the experience. Given that I'm deeply embedded in Google's services and the two technology companies seem to be engaged in an ecosystem war this might be a stupid idea, but with the reasonably cheap Nokia Lumia 520 I thought it would be worth taking a chance.

Here's what I've had to do so far to make the switch from Android to WP8.

Friday, 14 June 2013

Writing Reflections

The only real mistake is one you didn't learn from. If you care about improving you have to look back and learn from what was successful and what wasn't. For reflection to work it can't be idle chat, have to identify specific changes to try, not vague 'I should do more of...' notions.