Wishlist 2019

Christmas and New Years are over, so I guess it is safe to publish my wishlist for 2019.

  1. Movies Anywhere in Europe. Because I am tired of having all those DVDs in the livingroom.
  2. Outlook.com/Gmail would have a view in their webinterface that lets me view my text messages. For no other apparent reason that it would be convenient.

Getting ready to leave

So, who knew? I got a new job, which means I will be leaving my employer through the last five years. Actually, it’s five years to the date.

For the most part, the last five years have been pretty good. I have had my share of big exciting projects, and I have been part of transforming a financial institution into a lean agile software machine. Well, we tried anyway.

Now that my last day loomes ever closer, I find myself being oddly at ease yet reflective. I suppose that is a good thing though. It suggests that the previous five years meant something on some level.

Leaving the familiar and venturing out into something new can be a bit unnerving, but this time around I feel much better prepared compared to earlier. I guess with age comes experience. Be that as it may, switching jobs will provide me with the space to do some of the things I want to do outside of work, but it also keeps me receptible to change. As a Scrum master I think it is important seek out new input and inspiration. In other words: staying lean and hungry. Over the course of the last 12 months sor so, I have felt more fat and lazy than I’d like, and that is all the reason I need to make a move.

I will continue to be a Scrum master, however, in a more scaled environment. I will also stay in finance, which I still find interesting.

Anyway, enough rambling, I have some packing to do.

Trying out wearables

I got Garmin Forerunner 630 for Christmas and this little bad boy actually supports Android notifications. Whow knew how much fun you could have with a phone OS that is actually being actively developed. So anyway, when my Fitbit started coming apart I started using the Garmin full time just to try out the whole wearable thing for a little while.

So far it works pretty smoothly. The Bluetooth connection seems to be rock solid, and I get most of my notifications on the watch now.

However, I am not sure what to use these notifications for at the moment. Now it’s my watch that vibrates instead of my phone (not really, they both vibrate). I guess the benefit is that I can quickly see if it’s a notification I have to react to or not.

For now I don’t really see the point, but at the same time I am oddly interested in this, so I will keep the experiment going a little while longer.

Of things that could have been

Windows Phone died some time ago, and many of us have moved on to Android and iOS. I moved to Android but I still miss the fluidity of Windows Phone.

Although most people have moved on, there are still a few die hards left. One of these made the video below, which only makes the death of WP so much sadder.

Damn you Android

I have been rocking my Nexus 5X for a couple of months now, and so far I have been pretty satisfied with the experience overall. However, I have run into a new a very annoying problem. The damn thing freezes on my at least once a day. Now I know that we are not talking about a high end phone, but I don’t think it’s too much to ask that the damn phone is actually running. In all honesty I a doubly disappointed, since I am running stock Android, which is supposedly the greatest experience Google has to offer. I think not.

Now that he snarky remarks are out of the way, I am somehow reminded of the good old Windows ME days, where things seemed to become quite unstable, unless you reinstalled the operating system every other month. I used to love that crap for some odd reason. I was young and in college, so I wasn’t really thinking straight I guess. However, these days I am not all that interested in resetting my phone all the time just to make it work.

That being said, I will try to turn lemons into lemonade. Before I reset my phone, I will try out some of the skinning options that are possible on Android. Therefore, I will give Arrow Launcher and Next lock screen a go just to see if those apps will make the user experience better.