Waiting for the next iPhone

I’m excited about the upcoming iPhone. That’s because I am going to buy it. 

It’s been six years since I looked forward this much for an iPhone. Luckily, I didn’t have to buy a phone all these years. I bought my first iPhone in the October of 2010. Saying I was excited to lay my hands on it is needless. It’s the fourth version of the iconic phone sporting few firsts like retina display and 1 GHz processor. I started typing this post in the same phone, and published it later from the iPad. 

I used the iPhone 4 until the April of 2013. Then I gave it to my wife who used it until she got a brand new iPhone SE this April for her birthday. Meanwhile, for the three years, I used the iPhone 5 I was given by my previous employer to fulfil my job responsibilities. I was pretty happy with iPhone 5. It’s sleek, light, fast and has a decent camera. This is why I never bothered to check the later versions of the phone. I returned the iPhone 5 when I quit my job at the end of May.

June is a bad time to buy an iPhone. The new iPhone is only four months away from June. I felt it’s worth waiting until September before blowing up at least a grand on a new phone. So I popped the SIM card into my unused iPhone 4.

In 2016, the iPhone 4 felt terrible. It’s sluggish despite keeping very few apps. It’s stuck with iOS 7.1.2. Most apps require iOS 8 and either wouldn’t install or install the previous versions. Camera is slow and blurry that I lost interest in clicking photos. I was frustrated at one point that I went to a store to buy an iPhone SE. But that store ran out of the stock. It turned out to be a good thing.

On the bright side, using a six year old phone improved my patience levels. Few crucial apps I need like WordPress, Wunderlist, Simplenote, iMessage, Whatsapp and Elevate worked fine. It’s hotspot feature came in handy during my recent India trip when I needed a temporary internet connection. Anyday, I’d rather use a dated iPhone than an Android. So thank you, iPhone4. You have been amazing overall. 

It’s only few weeks before the new iPhone 7 and its variants see the light of the day. I can’t wait to buy it. I am not a fan of gigantic screens on a phone. So I will stick to a smaller screen. I imagine it will be lighter, faster and better than earlier iPhones.

I like to keep things for long. However, I hear talks about Apple saving the best for 2017, for the tenth anniversary version of the iPhone. If these talks turns out to be true, I will trade in iPhone 7 for its next version. Otherwise, I will be happy to live with the iPhone 7 for the next seven years.

Personal Hotspot on Idea Cellular 3G

Hooray! I just made the Personal Hotspot on my old iPhone 4 working by following the instructions in this Apple Community thread. Now I have internet in this place I am going to spend the next two weeks.

I am on Idea Cellular 3G and their customer care isn’t helpful in helping me setup Personal Hotspot. They made me go back and forth between their dongle and 3G support phone numbers. Each of the reps told me to contact the other. I clearly did not do a good job of explaining what a Personal Hotspot is.

Fed up, I googled for idea cellular personal hotspot  in the phone and the first result is the aforementioned Apple Community thread. Except that in my iPhone 4 running iOS 7.1.2, I had to go to Settings > Mobile > Mobile Data Network. I then entered internet in the APN field under Mobile Data and Personal Hotspot sections. Username and Password fields can remain blank.

Thanks udaymanoj!

 

I turned 33 two days ago. I am satisfied with my life so far and am grateful for everything I have.

The weather Gods in India are cooperating with us nicely. The heat waves have cooled down just in time for our visit.

Between moving iPhones and timezones, I lost my 610 day long Elevate streak. That’s OK.

My brother taught me how to drive a manual car. I drove around a bit on the Indian roads; a skill I thought I could never learn. It took two hours to learn how to shift gears without stopping the engine. I drove four days with my brother in the front seat until I felt confident to drive by myself. So I feel good to learn something new and scary.

 

 

First four months of 2016

Since the start of this year, I exercised 50 hours and ran 15 5ks.

Most importantly, I achieved one of the two resolutions for this year. I successfully completed Chaitanya 3.0 project. More details later.

I am not doing very well on the second resolution: getting the perfect abs. I am failing to eat exceptionally well. I ate more junk, sugar and cake than I needed to. I am hoping to get better at eating. I probably will.

Round The Bays 2016

Yesterday¬†I ran at a running event called Round the Bays. According to their website, it is one of the world’s largest fun runs and New Zealand’s largest mass participation sporting event. It is a 8.4km walk / jog / run from the city along the waterfront to St Heliers Bay, one of the rich suburbs.

My employer paid the participation fee and gave a nice bright orange tee shirt. This is not the only reason I ran though. I wanted to experience how it is like running among thousands of people wearing a bib. And I wanted to see where I stand among some of my super fit coworkers.

I did not practice specifically for this event. I run a 5k every Sunday. So this is my weekly run, just in the different part of the city, with thousands of other runners.

I ran 8.47 km non-stop in 39:42, my best. I stood at 13 among 187 coworkers and 635 overall among 19,619 participants. I’m pleased with my time and ranking.

Now what? a half-marathon? marathon? Nothing. I am not getting carried away by this result. Keeping my weekly tiny 5-8k running routine is important to me than any grand goals.

The official result:

Chaitanya's Round The Bays 2016 Scorecard

Broken meditation streak

Last night I broke 234 day long meditation streak in Calm.com.

While it is unfortunate that I could not find even ten minutes to mediate yesterday, there is a bright side. I engrossed in something important and lost track of time. That’s mindfulness, isn’t it? 

By the time I realized, it was six minutes to twelve in the night. I could have meditated two minutes – my usual is ten minutes –  just to keep the streak alive, but I saw no point.

Although I need to start from square one, I think progress matters more than streak and perfection. So I am not feeling too bad.

About a month ago I tried to swing 32 kg kettle-bell for straight 50 times. And failed at 21.

This evening I swung two rounds for straight 30 with a break after the first round. I literally crashed onto the floor at the end of the second round. It felt wonderful.

It is hard, but I will keep practicing and see how long it takes for me to swing 32 kgs for 50 times non-stop.

Sunrise calendar app

Last week I discovered Sunrise calendar app. I loved it at first sight.

Sunrise joins Wunderlist in my GTD tool set.

I connected my work, personal and Facebook calendars and Wunderlist to Sunrise.

Everyday, Wunderlist tells me what to do and Sunrise tells me when to do. This is a great thing. Because a wise man once said, and I can attest from my experience, the things that get scheduled are the things that get done.