Sunday, June 15, 2014

Metra Ride - Crazy experience

"To open the door or not open the door?".... "The man he was accused of killing and was sent to jail for, is alive" . The woman was sitting in the middle of the top deck of the train compartment. Oblivious to her companion travelers'  indifference she continued to spit out these non sequiturs. The companions were, relatively speaking, doing extremely sane things, one woman was reading a book on " Stress Testing "... One was working on a packet of potato treats like they were going out of fashion soon.. most of the others were aurally wired to their music boxes. Now she pulled out her comb and manically or methodically brushed the fringe of hair in the front... I was of course furiously trying to capture the various non reactions of the other passengers. " the next station will be....... " came the announcement over the train speakers.. "The next station will be what?!?!.. She exclaimed.. Surprising everyone with a bit of lucid observation.. The myth was shattered.. She didn't have a few marbles in disarray, may be she was bored with us the ones with fewer ones and hence had to keep talking to herself to fill the solitary unsocial silence that filled the compartment. The smile on her face was deceptive. Oh dear, she just reminded a few people to not leave their tickets behind... alert too. "Did I say"... she started again but stopped mid up folded her seat back into position picked up her bottle of water and left.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Carry-on Baggage Size - America

Ever wanted to buy a piece of carry on luggage but you were not really sure what the right size is for all the various airlines? Here's a ready reckoner. I put this together because i was tired of going through all the individual websites, also find airline site links for reference, ALWAYS check to see if the information has been updated,

American Airlines:

The maximum dimensions cannot exceed any of the following measurements: 22" long x 14" wide x 9" tall or 115cm (56 x 36 x 23 cm). All carry-on items should be stowed in an overhead bin.
Personal item - includes: purse, briefcase, laptop bag OR a similar item such as a tote that does not exceed 36 inches( length+width+height) and must fit under the seat in front of you.


Baggage may not exceed 45 linear inches (or 114 cm) in combined length, width and height, including any handles and wheels
Baggage must fit easily in the Carry-on Baggage Check (approximately 22" x 14" x 9" or 56 x 35 x  23 cm), which is located near the check-in counters


To fit in the overhead bin, your item must not exceed:
  • for our Airbus A320: 26 inches (66 centimeters) length x 18 inches (45.72 centimeters) width x 12 inches (30.48 centimeters) height
  • for our EMBRAER 190: 24 inches (60.96 centimeters) length x 16 inches (40.64 centimeters) width x 10 inches (25.4 centimeters) height


Carry-on bag
The maximum dimensions for a carry-on bag are 14 inches x 9 inches x 22 inches (35 cm x 22 cm x 56 cm), including handles and wheels.


Southwest Airlines limits carryon bag dimensions to 10 x 16 x 24 inches.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Mayslake Forest Preserve

Google Nexus 5 - User Review

Like everyone else i was eagerly waiting for the Nexus 5 was prepared to hit the checkout button the moment it appeared on the Play Store and i did. I love to keep a lot of pictures, music and videos on the phone, you never know when you might be bored of all the other apps right? So i ordered the 32GB version, with taxes (Illinois) and the slightly more expensive 2 day shipping it was about 445 dollars. Given the specs the phone claimed to have, money well spent i assumed, and i'm not saying it isn't, yet...
Although the phone was supposed to leave the warehouse only on the 8th of November, it left much earlier and it was in my hand on the evening of November 5th. That's a neat trick Google, over delivery or rather early delivery will always win you brownie points
(Side note: I was moving from the Galaxy Note to this phone. Before the Note I owned a LG P500 which was my first Android phone. Both i believe were trendsetters, the LG P500 a great "value for money" phone and the Note ushered in the "phablet" era)
First impressions, unboxing was rather boring, the 'no frills' packaging i suppose is in line with the pricing strategy of the Nexus phones. But who cares how fancy the box is right? I do, but not to a great extent so we can leave that aside for now
Ok, So what were my expectations?
- The phone would be buttery smooth, performance wise - THAT it is, resoundingly!
- Call quality - Nothing wrong or different here and i wasn't expecting much. Although i do feel i could hear background noises with more clarity on the Note, not sure if that is a bad thing here.
- Screen & Colours - The resolution is really really good. The colours have the same washed out feeling that i normally associate with Apple phones. AMOLED colours are really rich, if you like will be disappointed
- KitKat (whatever anyone says, i strongly believe there was a sellout with that name) would make battery usage more regulated - Yes, can confirm that battery performance is really good!
-Battery Usage - I would have to say i'm a wee bit disappointed. Yes, it's only a 2500mAH, i'm aware of that. On the first day at full charge; couple of "not very long" calls, Maps/navigation to get to the train station (GPS or "Location" was always on), Maps again to walk to a new office, used networking apps , played word games, clicked a few pictures and it was down to 32% by noon. Was i expecting too much?
Update: Can go 12h -14 hrs without a recharge..finally!!
Continuing to monitor this to see what the pattern is...
- The camera i expected would be on par with other 8MP phones - The pictures (some examples below) are almost as good as the ones I've taken with the Note.

This review is "work in progress"... will keep updating