Initial Health Post

Well so far since the first of the year I have lost about 30 pounds. All due to a proper diet and plenty of exercise. It took a few months of pushing by my friend to get me to sign up for the local gym. I started changing my diet for the better in late December 2009 and by February 1, 2010 I finally joined the local gym.

I have been very faithful to the gym so far by going 4 to 5 times a week after work. Taking only Wednesday’s and Sunday’s off and occasionally one other day for extra rest. I have been keeping quite good with my diet and only cheating a few times over the months. I do my best to follow a general rule of eating. Eat like a king for breakfast, a prince for lunch and a pauper for dinner. Plus I try to eat in small portions every couple of hours to keep my metabolism going.

My other motivation for going to the gym as much as I do is that I paid for a year’s membership at about $400. I don’t want to waste the money I spent by not going like so many people do. I’ve done that at another gym before and I was stupid to not use it.

I am down to 201 pounds and think I have about 16-20 more pounds of body fat to go to get to where I want to be. What I want is a flat stomach again. I think I should be somewhere around 187 pounds for my height and build. I am just so sick of having all this belly fat and it drives me mad everyday that I have to look at it. So I am working out as hard as I can and being careful what I eat and how much of it.

iOS & iPhone 4

Apple today released the new operating system for the iPhone, and iPod Touch, dubbed iOS. It was about 378MB I think to download. It took just under an hour on my home Sprint Internet connection. That wasn’t bad at all considering it is a cellular network and that millions of other Apple customers were downloading it too. Apple released the download at 1300 EDT and I started my download at 1400 EDT.

Once it was downloaded iTunes installed the iOS on my iPhone 3GS that I got last summer. There were no glitches, hiccups or slowdowns during the installation at all. It went perfectly smoothly and now I have the new iOS.

The biggest features that are immediately noticeable are the background wallpaper on the home screen, multitasking, the feel of the new iOS and folders for apps. The menus and opening and closing look of the apps are different. It’s hard to describe but it’s neat. I will certainly be watching my battery life closely due to the new multitasking ability and having apps run in the background.

To many people multitasking was a huge complaint from iPhone customers through the years. Apple didn’t have it and the Google Droid based phones did. To me I didn’t care that much about it because really, how many apps do you really need to run at the same time on a phone (or iPod)? My big concern about it was battery life. Apple says they did a great job in getting multitasking to work and preserve battery life; we shall see.

I thought about getting the new iPhone 4 as I am eligible for the AT&T discounted price. But I think I will skip this release and wait until next years release of the iPhone 5 (or whatever it will be called). I was an original iPhone “classic” owner about 7 months after the original release of the device. I skipped the 3G release because all they added was the 3G capability and GPS to the phone. Both of which I didn’t care much for, especially since I don’t have 3G service at my home and that I am almost always on Wi-Fi.

When they released the 3GS it had all the features of the previous models plus they increased the processor speed and doubled the system memory. Both of which made a big difference in performance over the classic iPhone. I’ve been very happy with my iPhone’s and especially the 3GS. I have no doubt that I will like the iPhone 4 too.

But I think I will stick with the 3GS for another year and continue to follow my upgrade pattern of every other year.

It’s been 7 hours since I upgraded and I haven’t seen any performance issues or slowdowns with the new iOS and that is a good thing. I think that if iOS would have bogged the 3GS down considerably that I may have upgraded to the iPhone 4. But so far that isn’t the case.

Security Now

Security Now is a podcast that I enjoy listening to and even watching. It is a podcast on computer and technology related security. I have learned a lot from Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte on the subject. I recommend that everyone who can subscribe to the podcast do so. It is good for the really advanced user and even good for the average user as well. They break things down to where anyone can understand the subject matter.

Go to the iTunes Store and search for Security Now. They have several versions of the podcast including large and small video and audio. you can also go to www.grc.com/sn to get more information on Steve and his work.

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