My Top Android Gripes

Although I’ve switched over to an iPhone as my primary mobile communication device ever so often (usually when a new version of Android drops) I grab my Android handset and test it to see if any of my problems have been resolved. With the release of 2.3.5 for my Nexus S I decided to give Android another run through and I’ve found the following glaring problems:

Virtual Private Networking (VPN) still doesn’t work: How long as Android been out? Something approaching three years now I believe, and it still lacks functioning VPN capabilities. VPN isn’t exactly rocket science as Windows, Linux (which Android is bloody based off of), Mac OS, iOS, Palm OS, and WebOS all have functioning VPN capabilities. Why can’t Google get it working properly in their mobile OS?

No support for CalDAV or CardDAV: CalDAV and CardDAV are open standard protocols for remote calendaring and contact management. Once again I find that almost every other operating system on the planet, including iOS, have support for these two protocols. It seems trivial to me that a company the size of Google couldn’t just download an already completed CalDAV and CardDAV Linux client library and use it to add built-in support for both in Android.

No support for public-key identify certificates: I use self-signed certificates for my mail, calendar, address book, VPN, and HTTPS needs. Although Android has full support for IMAP (although using a separate e-mail client from their star GMail app) Android doesn’t have any way of importing identity certificates (which was a bitch I might add). Although I’ve been able to import my identify certificate Android seems unable to use it to identify TLS connections. When I connect to my IMAP server Android informs me that it can’t establish a chain of trust for for the server’s TLS certificate. Well the public key that establishes that chain of trust is right in the fucking certificate store, why not check there?

No method of encrypting data stored on the device: You know what’s nice about iOS? All of your data can be stored in an encrypted format meaning somebody can’t just grab the phone and download everything without knowing your password (it also makes wiping data from the phone quick as you can just erase the encryption keys). You know what’s not so nice about Android? There is no way to full encrypt everything stored on the phone. Once again full disk encryption isn’t exactly rocket science as Windows, OS X, and iOS all have that capability built-in.

I really want to like Android but Google makes it so damned difficult. If you’re willing to simply use Google’s service Android is decent (although you’re still fucked on the VPN side of things). But when you want to move off of Google’s services and use your own then Android becomes completely unusable. Why should Google care since they want people using their services? Simple, many businesses also need the very things I’ve mentioned. Without these capabilities Google is lacking the ability to make headway into many market sectors that Apple is currently moving into. In addition to that all the problems I’ve listed are gripes that people have posted in the Android support and development forums meaning I’m not the only one wanting these features.

On top of that I’m of the firm belief that a feature advertised in the operating system should work. Android has a preference pane to enter VPN settings and it has a preference pane to import certificates but neither feature works. It looks damn sloppy when your operating system advertises a feature that isn’t functional. Hell, it’s not just that these features aren’t functional, it’s that Android has been out for roughly three years and the features still aren’t functional.

Once again I’ve given Android a chance and found it lacking. I’ll patiently wait for the next Android release where I’ll start this cycle all over again and hope that some of these features are actually working then.

My Review of Captain America

I watched Captain America this weekend and thought I’d give everybody my thoughts on the movie (because my opinion is so important). The movie itself can be summed up by the following:

From a film titled Captain America this shouldn’t be surprising to anybody (although I did hear one person tell me that the biggest problem with Captain America was that the film was overly patriotic, I believe it was also a revelation to this individual when he discovered water is wet).

Obviously there could be some spoilers so if you’ve not yet seen the movie and wish everything to be a surprise stop reading now.

Captain America follows a scrawny Brooklyn kid wanting to join the Army during World War II. He keeps getting rejected because he’s medically ineligible for service, but damn it he keeps trying by going from recruitment center to recruitment center hoping one of the medical examiners will miss is numerous ailments. A scientist just happens to come across the kid at a recruitment center and decides he’s the perfect candidate for an experiment.

The experiment involves jacking the kid up with some magical serum that turns regular men into super awesome men that can jump higher and run faster than even the best athletes. It’s a superhero move so the story doesn’t have to make sense, just sit back and enjoy the ride. The beginning of the movie involves Chris Evan’s face CG’d (computer graphic’d) onto the body of a much smaller and scrawnier actor. Honestly I found this a bit distracting but it certainly was a better option than having a completely separate actor play little Captain America and then replacing him with a larger actor partway through the movie. Trust me you can easily ignore the obvious CG for a while.

The main bad guy is played by Hugo Weaving who happens to be one of my favorite actors, this was a huge plus in my book. Tommy Lee Jones plays, well, Tommy Lee Jones which is always good. After some time Captain America is tasked with fucking up Hydra’s (a fictional Nazi research brigade) new weapons that appear to be some kind of plasma cannons. Once again reality takes a back seat because this is a damned super hero movie, not a historical piece.

The rest of the movie can be summed up as Captain America kicking Nazi ass. If there is a person on this planet that can’t bring themselves to enjoy some good old fashion Nazi killing then make sure you never take movie advice from them. Nazi killing is always a plus in movies and Captain America has plenty of it.

Obviously all is well at the end as Captain America wins the day. After the credits finish rolling a trailer for The Avengers is played and informs the audience that the movie come out next summer.

On Chris’s scale of arbitrary ratings I give this movie a four out of five racoons. Why racoons? Fuck you that’s why, it makes just as much sense as stars. Either way this movie entertained me and that’s all I ask in exchange for a good rating. The movie didn’t get a full five racoons because it’s not Jurassic Park, didn’t star Clint Eastwood, and Iron Man was nowhere to be found. Still it was a fun movie so get your ass to the theater to watch it (or don’t, I really don’t care what you do).

My Initial Thoughts on OS X Lion

I have successfully installed OS X Lion on both my Mac Pro and my MacBook Pro. I’m not ballsy enough to attempt the server upgrade until this weekend though so my initial thoughts are all going to be related to client software at this point.

The very first thing I want to point out is the fact having reversed scrolling enabled by default is the dumbest fucking thing I’ve ever encountered. Seriously! When I scroll up on a trackpad or mouse I expect the screen to move up, when I scroll down I expect my screen to move down. This is a pretty basic concept that’s been with us for a while now. An operating system isn’t a fucking flight simulator, we don’t need to reverse the controls for moving up or down. Thankfully this can easily be disabled in the preferences but it seems like such an idiotic thing to have enabled by default.

That was by far my biggest annoyance which is to say I haven’t ran into anything that annoying so far. OS X Lion seems pretty stable outside of the box which is a nice change as most initial releases of new OS X versions have been rather buggy, sometimes bordering on unusable. For Lion the installation went off without a hitch and everything seems to be running properly so far.

The whole full-screen mode for applications is a rather pointless gimmick in my book. I have no idea why Apple saw fit to include such a feature in a desktop operating system but it’s optional and thus easily ignored.

I’m not at all happy with the new way virtual desktops are laid out. Previously you could have a grid of virtual desktops which meant accessing one desktop from another could be done quickly. I usually run with six virtual desktops and in Snow Leopard I had them arranged in a grid consisting of two rows and three columns. In Lion virtual desktops are all laid out linearly meaning you only have one row. This makes traversing from desktop one to desktop six a pain in the ass if you’re using keyboard shortcuts. I’ve not found a way to revert the desktop arrangement to a grid yet, nor am I even sure you can. Either way I find this extremely annoying as it really fucks up my workflow.

I have no real opinion on the disappearing scroll bars. I seldom look at or use the scroll bars anymore so the fact that they vanish when you’re not actively scrolling is irrelevant to me.

The new Mail application is light years ahead of Snow Leopard’s version. The layout feels much better and everything seems to move smoother. I also like that the System Preferences has a central panel to add e-mail, calendar, and address book accounts. It was a bit annoying having to open each separate application to add the appropriate account.

The new “natural feel” iCal and Address Book applications are just fine by me. They look a bit out of place but I don’t think they’re as ugly as many have made them out to be. Honestly I rarely interact with either application on my desktop or laptop so this is another thing that doesn’t really affect me.

Launchpad is pretty worthless in my opinion. I’ve been running with a Application folder stack on my dock forever now to launch applications. It’s actually easier for me to click on the stack icon, scroll to the application I want, and launch it than it is for me to launch an application via Launchpad.

Some of the new trackpad and mouse gestures are pretty sweet. I really like the fact that I can now use my trackpad and mouse to scroll, flip between virtual desktops, show my running applications, and many other things. Apple has done a great job realizing the utility of a trackpad with multi-touch capabilities and I hope other computer manufacturers follow in step.

The new interface elements in Lion are pretty as well. It’s a pretty meaningless change but I like the new look.

I’ll keep you guys apprised of my findings but so far I’m liking Lion even though I find most of the new features to be rather pointless gimmicks. It seems solid from the start which is certainly better than previous OS X releases.

Transformers 3

I finally got around to seeing Transformers 3 and have to say the beginning of the movie had me worried but the ending was fucking awesome. Obviously there are going to be some spoilers in this post so if you’re not watched it yet and don’t want minor points of the story ruined stop reading now.

As with the previous two Transformers movies the weakness in this one is the fact that the human characters are given too much screen time. I don’t think Michael Bay understands the fact that people don’t go to a Transformers movie to watch humans do thing, they go to watch giant transforming robots do things. The movie also took a bit of time to jack-off Obama. Whatever, I like to think of how he likely ran and cowered in some shelter when Megatron decided he had enough of the human’s shit for a while and started his killing spree again.

Thankfully, things improve greatly once the actual story beings to move along. The Decepticons go balls out in trying to take over the world which is pretty typical Transformers stuff. I do appreciate the part where Megatron blasts the Lincoln Memorial because that man was a tyrannical asshole who didn’t give two shits about freeing the slaves. In all honesty I have more respect for Megatron because he’s a tyrannical asshole but he’s honest about it.

The movie gets very good right around the time the Decepticons take over and blow the shit out of Chicago. After all of the destruction I must say Chicago looked better then it currently does.

Obviously, being a Michael Bay movie, lots of shit is blown up. That’s why I feel Michael Bay is the perfect directory for the Transformers movies, he knows very little about plot and story but he can blow the living shit out of anything which is what Transformers is honestly all about (if you’ve watched the original cartoons you know story was entirely second nature). Transformers 3 has a slightly more involved story than the other two but it still can be summed up as Decepticons trying to take over the world for some evil purpose and the Autobots stop them.

If you’ve enjoyed the previous two Transformers movies you’ll enjoy this one. Cinema snobs need not apply, this movie simply isn’t for you. The characters are fairly one dimensional, the story is bare bones, and every dollar was poured into special effects. On the other hand if you’re like me and enjoy mindless action films that feature completely implausible characters and story lines you’ll enjoy this film.

iOS 5 Beta

So I loaded iOS 5 Beta 1 onto my iPod Touch and took a look around. I haven’t had much time to fiddle with it but I’ve decided that Apple did a great job of ripping off Android’s notification system and that’s a good thing. With that said Apple did add two things that I greatly appreciate; widgets on the notification pull-down and the ability to make notifications appear on the lock screen.

I’m not sure if Apple is going to allow third parties to write widgets for the pull-down menu but they have included one for stocks and another for weather. When you pull down the notification page the weather widget will give you the current temperature which is nice. Hopefully third parties are allowed to write widgets for the notification page as I could name a few things I’d like to see there.

The other change to the notification system that Apple made was making notifications appear on the lock screen if you want them to. When you turn the phone on any notifications set to appear on the lock screen will be there and swiping across a notification will open the app that sent out the notification. Thus swiping across an e-mail notification will open Mail and take you right to the message you swiped across. Overall I really like the new notification system and feel it makes iOS a far better OS to work with.

My Review of Atlas Shrugged Part I

This weekend marked the opener for Atlas Shrugged Part I. You’re probably not surprised to learn that several crazy libertarians and me attended the movie Friday. So here are my thoughts on it.

Before I begin I should state that I went into this movie fairly blind. I’ve never actually made it all the way through the book Atlas Shrugged. Ayn Rand’s writing style doesn’t appeal greatly to me as she’s too verbose with descriptions of scenes. With fiction I prefer to fill in most of the blanks myself but I’ve always liked the base story of Atlas Shrugged (thanks Wikipedia for your wonderful plot summaries). Likewise due to the budget and the fact the movie was based off of a book who’s story appealed to my economic and political senses I figured it would be abysmal. Needless to say I don’t have much faith in movie producers making a product that reflects kindly upon my political beliefs.

Overall I thought the movie was pretty good. Obviously the main draw for me was the actual story itself. Part I covered most of what I had read of the book so I feel somewhat qualified to make a statement on how well the movie followed its source material. This movie is pretty faithful to Ayn Rand’s magnum opus. Much of the dialog is ripped straight from the book and the characters weren’t changed in any real dramatic ways. A quick thumbnail explanation about how trains became such popular modes of transportation was tossed in as to adopt the movie to our time but that was the only really major changed that jumped out at me.

Speaking of faithful to the books let me talk about the actors. None of the actors in Atlas Shrugged are well known although I recognized some of them from television shows. The actors portray almost completely one dimensional characters. What I mean to say is the actors stayed very true to the source material as Atlas Shrugged appeared to be composed entirely of single dimensional characters which isn’t surprising considering the story and Ayn Rand’s beliefs in life.

I found this movie certainly had a “made for T.V.” feel to it. The budget combined with the selected actors are probably the cause of this but that’s not really a hit against the movie itself. What I will hit it with is the fact the movie also had a very rushed feeling to it. It felt to me as thought several scenes should have been re-shot but the director decided against it which I’m attributing to time constraints without really knowing for sure. Either way this movie isn’t going to win any prestigious movie awards (which is fine by me since most movies that do I find to be rubbish anyway).

When all was said and done I have to say I found the movie enjoyable. This is entirely due to the story itself which I’m guessing is going to be the main draw for most people. If you really enjoy the story found in Atlas Shrugged I feel there will be much for you to enjoy in this movie and it is certainly worth a watch. If you hated the book and Ayn Rand you’re going to hate this movie so don’t bother wasting your money. On the Christopher Burg scale of arbitrary movie rating I give this movie a libertarian rating. If you’re a libertarian you’ll probably find much to like about this movie while a statist is going to have nothing but rage issues as the movie proceeds to demonstrate why you’re ideas suck.

I’m going to close by stating I hope this movie does well enough for parts II and III to be made. The budget seems to be low enough where this is a possibility but I’m unsure if enough momentum will be continue to exist past opening weekend to make enough money for two more parts. The theater was packed Friday night but that was mostly the hardcore Rand fans. I’m doubting anybody else will really enjoy this movie so it’s almost solely up to them to fund this endeavor.

iPad Makes a Great Video Player

I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I don’t purchase physical media all that often. Most of the movies I buy are purchased via iTunes. The reason for this is because iTunes has a good selection of movies, I can play movies on any of my computers, and my movies can be loaded onto my iPad and iPhone. If there is a downside it’s the fact that plugging a computer into a friend’s television isn’t always a straight forward way to watch a movie and most movies played via a computer on a CRT television look like shit.

Realizing the iPad is far more portable than a television and that I sometimes like to bring movies to my friends’ houses I decided to purchase a set of Component AV Cables for use with my iPad and iPhone. Last night was the first time I actually used them and I’m happy to report they work great. The test movie was the high definition version of Tron: Legacy which looked absolutely great playing off of my iPad. It also beat the Hell out of trying to hook a laptop up to the television. Being everything has a downside one is apparently made using the iPad, there is no remote control. If you want to pause the move you have to go over to the iPad and tap the pause button on the screen. Not a big deal but it’s honestly the only downside I could find to this setup.

While playing a movie on an external display you can turn the iPad’s screen off and the movie will continue to play. However if you leave the Video app the movie will stop playing which is probably a side effect of allowing other applications to utilize the video-out capabilities of the iPad. I will also note that if you get an e-mail or other message on the iPad while it’s hooked into a television the notification sound plays on the television so it’s a good idea to turn your networking capabilities off while watching a movie if you get as many e-mails as I do.

Needless to say I really like the iPad as a video playing device. There is no real setup required beyond plugging the component cables into the television and pressing play on the iPad.

Don’t Get a Drobo

Since I have a massive amount of data on hand I’ve been spending a lot of time looking for an external multi-drive enclosure that either had RAID capabilities or something similar. Due to reading enough positive recommendations that had the Drobo been a person it would be nominated for sainthood I decided to go with one. A bit before Christmast I ordered a standard FireWire 800 four-bay Drobo using a $100.00 discount. I was going to run it for six months and determine whether or not I could recommend the Drobo has a solid backup device. The damned thing didn’t even make it two entire months and I’m going to advice anybody looking for a solid backup device look elsewhere.

For those of you who don’t know a Drobo is nothing more than a fancy four-drive enclosure that loads all of the contained drives into a common pool with redundancy. This means all of the drives are seen as one to any computer you attach the Drobo to. Having redundancy means you can lose any single drive without losing the data on the Drobo, at least in theory. This is similar to RAID although unlike RAID the Drobo doens’t require each drive to be the same capacity in order to work. This sounded ideal to me since I could simply drop in larger drives as they were needed instead of dropping in four new drives every time I wanted to add space.

I had problems right from the start, namely with the included software called Drobo Dashboard. What’s the problem? The software won’t install on my Mac Pro. Why? I haven’t a clue. When I try to install the software I’m informed at the end that the software couldn’t be installed but am given no error message and no entries are made in the system logs that could inform me of what’s going on. Basically I haven’t a Thor damned clue what’s going on and no message is ever displayed that could clarify the problem. This means I had to setup my Drobo on my laptop where the software installed without any trouble.

Setup is easy enough and once the Drobo was initialized it was detected by my Mac Pro without any trouble. From there I started using the Drobo as a Time Machine backup destination and it worked OK until an undetermined time when it failed. Why do I said an undetermined time? Because it was completely undetermined.

The problem with my Drobo is the fact it’s been stuck in a state where it claims everything is running correctly but my computers can’t mount the Drobo. The drive lights on the Drobo are all green indicating everything is working as expected. According to the Drobo Dashboard software my Drobo’s data is great and everything is running in tip-top shape. The problem is when I plug it into any computer it will not mount. Yes Disk Utility can see it will not mount the infernal device.

I’ve tried everything recommended by Data Robotics Inc. (the makers of this piece of shit) including unplugging the Drobo, shutting down the computer, letting them sit for a while (overnight in my case), replugging in the Drobo to the computer, and starting the computer back up. Nothing works. Basically I’ve got a several hundred dollar paperweight that serves no purpose other than to piss me off by it’s existence.

When looking for a backup device the first and foremost thing the device must be is reliable. The Drobo is not reliable and from doing searches online I’ve found I’m not the only person who’s ran into this exact problem. I share with each person who has written about this problem something else, nobody has managed to get the damned thing working again without doing a full reset which includes erasing all the data on the Drobo. My advice is to stay clear of Drobo and any Data Robotics Inc. products. Their software is shit and doesn’t even tell you why it can’t install, their device is shit and reports itself as working perfectly even though it’s in paperweight mode, and the only way to get the device out of paperweight mode is apparently resetting the device which destroys the data and defeats the purpose of a backup device.

If anybody has any recommendations for a good multi-drive (four or more) enclosure that does redundancy (RAID is find by me) I’d love to hear them. At this point I’m looking around again for a proper solution but just wanted to inform everybody to steer clear of Drobo devices. They’re headaches and not at all reliable.

PK-01 V Field Test

The weather here in Minnesota has taken a turn of the warmer. Sunday it was a balmy 45 degrees out making it practically summer here. I decided to venture out and enjoy the fine weather by taking a trip to the range to test out my new PK-01 V red dot optic.

First off sighting it in was dead simple thanks to fact it co-witnesses with the iron sights. If you’re looking down the iron sights you just have to line the dot up with the stop of said iron sights and you’re most of the way to your goal. From there you just have to make slight adjustments to finish up.

The optic returns to zero perfectly when you remove and reattach it to the side rail. Some people like to attach a rail on top of the AK’s dust cover. The unfortunate side effect of doing this is there is a chance any sight attached to the rail will not return to zero when you remove and reattached the rail for cleaning. The AK’s built-in side rail greatly alleviates that.

Due to my very poor red affinity the dot practically vanishes when placed over white paper on a bright day. Thankfully in those situations I can just use the iron sights. For most people this shouldn’t be an issue though as most people probably see red better than I do.

The optic has a 1.5 MOA red dot meaning you won’t be completely eclipsing your target at 100 yards or more. Beyond that it’s a typical red dot optic. Once sighted in your rounds hits whatever the red dot is covering. I don’t know what else to say about this thing at the moment but long term testing many reveal either problems or praises. So far I like it.

My Developer Palm Pre 2 Arrived

Yesterday was just a day of receiving crap. Not only did my PK-01 V arrive but so did my Palm Pre 2:

If you read this site yesterday you know that I received this phone for free from HP/Palm. They’re looking for developers for their WebOS platform and have 100 99 phones available to send out to developers gratis. I haven’t had the phone in my possession long enough to give a detail review but I will give my initial thoughts.

First the phone has almost the exact same form factor as the original Pre. The back covers are the same and the batteries are the same meaning upgrading from an original Pre to a Pre 2 will allow you to keep using your already purchased accessories. Sadly this means the screens are also the same and honestly 320×480 isn’t a lot of space to work with when you’ve been using an Evo 4G and an iPhone 4.

The Pre 2 feels a bit more solidly built that the first Pre. Much of this is due to the fact that HP/Palm replaced the plastic curved screen with a flat glass one. I can’t tell you how much of a difference this makes in how a device feels (also the glass screen doesn’t attract finger prints as much as the plastic one). The entire outer casing is also covered in a soft rubberized finish meaning the phone doesn’t feel like it’s going to slip out of your hand.

The slider mechanism still has some noticeable play in it. If HP/Palm wants to continue making slider phones I’d appreciate a solid slide mechanism with little to no play in it. It’s not a deal breaker but it does make the device feel more like a quality product.

The used Pre I obtained a few months back was an original Sprint model meaning it only has 8GB of internal memory. The Pre 2 has double that giving you 16GB to work with. Honestly I wish HP/Palm would offer a model with 32GB so they could match my iPhone. I never thought I’d use so much memory but honestly I’m filling my iPhone up fast. The files I like to carry around with me on my phone is already beyond the 16GB barrier. It seems HP/Palm will copy Apple on refusing to have a microSD card slot but won’t copy them on the amount of memory internally.

One thing HP/Palm hasn’t copied Apple on is the battery compartment. Yes the Pre 2 has a battery compartment meaning you can actually swap the battery. This is such a novel concept that I wish every phone manufacturer would do it. Then again you almost have to have this ability on the Pre 2 as the battery life isn’t very good (I’d rate its battery life akin to my Evo’s which will get you through a day unless you use it a whole lot).

Having a hardware keyboard just kicks all sorts of ass. I was using a Treo so long that the keyboard layout apparently became ingrained as muscle memory since I was able to pick up the Pre 2 and type just as fast on it as I did my Treo. I would like an on-screen keyboard available for times when I’m holding the phone in landscape position but HP/Palm doesn’t seem to keen on doing that right now.

The Pre 2 also has your standard stock of built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 3G (only on AT&T though as T-Mobile uses a different chunk of the wireless spectrum for their 3G). I have to say I really like the fact that I can take my SIM card out of my iPhone, insert it into an adapter that allows it to fit into a normal sized SIM slot, and insert it into the Pre 2 and start using it. I love your coverage CDMA but I love having a swappable SIM card even more at the moment.

WebOS 2.0 is pretty awesome. I’ll be honest, I still think WebOS is the best mobile operating system out there at this point. Not only is developing for it dead simple but it has real multi-tasking with an interface that makes working with multiple applications easy. One thing I don’t like about WebOS 2.0 is the fact HP/Palm removed the Palm OS 5 ROM from WebOS meaning the Palm OS emulator, Classic, no longer works. This wouldn’t be that big of a deal if WebOS had most software available for it (which is why HP/Palm is looking for developers).

The card interface is innovative enough that RIM in stealing it for their PlayBook table device. With a simple swipe up of your finger you will be shown every currently running application. Speaking of swiping the Pre uses gestures for tons of things and this makes using the operating system very easy. If you want to move back in an application swipe your finger from right to left in the gesture area. If you want to copy something it’s as simple as highlighting it, holding a finger in on the gesture area, and tapping the ‘c’ key. Need to bring up the launcher? That’s as simple as moving your finger from the gesture area up to the screen. Doing almost everything in WebOS is quick and easy which is why I really like it.

WebOS 2.0 also added VPN support… which I’m still unable to get working. Maybe I’m misconfiguration something or maybe VPN is broken as it is in Android. I’ll let you know when I come to a conclusion. Apparently WebOS 2.0 also includes Wi-Fi hotspot functionality but I’ve not found it leading me to believe it’ll be coming in a future update.

So my initial impressions are good. I can’t wait to start really delving into WebOS development in the coming days. Although I don’t see the Pre 2 replacing my iPhone as a day to day phone as this point.