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Voicemail has its uses, for example, when one won't be able to pick up the phone for awhile, but needs to relay a message immediately, or when other forms of communication are not possible, i.e. e-mail or texting is inconvenient or irrelevant.

However, I still usually end up ignoring it, thus rendering most of the pros as moot.

(1) Oct 10, 08 - 11:18 AM

On the subject of high school friends, just because you're different, doesn't mean you can't be friends.

(0) Jun 17, 07 - 11:41 PM

Pi is wrong.

Well, actually, maybe it would just be better to use what is currently known as 2*pi. I've always thought it would be easier if sine and cosine had periods that were just pi, not 2pi.

So should pi be 6.283185...? Should pi be the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its radius, instead of diameter? If so, it would take about 50 years for this to gain any momentum in the mathematical community.

(0) Apr 20, 07 - 1:07 AM

On College and Other Musings

Tuesday, October 9, 2007 | 8:30:14 PM
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So this marks week two for UCLA, but I've really been here for three weeks, so it's my fourth week of living here. I've made new friends and experienced new things. It's quite exciting.

I'm not so sure what to say here; I don't want it to be a boring recount of what I've been going through.

Life in college... I'll try to sum up how it's been for me in a few phrases of a few words each: good roommates, many boring classes, skipped a (useless) discussion today, one class with great lectures, previously mentioned class requires lots of reading, band is pretty fun, trombones are crazy, made new friends, sooo many people here, lots of solicitors the first week, pretty good food (yum brownie goo), should really be doing reading right now, too much walking, too many hills, too many stairs, getting lazy, having fun.

I dunno, just some random thoughts to sum up everything.

Oh yeah, I got my Macbook Pro and it's quite amazing. I'm keeping the windows laptop too though. I got Synergy running, though, so I only need one mouse for both computers. It's more or less dual screen with different operating systems.

I feel like I should say more about my classes. In general, they're boring. Either the subject or the professor. The one that is exciting, at least the lecture, is the one that requires a lot of reading. Still, the first lecture (which happened to be my first class of the quarter), kept me interested, made me think; he's an lively, interesting professor talking about a topic he's passionate about too. So, if you ever need to satisfy a GE req. here at UCLA, take HIST 9E (Southeast Asian Crossroads) with Professor Woods.

On that note, I should get reading some of that stuff, or at least study for the map test in two days. Agh, buy your own scantrons? Anyway, I'll try not to abandon this thing as much anymore.

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On the iPhone

Friday, January 12, 2007 | 8:23:52 PM
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A phone that plays music. That's been done before. MP3 players also existed before the iPod but what set it apart was the design and capacity. The iPod was also far more expensive (like all Apple products), but that didn't stop it from coming out on top. Will it be the same for the iPhone?

Jeremy brought up a good point. Right now, the iPhone is comparable to the PS3 before launch as far as hype and price. Both are far more expensive than the rest on the market, but granted, they're also more powerful. The PS3 also had so much hype, but due to many factors, it's failed to live up to it. Almost everyone's talking about the iPhone right now.

The PS3 and PSP were media devices; they can play music, videos, view pictures, everything. Yet, they're losing (so far) to the DS and Wii which specialize in only one thing: games. Are all-in-one devices really the future? Too many things can result in lackluster performance everywhere.

Apparently, in Japan, phones already do everything, music, e-mail, weather, shopping, credit cards, but the difference there is the price. Then again, these are completely different markets. America's not used to mobile phones like Asia is.

So what am I getting at? Will the iPhone succeed like the iPod, or fail like the N-gage? Will it meet or surpass expectations, or is the price too much for the consumer?

A lot of people thought the iPod would fail 5 years ago because of the price. Obviously, they were wrong. People seem to be less doubtful of Apple now, because at least people seem to be giving the iPhone a chance.

As for me? I'm not spending $500 on phone! Just give me rollover anytime minutes and I'll be happy.

Edit: So CNet has something to say about the iPhone too.

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