Carl Burks is a software developer for a global financial institution. With over ten years experience in technology and software development for financial organizations and over twenty years of software experience, Carl Burks provides articles, musings and insight into technology issues, software development, and other selected topics.

New Phone


Carl Burks
My BLU Android phone recently developed a screen crack, which set a new personal record for phone ownership length. I had only had the phone for two months before the screen cracked. Previously I had an ZTE which developed a problem with the touch screen on the exact same spot at this phone developed crack so I think it might be jeans when I sit down. Needless to say, I'm probably not keeping my new phone in my pocket when I sit down. Since I am not going to buy another Apple product any time soon (see proprietary USB cable rant) I looked for Android phones. If money was no object I'd probably have gotten an S6 or perhaps a G4 by LG, the G5 release date is too far in the future and I was getting glass slivers in my hand using my cracked BLU. Not being one to splurge on phones I selected a two generations back S4.

I'm glad it has an IR blaster. This should be standard until all TVs implement Bluetooth.

Apple Proprietary USB cable rant

When I had an Apple computer the USB cable which came with the keyboard had a little notch on it which only worked with Apple Keyboards. It made me and others angry: