First impressions of the iPhone 7 Plus, after a few days

It feels like a real computer. Almost everything I do on my MacBook Air, I can do on my iPhone. Not as fast, but I can do it in situations where a full-size laptop is impractical.

Will it replace my iPad Mini? We’ll see. Ask me again in a couple of months. I haven’t touched the mini since I got the iPhone 7 Plus Thursday. I’m starting to think when I’m ready to replace the MacBook Air in 18 months, I might go for an iMac and 13″ iPad Pro. That’d be pretty expensive, so maybe I better just keep thinking.

Battery life is fantastic. I can start at 7 am, go a whole day to 11:30 pm, never plug in, and finish with about 40% battery.

I bought the matte black color phone, rather than the fancier jet black. I heard the jet black would scratch. I like the matte black.

No headphone jack? Don’t care. I’m all bluetooth all the time — have been for more than a year.

I’m fine with the missing home button. I’ve already gotten used to the haptic vibration that replaces it. And the home button on my old iPhone 6 was getting a little shaky, indicating that the reduction of moving parts might improve durability.

Waterproof! I won’t have to put my iPhone in an ugly-ass baggy when I take it out in the rain anymore.

Most people seem to ignore 3D Touch, some people love it. I’m definitely in the “love it” camp.

I love the haptic touch. For example, when you use a spinner, like a date picker or the weight counter in Lose It, the action feels like a real, mechanical spinner.

The phone is only slightly wider than the iPhone 6, but it’s much taller. It mostly fits inside the phone pocket of my cargo pants and shorts. That makes me happy. I like that phone pocket.

When these guys move house, they REALLY mean it

B8878251Z.1_20160328160215_000GFFF7IDR.2-0_r900x493The San Diego Union-Tribune has an article and slideshow about the house that was moved by truck from Hillcrest on the way to eventually rest in Chula Vista.

A roughly 11-ton Hillcrest house was lifted off the ground and on to a semi-truck using hydraulic jacks Monday morning with plans to eventually move it to Chula Vista.

Sold for $1, a developer plans to rent out the property, along with five other old homes, on a lot he owns. Homeowner Anne Wilson said it was cheaper for her to sell her house than demolish it.

“It’s been a wonderful house,” she said outside her two-bedroom, one bath home on Vermont Street.

Wilson, who bought the 800-square-foot home in 1993, recently decided to knock down the place and build a new, three-floor house with the top floor to be used as a rental.

Garnell Fitz-Henley “has bought a dozen used homes and found new uses for them over the last 17 years,” working with developers.

He said it makes more sense to reuse homes then tear them down because of all the materials that would just go into a landfill. Also, he said the talent and energy of original laborers on the home is lost when it is destroyed.

Sold for $1, Hillcrest home heads south [Phillip Molnar – The San Diego Union-Tribune]