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Confusing things about the Samsung Galaxy S5

My new phone is great but it had some confusing features it took a while to figure out (with help).

1) The weather app that comes with the phone was only updating when I clicked it. It would show the previous day’s temp but the current time. What’s up with that? How do I get it to automatically update like my old phone (HTC One X).
Solution: Click on the app to go to the main weather screen. Choose the menu in the upper right, choose settings, and set the auto-update as desired (not “none”). Not that bad. I think the default should be something other than “none” but perhaps starting at none forces you to realize there IS a setting and adjust it accordingly.

2) So, how do you turn the data off? You choose setting and you see the place where you can turn wifi on and off, bluetooth, sound, display, etc. – but no data. You would think that would be a common request but it’s actually well hidden. It is easier to see where you can request using MORE mobile data any time your wifi cuts out – in order to keep the video or song playing – whatever you are doing. That is the opposite of what I want when I am on the treadmill. I can live without any video but I can’t be using up my valuable mobile data megs on non-vital things.
Solution: The mobile data setting is actually under “more networks” / “mobile networks”. There is a mobile data checkbox there you can toggle.

3) I got all my emails set up on their email app but the Gmail was no there. It was set up on a separate GMail app already. How do I combine them together in one interface?
Solution: I have not found a way to do this yet and have given up. I just check both sources of mail and live with it. let me know if you have any ideas to try.

4) The email app has some setting (under manage accounts) mentioning a sync schedule and a sync period without any explanation of what those mean and how they interact. All the online tutorials are silent on the meaning. They just say “and this is where you choose your sync schedule” or “sync period” and give no explanation. Am I the dumb one here? Is it so obvious what the difference between schedule and period is?
Solution: It turns out a period in this context means the amount of time the email app will keep emails for. It will keep no email older than X length of time. The schedule is how often to contact the mail server and check for new emails. It’s just that simple. It’s nice that you can set those time frames different for each email address. Pretty cool.

5) One of the “killer apps” of the S5 is it has a heart rate monitor. Oh yeah? How do you use it?
Solution: IT appears there is only one way to use it (so far) and that is the health app that comes with it. You click the health app, choose heart rate, and stick your finger on the spot where the camera flash is located. There are three “devices” in that port: one is the flash, one is the distance measurement for the camera, and one is the heart rate sensor. It appears to be sufficiently accurate (plus or minus a couple). I got running and then measured my heart rate and it counted 166 beats per minute. I tried it multiple times and it was repeatable. Supposedly my maximum heart rate would be 220 minus my age: or a total of 175 for me. It did not seem possible to get a rating higher than 166 so I don’t know if the sensor is off a bit or if the formula is approximate or if I have a body older than my age would indicate. :-) As I recall from my heart test 2 years ago, my maximum heart rate was right where it was supposed to me according to the formula. That was with a better sensor though.

My Values


I, Timothy John Arrowsmith, lead a life characterized by Integrity, Love, Competence, Wholeness, Empowerment, and Enjoyment so that I am in harmony with natural principles of life, please God, live and die peacefully satisfied, and leave an enduring positive example for others to follow.
I strive “To know God and enjoy Him forever” and to make the world a better place moment by moment in whatever ways I have the ability.

I live with God, for others, acting on myself.

Overall Life Priorities (in order):
Who: God, Self, Family, Friends, Work, Church, Community, World.
Dimensions: Spiritual, Mental, Social, Physical, Financial, Career, and Recreational.
Values: Integrity, Love, Competence, Wholeness, Empowerment, Enjoyment

1) Integrity:

My life is characterized by integrity, truth, good character, responsibility, and faithfulness.   I live my values.   I spend my time in proportion to my values.   I have a sense of purpose and vision of what I am and will become.   I set both long and short term goals.   I demonstrate determination in the obtainment of these goals.   I limit personal paradoxes.   Each of my acquaintances could describe me in the same way given equivalent exposure to me.   I do what I say and say what I do.
I know, learn, understand, and actively support truth.   I exemplify honesty and encourage honesty in others.   I live in agreement with true principles.   I listen and respond to my conscience often.   I am entirely trustworthy.   I encourage trust and trustworthiness in others.   I value the amassing of accurate knowledge.
I Proactively assume appropriate disciplined responsibility.   I focus on the important, not just the urgent.   I take diligent productive action in every area of my life before being forced to by circumstances and people.   I consider the various aspects of a problem before proposing a solution.   I plan for the future.   I use my time, money, and knowledge wisely.   I consider the way I affect others.

2) Love:

I love God, others, and myself.   I evidence love in word, action, and an investment of time.   I seek to love and be loved appropriately at all levels (Agape, Storge, Phileo, Eros).   I allow myself to experience the fullness of love spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically.   I obey God (John 14:15).   I am friendly and make it easy for others to either become my friend or my cordial acquaintance.   People would characterize me by selflessness, consideration, and compassion.
I respect others for the good that they are and do.   I desire to be respected on the same terms.   I treat others how I would like to be treated.   I give credit where credit is due.   I am careful to be courteous and deferent in thoughts, words, and actions.   I value punctuality and politeness.
I value free flowing ideas, and openness.   I communicate what is appropriate and encourage others to do the same.   I pray frequently.   I seek others’ input in decision making.   I give my opinion and advice to others when valuable to them.   I seek to remove from my life obstacles prohibiting others from communicating with me.  I complement, encourage, and praise what is praiseworthy.   I add value in most situations.   I smile.   I speak calmly, rationally, cheerfully, and kindly so that arguments are rare and short.

3) Competence:

I am competent and versatile in all I value and pursue.   I choose to grow in competence – Stagnation has no place in my life.   I continuously improve in every area of my life.
I expand my knowledge through discussion, reading, training (formal and informal), and by alertly retaining the life around me.  I stay aware of my situation (ignorance is usually bad).  I keep informed socially, politically, financially, technologically, and environmentally.
I expand my experiences and memories by trying new things, seeing new sights, and traveling to new places.  I spend time with interesting people and glean from their experiences.  I seek the counsel of the Bible and Godly people.
Abilities & Skills:
I grow in abilities by learning and trying new or better ways of doing things.  I take time to practice the skills I am developing.  I value self-sufficiency and independence.  I carefully discern circumstances and people.
I value high quality in everything I do, say, buy, and support.  High quality permeates my attitudes, actions, phrases, and belongings.  I work, play, and live efficiently.
I value order in most of life.  Belongings should be arranged and in their place.  Information should be easy to access.  I keep some kind of organized calendar of events/commitments.  I spend the time necessary to prioritize my life where appropriate.  I keep my appearance clean and orderly.

4) Wholeness & Health:

I keep my body and mind healthy.  I avoid sickness, chronic aggravation, and unsanitary conditions in my living, my appearance, and my environment.  My eating habits evidence good nutrition.  I value coordination, strength, flexibility, and endurance and seek to possess these attributes to the degree that best serves my lifestyle.  I maintain a regular fitness plan.  I involve myself in sports.  I take time to relax, reflect, and meditate.  I moderate the stress level in my life.  I assure my actions are safe and not unnecessarily risky .  I maintain balance physically, mentally, and emotionally.  I live at peace with God and others.  I maintain correct self-esteem and encourage the same in others.
I conserve natural and social resources where reasonable.   I encourage and support environmentalism in it’s reasonable forms. I respect nature and do not abuse or misuse it.

5) Empowerment:

I empower myself by God, my surroundings, my workplace, my thoughts, my friends, and any other influence I allow into my life.  I develop confidence, energy and enthusiasm.  I inspire others.  I encourage my values and invest in others.  I empower others to take action in their circumstances, realize their potential, and solve their own problems.  I avoid power plays and the seeking of power for it’s own sake.
I give of myself to God and others from my belongings, money, time, efforts, forgiveness, and trust.  I teach people my knowledge, beliefs, and abilities.  I give good advice.
Freedom (the empowerment to choose options):
I seek freedom in most forms for myself and others.  I stay free from bondage to people, lifestyles, habits, and sins.  I stay free from unnecessary debt, obligation, or control.  I value freedom to travel where and when I want.
Wealth (Financial empowerment):
I seek to be wealthy as a general financial direction.  I act responsibly in my finances by how I spend and save my money.  I tithe, and give to God above a tithe.  I seek to be financially independent.  I assure a financially secure retirement.  I give generously, not miserly, where appropriate to give.  My possessions appropriately reflect my level of wealth.  I don’t love money but use it as a powerful tool to live out my values and goals and empower others to do the same.

6) Enjoyment:

I seek pleasure, comfort, and fun in my lifestyle with moderation.  I make my life fun.  I take specific time to be lighthearted, relax, and “play”.  I make people laugh at times.  I choose “fun” over money when practical.  I value programming, telephony, imaging, electronics, and gadgets because they are fun.  I allow life to affect me.  I stay sensitive to the joys and sorrows of life in myself and others.  I cry and laugh when appropriate.
I value beauty in all I see, hear, touch, smell, and taste.  I seek to be beautiful in appearance, countenance, attitude, and word choice.  I maximize aspects of beauty in each area of my life and my surroundings.
I value creative and aesthetically pleasing things, places, and people.  I seek a creative solution in the way I handle decisions, problems, and relationships.  I use creativity to add humor and flexibility to circumstances.  I value a creative unique style in art, music, conversation, and personality.  I cultivate my imagination.  I innovate.

Arrowsmith Family Creed

Our values and principles

  • We love God (and obey his commands)
  • We love each other (the family)
  • We love others (friends and acquaintances)
  • We trust those who are trustworthy.
  • We are friendly to all.
  • We treat others the way we want to be treated (The Golden rule).
  • We are polite.
  • We are on time (Punctual).
  • We talk things out.
  • We forgive others.
  • We praise what is good.

    Integrity (Trustworthiness)
  • We do what we know is right.
  • We do what we said we would do (We keep our promises).
  • We say what we mean (we are accurate and don’t deceive).
  • We tell the truth.
  • We are wise.
  • We plan ahead and take action on our plans.

  • Everything we do is improving.
  • We develop our skills.
  • We learn new things.
  • We try new things.
  • We travel to new places.

  • We are at peace with God, ourselves, and others.
  • We are healthy in body, mind, and spirit.
  • We live balanced lives.
  • We are fit.
  • We are clean.
  • We are safe.

  • We give to others.
  • We teach others (We "pass the baton").
  • We encourage others to live our values
  • We are free from bad influences – they have no power over us.
  • We take care of our things.
  • We are orderly and organized.
  • We tithe, save, invest, and spend wisely.

  • We have fun, play, relax, laugh, and cry.
  • We appreciate beauty.
  • We are imaginative, creative, innovative, and unique.

Alphabet codes

This is officially termed the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) code. The ICAO is a United Nations department. Initially used by the US military, the code has since gained pervasive adoption by the airlines and is used throughout all civil aviation.
The code is meant to provide unique sounding words for each letter so that reading alphabetic letters over radio waves will not be misunderstood. I find it useful for telephone conversations and other earth-bound situations.


Best Books Iv’e read

The books that have affected me the most are listed below in approximate order of impact:
1) The Bible
– God through human hands
The classic! No book is more inspired, popular, or printed in the globe. The NY Times stopped putting it on the best seller list because it’s just assumed.
The most important reason this is at MY #1 spot is that it changed my life! Through it I came to know the God of the Universe and His son, the Savior of all mankind. As with everyone else, I needed help to understand it at first, but now that it’s personal, I’m able to grasp most concepts.
It is also worth noting that the origin of Man and the bulk of Jewish history is found in the book. Armegeddon is fully predicted in the book of Revelation as well. Famous characters found in the book are: Adam & Eve, Cain & Abel, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, King David, King Solomon, Samson & Delilah, Jonah, Joshua, Elijah, The apostle Paul, and of course, Jesus Christ.
2) The 7 habits of highly effective people
– Steven R. Covey
This is it. This is how you become effective at life. Next to the Bible, this book has shaped my life the most.
The first three habits (Be proactive, begin with the end in mind, and put first things first) give instruction on the inner victory of life.
The second three habits (Think win-win, seek first to understand then to be understood, and Synergy) give instruction on the outer victory of life.
The 7th habit is called “Sharpening the saw” and deals with the overall process of renewal.
3) Call it love or call it quits
– Tim Timmons & Charlie Hedges
Know anyone who has been dating more than 3 years? Know someone who has been in many relationships without getting very deep?
I was in my third year of dating when I read this book and popped the question.
I am now happily married and thankful for the practical and realistic treatment of dating found in this book. This book changed my life in a big way.
4) Unconditional love
– John Powell
This small book blew me away. I became convinced through this book that there are really only 4 main motivations in man: pleasure, power, aviodance of responsibility, and love. The book showed how Jesus systematically rejected the first three motivations in favor of love. When you get right down to it, that’s the state of man: striving after the first three (sometimes in the name of love) while really hoping for love. Amazing book!
5) Your money or your life
– Joe Dominguez & Vicki Robin
A) There IS such a thing as too much money – really! This book discusses how to figure out this amount for yourself before you stress yourself out trying to acquire more than you really need to make yourself happy. Don’t trade your life for money – it’s just not worth it.
B) Everyone solvent dies financially independent (FI). Being FI just means you have enough money to last the rest of your life. Becoming FI long before you die is called retirement. How you get there quickly and simply is what the book is great at explaining.
6) Spirit controlled temperament
– Tim LaHaye
I sometimes forget how much the concepts in this book affect my everyday thinking about personality and getting along with people. It covers the 4 main personality types dating back to Socrates and their principal characteristics. There’s advice for how to overcome your weaknesses as well as how to get along with those of other types. (The 4 types are Sanguine, Choleric, Phlegmatic, and Melancholy)
7) Know why you believe
– Paul E. Little
I’m a Christian. Great! Now what does that mean? Once you know what it means, can you back it up with facts and Biblical references?
This book does better than any other I’ve read at answering the tough questions and backing up what Christians believe with the reasons behind it.
8) Rich dad poor dad / Cashflow Quadrant
– Robert T. Kiyosaki
Yes, you can get rich without going to college or even doing well in school. The principles in his books explain the reasons why the poor and middle class don’t go anywhere financially while the rich keep piling it on. It’s not that big a deal, but it takes work – working smarter at the financially important things and not making stupid financial decisions.
News flash: your house is not an asset in his book. Read why he says so.
9) Living Deliberately
– Harry Potter (not the fictional character!)
Be careful with this one. Half of it is garbage and the other half is revolutionary. I only recommend it if you can filter out the new age religion from what his main points are. Most people can’t, hence the caution.
Once you get past that, this book is a real eye opener. As human beings created in the “image” of God we have the capacity to remold and reframe our lives and take control of the things that hold us back. If you find yourself making excuses or placing blame, you really need to understand the concepts in this book. This is your chance to take the drivers wheel back from all the other people who try to run your life.
Believe me: If you don’t want to take charge of your life, there are plenty of other people who will run it for you! Don’t let them do it!
10) The Neverending Story
– Michael Ende
To me, this is the best fictional fantasy story ever written. Admittedly I have not read much fantasy or even fiction for that matter, but my opinion stands.
The story was masacered in the movies and only half told. If you hated the movies, you are a good candidate for the book.
The role of reality and fantasy intertwining and the powerful sense of imagination and creativity unleashed in the book is what really captured it for me.
To really read this book right you have to get a good translation (from the German) that maintains the red and green lettering of the text and has the double snake emblem on the covers. The book talks about itself in those terms and if it doesn’t match, it takes something away.
The artwork at the beginning of each chapter in the rare Doubleday version I have really sets the stage for the story one part at a time.
11) The secret of loving
– Josh McDowell
Love. If you can master loving others you can master Godly living. This book goes a long way in assisting this journey. He includes many direct quotes from his wifea nd shares openly about the struggles and benefits of marriage. This book was very helpful in my journey toward love.
12) The one minute manager meets the monkey
– Kenneth Blanchard & William Oncken Jr.
Have you read the classic One Minute Manager? You should. This is one of many follow-ups on the book.
I particularly like this one because it covers the often misunderstood role of responsibility and delegation. I have seen so many managers get tripped up and work 70 hour weeks because they don’t understand these principles.
I don’t want to be one of them – now I know the way out.
13) What color is your parachute?
– Richard Bolles
The classic job search tool and so much more. I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I was expecting job search advice on strictly a practical “how to” level. What I got was almost a life/career management textbook that recognizes the complex role of jobs in relation to the rest of your life and values.
I highly recommend it for job changers as well as those who are thoughtful about the context of their life.
14) What Technology Wants
– Kevin Kelly
One of the most insightful “big picture” books on technology ever. What has technology done over time? Where did it start and where is it going? Can we say technology actually “wants” something in and of itself? Ever feel like technology is wanting something of us as much as we want something of it? Well it does! (I skipped the chapter on evolution since I’m not an adherent of that religion.
15) The four hour work week
– Timothy Ferriss
I may take this one off the list eventually but for now it is influential in my thinking. How about rethinking WHY we save for retirement. Maybe that’s a bad idea. Maybe we should spend some of that for a year to get away with your family and tour the world! Can you really make a living on only 4 hours of work per week? Yes, but you need to open your mind to what you REALLY want and not what the media is selling you. Be honest about what you want and what you are flexible on. Maybe living in another country would be a good idea since the cost of labor is much lower. Ever want a maid or butler? They are much more affordable in other countries.