“Oh Sweet Lorraine” – Emotional Song From A 96 Year Old To His Late Wife

953637-fred-stobaugh-and-his-wife-lorraineThe good Lord definitely works in mysterious ways.

It took the whole 96 years of Fred Stobaugh’s life for him to be transported from relative obscurity to worldwide limelight, thanks to the letter he penned to his wife.

Sitting alone in his living room one month after the death of his wife, he decided to write a letter to Green Shoe Studios in response to the singer/songwriter contest advert he saw in the newspaper. The lyrics he had the inspiration to pen that evening and its composition, was a tribute to his late wife – his companion for 75 years.

Currently, the single “Oh Sweet Lorraine” is sitting pretty at No 7 on the top of the US  iTunes charts with over 6000 downloads so far, rubbing shoulders with songs from Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and Robin Thicke.

3-oh-sweet-lorraine-650-430I tip this song for a Grammy nomination for best new song and a win for best country song – for all objective and sentimental reasons. Probably listened to the track more than 50 times these past couple of days.

Click here to buy the song, you just may be ensuring the man lives the remaining years of his life in comfort.

The official documentary of this song has witnessed about 3 million cumulative views so far. You too can view it from the link below. Please view it. The song itself starts from around the 5.53 minute mark. Careful, you just might start feeling all so mushy with emotion. The last time i felt this way was while watching Kevin Skinner’s first audition at the 2009 “America’s got Talent” contest. He eventually won the $1m top prize.


4G Speeds In Nigeria – The Hype vs The Reality

GLO-LOGOOut of curiosity, I enabled the 4G radio on my Samsung Galaxy S3 phone for the first time since i got it and was taken aback when i noticed the 4G icon. Expecting it to be a ruse, i decided to give my download speed a test and was pleasantly surprised at what i saw. Download speeds hovered mostly around the 2mbps mark with burst speed breasting the 4mbps mark. Wow! 30 minutes later, i got an even bigger surprise – nothing pleasant here –  i discovered that over 200mb from the 260mb data available on my phone had been zapped!. A data allocation that usually last for a month got used up in 30 minutes?! What?! Within the short period, i had downloaded a 74MB file from Youtube, did multiple speed tests, downloaded softwares and files, enjoying the newly discovered download speeds but forgetting that my data allocation was not unlimited. A text message from Globacom brought me to reality: “Dear Glo subscriber, 47.0Mb of the volume allocated to you is still remaining. Rule your world!”. What?!

This indeed was a new experience for me. I am not a light data user, not by a long shot, but the usual slow 2G and 2.75G speeds (Edge) that has more widespread coverage in Nigeria is, at best, epileptic and unreliably. You can use a 100MB data allocation for months, not because you do not want to use it but because you do not get to use it. Most times, i do not even get to use my data allocation at all, usually relying on WIFI, using the mobile data allocation only while i am on the road.

I enjoyed the 4G experience i had at my workplace, it was very new to me. The last time i experienced speeds like that was in the UK. However, the funny thing is that my home, barely 15 minutes away, could not boast of a reliable 2G connection. That is the fad in Nigeria. The networks  introduce cutting edge technology and make it available only in a sprinkle of locations and spend more money creating a hype out of it, boasting about been the first to do this or that. Recently, Airtel – another Nigerian mobile network, claimed to have completed its 4G trials in Lagos.

I honestly look forward to the day when 4G speeds would be common place in Nigeria. I only hope Jesus wouldn’t come before then. Sigh.


Youlu Address Book

The Contact Application that ships with most Symbian smartphones has always been a bit lame.

At the basic level, all you need is the ability to search for your contact, and (video-)call / sms / MMS that person.  If that contact is not already stored in your contact list, you can just enter a new number and optionally save it along with other details. The onboard Contact Application allows you do that, and nothing more.

A number of applications have been written to address lots of lapses.
We had SkyeQuiKey, iDialler, T9Nav – among numerous others.

The basic Contact Application fails to (properly) address the following scenarios – among others:

Supposing …

0) you can get a list of your recent calls automatically (along with the call date, call duration)
1) you cannot remember the correct spelling of the contact you are looking for
2) you are not sure of the exactly sequence of the number you want to dial
2) you wan to know the last time you spoke with a particular contact
3) you want to access all the sms messages you ever sent to a particular contact (threaded conversation)
4) you want to know all numbers starting with a particular sequence of digits (what are my ‘0809-‘ numbers?)
5) I want to religiously get prompted to backup my contacts list to the cloud
6) I need to record my telephone conversation
7) I want to reduce my exposure to phone radiation by having my phone vibrate once an out-bound call connects instead of sticking it to your ears all through.
8) I want my sms to autodisplay on my screen once it comes in (Flash SMS)

Now, supposing…
Stop supposing!

Enter Youlu Address Book application. An awesome program with a totally forgettable name.

But I bet you, once you use it, you will neve EVER forget it. It combines the functions of SEVERAL standalone applications!

This application is totally and tightly integrated with the phone’s address book. It can do ALL you can do with your onboard contacts manager – only better. And more.

I shall not bother to do a proper review. There are several excellent reviews of this application available on the net. As with  so many outstanding programs like this, you get to appreciate it the more you use it. I urge you to give this programme a try.

A major reason why I also highly recommend this application is because of the constant updates made to it. You can set it to automatically check forex available updates periodically. It just keeps getting progressively better.

It is available on the Symbian, Android and IOS (iPhone) platform.

And best of all, it is free !

The latest version (as I write this) is Version 1.18. Very few applications hardly ever get everything just right. But Youlu comes quite close! If I am asked how this application can be improved upon, I will be hard pressed to find any. It is THAT GOOD and comprehensive. However, it can be made even more useful by expanding its scope and allowing it to also index installed applications and the file system (the way T9Nav does). That will be something to see!

Examine it, use it, fall in love with it. Download the version appropriate for your phone from