Friday, June 25, 2010

Jamaica, baby!

Only 28 hours until Dean and I are Jamaica bound! Its kind of crazy to think its been 5 years since we went the first time to get married (check out my archives from July 2005 for my trip journal).

I have just one workday left to get through (which I'm actually really looking forward to). All packed,  hair done and mother-in-law all situated in the house to watch Seth while we're gone.

Can't wait!!!!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Test from Blogaway

Lately this app has not functioned properly.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Slingplayer for Android

Its here! Its finally here! Woke up at the crack of dawn and found the slingplayer app is in the market. Its fast and navigation is really good with the on-screen controls. I'll test more later and update.

Monday, June 21, 2010

A Day in My Life with my Nexus

As soon as I wake up in the morning I grab my Nexus One and take a look at a snapshot of my day and the weather:


I check out MyCloset to make sure that what I have scheduled to wear that day works well with the weather:


I keep my email accounts separate for work and play- a last glance at my non-work email before I head into the office:


On my drive in to work I have my Nexus connected to my stereo and listen to music and podcasts depending on my mood:


During the workday my most invaluable app is GotToDo. Its an Android app for Toodledo and syncs tasks between web, phone and Outlook. The homescreen widget is constantly being refreshed during the day as I add items to my list:


I spend a good amount of time between my 2 clinics, so its nice to be able to access files via Sugarsync from either location:


Its great to have the familiar DocumentsToGo to create and edit documents:


Periodically I'll take a moment to catch up on Twitter:


In the evening I like to take a look at the TV Guide to see what shows are coming up.


I have a few games on my Nexus, and I always try to make some time to play Farm Frenzy with Seth cheering me on "Get the bear, mommy!Get the bear!"


Those are just some of the ways I use my Nexus One during the day.....what are some of yours?

Friday, June 18, 2010

Top 10 Reasons I Love My Nexus One


1. Bedside Mode- each night I drop it in the pod it dims and shows a clock as it charges
2. Pods- no need to fumble with cords, just drop it into the charging pod.
3. Live Wallpapers- no real function, I just love the futuristic look of them
4. Screen- I underestimated the value of being able to see a month's worth of appointments on a single screen.
5. Customized LED- no need for noise- I can take a look at my phone and by the color know exactly what's trying to get my attention.
6. Homescreen Widgets- I missed homescreen plugins the most from my Windows Mobile days, and Widgets seem like the next evolution.
7. Context menus- being able to so easily share my pictures, webpages, and everything else makes a usually isolated experience so social
8. Car Dock-with my Nexus One in its car dock, I have full navigation, podcasts and music at my fingertips, even with both hands on the wheel.
9. Camera- the best camera I've had on a mobile device and with 2.2 its only going to get a better interface.
10. Build- from the strength of body and screen to the thinness of it, the Nexus One gives sexy a whole new meaning.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Memory Boost: 16GB MicroSD

It seems like just yesterday that I was bursting at the seams with a 2GB memory card. It's crazy to think that just a few years later I'd be bumping up against my 8gb capacity. I went ahead and ordered a 16GB last week that arrived on Saturday. I copied over all my data from my current 8Gb and popped it in.
I had decided this would be a good time to make the switch as I have a business trip this Thursday and my co-worker will be driving a group of us the 4 or so hours to Austin. At some point I'd like to catch up on my shows, and movies, as well as have most of my music to enjoy in the hotel.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Broken Nexus One Car Dock

A few weeks ago my Nexus One car dock developed a crack. Dean tried to fix it with a bunch of different glues and concoctions, but nothing would quite do the trick. It still holds the phone securely, but it makes me nervous at times that my Nexus could fly out at any moment.
I scoured the web and was surprised to find that this is happening to other people in exactly the same spot. I can't tell if its a design flaw, or something about the way we are using our devices, but I really hope future accessories are crafted more carefully.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Free WiFi (at Starbucks) For Everyone!!

Yep, you read that right! Starting July 1st, Starbuck will offer free Wifi to everyone at their coffeehouses! With the number of Starbucks around, this could become its very own Wi-Max! :)

Anxiously Awaiting Slingplayer

If there's one app I'm waiting for with baited breath, its the Slingplayer app for Android. I know its just right around the corner, but it doesn't make the wait any easier.
Once the app is released I plan to make a change to my current setup. Right now I've got both my Slingbox, TiVo and TiVo mobile attached to my bedroom TV. That wouldn't be a big deal, except that I have a single input into that box. At night I prefer to be able to have the tv automatically switch to the shows I like to have on as we fall asleep (Seinfeld, etc) and I found that the best way to accomplish that was to have a single signal input into the TiVo box. The problem arises when I set a show to record (so that I can convert it for mobile viewing) and I try to also log in with my Slingplayer to watch a separate show. What I plan to do is get the Sling Turbo and move the Slingbox into the Study. That TV is used less, and isn't hooked up to any other gadget. I'm looking forward to getting it all set up before summer runs out- fingers crossed!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

New Technique

This is a test using my Blackberry to type a note, sending it to my Nexus1 via bluetooth then posting it. Not an elegant solution, but it could work for the times where I really just need a keyboard to get things done. I'm still having a tough time adjusting to an onscreen keyboard and I would blame that for my lack of blogging in recent weeks.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

iPhone 4 Thoughts

It must be hard being Apple. Once you wow the world with the original iPhone, everything after that just has to be anticlimactic. Sure, added speed, a few new features are nice- but that original sense of awe is something that may be a once-in-a-lifetime thing.
On Monday, Steve gave his keynote for WWDC and introduced us to the new iPhone 4. Bear in mind- the 4 in the name refers to the generation number, not to the network its capable of accessing (unlike the Sprint Evo 4G). Unfortunately, much of Steve's thunder had already been stolen after the mishap with a certain beer-swirling engineer.
The Facetime feature for video conferencing looked to be one of the more interesting additions- you'll need 2 iPhone 4s and Wifi connections on both to get this going. I'm not quite sure why I wouldn't just go ahead and use Skype at that point, but I'm sure Apple will prove me wrong on that soon enough. (Incidentally, for all the hoopla about front-facing cameras one would be hard pressed to remember that phones like the Jasjar had them way before it was fashionable!)
All in all the whole announcement left me feeling the same way I felt about the iPad launch; a little....deflated.