Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Freeware App Store for Windows Mobile

OpnMarket

About a month or so ago I decided to purchase a used HTC Diamond online so I could keep up with the world of Windows Mobile. I've loaded a lot of my favorite oldies- Kinoma, iLauncher, Resco Explorer to name a few. Last week I heard that there was a new freeware appstore and decided to give it a shot this weekend. OpnMarket is an app version of the popular freeware site freewarepocketpc.net. You'll need to create an account there (presumably to track downloads and versions).
I think its very well laid out, and a nice easy way to browse and download free apps. The only thing I had a hard time with was finding screenshots. If they are there- I certainly couldn't find it and the tiny thumbnails were too small to get a good feel for the app.
Aside from that, a very solid effort from the folks over at FreewarePocketPC.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Sweet New Ride

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This Monday we decided to head to the Nissan dealer to take a look at some options for us. I've had my little Daewoo Lanos for 10 years now, and although its been a perfect champ the lack of air conditioning has made it a real bear since we moved to Texas. Dean has gamely been driving it while I drove his 5 year old Nissan Xterra, but over Christmas he proposed getting me a (pre-owned) Murano. I had been really intrigued by the shape and silhoutte of the Nissan Murano for a few years and I was firmly resolved that it was the vehicle I wanted.
Once we got to the dealership, I took a test drive of a 2009 Nissan Murano and found that even though the ride was really smooth, I just wasn't wowed the way I thought I would be. I felt it was a tad too large, and something about it felt like a real "adult" car in a way that I can't entirely explain. That was when I noticed the brand new 2010 Nissan Rogue Krom edition sitting in the middle of the showroom. It had all the curves I liked in the Murano, but in a smaller, sportier body. And-wait for the girly moment- they had it in black, which was exactly the color I wanted. I was hooked- the gas consumption was considerably less than the Murano, the ride was zippier, and it was compact enough for Seth to be able to climb in and out of without being carried.
Paperwork was done, a check was written, and before I knew it, I was driving myself home in my new Rogue. I love he chrome accents, including the 17 inch aluminum rims (non-spinning, thank you very much). I'm thrilled beyond words, and now need to get all the tech inside (GPS, iPod mount, etc) to build my perfect control center :)

Friday, January 15, 2010

The Year of the Ereader?

If last year was the year of the netbook, then this is certainly looking to be the year of the eReader. Just about every manufacturer is either making one or looking to make one- regardless of whether there's a market for it or not.
What I find really irksome about this new trend is that for each new ereader being released, there's a whole new proprietary format cropping up to keep it unique. You need to determine if you want to get your book from Barnes and Nobles, Mobipocket, Amazon, Borders or any of the other large vendors before you can establish which ereader you're in the market for- yep, another walled garden. In this day and age, its to be expected, but doesn't make it any less inconvenient that the moment you decide to get a new reader, you lose most of your ebooks.
As this technology becomes more mainstream, I hope some kind of solution can be found before it becomes a total hodge-podge of single-format devices.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Humpday Humor

Here's a good reason not to have your parents as Facebook friends...


Monday, January 11, 2010

Blackberry Wishlist 2010 Edition

Its a new year, so I've got another chance to wish out loud for the things and apps I'm hoping to see in the next few months. Without any further ado:

1. Twitlonger support in Socialscope.
2. Proper Flickr app- not just an uploader, but one that can show me my pics
3. Improved Evernote app. Current app is decent for composing new notes, but I'd like to see my notes without being routed to the browser.
4.Viigo improvements- sync support with Google Reader. Also, deeper Friendfeed integration.
5. Facebook- Speed improvements. The app as it is is pretty robust, but trying to view a photo is an experiment in futility.

Sent via BlackBerry Onyx

Friday, January 8, 2010

Engadget App for Blackberry

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Just a few short days after it was released for the iPhone and iPod Touch, Engadget has released their application for the Blackberry platform. This is more than just a shortcut launcher- its a full fledged experience with emphasis on the featured stories and posts. Missing from this version are the videos and gallery categories that the iPhone has, but still- when it comes to Engadget, we'll take whatever we can get!

Go Chipotle!

Yesterday I popped out to one of my favorite local eateries, Chipotle and had a pleasant suprise. My meal of choice had taken a price drop from $9.26 to $7.31. I asked the lady at the register twice if there was a mistake, but nope, that's just how they roll. Add it to the many reasons I love them- right behind their free burritos for Halloween (you just need to sport a bit of foil-seriously, even a foil ring will get you in!) and before their iPhone ordering App. Go Chipotle!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

A Week Without a Reboot

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Since the battery on the Onyx (i.e. Blackberry 9700) can really take a licking and keep on ticking, I decided to see if the OS could be pushed just as hard. Over the past week I resolved to not do a battery pull and see how low my memory would go and how it would impact the device. I'm pleased to announce that I was able to make it through an entire week without any lags or running out of memory. In fact, it was only because a few of my favorite apps released updates (Poynt, QuickLaunch, Flixster) that I was finally forced to submit to a battery pull! Looks like OS 5 has found a way to fix the memory leak that plagued 4.5 and 4.6