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And on the 7th Day, the new phone arrived…

… And It Was Good! πŸ˜€

Wasn’t planning on adding a blog post here, I’m getting ready to move my site to a different hosting provider, and backed up all my content last weekend preparing for the move, but figured why not, I’ll just do another backup and be ready to go later.

My Motorola Triumph came in yesterday, a day later than the estimated arrival date I got from Amazon. No big deal, I know it’s an approximate date, but usually Amazon beats their approximate arrival date by a couple of days, can’t remember when something arrived late. (Had to laugh though, I was following the tracking info, and it started out about 9 hours from here, in Kentucky. By the end of the first day, it had gone further NORTH and was now 12 hours away. Go figure. Next day? It ended up in Charlotte, about 3 hours SOUTH of here. Finally got to Raleigh on the estimated delivery date, but too late to be delivered. So it got here the next day. Would have been faster for me to just drive up there and pick it up as far out of the way it went getting here, LOL.) But again, no big deal, didn’t have time to do anything with it yesterday anyway.

Opened up the package this AM, figuring I’d activate it before work, then tinker with it at lunch time. HA! Per the manual: “Step One: Install battery and charge.” Whoops. The Optimus V instructions actually said that THAT phone had enough charge to do the activation, THEN we were supposed to plug it in and charge it the rest of the way. Sort of figured the Motorola would be the same way. Guess not, huh.

So I left it charging for the day today, and after we got done with our TV watching binge for the night, sat down, got it activated via the website without a hitch. Then figured out the IP address of the phone so I could add it to my “approved” IP list on my home WiFi network, and got that working.

Then came the fun of all the updates and app downloading: First up, Silent Boot, to shut up that annoying Virgin Mobile boot up sound. Then did all the updates from the Android market of all the preinstalled apps. Added Remote Web Desktop (one of the few programs I’ve liked well enough to pay for, makes it easy to access my phone content on my PC.) Then went to install the Netflix app, only to remember that I’ve put my Netflix account on hold temporarily, so no streaming at home or on my pc or *sob* on my phone either. Wah. Reinstalled Thickbuttons, Barcode Scanner, was able to install Google Earth, Firefox, and Adobe Flash (none of which were Optimus V friendly)

Then downloaded the Amazon App Store (love it, an app to get more apps! LOL) and Amazon MP3. Tried to download Jenga, which crashed the Optimus every time I tried to install it on THAT phone, and it works on the Motorola. Sweet! πŸ˜€ Then started going through my list of Amazon Freebies of the Day that I’ve ordered each day they were free, and started downloading a select few of them (I’ve got 200+ that I’ve “ordered” but not all I want to put on the phone at any one time)

In no particular order (although I started from the back of the list to get Tweetcaster, so they’re kind of in reverse alphabetical order):

  • Tweetcaster Pro* (* apps are the paid versions that Amazon gave away on one of their giveaway days)
  • IMDB
  • Tune In Radio Pro*
  • Solitaire Megapack*
  • Random Mahjong Pro*
  • Pocketbooth (this worked on my old phone, but didn’t have a front camera on that one)
  • Plants vs Zombies (Maybe I’ll have room to keep this now!)*
  • Peggle (another WiFi only download, so gotta do it from home) (currently downloading)*
  • Gem Spinner 1 and 2*
  • Fruit Ninja
  • Fancy Widget Pro*
  • Convertr
  • Collapse!
  • Bonsai Blast
  • App 2 SD Pro*
  • Angry Birds Rio
  • Angry Birds Seasons (another one I had to delete due to space issues)
  • Abduction 2*
  • 180Ultra*

Not seeing Fireball Deluxe in my Amazon list, nor Apps Organizer (which I love to death, keeps all my zillion apps, well, organized, into categories), and must have gotten Apps Backup, Cool Reader and E-Reader, Get Glue, Zinio, QuickPic, ComicStrips, GhostTown elsewhere. And a MUST have before Friday night, the Fringe Glyph Translator, to convert all those funky images before the commercial breaks on Fringe into their respective 5 letter words. πŸ˜€

Man, but Peggle is taking forever to download, even on WiFi. As soon as I get that, I’m going to bed, and will download the rest of what I’m missing at lunch tomorrow.

Fave Apps for the LG Optimus V Part 1

Well, had my new phone, the LG Optimus V from Virgin Mobile, for about a month now, and I’m loving it. After having some issues with downloading new apps a few weeks back, I bit the bullet and went back to factory settings again to see if that would fix the problem. Nope. Turns out apparently something was clashing with some file on my SD card (I’d already swapped out the included 2GB card with the 4GB card that I had in my old phone but never really used, to give me some additional elbow room for the apps). Once I reformatted the SD card, everthing worked fine.

But then I had to go back and reinstall everything from scratch. I’d backed them up to the SD card, and then backed the SD card to my PC, but since I didn’t know which program/file on the card was causing the download issue, couldn’t just copy everything back over willy-nilly.

What’s good is that allowed me to make a list of all the “must have” apps that I put back on my phone.

So MY recommendations for what to get for one’s Android phone are:

Barcode Scanner: Haven’t used it much for comparison shopping, but the QR code reader is a must have in my book. Installed that first, to allow me to reacquire via the QR code on the Amazon site the

Amazon App Store. They have most of the same things that the Android Market does, but I’m really liking their Free App of the Day offering, so getting a lot of use out of that. Don’t always INSTALL everything they offer, but do order just about everything and if it’s something I don’t need right now, I just don’t install it yet. That way I still get it gratis, vs having to pay for it later on.

And along with the App Store, I also installed Amazon’s Cloud MP3 Player app. I LOVE that. Upload all my music to Amazon’s 5GB free cloud drive, then can access the same tunes on my phone without actually having to download them and take up precious phone space. Pretty slick.

Thick Buttons is another reinstall PDQ app. I’m having a HECK of time with typing tweets, or texts, or emails, with the preinstalled Android keyboard. Then discovered the ThickButtons keyboard, which depending on the word you’re typing, enlarges the size of the buttons that you’re using, so that the expected upcoming letters are easier to hit. Still type like I’m drunk while using it, but not nearly as badly as with the default keyboard. So yeah, loving that one.

After trying several different programs, Tweetcaster Free by Handmark has become my Twitter app of choice. I like the notification in the status bar when new tweets come in, I like that it can handle multiple Twitter accounts, AND much like Brizzly on my PC, has a “mute” type of feature, to hide tweets by anyone who happens to be temporarily overly chatty without UNfollowing them. Tweetcaster calls is “zipping”, and actually hides their tweets in the timeline behind an actual zipper graphic. Pretty handy. I’d almost be inclined to actually pay for the ad-free version, except that in their FAQ’s they mention a change between the free version vs the paid version that I don’t care for, the fact that it apparently just indicates that you have new tweets, but doesn’t tell you how many, which the free version does. Still looking into that.

Silent Boot is another must-have app to re-install ASAP. All it does, and it does it well, is turn off the irritating “Virgin Mobile!” audio announcement when you first turn on your phone. My old non-smart phone did that with a menu option, but apparently they’ve done away with that choice on the Optimus V. And for people who don’t tend to turn off their phones much, maybe the VM announcement isn’t any big deal, but I switch mine off pretty frequently so end up turning it back ON just as frequently, so hear it WAY too often. With Silent Boot, it’s gone. Yay! (word of warning, one reviewer said that it bricked their Samsung VM phone, so this may needΒ  to come with a warning, use at your own risk. Hasn’t hurt my phone at all though and I’m enjoying the peace and quiet when I turn my phone back on. :)

Stay tuned for my list of less imperative, but still must have apps in my book. IE the ones that are more fun than necessary, or ones that just make phone life a little easier with them installed. :)

One quick @Team_Barrowman post…

… then it’s off to bed with me (although I just rediscovered the coffee that I’d poured, um, several hours ago, that I’d forgotten all about, so just chugalugged it. I’ll prolly be awake for hours now. LOL)

I think I HAVE officially reached “Nerdvana”. I spend all day at work slamming my head against my desk trying to get some video player code to cooperate for the office website, and then what do I do when I get home? Spend several MORE hours working on a variation on the same player to use on the home website. It was an audio only player, so fell into place a little easier, and I really like the way it turned out.

I thought since I’m still getting all these blank stares from people when I mention how great John Barrowman is (I guess they missed his first 2.5 minutes of onscreen time on Desperate Housewives Sunday night, LOL), thought I’d share a little of why I think he’s so great over on the website, so set up an audio player with several tracks from each of his CDs that I’ve got, a few of my favorite tunes from each. So I spent the evening putting that together after Survivor was over tonight (yes, Survivor was tonight; if you were looking to watch it in its usual time slot tomorrow night, too bad so sad, you missed it! πŸ˜‰ ).

Anyhoo, the new player is on the page here; check it out to see who this guy is who I thought was so great that he actually managed to kick U2 out of the Prius mp3 deck for the first time in over a year! (All the same tunes are also in the player at the left, but the one here isn’t nearly as slick as the one over on the website.)

Website MP3 Player

My apologies to the mods on the official JB newsgroup. I’m still a little rusty on newsgroup etiquette (it’s been years since I signed up for one, probably not since my days when I was was using GEnie, my first online service from years ago), so naturally, I keep doing things that make them give my posts the boot (and I understand why, entirely my bad, I just keep forgetting it’s not a regular forum. πŸ˜‰ ).

But since I’m not an official JB anything, I’ll repost here what I put there. Not as many JB folks will see it here, but maybe the extra Twitter/Facebook exposure might be helpful. :)

For those who missed it, or are in the UK and haven’t been able to see JB’s debut on Desperate Housewives on Sunday, it IS posted on YouTube, all 2 minutes and 40 something seconds of it. I personally like my own edit of it, but haven’t had time to set it up in a player on the website yet, so this will have to do for now. Sorry it’s hanging over the edge of the page a bit, but none of the video is missing, so I’ll leave it for now…

And the other thing that got the boot from the newsgroup is that I personally thought it would be a kick to see if JB’s gazillion fans got together and tried to get John on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson while he was still here in the US, if for no other reason than to listen to John lapse back into his Scottish accent after speaking with CraigyFerg. I could listen to John speak with that Scottish brogue for, well, forever. Sounds great, don’t understand why Scott isn’t in to it. πŸ˜‰

Apparently that coffee has kicked in, I seem to be typing a million miles a minute here. πŸ˜€ But anyhoo, if anyone wants to email Craig Ferguson to suggest getting JB on the show while he’s still in the US shooting DH, the email address over at CBS is

http://www.cbs.com/late_night/late_late_show/about/email_craig.php

Or for you Tweeters out there, he’s @CraigyFerg on Twitter.

Okay, the clock just bingbonged 1am. I probably should call it a night. So tweet or email ole CraigyFerg, check out the new mp3 player on the website, and heck, feel free to leave a comment! I’ve only had one so far and that was from my sister, so it was probably just a pity comment, lol.