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Fave Apps for the LG Optimus V Part Deux

Sometime back I did a post detailing some of my favorite apps for my new Android phone. Just realized I never went back as planned to do another post for my favorite games and other fun stuff.

So at long last, here is said post. :)

Games Icons

A Few Favorite Games:

Just recently had my SD storage card crash, so had to reformat and reinstall a lot of my apps. Which was okay, had a lot on there that really didn’t need to be there anymore, so it gave the card a good cleaning. The only game that I’ve not reinstalled that really SHOULD be on my list of favorite games is Plants vs Zombies. LOVE that game, have it on my PC, my NintendoDS, and when Amazon’s App Store gave it away as a freebie, downloaded it for the phone as well. Unfortunately though, while the game was able to be put on the SD card, apparently the saved game file was not, so when I reached the end of the game for the first time, the saved game file was huge, and ate up too much space on my phone, so I uninstalled the whole game.Β 

But these games are the ones I tent to go back to over and over again. They’re all fun, but I tend to play Angry Birds Rio, Fire Ball Deluxe, Gem Spinner, Peggle, and Fruit Ninja the most. All of which are either free games, or were given away by Amazon as freebies at one point or another.Β 


Newly Found “Useful Tools”:

Got quite a few of those. Apps Organizer is what set up my massive assortment of phone apps into the useful categories you see here. You decide what categories you want, and which apps go in them, and voila, a nice organized phone desktop. :) Still using the Amazon App Store for their freebies of the day. Droid of the Day is pretty good, it pops up and suggests a free app every day. App2SD Pro is one of those apps I tried as a freebie, liked, then Amazon gave away the paid version. Makes it easy to move apps from the phone to the SD card, something very handy with the Optimus’s limited storage space. App Backup saved my bacon when my SD card crashed. I’d backed up all the apps with that program, then when I moved the contents of my SD card to my PC to Useful Toolsreformat, I was able to reinstall most programs that I wanted from the backup I’d done. Converter is kind of handy, any kind of measurement you can think of that you might want to convert to some other format, it can probably handle. I order from AmazonUK a lot, and it does a fast conversion from dollars to pounds, among other things. Useful and free (I think it might have been a Droid of the Day app, actually). Also on the phone is Cool Reader and eReader. Handles various and sundry types of ebooks and documents. Fringe Glyph Translator is a purely fun app. If you watch Fringe on Friday nights, and you see all those funky symbols with the dots next to them at each commercial break, those actually DO spell something different each episode. Makes me want to go back and watch Seasons 1-3 to see what I missed in those codes.Β 

GetGlue is probably, especially with the new TV season starting, one of my most used apps. Make it easy to tweet about what I’m watching, listening to, and reading, and earn stickers in the process. Kind of addicting. The two apps in the bottom row on each end – Remote Web and WiFi File Explorer – are both essentially the same thing, they allow you to wireless connect the contents of your phone to your PC to transfer files, use your phone cam as a webcam, all sorts of stuff. It’s how I got the screen caps of my apps from my phone to my PC. I actually paid for Remote Web and had been using it for a while, until Amazon gave away WiFi File Explorer. Now I use them both until I decide which one I like better. :) The app in the bottom row second column is Shoot Me, which is supposed to only work on rooted phones, but works just fine on my unrooted Optimus. Run it in the background, if you want to screencap your screen, just shake the phone, and instant screencap. Yes, it’s what I used to screencap my apps. And last but not least on that screen is Tweetcaster. I’d mentioned before that the free version was my favorite Twitter app, well you guessed it, Amazon gave away the paid version as a freebie so now I’m running the full version and have never looked back.

MultimediaOther favorite apps are QuckPic, a replacement for the default Gallery. Comic Strips, a new one I just added that lets you collect and share some of your favorite comic strips from the paper, like Scary Gary and Argyle Sweater. GhostTown is essentially a music player that lets you search YouTube for videos, and plays them back as music. Kinda nifty. Roku Remote and WDTV Media Player are substitute remotes for, yes, my Roku box (currently used for streaming movies at Netflix and Amazon on Demand) and my Western Digital media player box, which lets you plug in a hard drive and play back almost any video type you can think of on your TV set. Great for all those series episodes that would take up too many DVDs to burn. Tune In Radio Pro is another paid app that Amazon gave away as a freebie. I’d been using the freebie version to pick up Internet radio stations, like the various BBC stations or formerly local CA stations like KFOG. The paid version is essentially the same, only it also includes a recorder if you want to save any of the radio station broadcasts. I use it a lot. And Zinio works in conjuction with the PC app to download either free or paid digital versions of magazines to either your phone or your PC hard drive. Once you’ve downloaded them, you can view them on either. Have only used it a few times so far, but it seems pretty well made.

Well, that be pretty much the majority of what apps I use fairly regularly. Given that Amazon gives away a freebie every day, I’ve got quite a list of apps still available to me that I’ve not actually installed yet, but they’re there if I need them.


Tweets o' the Day

  • I'm watching American Horror Story (1215 others checked-in) http://t.co/iZ3hk951 @GetGlue #AHSFX #
  • Drei… Gesoffe! http://t.co/3CaKajRO @GetGlue #Oktoberfest #
  • I'm watching Dexter (1009 others checked-in) http://t.co/A6FsHJBd @GetGlue @SHO_dexter #
  • I unlocked the Bedlam Coming Soon sticker on @GetGlue! http://t.co/xRKI8qlY #
  • I'm watching Bedlam (178 others checked-in) http://t.co/ATunPFZc @GetGlue #Bedlam #
  • #Fringe code decyphered: LIMBUS = "An edge, border, or FRINGE of an anatomical part." (Altho check out http://www.limbus.com – kinda kewl! :) ) #
  • And playing w/the glyph translator at each break :) http://t.co/0wzQWqTq @GetGlue @FRINGEonFOX #
  • 99 cents regular unleaded? Haven't seen that in a while. http://t.co/0wzQWqTq @GetGlue @FRINGEonFOX #
  • I'm watching Suburgatory (249 others checked-in) http://t.co/zG6Invx8 @GetGlue @SuburgatoryABC #
  • Dvr-ing http://t.co/MTUtbWzd @GetGlue #Supernatural #
  • Dvr-ing Fringe http://t.co/0wzQWqTq @GetGlue @FRINGEonFOX #
  • I'm watching Parenthood (28 others checked-in) http://t.co/kQKqGbcS @GetGlue @nbcparenthood #
  • I unlocked the EW.com Fall TV Star sticker on @GetGlue! http://t.co/YNoBmaR7 #
  • I'm watching Ringer (97 others checked-in) http://t.co/Nu8zv6L5 @GetGlue #ringer #
  • I got final jeopardy! Sweet! http://t.co/pvvE51Rt @GetGlue #Jeopardy #
  • I'm watching Jeopardy! (74 others checked-in) http://t.co/pvvE51Rt @GetGlue #Jeopardy #
  • @stargazer60 I think @getglue needs to make U2 stickers!!!! / At least I got a SuperFan sticker from that last U2 check-in. :) #
  • @Team_Barrowman JB, you'd probably liked this episode of Castle, it's all about comic books and superheroes. #
  • Looks like I'm temporarily caught up on @Team_Barrowman tweets, time to go back to Castle. Some GREAT lines in this ep! πŸ˜€ @NathanFillion #
  • @Team_Barrowman: Filming promos for Torchwood.
    Jb http://t.co/dix1wjwi / really expected a shot w @scottmale swimming across the pool. πŸ˜€ #
  • @Team_Barrowman: Jack and I watching Strictly. Jb http://t.co/7twJR8yI /Looks like it put Jack into a snooze. That exciting, huh? #
  • @Team_Barrowman LOL. I was close when I said you were probably going to jump into the pool coat and all. No coat, but everything else. πŸ˜€ #
  • @Team_Barrowman Awww, Charlie is ready for a snuggle and a belly rub. #
  • @Team_Barrowman LOL. Harris looks like he's sitting there, waiting for his Minions to wait on him hand and foot. #
  • I'm watching Castle (86 others checked-in) http://t.co/SPUorrZJ @GetGlue @Castle_ABC #
  • Why is it so warm in here, and what am I doing in this handbasket? Sheesh, and today was going so well, too. Gotta love attorneys. Not. πŸ˜› #
  • @Team_Barrowman @scottmale Rats can't pull up that last tweet. Must be done working working for the day. Movie night again tonight? :) #
  • @Team_Barrowman Probably ready to hop in the pool coat and all right about now. :) How warm HAS it been there today? #
  • @aresnz @stargazer60 Usually we're swamped the first wk, then can narrow it down to a more manageable number after seeing them a few times. #
  • @aresnz @stargazer60 Slave to TV, should make that my new screen name. πŸ˜€ #
  • Ahh. Lunchtime. Yogurt, granola bar, apple, and yet another freebie newspaper. πŸ˜€ Will catch up on the Twitter after. :) #
  • @scottmale We know J's schedule, since HE'S really good at tweeting πŸ˜‰ ; how often do YOU trek between houses? Take the Prius? :) #
  • @scottmale … well so much for reading being a good way to spend an afternoon. LOL. Enjoy having the pool to yourself. :) #
  • @scottmale Sounds like a great way to spend an afternoon. *jots down name of book* Who is the author? #
  • I'm a Superfan of U2 on @GetGlue http://t.co/oZt8kL4z #
  • U2 NLOTH: "Fez-Being Born" Love the way "Let me in the sound" from Boots echoes in the first part. http://t.co/OSI2OPUQ @GetGlue #U2 #
  • @aresnz @stargazer60 Almost always recording two things while watching one at this time of year. Occasionally record 3/watch 1. Sad, huh. πŸ˜€ #
  • @aresnz @stargazer60 And yet, always seem to have time for Jeopardy. πŸ˜€ Not always at the time it airs, but we squeeze it in. :) #
  • @aresnz @stargazer60 That's us! πŸ˜€ Can't keep up! Still haven't seen Castle from Mon. And been sitting on a Netflix DVD for two weeks now. #
  • @aresnz @stargazer60 Not BAD shows, but just too much stuff to watch to keep watching ones that are marginal. #
  • @aresnz @stargazer60 We've finally ruled out a few shows, out of "we just can't keep up" desperation. PanAm, 2 BrokeGirls, Up All Night. #
  • @aresnz @stargazer60 Our DVR has been working overtime lately, Wed nite is REALLY bad, even w/ 2 tuners on the DVR, we STILL need a 3rd. #
  • Hence why we tend to call him "Ozzy Pinhead" on occasion. But not to his face. Well, okay, sometimes to his face. But he doesn't mind. πŸ˜€ #
  • This pic makes me laugh every time I see it. Reminds me of Ozzy, w/the really big body and tiny head. πŸ˜€ http://t.co/CfXDVqi4 #
  • @scottmale @Team_Barrowman So what movie did you and JB end up watching last night? Geek Fest, Part Deux? #
  • I'm a Fan of Anything Goes on @GetGlue http://t.co/BsYzL874 #
  • @Team_Barrowman Still reading Anything Goes during my 1/2 hr AM bike ride. Today's chapters: Anything Goes > Nice Wo… http://t.co/VI4znIwV #

#Torchwood Finale: Some spoilers within

Well, that was a fast 10 weeks. I posted earlier today about the show because I didn’t want to have to worry about accidentally posting spoilers for the Torchwood finale, then I realized tonight, as I’m wanting to yammer on at length about the finale on The Twitter, and couldn’t out of respect for the folks in the UK who for the most part, don’t get to watch it until next Thursday, that it’s my blog, I can spoiler if I want to. :) So you have been warned. Definitely spoilers ahead.

But for those who have seen the show and want a place to comment about it, there is a comment section at the bottom of the page.


Oh look! Stickers! Earned the whole set from the show. Wonder how long it’ll take for Get Glue to send me the hard copies.
(Including them here in case the “read more” link isn’t hiding the balance of the post, and it apparently isn’t, you still have time to leave before getting to the spoilery stuff.)

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Random Google-ly Thoughts

Sometimes geeky Google Analytics perplexes me.

No surprise that the Barrowman pages are the most popular on my website. (I keep telling my boss that if he wants to increase the page hits to the company website, to just let me sprinkle the name John Barrowman liberally here and there throughout the site, and the number of site visitors will skyrocket, LOL). Didn’t start my website with the idea that it would become 80% Barrowman related, but discovered him in Torchwood at the same time I started playing with Joomla as a CMS, so essentially learned how to design webpages in Joomla by making and breaking and fixing all those Barrowman pages.

But can’t figure out exactly how 21 people [edit: 56 people! since I first posted this] so far today found their way to the JB media pages on the site from FACEBOOK. I do have an account there, but rarely use it for anything, almost never post, only signed up for it so that nobody else would swipe my user name when they changed over to real name screen names.

Certainly haven’t been posting my JB site updates there, at least not that I know of. So it’s a bit of a mystery. A lot of the other referrals make perfect sense: Twitter, Brizzly, LiveJournal… I tend to make mention of my site updates to those three fairly regularly. But Facebook is like the forgotten skeleton in my internet closet, just never think to post regular updates there.

So again, it’s a puzzlement.

Do LIKE Google Analytics, though. Gives me a general idea of who is visiting what page, how they found it (keyword searches are particularly amusing sometimes; someone recently found their way to my blog by doing a search for β€œdudley douchebag”, a reference from Desperate Housewives),Β  how many times they visit, how long they stay, and from what location. The location info in particular is of interest, love seeing how many people from other countries come and visit.

And well, it must be said that I DO find it rather *squee*-rific when I find a visitor to the Barrowman pages coming from a location where I know the man himself is at the time. The realist in me knows it could be and most likely IS anyone else, but yes, my inner fangirl did do a mental happy dance when I got hits from Glasgow and Manchester while JB was there shooting Tonight’s The Night, or more recently, hits from towns in Spain during the three weeks he was vacationing there, particularly when I’ve never gotten hits from Spain before. Was it JB? Prolly not. But if it makes the inner fangirl happy to think so, who am I to burst her bubble? πŸ˜€

Of course on the flip side, if the Powers That Be DO visit the site, there’s always that concern that I’ll get some sort of cease and desist notification from them, since I AM going a bit rogue by capturing and streaming UK video to worldwide audiences. But I look at it this way, it’s a win/win for everyone. Non UK fans get to see video they’d never get to see otherwise, and it’s promoting the heck out of the BBC, ITV, JB, etc. Essentially free advertising for them. And it’s not like I’m making any money off of it or even attempting to. So one would hope that I’m not ruffling any feathers with my site content. :)

Tweets o' the Day

  • Here we go again, it's MOUSIE time! Mom turned loose 5 & cats left 2 partials upstairs while I was gone, had 2 this AM, & 1 already tonight. #
  • FYI to any other Bieber-tweeters who might want to follow me because I tweet about a JB: It's so NOT your JB. But thnx. :) @Team_Barrowman #
  • Flashpoint from Friday night http://bit.ly/k0RtCr @GetGlue @Flashpoint_CBS #
  • wonder who is going to be HoH this week. http://bit.ly/qixpY4 @GetGlue #bigbrother #
  • The @Team_Barrowman performance clips from Eps 2, 3, and 4 are now up on my #TonightsTheNight Season 3 webpage! http://bit.ly/nIH62y #
  • @aresnz Yeah, they sort of left you wondering, didn't they? Movies that make you go "Hmmmm…" :) #
  • RT @TDfan: My dad used to drive a truck through NYC twice a week! / :-O I'm sorry! πŸ˜€ No it wasn't THAT bad, just a few bad (Big) apples. πŸ˜€ #
  • @aresnz Inception DEFINITELY hard to keep up with, but I love a bit of a challenge in a movie. πŸ˜€ I liked it. #
  • @stargazer60 Two in one day? Must be relatively small parks. πŸ˜€ Let out a bloodcurdlingly good shriek on a coaster for me. #
  • RT @GreySkyThinking: Love lets you see the good inside someone. A scalpel lets you see the goo inside someone. /Ha! Love this! πŸ˜€ #
  • @eMSY 'Course, if I'm riding shotgun, I can tweet more en route than just at the rest areas. πŸ˜€ #
  • @eMSY I actually prefer to drive when I can on long trips, it makes the time go by faster than riding shotgun twiddling my thumbs. #
  • @eMSY Not to mention being better equipped to deal with those kamikaze drivers in NY. I just covered my eyes & hoped they wouldn't hit us. #
  • @eMSY D and I are good with swapping off the driving on longer trips too. He drove the whole time in NY tho, since he knows the area better. #
  • @eMSY I did that for Doug last wknd; I knew he had an extra 2.5 hrs to go after getting to MY house, so I drove the 8 hrs from DE to NC. :) #
  • JB's performance MP4's of #TonightsTheNight edited, now uploading for the website. Since I'm three shows behind, may take a wee while. :) #
  • Multitasking on a rainy Sun. afternoon: Seeding TWMD & TTN, editing eps 2, 3 & 4 of #TonightsTheNight for the website, editing my U2 show. #
  • @marklee3d At least your bouncy castle didn't blow away like those others in the news. Must have had yours anchored down really WELL! πŸ˜€ #
  • @stargazer60 How many parks have you hit so far? #
  • @aresnz Having a slow day myself today. Clock just struck noon, and just finished with breakfast and the Sunday paper. :) #
  • Check this video out — Unhappy Cat http://t.co/LHWNoaU via @youtube Oh MY! Tigger was like that too. They needed the gloves for her too. πŸ˜€ #

Tweets o' the Day

  • Wonder if there will be another 'IT' reference in Haven. http://bit.ly/nt2Y0v @GetGlue #Haven #
  • chopped redemption http://bit.ly/mdDx31 @GetGlue @FoodNetwork #
  • like this show, reminds me of china beach. http://bit.ly/mzOk9u @GetGlue #CombatHospital #
  • Yup. Looks DARN good in a delivery uniform. πŸ˜€ http://bit.ly/qhfh4V @GetGlue #JohnBarrowman #
  • Oooh, just finished watching TWMD episode 4. *thumbs up* Wow. Whoever said this season wasn't worth bothering with w… http://bit.ly/qkpPV2 #
  • I am watching Torchwood: Miracle Day w/125 others http://bit.ly/l8edPm @GetGlue #Torchwood #
  • @EdgeFest I am so sorry. That just bites that you can't make it. Really screws up plans when they add an extra show at the last minute. :( #
  • @EdgeFest Was going thru my footage after getting home last Sun, saw that shot of Edge actually came out & went EdgeFest MUST have this! :) #
  • @EdgeFest What happened? If you don't mind me asking, that is. Seems like you of all folks would be there! #
  • @EdgeFest With all the shows you made it to this summer, you're actually having to miss the final one that's actually in Canada? Bummer. #
  • 30 minutes left on the #TTN download, about 30 minutes left on the #TWMD Ep 2 burn, really need to go finish the laundry while I wait. :) #
  • Actually, there's an email address on that postcard. If you'll excuse me, I've got an email to write. #
  • Got a postcard advert for someone having a sale on baby shoes. *groan!* Always want to tell these folks "Hey, I was spayed, not pregnant!":D #
  • What, no stickers for #TonightsTheNight !? Getting spoiled from getting one every week for Torchwood Miracle Day. πŸ˜€ http://bit.ly/n22gVX #
  • Just got done watching Ep 4, downloading via iPlayer right now. http://bit.ly/pk37Cv @GetGlue #TonightsTheNight #
  • OMG not THAT song on TTN! Heard that a zillion times on the radio in NY! πŸ˜€ #
  • @eMSY LOVE "Monster's vs Aliens". Hilarious movie. πŸ˜€ #
  • @Team_Barrowman I think while last week's ep of #TonightsTheNight was on, the b/f was proposing to me. GOOD reason to miss a show, yes? #
  • Missed watching the last two eps of #TonightsTheNight when I was on vacation. Fortunately, was able to d/l when I got home. #
  • RT @Teresa_Mrsh: Evening, all. Just enough time to get a cuppa before watching #TonightsTheNight /That's right, starts at 1:30. :) #
  • Hmm. didn't realize that the dupe in HQ runs in real time vs a high speed dub like i get on SP. Oh well, Minimize window and move on. πŸ˜€ #
  • Gotta start duping them though. With all the eps on HQ, I'm running out of room on the DVR. Esp since I've got so much other stuff on there. #
  • Started duping my DVR'd eps of TWMD to DVD. Recorded them on HQ & duping to HQ so can only fit one ep on each dvd. Should look GREAT tho! ξ€Ž #
  • Knew it was in August sometime, but didn't realize it was the FIRST weekend in August, with only the one weekend off in between. Oh well. #
  • Printing the CirqueduSoleil "Alegria" tickets for next weekend before I forget. Didn't realize I'd be road tripping QUITE so soon after NY. #
  • @EdgeFest http://t.co/7LybZjy posted this for you, earlier, but don't know if you saw it or not. :) #
  • Okay, gotta get off my duff, get dressed, and start doing the Saturday chores. The 10 min online pitstop to get tix turned into 2 hrs! LOL. #
  • @TDfan No, no Newsboys. I like them ok, but it's a very short list of bands I'll deal with the Fair crowds to go see & they're not on it. :) #
  • @GennaGirl Probably just as well anyway, the 1st 3 shows were in the winter, no telling if we were going to get snow/ice any of those dates. #
  • @GennaGirl The last 2 shows in NC were Fri nights in Greensboro and Charlotte, and it was a PAIN to get off work to get there on time. #
  • @aresnz I think that's why we're less anxious about it now, initial "I'm leaving" shock has worn off since we know it'll be a while B4 I go. #
  • @TDfan I still can't believe that as big of a cat person that I am, that I've not seen "Cats" yet. #
  • @TDfan But at least we know we're officially heading in that direction now. :) #
  • @TDfan D's gotta sell his place, find a new place here, and find another job before we can start thinking dates, really. :) #
  • @aresnz Not to mention I'm out of vacation days for the year. So we've got LOTS of time to adjust to the whole moving out thing. :) #
  • @aresnz LOL. Yeah, don't see that happening, D's coming up here, so has to sell a house, find a house, AND find a new job before it does. #
  • @GennaGirl HATE that we had to ditch the Gboro shows. I was all about all the shows except Elvis. Just couldn't do the weekday shows tho. :( #
  • @GennaGirl We actually saw their "Farewell Tour" when it came to Raleigh a few years back. I've only seen Flatley's LotD on PBS tape tho. #
  • @Lisa725: You're not watching Torchwood?! / Still playing catch up on TV from the week I was gone. Only just watched TWMD Ep3 a day ago. :) #
  • @Lisa725: Congratulations and best wishes! / Thanks! BIG step, even as long as we've been together. :) #
  • @TDfan: CONGRATULATIONS! / Thank you, ma'am! Now you and Barb and Mary can stop asking when he's going to pop the question. πŸ˜€ #
  • @aresnz And the CATS! We've already changed our minds about which two of the four cats I take when I move. Crazy stuff… #
  • @aresnz But have had pple say it's going to be kind of like a divorce, figuring out who gets custody of the stuff we've bought together. #
  • @aresnz That's what I figure. I MUST be getting better about it, if I'm already thinking about a trip to IKEA to start accessorizing. πŸ˜€ #
  • Only Mamma Mia was on the weekend. the other 4 shows were during the work week. NO way to make the whole lot, so we had to ditch that idea. #
  • ALMOST got a ticket 5 pack for Greensboro for Young Frankenstein, Mamma Mia, Riverdance, Cats, and Elvis Lives, nice deal on it, except… #
  • So just coughed up another $100+ to see Weird Al (who he's always wanted to see live) with him in October. Credit card is melting. #
  • Doug just got my Panthers email, so called me to tell me I did good on the tix. AND to tell me Weird Al is coming to Charlotte in October. #
  • @aresnz I've lived with HER for 41 of 44 years, and she's never lived alone, so we've got some MAJOR adjustments coming up ahead. #
  • @aresnz Thank you, ma'am! Initially my mom & I had some pre-separation anxiety after I told her, but we seem to be adjusting better now. :) #
  • Okay. Whew. Now that the ticket deed is done ($400+ charged!), I can relax, continue with my d/ls, and reply to a small backlog of tweets. #
  • So Doug is going with a friend from Virginia and his wife, both major Cheese-Heads, so he will not be by his lonesome. :) #
  • For the first time though, NONE of those is for me. Cannot sit in a hot stadium in Sept for a football game, I'd keel over in 5 minutes. #
  • Ticket Queen comes thru again.  Just scored 3 tix for the Panthers Pack 1 v Packers/Jaguars in Sept. for Doug. I think he'll be pleased. #
  • @aresnz "Tonight's The Night, tonight on BBC1 at the earlier time of 6.30pm." It's been 3 wks since I've been here for this. 1:30 here? πŸ˜€ #

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. :)

Tweets o' the Day

Tweets o' the Day

  • @jinnandtonic Now all the people who have been asking "Aren't you married yet!?!" (it's been 5 1/2 yrs) will know we're making progress. :) #
  • @jinnandtonic *squee!* thanks! Have no idea where or when yet, but SOMETIME. :) #
  • Online folks are going Big News? I can finally tweet about it: http://brizzly.com/pic/4N0C Someone got engaged while on vacation last wk #fb #
  • Finally called & talked to my dad about The Big News (so yes, Julie, you can call him and not worry about spilling any beans.) πŸ˜€ … #fb #
  • This is a test… did this tweet make it to facebook? #fb #
  • Hate this. Left my phone at work, so having to run down to Get Glue on my PC for each show. Wonder how many calories I burn doing that. LOL #
  • Eviction night. http://bit.ly/qixpY4 @GetGlue #bigbrother #
  • Just finished watching In Plain Sight, now it's on to… http://bit.ly/mSFkow @GetGlue #InPlainSight #
  • Pretending I live in the UK and FINALLY watching Ep 3 tonight. LOL.:) http://bit.ly/l8edPm @GetGlue #Torchwood #
  • @stargazer60 Coney Island? Lucky. Closest we got was driving by it on the freeway last week. #

Tweets o' the Day