Admitting defeat

I tried to root with super one click. It didn’t work.

I am trying again, but I have to be on the road tommrow so I am setting my phone back up for now.

I did delete Google Plus.

If anyone can help me root I would be thankful, it looks simple but I can’t seem to connect without mounting the SD card


Tonights the night I root.

No updates yet, but this is my proposed method I have a droid 2 and I will be using a windows computer.

If you want to follow along, we could still do a hangout tonight ūüôā

Removing myself from the conversation- subtracting google+

If you have been reading this blog you have probably already figured out that I like to talk about myself.  While there is this blog and others, most of the time I am not talking about anything that really stands alone as information.  Most of the time what I am looking for is more like a conversation.
Personal chatter and sharing is what I tend to put on social platforms.  I never really adopted facebook for much.  I did use buzz and reader.  I use livejournal/dreamwidth and I have a twitter account.

Until I just wrote that all out I didn’t see how many different places I have this information about what I am up to.¬† I was very excited about google plus because it looked like this might be one platform where everything can go.

Since I am leaving Plus in just two days I need to take a look at what I am using and get serious about what I want to do with personal chatter.

This has less to do with requirements, it is not so much about the software as it is the community.  Even clunktastic software is something I will use if it gives me access to a thoughtful community that offers valuable interaction.

I have boiled it down to a few options

  • Facebook- This is the obvious other option.¬† It has the advantage of being a place where I can find people I know, and the disadvantage that it has everyone I know on it.¬† There are privacy controls, but I have not used them much and sorting my friends list looks like a PITA.¬† On the other hand it is easy to share webpages and there is a android web app that doesn’t suck.¬† If I was totally logical this is where I would probably go.¬† But I am not.¬† I just don’t like the “flavor” of facebook, it seems like a place that fosters light social chit chat rather than deeper, more engaged conversation.
  • Dreamwidth/Livejournal- This has the advantage of being a platform that I like and use already.¬† It is older and shows its age, but I have things set up for privacy and filtering and I love the ethics of dreamwidth.¬† This is what I use for the stuff that is closer to my heart.¬† This is where I hold forth about stuff that I am sorting, and not a place that I do much quick what I am up to sort of stuff.¬† There is not an app I like, but I post by email to dreamwidth and let it repost to LJ .¬† I am keeping this for now, but it could eventually move on .¬† The real key for me here is the community, I feel comfortable talking about closer to the quick stuff here and I can use it.
  • Diaspora-¬† This one is new to me.¬† I am still getting used to it, but the interface is the beautiful thing I loved with google+.¬† It has aspects so I can limit my distribution, I can autoshare with facebook and twitter.¬† I am still poking at it, but I think I am moving here for short updates.¬† It isn’t something I can use for everything yet, it doesn’t work right on my phone yet.¬† This is where I want small nonsense and filter so I don’t bore.¬† That is where I am going with my personal stuff and I might move some of the LJ stuff as I get more comfortable with that community.¬† I will also share to twitter and facebook, but not originate much there.

I don’t see a big answer here yet, but these are the thinks I am patching together.

Slip Ups

Four days in a hotel over dragon*con really tested my resolve, and I had some slip ups.

I intended to use voice, but switching to text messaging actually got more of my messages through.

I used goggle navigator on the way back instead of Waze. I am not sure what happened but the route we took back was an hour and a half longer then it should have been, like I was being reminded of my promise.

I did take a picture and posted it on G+, that is so much easier then my other current options, I need to get a better solution for this, maybe flickr email?

I am taking a moment of reflection to set up for my next big thing, rooting my phone. I will try to post about this very soon.

The other thing I am getting ready to try is moving my contacts.

My Days are Numbered- Hanging up on Google Voice

Google has my phone number.  In fact my number dates back to Grand Central before the Google buyout.

I have had one phone number for a long time and the thought of changing it scares me.¬† Also I am still at con so this is a pure research post for now, changing my number can’t happen until later.

Basically I hate the phone and I loved how voice let me often get around actually using the phone most of the time.  Also overseas and long distance are non-issues for me with my cell plan.

My needs:

  • Needs to ring my phone
  • Need to send transcribed voicemail to email
  • Would like to be able to remap it to ring other phones

Products  considered were Skype, Frig, Line2 and Jumblo.  You know what, I am not going to do a detailed review because none of these will actually solve my problem, they are designed to get around long distance rates.  A useful tool but not what I need.

So this is lame but what I am going to do is use my cell phone pretty normally, including the number I have.

The only wrinkle is using either the terribly named fusion¬†voice mail¬†plus¬†or¬†youmail to get visual voicemail functionality for free and possibly paying for transcription with youmail if visual voicemail plus’s free offering doesn’t do what I want.¬†¬† It isn’t that the other services are not good, they seem fine, but they are just not offering a solution for my problem, which is not wanting to actually talk to people on the phone.

So I will try both of these and update you when I know more about which works with actual calls.

News Alerts

When I was reviewing my google dashboard I realized there were some services that I didn’t even notice I used anymore.

One of those was News Alerts.

I looked at what I was tracking and realized that one thing I have on my list, a local roller derby team, was probably not trackable any other way.

The other things I am replacing with “My Topics” at Reuters,¬† how well this works will only show over time, but I will keep you updated.

Chipping off the old Docs- Dropping Docs

Along with voice and gmail there is another product I use almost every day, Google Docs.  I use it to track my time at work.  And to keep my resume.   And all my training certs.

Yea there are a lot of things.

This is one where I don’t have a final solution for yet, but I do have a stopgap that is working pretty well for me.

I like Libre Office and it has been my other solution for word processing, spreadsheets and the like.

For now I am downloading all my Google Documents, putting them in Dropbox so they have the same availability. (well almost, it isn’t as good on the phone)

I am not sure this is a final solution, but it is working for me for now.

Spreading the Word- Replacing SMS via Voice

Sometimes replacements are actually better.

SMS is a great way to send quick short messages, but usually only to one person.

I can use¬† a interesting¬† android app to send SMS messages with my GMX account,¬† I admit I have not tried this yet, but it is my plan to replace “normal” texting.

But today is the first day of Dragon*Con and coordinating with a group is going to be important, so I am setting up a GroupMe number to text everyone in our group.  This gives us a unique number- send a text there and everyone in the group gets it with attribution.  You can also call that number and it creates a conference call.  You can set the number up to persist or to end and dissolve the group at a specific time.

This is not a complete replacement for voice, but I found that it was something that I used often once I had it and that I am turning to more now that I am turning away from voice.

Quick update on photos, a qusetion and a suggestion

Madeline clued me in to something that is bizarre, you can’t delete your picasa web albums account the only options are to delete your entire google footprint or just delete what is in your albums.

Also I wanted to ask for suggestions for contact managers that work with android, that is my big task

And I also wanted to recommend something that doesn’t quite replace any specific google product buy has kept me from going crazy using different products : Last Pass Password management- it is on my phone browser and all my computers and easy to access even without a plug it, it can sign you in to your websites and get rid of a lot of the burden of splitting your business on the web.

Wrapping Up My Inbox- Sending GMail Away.

Of all the things I have dreaded about this process GMail is one of the biggest bears I set myself up to wrestle with (the phone is the only bigger problem).

I have been waffling about this one.¬† EMail is such a big part of your online identity and I have had my GMail address for a very long time- I got it in 2005 or 2006. ¬† I am also sentimental about it.¬† My first message there was an “I Love You” from my late husband who gave me the invite and wanted to start my account off right.¬† I admit I don’t want another email that can’t have the same first message.

So yea, I might not be able to give this one up completely, but it is time to try.

What I need:

  • Free- if I am gonna pay I need at least my own domain name
  • Lots of storage – ok well maybe not a lot, I am using .7 GB on gmail now, but I don’t want to worry about storage like I used to have to
  • Ideally it would be free
  • I want my name
  • As clean an interface as possible
  • Help with switching over
  • Strong spam filtering

I looked at three services

  • MailQuatro

MailQuatro РThis came from a recommendation by Steve Bogart and it was a good one overall . This is a business oriented service and some of the features are strongly informed by that.  Each account has the opportunity for multiple addresses that are centrally monitored and given a subdomain.  They only keep email for a year. The interface is clean and simple- reminiscent of outlook and the one I liked the best.  If I had kids I might like the spy on them feature, but it was enough to creep me out and make this not a choice.  The losing everything over a year old also was a huge minus. 5GB free- This is my favorite address, so it has that advantage.  I find the interface a little clunky and reminiscent of the slings and arrows of old myspace pages, too many icons.   The service seems solid enough and they have some extras and offer instructions on  importing your contacts, setting up your pop account and the like.

I should also note that they will do hosting for free on your own domain, you just need to edit the MX registry.

There is nothing wrong that I can see with and it does give you the most memorable email address, but it will not be my choice. 5GB free- I saw this recommended by Madeline Grey.  While I had seen it before I was under the impression it was just a forwarding service and not a full mailhost. I was wrong.

The sign up is easy and non-intrusive.  The design is fairly clean and easy to change to my preferred black and white scheme.   The service walks you through linking your emails in the most user friendly way I have seen.  You can also have alias addresses that work with the same account. Checking the forwarding from GMail it seems to get to that inbox at almost the same time.

GMX is a good service on it’s own and might have won out on that alone, but it has a X factor that means it wins for me.¬† Their servers run on green energy which would not be a deciding factor for be but is enough to clearly tip the scales for me.