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.