Friday, July 29, 2011

Rocketfish Cover for Motorola Triumph

Picked up a Rocketfish Cover for my Motorola Triumph at BestBuy today for $21.
It's ok. It has a snug fit and allows me to turn the phone face down without me worrying about scratching the screen on anything.
I'm sure as time goes on there will be other nicer and cheaper covers for the Triumph. So unless you are in a big need for a cover you might wait a month to see what else turns up.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

GPS Smackdown with Motorola Triumph and Optimus V

Numerous people have been reporting issues with the GPS on the Motorola Triumph and, well, I have them too. I've sat the Optimus V and Triumph down side by side and ran GPS Test. Needless to say the Triumph failed miserably! Come on Virgin Mobile get Motorola to make an update!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

More Motorola Triumph 3G results

Was out and about yesterday and did several tests (down/up):
  • 341 / 129
  • 601 / 462
  • 703 / 485
  • 845 / 551
  • 284 / 419 
So some pretty good numbers and a couple marginal. So I'm not seeing the 3G issues some report (not just with the Triumph) but it all depends on location. When I was in a less populated area then the speeds were higher than the more populated areas.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Motorola Triumph's 3G Speed - More Results

Just tried the 3G Speedtest about 1/2 hour ago and got:
  • 953 down and 692 up
  • 720 down and 638 up
Then just a few minutes ago:
  • 361 down and 678 up
I think it's going to boil down to time of day, congestion on the towers, and signal strength.
So just because someone reports lousy results doesn't mean you'll have lousy results too.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Changing Android Keyboards

Ok, so my memory failed me when I installed the keyboard that I purchased for my Android series of phones (had the app since the Intercept). Anyway I just couldn't figure out how to get my Triumph to start using that keyboard.
Google has all the answers . . . or so they say . . . in this case yes, I searched and went to a web site and had a face slap to the forehead moment when I went "oh yeah that's how it's done!"
Anyway go to any app that will use the keyboard, such as the Texting App. Press and hold your finger on the area where the letters would appear when you type and select "Input method" from the popup menu. Then choose which keyboard you want to use. Then, bang, zoom, pow you are using your preferred keyboard!

Motorola Speed

Been out running around today and have been testing 3G and results should be better but they are averaging around 250 kbps down and 200 up.
I'm not thrilled with that but it is ok for my needs.

Motorola Triumph's 3G Speed

When I had the Optimus V I typically got 500-700 kbps down and 600-800 kbps up. Now that was an average over time, based on my memory. So definitely not scientific.
Someone asked on YouTube what was the 3G speed like for the Triumph. Well I've only had the phone for a couple days so I don't have a good "average", but in the one test I did for the video it is a little slower than the Optimus.
Over time I'll post back what speeds, in general, I'm getting.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Camcorder App on the Motorola Triumph

I took a 720P video of the Motorola Triumph taking a 720P video, which is below. I added the video that the Triumph took to the end.
Now, I think the Triumph took a reasonable video for a phone, and being held by a hand that can't hold perfectly still. I would use it for those quick videos, but I would definitely use a better camera and tripod for taking more important videos.

Camera App on the Motorola Triumph

Here's a short video on using the Camera app on the Motorola Triumph.
Forgot to mention that the LED acts more like a light than a traditional flash, where it lights up the scene for the camera, not just a quick burst of light.

Motorola Triumph's Notifcation Light

The Triumph now has a notification light! YEAH!

Motorola Triumph's storage space

Now when I had the Intercept and the Optimus V I was always watching out for my storage space. I liked to keep about 50-70 MB free at any one time. So I'd uninstall apps I didn't like or move them to the SD card.
Well on the Motorola Triumph that isn't such an issue anymore as it has nearly 1 GB of space! Yes 1 GB! Right now I have most of the apps I had installed on my Optimus on the Triumph and I still have almost 850 MB of free space!
Wow feel the breathing room!

Updated: Had wrong video attached.

Adobe Flash on the Motorola Triumph

Ok, I won't beat around the bush, I don't like Flash. I avoid it all costs!
That being said, someone did ask to see it work in the browser on the Motorola Triumph, so I made the ultimate sacrifice and installed it. Don't worry folks, it did uninstall without issue!

Virgin Mobile's website now has Motorola Triumph

Virgin Mobile's website now has the Motorola Triumph listed for $299.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Virgin Mobile's Motorola Triumph

Well I got the Motorola Triumph yesterday at a BestBuy. When first opened I went "ooh" and "ahh" over the large screen compared to my Optimus. Below is the video I made right after I took it out of the box.
Now I didn't have a totally smooth transition to the new phone from my Optimus. I fired up the Activate icon and got an error back about No Service. I then tried the on-line method and it too told me that it couldn't do it because of an error. I thought, no sweat, maybe I'm too early to activate, but then I got an e-mail that said the swap was completed. Strange, but it still didn't work. So I just happened to try to make a call with my Optimus and an automated message stated I had No Service. What the . . . !!!
So I try to call Customer Support . . . "sorry our offices close at 10 PM"!!! Say what!!! Just great.
I wait until this morning and called in. Fortunately their tech was able to get me up and running in about 5 minutes.
I unfortunately haven't been able to play with it a great deal, but it appears that GO Launcher isn't "flagged" to allow installation on the Triumph. Hopefully that'll be fixed in the near future.
What I have really liked is that there is an LED that flashes to indicate a new notification! WAHOO! No more apps that have to turn on the screen to tell me of a notification!
One thing that is unfortunate with the "soft keys" is that they don't wake up the screen. I have to tap the power button lightly. I'm sure this will be easy enough to get used to, so it's really a super minor quibble.
Also, I tried using Navigation on the phone, and though it worked great, I did have the phone plugged into my car but it wouldn't charge at the same time. If I had Navigation off, it would charge. Definitely some investigation due on my part to see if I can figure out why that is. Maybe the connection just wasn't good when I had the phone mounted vs. when it was just laying on the dash charging.
All in all a great phone so far. I will be making more videos so stay tuned!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Motorola Triumph

Been reading online that folks have been finding the Motorola Triumph at some BestBuys. I tried a couple in my area tonight and no luck. I'm going to keep my eyes out and see if I can find one so I can get a unboxing video made.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Virgin Mobile to End Unlimited

Virgin Mobile announced that starting in October they will throttle their cell phone users if they go over 2.5GB in a month. Fortunately for me I've never gone over 1GB in a month.
Guess being throttled is better than the outlandish overage charges by Verizon and AT&T.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Sunday, July 10, 2011

WHS 2011 and Dynamic Memory

My home setup consists of a Windows 2008 R2 Hyper-V server that has 8GB of memory. In that I have a WHS 2011 guest that I've allocated 2GB of memory to. I also have 4 other guests using varying memory footprints.
Now I know I'm not the "average" user of WHS 2011, but in my setup it sure would be nice if WHS 2011 had a dynamic memory driver so that it could, conceivably, only use what memory it needed at any particular time. That goes the same way for Microsoft's other Windows 7 products, as only the top end have the dynamic memory driver.
My feeling is that why should we be limited on what we can do in our virtual environments especially if it would require little to no effort on Microsoft's part to allow for that functionality to work?
Microsoft has been pushing the Virtual environments for quite awhile now so why not encourage it even more in the home environment for those that want to have that capability. Is everyone going to use it, no, but I think as time goes on more and more will.
Afterall, who would have thought many years ago that a server product (WHS 2011) would be used in the home?

Friday, July 8, 2011

Space Shuttle

Today being the last launch, in 5 minutes, I can remember back in the 70s when the Enterprise was first shown and that was the pinnacle of high tech. I thought how cool it would have been to be on a space flight and orbitted the earth.
I can still remember where I was when the Space Shuttle Challenger blew up on January 28, 1986. I was in Corvallis, going to Oregon State University, and how profoundly depressing it was to see it explode.
We can't dwell on the accidents, as they unfortunately will happen, we should dwell on the great successes that have occurred over the years.
Even with that I still want to go into space and hope that someday it will happen.

NASA Android App

I'm sitting here watching the final launch of a Space Shuttle (STS-135) into orbit and low and behold NASA has released their Android App. Find it here in the Android Market. I had used the iOS version for a little while and now that my primary portable "device" is my phone so this is a welcome addition!
Go Atlantis! Go!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Roxio Creator 2011

To edit the videos I put out on my YouTube Channel I use Roxio Creator 2011 to edit them once they come out of my Kodak Zi8. It's nice that I can add text overlays and boost the volume some, as many have complained that my early videos needed a volume boost.
Not having used many other video editing products except for Windows Live Move Maker I'm not really sure how it compares to other software.
I do find one thing annoying and that is that I produce it in Roxio then have to import it into Movie Maker so that I can upload to YouTube. I've not had any success at getting Roxio to upload it, though it is supposed to support it. Maybe an update, or I'll do some more searching on-line for a solution unless you have one and want to leave it in a comment.

Amazon Cloud unlimited, for now

If you have paid for a 20GB, or larger, storage account then Amazon is allowing unlimited storage, just for MP3s, for a limited time in their Amazon Cloud Drive!
What perfect timing as I was lamenting having to buy the next level up for my collection!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Google Maps Android update

Google has now released an update for their Android based Maps app. Supposedly is better at battery usage with Navigation.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Virgin Mobile Raising It's Rates

At some point in the near future the Beyond Talks Plans are going to be:
$35 for 300 minutes, unlimited data
$45 for 1200 minutes, unlimited data
$55 for unlimited everything.
Here's a link the the document that talks about Virgin Mobile's new rates.

Amazon S3 storage

Got my bill for Amazon S3 storage, and for the 10 days or so that  I used it for it was a grand total of $0.54. Not too bad for almost 6 GB worth of data. Also a good deal of that was the actual uploading of the data, which now Amazon is offering for free.
As of right now I'm figuring I'm not going to be spending more than $5 per month for the service.
Having a place off site for part of my backup strategy is well worth it and with Cloudberry it is automatically done every week.
I suppose I could have purchased a safety deposit box, but that would have probably cost more in actual dollars and in time to drive to the bank to swap a physical drive.
I still haven't decided on upgrading my Amazon Cloud to 50GB yet so that I can store all my MP3s. I know that $50/year isn't a great deal, but still I'm trying to keep costs as low as possible. The Google Music storage might be viable, but until they actually print a cost I won't do that one yet.

Sunday, July 3, 2011


I received an e-mail from ALK Technologies Ltd announcing their new version of CoPilot. I currently use CoPilot version 8 and haven't been totally enamored with it. Here's my video review.
The update is going to be $9.99 for a short time for all who want it, which in a way, irks me as I'm already a customer I should get some form of discount, maybe pay $4.99? Well anyway, even if offered that I don't think I'd buy it. From what I can tell you still don't get full functionality and still have to pay additional to use some of CoPilot's newer features.
Granted $9.99 isn't a huge amount for software, it is for phone apps though, I'm going to pass. I don't use my phone as a GPS all that often so I'll just keep version 8 and use Google Navigator.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Google GMail's New Look

If you go into you GMail Themes and select either Preview, or my fav Preview (Dense) you'll get a look at what I believe is going to become GMail's default theme in the near future.

Android App: My Tracks by My Tracks Team at Google

We like to go on walks when we can and being a person who likes stats or bits of useless data, maybe one and the same?, anyway, I enjoy knowing how far our walk took, how long, etc.
I could use my GPS for some of that info, but to know all the details enter the Android smart phone. My Optimus V runs on Android 2.2 and has a GPS. So all I needed was to find an app that would tell us about our walk. I found My Tracks in the Android Market and have been using it for a couple months now. There are probably other apps, but this was the 1st I tried and haven't seen a need for anything else.
When we start our walks I just make sure my GPS is on, and open up My Tracks and select Record Track from its menu. I then stick the phone in my pocket and away we go. Then when we get back I stop the recording, again from its menu, and then save it. You have the ability to upload the tracks to Google Maps, but I haven't really figured out a reason for me to do it.
On the phone I can see the track that we took overlaid on a Google map.
I can then, by clicking on the right side of the map, see all the stats relating to the walk. How far, how long, highest elevation, etc. It also totals all your walks in a Aggregate view and you can see how many miles you've walked over time.
I might normally be concerned about battery drain, but we took a ten mile, 3 hour walk today and I started out at 100% battery when we left, and when we got back it was down to 84%. So plenty of juice in the phone. I probably wouldn't let it run all day if you were on a day hike, at least for my phone.

Netgear WNDR3700v2 Setup as An Access Point

Some asked in my video on YouTube about setting up their new Netgear as an Access Point and here's how to do it.

Log into your Netgear and go to Basic Settings and set it up like this:
Then under LAN Setup give the Netgear an IP address in your network. My network uses 192.168.1.X so I gave my Router 
Hope it helps.