Saturday, December 24, 2011

Sony KDL 46EX621 mini review

A couple Santas let me open a present early and it was a new Sony KDL 46EX621 LED LCD television. It is a wonderful addition to our TV room.
It's main features are four HDMI ports, a digital audio out, and an Ethernet port.
I'm primarily using it for streaming Netflix onto. There's no WiFi built-in but you can purchase a Sony adapter that can be used. Fortunately I can easily hard wire the internet access.
You can also attach USB storage devices to see photos and movies, but it doesn't support a wide amount of video formats, so that can be a limiting factor.
The Sony KDL 46EX621 support DNLA so I'm able to stream movies and photos from my Windows Home Server.
Sorry about the poor lighting in the video, but my TV room doesn't have a lot of bright lights.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Factory Reset Post-Op

Back on December 3rd I wrote about having to do a factory reset on my Motorola Triumph because it was crashing a lot. After I did the reset I installed only a couple must have apps and left the rest off to see if it was a hardware issue or software. Up until yesterday, I had no crashing so I'll presume at this point it was software, whether an app (I have my suspicions) or that the caches were corrupted.
Well another side benefit of having so few apps on my phone was that my battery life almost doubled! So yes folks, the more stuff you have on your phone the more battery life is eaten away.
Now I bought my phone because it is a smartphone. I use it for text, e-mail, and browsing the internet. And I figure I might as well enjoy my phone too! So as long as battery life remains reasonable, say 18 - 24 hours, then I'm fine. It's very easy for me to charge up while in my truck or at work so its not much of an issue.
So last night I put more of my apps back onto my phone. Not all, just a few. So we'll see how it goes.
So enjoy those phones out there and use the plethora of apps that are available, but don't be shocked if your battery life goes down. Just do a balancing act on the battery life you need and the number of apps you must have.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

SlideIT Keyboard Android App

Many have asked about using the keyboard app called Swype on the Motorola Triumph. Swype doesn't come with the Triumph, which is fine by me as I never really liked it. I found that I was correcting what I typed more than I was "swyping" so I abandoned it when I had the Optimus V.
Now I found SlideIT Keyboard in the Android Market and I believe it works a lot better than Swype. Here's a video showing it.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Android Market

Hope you've been checking out the 10 cent deals on Android Market as quite a few good items for an excellent price. I've been picking up a few items that I probably wouldn't normally get but thought I would for such a great price.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Carrier IQ Video now posted

I've now done a video showing the Carrier IQ Detector app.

Carrier IQ Detector

There's a Carrier IQ Detector by the folks that wrote Lookout. It's available in the Android Market download it so you can see if your phone is infected. The Motorola Triumph, luckily, isn't!

Factory Reset

For the last few weeks my phone would unexpectedly freeze up. Mostly when I would wake it up in the morning for the first time.
So I've tried several things, the last being uninstalling most of my apps. Which didn't help. However, I did notice that my free space on the phone was probably 1/2 of what I would have expected. I explored the storage and it appeared that some was being used by the O/S for caching, though I'm not certain as I don't know all the ins-and-outs of Android.
So finally it froze up on me this morning and I did a factory reset and re-activated my phone which went rather smoothly. I've only installed Lookout and haven't done any updates to see what happens. If the freezing problem goes away I'll start reinstalling my apps.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Carrier IQ garbage

During the past couple of days the news that the phone companies are spying on us still has come to the forefront.
Trevor Eckhart has written about CarrierIQ being installed on many Android phones and it's also come to light that iPhones also have it installed, but it appears to be disabled.
One can only wonder what the phone companies are doing with the information? They claim it's only for "diagnostic" purposes, such as when we turn our phones on or make a call, etc. But why do they need special software for that? When we turn on our phone it reaches out and contacts the nearest cell tower. A cell tower also knows when we make a call, the contents of our text messages, etc. So there excuse isn't very plausible.
Also, the ego of these companies that think that what they are doing is going to remain a secret. In this day and age with hackers and heck just folks who enjoy exploring their devices someone was bound to find out.
It shall be interesting what further reaction will happen over the next few days or weeks to the complete intrusion on our privacy as the software records all key presses that are made on our phones.
Don't these companies realize that they can make plenty of money by honest means, but the rampant greed causes them to betray our, now even more limited, trust in them?
Will I give up my Android phone? Not sure yet. Going to wait it out. I have uninstalled most of the apps I have on my phone, not that it necessarily helps, as the damage is already done.
One could only hope that it might result in more stringent privacy rules, but we all know that is very unlikely since Congress is bought and paid for by the mega-corporations.