What I Learned with my new DroidX phone

First of all, the instructions that you receive are terrible. This was not my first smart phone, but boy, there were moments I thought it sure felt like it was!

Some things I learned during this process I thought I would pass along in case you’ve been struggling or are attempting to help someone else.

1. Don’t activate your new phone if you need to get information off of your old phone.

My old phone was a Blackberry Storm. I liked the phone – and had it for 2 years without much problem, and it was fairly easy to download the Blackberry destop program and be able to ‘see’ my data on the SD Card. So I would regularly connect it to my computer and copy off my photos and videos and back up my database just in case.

When it came time to migrate my information from the BB world to the Droid, I found it was not that straight forward. Surprise.

Since I purchased my phone online through Verizon’s website, I did not necessarily want to go to a local store for help, I heard rumors that they charge you to migrate your data over if you didn’t purchase it directly with them. (Not sure this is accurate, but you should call before having them help you)

Researching my options on line proved to be troublesome, time consuming and frustrating to say the least. There really was not one place that answered all of my issues and I had alot of them.

I backed up my BB Storm and started the process.

Since I recently got a new main PC running Win7, my issues of connecting my new DroidX to my computer sent up. It was not natively recognizing my device. Bummer

2. Make sure that you use the Verizon Backup Assistant

On your current ‘old’ phone, make sure that you download and install the Verizon Backup Assistant. Use it to back up your address book and whatever else that it will allow you to back up.

https://wbillpay.verizonwireless.com/vzw/nos/ba_nab/overview_def.jsp

3. Consider using Google Sync to back up your address book

I was using Google’s Sync on my Blackberry Storm to sync my Outlook address and Calendar with my Blackberry phone. You can consider using this on your new DroidX, but I found it to be not as easy to set up. I had to use the Verizon Backup Assistant to get my contacts to my new DroidX.

Since then, I’ve had problems with the DroidX trying to sync my contacts with my Twitter and Facebook accounts and really, it has made quite a mess that I”m still trying to sort out. Be VERY careful when you click yes to synch’g on your new DroidX. It can get ugly really quickly.

4. Download the appropriate USB drivers from the Motorola site so you can connect your DroidX to Win7

Visit the USB And PC Charging Drivers page from Motorola

I finally found a thread that pointed me to the right page to get the proper 64bit drivers so that I can connect my DroidX to my new Win7 machine. Once I did that, I was then able to see the phone as another mapped drive and I could drag and drop the images that I wanted to copy back on to my new phone.

5. How to Activate my new DroidX on Verizon

I realized my new phone did not have a card in it like my Blackberry Storm did so I was stumped for a bit. How do I get the new phone to be recognized on Verizon’s network. Well, again after much searching, I found a thread that told me the only way to do that was to log into my Verizonwireless.com site and right there under the “account overview” page on the right hand side of the screen under “I WANT TO” was the link to “activate a device”.  Phew…

Now with that done, I was all set. Finally hooked up, and now I could download the Verizon Backup Assistant and bring my addresses down to the device.

WHAT DID NOT WORK FOR ME:

There were several suggestions I tried and several different pieces of software too, so I thought I’d save you even more time with this little exercise so you can get some sleep.

1. Don’t use http://miqlive.com/ – this did not do what it promised and was taking too long. I wasted a significant amount of time on this application. Once you have your phone set up, then go back in and see if you want to use this system. The faster method was the Verizon Backup Assistant and the USB connection to my Win7 machine.

2. Don’t use the Verizon V Cast Media Manager – it does not work with Win7. <great…>

WHAT DID WORK FOR ME:

Applications to download that I found useful:

1.Backup Assistant

2. Barcode Scanner

3. Bic Concert Lighter (don’t we all need one of these so we don’t burn our fingers anymore!)

4. Drinks Recipes

5. FM Radio (can’t remember if that was preloaded)

6. Foursquare (for those who use it)

7. Google’s Gmail Application

8. Google Search (can’t remember if that was preloaded)

9. Google’s Sky Map (definitely an app to get)

10. Gowalla (for those who use it)

11. Justin.TV (fabulous) especially now that we can watch Flash on our DROIDS!!!

12. Kayak (finding the best airfares)

13. Kindle from Amazon

14. Opera Mini (Very Very fast, ’cause it’s a proxy based browser…not running on your phone… Thank you @mollydotcom for your wise wisdom sharing recently) I’m telling everyone about this.

15. Pandora (absolutely the best music finder/player)

16. Pogoplug (if you don’t know what this is, you should check it out-great device to make your data accessible remotely by creating your own cloud environment)

17. Seesmic (a really nice Twitter app)

18. Google’s Shopper – ties into the Barcode Scanner above

19. Skype Mobile

20. StopWatch & Timer ( great app if you need to be reminded about something in a few minutes… or time an event)

<break> I really have 20+ apps installed and ROOM for more….why yes I do, it’s a DROIDX </break>

21. Google’s Talk

22.TV.Com

23. Twitter

24. Google’s Voice

25. Youtube (can’t remember if that came preloaded)

26. Dropbox (a great way to share files between computers or friends by creating a shared folder, get 2gb free)

There you have it. Hope you found it useful.

Thunderbird Error: Negative Vibes from Hotmail

If you have received this error, it can be fixed. You may have to update your ‘add-on’ extension for Webmail and for Hotmail.

You can do this by clicking on “Tools -> “add-ons”

Click the button, “Find Updates”. Then select the Webmail -Hotmail extension and click “Options”. In the options dialog box, there will be three tabs. The first tab “mode”, will show you three options. Choose “WebDav”.

I personally have had to switch this from “hotmail Live” and back to “WebDav” because I continue to get the Negative Vibes error.

If you are still having problems, you could start from scratch and uninstall all Webmail add-ons, download the most recent ones and re-install them to Thunderbird. But knowing about your Options – “Mode” should be sufficient to get you working again.

Some web sites that you will find on this subject will tell you to choose the “Hotmail Live” option, which I have done as well, but just know, that if and when you get the error again, you’ll need to choose a different mode for it to start working again.

Under the “Pop” option tab, I chose “mark emails as read on server” and “download unread emails only”.

Under the Domains button, I have removed all of the domains with the exception of hotmail.com, live.com, and msn.com.

One more thing for you to do, and that is, to change the Account Settings for the Hotmail account in Thunderbird so that you ‘leave messages on the server’.

What this will do is leave a copy on the hotmail.com website, and allow you to save a copy locally on your computer in your Thunderbird email program. This works well if you have more than one computer and you want TB on all of them, grabbing copies of your hotmail.com emails. Also – if you have a problem with TB for some reason, you can still get to the web version and view an email remotely when you’re away from home.

To set this up – open up Thunderbird, go to “Tools -> account settings”. When the new dialog box opens up, highlight proper hotmail account, click on “Server Settings” and then you will see in the window details on the right, an option for “Leave messages on server”. Check that box. If you want to set a time for how long they are left out there, then choose the next box, and put in a number. I usually put in 14 – 21 days, so if I’m on vacation, they’ll still be out there.

SyncToy

SyncToy v1.4 is available as a free download on the Microsoft Download Center. The easy to use, customizable application helps you copy, move, rename, and delete files between folders and computers.

There are new sources of files coming from every direction: digital cameras, e-mail, cell phones, portable media players, camcorders, PDAs, and laptops. Increasingly, computer users are using different folders, drives, and even different computers (such as a laptop and a desktop) to store and retrieve files. Yet managing hundreds or thousands of files is still largely a manual operation. In some cases it is necessary to get copies of files from one place; in other cases there is a need to keep two storage locations exactly in sync. Some users manage files manually, dragging and dropping from one place to another and keeping a mental card catalog in their heads. Others use one or more applications to provide this functionality for them.

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Monitor search email for privacy, identity theft, harassment.

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WebMail

The Webmail extension integrates web site based email accounts in to Mozllia Thunderbird, this allows Thunderbird to download and to send emails using the web site.

Currently Yahoo, Hotmail, Lycos (Europe), MailDotCom, Gmail, Libero, and AOL domains are supported.

WebMail

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If you are taking a distance learning class, you MUST have some basic knowledge of computers and the Internet. You must be able to prepare, save, and retrieve files; send and receive emails with attachments; deposit files in an electronic drop box; locate and navigate web sites; download software and plug ins; and participate in discussion boards.

Once you have reached this site, note the “How To” list at the left side of the screen. If you are a novice, you might want to start with “How to Use this Site.” Otherwise, start with “Master the Basics” and then work your way down the list. You will find information ranging from making the connection to the Internet to building your own web site Click on each underlined word or title to access the information. This information is also available as the “Animated Internet.” Be sure to visit Netiquette, a primer on the do’s and don’ts of communicating on the Internet. For example, did you know that you should avoid writing e-mail messages or posting in newsgroups using all caps. Why? Because IT LOOKS LIKE YOU’RE SHOUTING! The “Harness E-Mail” section has hints on E-Mail Etiquette. In the age of computer worms and viruses, we recommend you read the section on “Protect Yourself” to keep your computer from picking up a “bug”! And if you hear or see words that are unfamiliar to you, try the glossary.

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