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.

What’s happening to Facebooks privacy settings?

Seems this is a moving target and if you’re not actively checking what has changed in your privacy settings – you could be exposing more of your content from your profile than you thought. Time to review your settings and be informed!

From EFF.org

“At last week’s “f8” Facebook developer conference, Mark Zuckerberg’s notable quotable was that Facebook is “building a Web where the default is social.” To our ears, that sounds like “a Web where exposure is the norm.” To achieve this, Facebook is rolling out technologies that essentially put Facebook features on other sites, while those sites share data back to Facebook.”

Quickbooks Pro will not start

I ran into a problem recently 04/22/08 with my Quickbooks program. I would click on the program’s icon to start it and get the “Quickbooks is loading ….” screen/prompt, then it would disappear and return again. Then it would disappear and never start. No error messages.

After researching my problem, through other forums, it was tied to a Miscrosoft .Net 2.0 update that failed. This was connected to this issue.

Specifically, if KB110806 shows in your Windows update as having failed, you will probably experience this same issue.

This has also affected Turbo Tax.

After struggling to figure this out and searching for a fix, Quickbooks Support has finally posted a solution.
KB1009275.

http://support.quickbooks.intuit.com/support/pages/knowledgebasearticle/1009275

Follow this support document, do as it instructs and your Quickbooks will open once again.

There is no need to uninstall Quickbooks before working through this solution. My computer had also downloaded .Net 3.0 – there is no need to try and uninstall 3.0 before stepping through the solution to KB110806. Just do it as it states and it should work for you.

My system is running WindowsXP Pro. Service pack 2.

Good luck!

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It’s not news, it’s – Fark.com

http://www.fark.com/

What is Fark?

The first thing you should know is that Fark.com isn’t a Weblog. Fark.com, the Web site, is a news aggregator and an edited social networking news site. Every day Fark receives 2,000 or so news submissions from its readership.

Fark isn’t an acronym. It doesn’t mean anything. The idea was to have the word Fark come to symbolize news that is really Not News. Hence the slogan “It’s not news, it’s Fark.” Fark was originally a word Drew became known for using online back in the early 1990s. He can’t remember why, but his guess is that it was either to replace another F-word or that he was just drunk and mistyped something. He tells everyone it was the former since it’s a better story that way.

Mouse Print

mouse print” is the fine print in advertising, in a contract, or on a product label, often buried out of easy sight. In the worst cases, the mouse print changes the meaning of, or contradicts the primary claims or promises being made. Sometimes, the catch is not even disclosed. In other cases, the fine print is merely an unexpected surprise for the reader. Fine print is not inherently illegal.

The website, MousePrint.org, turns advertising on its head by focusing on an ad’s asterisked fine print footnote rather than the headline. A new ad or product is featured every Monday. The goal is to help educate the public about the catches or “gotchas” in disclaimers, and to encourage advertisers to abandon the motto, “the big print giveth, and the little print taketh away.”

MousePrint.org, like its sister sites, Consumer World and MrConsumer, are consumer education sites produced by consumer advocate, Edgar Dworsky (aka “MrConsumer”).

Thomas Hawk’s Digital Connection: Top 10 Hacks on Flickr

Thomas Hawk’s Digital Connection: Top 10 Hacks on FlickrOne of the nice things about Flickr is that because of their open API a whole host of developers have built more and more interesting things to do with the site. It’s interesting to me today that so many of the ways that I use Flickr are not even through the site as designed by Yahoo, but instead through the work of outside developers who are constantly creating new and interesting ways to experience the site. Today I thought I’d share what I think are the top 10 Hacks on Flickr.

Ensure Your Web Site Is Accessible

Ensure Your Web Site Is AccessibleIn May 1999, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) introduced its Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 1.0. The WCAG outlines steps that Web-site owners can take to make their sites usable by persons with disabilities such as low vision, color-blindness, and limited mobility.

This tutorial explains how to test your Web site for a number of common, high-level accessibility problems. This worksheet includes:
* Six visual tests Webmasters can use to check their site for accessibility.
* Instructions on how to download, install, and use Job Access With Speech (JAWS), a screen reader used by visitors who are blind or have low vision.
* An explanation of how to use and understand the Web Accessibility Versatile Evaluator (WAVE), a Web site that tests HTML code for accessibility errors.