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.

JavaScript for the WWW Visual Quickstart Guide

This is a great book available online –

“This page gives you access to all of the scripts in our book, listed by chapter and task names. We’ve given you two ways to use the scripts; if you want to see what a script does, click the name of the script, and a new window will open and run that script. If you want to view the code, or copy it for your own use, click the “View Source” link next to the task.” JavaScript for the WWW Visual Quickstart Guide, Tom Negrino and Dori Smith

Round-up of 30 AJAX Tutorials

Max Kiesler- Strategic Designer –

Round-up of 30 AJAX Tutorials

There are quite a few AJAX demos and examples on the web right now. While these are invaluable to learning AJAX, some people need a bit more information than just a raw piece of code. In todays environment there are many ways to learn AJAX including, books, classes, conferences, workshops and tutorials. Of these the only one that is free and accessible to everyone are web-based tutorials. The following is a list of what I consider the be the best and most helpful AJAX tutorials that I’ve found over the past year.

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.

Restoration

Restoration is an easy to use and straight forward tool to undelete files that were removed from the recycle bin or directly deleted from within Windows, and we were also able to recover photos from a Flash card that had been formatted. Upon start, you can scan for all files that may be recovered and also limit the results by entering a search term or extension. In addition, it also provides the option to wipe the found files beyond simple recovery. The program is small and standalone, it does not require installation and can also run from a Floppy disk. Restoration works with FAT and NTFS as well as digital cameras cards.

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.