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I’m Falling In Love With An Android…Phone

an android with love in its eyes

A few weeks ago, something happened to me that makes geeks the world over scream with happiness: my cell phone contract had reached its end with my previous carrier.  To normal folk, this might not seem like that exciting of an occasion, but to the geek species, this is almost like having a second birthday.

Suddenly faced with a decision that will once again lock me into 2 years of ridiculous fees, unchanging phone hardware and the prospect that I would have to use yet another phone that I would not enjoy, I decided to shop around instead of going with the only local carrier with decent coverage here in my area.

I said goodbye to US Cellular, and went out into the world to find a carrier/phone combo that met my needs.  Each one of the providers had a major flaw, but I decided I had to look past that flaw in order to find a device that was exactly what I needed.

So, Sprint became the clear choice, regardless of the fact that they do not have a retail store in our area.  Now to decide which phone I wanted to use.


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Podcast Episode #5 – Apple Updates, The Linux Action Show, Mysterious Universe and More!

The fifth episode of The Worthless Genius Podcast is here!

Today I talk about 3 news items, a couple of Worthless Genius topics, and I ask for the help of the online community.

Here’s some links to what I talk about:

News:

Worthless Genius Stuff:

And also, if anyone out there has some ideas for a library organization system that is:

  • Free
  • Open Source (so that I can monkey around with the internals)
  • Easy to Use

Let me know here in the comments, so that I can go check it out.

Thank you for listening, and feel free to discuss this episode here in the comments. You can also email me suggestions or comments at worthlessgenius [at] gmail.com, or hit me up on Twitter, @stroz. Also, check out my FriendFeed, with username strozykowski.

Or you can download it here: mp3 format

In Case of Technological Holocaust

Yesterday, our region experienced some high wind activity, and we were left without power at home.  Though my internet devices (modem, routers, wireless access point) are on a battery backup, the outage looked like it was going to last for a little while, so I shut those devices off.

I got to school thinking that I could just do my daily internet rounds from the classroom, only to find that the internet was down on campus.  The campus is supplied by a local ISP which beams microwaves from a distant mountain to a dish on campus.  Of course, the distant mountain was also experiencing high winds, as well as some sleet, so there was no access to the outside world.

Though it’s not as extreme as a Technological Holocaust, being without internet access for 12 hours got me thinking.  What would I–as a knowledge worker–do in a world where technology was rendered unusable?

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Podcast Episode #3 – News and The Appalachian Independent

I had originally planned on re-recording this, but time dictated me no grace. A more well-rounded episode will be available for next week.

Episode 3 of the Worthless Genius Podcast brings us back to the format that premiered in Episode 2. We have two short news article discussions, and a Site to See. Classes start today for me, so this week’s release schedule may be a little tight. I would like to get into a 10 minute show every Monday, Wednesday and Friday if possible, but we’ll see what time is like. Here’s what we covered today:

News

Site to See

Thank you for listening, and feel free to discuss this episode here in the comments. You can also email me suggestions or comments at worthlessgenius [at] gmail.com, or hit me up on Twitter, @stroz. Also, check out my FriendFeed, with username strozykowski.

The music featured in this episode is by the artist 16Ambianceur and was entitled “The source of my blood ambient ver.”. This music was provided free of charge by the Podsafe Music Network, where you can find thousands of songs to be played in your podcast.

Or you can download it here: mp3 format

Software Spotlight: GMail

While not as traditional a piece of software, GMail is a piece of web-based software which I use probably more than any other service or software that comes across my plate.

Before there was GMail in my life, I was using Hotmail as my main email account. If you’ve ever used Hotmail, you probably won’t have to stretch your mind too far to see why I made the switch to the speed, ease of use and giant storage capacity that GMail offers.

When GMail was on an invite-only basis during its early beta phase, I was lucky enough to find an online friend who extended me an invite. In those days, GMail had a storage capacity of 1Gb, which was outrageous, as Hotmail only offered a few hundred Mb.

When I began using GMail, I had no idea how far it would become ingrained in my everyday life. I currently use 12 email addresses (hosted sites, professional addresses, etc.) and GMail takes care of receiving and sending from each of those addresses with ease. Not only is GMail a service for a new email address, but it is also a fully featured email client, offering support for remote email addresses through IMAP, POP3 and forwarding.

The best thing that I’ve found about email, aside from the near-perfect spam filtering, is that I never have to delete anything. I have email ranging all the way back from my initial creation of my account, and I am still only using 5% of the 7.2Gb of available storage.

Along with never having to delete anything, there is instant search. As fast as you can type in a keyword and hit “Search Mail” you have results from the thousands of emails right at your fingertips. This makes finding that one email with the login information for that obscure site you signed up for 6 months ago and forgot the password to as easy as possible.

With features like labels, which apply a folder-like structure to emails according to criteria which you set (both past and future emails), you can use this for every piece of your online life.

I truly could not get anything done without my GMail accounts. If you have never made the leap to using GMail, I invite you now to give it a go. Signing up for a GMail account gives you access to all of Google’s wonderful web-based software suites, such as Notebook, Calendar, Docs, and so much more.