What apps I’m using on my iPhone

July 31, 2009 at 2:21 pm (Technology) (, )

Occasionally I like to post these because there are so many AWESOME apps on the iPhone, and hard to keep up with all of them. I just got my 3GS and I’m back up and running, and here’s what I’ve been using.  I’m also cheap, so these are all free.

  • fring – If you’re looking for push notification for Skype, AIM, GTalk, ICQ, Yahoo or AIM this is it. Unfortunately the twitter support will push ALL mesages to the phone and as far as I can tell that is the only option in fring. I’ve also been playing with the SIP support for Gizmo5 and Google Voice.
  • Chess with Friends and Words with Friends – These 2 apps support multiplayer chess and scrabble, enough said. My username is doctorsound.
  • Bump – Transfer contact info between two bump users via a fist bump. I wish more people had this set up already…
  • World War – I’m again addicted to another unimaginative MMO iPhone app, this one focused around the military. my ‘alliance’ code is J8YDEB
  • Cube – First Person Shooter for the iPhone, seems to be kinda buggy. It’s got a lot of potential, especially with better Multiplayer capabilities.

What are some apps that have caught your attention?

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Recieve Google Voice calls via PC

July 30, 2009 at 10:36 pm (Technology) (, , )

EDIT: Gizmo5 registration is closed as of now, so this process is no longer valid.

So if you’re like me and always looking for a new way to nerd out, you’ve  already gotten your Google Voice number and are asking, now what? Personally, I’ve been wanting to take my Google Voice calls on my computer. I’m also cheap, so I wanted to receive my Google Voice calls for FREE. Here’s how, because most guides online are quite more complicated than they need to be, or not complete.

Please note, I am not an expert in IP Telephony, so YMMV and use at your own risk. I’ll be able glad to help as much as I can if you run into anything.

1.) Get a Google Voice invite. This is probably the hardest part seeing that it is still invite only.

2.) Go to Gizmo5 and create an account. Pay attention to the SIP phone account they assign you (It’ll look like 1747xxxxxxx), you’ll need it in a second.

3.) While in your new Gizmo5 account click the “My” tab on the top right. One of the top section is used to connect your Gizmo5 number to Google Voice, enter the info and save.

4.) Download SIP Communicator and install. It will prompt you to add your information under the SIP account (Top Left account). Add you SIP information as ‘1747xxxxxxx@proxy01.sipphone.com’ placing your number you got on the last step and your Gizmo5 password.

5.) Head back to Google Voice, and bring up your settings and add a new forwarding phone, choose it as a Gizmo5 and add your 747 number. Receive the confirmation call in SIP Communicator and enter the verification code (To bring up the dial pad, press the icon in the bottom left corner, that looks like a circle).

6.) You now can receive calls on your desktop when someone calls your Google Voice!

Please note that I’ve seen info change on this daily it seems, mainly on the length of received calls through Gizmo5, but the most recent I’ve seen it’s unlimited incoming.

This is just the tip of the iceberg of what Google Voice can offer, and there will be many more things to come.

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Blogging from my iPhone

April 23, 2009 at 9:36 pm (Technology) (, )

Finally figured out my password issue trying to log onto wordpress. Anyway, the wordpress app is awesome. It’s definately not fully featured, but great for on the go. If you use worspress and have an iPhone I definately suggest you check it out. That is all.

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What I’m playing on my iPhone

April 14, 2009 at 11:03 pm (Technology) ()

I’ve been pretty addicted to a couple of multiplayer iPhone games recently, mainly Mafia Wars, which in part revolves around adding members to your gang. It’s a great passive game, so check it out, and add me, my ID is 8304192006. For the record, I also love Race Wars, iMafia and Ninjas, but I don’t need to whore myself out online to get “crew”. If you play, add me and add your ID below and I’ll add it too, but note, I don’t play any of the facebook ones.

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NoSleepHD protects my sanity

March 9, 2009 at 7:54 pm (Technology) (, , , )

NoSleepHD is an windows utility that stops your external hard drive from going to sleep. Windows by default will put to sleep external devices to save energy and such. The problem I have is when my external decides to wind up, which can be at any given time, gives me some terrible audio feedback on my speakers. So, until I get that problem fixed (Most likely convert to all digital audio) this will do. Also people who need the performance perks of having a external that is ready to go will also find use in this program. It’s pretty straightforward, free and you can download it here.

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IMHO: Bold vs. iPhone

February 28, 2009 at 1:39 pm (Technology) (, , , , )

Let me start by saying a couple things. First, this is by no means an in depth review of either, and all information is ‘as is’ and is subject to truthfulness and change and in no way is a representation of either AT&T, Apple or Blackberry. Second, I know this is about 4 months too late, but I’ve now had enough time with both to find all the quirks. Lastly, I love both of these phones. They are hands down 2 of the best phones you can buy via carriers today. Do not mistake my criticisms for fanboyism for either product.

1st up, the crowd favorite, the iPhone:

Pros:

  • App store: If there is one thing that I miss the most about the iPhone, it’s the app store.
  • Touch screen: Now, I haven’t had a lot of face time with the big competitor on this one, The Storm, but it is hands down better than any other touch screen phone I’ve handled.
  • Texting: Full keyboard, auto correct, threaded text that is so simple and easy I can do it one handed. drunk. in a windstorm. with a chimpanzee on my back beating my skull in. You get the point.
  • Accessorize: There are more cases available for the iPhone than you can shake a stick at, plus many more cool accessories.
  • Email: It looks pretty, full html email support is awesome, especially if you actually want to read those emails newegg.com sends you.

Cons:

  • Everything already stated by everyone criticizing the iPhone: mms, copy/paste, background tasks, video, etc…
  • Email support sucks: It does. It’s pretty (above), but between the pain in the ass setup process and limited support. Have you tried to set up a charter.net email on an iPhone? Don’t bother.
  • No insurance: I couldn’t trust myself with that thing.
  • No Turn by turn GPS: Or traffic rerouting for that matter. I think there is big money to be made here.

The Underdog (Blackberry Bold)

Pros:

  • PUSH. EMAIL. SUPPORT.: For everyone, any email service. end of story.
  • Solid keyboard: I’m pretty picky about my keyboards now, the Bold is definitely hands down the best physical keyboard. When you pick it up and start slamming out some text, you’ll notice the difference.
  • Less app restrictions: Less restrictive API and no manufacturing blessing necessary. Opera mini and Youmail are my two favorite apps, which will never be available on the iPhone if things stay the way they are.

Cons:

  • Coolness: Definitely less cool than the iPhone. Yes I am that vain and self centered.
  • Leather Back: While it looks classy, mine is already all torn up.

Either way, you’re getting an awesome phone, and do recommend both, you just need to decide what is important to you. What phones do you guys recommend?

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Doctorsound now on Qik!

February 9, 2009 at 12:22 am (Technology) (, , )

Can I post a Qik video on WordPress? Well not easily, but you can link your Qik account and have it automatically upload it to youtube, which you CAN embed on wordpress.com.

I think I’ll do some more Qik videos soon, should be fun. After I took this I realized the follies of Qik on a phone, namely the constant downward shots, I’m pretty sure you guys didn’t want to see my dashboard the whole video.

I’ll run in the WRX again soon, maybe I’ll get a phone mount so I don’t have to hold it, kind of hard to shoot and shift. If you haven’t seen the car pics on facebook, check ’em out. Also, there’s a couple facebook apps that you can post youtube videos into your news feed. Unfortunately, I haven’t found one that does it automatically though. Video Below.

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Youmail, Voicemail on steroids

February 7, 2009 at 12:02 pm (Products, Technology) (, )

I recently started using youmail for my voicemail, and I have to say, it is AWESOME! Essentially it’s voicemail on steroids. There are a lot of cool features that definitely enhance how I use my phone. It’s VERY easy to setup, and they lead you through the whole process (With pictures!).

First off it you can listen to your voicemail from any computer, pretty nice if you loose your phone, and you can receive voicmail updates via email and text. They call this “Visual Voicemail”, but if you’ve used an iPhone, it’s just not the same. But wait, there’s more! If you have a blackberry, you CAN have visual voicemail like on the iPhone! The Youmail program does the exact same function of the iPhone visual voicemail. It’s not perfect yet, but it’s getting there. All of this is FREE too, can’t beat that!

Youmail also offers a transcriber service as well, at reasonable prices. If someone leaves you a voicemail, within 10 mins you get an email with a transcription of their message! I signed up, just to see how well it worked, 5 out of the 5 messages I got were spot on, the 6th was close enough.

There are a couple other cool features such as, ability to import contacts, set assigned voicemail to certain people and block calls (Or assign them a voicmail that states the phone has been disconnected!). My phone is for business and personal use, so I’ll setting my friends for a more personal greeting, and my work contacts can have something a little more formal.

There is some room for improvement, mainly the phone application support. The blackberry should definitely be able to recieve a push notification from youmail, and alert you that you have a voicmail via audio and vibration, without having to have a text sent to you. Hopefully they’re working on this, as well as more supported phones. Also the transcription service sometimes takes up to 15 mins on high quality. Youmail still seems like it needs some work before it can go mainstream, but it’s definately worth checking out if you can benefit from it’s features! Below are some pictures of the service, unfortunately I don’t have a picture of the visual voicmail app though. 😦

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My bandwidth

February 3, 2009 at 11:04 pm (Rants, Technology) (, )

My bandwidth usage for the month of January

My bandwidth usage for the month of January

Yes, I know, it’s not as much as some, but 23 GB is a ton of data for not doing terribly too much. I downloaded BWMeter from their site. It’s free for the 1st 30 days, and it’s pretty interesting. It’s designed more for enterprise setups, but works fine for personal usage.

The main reason I did this was to see if I could stay under the 5GB threshold of most aircards today. The major players have all instituted these “caps” to decrease the amount of users that purchase aircards to replace home Internet connections. If you were just using it for email and light browsing, it wouldn’t be a problem, but the second you open a torrent (legal ones of course) that 5GB would be out the window. Also, satellite providers, like wildblue, also have caps (Their highest being 17GB) that I would also exceed. Hopefully I never move somewhere I can’t get DSL…

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How to simplify your life with Google Reader

January 26, 2009 at 12:40 am (Technology) (, , )

rss_logoSo, I’m a pretty techie guy, but until a couple weeks ago, I hadn’t set up Google Reader. For those who don’t know the concept of an RSS reader, it’s simple. Websites (especially blogs) have what’s referred to as a feed (Indicated by the logo to the left). You can subscribe to these feeds with a feed reader and get all the updates at one source. So if you have a couple websites that you check daily (or more), you add them to your reader, and it’s a personalized news feed! I’d say it cuts my morning waste time on the computer routine down quite a lot. It’s pretty easy to set up, and again, I’ll hold your hand!

google-reader11.) Pick a reader, I’ll be using Google Reader. It’s pretty straightforward and I can use it at work. Point your browser to reader.google.com and login (or create a google account). This will bring up your reader page, right now it should be blank (with an intro video)

icanhasrssfeed12.) Head to your favorite website, and play a little game called spot the reader. Some websites it’s pretty obvious, others you have to do some poking around. We’ll use icancheezburger. The RSS feed logo is always an indicator, but some websites just say the words “Feed” or “RSS”, but they will do the same thing. Mine says “Entries RSS” on the bottommost section of the right side toolbar.

readers23.) Most websites will prompt you to add the feed to a reader, you’ll click google, or whichever reader you use. Then click “Add to google reader”. This should bring you back to your reader, where you can now always catch the most recent cats with poor grammar(Not that I’m much better)

There’s really not to much more to it, as you find more interesting websites (Like my blog, hint hint) add it to your reader, so you can always stay on top of things! Just try not to spend ALL day looking at cat pictures!

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