One of the primary missions of getting a tablet was to replace my stack of books with something I could take with me. I travel a lot and having access to different topics was important to me. Primarily I read news via RSS feeds so I do not subscribe to magazines. I do, however, read huge amounts of literature. Thus, the original quest was to buy a Nook or Kindle. With the gTab I have the best of all worlds and much more at my fingertips. ↓ Read the rest of this entry…
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The biggest problem I found was no one knows how to sync Outlook Calendars and Contacts. Here is the answer:
Google Calendar Sync. I did this first – NO PROBLEM.
You have to read this article — gives great ideas. PC World Tips on Android.
Our company uses Lotus Notes and I installed the Lotus Notes traveler. All is working great.
My wife gave me a great new tablet computer for father’s day. Check it out here. I think this thing is an iPad killer, but it is horribly lame with the software installed from Viewsonic. When I first turned it on I was blown away – the regular Android software was running. Then a firmware update took place and I was left with Viewsonic’s “Touch n Tap.” I had already decided I was going to “root” the device and flash a new Rom. There are choices: TNT, Cyanogenmod, CreativeEyes, Mountain Laurel and the list goes on.
Feeling good, but nervous I prepped for the flashing upon arrival. This web site – www.raywaldo.com taught me everything I needed to know. There are several steps:
1) Determine your firmware
2) Install ClockworkMod
3) Flash the new OS
It took me less than 30 minutes.
Coming from the iPhone world I have had some other challenges. What apps to install? How does this thing work? Etc.
I did the following:
1) Installed the equivalent from the Android Market of apps I use on my iPhone
2) I installed Adobe Acrobat
3) I went with Documents to Go for Droid so I could truly edit word documents
4) I found some SQL Server console programs
5) I installed Angrybirds – of course!
6) I got a live desktop that looks like a fish tank – WOW!
7) My Kindle account is installed
I discovered I have 5 screens with which to work and am continuing to navigate. I will share more as I do more, but wanted to document my experience.
Last week I wrote about how I was learning to exploit more value from my iPod. Today is an unintended part II to that article.
Everyday I read about 15-20 web sites, a lot of blogs and news. There are some authors like James Howard Kunstler that I don’t visit that often. Thus, I miss his weekly blog. Additionally, a friend of mine just started a new column and instead of waiting for an email I wanted to get the updates immediately. Lastly, I want to read this on my iPod Touch (or iPhone or iPad as appropriate). Even this blog has RSS feeds, but I had no idea how to use them.
With a little work this morning I have once again overwhelmed myself with information and news, but I can manage it much better. Far far easier than visiting web sites everyday.
Here is what you need to do:
1) Select a reader. Quite honestly, Google Reader is intuitive and easy. If you already have a blogspot account, gmail, or another google service you can log in with your existing password and username.
2) Subscribe to fees. The easiest way to do this is go to the web site you desire and look for the “RSS” button. One of two things will happen:
a) You will see a list of possible readers. Pick the Google button and the web site will take you back to your google reader account. Accept the subscription.
b) Alternatively, you will find yourself on a page that most likely is the web address and has /feed/ in the title. Copy this address from the index bar (highlight the web address and press ctrl+c). Return to the google reader account window. Push the “Add subscription” button and paste the link.
Now you have a reader and feeds. Depending on how you use your PC will impact how often you read and see the updated news. No more visiting various web sites!
3) iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad – I have an iPod Touch and read news every day. I found a great application called “Reeder”. Visit the Apple iTunes store and download this program. It costs $2.99 and is easy to use. There are other iPhone apps, but I downloaded this and it linked to my google reader account effortlessly. I see each feed as a folder heading and can read through the news.