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Want to post to your blog using your Android phone? Use what I'm using right now! If you have a Blogger page from Google as I do then check out the awesome app called Blogger-droid. This apparently makes it simple to keep your blogs up-to-date with all your latest news and ideas. Check it out...grab it from the Android Market!
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
PrinterShare Mobile is a mobile printing solution that allows you to print almost anywhere there is a networked printer. This includes “shared” printers on a PC/Mac. Print via Wi-Fi, bluetooth, bonjour, and even over the Internet! PrinterShare features “Nearby Printing” which will allow you to scan the local network for available printers and print to them. No need to load drivers or additional software. You can print to Wi-Fi printers on the local area network (LAN) as well as printers that are connected to a computer and shared via Bonjour. If you happen to be away from a LAN and still need to print something you can use Remote Printing. For Remote Printing over the Internet, you need to either log in with your existing account or create new one right from your phone...no worries...it’s free. Next you need to find and select the printer you want to print your document to. The computer connected to the printer needs to have the PrinterShare software installed. It’s a quick and easy download. If you intend to print to your own printer, you should install the computer software first, create an account, share the printer(s) and then use the same account on your smartphone (Android or iPhone) to login. This way you will see your shared printers automatically. You can also look for printers shared by others.
I’ve been using PrinterShare for a little over 3 weeks now and I’ve found it to be very handy. I even upgraded to the premium version ($4.95) for the extra features. There is a free version, but trust me, if you get hooked it’s worth the money to upgrade. Recently I was out of the classroom for a day attending a funeral. I do my sub plans on Google Docs Spreadsheet. I had forgotten to leave my sub plans prior to leaving and thus my substitute teacher would have had a difficult time figuring out what to do. No problem. The moment I realized what had happened I pulled over to the side of the road and printed my sub plans to both my computer lab printer and the printer in the main office. I then called the office and let them know. Problem solved. Sure...I probably could have emailed them, but printing was easier and more direct...after all, that’s what they needed in the end.
Prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, my son made the local high school varsity basketball team (as a sophomore). He was excited and telling Grampa all about his upcoming schedule. While we were at my fathers house for Thanksgiving, I simply turned on printer sharing on his PC and printed the schedule right from my phone. Handy!
Go ahead and check out PrinterShare for your Android phone or your iPhone. Learn more here: http://www.printeranywhere.com/mobile.sdf or grab it from the App Store (market). Let us know of any great uses you find for PrinterShare in the comments! Enjoy!
Monday, November 29, 2010
I downloaded My Tracks after stumbling across it on the Internet while searching for cool Android apps for my new phone. It also happened to be the beginning of hunting season for me so I had a great opportunity to test it out. After loading “My Tracks” I fired up the GPS on my phone and headed out for a day of hunting. Before long (and this is typical for me) I was way out in the woods and not entirely sure where I was in relation to everything else. Remember...there is a BIG difference between being lost and simply not knowing where you are. I simply wasn’t sure where I was. So...I hauled out my phone...opened up the “My Tracks” screen which had already been recording my “walk in the woods”...and voila! There I was. Since “My Tracks” is a Google product which integrates with Google Maps, the software allows you to use either the traditional maps layer or you can also use the satellite layer. Since I was using the satellite layer I was able to quickly tell where I was in relation to everything else and therefore, point myself in a better direction to get to where I needed to be. As with Google Maps, you can zoom in and out to get a better look at your surroundings.
When the day was done, I was able to share my map with others. I had been hunting with my father, son, and some family friends. Before heading out we each had our “routes” and had intended to keep the person next to us in sight. As usual, that quickly dissolved into several people wandering alone in the woods as we become separated while finding easier places to walk or get into heavy underbrush which limits our visibility. Sure enough, a couple of hours later I had no idea where anyone else was much less myself. In fact, on the map below you can see my little “course correction”. When my father asked, “Where were you?” I was able to quickly show him on my phone exactly where I walked, but not only that, I also was able to upload my “Tracks” to Google Maps to share with him later. “My Tracks” will calculate distance, elevation change, and even the time and speed.
If you are hiking, biking, sightseeing, hunting or whatever, you may find Google’s “My Tracks” to be a very useful piece of software. I wish I’d had it when I made my 600 mile weekend motorcycle trip around Maine in mid-October...oh well. It would have been nice to be able to show my friends everywhere I went. As soon as spring hits, I plan to use “My Tracks” quite a bit to keep track of my adventures on the road! Visit the “My Tracks” site (http://mytracks.appspot.com/) or grab the application from the App Market on your phone. It’s VERY cool and you’ll find many interesting ways to use it. Be sure to share your discoveries in the comments...have fun!
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Sunday, November 28, 2010
I've been a cellphone user since the earliest days of the cellular phone technology. I started with a very large bag phone from a company called Unicel and through the years I've had many phones ranging from the bag phones to flip phones and eventually some pretty small "smarter" phones with cameras and so forth. As the years have progressed, my cellphone has morphed from being strictly a communication device to use in emergencies to a device that served as my digital hub. I sent photos, texts, inquired about movie times, fetched sports scores, and occasionally made a phone call. Through all of that though, I've never had a true "smartphone". Yes, I've had Palm Pilots, PDA's, and even a Nokia N800, but never a true smartphone.
What I haven't mentioned up to now is that my digital life is very much tethered to Google and its various applications. I use Gmail almost exclusively. I have hundreds of documents on Google Docs, hundreds of contacts in Google Contacts as well as Google Voice, and my life is scheduled on Google Calendar. I even have an extensive photo library on Picasa. Given that Android is a Google creation for the most part, I was happy to see how easily my digital life integrated with my new phone. My contacts, emails, appointments, and even pictures...just showed up. That's pretty cool. Now my life is easy to access...from anywhere. I like that.
Over the next few days and weeks I'll be posting more of my adventures with my Android phone. I chose the Samsung Fascinate, but that are MANY Android devices now on the market. I'll be primarily addressing Android as an OS as opposed to any specific phone. If you are a lucky owner of an Android device I hope you'll follow along and join me on my adventure...if you don't have an Android device then come along and learn more about them! See you soon!
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Ok...I'll admit, it's been a long time since I've posted to this blog. I'm working to change that. Starting today (actually in a few minutes) I've going to "endeavor" to post daily. I'm sorry for letting this all slide...my life has been turned upside-down recently, but now I'm really trying to "refocus" my energies back to where they belong...so...here goes...
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sockso is, without a doubt, one of the simplest music servers you'll ever have the pleasure of using. Need to share your music with others? Want to be able to access your music library from anywhere? Need to serve up that special reading program CD to your kindergarten classrooms so they can listen to it anytime they want without using a several hundred dollar computer as a CD player? Check out Sockso!
I use Sockso for the last scenario I described....to serve up our Reading Program CD's to our K-2 students...particularly the kindergarten classrooms. This year I decided that I was spending way too much time trying to make the thin-clients in their classrooms into very expensive CD players. So, I decided it would be best to simply rip the CD's and serve the music over our school network. I set out to find a music server to handle the task. I was fully expecting to put some time and effort into it, but was very happy when I stumbled across Sockso. I had my first Sockso server up and running on my own machine in less than 2 minutes. Check out the screenshots below...try it for yourself! (click for larger images)
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
OpenOffice is an awesome free and open source office suite that is a great replacement for other more expensive and proprietary office suites. OpenOffice is being downloaded as well as shipped with many new computers every day! Wanna' learn more about using OpenOffice? Maybe there's a feature you're not sure about? Check out some of the great online tutorials. LearnOpenOffice.org is a excellent and well-organized site with both Flash and HTML based tutorials for all the different parts of OpenOffice. Another great resource is a site called "Tutorials for OpenOffice". Tutorials for OpenOffice includes several tutorials covering all aspects of OpenOffice as well as a section for teachers. Definitely check out these detailed lessons! Last, but not least, check out the tutorials at OpenOffice.org. There are several tutorials in various formats.
Tutorials for OpenOffice
Don't have OpenOffice? OpenOffice is available for Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows. Visit OpenOffice for more information and downloads.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
This is done using either a special camera lens (one with tilt capability), or with software, instead of a special lens. These photos are sometimes called "fake" miniatures, because they are pictures of real-life scenes.
For more information on tilt-shift photography, see the Wikipedia article Tilt-shift photography.
Check out some of my samples below!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Picasa for Mac: Free download from Google
Saturday, December 27, 2008
To download some great LOUD and obnoxious ringtones...Click HERE
Friday, December 26, 2008
Ok, you know who you are. The geek of the family. The one everyone goes to for tech support during family visits back home. C'mon, you know it's true. Secretly...you know you love it too! It's nice to fill a need.
A little preparation can go a long way when getting ready to support your relatives and their new tech gifts or long overdue computer maintenance. Let's take a look at some easy things you can do to get ready...
Enjoy the holidays and enjoy your moment in the spotlight with your family :-) Geek On!