G1 and Google Wish List

Now that I have the phone for 3 months, here is my updated wish list for both the phone and other Google products I use (or want to use) on the phone. Funny how I broke the RC33 update news to the G1 world at large, yet I’m still waiting for my RC33 update. How cruel is that?

Anyway, here are some things I wish my G1 could do. I’ll categorize these as no-brainers and seem like they are doable and ones that might not be doable (just my own non-technical opinion).

  1. Save attachments (txt, doc, exl, pdf) from Gmail. Or from links on the web. At least with RC33, you can now save from MMS. But why not from Gmail or the web?
  2. Read those said attachments. Or better yet edit them too. A nice doc viewer and/or editor. Hopefully this will come in the form of an app soon.
  3. Allow for create/write/edit access to Google Docs. This one blows me away.
  4. Whether this resides on the phone on in Gmail, there needs to be a better contact manager to find dupes, merge contacts, etc.
  5. Integration of Google Bookmarks. I HATE saving multiple versions of bookmarks. I like to have everything in one place, all synced, and seamless. This goes for Chrome too.
  6. Fix to Calendar where you can edit recurring events.  Right now, you have to edit recurring events in the browser. The app crashes…
  7. Let the mobile version of Picasa see more than 100 images. Right now, you can only see the first 100 images per album.
  8. This is not so much the G1, but Google and Google Calendar. Fix iCal fetching already. I’ve been following the bug for months and months. If fixed, it can show an iCal synced calendar nice and seamlessly in the Calendar app.
  9. Integrate Tasks with Google Calendar, not just Gmail. Again for seamless integration.

Here are other items I wish for, which I don’t know if they are doable or not.

  1. Better camera software. I’ve yet to take a non-blurry pic.
  2. Better battery life. Oh heavy use days, I need to recharge this thing a few times. I have to carry a charger, plus keep one in the car, at all times.
  3. A gotomypc like app. So I can access files on my pc from the phone.

Come on Google, get these done!

I broke some G1 News (RC33 Update)

No I didn’t get a chance to enjoy any minute of fame. But I’ll gladly brag that I broke news that the T-Mobile G1 aka Google phone put out an update–RC33.

I had noticed that my wife’s phone was getting an update last night. Could it be the long awaited “cupcake” I asked myself. After firing it up afterwards, there was nothing different to write home about.

So I posted to the t-mobile forum. Barely legible since I was posting from the phone. The forum acts up when posting from the phone.

I guess the whole cupcake rumor/no rumor thing has everyone skeptical, because readers demanded a screen shot. After about 5 attempts at a non-blurry shot, I posted this:

Here is where I broke the news:

See some people REFUSE to believe it, even after I posted a screen shot.

Here a Google related blog didn’t believe it at first:

Updated G1 App Rundown

This post will be a long one. Some time has passed since my last review. Here is what I have installed and how I rate them. These are apps in the Android Market, not the ones that come preprogrammed on the G1. Assume what’s not installed either 1) a duplicate of one I have installed, 2) terrible and has been uninstalled, or 3) doesn’t interest me.

AK Notepad
Simple note taker. Something like this should be included. Don’t like that it doesn’t have a “traditional” save or save as.

Simple FTP client. I really haven’t used it much. Or have a great need for it. If there was a html/text editor on the market, I guess I can use it to edit my websites. I kicked the tires on it, and it seems to work fine.

Any Cut
Used to create shortcuts. Pretty cool app and easy to use. For example I created a desktop icon/shortcut to call my house. And another one to open the browser straight to google reader. I like simple conveniences. This helps make conveniences conveniently.

Love this app. It tracks all installed apps on the phone, and searches the market to see if there are updated versions. If there is an update, it links right to the new version to install. Before this, it was a pain in the neck to search each app one by one.

Tip calculator. Does what it’s supposed to do.

A little clunky UI, bit it helps manage bookmarks. Another feature that should be built in, but oh well. It helps overcome the phone’s shortcoming.

Played a few times. What can I say, it’s chess.

Countdown Alarm
Pretty self explanatory. No more burnt Ellios pizzas for me!

Free Dictionary Org
Another no brainier. I used it once. And only once. Worked though. So I like it.

Simple txt editor. One one problem though. It won’t save. Perhaps it’s a bug. I’ll hold on to it for a while to see if the bug is ever fixed. Or until someone comes out with one that works. I like saving txt files over what AK Notepad has to offer. Only if it works…

Turns your phone into a remote for the media on your computer. Lousy UI. I’m holding on to this until they either polish it up or something better comes out. It’s also a PITA that the phone has to be connected to the same wireless network as the computer. ‘Cause most of the time I don’t know what each is connected to.

GPS Tracker
This is pretty sick. Sick as in good sick. When GPS is activated on the phone, you can track my every move!

Here I Am
This is pretty cool too. Same idea as GPS tracker, only you can e-mail or text the coordinates to anyone. That opens up a Google map with your location. I guess it can come in handy if you are lost in God knows where and you need to explain where you are to someone.

Copied and pasted from my last app update: Streaming music based on favorites. I like it so far, I just need to play with it more and add more favorites.
I guess the downfall is the UI, or else I’d use it much more. Also, you can only skip 6 songs in a given time, so that’s a drawback.

Another streaming music app based on favorites. Picks up where imeem leaves off in terms of UI and unlimited skipping of songs. Only thing, it has some critical bugs to work out. It doesn’t play in the background (unless the app is open). That’s pretty stupid. It also hasn’t been saving any of the songs I “loved,” costing me 2 hours of my life on the weekend. It they work these things out, I’ll be ditching imeem for this.

OI File Manager
Simple file manager. Chalk it up to another feature that should have come with the phone. At lease all of these apps are free for now.

Pretty cool add on that lets you sent to Picasa straight from the picture viewer.

Lets you add captions and other cool things to pictures. I’ll probably never use it. I guess I want to be cool, so I’ll leave it on.

I actually just uninstalled this one since it appears Picasa mobile web version now lets you view all pics. There used to be a 50 or so pic limit per album. It was good while it lasted. It lets you interact with your Picasa albums.

I guess the novelty wore off since my last post. A basic on screen keyboard which allows you to save milliseconds of life and time by enabling you to do Google searches without having to open the keypad.

Basically wikipedia reformatted for the screensize. I realize how much I don’t use wikipedia since I used this once just to check it out. Good if you use wikipedia though.

Quote Pro
Stock quotes. Nice interface. I can see how much my 401k isn’t worth anymore.

Haven’t used and probably never will. I’m happy with the funky default ringtone. Another app to make me look cool I guss.

Save MMS
Lets you save text message attachments. Another app that should come standard. Pretty useful given the phone’s lack of ability.

“Live” sports scoreboard, which allows you to track your favorite teams (nfl, mlb, nhl, nba, et al). It’s also supposed to send you an alert whenever there is a score change during one of your favorite teams’ games. For some reason, for me it’s always late and I don’t get the alerts. I’ll hold for bug updates as this has potential.

Scrambled Net
Cool game.

Identifies music playing (on the radio for instance), then lets you tag it, buy it, and/or look up artist. I’ve actually used it, so it’s not just to make me look cool!

Lets you scan a barcode of a product, then gives you comparitive pricing in the area. Good for an unsavvy shopper like myself. I haven’t needed it yet though.

Just your basic solitaire games.

Yes, I’ve used this several times to see how fast I can tap start then stop. I don’t know how much faster you can get than 00:00.1!

System Monitor
I hate that memory numbers this shows doesn’t match up with what the default phone dialog shows. It might be on my soon to kill list.

Text Easy
Never used, but can come in handy for texting multiple contacts. I don’t text much, if you can’t tell.

The Weather Channel
Easier than looking out the window or opening the door to see what it’s doing outside.

Toggle Settings
Eliminates the PITA of having to navigate through settings to do basic things like turn on/off wifi, gps, ringer modes, ets. You can manage all of that stuff on one simple screen.

Video Player
Haven’t used, but it might be ok I guess.

Voice Recorder
I should probably use this more to capture thoughts. Simple to use, save, and send.

I know where everything is already. Probably good if I ever traveled more.
I need a break now.

Credit – A Pyramid Scheme?

The economic slump we’re in got me thinking about credit. Something really bugs me. At some point the amount of used credit out there will exceed (if it hasn’t already) the amount of money there will ever be.

When there are record sales years, is that really good for the economy on the whole if the sales were mostly on credit? It’s kind of just shifting a burden. Kind of like a pyramid scheme.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not against loans and credit. As long as they are wise investments, like a home, education, or other things that have potential to return more than the value of the loan and interest.

I’d like to learn more about this. Where is there a politically unbiased economist when you need them?

Economic Stimilus

I think the key to the economic stimulus is to invest in things that will return more than the investment. I don’t want to “create jobs” if the jobs are doing meaningless things. I don’t want to build roads if the roads won’t noticeably help modernization and productivity.

Good speech, right? The how and what are the million dollar questions. Alternative energy is a must, but that might be too long term. What to do?

Raspberry Beer?

Or raspberry wheat brew? I have to say, I was skeptical. I got a beer gift pack/sampler for Christmas and this poor lonely bottle went untouched. Out of curiosity, I cracked the bad boy open tonight. Expecting to take just one sip, I was pleasantly surprised. It was great, actually. The raspberry taste was faint. And the beer was light and smooth. Now I have to find this Purple Haze stuff around here:

Do as I say, not as I…. say

What the heck is the purpose of an executive order if Obama turns around a few days later and goes against his very own order? That’s exactly what happened, and it’s absolutely baffling.

Obama’s ethics rule in his own words:
…represents a clean break from business as usual. As of today, lobbyists will be subject to stricter limits than under any uh under any other administration in history. If you are a lobbyist entering my administration you will not be able to work on matters you lobbied on or in the agencies you lobbied during the previous two years.


Wait, not so fast.

The Obama administration has given an ethics waiver for Bill Lynn, a Defense Department nominee who is a former lobbyist.


Why this is worse than your Treasury Secretary not paying all of his taxes.

This isn’t change! It’s MORE of the same.

Tech Fanboys, Workarounds, and Lay Users

Is it too much to expect things to work correctly? I’m often aggravated to no end over technology that’s almost there, but not quite. I blow my lid when I visit support forums, where people are cool with the bugs and where people offer workarounds as solutions.

Case in point… For over a year I had Google alerts set up to search for terms, then e-mail my Gmail, which I had set up a filter to send to my work e-mail. I had the rule for said alerts set so it forwarded the e-mail, then deleted it. Nice and clean. Then suddenly in November or so, it stopped working. I didn’t find this out for a while until I noticed I stopped getting the alerts. So I visit Goolge’s help forums. Many others had the same problem and were as frustrated with this as I was. This is where the tech Google fanboys dismissed this as not a bug (working correctly). And the “solution” is to take out the delete part of the rule. Um, NO, this is not a solution. It WAS working. Now it’s NOT working.

I see this more and more. Which brings me to the lay user, which is me. I’m not going to hack into registry files and what not to fix stuff that shouldn’t be broken. The SOLUTION is never a workaround. Especially complicated ones. If the thing isn’t working right, fix the damn thing.

That concludes my rant of the day.

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