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Experiences in using the Kindle
So some initial experiences in working with the Kindle..... I don't read many novels and, if you borrow heavily from a library, then this isn't for you....

posted on: Thu, 20 Jan 2011 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

Main Apps for Android
Following on from yesterday's post, here's a list of other apps I've installed on Android: Quick Office: free version fine for opening and editing office documents K9 Mail: open-source email client based upon upon the stock Mail application....

posted on: Mon, 17 Jan 2011 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Core Android Apps
Having spent a month using Android 2.1 Eclair in anger and now having flashed the new Froyo 2.2 ROM on to my San Francisco I can safely say that I have a core set of apps that are designed to set the phone up as I want it....

posted on: Sun, 16 Jan 2011 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Kindling.... e-book readers
In addition to the new Droid phone, a Kindle was sat waiting in my stocking at Christmas. I've kept half an eye on the ebook reader market since it started up, but not being an avid reader of novels it has interested me less....

posted on: Fri, 14 Jan 2011 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Froyo on the San Francisco
Following on from my earlier post I finally plumped for installing Android 2.2 Froyo on my San Francisco (I went for FLB-Froyo G2 for ZTE Blade r6). There is a very good listing of ROMs available and whilst 2.2 has been installable for some months now, this has been based upon a 2.1 kernel which has created some problems. With ZTEs continued rollout of the Blade around the world, 2.2 now comes as standard and with that came the release of the source code for the kernel. This has been inserted in to current stable 2.2 ROMs to give a "real" unofficial 2.2 release. Well worth the wait, although if I stumped up the cash and bought a Nexus then Google would do all the hard graft for me!!

posted on: Thu, 13 Jan 2011 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

A real enthusiast?
Now if I was a real swype enthusiast I would have written the last blog entry using swype. Of course I didn't so I thought I'd better take the opportunity to do it this time. Ok its not as fast as typing it using a keyboard but I sure as heck wouldn't have written this using standard keyboard entry on the phone. It really is thumbs up and will be interesting to see how much it costs when it finally is released into Marketplace.

posted on: Wed, 12 Jan 2011 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Start swypeing
Anyone with a touchscreen smartphone will know the pain of pecking away at the screen trying to written a txt message or email....

posted on: Wed, 12 Jan 2011 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

This is a test blog from my android phone.


posted on: Wed, 12 Jan 2011 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Flashing your Droid ROM
I won't pretend to be an expert on the Android OS, but if you really do know what you are doing then it is relatively easy to entirely change the OS currently running....

posted on: Mon, 03 Jan 2011 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry