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Best Technology of 2010?
December 29, 2010
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MrsGeek
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For our Geeks on Tour December Newsletter, I'm writing an article about the most significant technology in Jim's and my life this year.  The winners are:

  1. Droid
  2. Gmail and Google Calendar
  3. WordPress
  4. Streets and Trips Megafile

What about you?  What technology items did you fall in love with this year?  What are your 'must-have' and 'can't-live-without' items?

December 29, 2010
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Best technology – Ok here goes.

1.Without a doubt our Droid 2 verizon phones. I'm amazed how much I can do with it. Still learning but I gave up my air card.

2.New Garmin GPS 1490. Free map updates. Love the way it shows what lane to be in for turns. Large screen easy to see

3. Asus laptop with windows 7.

 

All I can say is Jim and Chris really help us spend money since I love all gadgets.

Whats coming for 2011?

 

JeanSmile

December 31, 2010
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I forgot the Kindle!! Thought I would miss holding the book in my hand but I don't. Love that you can order it, immediately download and read. Amazon.com just announced lending. You can lend your e-book to another person for 14 days. (some are restricted by publisher).

January 9, 2011
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MrsGeek said:

For our Geeks on Tour December Newsletter, I'm writing an article about the most significant technology in Jim's and my life this year.  The winners are:

  1. Droid
  2. Gmail and Google Calendar
  3. WordPress
  4. Streets and Trips Megafile

What about you?  What technology items did you fall in love with this year?  What are your 'must-have' and 'can't-live-without' items?


MrsGeek,  I have to say I agree with you on your best selections.  I use all but Wordpress.  We bought our Droid X based on a discussion with you folks in Redmond.  However, the Droid as a PDA leaves much to be desired.   The calendar and contact interface isn't great.  I have found a couple of helpful free apps that improve the interface. 

One, Find, lets you search on your contacts by any field not just name.  I keep info, restaurants or landmarks I've read about, in my contact list.  So when we arrive in a new place, using Find, I can search on the city name and see information that I've saved. When I first downloaded Find I sent some comments to the developer.  She responded and updated the app to include the suggestions!

Also, the basic calendar display isn't easy to use.  I found Jorte which gives the calendar a much better display.  It is a big improvement.  I also use a small program on my PC  that syncs my Outlook data with my Gmail contacts and calendar.  So I can continue to use Outlook on my PC and still have the info on my Droid X. 

I also use the S&T mega file.  It is a wonderful addition to the S&T information.  I use S&T for travel planning and my nuvi gps while we're on the road.  I haven't yet given up maps either!

I would add one addition to the “best technology” list.  I bought a Creative Zen Mp3 player a couple of years ago.  I use it to listen to audio books either using our radio or using ear buds.  We primarily use it for novels, but also free podcasts.  Our favorite podcast is NPR's Car Talk which is informative and very funny.  I download the novels from the library with my PC.  Once the novel is on my Mp3 player it doesn't expire.  So you have no worries about getting the “book” back while on the road.  We are leaving on a 2 month trip (CA-FL-SC-CA) in a couple of days and my Mp3 is loaded with podcasts and best selling novels which we'll listen to while on the road!!

Happy new Year! Cool

Barbara

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