THE DROID DIARIES: Apps I’m currently missing from my iPod Touch

I’m surprised I can’t find these in the Droid market, but here is a list of some of my favorite iPod Touch/iPhone apps that I currently can’t find:

  • ESPN ScoreCenter. Seriously, nothing from the Worldwide Leader for the Droid? There are a few third-party downloads, but they’re nothing compared to the iPod app.
  • LinkedIn. The iPod app is so stylish and easy to use, I started actually looking at LinkedIn as more than just a resume site. Nothing so far for Droid, though I found one third-party app that by far pales in comparison.
  • Tweetdeck. Nothing from my former favorite mobile Twitter client. But I’ve found a great substitute in Seesmic.
  • Calendar. I covered this in the last Droid Diaries, but I still don’t have a good solution for my calendar problem.

There are also several “fun” apps that I can’t find:

  • PW Torch. It’s a good source for professional wrestling news.
  • AllRecipes. Good source for dinner ideas.
  • Chipotle order app. Dear Chiptole: Droid users love your delicious burritos too. Make it fun for us to order and you won’t be disappointed.

But other than that, I really am enjoying the Droid much more than the iPod Touch for one simple reason: 3G. Being able to access the Internet anywhere is a huge plus for me.


    Clever marketing commercial from the UK Sun

    OK, so it’s not often you see things about print journalism on this blog, but this was too fun not to share. Enjoy.

    Link Gmail to Outlook Live

    MU is shifting its e-mail accounts to Microsoft Outlook
    Live by fall. You can actually register an account now (see below). So
    how to you link that new account to your Gmail, you ask? Read on (and
    e-mail any questions/problems):

    1. Set up your new Outlook Live account. Try this site: If you’re signing up using a Firefox-based browser at MU, you might need get a security certificate exception error, fellow Geeky Journalist Rob Weir says. In an e-mail, Rob wrote that “MU uses self-signed certificates, rather than third-party ones, which causes your browser to error out. If you click the “add an exception” link you can continue with registration just fine.”

    2. Once you’ve got your new account, go into Gmail and click the
    “Settings” link at the top-right corner of the page.

    3. From here, click “Accounts.” Move your mouse down a bit to the
    section titled “Get mail from other accounts,” and then click the link
    that says “Add a mail account you own.”

    4. You’ll need to enter some facts and figures about your account. Bear in mind that at least for students, there’s an
    important mizzou/missouri distinction. = actual account name = username for logging into said account

    5. Here are some data items to enter when you’re linking your Outlook
    account to your Gmail account:

    E-mail address: should say
    Username: should say
    Password: this is the password you use to access your university account
    POP Server:
    Port: 995
    Check the box that says “Always use a secure connection (SSL) when
    retrieving mail”

    There should be a button that says “Add this account,” or something to
    that effect, and if you’ve followed these steps, I think you should be
    OK. Gmail will think for a minute, the popup window will disappear,
    and you’ll then be able to go back to that original Accounts page,
    where you’ll see that your new account has been added, and Gmail is
    scanning it regularly for mail.

    You can also click “Add another email address you own,” also on the
    Accounts page, to send mail under the label of your university
    account. Here are the steps:

    1. Basically, you enter the e-mail address
    and press a few buttons to save your changes. You can also choose to
    make that your default address using a link on the Accounts page.

    Sleek New York Times photo blog

    Check out Lens, the new photo blog from The New York Times!

    Might want to grab a suit and tie, too — you’ll feel like you’re at an art gallery.

    This may be my new favorite search: Twoogle!

    I bet the person who invented Twoogle feels just like the person who discovered chocolate and peanut butter go great together.

    Just as the name implies, Twoogle searches both Google and Twitter. The handy little split window shows me tweets in one window and my Google search in the other.

    Talk about a handy tool! Essentially, you can handle two important aspects of reporting — collecting fact-based documentation and crowdsourcing — in one search. Hey, you never know when you’re going to find an Easter Egg (i.e. something wonderful you weren’t expecting) in either Twitter or Google. For evidence, check out the second entry of the above screen grab. If that’s not the honest-to-god truth, I don’t know what is.

    An easy way to help with Web readability

    This isn’t technically a tip to save time, unless you count reading time as time spent when you could be getting things done. Here’s an easy way to make any Web site more readable.

    Although we wish they would, web designers don’t always think about our poor eyes when they consider body type — or any other kind of type, for that matter. There’s an annoying propensity out there for non-Web-friendly typefaces. Or, worse, dark text on a dark background.

    But there’s an easy way to deal with eyestrain — Arc 90 has a JavaScript called Readability that you can apply to any Web page for sweet relief.

    Before Readability

    Before Readability

    After Readability

    After Readability

    Oh, and here’s a list of good ways to improve your Web typography. Happy geeking.

    A new and improved banner

    This is the second banner I made to promote

    This is the second banner I made to promote

    I’ve been playing a bit more with GIFmation, and I found a few more fun specs in it when I created a second, better-designed banner. This one takes advantage of GIFmation’s free software a little bit more:

    • The free version allows you to use up to three frames at a time. Any more than that, and you should probably be using Flash anyway.
    • The loop feature is really easy to use. You can set it for unlimited play-throughs or put it at a set number. It’s so easy even a caveman could do it, to rip off a certain insurance provider.
    • The delays feature is also incredibly easy. Just plug in how much time you want between slides in /100ths of a second and boom, you’re done.

    This software provides a lot of bang for the buck, which is the best part — it’s free. I wish I had the $49.95 to see what the full version can do.