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My Must-Have Android Apps

With a few friends getting Android telephones recently, I thought I’d update my list of must-have Android apps for those looking to add value to their device. In no particular order:

  • XiiaLive — A Shoutcast frontend for listening to online radio stations (generally kcea). Purchased Pro version.
  • Google Earth — fun 3D visualization of the globe
  • Kindle – to my surprise, reading on my 4.3″ screen isn’t a problem and as such, Kindle has become a pretty heavily-used application as I’ve started to read a lot more.
  • My Tracks — does GPS logging and provides ready export to KML, Fusion Tables, and My Tracks, a must for any geo nerd.
  • GPS Status — for seeing current location/speed/etc (another geo nerd must)
  • Chrome to Phone — useful for sending web pages and maps to your phone for mobile consumption
  • At Bat ’11 — for listening (and watching if I get to the Twins and Giants
  • News and Weather — Provides a nice lightweight recap of the news and weather forcecasts
  • Google Googles — visual search, great for impressing old people
  • DoggCatcher — outstanding podcast manager, listen to Writer’s Almanac and Talk of the Nation everyday on the way to work. Purchased pro version.
  • Maps (built-in) — turn-by-turn driving directions, game changer for me
  • Cardio Trainer — provides exercise/gps tracking, has an excellent workout dashboard, good export options. Another game changer, have been exercising a lot more as a result of having this. Purchased pro version.
  • TV Listings — I don’t watch a lot of TV, but when I do, I use this app to decide what to watch.
  • Coloroid — somewhat challenging and always enjoyable block game that’s great when you have a few minutes to kill

April 29, 2011

Building a new HTPC/Web server

The stars have finally aligned such that I’ve been able to put together my dream Home Theatre PC / personal server. Over the past 3 weeks, I’ve gotten the individual pieces ordered, installed, and integrated across several platforms. The result is a centralized server for media and hosting, which (through the miracle of SSH, DAAP and UPnP), I’m able to stream and control across a variety of mobile/remote devices. The setup is mostly complete, the pieces are below, with some commentary).




  • Samsung-LN46A650 46″ HDTV
  • PS3 (stock)
    • MLB.TV (for watching the Twins and not the Giants (damn blackouts))
    • Netflix (watching not-downloaded movies/etc)
  • Motorola Droid (Android 2.2 “Froyo”)
  • Nexus One (Android 2.2 “Froyo”)
    • *Root to CyanogenMod 6 for OpenVPN?
    • Android DAAP (plays DAAP-served music across network, provides access to media library from phone, nice)
    • AndroMote (provides full access to UPnP media (from Meditomb) on phone)
    • RemoteDroid (allows for mouse/keyboard control of remote machine via wif

^Not stock
*Not started completed

See Also

RemoteDroid demo from Joshua Sera on Vimeo.

July 11, 2010

Testing out wpToGo

So far so good with the upgrade to WordPress 2.8x. The beauty of using modern blog software is that it works with other modern software like wpToGo, a free android app that lets me manage this blog from my phone. Lets see if this works, ready, set, send…

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