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wav2mp3 Voice Mail Conversion Counter

by on Nov.21, 2011, under Misc, wav2mp3

Please note: This service is now discontinued.

Wow, what started just as a little tool for my own personal use is now being used by hundreds of people on a daily basis. I’m glad this is helping some other folks as well.

Number of voice mails converted so far:

Most people seem to have figured out how to configure their email / voice mail systems to send messages through the responder, but let me know in the comments if you have trouble getting it to work.

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Happy New Year 2011!

by on Jan.03, 2011, under Misc

This will be the year of Android!

Life has gotten too busy for me to write regularly on this site, but there are many other great resources out there that cover Android and the Droid’s more frequently than I can afford.

This will be a fun year to watch Android rise, and I may chime in occasionally as things get interesting.

I’ll still run the wav2mp3 voice mail converter service, which has turned into quite a social experiment. It’s a free service for which donations are accepted. Surprisingly, the heaviest users that rely on this services on a daily basis aren’t the giving kind, while the occasional users show their appreciation. Mhhm – interesting…

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The Limited Edition Droid R2-D2 Has Arrived

by on Sep.30, 2010, under Carriers, Devices

The sales event was kicked off last night by numerous launch parties at Verizon stores across the country. The latest addition to Verizon’s Android line-up is basically a Motorola Droid2 in R2-D2 disguise. I am sure the many Star Wars fans will love the look and the extras (wallpapers and ring tones) packaged with the phone.

Any bets on how quickly it will sell out, or how much it will cost on eBay?

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Verizon DroidX Froyo OTA Update – Strange Recovery

by on Sep.24, 2010, under Devices, Misc

After being without a working phone for about a day, after the botched upgrade, Verizon made good, by rushing a replacement to me via FredEx priority over-night. The replacement phone is a refurbished unit without battery, sd-card or battery cover.

I get to work and move my sd-card and battery to the new phone, and just as I turn on the replacement, I think that perhaps I should try to backup all my programs and settings on my old phone before activating the replacement.

Let me explain: While my DX only displays the Motorola logo after installing the upgrade, the phone actually loads Android 2.2 successfully, and I’m able to answer calls and unlock the phone by using the touch screen blindly. I’m even able to read my text messages and emails by taking screen shots via the Android SDK and USB debug connection.  Now, my plan is to use this method to navigate through the different screens to sync with AppBrain and Lookout to get my apps and settings saved.

I move battery and sd-card back into my phone and power on. Guess what? The phone moves past the Moto logo and everything is working. What just happened, that’s unbelievable?! I power-cycle the phone one more time to see if this was just a lucky fluke, but the phone now works just fine.

I have no idea why its working now, but I’m not complaining. I’ll hold on to the refurb for a couple of days before sending it back, just in case my phone has a relapse.

Did you have similar problems with your DX after the upgrade, and did your phone magically recover?

Update: My DX had a relapse this weekend.  The problems started when I noticed that incoming calls would not play any of my custom ring tones.  Also, attempting to play any ring tone or music stored on the SD-card would yield a “file not found” error.  I rebooted the phone and was once again stuck at the Motorola logo.

I tried repeated reboots after removing the battery, but still the same. Then I took out the battery and waited for a couple of minutes, reboot, and viola back to normal.  It looks as if the memory is not getting properly initialized during boot and some left-over bits are messing up the phone. Well, at least there is a work-around for now…

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Verizon DroidX Froyo OTA Update Huge FAIL

by on Sep.22, 2010, under Carriers, Devices

What started out as a pleasant surprise this morning, quickly turned into utter disappointment. My DroidX is now completely unusable after I installed the OTA Update for Android 2.2 that Verizon began pushing to phones today (see previous post).

The DX wont go past the Motorola boot screen, and will not go into recovery mode either.  Well actually the phone does finish the boot sequence and you can hear email notifications and incoming calls, but the screen keeps displaying the Motorola logo. I can also see the redesigned 2.2. screen lock screen when taking screen shots via USB debug and the SDK (see right).

I called Verizon support, and they let me do the usual reboot routines to no eval. The rep told me that they’ve experienced the same problems with the Froyo update of the original Droid and that about 3% of phones were affected by this. She told me to go to the Verizon store so that they can reapply the update, which should fix it.

Update: I went to the Verizon store during lunch. They tried different things in the back room for about an hour – what a great way to spend a lunch hour :(  No fix. They are now shipping a new DX to me overnight.  I had to push a little for them to waive the Fedex priority fee.

While waiting I met two other Droid customers who had issues with their phones. One had a Droid Incredible that would not browse the Internet any longer after the latest software update. The tech was going to do a hard reset. The other had a Droid2 stuck in a reboot loop. He received a replacement phone.

Update1: Other people experiencing the same problem. Do you have any problems with the update?

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Android 2.2 Froyo Finally Released for the Verizon DroidX

by on Sep.22, 2010, under Carriers, Devices, News

You can almost hear a collective sigh of relief – the long-awaited release of Android 2.2. for the Verizon DroidX is finally here. I received the OTA Update notification this morning, after manually checking for system updates on my DX.

I’m now installing the update, which seems to take unusually long and looks as if its hanging half-way through… hmmm.

Update: The update process is definitely hung. You can get detailed progress when you hit the search key. It’s sitting at “patching system files”. OK. now what – the power button doesn’t work, so remove the battery and hope for the best.

So, I forced a reboot by removing the battery. The phone went right back into the update process and is now moving past the step where it stopped before. Now, finishing up and sitting at reboot.

Update1: Now the reboot is taking forever. All I see is the Motorola logo, and the led is lighting up green every now and then. I updated a number of Android phones, including my Nexus One and Droid Incredible, but the process has never been this painful. WTF – Verizon?

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