Droid 2.2 firmware update (Froyo)

I waited until the official firmware release, but I’m impatient, and I have concerns about Verizon bastardizing some features (USB tethering, etc). 

The install was smooth, but I had to remove the battery after the restart when the system appeared to hang during initialization (eye of Sauron animation), then all was well. 

  • Minor interface changes to Google Mail and other apps. Home page interface updated. Performance and battery life at least as good as 2.1 build.
  • All existing apps work fine, the only difference I have noted to date is that the right scroll bar is not visible when some apps (Twitdroid, others) initialize.
  • Handcent SMS is much faster when initializing.
  • Google Mail interface – supports multiple selects and operations, flagging SPAM takes fewer keystrokes
  • Android Marketplace now has an Update All button – so you don’t have to select individual packages, download and OK install. 
  • Data entry – when you’re entering text using the screen, frequently used symbols are available (comma, apostrophe, etc). This is probably my favorite feature so far.
  • I’m using Touchdown, so I can’t comment on Exchange ActiveSync.
  • I need to test Bluetooth dial-by-voice and tethering my laptop for Internet access.

I will post a comprehensive review after using the update for a full work week.

Firmware and instructions – http://www.nexeo.net/?p=488

Motorola Droid support site – http://www.motorola.com/Support/US-EN/Consumer-Support/Mobile-Phones/Droid+-+USA_Default+US_Loc%253AUS-EN

Droid GPS Problem and fix

Last Friday, my Droid GPS started acting up.  While trying to estimate my travel time from a bus on the NJ Turnpike, the Google Maps screen went blue.  After trying to reset my Location several times, I turned on different Layers, then zoomed out.  The screen was blue because the GPS thought I was in the Atlantic Ocean a few miles East of Ocean City, MD.

I looked around, and confirmed I was on the NJ Turnpike. 

Today, I went to the local Verizon tech, and she was able to resolve the problem by doing a *228 update, and removing the battery.

Things to note:

  • The tech said my last update was November, 2009, when I got the phone.
  • I know I did an update within the last month or so, because I was demonstrating it to one of my daughters.
  • The phone has been so stable, I haven’t removed the battery since before the Android 2.1 firmware update.
  • I have only turned the phone off twice in the last three months.

In the future, I plan to update the software (*228) monthly, and at least cycle the power on the phone to minimize problems and optimize operation of the phone.

You Had Me At EHLO… : iOS 4 and Exchange ActiveSync

 

 

iOS 4 and Exchange ActiveSync

You Had Me At EHLO… : iOS 4 and Exchange ActiveSync

I haven’t seen this yet, but be aware.  iPhone 4 issues with Exchange ActiveSync.

  1. Exchange administrators are seeing heavier than normal loads on their servers from users with iOS devices
  2. Email, calendar, or contacts are not syncing
  3. iPhone is not working with Google Apps over Exchange ActiveSync

If you see any of these symptoms, I highly recommend upgrading your iPhone to an Android device.  If this is not possible, check out the Microsoft Exchange Team Blog link above.

Stop Paying for Windows Security; Microsoft’s Security Tools Are Good Enough

 

Stop Paying for Windows Security; Microsoft’s Security Tools Are Good Enough

I have been using Microsoft Security Essentials since it was in beta.  It does a good job, with very low overhead, and high rate of accuracy, including malware and Trojans. 

If you use Security Essentials, keep your workstation patched, and use multiple browsers with ad blocking software, you can feel pretty secure running Windows.

Microsoft Security Essentials
http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/

Recommended Firefox Add-Ons – AdBlock Plus
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1865/

Recommended Chrome Extensions – AdBlock v2.0
https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/gighmmpiobklfepjocnamgkkbiglidom

 

 

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Orphaned by Blogger

Well, it was a good run.  I was one of the first people to use Blogger, starting in late 1999, and although I experimented with other blogging software, Blogger was my primary publishing tool until May, 2010.  The Google folks made a business decision to eliminate FTP publishing.  I had the option of migrating to blogger.com, or another service, but I already have my own server, so I’m converting to WordPress.

I’m running WordPress 3.x beta, and I’m still working at importing my Blogger content.  Until then, it will still be available through Google searches, and at http://paulbegley.com/blogger.html.

 

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Malware as twitter password reset

Wow.  This caught me by surprise this morning.  The message below (forwarded to Google Mail) looks legit, but if you hover over the link, you see it points to a binary (password.exe) hosted on gameroomhaven.com.

Most of the message is legit.  The links at the bottom of the post are legit, pointing back to twitter.com.  However, the e-mail address in the SPAM is one I only use for a high school alumni site.  Based on that, I started to look at the message more carefully and noted the malware link posing as the password reset URL.

Lesson here, don’t click on links in your e-mail without verifying the source.

Using the Google Mail ‘Show original’ feature (drop down in upper right corner of each message) showed the source code for the message where the malicious URL is obvious. A snippet from the original below:

Hey there.

Can't remember your password, huh?
It happens to the best of us.

Please open this link in your browser:

http://www.gameroomhaven.com/password.exe

This will reset your password.
You can then login and change it to something you'll remember.
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Test post from Droid

On the bus coming home from NYC. Testing WordPress Android app. Pretty impressive, allows administration as well as posting w/GPS tag.