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Goodbye to Windows Mobile … Hello Android

January 22nd, 2011 No comments
This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series T-Mobile G2

If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know that I was one of the last holdouts using Windows Mobile on a smartphone. For about 18 months I have been using a T-Mobile Dash 3G phone as my primary personal device. I actually like the phone a lot. It was a great 3G performer and I like the form-factor. It was light and thin and easy to carry. The stock Windows Mobile operating system was terrible though – so I set about flashing a new operating system (still based on Windows Mobile though) that made the phone much better. All of that fun was chronicled in a series of posts and are among the most read posts on this site.

T-Mobile G2

But – it was finally time to upgrade the capabilities and move up to a real smartphone. I knew several things that would inform this decision:

  1. I remain uninspired by my iPhone (my work phone). It works fine and there are great apps, but it’s just an OK phone with some quirks that I don’t really care for.
  2. I was staying with T-Mobile as a carrier. I’ve been with them since around the time of the Voicestream acquisition and they have always been good to me. Their rates are reasonable (especially for data) and their customer service is the best.
  3. I wanted a slide-out or other physical keyboard. One of the things I hate about my iPhone is that the on-screen keyboard is such a pain to use. I really like physical keys.

This really limited my choices. Basically, T-Mobile currently offers two phones with keyboards: the MyTouch 3G Slide, and the G2. Since the G2 is advertised as 4G (OK, 3.5 G on the HSPA+ network) guess which I chose.

That’s right – I went to my local T-Mobile store and the guy there hooked me up with a BOGO deal. With upgrade credits (my contract was up 6 months ago), loyalty credits, etc. I walked out of the store with two brand new G2s (one for me and one for my wife) for $200 with a new 2-year contract. How can you beat that.

I’ve had the phone for just over two weeks now and I’ve even traveled to Europe with it.

And I can say that this phone KICKS ASS. I love it. Expect more detailed information in the coming days, but if all you want is a basic recommendation, I say you cannot go wrong with this phone.

Excellent Firefox Add-in – Filter Sites From Search Results

October 16th, 2009 No comments

SearchFilterThere are two sites on the web that simply infuriate me: NexTag and Experts Exchange. I have cursed the existence of these sites so many times that I can’t count anymore. Search for anything in Google and one or the other of these wretched sites will surely pollute your search results with their incredibly intrusive and utterly useless content.

NexTag is a scourge because if you ever look for technical information about a product by name or model number you will surely get a bunch of shopping search results from them. And the Experts Exchange — well those assholes don’t really want to exchange anything except your money. I have no problem with them charging for their content — but if they do don’t make the questions searchable. Stop polluting my results with teasers about answers you won’t give me.

Well no more. The other day I stumbled on a new Firefox add-in called “Surfclarity.” (See It’s a simple and effective whitelist/blacklist application that lets you include or exclude specific domains or pages from Google and Yahoo search results. And it works brilliantly! (I used to use an add-in called “Customize Google” for this but it hasn’t been updated in about a year.) Try it if you have sites which constantly annoy you!