Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Google Android and HTC Desire

One of my contracts where up for renewal and one of the phones on offer for free was the HTC Desire. Being a Nokia fanboy for many years, I was very nervouse moving to another brand.

The Symbian O/S has been very disappointing the last couple of years and I was due for a change.

In steps Android. Where have you been all my life???

Being a IT professional, a husband and father, I have to juggle work and my private life very carefully to ensure I get everything right. This means little things like multiple calendars and contacts. Work, we use Microsoft Exchange. Private we use Google Apps. We have calendars for the kids, birthdays and other events like PTA WUG and Stardates (see here).

Add social networking (Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin) and everything becomes a nightmare to manage, or not!

Switching this phone on, the setup wizard asked for my Exchange and Google account information and synced both calendars and contacts into one! It then asked for my Facebook account information and added all my friends information into the contacts. I now have all the contacts in one area on my phone, but still separate in Exchange, Google and Facebook. You can link a contact between the 3 on your phone, if someone is a colleague, friend and social... :-)

Further the calendar is also a combined view of Exchange and Google. I can now see when my daughters have there dance classes, and when I need to be at that meeting with the MD.

Overall Android is great and packaged inside the HTC Desire just rounds it off.

1st application to install would have to be AppBrain and second 3G Watchdog.

ProxMox Unprivileged LXC containers USB Drive

Some quick notes on bind mounting under ProxMox and getting the permissions right. Reference -