Mom learns G-mail

Hey all,

This was an interesting weekend. I didn’t do much, but while in queit confinment of my basement I decided to help my mom move from 10dollar a month juno, To ABSOLUTLY FREE G-mail. And while doing it, still recevive the mail from people that only know her juno account.

I got her an adress. Taught her how to sign in, how to compose mail using G-mails interface. Taught her how to add contacts. how to get mail from her old account. how to send mail as her old account. how to set up an auto reply. How to filter junk mail/bogus register mail like when she signs up for junk accounts in order to read a forum/blog post. And how to use the G-mail labeling system.

I think over the next few weeks I will attempt to write some tutorials for using G-mail properly. Not for sure, as it will take some time and I want to make them good. Being as there is already some great ones out there I may not need to. But ya never know when your own words can help make things better.

So check back~

Modding my Phone – Verison KRZR K1m

I have just received my “Verizon Krzr K1m”. After reciving it I was very excited. I had a flash/usb cable and had been looking foward to adding songs, ringtones, and other media to my phone. This was gonna give me a chance to do what I had looked foward to in a new phone.

You see, I haden’t done any file transfer stuff before. I had some old, cruddy phone that had no bluetooth, nor usb port. I don’t even remember what type it was, just know, it was bad. Horrible camera, no music at all, no video, no features other then the basic call, voicemail, and other neccesitys.

 Anyways, the KRZR is cool, decent camera, extended video with some good zoom (sorry I don’t have the specific specs), and an mp3 player with EXTERNAL LED touch buttons, so you can close teh lid, and control the the flow from outside the phone. Some minimal bluetooth features.

Now I had my krzr, and I wanted to put some music on it, hurray, its easy take a flash cable, plug i in, and use WMP(windows media player) 10 to auto sync some music to my phone. I did it, hurry, space for 2 songs on my phone(I need to get a Mem card).

Ok, got that, enjoyed it for 5 hours, then I wanted more. I wanted ringtones, but WPM woulden’t allow me to put ring tones on. I didnt’ want to pay for an internet plan, and then pay for ringtones, that’s INSANE. So I started my internet search.

I came across several great sites (leave a comment, and I will go home and get the bookmarks) for modding the verizon krzr K1m. I got to it, and found a prog that allows me to access my phones filesystem through the USB port. COOLIEO, did it.

My phone is now loaded up with about 25 custom, FREE ringtones, I also got some batman logos to go for the background and front screen. I soon plan to overrite the version start screen with some neat batman animation, and also the open front screen verizon logo with some other batman logo thingy. It will be sweet!

I was also searching, and found that I could get free java games on my phone. But this would take some more advanced editing, which would void my warrenty, and potentially render the phone unusable if I failed. In order to get the free java games I would have to overwrite the verizon programming on the phone with an alltell programming. Meaning the phone would behave as if I bought it straight from altell, I would then go in and change a few files on the phone, making it connect to the Verizon service. By doing this, I would be alloud to run java, instead of the verizon installed “brood” software.

In the end, I didn’t do this. I have now added a 2 gig memory card to my phone, and will begin adding songs soon. I have a ton (around 30) custom ringtones on my phone right now. And as soon as I move the pictures & video & music to my memory card, I will be able to put about 70 more ring tones onto my phone! For somereason, the phone will not let me store ringtones on a memory card, and play them from there. Most likely a fault of either the Krzr, or of the verizon software. I’m guessing its the verizon software…

If y’all have a cable, and want to look into modding you own motorola phone, then check out these links!

Howard Forums – Modding your moto: Krzr k1m

USB drivers for you Krzr K1m

 Following the links on these sites, and reading around the forums in which they are posted can give you insight on some more tips & tricks of phone modding~