Monthly Archives: December 2010

Why Android on the HTC Incredible Ruled in 2010

In 2010 my crap Windows 6.5 phone got upgrade to an HTC Incredible from Verizon and I couldn't be happier. Originally I was hoping to buy a Nexus One but then along came the Incredible. It had similar specs plus a better camera. Since then I've used the hell out of it and I've always been able to get it to do what I want it to. After rooting it I was able to make the wireless hotspot functionality work with Verizon caring. Shocking. Below are is a list of the apps that made the HTC Incredible RULE in 2010.

Gmail – I have both my personal Gmail and my Google Apps account (for Oliver Media) available from the Gmail app. As slimmed down versions of Gmail go, it RULES.

Google Voice – I love this app because it allows me to have one phone number. This phone number rings at my office, phone and Skype. The free SMS allow me to dump my SMS plan with Verizon saving ~$6/month. I also get crappy text transcribing of voicemails.

Foursquare – For some reason location-based social media makes the dopamine flow and chill the OCD. As of this writing I've built up quite the little empire of intersections and homes. Foursquare FTW.

TweetDeck – This app has had me since the BETA. As Twitter apps go this is my favorite. It's got an endless timeline and it's laggy like other Twitter clients I've used. I configured it to post to Foursquare, Twitter, Facebook, and Google Buzz. Much love to TweetDeck.

Kindle App – The high resolution of the AMOLED has finally made reading on a phone an enjoyable experience. I can now read books on my Kindle and pick up where I left off whenever I have some time to kill. The WisperSync functionality makes it seemless.

Cardiotrainer – This app gets the credit for helping me lose 10 pounds this year. It tracks all my runs using GPS and encourages me to keep it up. There something about it that makes running into a game. It's seemless Facebook integration allows me to brag about running too.

Flybys – Ever wonder when the Internation Space Station is going to fly over? Probably not but this app will tell you. That's all I got. Space FTW.

Sirius/XM – I'm adicted to Opie and Anthony and this lets me listen to it with my headphones anywhere. Especially good because that show is NSFW. You need to have a subscription to XM.


I'm sorry, I just can't stop talking about this damn phone. Love it.

Skyraider Sense 3.5 for Android Available from Ihtp69 for the HTC Incredible

SkyRaider Sense 3.5 for the HTC Incredible was released by Ihtp69 and is available via ROM Manager. It's got a really cool new feature that inspired this blog post. The wifi, bluetooth, GPS, airplane mode, update services and display brightness is now adjustable from the status menu. If your toggle buttons are on your desktop you can make room for other stuff. The phone seems a little snappier too.

Oh, and if your getting the annoying OTA update notification, there's something to get rid of that too.

More information about SkyRaider

Fun with CSS Sprites

Mario sprite from Super Mario Brothers

There's been a lot lately of talk in web development circles about CSS sprites lately. Using them dramatically increases the speed of downloading a webpage with several background images by reducing the amount of HTTP requests the client browser has to make. This is accomplished by consolidating each individual image into a single image. Once consolidated the background-position, height and width CSS properties are tweaked to show only the appropriate part of image. Check out articles from A List Apart and Smashing Magazine for more information and tutorials.

The fun was testing the before and after using YSlow in Firebug. The test subject was a client's website where there were four tabs with different images for three states. The CSS Sprite Generator from Project Fondue can help with the tedious task of making the sprite. The original cluster of transparent pings totaled 6.77 KB which consolidated to 3.83 KB. Combine that with the reduced HTTP requests and that's quite a savings.

Before making the sprite Yslow reports a score of 83. After making the sprite bumped that score up to 88. The total page size was reduced by 43K. This test seems to indicate it'll be worthwhile to make more sprites on this site.