What mobile technology do you use every day?

What technology products or services do you use every day?  What stuff could you not do without?  What brings you joy or makes your day easier?  What web services, software applications or gadgets light your fire, or just keep the fire from going out?  Nearly all of us have mobile phones now.  What do you do with yours?

The Mobile Applications I Can’t Do Without

It goes without saying, or at least it should, that my Blackberry Curve, Toshiba Laptop, and Sprint mobile broadband card top the list, and are in their own categories.

I use a Blackberry Curve 8310 on AT&T service, with multiple email addresses pumping correspondence into it. In addition to using the email, text messages and phone services, here are my can’t-do-without mobile applications:

Twitterberry – (Free) Developed by Orangatame Software, this applicaiton allows me easy and quick access to my Twitter account.  Twitterberry seems to be having issues loading large avatar photos with its latest release.  It can slog a user’s ability to quickly scroll through the updates of their followers.  Twitter uses Amazon Web Services for the hosting of images, but I’m not sure that’s the issue.  I don’t remember experiencing an issue with Twitter’s avatars or background during Amazon’s hosting outages last month.   Twitterberry also has a known issue with Twit Pic integration.  Known issue being a euphamisum for “something that’s busted and won’t be fixed today.”  Tiny Twitter is another application I have sampled, and did not enjoy.  Where Twitterberry limits the features it replicates on the handheld, Tiny Twitter goes overboard with too much functionality.  I’ll expand on the best ways to experience Twitter on a handheld device in a coming post.

Viigo – (Free) A mobile RSS reader.  I liked it before this newest release, and now I love it.  Among the features added was one for which I had pined: the ability to sync the RSS feeds I read with a web application.  Now I can manage my RSS feed reading from Google Reader through a web browser and it just feeds into the Viigo application on my handheld.

Google Sync – (Free) Crucial for managing and backing up my calendar, and keeping it at my fingertips.  Mine is setup with the Blackberry calendar as the primary, and it automatically syncs additions and changes on the handheld with my personal web-based Google calendar.

Google Maps – (Free) Working in concert with the Blackberry’s GPS feature, Google Maps helps me get to new places or places I forgot how to reach with ease.  It is not OnStar’s audio turn-by-turn navigation, but it is free.  You can view each step of the trip on a list, or on the map.  You show up as a little blue dot as you make your way.  Each turn is marked in yellow, and the final destination is red. Not that I’ve ever looked at it while driving.  That would be unsafe.

Remember the Milk (Free, but I use the Pro version for $25 a year) – RTM is a web-based task management service, a nice way to remember the things I have to do, like write this blog more often.  I can add new tasks via email, data entry into my handheld or a web browser, and even direct through Twitter if I wanted to. The Pro version I use allows me to sync the tasks between the web and mobile sides.

I also have a 2 GB SD memory card installed in the device for extra storage space.  This is the same type of memory card used in digital cameras, and is a very inexpensive storage option for BB users.  It installs under the battery, similar to how a SIM card is installed.

I am clearly addicted to my Blackberry, and all the many tools I’ve installed on it.  But I’m just one user.  How do you use mobile applications?

Guest Post on Talk 1300’s Blog Re: Twitter Tips

Our friends over at Talk 1300 recently jumped into the Twitter pond, and the great Pat Ryan asked me to write a guest post on how to get started on Twitter.  Here it is.

Be sure to tune into 1300 AM every Monday morning at 9:05 to hear WSG with Paul Vandenburgh.  You can also listen live at Talk1300.com.

You can follow me on Twitter at @justincresswell or follow WSG at @wsgnet.  Talk 1300 just got into the Twitter game at @Talk1300.

More technology security tips today on Talk1300 and Talk1300.com

Protecting yourself online takes a mix of common sense and the right tools.  Here are a few.

WSG uses Mozy Pro for off-site backup over the web.

Lifehacker helps you protect your data and again here

Secure Password Generator

Another way to look at making your own passwords

eWeek – Los Alamos lab missing almost 100 computers

Top 9 IT security threats for 2009

Net-Security.org’s Top 9 IT security threats for 2009

ReadWriteWeb.com’s look at emerging threats

MarketWatch.com tells us how to dodge the threat bullet

Facebook to Users: You hereby grant Facebook an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license.

If you are on Facebook, if you were on Facebook, if you are thinking about getting on Facebook, if you have friends or family on Facebook, or if you ever publish anything online, please go right now to the Consumerist blog and read about Facebook’s new terms of service.  Then go read the terms of service for EVERYTHING you use online.  NOW.

Then look at the bottom of the page on the Consumerist’s post – notice anything?

Big Yawn – Microsoft Steps Up Browser Battle

The BBC News Technology section trumpets Internet Explorer 8 as Microsoft stepping up its efforts in the browser battles.  I only wish the average user could understand how bad a product IE is.  6, 7, and I’m sure 8 are just bad.  The designers and programmers with whom I work are already preparing for the changes IE8 will bring to the development and design world.  I played with one of the beta versions of IE8, and it broke a fair share of good web pages.  I am hoping that the rendering agents are more kind when it rolls out.

Folks should save themselves the trouble and use Firefox, Chrome or Opera.  Safari for Windows even.

For Monday’s Appearance on Talk1300.com – How much is your data worth to you?

WSG VP Jim Gile will join Paul Vandendurgh and me on our weekly appearance on Talk1300.  Expect some jokes at my expense.  The hot thing with us at the moment is data backups.  How do you know your data is backed up?  How much is your data worth to you?  Are you using backup tapes, do you have a disaster recovery plan, are you using off-site backups?  What would you do if you lost everything?
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