Yearly archive - 2012

Fruit Ninja App on Android Market

 

Fruit Ninja is a new game that my girlfriend recently told me about and I am starting to hate her for it. It has to be one of the most addicting games I have downloaded recently.

The concept of the game if very simple.  Different types of fruit will fly up from the bottom of your screen and you need to slice them with your samari sword with the swipe of you finger.  Sounds simple enough I know.  The difficult part is that there are bombs thrown in to the mix.  Slice one bomb and your game is over.

Every time you fail to slice a fruit you get an “X”.  Three X’s and you game is also over.  Many time throughout the game you are going to have multiple pieces of fruit and a few bombs all flying around and you will have to work you magic.

My girlfriend and I have an ongoing battle to see who can maintane the high score.

There are also different types of playing modes.  There is the classic mode, which in my opinion the only way to go, along with that there is also an arcade and Zen mode.  In the classic mode you just need to keep slicing fruit.  Easy enough.  In the arcade mode you are on a timer.  Once your time is up you are done.  However there are some frozen bannans in the arcade mode to add a little excitement.  Each banna send the game in to a different type of play.  One will put it in to slow motion while another increases the amount of fruit coming your way.  You cant die in arcade mode but there are still bombs.  In this case though they only deduct points from your total score.

Good luck and happy slicing

GTask Issues

One of my most used app on my Droid X is GTask. It’s essentially the Google task bar from Gmail on your phone. It will automatically sync up with Google Task bar, and you can keep a list just for your phone if you like.

I really like that you can set recurring events and set reminders. It is really helpful when trying to remember to put the garbage! The problem I’ve been having recently is that these recurring event reminders are accumulating. So now when the remind comes up about garbage night, it literally announces about 40 reminders, which I’m guessing is the number of weeks that I’ve been using it to remind me to take out the trash!

I haven’t really had the time to dig into it, or at least no time when I’m thinking about the issue. I’m guessing that I’m going to have to uninstall it and re-install from the Google store (which I notice is now called the Play Store). The trick is I just have to take the time to do it. It’s not as quick as it sounds because I need to write down all the things I have in there that I need to remember, so that I can remember to put them into the app when it’s re-installed.

Then I need to dig into why it’s doing this. I’m guessing it has something to do with the way that I click off the reminder when it comes up. It goes away until the next week when it comes back double. So it’s either a bug or something I’m doing.

I’ll keep you posted as to what the deal is when I get it all fixed up. Speaking of which I guess maybe I should do it now while I’m thinking of it 🙂

MyFitnessPal App – Droid and iPhone

After finally breaking down and purchasing the Droid phone, I found myself barely using any of the apps that it seemed the entire world was talking about.  It seemed crazy to me to download an app for the small things in life that could just as easy be accomplished by breaking out a pad of paper and writing it down.

 

That was until I found an app that was not only user friendly but accomplished everything I had been looking for when it came to fitness and keeping healthy eating habits.  MyFitnessPal is free calorie counter app for any iPhone or Droid.  It makes counting the calories I consume all day SO easy. It also adds in any exercise that is done during the day so you can get a true count of calorie consumption.  Having been once a huge advocate of the Weight Watchers Plan which I used after both my pregnancies, I knew the concept of keeping weight off was easy – just count your calories.  And although the concept sounds simply enough, the packaging of most foods today does not make it easy.

 

Most meals consumed today don’t come in a nicely neat packaging with all the nutritional information needed in order to correctly count the calories consumed.  A donut out of the box in the work lunch room, a handful of candy out of your coworkers candy dish will not have the necessary nutritional value listed for you to easily know what amount of calories you just ate.  MyFitnessPal helps you add up all the calories from the day and track how many you have left – VERY similar to the Weight Watchers concept that we have all followed.

 

Having a handheld device to easily track all this info makes calorie counting SO simple!  It even calculated the calories burned during your work out!  Being accountable and knowing what your body consumes is the only way I have found to lose or maintain your weight and MyFitnessPal makes calorie counting so easy it’s literally at your fingertips!

Windows 8 Review

In the past few months I had been hearing a lot of buzz about Windows 8 but hadn’t had the chance get my hands on it.  With the recent release of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, I decided it was time to give it a try.  I created a virtual machine on my desktop system using the free VMware Player.  I set up the virtual machine to have 1 GB of memory, a single CPU core and 60GB of disk space.  It actually booted up and ran surprisingly quick given the limited hardware specs.
Windows 8 Consumer
The first thing I noticed is that it is a huge departure from previous versions of windows.  First of all it boots into what Microsoft calls the “Metro” interface.  This is a large full screen menu consisting of square tiles which are essentially application shortcuts.  Some of these tiles are “Live tiles” which means that they display up to date information right on the tile.  For instance, the Metro email app will display a preview of your most recent message right on the tile once you set it up.
When you click any of the built in metro tiles, it launches a nice pretty full screen “Metro” application.  The built in metro apps include, Mail, Calendar, Photos, People, Weather, Maps and more.  The windows desktop that you have come to know and love is not gone though.  There is a desktop tile which takes you to the classic windows 7 style desktop, but it is not exactly like the windows 7 desktop. Probably the first thing you will notice when you go to the windows 8 desktop is that there is no start menu.  The Metro home screen is essentially the replacement for the classic start menu.
There is also a different way to close apps and to navigate between them.  If you put you mouse in the upper left corner, you will see a thumbnail of your most recently open app, and if you roll your mouse down the left side of the screen you will see thumbnails of the rest of your open apps.  You can click on any of them to switch to it, or drag it down to the bottom of the screen to close it.  To return to the Metro home screen, put your mouse in the lower left corner and click on the icon that pops up.
I actually really like the look and feel of the new metro apps and the new home screen but at this beta stage, the navigation does feel a little clunky on a desktop PC using a keyboard and mouse.  I also think that you will find yourself spending most of your time on the classic desktop until more applications release a Metro styled version.
I cant help but notice that the new UI seems to be geared much more toward tablet or touch users.  And I bet it is very slick for a tablet environment, but I think for desktop PC users, it still need a little polishing.  Hopefully this will happen before the final version is released.

Windows 8 Is Here

I’ve mentioned Windows 8 before here at Computerworktips.com. Most of you, all though assuredly not all, are likely running Windows 7 right now. I work for a slow adapting employer and we just recently upgraded to Windows 7 if you can believe it. I’m fairly certain the next time we upgrade it will be to Windows 9!

Yesterday Microsoft shipped the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, so it indeed is here. Windows 8 is upon us! The interesting thing about Windows 8 is how most of the talk is about how Microsoft is really banking everything on this upgrade. It’s not just a list of small tweaks and a reason to release something now. Windows 8 had been put together in a way to really try to capture the tablet market as well as the more traditional laptop/PC market. The question that remains to be answered is whether is going to be as nice and successful as Windows 7 was, or if the traditional users are going to be too frustrated with the new look and feel to end up hurting it’s market share. Time will tell.

In the mean time if you would like to download Windows 8 and get behind the test drivers wheel, then go to http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/download and download it today. Let me know what you think!