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Want UTC displayed on your Android phone?

The clock on Android phones does not have a setting for UTC or Greenwich Mean Time.  Yet so much of our global community now use it to tell time of events enjoyed across time zones.

Simple trick: Iceland uses GMT/UTC and does not have daylight savings time. Set your clock to Iceland or Reyjavik time and you're set.


iPhone 11 as an interview tool

I'm not an Apple fan by any means, but something Leo Laporte said on Sunday's "This Week in Tech" aka TWIT, got my attention.

As Android Central described it :

with the new iPhone 11 and "with the popular third-party app Filmic Pro. You can film with all three rear cameras and even the front camera at the same time, saving each feed as a separate clip to then edit at will in post-production. "

Laporte mentioned that would be awesome for interviewing.  I think he is right.

I'm in the Google camp these days. And I don't need this feature currently, but maybe the Pixel 4 might have something like this as well.  Here's hoping.

Update : Looking at this a day later, I realize I failed to clearly state the use case. Imagine you were a journalist covering breaking news, and all you had was your phone, no crew, no fancy video and sound gear.  You could hold the phone up to an interview subject and record them, as you can now of course.  But the other camer…

The adventure of the Pixel OG Speaker that was always on

One intent of this blog is to record issues I've encountered and solutions I've found for future suffers of the same issue who find me via search.

Issue : Original Pixel XL in speaker phone only mode
Resolution : resolved

My original Pixel XL manifested a new issue lately. The speaker phone was always on except when hooked to Bluetooth.  If someone called, and I answered, it was in speaker, and would not switch to private.

Googled for answers and found none. So I chose to do a factory wipe. Always a good idea from time to time.

Checked to make sure I had a current backup to my Google Drive. Nope, and the "Backup up now" button was grayed out. Googled for an answer.  Found it. Basically, turn off the lock screen security.  Oddly, that worked. If that is by design, the logic escapes me.

Backup completed, I started the factory wipe.

It is still going on 18 minutes later, installing apps now, but the speaker phone issue is resolved.




American Airlines adds phone / tablet easel to seatback

Normally, we do not see positive news about airlines. Too often it is stories about how they've wedged more people on to a plane, by squeezing the rows of seats closer together.  Or how they've found yet another way to make you pay for your flight.   Today, I have some good news.

We flew cross country and back last weekend. Outbound was United, and the once proud skies were again squished seats.  I did have a chance to test out a new way I'd read on a blog to hold my phone so I could watch a video.  Basically, it was to put the phone in a quart sized zip lock and then fold down the tray table, wrap one edge of the bag around the edge of the table, and fold it back up, locking the bag in place under the tray latch.  It worked pretty well.

We flew American back with blessedly more generous legroom.  I did not see this treasure until the woman next to my wife used it and my wife excitedly pointed it out, knowing I'd love it.


At first glance, I didn't even notice it.

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Thought I'd miss Inbox more than I have

When Google announced they were killing off Inbox, I feared my inbox would become unmanageable again.  Alas, I was wrong.

Inbox's web interface was seductive enough that it made Gmail seem as musty as an 19th century home.  Now that I am forced to go there, I've been using the filters more to move emails I do not need to see to folders.  Now, little appears in my inbox, and what does appear is quickly swept away in the Android app or check boxed away in the web app.

I just keep they continue to add new features to Gmail as they have promised.



Intriguing Links

Probably like many readers of this blog, I am forever surfing the web on my phone. I find more intriguing things to read than I often have time to read right then.
Those, I save to Evernote for future reading. Sometimes what I find inspires a blog post here.
Often, I just don't have the time.
Starting today, I have a link at the top of the blog called Intriguing Links.  It is a link to a shared Evernote notebook where I'll periodically move captured links I think readers might enjoy as well.
My interests are varied.  You'll find links for Evernote, productivity apps, history, tiny homes, and more.
The list comes up in Evernote web, so it is searchable if you wanted to find say, just the Evernote posts.
And to the PR people of the world, no, I will not add your site to the list.