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Yet another Wright Brothers site visited
We found ourselves driving through Dayton, Ohio on I-70 Sunday, so I couldn't resist the urge to see Huffman Prairie, where the Wright Brothers tested airplanes where, according to Wikipedia, the brothers "made about 150 flights at the field in 1904–1905, leading to development of the 1905 Wright Flyer III, which they considered to be the first practical airplane."
The Wright's leased the property outside Dayton so they could take the streetcar out to the site.
Replica's of their workshop and the catapult they used to get the planes in the air are onsite.
I recently purchased a Google Pixel XL 32g phone. It is by far the best phone I've owned.
It is great company on my daily commute. The Android Auto app warns me of traffic, plays my podcasts for me, and lets me dictate text messages. I've combined it with ReadItToMe so that my incoming text messages are read aloud.
I noticed on my first afternoon commute though the Do Not Disturb icon was turned on on my Android watch. At the next traffic light I discovered that Do Not Disturb was on on the phone as well.
A Google search at home found I was not alone in noticing/suffering this. The Android Product Forum had mention of it.
People first reported this back in November 2016, so hopefully a fix will be coming.
Meanwhile, I worked out a workaround using AutoMagic.
The flow below detects the launch of Android Auto and then turns off Do Not Disturb by setting the Ringer on, and turning the audio volume up. I have tested it briefly here at home, but not yet on a commute.
Note : April 2016: Frankly I don't know if this works anymore. It is 7 years old.
I stopped using this when Google Now became useful on my phone, and I could dictate reminders using it.
I found a way a while ago to use Google Voice to record a personal note, transcribe it, and email it to me. A recent Lifehacker post "Five Things We'd Like to See in Google Voice" lists that need as their #5 request, so I realized what I'd figured out is not common knowledge.
In GV's Contacts, create a Group "Special Transcription"
To avoid listening to my standard voice mail when I call, I recorded a short voice mail greeting for this group simply saying "Record note now"
I added a contact with my own cell phone number as the only number, and made it the sole member of this group.
In GV's phone settings, I edited the settings for my cell phone. In the section "Direct access to voicemail when calling your Google number from this phone?" I se…
Sunday October 11, 2009 I wrote about Evernote in my print column, Family Tech. If you are wondering what is Evernote, and why would I want to use it, start with the column.
I promised in that column this post to help new users get efficient fast with Evernote.
I thought I'd write a quick plan for someone's first day with Evernote. This is really meant for after you've installed the client to your computer, so this picks up after you've gone to Evernote's Get Started Page and created an account and downloaded and installed a client for your primary computer.