My husband woke me up tonight to tell me he was leaving for work, and that he had mail waiting for me.
The mail was one of those official-looking things from a mysteriously nameless address that are all sealed up with a tear-off strip on the end – the kind collection agencies send you. I thought, "Oh crap, more insurance BS to deal with."
The outside said "card inside, do not bend". I relaxed a little, because collection agencies don’t send cards. So I opened it to find … AARP spam! They want me to buy a membership, which includes a magazine full of tips to help me "enjoy life over 50". Uhhh … okay, sure. Whatever you say. Like I’m not already enjoying life.
That’s right – I’m apparently an "old person" now. It feels very odd to be getting this stuff. Hubby had a great laugh over it. I told him, "You knew this would happen eventually."
Personally, I’m looking forward to the day I can start getting the senior citizen discount at restaurants. That’ll be fun.
I finally upgraded my phone to the new Android OS. The first thing I did was go through every setting and make damn sure nothing was turned on by default that I didn’t want running.
After that, I installed all the useful apps I’d run across while configuring my Android tablet. I can actually see my calendar agenda without squinting! (Thanks, CalenGoo.) Then I added my CalDAV and CardDAV accounts to keep my calendar and contacts synced.
It didn’t occur to me until after I finished all this that not once was I nagged by Google to sync anything or register an account, as I was when I first got my phone and tried to use my calendar.
I don’t even have to use the Google Play market to get apps. I dislike having to use a Google account just to get in and look around. If it was just for the market, that would be fine, but the account is linked up to a whole bunch of other services I’ll never use (but they assume I will). That means I have to log in and go through all the settings for each service just to make sure nothing happens behind my back. Plus, Play market doesn’t take Paypal – they want my credit card number. Um … no thanks, Google.
I use Amazon Apps (which uses my existing Amazon account) and Android Pit and SlideMe (who accept Paypal). The few things I can’t find there I can find elsewhere and download the .apk installation files directly without going to a market of any kind.
By the way, if you don’t have your own WebDAV server, and need a good site to serve your calendars and contacts, Fruux.com works well. I’ve had no problems keeping my phone, tablet and PC synced. The one email I’ve sent to the support staff was replied to by a very polite guy, so that’s a brownie point in my book. They have both free and paid accounts available.
I know that one human and her phone are nothing that earth-shaking, but I like being able to take things into my own hands and make my device do what I need it to do. I’m pretty happy with the way things have turned out.
I’ve never liked the way Android devices try to force you to use Google services for everything. What if I don’t wanna?
Well, after several days of research and trial and error, I have my calendar and contacts set up so I can keep them synced on both tablet and PC using a private CalDAV/CardDAV server. Now I don’t have to give Google all my events and contacts just so I can use the damn tablet the way I want.
Like the Key maker said in The Matrix – there’s always another way.