I Sold My Old Cellphone Today..Maybe

Last week I got a new Android phone. I didn’t want to because I knew it would be more expensive, both upfront and adding money to our monthly cell bill. But, the Almost Wife told me that even if the work I got hadn’t required one, all the phones are going that way anyway. So I might as well get on board. I really do like my new phone a lot. I got the LG Optimus in Titanium color. Some of the first apps I downloaded were…

One Bus Away: An app created by some UW students, OBA tells you where Metro buses are REALLY at. No more wondering how long it will be till they randomly appear.

Pulse: A news reader that delivers mainstream news, blog feeds, and anything I search for in a modular, tappable, easy to read format. News in bite-size bits. I love it.

PicSay: I haven’t played with it much yet, but it lets you edit pictures. You can add thought bubbles, magic effects, and stickers to any pic on your phone. Yep, it’s fun.

Uninstaller: Not a sexy app, but SO necessary. Especially if you’re a download freak like I am. I already tried 6 or 7 different apps and didn’t like them. A quick couple of clicks through uninstaller, and they’re gone.

Advanced Task Manager: I would never have figured this one out on my own. I found out from a tech blog that this app is a major battery saver. If you don’t want apps running, let task manager know and it kills them. This also frees up memory. You know, so you can download more stuff!

But this post is really about how I’m in the process of selling my old cellphone. Ah, I am rather fond of my Samsung Gravity 2. Once the Almost Wife finds out, she’ll say I should have kept it for a backup, like she does with hers. And maybe she’s right. But a larger part of me wanted to see if these services are all they put themselves out there to be. So, here’s what’s happened so far:

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Grade Your Online Impact!

I ran into this pretty cool site last week called Grader.com. It’s a set of free tools from Hub to help you figure out how well you’re building your web presence. You can analyze your Facebook page, Twitter account, website, and a few other online presence metrics. It gives you a grade out of 100, with a list of suggestions for improvement. For example, my other blog, Linc In The Bible (http://lincinthebible.blog.com/) got a grade of 92. The grade must be a live thing, because I swear when I first put it up it was around 35 or 38.

Anyway, I think this site is a lot of fun, and can be a great help in improving your online presence, whether you’re a professional, or just someone who likes to have a little fun! Here’s the address:  http://grader.com/