Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Syncing Android Contacts / Addresses With Your PC (MS Outlook)

This post describes a method for keeping Android contacts and MS Outlook/ PC contacts in sync that works for most Android smartphones.

In a previous post, I described the method I use for keeping my Android phone calendar in sync with my PC (Microsoft Office - Outlook). In this post, I'll describe how I keep the two address books in synch using a similar approach. (I cover both Jelly Bean and ICS)

Synchronizing PC (MS Outlook) and Android Smartphone Contacts (Address Books)

Synchronizing Android smartphone & PC (MS Office) contacts & addresses
Syncing Android & PC Contacts

As before, the key to this approach is to use my Google account as an intermediary. First I'll describe how I sync my Google Gmail contacts with my PC, then how I sync my Google Gmail contacts with my Motorola Droid RAZR smartphone.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Houston Texans 2012: A Few Words of Caution

Less than two years ago, fans were calling for coach Kubiak's head; now the fans all seem convinced this is the year the Texans win the Super Bowl. I argued then that the fans were overreacting; they may be overreacting now as well.

Don't get me wrong, I've never been more excited about the Texans. For the first time, it's not ridiculous to put Texans and Super Bowl in the same sentence. However, I view us as contenders, not odds on favorites. It's far from a sure thing that the Texans will even get to the Super Bowl, let alone win it.

Two Concerns

One obvious concern is the right side of the offensive line. Both the guard, Antoine Caldwell, and the tackle, Derek Newton, are new. Derek Newton is a second year player who

Sunday, September 2, 2012

August 2012 Stock Market Update

Stock Market (DJIA) monthly performance / closing prices for last 12 months
Dow Index Monthly Closes Through August, 2012

The Quiet Before The Storm?

The lack of volatility continued in August. During the whole month, there was exactly one day when the Dow was up or down by one percent or more. Near mid-month, the VIX, a measure of volatility, sank to a five-year low of 13.45.

In the face of some well-documented and continuing domestic and international issues, the stock market just keeps plodding along -- creeping ever upward. The market has been up in 10 of the last 11 months. Mainly, it's a little here, a little there. However, it all adds up. During the eleven months the Dow has increased 20%.

Dow Reaches Milestone

As a result, believe it or not, the Dow has