Default Movie Downloads To Your Android SD Card & Thoughts About Power & Ineptitude

There’s a title for you! Since I wrote it that way then that’s the order I’m writing this post in.

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Barnes & Noble is getting out of the online movie business as it applies to their Nook line. They sent out email telling us it was coming, and that there were multiple services we needed to consider. One of those services, or apps, is called Disney Movies Anywhere, as any movie that’s either originally from Disney or now owned by them can only be played on our technology through them.

I downloaded the app, opened it up, put in my username and password (which I had to create online) and decided to test things out. I tried downloading a movie… only to have it tell me I didn’t have the storage space for it.

I thought it would automatically download to the SD card but then I remembered on the original Nook there was a setting for that. However, I’ve upgraded and now have the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7″ (I actually have 2 Nooks, but that’s for another time lol) and the app or the Nook, which is a lot like the Samsung phone (which I have) didn’t have that as an option.

Y’all know how I am. Thus, I went online to search for how to do it. I searched and searched for it… for nearly an hour. I finally found the answer here, on a product forum, but the guy wasn’t sure it would work and there was no further correspondence about it.

It worked, so now I’m going to tell you what to do.

Every Android has an app called Play Movies & TV. Open that up, go into settings, and near the bottom is an option for where you want movie downloads to go. Select SD card and it not only works when you download movies from that app but from every other app that doesn’t have a setting to allow you to do it. Problem solved!

I was happy to find that answer. I was also extremely irked. I was irked because during the course of my search I saw that there were lots of people who were looking for the same answer that I was. If they were anything like me, they probably first went to the Android site looking for an answer. Then they went to whichever app site they were trying to download from looking for an answer. Next they went to the Google Play store looking for an answer. After that it was a free-for-all.

That I found it on a Google forum was intriguing but it was also problematic for me. I wondered why none of the above sites or companies decided it was important enough to put that information on their sites to help their customers out. I mean, this wasn’t company secrets; nothing was being compromised.

I came to one of two different conclusions. Either it’s because they felt they were too powerful a company to be bothered by minuscule issues like this or they were so inept that they never figured it out for themselves.

Power is an interesting concept. All of us probably think we know something someone else doesn’t; quite often we’re right. There’s nothing wrong with withholding your knowledge from someone else, especially if you’re not getting paid for it.

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The parameters change when someone decides they’re willing to pay you for that information. If it’s a product, those people are expecting that if they have questions that you’ll answer those questions for them, either in a product manual, a FAQ (frequently asked questions) page, or, if it’s the rest of us, in a blog post. It’s one of the reasons I gripe about sites that purport to tell us how to do something yet leave out some of the steps along the way. That doesn’t help anyone does it?

Ineptitude is another intriguing concept. Most of the time it’s not intentional; either someone doesn’t know or they forgot something. None of us are perfect, so we don’t get as mad when that type of thing happens.

It’s when it’s time to correct something, or pony up the rest of what people need to know, especially once the question has been asked multiple times, and the correction isn’t made that we tend to get upset. You should have seen some of the things people were writing on other forums because they were frustrated at not being able to get the answers they were looking for. Who here hasn’t been there?

Back in March I wrote a post about disappointing blog content where I took some of the points that a person wrote for another blog and basically beat them up because she either didn’t say anything new about them or didn’t offer anything that was actually helpful. I’m not saying that every single blog post someone writes has to be helpful; after all, I said in 2012 that a blog’s purpose should be to educate, entertain or inform, which Copyblogger just agreed with in a recent post & video (you think maybe they’re reading this blog? lol).

what I am saying is that if you’re going to either sell something off your site, or purport to be an authority on it, that you also need to be willing to either change something up when people bring issues to you about it or write an addendum somewhere so it’s easy for people to find the answers to their questions, especially if it’s a common question.

At least that’s how I see things. Those of you who will possibly comment are either bloggers, purveyors of social media or consumers; what’s your take on what I see is obviously a major customer service issue?
 

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5 More Android Apps I Recommend

Continuing on a theme I’ve been on for some of the last few posts, the last time I talked about Android applications I’m using that I liked was December 2011; man, I’m slow in getting back to stuff, but at least this time I’m not as far from the last time.

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I know for sure that 4 of these I downloaded independently; the last one I’m not so sure about. I know I’ve written about #4 here, but it earns a second mention:

1. Dropbox I have to admit that I was really hesitant to add Dropbox. Sure I had added Evernote, but I wasn’t moving any large files or personal files to it, just some notes and such. But an organization I belong to wanted all of its directors to set it up, and I did and it’s been a godsend.

How? Most of you know I’m working out of town. Over the winter I’ve been staying out of town almost an entire month, then going home for a long weekend. I’ve always needed stuff, and finally I decided to move all my written files, all my web files, and a host of other files over. Then the other day my wife called me while I was leaving work for lunch and was frantic because she didn’t have a couple of files she needed. I had them in Dropbox so I pulled them up, and you can email files from Dropbox. She had them in a minute; catastrophe solved.

Here’s the thing. It’s free, and the more things you add to it so you can access it, such as your computer, laptop, smartphone and, for me, my Nook, the more free space you get. You can also pay for 100 GB at a nominal rate. And if you get other people to download the software via your link, you earn 500MB per person, up to 16GB of space. I don’t know if that’s forever but hey, here’s my link if you want to download it or check it out; help a brotha out! 🙂

2. WatchESPN Y’all know I’m a Syracuse Orange sports fan. I’m also in the south right now. Because they’re a top flight team I’ve been able to watch many of their games on ESPN, but not all of them.

The WatchESPN app lets you watch any game for any sports that ESPN happens to cover for free online via their app. So the night Syracuse beat North Carolina State with a final steal and scoring with 9 seconds left, I was sitting at a desk in my hotel room watching it in high definition on the Nook; life doesn’t get better than that.

3. Flixster I hadn’t paid any attention to having a Flixster account previously. I knew I had an Ultraviolet account, but at some point they must have merged. Anyway, turns out that I have 2 digital movies that I can watch either on my smartphone or on the Nook, and I can add more via streaming from their site or purchasing the digital rights via Barnes & Noble. Here’s one more thing; if you purchase any movie anywhere and it offers you a digital copy, you can hook it up so you can watch it on your platforms without having to find someone to crack the software… not that I know anyone who knows how to do that anymore (cough).

4. Instagram I wrote about this in June 2012 once it was finally available for Android and I still love it. Not only can I share my pictures with others but if I don’t have it downloaded to my computer I can link my own pictures to my blog via a link. Also, it’s a great way to store pictures if you want to download them to your computer or other platforms later on. And now you can upload 6 second videos, although for the life of me I can’t seem to figure it out; oh well…

5. DU Speed Booster I was having problems getting a couple of apps to work on my phone one day and I happened to come across an article in PC World Magazine about this one. It runs optimization processes on your smartphone (they don’t have it for the Nook so I don’t know if it’ll work on the iPad) that not only helps to resolve conflicts, but clears out all those extra files for whenever you upload, download, or update programs and other apps. It’s fast and speeds up your smartphone at the same time.

There you go, a recommendations post and, funny enough, post #1,499 on this blog. I wonder what’s coming up next…
 

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My 5 Favorite Android Apps

This year I got my first smartphone, the HTC Thunderbolt. Within a couple of weeks I was in love with the phone, but still had no real idea how to use it more fully.

Enter apps. I’m still somewhat hesitant to download a bunch of them but there are a few that I have downloaded and stuck with that I like a lot, for different reasons. I thought I’d share mine here and then see if y’all come up with some I should try. These are Android apps, so if you don’t have an Android you might not be able to use all of these, though I think some of them are universal.

1. TweetCaster. This is what I use to access Twitter on the smartphone, and I have to admit that I love it. I first tried using TweetDeck, which I have on my computer, but it just didn’t work the same. However, Tweetcaster allows for some of the same type of customization that TweetDeck does on the computer, and I loved it so much that it became my first apps purchase for the pro version.

2. Evernote. This was recommended by a local friend of mine and was one of the first apps I downloaded. It allows me to keep track of information by typing it into a program on my computer or on the smartphone and having things sync between them. On the computer I use it to keep lists such as groceries and medications, and on the phone I use it to save links I come across while on Twitter that I can view later in a larger space on the computer. It has many other uses as well.

3. SPD – it stands for Super Private Conversation. I downloaded this one because I kept getting repeat messages and sales calls from people I didn’t know. This allows you to block someone the first time and you never have to deal with them again. With new legislation that’s being passed we’re all going to be getting more sales calls, so I see this coming in handy as time goes by.

4. Shortyz. Hey, we all get to have some fun, right? In this case it’s a crossword puzzle app that downloads digital crosswords from some of the top periodicals in the country like the NY Times and USA Today, as well as a host of others. You get to program which ones you want and whether you want it to automatically download them or wait for you to ask.

5. Comic Strips. Y’all know I’m a big kid at heart. I also don’t subscribe to a daily newspaper anymore and rarely buy the Sunday paper. The only thing I cared about anyway was the comics pages. This app allows you to select from a lot of different comic strips and it downloads them automatically every day. You can view them when you’re ready, as it retains, at least as far as I’ve seen, up to 3 or 4 months worth of each.

That’s all I have. I have tried some others but all have fallen somewhat short, including, of all things, the Firefox app. But I expect I’ll keep trying some of the free ones as time goes by.
 

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