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Best Practices for Managing Incoming E-Mail

By Dawn Bjork Buzbee

Microsoft research indicates the average Outlook user reads 1800 e-mails & deletes an average of 1500 e-mails per month. Other sources cite that many corporate e-mail users handle more than 200 messages a day. How do you manage this volume of messages without coming down with E-MAIL OCD, that is, the temptation to constantly check your e-mail?

Microsoft Outlook, and other e-mail programs, are tools to help you manage not only your e-mail but also your calendar, contacts, and tasks. As such, it is at the center of not only your communications but also your time management. To get the most out of Outlook for handling your incoming e-mail, let’s look at some basic principles.

(Note: although some of the features mentioned are specific to Outlook, most of these ideas can help you manage your e-mail and time regardless of the e-mail program you use).

Establish a Routine

Every time you move away from your work to check e-mail, you lose focus and productivity. When should you check e-mail? There are a variety of viewpoints, although most time management and productivity experts agree that one of the keys is to have a schedule or plan on how and when you handle your e-mail. One approach is to check your messages first thing in the morning, sometime around lunch, and then near the end of your work day. Some people shut down Outlook during the other periods in their day just to avoid the temptation. You may find that a different strategy works better for you. Most important is to set a routine you can follow through on so incoming e-mail stops being a big distraction and energy drain.

Tame Your Inbox with the Four Ds

When reading your e-mail, decide whether to:

  • Delete it. If it isn’t important, delete it immediately.
  • Do it (respond, file, call, etc.). If it can be done in two minutes or less, do it.
  • Delegate it (forward). If it isn’t for you or if you can, delegate (forward) it.
  • Defer it (using color categories and flags) for a second review in your task list. If you need to do it, but it takes longer than two minutes (including reading) defer or hold off on it.

Choose Your Response

Has this ever happened to you-you get a phone call from someone asking if you received the e-mail they just sent out 15 minutes ago? Apparently, they are waiting impatiently in front of their computer expecting you to respond immediately regardless of what you may be doing at the time. Maybe they should have just called you at the start! Still, some messages may require a quick response even if you have limited time while others can wait.

  • Acknowledge messages that require a more extensive response. If you are too busy to respond with a full answer right away, let the sender know you are looking into the issue and will respond by a certain time or date. Flag the message to do later.
  • Disable automatic alerts. Turn off automatic sounds and visual alerts so you are not so easily pulled back into your Inbox every time a new message arrives. Unless you are working with some critical deadlines requiring e-mail communication or are pressed to respond ASAP, stick with your chosen schedule for checking and responding to your messages.

Eliminate the Clutter in Your Inbox

In addition to initiating fewer e-mail messages, look at other ways to reduce the messages in your Inbox:

  • Publish frequently requested information on your company website and make sure the website is quickly updated when changes occur.
  • When you are sending out informational messages that do not require feedback, discourage unnecessary responses by using formal language and begin and end messages with No Reply Needed or FYI Only.
  • Unsubscribe to electronic newsletters you don’t read and move others out of your Inbox to folders for reading during travel or other down times. Don’t unsubscribe to mailings you never initiated or you may further open the flow of junk mail.
  • If you are running Outlook on Microsoft Exchange, setup the Out of Office Assistant or Automatic Replies features to respond to incoming messages when you are not available to answer your e-mail. Clearly state your response time, when you will return, and who can be contacted during your absence.

Apply these best practices and other time management strategies to free you up from your Inbox.

Dawn Bjork Buzbee is The Software Pro® and a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) as well as a certified Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Master Instructor, certified Microsoft Applications Specialist (MCAS) Instructor, and a certified Microsoft Office expert. Dawn shares smart and easy ways to effectively use software through her work as a software speaker, trainer, consultant, and author of 6 books. Discover more software tips, tricks, tactics, and techniques at

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Basic Java Interview Questions


Basic Java Interview Questions

By Richa Pandey

Java today is one of the most sought programming languages by developers and programmers all over the world. The Java platform is being used for development of all kinds of rich applications in phones, tablets, desktops, speakers & other IT enabled software. Thus, demand for Java developers has increased in the market & everybody is jumping on the bandwagon to secure the job of a Java developer. So if you are also in the race & are going to face technical Java interview questions during recruitment but don’t know where to look for the basic Java interview questions, then a complete ready reckoner guide is here for you.

1. What is Java?

Java is a platform independent & object oriented programming language called OOPS. This language was discovered by Mr. James Gosling of Sun Micro systems in early 1991.

2. What is class & define abstract class in Java?

In simple Java terms, class refers to a group of similar objects with the same attributes (data structure) and behavior (function). Java consists of different types of classes such as abstract class, interface class, etc. Abstract class is a differential implemented class (means some portion of this class can be fully implemented during execution while other portions can not be fully implemented).

3. What is the difference between an interface & abstract class in Java?

An abstract class has no direct instances in the system & consists of methods inside the code strings, while such a feature is absent in the interface class.

4. Explain some of the basic features of Java.

Here you can explain many features of Java such as:


  • Java is reusable
  • Unlike other programming languages, Java gives the main emphasis to data instead of procedure – thus making it more user-friendly.
  • Java is a very secure language as none of the data can be accessed by the external or third party function directly without the first user’s permission.
  • Java is platform independent.

5. Explain the difference between a queue & a stack.

The basic difference between a queue and a stack is that a queue works on FIFO concept (that is, first in first out rule) while the stack works on LIFO concept (means last in first out) rule.

6. What do you mean by Java packaging?

Java packaging helps in neat & concise filing of different classes into the respective directories, thus making it easier for the user to categorize the data properly. So if you are dealing with various modules & want to organize your files into proper classes without much hassle, then Java packaging is the apt solution for you.

Besides these basic Java interview questions, you will be asked to write some basic programs in Java language explaining different commands used in each step by the interviewer. The interviewer may also give you some already written programs & you have to find the error(s) present in any steps of the given program stating the reason of errors present with proper logic. So just brush up on your Java fundamentals from any resources available to you & practice some programs execution & running on the computer to master the language & sail through the Java interview questions easily.

A freelance writer writing for a pioneer website which specializes on GRE and GMAT based content and preparation material.


Create an MS Access Database – 9 Simple Steps to a Productive Database
By Joe D Richardson

STEP 1: Define the Purpose

Before you try to create an MS Access database first decide what the purpose for the database is. Software is much like a vehicle. Cars transport people from one place to another. Trucks can carry a few people and lots of cargo. The database you create should have a mission and purpose. It may be to track jobs, log activity, record and monitor sales or any of thousands of purposes.

STEP 2: Define Your Workflow

Most people skip this step before trying to create an MS Access database. You’ll regret it if you do! You have work to get done and already have steps you are probably following now to accomplish the job. You’re not yet using an access database to accomplish these tasks. Write these processes down in a step by step fashion. This is your workflow. Workflow usually starts with the arrival of some type of information. That information will need to be entered into the database once it’s built. What are you currently doing with that information? Using spreadsheets? Using paper? What steps are you taking once you receive that information? Do you process it? Does it go to someone else for approvals? Write down the workflow you are currently using to process that information from beginning to end. This is essential before creating your Access database.

STEP 3: Identify Forms & Reports

Next, take that workflow and review it step by step. Mark beside each step where you will need to enter information or retrieve information. Really that’s all you can do with a computer – put information in or get information out. Write down, beside each step, on your workflow the points where you need:

  • To enter data (form)
  • To modify data (form)
  • To View data on the screen (form)
  • To print data on a report (report)

STEP 4: Design Forms & Reports

After marking up your workflow with forms and reports you should next should draw out, on paper, what you want each form and each report to look like. This will become your database design. I suggest you use paper first. This is where you get creative and using paper is quick and simple. On each form and report you’ll want to write the names of the fields you want to use or see. Draw the buttons you will need too. Each form or report needs a title also. This will help you think and discover exactly what fields you need and where they need to be placed. Then, look over your reports and make sure you know where the data came from for that field or column.

STEP 5: Design Your Tables

Now you can design your tables. Based on each of your forms you can see what tables you will need. Normally each form will have a table, and that table will contain the fields from your form. Some of those fields may come from other tables but the bulk will normally come from one table.

  1. List the tables you will need and the fields for each.
  2. Each table should have a unique identifier “Primary Key” for each record. For example; if the table is full of drivers then a “Driver ID” key would be assigned to each driver record in the table. No two primary key fields in the database should be named the same.

STEP 6: Discover Your Relationships

Relationships in Access are not designed, they are discovered based on your actual business practices. Look for one-to-many or parent-child relationships. And place a foreign key in each of the child tables. For example, if you had a State table and a County table you know each state has many counties. This is a parent-child relationship. The State table should have a Key field ID. Place this same field ID in your County table. Make sure it’s the same field type, but is not a key field. The County table should have its own Key field.

STEP 7: Build Your Tables

After designing your tables you can build your tables. Microsoft included lots of tools to help you build the components for your database. I will not get into all the details in this article. It’s most important though, that you build your tables before you build your forms.

  1. Create your tables
  2. Create your fields
  3. Set your field properties
  4. Establish your relationships

STEP 8: Build Your Forms

After building your tables then you build your forms. Follow the paper design so you know where your fields should be placed. You can use wizards or add them by hand. Make sure you build your tables first before you build your forms.

STEP 9: Build your reports

After building your forms enter some test data so you can see what you are doing on your reports. Building reports is usually the last step.


As you can see the process goes in reverse when you build your database. If you don’t design from the top down and build from the bottom up then you will run into the problems 95% of people do when they try to create an access database.


  1. Design Forms and Reports on paper
  2. Design Tables on paper
  3. Build Tables
  4. Build forms and reports


  1. Start building forms on the fly
  2. Try to build the tables to work with the forms
  3. Change the forms to fit the tables
  4. Build the reports
  5. Change the tables to fit the reports
  6. Change the forms to fit the tables
  7. Keep repeating the above steps until you are completely confused and frustrated!

Joe Richardson is a professional database developer and has been building MS Access databases since 1996. He has more than 300 clients in 4 countries across varied industries.

Visit Joe’s website to learn how you can create an Access Database or ask him to build yours.

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Basics of the Internet

Basics of the Internet

By Pocholo Peralta

The Internet in its earlier decades was simple and easy to use. But as years go by, it becomes more complex and very fast. After using the Net for more than four years, I got inspired to review its basics because I seem to have forgotten it! Let’s get back to Internet basics and basic components.

The most prominent component of the Internet model is the Internet Protocol (IP) which provides addressing systems (IP addresses) for computers on the Internet. It enables internetworking and essentially establishes the Internet itself. But one of the cause of Internet connection problems is the exhaustion of IPv4 (IP version 4) because of the explosive growth of the Internet. Now we wouldn’t be in the basics anymore if we continue so…

Connecting to the Internet

Broadband – Most users prefer this connection because it’s the fastest and most stable. But you can only use this on a fixed location.

WiFi or Wireless – As opposed to broadband, you can use this connection where ever you are, ergo wireless.

Programs and Applications

Before you can do something with your computer, you must have programs and applications. When you buy a new computer, there are already installed programs that would let you add more.


Browsers are the doors to the Net. Our connection to the Internet is useless without them. In order for us to browse or ‘surf’ the Internet and connect to other websites, we need to use browsers. Examples of Browsers:

Google Chrome







The main reason for connecting to the Net is networking which is sharing of resources and information among computers and devices connected to the network. By networking, users can communicate efficiently and easily via e-mail, instant messaging, chat rooms, telephony, video telephone calls, and videoconferencing.

Social Networking is mainly done for leisure. By using programs and applications, people can join a social network and exchange messages and pictures. The most popular social network sites are Facebook and Twitter. Serious working people see social networks as time wasters.

Internet Safety and Security

Many new computer users don’t realize that maintaining their gadgets isn’t a simple task and fail to maintain the safety and security of their computers, either unintentionally or by recklessness, until one day, their computer ‘crashes’ and find out that their gadget wouldn’t work anymore.

Tasks for maintenance and safety:

Updating Operating System

Updating Browsers

Updating Antivirus, Antimalware, Antispyware

Using link scanners that check if the site we plan to visit is safe

Deleting suspicious ‘flash cookies’

Doing all these tasks regularly

(And I’m not sure yet if these tasks are complete!)

We can update any of these automatically but sometimes for some reason, it stops working. So another task is checking for updates.

Things that could happen if we ignore safety:

Malfunction of your computer

Malware, spyware, or virus infection which could stop or ruin our computers

Identity theft which could lead to stolen bank accounts -This is the most dangerous and most popular among computer criminals

Hijacking of your personal weblogs, email account, or sites

I hope I have convinced us all that Internet security is a must. Some techies believe that we have to be paranoid about our internet safety to be really safe.

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5 Tips to Help You Have Great Skype Calls

By Meghan Burton

Are you having some trouble with popular VoIP program Skype but you have no idea how to fix it? If you’re not entirely tech savvy, you may be struggling and tempted to give up on it before you’ve even begun. Don’t worry! Here are solutions to five common problems. These are all easy solutions that anyone can understand and implement.

1. Bad Call Quality

The most common cause of poor call quality on Skype is when two users are running different versions of the program. The codecs will not be compatible which leads to echoing, lost voice packets, and general difficulty. It’s easy to fix this; each of you needs to update your own program. Just navigate to the main website and download the newest version. Alternatively, you could click on “Help” and “Check for Updates” in the Skype menu. If that option greys out, there are no updates. If there are, the program will guide you through installation of them.

After installation, check to see if the situation has improved. Skype is regularly improving on its codecs and you should always update for the latest one.

2. Call Quality Fluctuates Even After Updates

Check your internet quality. Are you doing something else online, like downloading or uploading a large file? Do you have a very low speed connection to the internet? These issues can combine to lower your call quality. Unfortunately if your internet speed fluctuates, there’s nothing you can do, but you can try not to download or upload files while you are chatting on Skype. This includes browsing large websites that may have excessive use of flash.

3. Webcam Picture Is Blurry

If your webcam looks dark, check that it’s securely connected to your computer and installed properly. Try opening it in its native program (after closing Skype) and troubleshooting from there first because that program may recognize more issues than Skype will. Turn more lights on so that the lighting is more central. Very few webcams will provide good quality video in a video call, but you can improve it with even, bright lighting.

4. Webcam Isn’t Working at All

First, check that Skype is recognizing your video. Go to Tools, Options, and then choose Video Settings under “General”. You should see an image of yourself. If you don’t, first check that no other program is using your video. You won’t be able to do both. If it still doesn’t work, again ensure that your version of Skype is fully updated. Update your webcam drivers by going to your manufacturer’s website and downloading new ones for your model. Sometimes older webcams struggle with Skype.

5. How Do I Block Someone?

Just like any instant messaging type service, Skype unfortunately has its fair share of spammers. If you receive inappropriate message or invitations to video calls, you naturally want to take the next step and block those users from accessing you again. Blocking is easy. Just right-click on the person’s name from the instant message or the call and choose “block this person” from the menu.

If you’re having a lot of problems or you simply don’t want others to view when you’re on Skype, you can also go invisible. This will mean that only you can initiate calls and instant messaging conversations because everyone else will see you as logged out. In order to do this, click on Skype at the top, then hover over online status. Invisible should be one of the options.

The Skype website is a fantastic place to investigate if you have more tech knowledge or are having a different problem. I hope these tips helped!

Meghan Burton is a professional copywriter. She recommends Octavia IT Services for business VoIP phone systems.

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Your Mozilla Firefox is Slow? How to Effectively Boost the Browsing Speed

By Jacob A. Turner

Your Mozilla Firefox is slow because of a number of reasons we would trash out in this discuss. Mozilla is one of the best browsers on the entire internet world at the moment. It’s uniqueness sterns from the fact that it supports several other operating systems such as Linux, Mac, Windows and many others. You may need to boost the speed of your Mozilla browser sometimes. Follow the Firefox tweaks below to enhance the speed of the browser.

Start by typing: ‘about:config ‘ on the address bar of the Mozilla Firefox. You would be taken to a page where you are asked if you want to proceed or not. Just click ‘ENTER’ so that you would be taken to a list of configurations and many more. This configuration is almost universal in nature and is the exact configuration used by most irrespective of the computer’s speed or the connection type. The configurations are as follows:

On the filter tab; enter ‘network.http.pipelining’, then double click on the network.http.pipelining field, and then set the value you see there to ‘TRUE’. You should set the next value to ’8′ by double clicking the next field that says: network.http.pipelining.maxrequests.

Then get back to the filter tab and type ‘network.http.proxy.pipeliningand hit ‘ENTER’. Set it at ‘True’ by double clicking ‘network.http.proxy.pipelining’ field.

Now, right-click on any corner or anywhere on the about:config result and simply choose new and then integer. Follow it up by typing ‘content.notify.backoffcount’, then click ‘OK’ and set the value to ’5′.

Then type ‘network.dns.disableIPv6′ on the filter tab you see there. Don’t forget to set this to the value ‘TRUE’ too.

Lastly, set the ‘ui.submenuDelay’ to the value ’0′. To find this, simply right-click on anywhere on the about:config result and follow it up by choosing new integer.

The Mozilla is slow but not after completely this detailed reconfiguration. You would definitely experience faster and better browser.

There are lots of configurations on any browser because of the nature of their primary task, that is helping to gather data from all over the internet but the ones we have discussed above are those that simply would help to hasten the speed of your browser. You don’t need to worry about what may have happened to you computer is the speed suddenly disappears. It may be as a result of certain configurations that needs readjustments or some certain actions you have earlier taken that require redress.

If your Mozilla Firefox is slow after reconfiguring certain configs, it is the time to look in the direction of the registry. It is true that the registry performs a lot of useful tasks. It sometimes gathers more information than it can process and gets ‘confused’ in the process. This usually results in wrong saving of certain data. This kind of confusion usually results to slow speed of the entire computer because it would be difficult for it to interpreter the actions you are requesting. By trying to properly ‘read’ what you are asking it to do, the result takes time and this is what causes most of the slowed system speed.

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How to Ensure Data Security by Using an Effective Firewall

By V K Rajagopalan

Data security is extremely important for every person that uses a computer system. One of the best ways that you can ensure data security is by using a firewall. A firewall is a program that is built in to most computer systems. It can also be a hardware device that helps to block intrusions from worms, hackers, and even viruses.

The intrusions that the firewall blocks are those that try to reach the system through the internet. While you can ensure data security by way of a firewall, it is essential to understand that it needs to be supplemented with a decent program that focuses on eliminating viruses and spyware. This will ensure maximum protection.

If you are on a network, whether it is in the home or at a business, it is absolutely essential that you ensure that you activate a firewall on each and every single system in that network. Many feel if they have a router, which is a firewall that is hardware based, that is enough. However, it is not. Every computer should have an active firewall on the system.

You may find that choosing a firewall for your system is a challenge. There are three basic types of firewalls that can be selected. First, you have the standard firewall that is a software program. Next, you have the firewall that is an actual piece of hardware. Then, you have a firewall that is automatically built in to the wireless routers that you find on many types of networks.

In order to determine which type of firewall is most appropriate for your particular situation, there are a few things that you must consider. These considerations are as follows:

1. How many computers will this particular firewall be responsible for handling?

2. What types of operating systems do these computers implement? An operating system is represented by Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Macintosh.

If you have a Microsoft Windows operating system that has XP with the Service Pack 2 or the Vista version, you may benefit from using the firewall that is built in to Windows. This firewall is built in to the system and it automatically turned on to ensure data security.

Many individuals who have Windows XP have elected to not download Service Pack 2. If you are one of these individuals, you may be wondering if it is possible to benefit from a firewall that is built into Windows. The answer is “yes”. You can enjoy protection through the Internet Connection Firewall, but it is important that you turn this function on in order to benefit from the protection that it offers.

There are many different types of firewalls that you can purchase as standalone software for your computer system if you elect to. These types of firewalls are extremely beneficial for individuals who have the operating system of Windows 98, ME, 200, and even Linux, and Macintosh. The only real downfall to these types of programs is that they can prove to be costly and it may prove to be challenging when it comes to the initial installation and configuration.

The latest version of Windows is Windows 7 which was released sometime in October 2009. This version has proved to be the best among all earlier Windows operating systems in terms of functionality, built-in security features and ease of use. I would strongly suggest that you upgrade your computer’s operating systems to Windows 7 at your earliest.

If you have a network in your home, or at your business, it may be best to have the firewall of a hardware router. These pieces of hardware can connect many different computers at once. This security is supplemental to any firewall that is already installed on the computer systems. It does require a little wiring when it comes to setup. This is a minor complication compared to the dangers that hackers, worms, and viruses can pose to your system.

If you have a wireless network in your home, it is important to ensure that you have a wireless router. Not only does this router assist in establishing an internet connection, it is also beneficial in acting as a firewall. The downfall to these types of firewalls is that it broadcasts a signal via radio waves that can be accessed by someone outside of the network if they know how to do so.

If you use a wireless router, it is important that it is equipped with a proper password. It may take some money to purchase the additional equipment, but it is well worth the safety and security that is offered to your network. This is essential to ensuring the protection of your data. If you want to ensure the data security on your computers, a good firewall, or a multiple firewall is an absolute must.

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Android Application Developer – A Whole New World of Possibilities

By Kim Dsoza

Google’s Android operating system has taken the world of mobile application development by storm, for quite some time now. Granted, there are still less number of apps available for the platform compared to the other platforms like iPhone, Blackberry and Symbian but this is for sure that Google’s Android has already started spreading its tendrils to other handsets. On its recent earnings call, T-Mobile announced that it has sold its one millionth G1 phone based on the Android open-source operating system, meaning it took Google just six months to do this. This by all means is an impressive feat considering the incredible anticipation and fervor for the iPhone.

Android apps cost a good amount each, and hence can be used to rake in a steady stream of income over time. Here are the advantages that I foresee for building an Android application vis a vis other platforms:

1. Android OS Roils SmartPhone Market: Android Mobile Operating system was introduced a year back and could hardly give a competition to Apple iPhone but with the recent slew of new Android based devices the growth has been phenomenal with a phenomenal 15 point jump in just 3 months.

2. Huge developer community support: The Android platform is open to all, and as such there is a dedicated community of developers actively working on this platform. If there are any troubles that the developers run into during the development phase, there will always be help at hand. Besides, if there are any bugs, community members will also offer help during testing phase. This will make sure that your apps are stable and bug free when those are released.

3. Ease of Development and Porting: By default, Android is configured to auto-scale everything in most cases, however if layouts are specified with exact pixel values rather than the other suggested options the developers can easily make the necessary changes with the help of published content. The support for porting legacy applications to add support for larger or smaller screens is rather much simpler in case of Android. Sometimes it might be as simple as adding the following into their AndroidManifest.xml

4. Stable platform: Owing to its Linux core, the Android operating system from Google exhibits rock solid stability and resists crashes. As such, the apps developed on this platform exhibit the same characteristic, resulting in rock solid stability, resistance to anomalies in the system.

5. Many sales options: The Android apps can be sold in a variety of ways. There is the Android App Market, which the majority of users access in order to purchase and download Android apps. Secondly, there are third party stores that just about anyone can use to sell their apps. Even you can set up your own store to sell the apps, which is a huge plus, considering many other popular platforms force you to sell apps from their stores only.

6. Excellent ROI: The Android apps cost quite a good amount to download; hence you can be assured of getting excellent returns over your investment. All you have to do is find a good Android application developer for getting your apps built, and upload it in a store that is offering good commissions over sales.

As Android’s growth continues to explode since the release of the Droid, one developer, in fact, wrote that his app, which was showing modest, double-digit daily sales late last year, now reports that his app is making $13,000 a month.

But in order to net a steady stream of income it is important to partner with a well reputed organization with an established record of delivering robust mobile applications and someone who can contribute not just from technology perspective but also add value by engaging in providing suggestions for future enhancements of the product.

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Motorola QUENCH – New Tricks From an Old Dog

By Simon Drew

Motorola, the world’s third largest mobile phone maker after Nokia and Samsung has unveiled its latest Android smartphones at the recently concluded 2010 Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona.

The Motorola QUENCH with MOTOBLUR is its 8th Android sporting the older 1.5 Cupcake version just when many new unveiled Androids have started using the new 2.1 Éclair. But this just confirms our suspicion that because of its open source nature, Android versions, unless severely handicapped, can easily be tweaked to rival even the latest versions coming from Google.

It also further buttresses the observation that no upgrade paths are necessary. Versions remain as OS variants with UIs like Sense form HTC and UX from Sony Ericsson making an upgrade irrelevant. The suspicion is finally confirmed when Acer came out with the latest Liquid e showing nothing else but the new 2.1 Éclair OS when they could have just provided an OS upgrade to the older Liquid. Apparently, no upgrade path exists from 1.6 to 2.1.

New Features

Despite an old OS, the QUENCH can carry itself proud among the new smartphones running the new 2.1 Éclair, thanks to the Motorola innovations built into the 1.5 Cupcake. It starts with MOTOBLUR which Motorola calls as its content delivery system that promises a unique Android experience.

It syncs your phonebook contacts, media content and communications trail in MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, Gmail and email accounts automatically on the home screen. Then there’s SWYPE, an entirely new method for text input form the same people who invented T9 predictive text. You only need a finger to swipe or trace the letters across a QWERTY keyboard on the touchscreen and the word gets spelled.

Its entertainment features also gets an innovative boost in media players that allow you to play while getting connected online to download new media content like Tune Wiki, SoundHound, GoTV and YouTube.

There’s even FM stereo streaming. The Motorola QUENCH enhances its telephony experience with noise cancellation technology and dual microphones for crystal clear voice calls. You can also benefit from its voice activated search facility that can launch Google Web search.

Apart form these, it’s your 3G phone with WiFi, HSDAP/HSUPA. You get a 3.1-inch QVGA capacitive touchscreen with 64k colors, accelerometer and proximity sensors. There’s a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, geo tagging and CIF video recording at 25fps.

Other features include stereo FM with RDS, Bluetooth A2DP, 3.5m headphone jack and speakerphones. There’s 512 MB ROM and 256 MB RAM with 32 GB of microSD expandability.


To a large extent, the various Android versions whether old or new remind us of the many Linux flavours for the PC which created a fragmented market that essentially brought the Linux to fail in the home PC markets.

The QUENCH clearly shows you don’t need a new OS to compete and even edge out the competition using the new Éclair. Thanks to the Open Source nature of Android. But like Linux, it is creating a fragment markets this early and could end the same way.

For the sake of Android markets, we hope Google can get its act right and get a grip of its open source OS. As it is, with all the many OS variants and UI ported by different makers, a single upgrade to the latest 2.1 Éclair from Google, if and when that happens, would simply wipe out all the cool UIs ported into various smartphones. So you can kiss your HTC Sense or Sony Ericsson UX goodbye in one upgrade.

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