1. Tell us about yourself – where you live, your job, things you like to do.
I live in Seattle, and while I wasn’t born here, this is the place I call home. I am a jack-of-all-trades. At my day job, I am Director of Information Technology for Community Voice Mail, a non-profit that provides free voicemail to homeless, at risk people and veterans. During the summer months, I am a race official with Washington Motorcycle Road Racing Association (WMRRA).
2. Which Android device or devices do you own? Why did you choose Android? How do you customize your device?
I have an HTC EVO 4G and a Galaxy Tab 10.1. I chose Android OS because of its strong developer following, and because I feel it’s more configurable than the Apple OS. I also really like the device hardware itself. It seems a lot more solid than the iPhone is now.
3. Do you root or not? If you root, why?
I do root! I am a tinkerer and I can’t help but push the limits of the hardware and OS of any machine I own – laptop, phone, tablet, or server. Rooting allows that much more customization.
4. Is there a particular category of apps that interests you the most?
I really like productivity apps. There isn’t a whole lot of time in my life for games but anything that helps me reduce the amount of time that it takes me to do something, or makes something easier, is a welcome addition to my phone.
5. What are your top apps and why?
Pandora: It is by music alone that I sent my mind in motion.
Barnacle Wifi Widget: Serving the Internet on the go is necessary in my fast paced life.
My Coffee Card: Chai is a daily occurrence for me and this little app helps me get that quick and easy.
6. What apps are popular among your colleagues and friends?
Strangely most of my friends bring up productivity apps when I ask them their favorites. I guess that’s because most of my friends are also very busy.
7. Give an example of a time an app was truly useful to you.
This weekend I had just received my reimbursement check for the food and water that I always pick up for my Volunteers at WMRRA, and I was sitting trackside waiting for the last race to be over, I pulled out my phone and deposited my check via Chase Mobile. I didn’t have to stop by the bank on the way home and deal with depositing the check in person. That easily saved me 30 minutes!
8. What other AndroidApps.com member do you admire the most and why?
I am lucky to spend so much time with Jessica Dally, both at work and at play. She trumps me with the jack-of-all-trades title and is always doing something awesome. It’s a regular occurrence that we’ll be talking about something and she’ll whip out her phone and show me this neat app that solves whatever problem we’re talking about.
9. Anything else you’d like to share with the Appolicious audience?
Don’t be afraid of learning new things!