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Dear Google about Google Voice

Dear Google
re: Complete F**k up with Google Voice

I have been a loyal user of Google Voice back when it was Grand Central. And ever since you offered the app on my first smart phone (Blackberry 8320), I have been using the Google Voice App. Now of course, I am an Android user, and my primary phone is a Nexus 5. So, when you decided to merge Google Voice into Hangouts, I was reluctantly pleased. It would seem as if that reluctance was warranted.

Let’s get this straight. If there is a cellular connection on my phone, I still need Google Voice app to show my Google Voice number. If I move my SMS and hopefully MMS messages to Hangouts, I can’t send SMS messages from the PC without having to have the Hangouts Extension installed on my PC which of course means my PC rings when a call comes in (as if my phone isn’t good enough). Now, to be able to make a call within Hangouts, you need the Hangouts Dialer. So Google, why do you wish to do more work than need be. Here is why I am saying that. Continue reading Dear Google about Google Voice

My Hangouts Footer Image

Yesterday, I created a footer image for my Google Video Hangouts that I have yet to be able to use. Needless to say, I am not that popular. However, it is still something I figured I would do just in case. I will also go into how to create one. This should make life a little easier, and maybe a little more professional looking for those that are more popular than I am.

First thing I did was go to http://www.picmonkey.com/. Once there, you would want to create a custom 640×360 image. You would want a white background, and you would need to make it transparent. From there, you would want to make a bottom banner. Make sure it is big enough for legible text. Also, make sure the color contrast is dramatically different. If not, it maybe harder for people to read on lower quality screens. In my instance, I chosen to create two layers, one black, and one blue. The text is white. Once you created the layers for the bottom, you would want to enter text. The minimum should be the name, and a means of contact. In my instance, I offer my name, my Twitter Handle, and my Contact Directory.

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