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    What I use:

    Adao File Manager
    AirSync (doubleTwist)
    AndroZip
    App 2 SD Pro
    AudioGuru (used rarely)
    Barcode Scanner
    Beautiful Widgets
    Bookmarks to SD (Dolphin Browser)
    Boot Logo Changer (Would use if it had better logo designs. It's all crap logos at the moment)
    Circle Battery Widget
    Clockr
    Clockr Evolution
    Desktop VisualizeR
    Dolphin Browser
    doubleTwist (with AirSync)
    Droid 2 Bootstrapper
    Droid Overclock
    DroidForums
    Easy Filter
    Facebook (could be better)
    Gmote
    Handcent SMS
    Home Switcher (switch between Launcher Pro and stock)
    Liberty Toolbox (needs more features)
    LogMeIn with LogMeIn Ignition (without this I would have to turn on the programs on my laptop to turn on programs for my other remotes. this app helps me not have to be at my laptop to do all that work. I can control EVERY SINGLE THING on my laptop through my Droid 2)
    Android Market (who doesn't use this?)
    Minimalistic Text Preference Manager (pretty nifty)
    mVideoPlayer (seems to have delays starting movie and audio isn't syncing with the movie properly)
    MyBackup Root
    Navigation (I see a lot of bad reviews for this one. Simple. People don't know how to properly use it)
    OneSeven
    Pandora
    PowerAMP Pro
    Remote for iTunes
    Root Explorer (extremely helpful)
    Espn Score Center
    Shazam (only used twice and it does really work)
    Shootme (Droid screenshots)
    SMS Unread Count
    Superuser (self-explainatory)
    Tajm
    Android Terminal Emulator (if knowledgable you can do so much with this Terminal)
    Transdroid (experimenting with finding torrents for private sites)
    Unified Remote (you'd be amaze with what this can do)
    Usage Timelines Pro (let's me know when I'm using massive amounts of processing power and memory)
    VLC Remote (tricky to use but very handy)
    VLC S&C (also tricky and different functions than the VLC Remote)
    What Is My Remote IP? (very handy when using remotes and Wifi-communicating)
    WidgetLocker
    Widgets
    Widgetsoid
    WIN-Remote (another remote that will do some amazing stuff)
    Wireless Tether (haven't used this yet but will come in handy soon)
    WMC-Remote (not to be confused with WIN-Remote. This is a Windows Media Player Control Remote)
    XBMC Remote (why this app and the program for the laptop is hardly mentioned anywhere stumps me. this app has the potential to revolutionize the DISTANCE from our electronics with the push of a button to control a lot on the latop but mostly for media purposes)
    XDA Forums
    Yaaic (IRC program app)
    uTorrent Remote (kind of like Transdroid but less features)

    I've gone through several different apps (most not listed here) and didn't see the way something should work in a way I thought it would. But, overtime and sifting, testing, messing around with different apps these are the ones that keep me busy and really do open up new doors in the means of using it differently.
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    some of my more productive apps
    x)androidvnc- control your computer and programs from your phone
    x)dolphin browser HD
    x)drocap 2
    x)droidforums
    x)pocket Blu- A playstation 3 movie remote
    x)wireless tether
    x)widgetlocker
    x)tapatalk pro
    x)gallery 3d
    x)launcherpro plus- an alternative to your homescreen
    x) swipepad beta
    x)circle launcher
    x)Liberty Toolbox
    I have most of the ones you have so I wasn't gonna name them all again
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    Finally someone answers a thread of mine, lol. Felt like I was in a different world doing different things and no one had any inputs since they probably do everything different from me. I don't know. But, anyways, good deal! I love messing with those remote apps to control different programs on the PC/Laptop. Makes stuff so much easier while you're doing other things.
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    Lol. Yeah, they do! My dad showed me that at first (we have the same phone) and I thought it was really cool. Took forever to set up, but still cool haha.

    I had that XBMC remote and I tried to set it up on the computer, but I couldn't figure it out and I couldn't get the program on the computer to work so I just uninstalled it

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    Well I have XBMC and it works exactly the way I portrayed it to work. If you let me know what your issues are maybe I can work with you on getting the XBMC running if you're still interested in trying to get it to work.

    Only downside to these remotes, that I haven't worked around just yet, is some remotes will not share port 8080 with another remote. So, let's say I've got Unified Remote running, but then I want to check on Transdroid and see how the downloads are going and search for a torrent to add, it will not run and present "Error in communicating." I believe these are port problems and can be fixed by assigning a higher port to each one BUT I think the issue also lies in the IP also. It'll design IP's like 192.168.1.7 and 192.168.1.2 to work with these remotes. I think there may be limits to how many can use either one. Not sure yet and still researching a lot about this problem. I'd like to use all remotes, or 2 at a time or whatever I need. Also, when I first got interested in remotes, I noticed a problem that really DEFEATS the purpose of a remote. Unified, Gmote, XBMC and other remotes require making sure your PC/Laptop is on and awake and requires each server app to be running in order to be able to control it on your Droid. Answer to that would be any remote that allows you to go into your directories manually. Like Unified Remote. I needed a more total control over this laptop with comfortability and that led me to LogMeIn with LogMeIn Ignition (it is $30 for the app on the Android Market, a slap to the face, but very well worth it!).
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    I don't have 30 dollars for an app lol, I'm only 15. I'm still using the debit card I got with my rebate to buy my apps. I choose very carefully.

    I try to start XBMC from the pc, but it sits there on the startup screen then closes. I don't know how to get it to work

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    Since you know a lot about remotes, maybe you can find me a remote I've been looking for, or if one even exists. I have a remote app for my ps3 to watch movies in my living room, but I can find an app to control the xb360 in my room and I hate having to drop a bunch of money on a remote from the store as aposed to a dollar or two for one on the market

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    Well, if you didn't know, XBMC is the short abbreviation of Xbox Media Center. Unfortunately they dropped support for that and ported everything to Linux, Windows, Mac and made it a more of a stand-alone media controller for medias on the computer.

    Good news is, it DOES work on only the original Xbox, not the Xbox 360. But this is an entirelly different group who got it working on the Xbox. Now, I believe the app I have (plus XBMC program) do have an extension that will pop up once running XBMC and would ask if you would like to make a media extension from the original to the PC to the Droid. Kind of complicated. I have Xbox 360, so I don't really use that.

    So, to the bottom line, there isn't a proper well-coded Xbox 360 remote app out yet. Only ones I have seen are for Wii (Wiimote) and for PS3. Trust me, I'm keeping my eye on anything that comes out for Xbox 360 in a way to control it. The only thing that I've seen that is doable between the Droid 2 and the Xbox 360 is the Wireless Tethering that turns your phone into a router and you can play your Xbox 360 Live off that. That's the only thing I see going on between those 2 right now.

    So, as for your XBMC issue, when you installed it after downloading did it successfully install everything? Did you download it through the XBMC site?

    Here's some very useful instructions I looked through:
    Setup_Instructions_9_11_and_later - android-xbmcremote - Setting up the remote with XBMC 9.11 final and later - Project Hosting on Google Code

    Make sure you have the latest XBMC version for your PC:
    Downloads | XBMC
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    It said it installed sucsessfully and I did download it from the site. Ill try again with those instructions after school and post my results
    When I did it the first time it installed fine then the startup screen was all messed up and it closed

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    Let me know how you make out this time.

    Also, I just recently discovered that my doubleTwist Airsync Remote can control the Xbox 360 but only for media purpose. I don't know if this is what you're looking for or not. There isn't anything that actually controlls the game or reverses the idea of sending the Xbox 360 on-game image to the Droid 2 and play it on there. Or a Xbox 360 controller-like app to play your games.

    Also, 2player app and Twonky (also TwonkyServer) are 2 other apps that seem to feature media controls for your Xbox 360.
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    I mean for movies like a regular dvd player Type remote. Can it do that?

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    Control movies on your Xbox 360 with a remote app? Yeah, that's part of the "media" I'm talking about. Media is movies, videos, clips, music, pictures, slideshows, etc.

    To control a regular DVD player? As long as it supports Wifi then yes there are apps for that. XBMC, AirSync, and other apps can assist in remotely controlling that. And I also believe that streaming movies to a DVD player from your phone is possible with Wifi and 3G Hotspot and of course the DVD player having supported Wifi built into it.
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    I cant figure out how to control the movies? wheres the remote at?
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    In what manner are you trying to control movies? From remote on Droid to PC? Streaming from PC to Droid? Streaming from Droid to PC? Or other?
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    Sorry for the late reply. Im trying to get a remote to pause and play movies that are discs playing in the xbox
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    I would recommend trying out doubleTwist Airsync or 2-player. You'll have to configure the settings properly in order to get it to work. Also must make sure you have Xbox 360 and it is hooked up to the router or Wifi-supported. I haven't tried anything yet controlling the media on my Xbox 360 since I'm too busy trying to edit those APK files and push to the next step so I can get closer to being able to create APKs from scratch or create themes.
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    Maybe you can make me the ultimate minimalist theme later on, since I was nice to you ;)

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    Lol, as long as I can get through my mess and figure everything out, especially in need of learning how to edit .9.png image files, xml editing, and such then I will try my best to roll out something and MAYBE just MAYBE try out making a "ultimate minimalist theme."
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    Yesssss!

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    Here are a few of my fave/most commonly used apps for DROID 2:

    Productivity

    Backup Assistant-finally you can back up all you address book phone and e-mail contacts so you can sync them back to your new device in case your smartphone suddenly goes kaput.

    GMail-easy and intuitive to use, send photos, videos, search for or tag mail items

    GMail Calendar-I finally gave in and transferred my calendar from Yahoo to G-mail. works well with reminders, recurring events, etc

    ColorNote-great for to-do lists, taking notes at lectures & meetings (even though non-tech savvy colleagues & mgrs may mistakenly think you are "texting" or "playing" on your smartphone when you are really attentively taking notes)

    Catch-another nifty note and media sharing app. I have to admit I have not used this one much yet, but it looks like it could be interesting and useful.

    DropBox-good remote storage site, particularly for shared projects that several people will be collaborating on; I do have some privacy concerns about it though, and would not entrust anything confidential or overly personal to this service

    Google Translate-good translation service that handles a wide variety of languages and even detects language and will pronounce it for you, assuming you have the text to voice app up to date

    Messaging-now with the DROID 2, you can link and check all your e-mail and social networking accts in one location-super convenient.

    Quick Office-easily open, edit and resend Word, Ppt and Excel files from you DROID the full version is worth the $15 if you access and edit a lot of Office files on the go

    Adobe Reader-makes accessing, attaching and re-sending pdfs from your DROID a snap

    Kindle e-reader-it's FREE, the e-books are cheap, and you can link it directly to your Amazon acct, which keeps track of which books you've purchased as well as your notes, highlights and bookmarks-save yourself $180 and get the app instead of the stand-alone reader

    Amazon-great app for the online store! I love how, with 2 clicks I can scan a barcode or photo of an item, add it to my wishlist and/or have it delivered to my door in 2-3 days. Very convenient.

    ConvertPad-quickly convert English to metric, etc. Nifty and practical.

    Entertainment & Media Rhapsody-The BEST streaming music service and app for the DROID out there-hands down. for $9.99 a month, I can listen to ALMOST ANY artist, album or song out there with very few exceptions. It also allows you to create playlists, as well as search by genre and popularity.

    Pandora-great free streaming music app. You enter the name of a song, artist or album, and it uses an algorithm to create a "station" of similar songs that it thinks you may like. You can hone it further by giving songs a thumbs up or thumbs down. The one drawback, of course, is that you cannot select specific songs on-demand. Pandora also does not show you the length or how far along a track is.

    Slacker-same concept as Pandora, Slacker is a little better in some respects and not quite as good in others. Slacker shows you the length of the track and how far along it is. It also seems to have more options for stations by genres, etc. The drawback, in my opinion, is that their algorithm for figuring out what you like based on the song you select and your "likes" vs "dislikes" ratings does not seem to be as intuitive as Pandora.

    Flixster Movies-great movie app! Watch trailers, find showtimes, reviews, and even get directions to local theaters all from this app. They link it to "Rotten Tomatoes" which combines both critic and viewer reviews to at least give you a good sense of whether others felt a particular movie was worth seeing or not.

    Shazam-this nifty app allows you to identify any song that is playing-just click on the app, let it listen to the song for 30 seconds or so, then it will pull up info about the song, who it is by, and even wishlist the album or download the mp3 if you like it.

    NY Times-great news app, gives you access to all the major stories currently featured in the NY Times; also has ample options for sharing stories with others either via FB, twitter, e-mail, etc.

    BBC News-this is one of the better news apps out there, and they provide an excellent, thoughtful perspective on international news. It will notify you of breaking news stories, which you can modify in the settings, if you like.

    ESPN Score Center-get scores, commentary and even some video clips from all of the major sports.

    Huffington Post-great, intuitive app featuring easily searchable stories from the unashamedly progressive news site

    Flash Player 10.1-finally allows DROID users to access Flash-based media and web content.

    Bluetooth on/off widget-very convenient for anyone who uses bluetooth accessories. I recently bought a set of Motorola bluetooth headphones, so that I can listen to my music, and also receive and make calls-all right from the headset.

    Twitter-a good app for those addicted to sharing and reading about life in 140 characters or less.

    More to come...

    Sent from my DROID2 using DroidForums App
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