Friday, October 29, 2010

Restoring my Dad’s Ishapore Enfield 7.62 Rifle


Little did I know what I had in my hand when I picked up my Dad’s rifle the other day. My father died last year and left me his rifle, but only recently had I been able to go back to see Becky and pick up the rifle to bring it home.

I’m pretty sure he didn’t know it when he bought it, but what you’re looking at in the photo above is the last class of non-sniper military bolt action rifles ever designed anywhere in the world.  The Enfield Ishapore 2A/2A1 Bolt Action 7.62MM NATO rifle is a beautiful piece of weaponry

The rifle often has the misfortune of being called a .308, which is indeed what my Dad fired in it. In actuality, it’s not a .308 rifle at all. The Enfield 2A1 was the last Lee-Enfield rifle ever made. They bear a striking resemblance to their forefather, the British .303 SMLE MKIII, which shoots a 5.65mm round. The only visible difference between the two rifles is the 7.62 2A1 model has a squared cartridge that holds 12 rounds where the original MKIII had a sloped cartridge case that only fired 10 rounds. The only other difference is due do the difference in ammunition types. The ejection claw on the 2A1 model has slightly more metal to accommodate the rimless NATO round.


This particular rifle was built during the last years Ishapore made these. You can tell because the rear sight was changed from a 2,000 meter sighting design to an 800 meter sighting design. When this rifle was put heavily into use, the days of long range volley fire was over in India, so the decision was made to recalibrate the rear sight to a more accurate need of the time.

The weapon specs, if you’re a fan of rifles are:

Production: Ishapore India. also known as the Ishapore Armory, located outside Calcutta in West Bengal.
Designed: 1963
Produced: 1963-1975
Number Built: Approximately 350,000 rifles made.
Weight: 4.7kg unloaded (10.36 pounds)
Length: 44.5 inches
Caliber: 7.62x51 NATO
Barrel Length: 25.2”
Action: Bolt Action
Rate of Fire: 20-30 rounds per minute
Muzzle Velocity: 2,600 feet per second
Effective Range: 800 meters (1/2 mile)
Maximum Range: 2,000 meters (1.25 miles)
Sights: Sliding Ramp rear sights, fixed-post front sight.

Why were these rifles ever made in the first place?

This rifle and it’s 350,000 or so brothers, were created for the Indian army after their army suffered a defeat in 1962 from Chinese troops armed with Type 56 SKS, AK and PPSh submachine guns. India needed a better rifle. They immediately decided to redesign a rifle to use the more popular and more accurate 7.62mm round. They had the 7.62 round, but not enough rifles to shoot all the ammunition they had. Thus, the last of the Lee-Enfield rifles was born. Incidentally it should be noted that the 7.62 2A1 model rifle made by Ishapore has approximately 10% more power than the .303 it was modeled after, which equates in the field to a flatter trajectory out of the barrel, resulting in about 10% better accuracy.


The action and bolt, before cleaning. It’s dirty, but not bad for a rifle that’s 43 years old and been through a war (or two).


The front of the rifle contains a two post sight protector and bayonet mount.


Just a photo sighting down the rifle.  Hard to believe this thing can shoot a 1 inch pattern at half a mile and a 3 inch pattern at 1.25 miles without a scope huh?


At this point I’ve started disassembling the fore-stock and hand guard so I can clean both the wood and the steel. The wood stocks on these rifles is cut from Italian Walnut, which is obviously very resilient!


The trigger has been removed for cleaning. You can’t see it too well here but that black band in front of the stock contains the rifle markings that tell you what it is, and where and when it was made.



The Serial number of the rifle: U2940



Here she is almost completely broken down. The rear stock takes an especially long flat blade screwdriver to remove, and since there are so few moving parts left in the remaining steel, I decided to clean the remaining parts in-situ instead of taking it all the way apart to get at only one more piece of steel that I can already get to anyway from here mostly.


After some serious time spent with the wood, solvents, and sandpaper I’ve finally gotten the gunk and grime off the walnut and re-oiled the wood so it can retain some of it’s moisture. Having a dry-stock on a wooden rifle is bad for your shooting and bad for the rifle’s longevity as well.


She looks pretty now that she’s all cleaned out. Forty three years of oil, dirt particles, and left over packing grease were gobbed up inside the wood. However, removing that much grease means it has to be oiled a LOT for the next couple weeks.

Finally Done:

Here are a few photos of the rifle after it has been completely cleaned and reassembled.




I could possibly have removed the marks left over the years near the action, but I felt it more appropriate to leave them here as a reminder of the other men who held her and fired her in war.


The wood-grain on this thing is beautiful!


Reassembled and beautiful.


The serial number for this rifle.


The Ishapore factory stamp.


What is an Enfield .308?

I decided to mention this so others won’t make the same mistake I did at first. Simply put, there is absolutely no such thing as an Enfield .308 rifle. The physical characteristics of the .308 and the7.62 mm NATO round are so similar that many shooters inadvertently use the wrong ammunition simply because it fits. Will this rifle fire a .308 bullet? Yes it will. I shot an entire box of them yesterday as a matter of fact, however it’s not designed to do so.

Why? There are a couple of reasons NOT to shoot .308 load in a military rifle, and I’ll leave the majority of them for another discussion and just give you the important reason: It can blow up in your face. Commercial brass cartridge casings are thinner than military casings. There’s less brass behind the bullet. Both thickness and depth of the rim are slightly different. It’s a very very slight difference, but it’s enough. There may not be enough material in the shell casing to stretch to fill the chamber without rupturing when you pull the trigger. Normally, the case expands to completely fill the chamber, forcing the bullet down the barrel with the approximately 58,000 psi. If the casing were to rupture on civilian brass, the exhaust could instead rupture over into the receiver of the rifle and blow up in your hand. Does it happen often? Obviously not, but I’m not taking the chance any more. If you’d like more info on the differences between 7.62 NATO and .308 Winchester Ammo, you can read in detail here.

Disassembling your own Enfield 7.62 Rifle

I’ll save you some of the headache and frustration I went through trying to find an original schematic for a weapon produced in India in the 1960s, for Britain. If I had thought to bookmark the source forum, I’d gladly give the poster the credit, but I didn’t think to do so. Anyway, the basic configuration and design of the Ishapore 2A/2A1 is based of the .303, so the original 1945 schematic for the .303 will guide you through disassembling and finding replacement parts for the weapon. I’ve put a copy of the PDF on my server. You can download it by clicking here. (2.5mb PDF file)

Final Thoughts


The picture above shows Indian soldiers carrying this very rifle on a patrol during the Sino=-Indian war. Someone long ago laid silent, looking across a mountain valley, 12,300 miles from where this rifle now sits, hands clenched tightly around the fore-stock, squeezing then relaxing to keep the blood flowing during the frigid cold, his body heat leeching away into the hard cold ground hour after hour. He laid there on the Himalayan border between India and China and used this exact rifle to shoot down enemy Chinese soldiers from distances up to 1 mile away, a distance so far that most modern shooters of today wouldn’t even attempt it. At that distance a human body resembles not so much the shape of a man as a tiny speck on a faraway hill or mountain. 

The Chinese enemy they faced later reported that they often thought they were facing machine gun fire, due to the rapidity of shots coming from the muzzles of these rifles. Expert shooters could put from 25 to 40 rounds within a 3 inch kill zone from half a mile. Considering these rifles have no scope and only a 10-12 round magazine, that means reloading two to three times reloading per minute while still reacquiring your target and making the shot again and again.

It’s just awesome to think of that kind of history. I’ll never know the story of this particular rifle, but I’d love to know it’s journey from there to its final destination where it lies now.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Droid X: Adding contacts to corporate directory (exchange)

Let me begin by saying that Motorola Support said this can’t be done, which I knew had to be incorrect. There’s no way they’d have made a phone to support exchange integration without having the option to add contacts directly from the device.

Problem: You’re an exchange user who relies on your “contacts” for everything but every time you try to add a contact to Android it wants to add it to your phone contact list, which is hardwired on the phone, rather than to your actual exchange server.


  1. Press Contacts on your Droid X
  2. Press the menu button (bottom left button)
  3. Press “More” from the menu.
  4. Press “Settings” from the menu.
  5. You’ll be prompted with the “New contacts” screen. This is asking you where you want to store new contacts you type into the phone. Be sure everything is unchecked except your exchange server (corporate directory)

That’s it.

I tried testing it twice after this and both times the new contact I added into my phone appeared online on my exchange server in less than 30 seconds. You can tell it worked because you’ll see a refresh icon (round red animated circle) on your screen and it will flash a message saying “Your changes have been saved.”


Friday, October 01, 2010

The Droid X and what you need to survive!

 Ok, so there are probably a hundred more professional forums and blog posts out there about this topic and if you’re a major Android enthusiast you’ve probably already read them and you won’t learn anything new here. However, assuming you’re one of my friends who seem to be jumping on the Android bandwagon like I did, I thought I’d save you some time figuring out how to do to the cool things on your Droid phone, specifically the Droid X. However, the Apps I talk about below will work on most any Android phone. I just have the X to test them on.

I’m going to focus this article on apps to make life easier, not phone configuration, though I’ll certainly amend it if there are comments requesting more information… I love to receive feedback of any kind.

Things Apple iPhone Users will notice:

First off, I’m an iPhone convert. Let’s state that clearly upfront. I’ve had an iPhone and basically lived on the thing for the past three years, so I’m qualified to speak on the differences of the two devices.

Battery Life: Not much change. Both the iPhone and the X use a lot of battery if you’re using a lot of apps. The biggest change is that the X can truly multitask and maintain many open apps at once, where the iPhone even with IOS4 really can’t. So, if you’re an X user coming from iPhone you might think the X battery sucks. No… just remember to close your open programs! The Android operating system is a computer… it’s not a phone.

If you run 47 applications at the same time on your laptop computer, your laptop battery dies faster and the machine is more sluggish. Remember to turn off your apps! If you want a cool program to help with this, see ATK, mentioned later. Having said that, the first day I had my Droid X I killed the battery in 4 hours. Now that I know how to manage my open apps and now that I’ve finished “playing” with everything it usually lasts me one full day. It should be noted that I usually have an audio book running constantly (as in ALL DAY) via blue tooth. I get 6 hours of constant streaming audio from my phone before my headset dies, then I get another 4 or 6 hours via my 3.5 mm headset before the phone itself dies. I think running an iPod app for 10 hours per day is pretty OK with me for a phone considering I’m talking, texting, googling, etc all day as well.

Apps: There’s basically an app for everything for your X that you had on your iPhone. Sometimes they aren’t made by the same company but it seems that even in the few weeks I’ve had my Droid, new apps from my favorite vendors are being ported over to the Android OS (Logmein Ignition and Audible to name a few).

Things you must have!

Yes I realize I’m being a little snarky here by saying you absolutely MUST have these apps, but I think they’re all just great apps that everyone can enjoy and we’ll all need at one time or another.

I’ll try to list them in order of importance.

appbrain AppBrain App Market: Your android phone has a built in feature called “Market” which allows you to browse the android store and download free and paid applications. However, after spending four hours pressing Download, Install, OK, (swipe), Open; you’ll quickly find it tedious to install apps one at a time. Specifically because just like a computer, the Android OS prompts you for each and every program you download.

AppBrain is awesome! Simply download the app onto your phone. Then using your PC, go to and login using your Google account. You don’t need a separate account to use the web site. Once you’re there, you can choose from all the possible apps you want. When you see one you like, choose “Install” and then go on to the next app. Click all the apps you want to install while you’re here.

Now, open AppBrain on your phone and press “Sync with AppBrain” on the bottom left menu. Now you’ll see all those apps appear on your list. Press “perform Installs” and the program will auto install all your apps for you. Yes, you still have to press “install” 40 times but it’s all together at the same time so it’s still much faster.

In short, it makes finding and installing apps a much less headache-filled process.


Advanced Task Killer: FREE (often referred to as ATK) I battled whether this should be your first or second priority app. Either way it’s way up there on the list. It’s the single most used app on my phone.

Basically you set it to run every X hours (I run it once per hour). Your phone has 512 mb of internal memory for running programs. As you open more and more programs you’ll often discover that you’re down to 47mb of available memory and your phone is running sluggish.

Open the program, and check the green box next to every single app you don’t need running.  Then press KILL APPS. That’s it. I set mine to run once per hour and it keeps my X running at over 100MB most all the time, usually over 140 or so. Running it also saves your battery a LOT of drain time.

A few notes about this:

  • If you set the program to auto start with your phone it will run every time the phone comes on, but if you choose to kill ATK when you kill programs, then you cut it off and it won’t run every hour. Be sure NOT to check the box beside ATK when you set up your kill list.
  • The program remembers your settings so it will always kill the same apps each time and always leave alone the ones you told it to skip each time.
  • You might see a lot of programs you think you need on, such as Dialer, Contacts, Voice Command, etc. Don’t worry. You can kill them anyway. The next time your phone needs them it will reboot them in less than a second.

lookout Lookout Mobile Security:  Remember, this is not a phone with computer functions, it’s a computer with phone functions. As such, yes it’s susceptible to viruses. Lookout is a free app that scans your app downloads and your files for viruses. it also provides a backup utility to back up your photos, sd card data, contacts, and most everything else onto the web site. You can even use the web site to track your phone if it’s lost or stolen or to set off a “screaming” alarm to help you find it if you KNOW it’s around the house somewhere but can’t find it.

privacystar PrivacyStar with Caller ID: Here’s a MUST have for people who live on their phone for work and business calls. Personally I hate people who call me with a blocked number. If you block your number, I don’t answer. If you have a Private number, I don’t answer. And if I KNOW you are my ex-girlfriends college loan collection company who refuses to stop calling me instead of her, then… I don’t answer. However, this normally means I still have to actually HEAR you call me and be annoyed enough to press the Ignore button. No more!

screen Privacy star has a few features that I enabled right when I installed it. First, you can (don’t have to) block all unknown callers, private callers, AND callers who’s number is listed in the national blacklist of telemarketing hell-spawn!

I couldn’t wait for the first time that college loan company called me. Sure enough they called again that same day just like they do almost every day. I answered the phone, recognized who it was and hung up on them. Then I loaded PrivacyStar, checked the call log and pressed “lookup number” which allows you to search who they are right from inside the program. Cool. Now I pressed “block number” and checked and sure enough it put them in my block list.

screen (1) NOTE: There is a built-in Android feature that you can do to ANYONE in your phone’s address book called “Send to voicemail” which means you' don’t ever have to answer certain calls if you don’t want to. However you still have to listen to the automated message because they’d clog up my voicemail. Instead, using PrivacyStar, the phone actually answers their call for a split second, then hangs up on them, meaning they can’t leave me a voicemail. If they call me 150 times, who cares? My phone automatically hangs up on them 150 times. They can never leave me a voicemail again.  Additionally it removes them from my call log so I don’t even have to be bothered knowing they called.

So, in case you’re one of those people who keep getting hung up on and don’t know why? Try unblocking your number and you might get through!

widgetlocker WidgetLocker Lockscreen $1.99
This is a really must have app for me. You’re familiar with the iPhone’s screenlock probably. (the feature that locks the screen after x amount of minutes so you don’t accidentally pocketdial someone) The Android has one too. After x minutes the screen locks and you have to swipe, type your code, or do your pattern unlock in order to open the main screen. Well, I listen to audiobooks all day, and I call my wife a lot each day. I’d love to be able to do these two tasks without having to unlock my phone each time, especially since my lock activates in 2 minutes.

This app turns your lock screen into another “home” screen. You can put widgets on it just like any other screen. Me personally, I put a widget for audible audiobook player on my screen so I can hit play/pause without having to unlock my screen. Now if I need to stop listening to my music or book so I can do something, I don’t have to take out the phone, swipe unlock, code unlock, press Apps, select audible, then press pause. Instead I take out the phone, press pause. Done. Much faster.

There’s a lot of other cool ideas for using this app. A friend of mine gave me the idea to put a shortcut to yourself on your phone. What happens if you lose the phone and it’s locked? No one can unlock it to know who it belongs to and call you back right? Now I just have a speed dial to my alternate number on the home screen so anyone who picks up my phone can call me back directly. Very cool app!

pdanet PDA Net Free Edition (Free): (Geeks only) If you don’t know what tethering is, just ignore this one. If you DO know what tethering is and don’t want to pay Verizon for the privelege of using it, get this app! Basically this app lets you connect to your laptop or netbook or whatever other PC you want to, via either Bluetooth or via USB cable and use your phone’s 3G connection to surf the net on your device.


The speed test image you see here was taken on my laptop using my Droid X as the broadband modem. That’s not too darned shabby considering I live in the boonies!

There is an app and a PC component to this little program so be sure you’ve installed it and tested it at home before you actually need it on the road. It only takes a few seconds to configure and it CAN be done from the road but that process isn’t as easy for the non-geek to setup. Setting it up at home following the instructions takes less than 2 minutes and worked great on my Windows 7x64 laptop. If you’re still running XP, don’t ask me I don’t know, but you probably aren’t reading this because you most likely don’t own a Droid phone if you’re running XP on your laptop anymore. (Work VNC users are excluded from that scathe)

isyncr iSyncr for PC (Free) Want to be able to sync your iTunes playlists to your Android? This is the easiest way I’ve seen to do it. Load iTunes on your PC, load the program on your PC. Choose the playlists to sync, and boom. It’s easy to use, fast to transfer, and it remembers the playlists you prefer so you don’t have to set it up each time.

It also has an option to remove other playlists you’ve previously installed so you can easily keep the SD card from getting full. I have over 100 playlists and over 100,000 tracks in iTunes so this program was a lifesaver for me.

Note: It will NOT copy DRM music. (This means if you purchased your songs and they have digital rights management features on them, it can’t copy them. It’s not a limitation of the phone, but instead a limitation of Android.)

weather Weather Widget: (FREE)  This isn’t a must have, but I really get a lot of use out of it. It’s a great animated weather widget for your phone that shows your current weather and forecast for the next three days.

weather2 As you can see, the test image shows London on a rainy day. When you unlock your phone, no matter what screen you open to, you’ll see a preview of that day’s weather on your screen. If it’s supposed to be overcast you’ll see a brief cloud animation scroll over your screen. Friday was the first day we’d had rain out here in 87 days and when I opened the phone the first time that day the animation showed rain drops running down my screen and then these wipers come outta nowhere and clear it off. It’s not really super-awesome but that it itself was enough to make me like it and want to keep it.


dropboxDropbox (Free):  Dropbox is a wonderful tool, and let me digress a moment to make a request. Dropbox rewards it users by offering them more space if they refer people. They basically give you 2 gb of free storage on their server to share and backup files for free. If you install the app on multiple computers and refer friends you can earn up to 10 gb of free space. To get that extra free space all I have to do is have you use my link when you sign up. I need about 24 more people to earn the full potential 10 GB. If you don’t already use it and you DO sign up, please do so from my link and I’ll get the credit for it, and 250MB of extra space in my account! To sign up using my link, just click here.

Now, here’s another difference between iPhone and Android. Since the Android OS has more space (at least on the Droid X, Droid 2, and others) you get a full featured version of Dropbox on your phone, so it’s really really easy to transfer files to and from your PC to your phone without ever having to actually connect a cable!

barcode Barcode Scanner: This app is just what it looks like. It scans Barcodes, QR Codes, and Data Matrix codes. If you want to see a cool use for the barcode scanner reading QR codes, download the app and then scan the image you see below with it… watch what happens. If you don’t know what a QR code it, or don’t have a smart phone, then just look at the pretty picture…. whooooooo.



 MP3 Music Download: Personally I think this app might actually break some laws, but Google seems to be allowing it so I’m going to use it as long as they’ll legally let me.

Open the app, enter an artist, song name, album name, etc. It searches some database ( I can’t seem to determine which one) and then you click the song you want, press download, and voila… you just got a free MP3. I’ve even tried it with some obscure artists and it works great. It works over your 3G connection so you don’t need wi-fi to download. And in case you’re curious, it puts the mp3 files in /sdcard/media/music so your audio programs can easily locate it and play it.

astrofile Astro File Manager (Free): This is a great app for viewing and manipulating files on your phone and your SD card. Yes, the Droid ships with a program called “files” which acts as a basic file manager, but it’s like comparing drag and drop with Windows 3.1. It easily allows you to select multiple files and cut, copy, paste them elsewhere on your phone’s card or internal memory. Great little app to have. You won’t use it daily but when you need to find a song or file you downloaded you’ll be glad you have it.

astroplayer Astro Player Beta (Free): This is another great freebie from the guys at MNRF. Does your Android phone already have a music player and video player? Yes. Does it suck? yes.  Astro is a pretty nice music and vide player for Android, but the best feature about it is that it supports multiple codecs that the android natively doesn’t, such as M4A files (which means you can move your itunes songs over and play them).  It also supports bookmarks, podcasts, auto-resume, lyrics, FM radio and more. So, just go get it already.

audibleAudible for Android: (Free) This is my all-time favorite app, but I figured it belonged on the bottom, ONLY because I realize most of you out there aren’t audiobooks fanatics.

I’ve been an audible member for 5 years and I have a huge collection of audiobooks. Here’s the difference between using Audible on an iPhone/iPod and using it on Android:


  1. Open browser on PC and go to audible.
  2. Browse and find your audiobook, purchase it.
  3. Install audible download manager on your PC.
  4. Browse to My Library and choose your file and press “download”
  5. The audible download manager will download it, open iTunes, and then convert the book to iTunes format and put it in your library.
  6. Connect your Apple iPod or iPhone
  7. Press Sync
  8. Disconnect iPod or iPhone
  9. Play (total time required 30 minutes minumum)

Using Audible on the Android

  1. Open the app.
  2. Search for title.
  3. Purchase.
  4. Press download
  5. Press Play (total time required: about 5 minutes and only that long because you have to wait for the download to finish.)

If you are an audiobook lover yourself, I have hundreds of titles that are DRM free and are already iPod/iPhone/Android compatible. If you have Dropbox, I can send ‘em to ya!

handycalc HandyCalc (Free): Yes, the Droid ships with a calculator but it’s clunky and kind of junky. This is a free app that performs basic calculations, has a memory so you can see your previous calculation (great if you make FFM- Fat Fingered Mistakes) and it also does all the engineering, algebraic, and geometric functions as well as having a good graphing calculator. I’ve replaced the default calculator with this one for my own purposes and have really used it a lot so far.

bubble Bubble (For you carpenters out there) Now, before you think this is just another gimmick toy, let me assure you it’s not. Yes, it’s a levelling bubble, and if you don’t do carpentry you’d probably never have a use for it. I, however, do lots of carpentry and I have over half a dozen levels, laser levels, and laser gimbals in my toolbox.

Thinking that this phone was just a phone, I was again surprised to find out how wrong I was. The Droid X has a 6-axis accelerometer and amazingly precise internal gyroscopic features. (It also has a built-in magnetometer, so yes your Droid X can actually tell you EXACTLY where true north is. You hikers have no excuse to ever be lost again!)

Now, onto the program. I keep my droid in a case to protect it, which naturally means the phone doesn’t actually sit level when I set it down, especially back down because the phone tilts up slightly. I took the phone, 2 lasers, and 3 beam levels and setup a test for the phone. Once I set the phone on a truly flat surface I could Zero the bubble and tell the app that this new plane was level. I calibrated all 6 sides of the phone to perfect zero and then took it to work doing a roofing job. I didn’t even know it when I downloaded but this thing even tells roof pitch for rafters.. and it’s dead level with every device I compare it against. My iPhone was nifty, but it can’t tell the difference between 358 degrees and 360. My Droid X can tell the difference between 360 degrees and 359.0381… pretty fan-freakin-tastic in my opinion.



  1. Use ATK to kill unnecessary programs.
  2. Brightness: Go to Settings, Display, Brightness and try turning your brightness ALL THE WAY down.. you’ll see it’s still pretty bright even on the lowest setting. I keep mine on the lowest setting possible unless I’m in direct sunlight all day.
  3. Don’t Rush: As soon as you buy your phone, DO NOT go playing with it! Let it charge on the AC Wall Charger for at least an hour. You can play with it while it’s charging, but don’t try to use it without giving it a full charge first. Your battery needs to be conditioned when it’s first used. I know that’s confusing to some people, but just trust me. Give it 1 full charge before you unplug it and you’ll be a much happier X customer in the long term. (Just ask Bill!)
  4. Disable Hardware: Your phone comes with 4 icons for turning on/off features of the phone. I put these on my second home screen on the top. They are Wifi, Bluetooth, GPS, and Airplane mode. Do I use my GPS? Sure.  Do I use it all the time? Nope. I keep my wi-fi and GPS turned off unless I need them. This saves a LOT of battery time. Are you fretting over your wi-fi speed? Relax. Try actually using the 3g speed on Verizon and you’ll probably never use your wi-fi again. I don’t. My 3g internet is 1mb per second down and .5 mb per second up.. that’s fast enough for almost anything I want to do on my phone.


Ok. I’ve spent most of 5 hours preparing this post and I truly hope you’ve all enjoyed it. If you can think of some apps I haven’t rated or used yet that I’d like, feel free to comment and let me know.

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Thanks all. I’m off to… well, do something besides sit here at this PC and talk to all of you!