How to Move Verizon Backup Assistant Contacts to Gmail


This is a couple years old now, but was very useful when I found it last year, so I thought it was worth a reblog.

Writing Towards Happy


I have been wondering how to do this for some time now – brooding over it actually – and today I figured it out. Way easier than I had anticipated, given my previous attempts last year online. I wanted to share the process.

You are approximately 10 minutes from contact freedom!

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  1. Log in to your wireless account at
  2. Scroll down until you see something like this. If you are the primary account holder, click “Manage my Device.” If not, skip to step 3. vblog 7
  3. Click Manage My Contacts
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  4. If prompted, sync your Backup Assistant contacts to the cloud. You will have the option to add in contacts from other email accounts. When it gives you the option, click that you are done setting up.
  5. Next you will see your Verizon Contacts page. Click “Select All” or…

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#DoIshWeekend: Day 2!

Data, Geek

Good afternoon for the second straight day! DataGEEK here.

Following on the heels of a relatively successful day yesterday, I thought I’d document what I’m up to today. It probably won’t be as productive as yesterday, or at least as monumental (getting a computer set up is such a simple thing, but what a difference it makes), but it’s still important to be productive. And I’m pretty happy about how the day started, so …

  1. Take recycling to the St Louis Recycling Extravaganza run by @stlouisearthday
  2. Finally take the business cards and contacts I collected during #SSAC16 and send thank yous and follow-ups
  3. More to come!


Data, Geek

Good afternoon (again), DataGEEK here!

With DesignGEEK out of town for the weekend, we both decided that this needed to be a weekend for me to hunker down and get stuff done. Inspired by Jacob Rosen’s tweet during #SSAC16, I decided to call this #DoIshWeekend.

Step 1? Set up my new(ish) Alienware X51 in our study. Last weekend, we both cleaned up the study, and we finally had room on our corner desk for the dual-monitor setup. But I wasn’t sure I had the right pieces to connect both to the PC, and still had the keyboard and mouse to hook up as well. Now? It’s all set up, and it is so nice to have a desktop again. Laptops and tablets are really nice for portability, but there’s just something extra productive about a desktop; at least for me.

What’s on tap the rest of the day? A few things, and I’ve still got some of the boring day-to-day adult stuff (bills), but if I can at least make this a more productive weekend than usual, that will be a win in a big way.

Anyway, here we go!

#DoIshWeekend rundown

  1. Set up computer, install antivirus
  2. Factory reset Nexus 7
  3. Access Dropbox again and get access to analytics data
  4. Install R, Rcmdr, and ggplot; play around with #rstats
  5. Install CS3 Master Collection

Okay, not quite as much done today as I wanted to get, but all things considered I have to be pretty happy with staying productive enough to get that much done.

Until next time, GEEK out!

#SSAC16 wrap-up

Data, Geek

Good afternoon!  DataGEEK here.

It’s been three weeks (or so my WordPress tells me, I can’t believe that it’s really been three weeks already) since my last post, which was in the middle of #SSAC16, the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. Day Two of the conference was a blur, and very busy, so I never got a chance to write a recap of Day Two.

Day Two of #SSAC16 was more of the same of Day One, though I definitely felt less overwhelmed and more like I belonged at the conference. Meeting up with Bill Connelly of SBNation/Football Study Hall near the end of Day One made a big difference; Bill is one of my idols in sports analytics, and we’ve had a decent relationship on Twitter over the years, so meeting him in person went a long way toward making me comfortable.

Without further digression, some takeaways from #SSAC16 that I didn’t address in my Day One post: