An update on the “My history in gadgets”, the 2014, 2015 and 2016 updates, I bring you… edition 2019! (mostly because I forgot to update stuff)
I’ve been using the wonderful Mobilesheets Pro on my Android Tablet (a Lenovo Tab 4 10) for my choir(s) that I’m a member of. The best thing since slided bread! (well, not really, but it does allow me to easily take a lot of sheet music along without having to drag around several binders).
I’ve been a user of Dropbox for ages, I’ve tried Owncloud, I’ve tried Box, and probably numerous others that I’ve forgotten about, but in the past year I’ve migrated over to Syncthing, and I haven’t looked back. Opensource software, well designed protocol, complete ownership of your data, I could go on… but this post by gbolo explains it perfectly!
I still have an Asus Transformer TF101 tablet in use – running MarshMallow – but after a Play Services upgrade, in which Google inserted some NEON instructions (which the TF101 does not support) , a lot of “Play Services has stopped working” popups showed up – making the tablet nigh unusable. Initial tests blocking upgrade of the services yielded no success, and a lot of programs demand the ne...
An update on the “My history in gadgets“, the 2014 and the 2015 update, now the 2016 update. Who would have guessed!
… is not really that hard. Just annoying. Since OnePlus’ USB ID is not in the default adb list, you need to add it yourself: echo "0x2a70" >> ~/.android/adb_usb.ini where 0x2a70 is the identifier for OnePlus. (you can find this with lsusb)
An update on the “My history in gadgets” post from a while back, and the 2014 update:
An update on the “My history in gadgets” post from a while back, as things have progressed a bit meanwhile ;)
I’ve always been a fan of the “stock Google” look of android, also often referred to as AOSP (Android Open Source Project) – a clean look, no bells and whistles added by the vendor of the device in question. The ‘vendor’ looks usually change the look of the Android OS, add (unneeded?) applications, and add their own launcher. There are several vendor skins, like Samsung’s TouchWiz (pictures), H...
On the HTC Desire S, I’ve been using an unofficial build (made by Flinny) of CyanogenMod 10 for a while – happily so. Unfortunately the author is/was a bit strapped for time, and development slowed down significantly at the time. Updates for CM 10.1 and later were not forthcoming. Since I’m enough of a geek, and suffering from ORD, I decided to try to ‘roll my own’: to compile CM from source. A...
You’ve just gotten your shiny new Android Phone, and you want to migrate to it. There are several options, including Titanium Backup to move stuff, but Google also has you covered (party): Android Backup & Restore. You can find this setting on your phone, under “Settings” and “Backup & Restore”. This thing backups several things, but far from all:
I recently acquired a second-hand HTC One X. A week or two back HTC decided to release the JellyBean update for the phone, all was well. Yesterday, another update was sighted on XDA, and since it seems like this one gives better battery life, I didn’t feel like waiting another 3-5 weeks before it became available in my country, so I searched on how to manually flash an OTA.
In case you have just bought a new phone, rooted it, and want to copy over all your wifi access points, there are a few options:
I acquired a secondhand HTC Desire HD, a nice phone (albeit a bit heavy). Comes with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and Sense. I’m personally not much of a Sense fan, and I wanted to move to a newer Android release, so I looked around on how to achieve S-OFF.
You’ve just reconfigured the security lockscreen settings on your (rooted) android phone, and then forgotten eg. the PIN code to unlock it? It happened to me yesterday.
As a geek, I’ve always been quite the gadget freak. The fact that my father was also interested in the newest toys didn’t help.
I’ve always been a fan of the 3rd party roms that are available for the different Android based phones. Unfortunately, it seems mine has developed a bit of a quirk: sometimes, when unplugging the USB cable, it will reboot. Or it no longer detects it as ‘external storage’ when putting it in USB-drive mode.
A little while back I finally caved in to all the peer pressure and got my second Android phone, the HTC Desire. It’s faster than the HTC Hero, which I’ve been using sofar. My girlfriend wanted that one, so it’ll have a good home :) and I can keep it updated to the latest firmwares.
Google released Android 2.2 – codename Froyo (for Frozen Yoghurt), giving Android users a nice speedboost.
I’ve bought an HTC Hero a while back. Rooted it too, so I could edit the sms database. Loving the phone.
Note: This is at your own risk. If you fry your phone, your problem, not mine.