K-9, and SolMail. The short story is that after playing with them simultaneously for a few days, I settled back in with the stock app. The long story follows.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Friday, November 1, 2013
Monday, July 1, 2013
rsync to backup my computer to an external hard drive. As outlined in two earlier posts (here and here), it has always seemed to work quite well for me... until recently. After replacing a failed hard disk and restoring my /home filesystem, I noticed that one of my two backup drives contained many more files than did the other one. After inspecting these files, it appeared that most of the extra files should, indeed, have been deleted many months ago. I've always given the "--delete" option to rsync, and it's appeared to work, so why did these files not get removed?
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Samsung Galaxy Note II on the Sprint network (model SPH-L900).
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Samsung Galaxy Note II phone was that its smooth exterior handled like a wet bar of soap. I could have lived without any additional protection, but I desperately needed a case that could provide better traction for my hands while still allowing the phablet to easily slip in and out of my front pocket in my blue jeans. For aesthetic reasons, I really wanted a grey case. A brushed aluminum look would have been perfect, but the only option there was made of hard plastic and provided zero protection. Adding just a little bit of protection for the phone was also on my wish list.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
an earlier post, after my Motorola Photon 4G started flaking out on me, I upgraded my phone to a new Samsung Galaxy Note II. They call this thing a "phablet" because, with a 5.5" screen, it's a cross between a phone and a tablet. In fact, the size is exactly half way between my old Photon and my son's Nexus 7. In the process, I upgraded from Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) to 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean). After a few weeks with the new phone, here are my thoughts on it. This post may seem a bit incoherent, so try to take each paragraph as an individual point.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Nexus 7 tablet shortly after they came out in July 2012. By November, we started noticing that the external speakers (but not the headphones) were putting out lots of crackly static, especially at higher volumes (above 50%). This is a chronic problem with the Nexus 7, and one that Asus will fix under warranty if you catch it soon enough. However, if you don't want to live without your tablet for a few weeks during the warranty repair, there are some things you can do to address the problem yourself.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Samsung Transform Ultra (M930) cell phone was acting up. It started force-closing nearly every game he tried to run. It had gotten to the point where it was basically unusable. The "battery usage" screen under the system settings showed that "Android OS" (Gingerbread 2.3.6) was using 94% of the battery, which is a Bad Thing. Several online sources said it was time to do a factory reset. Not wanting this to be any more disruptive than necessary, I jumped through a lot of hoops to get things working again.