Category Archives: Tech

Cyanongenmod 7.1.0 on Samsung Captivate.

So for about a year now I have been playing with ROM’s on my Samsung Captivate. The two most recent were were Atomic Fusion which I loved but was suffering from some instability issues when I received phone calls. The phone would just reboot. As I’m sure you can imagine, this was unacceptable. I will say I loved the other aspects of this ROM and the themes were very cool even though they changed with almost every release. I wanted something else. So I’ve know about Cyanogenmod for quite a while and followed the development over the last year or so. I finally decided to give it a shot since upgrading from another ROM was a piece of cake. I chose the stable release of CM 7.1.0. The customization capabilities of this ROM are almost endless. Themes are prevalent, options are many, and the speed of the ROM is purely awesome. I feel this ROM is almost perfect. The one huge gripe I have with it is the fact that it seems to drain the battery insanely fast. I used to get a full 12 – 16 hour day on one charge of the battery. However, now I can’t get though a 10 hour work day if I use the phone for 1/2 hour on lunch break. Now I must say I keep the phone in Airplane Mode when not in use. I find that this reduces the phone from constantly searching for a 3G signal. My work building doesn’t have great service in the center of the building where I work. Nearer to the outer walls, I get decent service. I have about 137 apps installed and use most all of them regularly. Many are games but about as many more are utilities like ConnectBot, Titanium Backup, ClockworkMod Rom Manager, Root Explorer, SMS Backup & Restore, SuperPower, SwiftFTP, Hacker’s Keyboard, Network Discovery, and many more. I have chosen to replace the stock SMS app with Hancent SMS, Gallery with QuickPic, and the stock browser with Dolphin Browser HD. I am using the stock ADW Launcher at the moment but I also use GoLauncher EX and I have purchased LauncherPro as well. I am searching for a way to extend my battery life to what I saw with the Fusion ROM. I will report more if I find a solution. I just downloaded the Glitch Kernel from the XDA-Developers forums. Supposedly they have better luck with battery life running this Kernel on my phone. We shall see. It can be found here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1109463

Samsung’s Captivate: An excellent Android phone.

About one month ago I purchased the new Samsung Captivate Galaxy S phone from AT&T. Having switched from a Windows Mobile 6.1 phone, I feel like I rose out of the fires of Hell into Heaven’s cloudy embrace. Since I have been a linux user for 12 years, the learning curve was negligible. I promptly rooted the phone after 2 days of playing with it to allow me the freedom Android intended. The high points are an amazing Super AMOLED screen with decent battery life, as long as you don’t browse for 3 hours straight, and the ability to connect to almost every social media outlet you can imagine. It is admittedly thin and light but I don’t find that a negative. I just purchased a Body Glove rubberized case which seems to make all the difference in holding onto it. I love all the apps specifally Seesmic, Mustard, Talking Tom and many many others. Oh yeah I also love the phone too. It is an excellent update from my old WinMo phone which was insanely long in the tooth. Great job Samsung and kudos to AT&T for finally offering a worthy Android competitor to the iPhone.

uTorrent For Linux Is Coming, Finally

Grabbed from: http://torrentfreak.com/utorrent-for-linux-is-coming-finally-100601/

Written by Ernesto on June 01, 2010

Five years after uTorrent was released for the Windows platform the development team has announced that it’s working on a Linux version of the torrent client. The massive demand from users is cited as one of the main reasons why Linux users will have a native uTorrent application this coming summer.

utorrneuTorrent for Windows saw its first public release in September 2005 and soon became the most widely used BitTorrent application. Every month, more than 50 million people use uTorrent and this number continues to grow alongside BitTorrent’s ever-increasing user base.

Ever since uTorrent was released, Mac and Linux users have begged the developers to release a version of the client designed to work on their computers. In 2006, when uTorrent was sold to BitTorrent Inc., the company announced that a Mac version was coming. In 2008, nearly two years after the announcement, it was finally released to the public.

With the the release of the Mac version, Linux users were the only ones left out in the cold, but this is about to change. The uTorrent development team has just announced that they are working on a Linux version of the client. Further details on the time line and an eventual release date are not available at the moment.

The Linux version is the most backed idea on uTorrent’s recently introduced Idea Bank. The Idea Bank is prominently featured on uTorrent’s website and allows users to submit and vote for ideas they want to see implemented. In just a few weeks the idea of a Linux version has been supported by 3254 people. This huge demand from users is one of the main reasons why the Linux version is now in progress.

“Since launching our Idea Bank on uTorrent.com there has been significant demand for a native client for Linux,” BitTorrent Inc. spokesperson Jenna Broughton told TorrentFreak. “We obviously want to do our best to deliver whenever we see a good fit between our goals and capabilities and what our users say they want.”

“We are committed to bringing a lightweight uTorrent client that embraces the usability and features of our Windows and Mac clients to Linux users,” Broughton said. The exact feature-set of the Linux client will remain a secret for now, but in common with other versions of uTorrent it wont be Open Source.

The release date for the client is unknown at this point but unlike the Mac version it should come out relatively quickly. “While the exact specs as well as the timing are still being developed, we expect uTorrent for Linux to be available for download later this summer,” we were informed.

Whether or not the uTorrent Linux release will ever reach the massive market share it has on Windows remains to be seen. The Mac version has been well received but it is by no means the most used BitTorrent client on the platform. Whatever happens, it’s definitely good to see that uTorrent will soon be available on all three major platforms.

Check your bookmarks for dead links with Check Places

I have thousands of bookmarks which I backup to my computer, external drives and the cloud using several methods, Weave, an addon for Firefox from Mozilla Labs, Google, Foxmarks, and a couple other’s that I can’t remember at the moment.

One thing I have been unable to do until now is check if they are all still valid, which by hand, would takes hours and hours. I did a quick Google search to see if someone had come up with a solution to this problem before me and the answer is YES they have. It’s called Check Places found here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/10897 an addon for Firefox. It does require some time to weed out the old links and possible give you a chance to look for new current links to replace the old ones. It certainly will take less time than checking them all by hand. Give it a shot and let me know what you think.

AT&T Android Phones From Dell, HTC and Motorola Coming Soon!

Sadly I’m stuck with AT&T so I’ve been anxiously awaiting Android phones that use AT&T’s 3G network. I can’t wait to ditch my Windows Mobile 6.1 based phone. The hardware has been great from HTC but the OS leaves much to be desired.

http://phandroid.com/2010/01/06/att-android-phones-from-dell-htc-and-motorola-coming-soon/

The last major American carrier will finally be offering Android Phones – AT&T today announced that in the first half of 2010 they will launch 5 Android Phones from Dell, HTC and Motorola!

Dell Mini 3i Cell Phone Android Google Phone Linux

Dell Mini 3i Android Cell Phone.