Recently the fan for my Asus EeePC 1005HA decided to go beserk and make lots and lots of noise. After trying a few tricks on the web and being unable to disconnect the fan manually I found this hack which you can use to disable the fan in Ubuntu/Linux.
# echo 1 > /sys/devices/platform/eeepc/hwmon/hwmon1/pwm1_enable # echo 0 > /sys/devices/platform/eeepc/hwmon/hwmon1/pwm1
You need to run these commands as root. Add them to /etc/rc.local if you want to turn the fan off on each boot. To get your fan back, do something like this:
# echo 70 > /sys/devices/platform/eeepc/hwmon/hwmon1/pwm1
So far everything seems fine without my fan but I'll let you know if my computer melts.
One of the first things I did when I bought my Samsung Galaxy Spica was install SipDroid, and to my disappointment it didn't work. The sound came out of the back of the phone instead of the earpiece.
This turns out to be Just Another Samsung Bug (TM), but unfortunately the fix is not simple. The developers at samdroid.net have built patched kernels but you need to flash your phone to apply them.
However, for what it is worth, I've uploaded the files you need and some simple instructions on how to flash them on the Samsung Firmware Downloads page.
Hope you can fix your VoIP on your Spica because it's pretty handy.
For your convenience, here are all the files you need and some basic instruction to flash your Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700. This page is not meant to be a tutorial, just a handy reference.
The basic flashing procedure is:
Once the new kernel is installed, use Vol Down + Call + Power to enter recovery mode to install ROMs packaged as .zips.
This has to be the most egregious bug I've ever seen in a product on the market. For close to a year now I've been trying to figure out what the heck was causing my Samsung Galaxy Spica battery to drain in like 10 minutes. I didn't happen all the time, just on days I really needed my phone.
Eventually I stumbled across an obscure thread on samdroid.net which mentions a bug in the Spica camera. The bug causes the CPU to stay in top speed after the camera has been used and thus drain all the battery even when the phone is supposed to be asleep.
The solution is simple. Download and install the CoolS app from the Android market. It puts the phone back into power saving mode automatically when it goes to sleep.
Still can't believe how long this problem bugged me for. Samsung, shame on you.
Some time ago I wrote a little review of several of the most popular Android note-taking apps. I ended up have three different apps installed because I couldn't find one that did just what I wanted.
So I wrote Fast Notes.
Fast Notes lets you take notes with just a single button press.
Lauch Fast Notes by long-pressing the search button or by pressing the icon in your launcher. Enter your note and long-press on a tag to save and exit. Voila, finito. Have you ever taken notes so quickly? You can also use the back button to save and exit.
I use Fast Notes to keep my todo lists, jot down ideas, collect phone numbers, organise my projects, record my expenses, make checklists, keep a diary, help remember people's names, learn new words, share tweets, write blogs, collect quotes and even to work on my book whenever I have a few spare moments.
The developers over at the Samdroid Forums have made some pretty cool stuff for us Samsung Spica i5700 owners. The only problem is there is just too much stuff over on that forum and a lot of the builds are old and the kitchens for making custom mods are broken. So to save you the time, I'm going to tell you now which is the best mod of the Samsung i5700:
... drum roll please ...
It's a fork of CyanogenMod being developed by a young German guy called Lars Moelleken (he uses the nick "voku"). So far the only thing missing from this mod for me is a patch for the broken VOIP audio channels on the Spica. Hopefully we can get that fixed.
After you install the ROM you need to select the Honey theme from the SpicagenMod settings menu otherwise you won't be able to see the clock.
Here are the visitor browser stats for the Travel Lifestyle website for November 2011. I was surprised to see that the most popular browser is Safari. I guess travelers like their Apple products.
I have a sneaking suspicion that all those browsers that identify themselves as "Mozilla" aren't really the Mozilla Browser. I haven't seen anybody using Mozilla since... well, since it became Firefox.
Wow. You learn something everyday huh? Since I killed a bunch of the keys on my keyboard recently I've been stuck without being able to easily enter Latin characters. Today I found out about the Compose key, or in Ubuntu terminology - the Multi Key.
The Multi Key lets you enter special characters by typing a combination of two keys. For example:
Pretty neat huh? Except my keyboard doesn't have a Compose key. Apparently you can set up Shift and Alt to be the compose key under keyboard options somewhere, but I preferred to use xmodmap to onvert my Windows key to a Compose key:
$ xmodmap -e "keycode 133 = Multi_key"
Voila! Now I can put in any Latin characters without resorting to the Character Map.
Check this list of common compose sequences to find the characters you want to enter.
I think a lot. Probably too much. I also like writing and have discovered that my phone is actually my preferred medium for writing. It's portable and you can edit and organise content in a way that you can't with paper notepads.
A good keyboard like Slide IT lets you write at an acceptable speed, but I had a hard time finding a notepad app that I really liked. Here is what is was looking for:
Here is my short list of good note taking apps, and their features.
I finally got fed up with my slow crappy Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 running Android 1.5 and decided to bite the bullet and flash the firmware to 2.1. In the process I bricked my phone so that it only booted to an white triangle with a yellow exclamation mark in the middle.
Hooray for me. It took me hours to figure out, and I tried half a dozen different ROMs with the same result but in the end I managed to get it working by selecting the following Debug options in Odin:
I only had to do this once. It's worked fine ever since, although Odin is still as flaky as ever.
Android 2.1 is a huge improvement over 1.5 in terms of performance and usability.
Try upgrading Windows XP SP2 and the Update Centre will give you the following errors:
They blocked their own website? Even turning off all the security settings doesn't help.