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Official Gingerbread update on the Droid x installed

Posted by anjilslaire on May 31, 2011

Right on cue,  Verizon Wireless makes the Gingerbread update available for my DX. It’s downloading now via wifi as I type this post, at 57%. Heading to bed but will post impressions tomorrow at some point. I’m hoping for some speed improvements as well as battey life, since I’m a performance freak. More later.  

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CM7 on the Nook Color rocks

Posted by anjilslaire on April 23, 2011

So I finally got around to upgrading from Autonooter to a full CM7 rom on th Nook Color. The wife (who owns it) was tired of switching between the BN gui and the sort-of android soft keys & market. So, I loaded cm_encore_full-41.zip on via clockwork and then loaded gapps-gb-20110307-signed.zip on for Market access, and away I went.

Works Beautifully. Huge props to the cyanogenmod folks for this. Now I’m tempted to pick up a 2nd one for my own fun..

For the record, these are the steps to do everything, cuz I can’t ever remember anything:

1. Burn the clockwork image. I’m using the 8GB card version since thats what I have. Use a different one depending on what you have. Don’t dd your hard drive like a fool:
sudo dd if=8gb_clockwork-0.1-ext4.img of=/dev/sdb bs=1M

this took ages so  I recommend a smaller size.

2. Simply copy the CM7 zip & the google apps .zip to the card.

3. Power off the Nook Color fully, stuff your freshly made micro SD in, and boot up. You’r now in Clockwork Recovery mode. Volume buttons navigate, N button is Select, and Power is “back”

4. Go to “Mounts and Storage” and format the following 3 partitions. DO NOT FORMAT /Boot!
/system
/data
/cache

5. Install the CM7 image using the “from the sd card” option, then do the same with the GoogleApps package

6.Take out the Clockwork sd card, and Select Reboot System Now.

&. you’re now booted into  your newly imaged tablet. I recommend bypassing Add Acct, get your Nook on Wifi, tehn go back, add your gmail acct, then start loading your favorites from the Market, starting with Flash 10.2

yay.

I obviously didn’t come up with this myself. Tutorials are all over the net. I simply combined & reworded everything I used from various sites to come up with these reminders that my own brain can follow.

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Hate Unity in Ubuntu 11.04

Posted by anjilslaire on April 8, 2011

Just my own opinion of course. Installed it on a box @work. Boy am I glad I can opt for ‘Classic’ mode from GDM and keep compiz and Gnome intact…
And yes I used Unity on the Netbook edition on the Mini 9 previously. Made me switch to Gnome on the small screen as well after being a big fan of the Netbook interface.
Please don’t make me switch to XFCE again, too.

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Nook Color rooted

Posted by anjilslaire on March 27, 2011

Yeah yeah I’m late to the party I know ..the NC has been rooted today after a couple weeks of weekend distractions. It’s almost not worth mentioning since it was so trivial and well documented.  One thing I will mention is LauncherPro is a great Android launcher app. Props to that. More details as I play with it more.

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Droid X and the Nook Color

Posted by anjilslaire on March 2, 2011

Ok I know I’m super late to the party but I just got a shiny new Droid X on Monday and am still playing around with it.  Got an Incredible for my wife and she seems happy too.   Don’t think I will root it yet. That’s what her Nook Color is for…
Details later.

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Quick & Dirty Firefox fixes

Posted by anjilslaire on November 17, 2010

Self-note for firefox tweaks on a new install:

Improve page loading by increasing pipelining:
about:config

network.http.pipelining = true
network.http.proxy.pipelining = true
network.http.pipelining.maxrequests = 15
New-> Integer
nglayout.initialpaint.delay =0

Stop loading pages in background:
network.prefetch-next = false

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Maverick Netbook impressions

Posted by anjilslaire on October 12, 2010

So I installed Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10 Maverick Meercat on the Mini 9 the other day, and after a bit of adjustment to the new GUI, I think it’s a nice release. Everyrhing worked straight out of the install. With my replacement Intel 3945 wifi card, my system doesn’t need any restricted drivers to work.

Of course, the factory Broadcom wifi card shouldn’t have any driver issues in the future since Broadcom open sourced their drivers.

Boot time is improved, and there are actually 4 work spaces, like gnome. Also, there’s a slick menu on the left side, saving the limited vertical resolution.

The only real tweaks I’ve made include disabling the user list in GDM, so you need to type the user name as well as password. This is a very portable system. Should it be stolen, why would I want to give the thieves half of my login credentials? The code to do this is:

sudo gconftool-2 –direct –config-source xml:readwrite:/etc/gconf/gconf.xml.mandatory –type Boolean –set /apps/gdm/simple-greeter/disable_user_list True

Also, I’m not a fan of Empathy, so I replace it with Pidgin. Gwibber rocks for Twitter, though.

By the way, Wesnoth plays nicely at 1024×600 while mobile.

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Battery in place, Maverick incoming

Posted by anjilslaire on October 9, 2010

Got the new 8cell battery for the Mini 9, and its great. Full charge reports 10:20 battery time, & I think that’s pretty accurate.

Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick is coming tomorrow, and I can’t wait to install & check out the new Unity netbook GUI. I’ve been running the x64 Beta of regular Ubuntu and is pretty slick, so I don’t anticipate many isues with this release.

On that note (and I know I tweeted about it) while we may see the bits already available in some places, its recommended not to grab them until the official release is announced due to last-minute possible  changes. Full details & explanation here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1589308.

I’ll be grabbing the torrent from a local university.

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New battery enroute for Mini 9

Posted by anjilslaire on October 4, 2010

So I saw that mydigitaldiscount has a replacement extended battery in stock for the Dell Mini 9. My current original 3-cell battery is completely dead, so I’m hoping the new 8-cell will do the trick.

I should have it in a week, and will post results later. Hopefully my netbook will be resurrected in time for 10.10

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64-bit Ubuntu upgrade

Posted by anjilslaire on September 17, 2010

I’ve finally replaced my aging Athlon XP 3200+ system with a new Dell XPS tower:
AMD Athlon II x4 630
4gigs ram
AMD Radeon 5450 1gig
640gig HDD

Nothing super snazzy, but a huge upgrade for me. It’s dual-booted with a clean install of Win7 home premium x64 & more importantly Ubuntu 10.04×64, which is where the focus of this blog will shift to.

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