August 9, 2013
I bought a couple of these clips using a coupon from the P&G Saver coupon packet. The clip was super easy to use and didn’t really require any thought. I popped it out from the package and clipped it to my car.
I left it in my car to bake in the Texas sun for day to see how it would handle. By the time I got back my car smelled like I had poured Febreze all over my car. Sure it smelled ‘fresh,’ but it was a little much.
Update: I’ve been driving around with it for the past 3 weeks, and it’s dried up now. It definitely has not lasted as long as my previous car freshener.
July 28, 2013
People were telling me that I sounded muffled when they would call, so I started playing around with the call settings.
Here’s a diagram of the call screen:
Potential Problems and Possible Fixes:
- You sound muffled: Turn off noise reduction. I’ve highlighted the icon with a green circle (right above the Add Call button. The side effect of this is that you might echo a little bit.
- They can’t hear you very well: Speak into the correct microphone. It seems like the microphone on the top of the phone is used on speakerphone calls, while the microphone on the bottom is used for regular calls.
- You’re echoing: You might want to try out the noise reduction option.
Please share your tips and tricks that have helped other people hear you better on your Samsung Galaxy S4!
July 27, 2013
After an unfortunate accident with a sidewalk, my trusted old Incredible 2 is no longer in service. So, I’ve upgraded to a new Samsung Galaxy S4. I could get 2-3 hours of on screen time out of the box and at least 12 hours of battery life overall, which was kind of disappointing, since I could squeeze about 2 hours of screen time from my old phone. I’ve fiddled with some of the settings, and I’ve gotten the screen time to last 3-4 hours and total battery life to around a full 24 hours.
Here are the settings that I’ve used to get there, and a couple potential watch outs:
- Standard Options: Turn off all the fancy hand waving and eye tracking functions (Smart Stay, Driving Mode, S Beam, Air View, Smart Scroll, Smart Pause), and make sure Bluetooth and GPS are off as well (unless you need them), and turn on Power Saving mode. Power saving mode basically dims your phone screen slightly compared to the default auto-adjusting screen setting.
- Get JuiceDefender Plus or a similar app that will only allow background syncing to occur at certain times of the day or on Wifi only.
- Check for battery leeches! Sometimes the GPS doesn’t turn off! Even though the GPS setting on my menu screen says that GPS is off, my battery meter shows it as active. Thankfully the GPS on the Galaxy S4 isn’t as much of a battery hog as my old phone, but checking for this could easily save you a couple hours of battery idle time. The only way that I’ve figured out to clear out the GPS is to restart the phone.
February 13, 2013
I found this out the hard way. If you double click the little dot in the top left hand corner of your touch pad, you’ll switch between enabling and disabling your touch pad. It’s a quick fix, but kind of confusing the first time you have to try to turn it back on.
I’ve attached a picture of the dot on my laptop so maybe you’ll notice yours.
January 30, 2013
There’s a lot of different guides out there and they’re all kind of confusing. Make sure all your stuff is saved somewhere else, because this will wipe all your app data.
I followed this guide to root. Make sure you installed the ClockWorkMod Recovery: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1751796
I had a couple problems with an endless rebooting loop once it was rooted. I had to put it in recovery mode by:
- Turning off the phone
- Pressing the On button and Volume down button at the same time
Then I went into Recovery (use the volume up down to navigate, the power button is enter).
This opens the ClockworkMod Recovery, which you can use to install a custom ROM from your phone’s SD card.
Basically, you’re going to want to pull the SD card out of your phone and drop the zip files for the ROM and GApps file that you can download from here : http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1561816 (This is for CM9, which is the Cyanogen Ice Cream Sandwich release)
Put the SD card back into your phone, and then have the Recovery software install from Zip.
Wipe Data, Cache, and system from the Recovery program.
Now install the ROM from the zip file, and then install the GApps file.
January 26, 2013
After waiting what seems like a year for Android ICS to get an official roll out I decided to jump the gun and install Cyanogen 9 on my phone. For some reason, my Google Play store stopped working. I could search for apps, but when I tried to download or update I would get an endless downloading status bar.
Well, I found this tip a couple places on the internet and this did the trick.
Open up the terminal app– mine was called Terminal Emulator, and follow these steps.
- Type: su
- Hit Enter, and a prompt will pop up asking for you to allow super user permissions for the terminal app. Make sure you say yes.
- Type: killall drmserver
- Hit Enter, and now your Play store might work.
I still have no idea what was actually wrong, but at least my apps are updating.
November 2, 2011
Alias: Amanda Clarke
Personality Traits: Cunning, opportunistic, methodical, loyal, goal oriented
Counterpart in the Count of Monte Cristo : The Count of Monte Cristo, but not necessarily Dantes.
Bio: Emily Thorne (born Amanda Clarke) was raised by her father with whom she spent the summers in the Hamptons—presumably they lived in New York City for the rest of the year. There has not been very much information about her mother, but it seems as though her father had been trying to groom Victoria Grayson into becoming Amanda’s step-mother, before the betrayal. After the betrayal of her father, by their once close friends the Graysons, Emily was institutionalized in solitary confinement by a request from Victoria Grayson, who also bribed the psychologist at the juvenile detention center.
Nolan Ross was the first person of her previous life to bring her out of center once her term there was over and gave to her a chest from her father detailing the betrayal of him. In the time after her release, Emily began to build the platform for her revenge. For years, she spied on her targets through social events, organizations and using some spy-quality sleuthing skills. This also built up her reputation, so that she seemed more legitimate facet of the New York elite. This summer, her plans began to unfold.
The story so far
So far she has been picking off her father’s opponents one by one. I can only wonder if she’s going to run out of people who betrayed her family.
Revenge taken on:
- Lydia for being a false witness
- Bill Harmon for being a false witness and framing her father
- Tom Kingsley for prosecuted her father
- Dr. Michelle Banks for institutionalizing her as a child
- Frank for getting in the way and being a Grayson henchmen.
Each revenge increases the risk that she’s going to be found out, as all of a sudden this strange new woman appears and everyone in the conspiracy is getting knocked out. Frank is starting to pick up on the trail that Lydia ran in to, so we will see how Emily decides to finally take care of him.
On the flip side, you can kind of see her wavering focus on revenge as she escalates her relationship with Daniel. Is their relationship one more cornerstone on her path to revenge? Or is it a convenient break from the scheming and planning? I think that it seems genuine. If it turns out to be a ploy, Emily’s character is going to so much hard to empathize with, since weaponizing love into a form of revenge almost seems wrong.
Then add in the strong relationships she has with other males like with Nolan and Jack. The friendship with Nolan, which has a side-kickesque feel to it, makes me feel like there’s something behind their bond that Nolan isn’t sharing. Her interactions with Jack Porter so far have been fairly detached, and the affection has been mostly one sided. I’m kind of wondering how this is going to develop, since her relationship with Daniel seems kind of endearing.
Destroy Victoria Grayson… will she allow for collateral damage though?
October 30, 2011
Why spend $10 on a plastic kick stand for your phone when you can make your own universal stand out of cardboard for free in minutes? It’s perfect for watching video, like on Hulu Plus Netflicks, or video chatting on Skype or Gtalk with friends.
This is what it looks like. I didn’t use scissors, so it’s a little extra ghettotastic. But if you want a classier version, you could break out a ruler, some wrapping paper, markers, and tape.
And this is basically how it’s constructed. Fold in the middle, and then 2 more folds on the ends in the same direction So basically the shape you’re trying to make is this: /_\_. The little tabs on the end help to keep the stand and your phone from sliding.
This is the stand from an angled side view:
This simple little stand is compatible with most Android and Apple smartphones that can lay horizontally on their sides. I think you might have some trouble with Blackberries, since it might be harder to balance them on their sides. Oh, and on the upside for you greenies out their this thing is 100% biodegradable, recyclable, and upcycled.
October 22, 2011
UPDATE: The newest update from Verizon allows you to take screenshots by pressing the Power and Home buttons at the same time.
There is now an easy way to take screenshots on your HTC Droid Incredible 2 android phone, without having to root it. It’s kind of an oversight that there isn’t an easy way to take screenshots. But, thanks to No Root Screenshot It there’s a kind of easy way to get your droid to take screenshots.
So basically, go over to the Android Market and buy No Root Screenshot It by Edward Kim. There’s a couple versions out there, but for an Incredible 2 that is not rooted you need to get the No Root version that sells for $5.
The instructions for installing the are great and walk you through the general steps, but I just wanted to share a couple tips that apply to the Incredible 2.
The instructions tell you go download the USB drivers for your phone at this URL:
It redirects you to HTC’s website, and then you need to find your phone, the link to the Incredible 2′s diver is here: http://www.htc.com/us/support/incredible2-verizon/downloads/
Download HTC SYNC for the Incredible 2, and the USB driver will be installed with it.
And then here’s the link to the Desktop installer for Screenshot It, which enables your phone to take screenshots: http://www.lindylabs.com/screenshot_it/
The app’s not perfect. It seems like when I try to use the shake feature, it fails the first time. But, I really can’t complain until Android builds something into the software.
October 9, 2011
Based on data from the 2010 US census, the states with the highest percentage of partnered same-sex households are:
- Massachusetts: 1.92%
- Vermont: 1.89%
- New Mexico: 1.84%
- New York: 1.77%
- California: 1.76%
With an honorable mention to the District of Columbia with a fabulous 6.5%.
And the lowest:
- North Dakota: 0.72%
- South Dakota: 0.76%
- Wyoming: 0.87%
- Idaho: 0.91%
- Nebraska: 0.91%
I think the moral of this story is that gay people do settle down, just not in the frozen plains.
Note: These numbers are of a percentage of partnered households (same-sex and opposite-sex, regardless of marriage status), so single households and other types of households are excluded.
Here’s a little map to help you see trends. The darker the purple, the more same-sex couples there are as a percentage of the number of partnered households.
Find your state:
|Category||Same Sex Households||Opposite Sex Households
|District of Columbia||6.50%||93.50%
In the interest of transparency, here’s the original data table from the US 2010 Census with the numbers of how many same-sex, opposite-sex, and single households there were in the USA in 2010: DEC_10_SF1_PCT15
If you’d like to pull it directly from the Census website search for table PCT15.