Monday, August 31, 2009
Today I am off to Ecuador for the week. Nice place. Long trip, so I am glad i got my first class upgrades... Today I got my 16GB Class 6 SD card. Got it as I was walking out the door, so I had to repartition, then fly out... Wiped, reflashed Cm 4.0.4 and the theme, and reinstalled all my apps on the way to the airport... You know I am getting the hang of this now, when I can reflash my phone while on my way to airport...LOL I am now at the Flagship Lounge in Miami. Nice place. A little more exclusive than the Admirals Club. Free food too... Nice... My flight to Ecuador leaves at 325. So far on time. Next update tonight from Quito!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Updated both phones to Cyanogen 4.0.4 and the Community Hero Mix theme by Nabzilla on XDA Developers forums. Awesome looking setup... I love the elegant blackness of it all... Now all I need is that Black Camaro 2SS at Dimmitt Chevy to match it all...LOLOL
I seem to have screwed up the music player on the theme though somehow. I will have to wipe and reflash everything when I get my new Class 6 16GB card, so I am not too concerned... Then i will give my 8GB Class 6 card to my wife and repartition it, so she can have apps2SD working...
Lazy sunday today... Off to Ecuador for the week tomorrow.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Ok, so now I have partitioned my SD card so that Apps2SD works... It was very easy. If you want to do it, follow these steps... By the way, All I have is a PC with Vista x64 and an MT3G, so any other setup is not tested by me, and as always, you are doing this at your OWN risk and I will not be held liable. This is also the steps I did for a 16GB SD card. The figures will be different on 8GB and such...
These instructions also assume that you know your way around a PC... If you dont understand these instructions, then you might not want to try this...LOL
Download the Android SDK from here http://developer.android.com/sdk/1.5_r3/index.html
Unzip to your pc after download. Rename that unzipped directory ANDROID and place in your C:\ drive.
Find your environment variables by right clicking on your computer icon and selecting properties.
Add C:\Android\Tools to the path.
Connect your MT3G to the computer. make sure that settings>applications>developer>debugging is checked ON
Run a CMD console
Type adb devices (you should see your device attached)
Type adb shell reboot recovery (this will reboot you into recovery)
Type adb shell (you should get a # prompt)
Type parted /dev/block/mmcblk0 (that is a ZERO at the end)
Type print (this should give you a list of your partitions)
Type rm 1 (this will delete partition 1. Repeat for all other partitions)
Type print (again. This will make sure you dont show any partitions)
Type mkpartfs primary fat32 0 14876
Type mkpartfs primary ext2 14876 15900
Type mkpartfs primary linux-swap 15900 15932
Type print (again. This will show you your 3 newly created partitions)
Type upgrade_fs (this will upgrade your ext2 to ext3)
You are done! When you reboot, all your apps will be moved automatically to the SD card. This will give you 15 GB for your storage, 1GB for apps, and a linux swap partition in case you decide to get even braver at a later date and do more...
Any questions, email me, of find me on twitter or the TMO forums...
Monday, August 24, 2009
So this is back to school week... My oldest son is now starting his senior year at USF, my daughter is starting her freshman year at HCC, and my youngest son is now a big 4th grader. I am so proud of all of them, and wish them the best for this school year!! I love you all!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Today was a great day for my oldest daughter Kristi. SSgt results are out and she made it! I am so proud of her. She is now right behind where I was after 20 years...LOL She should be sewing that on around Oct. She also got a proposal for marriage from JK... She of course will say yes... Big day for her. Congratulations all around Kristi! We love you!
Long day today... Didn't even have lunch until I got back to hotel around 330... My flight is on time for tomorrow. My plane is on its way from Miami, so my flight should be on time. I have my upgrade for Mia-TPA, but dont have my upgrade to Miami yet. From Panama I usually have it at the last minute... Lets hope this is the case today.
Ok, so I couldnt wait...LOL I installed that Hero theme on my rooted MyTouch. Here is a picture. Not of mine, but a sample from the developer of the Theme.
Absolutely fantastic. Theme adds widgets, and basically skins the whole OS. New skin for the music player, contacts, dialer, etc etc...Great little widgets for power meter, and separate matching widgets for toggling functions.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Long day in Panama... Got picked up early and was out in meetings all day. Just got back to the hotel. had a decent flight yesterday. Only gripe was the food again... It was an odd number flight so they started serving from the back to the front. When they got to row 1 where I was, the choices were salmon, salmon or salmon...LOL Needless to say, I had a roll and a diet coke for lunch. I don't know how AA figures out how many of each food choice to carry, but every time they carry fish, they run out of the other choice and there is never enough for all of us... Time to change the way they do it I say...
Nothing going on tonight... Catching up on work, more meetings tomorrow...
My rooted MT3G is running sweet. I am going to go with a Hero theme for it but I will not flash that until I get back. It is unreal how much smoother and better this phone runs with the CM 4.0.1 ROM loaded. WOW... No lag, super fast, more battery life, multitouch, donut stuff in it, etc etc
Its excellent. I'm trying to get my wife to let me do her phone when I get back...LOL
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Ok, so after debating in my head if I would or not, I went ahead and rooted my MyTouch with the help of the Recovery Flasher app from the market. It actually took longer to read the instructions than to do the process.
For those of you who have not done it, here are the instructions:
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Ok, So After a few days with my new phone, its time for some thoughts. First of all, I must say that although the specs are similar to the G1, after having a G1 for about 9 months, it does feel like a substantial upgrade. Its not as bulky in your hand, much more elegant, and sleeker and lighter.
For me, the biggest improvement is the memory capacity for apps. Yes, I do know that you can root the G1 and get the Apps2SD app and never have to worry about it, but for those of us that do not want to root, this is great. I have installed every single app I have ever liked and wanted, and I still have 220+ MB of room.
As far as the keyboard, I had been using the on screen keyboard on the G1 almost exclusively for about 2 months in order to prepare just in case I ever switched. I am glad I did. The transition to 100% virtual keyboard has been smooth, and I do not miss the physical keyboard at all.
As far as apps, I use Open Home with a modified Hero theme. My wallpaper is from the Backgrounds app, space category. I use the weather widget app with forecasts add-on. I like a clean, clear uncluttered home screen. I use only 3 screens, and on the left screen I have 8 icons for my most used apps. On the right screen I have the search widget with 4 more icons (taskiller, and the toggle blu, wifi, and airplane mode apps)
There is a lot of talk of lag on the TMO forums. I personally have not experienced any lag to speak off. Is there lag sometimes? Sure. But heck, sometimes things don't run smooth on my quad core PC either...LOL
I also must applaud TMO for the launch of so many accesories at the same time as the phone launched. Although the Merlot owners would disagree. And frankly, if they would have had the same accesories (dock, chargers, etc) in Merlot also, I would have bought a Merlot. I suspect that the lack of matching accesories is skewing the Merlot sales in the other colors' directions.
My wife has also upgraded her G1 to a White MyTouch. She uses Open Home with some girlie flowery theme...LOL
She also uses the Work Email app to access her email from her exchange server at work, and so far it has been flawless. She absolutely loves her phone.
These are of course some initial thoughts, and as time goes by, I will be talking more in depth about stuff on the phone.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
The weekend is here! Yeah... First of all, i absolutely love my new phone. The MyTouch, although not radically different than the G1, has definitely improved on the original. I will post a full review of my own phone later.
Sadly, the buyer of my wife's phone is not happy with the purchase. I am trying to work out a deal with her so she is satisfied.
I will be updating every day next week from Panama...
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I picked up my phone from the UPS hub last night. It was as expected. Beautiful. This picture is of course not my phone, and I will post photos later... I did manage to re-download all my apps and then some last night. Having almost 300MB of memory is awesome. I was so limited with the G1.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
So today is the day my phone is due here... UPS still says 6pm yesterday in Jax...LOL I called UPS and they said it will be delivered today, although they did not know what is up with their computers. So I sit and wait for UPS...LOL
My wife's phone sold last night for a nice fee... I will be listing mine today or tomorrow.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
So the auction on my wife's G1 ended succesfully. Sold for 222.50. That will cover a lot of the cost of her new phone. usually we keep old phones as spares, but not this time... Too much money for a new phone so off she goes! LOL I will be posting mine tomorrow after my new phone arrives. Its in Jacksonville now...
Cant wait... Shipping hers off tomorrow morning to the buyer in NJ
So here I am... New blog. This first post will be short, as I am just setting all this up. I'm glad that my domain name was available. I have used Zapote21 since my old AOL days in the mid 90's. I will post often on a variety of subjects but I am a creature of habit, so i will be usually talking about only the stuff that interests me...LOL Until next time...