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I think I need a therapist.

Mar. 25th, 2011 | 04:23 pm

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My phone almost died on the weekend

Mar. 21st, 2011 | 10:05 am

So, as usual, when I install a new ROM on my Android it is just fine, but as I begin to get the hang of it and start using more apps, it starts to slow down, to the point where it may freeze for a few moments, or, as happened to me on Friday, the phone will go into an irreversable reboot loop, where it:
  • Displays the boot screen for the rom
  • Boots successfully into the lock screen
  • The rom may work fine for a few moments
  • Then it freezes for a minute or so
  • ...Before throwing itself back into the boot screen to try again
If I can't get into the system fast enough to fix it, then usually I don't have much of a choice but to revert to a backup, or wipe and reinstall again.
But something happened this time.

The NANDroid backup I made of my phone a day after I installed it was fine, but when I reverted to it, something... happened. The restore completed just fine, and I still had the recovery, but as soon as I rebooted, I simply couldn't load the ROM... or the recovery.

And so I went into the fastboot mode, and tried to save my Android device until it powered down because, for some reason, my phone wouldn't charge on Fastboot.

Me and Henri Watson, DragonFlayer and Selth tried different methods of fixing it from the fastboot screen, but with almost everything I did, I would get remote: signature verify fail. Everything else, it would claim to be doing something but then freeze, for however long it took for the battery to run down again before powering off, the console getting status read error.

Needless to say I was kind of losing hope.

But then DragonFlayer linked me to a page on the XDA Developers forums - which detailed one method that seemed to apply to me. DF suggested I would need to make a goldcard using the SAPPIMG.nbh file detailed within. However, I noticed that I could flash this file on the device as well. I was skeptical, but I tried it.


Somehow, that one ROM was reverting the entire phone back to its factory settings - stock ROM and all! I don't know how, but man I was so happy!

Now I just had to re-root the phone, install Clockworkmod Recovery and something that was NOT Cupcake 1.5 and I was back in business.

And I am! :)

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An "Instant" OS idea: controlling a computer or virtual machine remotely

Mar. 7th, 2011 | 01:40 pm

So, as I have been lately I'm thinking about laptops. And I'm thinking about what I could put on that laptop. Fedora, maybe... or for a slimmer install I could go with Arch. And then I think - say I wanted to use that laptop to access my machine from whereever, with TeamViewer. Or on that laptop I could, say, connect to a virtual machine I had setup on my home computer, like my Snow Leopard VM.

I'm sure that somebody out there has done it and that maybe this is an option, because that WOULD be pretty awesome.


but if this doesn't exist... somebody! Make it happen!

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Thanks to my stubborn unthinking nature, I just fucked myself over. Bad.

Feb. 26th, 2011 | 09:36 am

Well. Today my sister Beth accidentally knocked over my computer tower, and the comp locked up. I decided to move back to where my computer desk used to be, but my computer wouldn't turn on. At all.

Talking to Henri on AIM, I had the feeling that my power supply was dead. And I was pissed when I realised this might have been what happened. So... I threw my phone. Hard. Across the room. And ended up making a plaster hole in the wall.

"Oh, shit... I'm dead."

Then suddenly it's 12PM and parents are back to help me out. Not before they notice the hole in the wall.

Dad said it best; I'm a total asshat.

But it gets better; turns out the issue with my computer wasn't that the PSU was dead - it was something much, much, much, much, much simpler; as simple as that... it was the cord that was faulty.

So now I feel stupid and I'm a dickhead as well. I feel terrible.

I can't be trusted on my own anymore. I was ordered to surrender my Android phone as I couldn't take care of it. And what was going to be a celebration of my Centerlink payment gonig through, over at Pizza Hut, turned into an interogation.

Just because I didn't think for a few seconds, but I'm right back to square one. For the nth time.

Heh. You didn't think I would actually MATURE, would you?

I can feel terrible all I want, but I have to fix this. With my newfound money, I'll have to fix the wall myself.

I don't think I can let myself touch a computer for quite a while.

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So I'm going to start working on a TAS of a Japanese Mario World hack.

Feb. 19th, 2011 | 05:18 am

Since this video I've made a lot of progress, and I've completed world 4 and am about to finish World 3 (it's sorta non-linear). Once that's done I can proceed to finish the second half of World 5 and... yeah.

Problem being, it's difficult to make progress sometimes without messing up, bad. (Maybe I'll show you guys sometime.) But since I'm done with Super Mashup Boy, I'd like to continue this thing again.

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Feb. 15th, 2011 | 09:06 am

So I decided to backup my system and wipe it, and install a new custom rom on it. Hopefully the fact that it's clean as well as an optimised ROM will mean that the system will act faster, and it has for the moment.

It would be cool to get some sort of advice on how I can keep my Android from getting clogged up, apart from not installing so many apps.

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Chrome-to-Firefox has failed

Feb. 12th, 2011 | 02:14 pm

It's just a testament of how highly I think of the browser.

I do love a few things about Firefox and hope that somebody implements them in Chrome someday. Apart from that....

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Chrome-To-Firefox - Day 3/4

Feb. 12th, 2011 | 01:44 pm

Alright, as much as I appreciate Firefox, I'm also starting to feel the annoyance of using it. I can't really use too many tabs with it or it loads sluggishly. I love the possibilities of using it, but the memory issue is still an issue. Shame, that.

I kinda hope that eventually Google will open up more of the Chrome API, so developers can recreate some of the Firefox functionality that we all love.


Actually, I just couldn't get the thing to work at all.

But yeah, perhaps starting to lose my patience a little.

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Let's Support The Layabouts

Feb. 11th, 2011 | 02:19 pm


My good friends at the Layabouts are celebrating their first site birthday on the 16th! And they'll be posting lots of content all through that week, from the 13th through 19th.

If you don't know what The Layabouts are, they're a self-proclaimed group of "Fantastic Media Creation Heroes", and the six of them put out a variety of content, from comics to music to art to stories to EVEN GAMES. I highly recommend you go check them out, even before or after this amazing week of Festabouts 2011.

But that's not all! They've recently shelled out for a new forum software (because, honestly, bbPress). Now they're running on Invision Power Board. That won't be all, though! Oh, you will see. But right now you can sign up regularly, or sign in with your Facebook or Twitter account, with a Windows Live ID, or even with an OpenID! And that will be your "The Layabouts" account. So come for the content, and stay for the community.

I, myself will be releasing a new mashup album during Festabouts as well, so be sure to check that out as well!

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Phone Downgrading (Need help!)

Feb. 11th, 2011 | 08:57 am

I'm tempted to take my phone's Android version down from Froyo. As much as I love it, it sucks SO HARD having to have my phone reset on its own every few days, and having the whole system so effing slow.

I need help, guys. What's a good custom ROM for a MyTouch 3G that's fast and stable?

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