« Archives in March, 2011

ZDbox – All in One Toolbox for Android v1.3 released

V1.3 Changlog:

  • Add 2 widgets( one tap operation)
  • Add vibrate mode in “Do not disturb”
  • Optimize traffic data refresh in notification area
  • Fixed app crash bugs

ZDbox is in Google Market now!
U can search it in Google Market with the key words “zdbox”
If you like ZDbox, please rate it in Google Market and share it with your good friends.


Installing Debian on Acer Aspire One (D255E)


  • the image file: boot.img.gz (hd-media)
  • the ISO image: debian-X.X.X-i386-netinst.iso
  • USB memory stick

NOTE: It is critical that the kernel version in the boot.img.gz image and the net-install ISO are the same! If they are not identical, the installer will not be able to detect your hardware and the installation will fail.
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HTC Desire Battery Life [part 2]

This just an update of my testing of different Radio ROMs to see what has given me the best battery life, this is what is working for me and I can’t guarantee others will get the same performance

Always running is:
3G Wireless / auto connect to WiFi points
ZDbox – update every 60 sec
Beautiful Widgets – update every hour
System Info Widget – update every 60 sec
Telstra Usage – update every 6 hours

As you can see from the screenshot bit over 4.5 days and still 10% battery life left.

The radio I am using is (RECOMMENDED by AdamG) as apparently Adam has included the RIL for that version too, and of course running the OxygeN 2.0.1 ROM.

For the people that use SetCPU in the images below you can see how I have it setup on my Desire


Building ~6dBi Collinear WiFi Antenna

This is little bit of info about the ~6dBi WiFi Antenna I have built. All up it took me about 2 hours to make and build the Antenna. All that is left to do is test the Antenna to see how good it works and that it is on frequency.

The materials required:

  • approx 300mm 1.6mm copper wire
  • panel-mount female N-connector
  • 250mm length of 20mm light-duty electrical conduit
  • 2 end-caps to suit 20mm conduit

Design Details
This collinear simply consists of a length of copper wire with some loops located at specific locations. The dimensions of the sections of the antenna are important, and are shown in the diagram below.

dimensions of the collinear
Image sourced from martybugs.net

The length of the bottom section is 1/2 wavelength, the centre section is 3/4 wavelength, and whip section on the top is slightly less than 3/4 wavelength, apparently to reduce the capacitance effect.

The 802.11b standard uses 2.412MHz to 2.484MHz frequency range, so at the centre of that frequency range, 1/2 wavelength is 61mm, and 3/4 wavelength is 91.5mm.

These dimensions appear to be consistent with similar commercial antennas.


Home-brew Compact 6dBi Collinear Antenna

[LINK] Full Android Guide for Beginners

Rather nice list of links of read material for beginners to start tweaking / customising their Androids


[LINK] Android violates Linux license, experts claim

Google’s Android mobile operating system’s usage of the Linux kernel may violate open source licensing with a misappropriation of Linux code that could bring about the “collapse of the Android ecosystem,” some intellectual property experts are charging.

The Linux issue is a separate one and no lawsuits have apparently been filed. But a few intellectual property watchers have written analyses that call into question Android’s use of Linux code licensed under GPL version 2.

Read the full story here

[How to] Change default search engine in Iceweasel (Firefox)

Type in the URL bar ‘about:config‘ and search for ‘keyword.url‘ and modify the ‘Value‘ from


to your preferred search engine, for me I changed it to Duck Duck Go


You can find a full list of available parameters here to have a more custom search string


Now all there is left to do is restart Iceweasel (Firefox) and enjoy the new default search engine you can use from the URL bar

Duck Duck Go

Well yesterday when I was stuffing around with my mobile phone I was doing update etc I looked to see what was new in the fdroid repository and stumbled across a new search engine called ‘Duck Duck Go‘ and go by the motto ‘We don’t track you!‘, which I found rather interesting as who doesn’t want to track you in this digital age. Anyways I have started to use Duck Duck Go (DDG) as my prefer search engine for awhile to see how they are as I am sort of getting annoyed with Google(but that another story).

What is DuckDuckGo?
DuckDuckGo is a search engine. Use it to get way more instant answers, way less spam, real privacy and we believe a much better overall search experience. See our about page for more.

Do you track me, i.e. can my searches be tied to me?
No – we do not store any personal information, e.g. IP addresses or user agents: see our privacy policy for details. We also have an encrypted (SSL) version, two non-JS versions (HTML & lite), a Tor hidden service (about), several privacy settings (including POST & RefControl), and we allow you to use URL parameters instead of cookies to store settings.

Read more about there above quoted information here

There plug-ins available for Firefox etc here, and the Android DDG search bar is available here

My Irssi setup

First of all, I have Irssi running inside screen in xterm.
My .screenrc looks like this:

startup_message off
vbell off

## Auto Started programs when screen is started
screen -t calender       2   calcurse
screen -t bash       3  bash
screen -t bash       4   bash
screen -t bash       5   bash
screen -t htop       6   htop
screen -t irssi      1   irssi

## change the hardstatus settings to give an window list at the bottom of the
## screen, with the time and date and with the current window highlighted
hardstatus alwayslastline
hardstatus string '%{gk}[ %{G}%H %{g}][%= %{wk}%?%-Lw%?%{=b kR}(%{W}%n*%f %t%?(%u)%?%{=b kR})%{= kw}%?%+Lw%?%?%= %{g}][ %{g}%l%{g} ]%{g}[ %D %d %M %Y %c ]%{W}'

The Irssi scripts I currently use are:

  • anames.pl – similar to /names but show away people in different colour
  • hilightwin.pl – Print hilighted messages to window named hilight.
  • il.pl – adds a status bar item which show length of the input line, good for microblogging.
  • keepnick.pl – Try to get your nick back when it becomes available.
  • nact.pl – Adds an item which displays the current network activity. Needs /proc/net/dev.
  • nickcolor.pl – assign a different colour for each nick
  • trackbar.pl – Shows a bar where you’ve last read a window
  • usercount.pl – Adds a user count for a channel as a status bar item

The above Irssi scripts are a must for any true IRC/Irssi user IMHO.

The theme I use is a modification of the 88_madcows theme by Aaron Toponce, called the-hulk by me.

Here is a screenshot of my current irssi window:

You can download a copy of the theme here

Google starting to ‘peer into our phones.’

It is nice that Google is being so vigilant about malicious applications, but I personally don’t think this should give them the right to peer into our telephones and remove said infected applications at there own accord. I think it better that they release a removal tool for the malicious application or provide information on how to remove it.

Below is a copy of an email that is getting sent out by Google.


We recently discovered applications on Android Market that were designed to harm devices. These malicious applications (“malware”) have been removed from Android Market, and the corresponding developer accounts have been closed.

According to our records, you have downloaded one or more of these applications. This malware was designed to allow an unauthorised third-party to access your device without your knowledge. As far as we can determine, the only information obtained was device-specific (IMEI/IMSI, unique codes which are used to identify mobile devices, and the version of Android running on your device).

However, this malware could leave your device and personal information at risk, so we are pushing an Android Market security update to your device to remove this malware. You will soon be receiving a notification on your device that says “Android Market Security Tool March 2011″ has been installed. You are not required to take any action from there, the update will automatically run. You may also receive notification(s) on your device that an application has been removed. Within 24 hours of receiving the update, you will receive a second email confirming its success.

To ensure this update is run quickly, please make sure that your device is turned on and has a strong network connection.

For more details, please visit the Android Market Help Center at


The Android Market Team

©2011 Google, Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043

Please use any or all parts of this message to warn people what is going to be happening within the next 24 hours, if you’re an Android user..