« Archives in March, 2011

Crazy Johns and the Huawei IDEOS Warranty

I bought a IDEOS when they were $159 (AUD) Crazy Johns special from Australia Post including a 4GB microSD couple months, which I have had no problems with. But I have since upgraded to HTC Desire and gave my mother the IDEOS which she loves and also is not having any problems with.

I recommend the IDEOS phone to a friend as his girlfriend broke her phone and knowing she uses Facebook etc via mobile. Well to keep the story short, the phones charging circuit had died a month after buying the phone and they have had nothing but trouble and the run around from repairer to point sale and vis a versa to get it repaired, replaced under warranty, or money refund on the device. And this phone was bought from a Crazy Johns store.

The last I have heard about it is that they are now taking it to Business and Consumer Affairs.

I guess the moral of this story is even though we live in a throw away society, we as consumers do still have rights, and the business, repairs, and manufactures should be holding up there end of the bargain even if the warranty repair job is going to cost more than the phone is worth or they hand over a replacement item. So even though a product is not worth a lot in monetary value, remember you are the one that bought the item and why should you have to fork out again out your own pocket for the item and only make these people richer.

End story stand up for your rights and not let these businesses and corporate giants push you around, even though it can seem to be hard work.

ZDbox – All in One Toolbox for Android

I have been using this App since it first turned up on XDA Developers forum.

It has some nice features:

  • APP Lock
  • Battery Info
  • DnD
  • Task Killer
  • APP Manager
  • 2G/3G Traffic

Even though this App is still in beta at the moment it shows a lot of promise to be a very nice all in one toolbox app. I recommend checking it out, as it has made my life little easier.

As they say a picture speaks a 1000 words so I have attached some images of ZDbox 1.2.63 Beta on my HTC Desire running OxygeN 2.0.1

Apps I use on my HTC Desire

This is a list of some the applications I have installed on my HTC Desire and were I have downloaded them from.

From the Android Market

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Custom HTC Desire ROM/Recovery/Radio

First off you can find the full HTC Desire specifications here on the HTC web site

My HTC Desire Currently:
Device: HTC Desire A8183
ROM: OxygeN v2.0.1
Recovery: RA-desire v2.0.1
HBOOT: 0.93.1 S-OFF AlphaRev OxygeN Table
Storage: Sandisk 8GB SDHC Class 4
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HTC Desire Battery Life

I done a clean install a couple days ago of OxygeN 2.0.1, and to be honest I am getting better battery life than with RC7

Always running is:
3G Wireless
ZDbox – update every 60 sec
Beautiful Widgets – update every hour
System Info Widget – update every 60 sec
Telstra Usage – update every 6 hours

I am sitting on 50% battery usage @ 1 day 8 hours on battery, with above apps etc running and making odd phone calls/sms’s, updates, Facebook, IRC, etc etc.

The only thing I did to prep the battery was fully charge the phone to 100% and rebooted into recovery while still connected to the charger and wiped the battery stats and rebooted the phone and disconnected it from the charger.

Hope this info is some help
enjoy 🙂

Cigarette Free

I have officially been Tobacco free for 52 weeks, 14 hours and 37 minutes now, YAY to me for breaking a year, and damn it went by fast.

And to celebrate I want all smoker that read this to go with out a cigarette for a full day. Trust me your lungs will love you for it 😉

[SECURITY ALERT!] DroidDream Malware Found in Official Android Market

To view the list of malicious Android Apps that steal your information and download additional SH!T to your phone

If you think you have been infected install Lookout Mobile Security

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Android 2.3.3 screenshots without root

Changes in the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread source will allow applications to take screenshots without rooting your phone.

By what I can tell by the screenshots it like like it just a MS Windows only app at the moment and us Linux and Mac users will have to settle for using the SDK or rooting our phones and using apps like ShootMe (Screen Grabber) or PicMe (Screen Grabber)


Slimming Your Android Install

I did this on my HTC Desire running OxygeN 2.0 RC7 ROM, and requires you have a root access to the ROM, and have a knowledge of adb from Android SDK install. As this just a quick how to I am not going to go into how to connect your phone etc, I sure you can Google that info.

Before we start remember to do a NAND backup

YOU are choosing to make these modifications, and if you point the finger at me for messing up your device, I will laugh at you.
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Oxygen v2.0 (Gingerbread, totally clean and hack free)

OxygeN 2.0 Finally has been released over the weekend

About Oxygen
Oxygen ROM is an AOSP source built ROM (ie. not a mod of any sense based ROM), it’s minimal, it’s superfast and mostly bugfree.

As Oxygen is not a mod/port of any HTC/CyanogenMod or any other ROM and may not be to everyones liking, it’s minimalistic and basic but I’m open to ideas and suggestions for improving the ROM.

Android v2.3.3 (GRI40) built from AOSP
Linux kernel v2.6.37.1
Minimal Google apps

Additional features
Adhoc wifi network support
Advanced power menu with reboot options
Customizable browser user agent
Customizable light settings
Customizable status bar power widget
Download any file type
Full screen browser option
Improved widget picker
Long press back to kill mod (must be activated in Settings)
Optional battery percentage
Various other tweaks and features