ShortTimer – Lite release

ShortTimer just got even better, a free trial version! This trial version allows you to take ShortTimer out on a test drive without hurting your wallet. So Try it, Like it, Buy it!! https://market.android.com/details?id=tbs.shorttimer.sims.tbs.trial&feature=search_result

Posted in Uncategorized | 9 Comments

Bluetooth comes to the Color Nook with CM7

The color nook has moved up in the world even further. I was reading a post at the xda-developers site on how Cyanogen was able to get the Bluetooth chip in the color nook to turn on but only for a little while and the connection would be very weak. I am currently running CM7RC2 on a 8gb class 4 micro sdcard. I have gone ahead and kept the changes that I have made for my nook strictly because it’s much more stable plus this hack is so simple that it was almost disappointing. This hack has had a lot of issues with ClockWorkMod, I have yet to be able to use ROM manager. My Bluetooth is working so far with only small bugs. I have read post that people have been able to pair Wii remotes with the nook to play on their emulators, and some people have even been able to pair keyboards. I have yet to try either of these but as soon as I do I’ll be sure and post which products are working for me and I’m hoping to get some feedback from other people on what products do work with the color nook.

In preparation for this hack you will need:

The generic sd card .img. Grab the installer image here:
http://nook.handhelds.ru/sdimage/generic-sdcard-v1.1.img.gz

CM7 RC2 update.zip <- go to xda-developers site for a download.

 

Step 1:

Put the generic sd card img onto your sd card. Make sure that there is nothing else on the card before hand.

DO NOT UNZIP the cm7 update.zip. When I first tried this hack I was very confused in this step. If you upzip the update.zip this will not work. Place the update.zip into your sd card.

Put the sd card into your color nook and start it up.

You now have CM7 with bluetooth!

If you have any issues with your bluetooth not turning on make sure you do a hard reboot with the color nook. You can accomplish this by holding down the power button for about 10 – 15 seconds. Do this instead up selecting reboot, or power off on the menu. Once you turn your color nook back on your bluetooth should work. The only problem I have had with this build is the video quality is not up to par, but it’s much more stable than the nookhoney.

 

Much thanks goes to the developers of xda, thank you.

Enjoy!:D

Posted in Android Tips and Tricks | 27 Comments

Getting market on your Color nook with Honeycomb :D

Hello again,

I am following up on my recent post to show you how to get the market on your new color nook. The process is fairly easy but slightly harder than the last post.

 

What you will need:

 

You will need to have adb set up already with android sdk.

You will need to load the drivers to let you computer “talk” with the nook

Download Vending.apk, and GoogleServicesFramework.apk.

 

Step one:

Connect your nook with honeycomb running to your pc. hit the windows button and r to open the run menu. type cmd and press enter. you will see a screen pop up like below.

 

Before we go on to changing the directories copy the Vending.apk, and GoogleServicesFramework.apk into the tools folder of the android sdk.  Next you want to change directories to your android sdk folder.  type cd and the path to your tools folder in your android sdk folder.

in my case I’ll type:

“cd  /C:\Users\Jordan\Desktop\android-sdk_r08-windows\tools”

 

Step 2:

Your next step is to see if the adb is communicating with your nook.

Type:”adb devices”

You should see your devices listed with an id number. If you do not make sure that the color nook is on and make sure you have the drivers set up for the nook.

next type: “adb remount ”

You should see the terminal change to remount successful.

type: “adb push Vending.apk /system/app”

then type: “adb push GoogleServicesFramework.apk /system/app ”

you should see something similar to the picture below.

Step 3:

Your almost finished!

Type in “adb shell”

then: “cd /system/app ”

You are going to want to change the permissions of the Vending.apk, and GoogleServicesFramework.apk.

Type: “chmod 6755 Vending.apk”

you should see comfirmation “chmod 6755 Vending.apk”

Type: “chmod 6755 GoogleServicesFramework.apk”

just like the Vending.apk you should see a confirmation.

Type: “exit”

Type: “adb reboot”

Your color nook will reboot and you now have the market. Enjoy!!

Last notes-

I had a few issues when i would be going from rom to rom on my nook. I would constantly get a GoogleServicesFramework.apk force close. I fixed this by going into the the settings of the device, click application, go into the manage application. Click the all tab and go to the GoogleServicesFramework and clear the data, do the same with your contact storage. ** This erase all of your contacts, create a back up! ** Reboot your devices and the force close should be fixed. I will post any other bugs that i find and hopefully fixes with them.

 

**all credit goes to the xda developers, they are awesome!!

 

Posted in Android Tips and Tricks | 13 Comments

HoneyComb for the Color Nook-PC

Recently I purchased a Color Nook, and as soon as I got it I had to get Honeycomb on it. I loved it so much that I had to get the word out. Getting the nook to run honeycomb is a fairly easy task, but I thought that a lot of the webpages i visited to get the process done where scattered. I would like to write my own how to to help with the confusion.

what you will need

  • micro sd card at least 4 gb or better. Also I think the card must also be a class 4 or better.
  • on XDA developer’s site download the most recent nookHoney build, also download WinImage.


Step 1:

Insert your Sd card into your computer, and run winImage as administrator.

Click Disk and Select Restore Virtual Hard Disk image on physical drive..

Select your sd card from the list.

 

 

Step 2:

Once you have selected your sd card, winImage is going to ask you which file you would like to write to the card. Selected where you have saved the nookHoney.img file. Go to the folder to which the file is saved and select it. If you do not see your file listed make sure that you have the the all files option selected like below.

 

Step 3:

You are almost done:D, WinImage is now writing the file to your sd card. Once it has finished eject your sd card, power down the color nook and insert the card into the nook. Power on the Color nook and..

 

Step 4:

Enjoy



Notes:

This weekend I was blessed to take a trip to fry’s. I aquired a 16gb class 10 sd card that I wanted to use to put Honeycomb. I wanted to add on here that its a lot of trouble to use the nookhoneyV04 with the class 10 cards. You will boot your device and for some reason honeycomb will ask you for a password to decrypt your data. There was a little fix that I noticed on xda website that you copy from the sd card the uImage and delete the file in the card. Then copy the uImage from the desktop to the sd card. This may or may not fix this issue. You will need to use the nookhoneyV03 if you plan on using a high class card. I was so frustrated with the bugs that I removed honeycomb.I’m now rocking CM7-RC2 on my sd card. I will post a how to on that soon its so fast and bugs are minimum.

thank you!

Posted in Android Tips and Tricks | 5 Comments

Android AP ShortTimer-TBS

This android application was designed with contractor in mind, allowing the user to track time spent on multiple projects and clients.  The user interface is easy to use and includes quick one click options to clock in and out. The app also includes the option to export a single project or all projects at once. The export supports gmail, and dropbox.  Export format includes QuickBooks import file.

http://shorttimer.tbsconsulting.net/

Posted in Android Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Victor Savkin’s Blog

http://vsavkin.tumblr.com/post/3191162772/groovy-coding-style

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

WordPress for Android

WordPress 1.3.8 for android upgrade is now available.

Posted in Android Applications | Leave a comment

My Home Page AP List

My phone is the first Moto Droid.

 

•    music player widget

•    google search bar

•    messaging

•    gallery

•    vlingo tap and speak widget

•    foursquare

•    google listen

•    shazam

•    weatherbug

This music player widget comes with the android operating system. It works and it’s simple. I have tried several other music players but the others seem to just over complicate things. The layout of this widget is a the name of the song / artist to the right, then a pause/play with a next button. Pretty simple, I like simple so it works for me.

The google search bar is a must for your home screen. This is one thing that i rub in my friends face about his iPhone. “Oh wait, you have to open safari to get to google to search? I dont” I think everyone uses google search, I use it multiple times a day. It also has a button next to the bar that lets you talk to search. Pretty sweet if you are to busy to type out what you need and much safer when you are on the road.**only search i would recommend**

The messaging really isn’t a must. I’m always texting someone so It was extremely convienent for me to add that to the list. I really havent tried other messaging aps. But I really wouldnt recommend downloading them. Messaging is really simple and the developer of this phone made the messaging program specifc for this phone. So use it!!

Gallery is pretty cool, I am always taking photos with my phone. So I’m always showing people my pictures. If you have a lot of photos it can take a while to load them. But it list your galleries if a typical grid layout. Once you touch an album boom there’s pictures in the same layout. It works and its way simple. Love it. I have yet to use any other gallery aps on the market because just like the messaging, it came with the phone and it works great.

vlingo is one sweet ap, google has speak to text, but vlingo knocks them out of the water. I love my button that I hit and I can give it commands up to search for a business, text someone, or call someone. You can literally hit the button, say ” Text Mom, I am on my way home!” There you have it typed out and ready to send. I love this ap for road trips because well… texting and driving dont mix and this solves that problem very easily!

Foursquare is a cool ap as well.  It’s an ap that lets you check in to places around you. Once you check into that place enough you can become the mayor. It seems kind of cheezy but its fun to compete with your friends! I think at first this ap was just a way to help you keep track of friends and what they are doing. But you are able to leave tips and any place that you have been to. So lets say you get terrible service at billy bobs down the road. Get on foursquare and let people know! I also have noticed that business have been offering specials like free drinks or discounts if you are the mayor of their business! To cool for school if you ask me, I love anything free.

Google listen is what I use to listen to my podcast! Its really simple to use and it will automatically download podcast that you have not listened to! I love listening to maximumm pc and mac life. There are tons of podcast to suscribe to and most of it is free.

Shazam is one of the coolest aps out right now, especially since its free! Let’s say you hear a song on the radio, and now radio stations really dont say the name of the song once the song is done playing! So now with this ap you can let you phone listen to the song and it will tell you what song it is! You can even click on amazons link and buy the cd straight from them. Now sometimes in restraunts it will pick the song up just fine, but sometimes it wont. But this ap is free and I have found a lot of songs with it that I have been wondering who sang them!

weatherbug is alright, it def. isn’t amazing. It takes forever for this ap to receive updates on what a storm is doing, or it will be raining and finally the ap will show rain. However, I think its much better than the weather channels ap. Their ap took two days for it finally recongize that I lived in Belton. How dumb is that, and you have to be wondering why did you wait two days for it to load. Well I really wanted to see how long it would take so I could make fun of it! But weather bug has its bugs but Im sure they will be fixed!

Posted in Android Tips and Tricks | 3 Comments

My Android Home Page Apps

Phone – HTC Incredible

 

  • Internet
  • Google Listen
  • Profile (sound)
  • Music Widget
  • Audio.com Widget
  • Toodle Droid
  • Google Messages
  • Gmail
  • CadreBible NIV

     

Posted in Tips Tricks and Code Snippets | Leave a comment

Learning the Language

Most introductory educational programming courses and textbooks focus on teaching the features of a specific language and how to use them. The volume of features in many languages requires such focus and acquiring such knowledge plays a large part of program development. Both individual laboratory-based programming tasks and collaborative work should be used in introductory courses. Problem solving should be at the heart of teaching programming. It is suggested that language features only be introduced as they become applicable to specific problems. However, problem solving in and of itself, it is not enough.

One of the biggest problems in some introductory programming courses in that the content is largely language specific. Students are presented with textbook problems and solutions and to a small extent are charged with the task of translating solutions into source code. This teaching technique bypasses the important process of comprehending, analyzing, strategizing solutions for real world problems.

M.C. Linn describes a chain of cognitive accomplishments by students in learning programming. The first link consists of acquiring language skills. Problem solving should be the vehicle used in learning language features. Learning features and learning problem solving should not be thought of as two distinct tasks. In earlier days, BASIC programming language was used in introductory courses, but since has changed to more challenging languages. This may be in part that educators recognized that syntax and semantic skills alone are not adequate in preparing for real world programming and that these skills do not translate well across languages for novice programmers.

A second link consists of design skills. The designing aspect of programming involves using computer language features to solve problems. There are two skill sets students use in program design: templates and procedural. Templates consist of code patterns that of a single language feature that can be drawn upon for reuse by students. “If programmers develop a repertoire of effective templates, then they are likely to program more effectively and to identify and reuse algorithms for problem solutions rather than reinvent them. Students can often employ templates they could not invent themselves. By using these templates they can ‘stand on the shoulders of giants’ and solve more interesting and complex problems than would be possible if they had to invent all their own templates. Even if they do not fully understand a template at first, the experience of using a well designed one will help students comprehend the technique in the template and the role of templates in general” (Linn, 1985). As students apply templates from existing repertoire, they advance beyond simply translating pseudo code to syntax, and become better equipped to solve programming problems. Procedural skills consist of planning, testing, and reformulation based on test results. This is accomplished by combining templates and language features.

Posted in Software Dev - General | 7 Comments