Tag Archives: smartphone

playing with Cyanogenmod

I flashed it to the Galaxy S2 about two weeks ago and have been using the phone as per normal since then. All then important things work, some a little better. The phone definitely feels snappier and the battery lasts longer.
I really like the UI improvements they’ve made.
Unfortunately there are a couple of apps that aren’t as good as the included Samsung ones: email doesn’t have the split screen view, calendar doesn’t have drag and drop. And I lost Polaris office. I’m trying to weigh up whether I should go back to stock… as some of the old system apps don’t restore or need licenses.

The Galaxy SII Information lock screen

My Android lock screen was featured on Lifehacker! I submitted it to the desktop show and tell pool a few months ago and it seems to gave gathered some interest. Who would have thought.

Below are some words to explain how it was created. It does not require rooting, but two of the apps used cost money.
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CRX two and F600 cross the Great Dividing Range

We attempted to ride from Canberra to Moruya in three days last weekend. People have made this trip successfully in one day (for the very fit ones) or two days, so we thought we coudl do it with two overnight stays in the tent.

Friends of ours woudl pick us up in Moruya and get us back home.

On the first day we made it to the camp ground in Tallaganda State Forest and set up tent. Unfortunately, that’s where the good part ended: As soon as the tent was up it started raining and pretty much didn’t really stop all nihgt, and the next day.On day two we got ready to ride past Araluen to the second stop, but took a wrong turn and found ourselves up on the Great Dividing Range, completely drenched and demoralised.It turns out the map we had, and the additional Google maps printouts we had taken, didn’t show a turn that we should have taken. D’uh! So we decided to just finish the horrible climb and descend down to Captain’s Flat instead.

It’s an embarrassing, disappointing ride, especially as there won’t be a three day weekend for both of us again until the end of the school year. But we’ll have to do it again, and get it right, this time.

Here are some photos from when it wasn’t pouring, and here is the Sports Tracker log for Day 1,  and a partial Day 2 (I couldn’t get a GPS fix due to the weather)..

Lesson learn: if you have a GPS, just use it to check where you are as well. And don’t blindly trust the maps. A real trip computer could have helped, too.

two links to articles about phones, and one question

There is an excellent comparison of the iPhone 3G S and the Nokia N97 over at Darla’s blog.

Lifehacker Australia writes about tethering on iPhone with Optus.

What’s the deal with the tethering business on the iPhone? Why is it such a frequently discussed topic? All my previous phones, and my current one did and do perfect tethering via USB and/or Bluetooth…

AllAboutSymbian on why the iPhone can’t multitask

If you use anything you believe is called, or should be called a smartphone, you should read this article on multitasking on smartphones by Steve Litchfield over at AllAboutSymbian. Especially why the iPhone can’t multitask. It’s a great article: Look everyone, Multitasking does work after all. And has been doing so for a decade and a half