keskiviikko 30. syyskuuta 2015

No Android 6 for Nexus 4? Now what?

Google told yesterday Android 6 is not coming to Nexus 4 . Don't worry. You can stick to Android 5.x or find an alternative ROM. It's not the end of the world.

In my case the above means I'm leaving Android and jumping to ROMs which are based on Android but have brand of their own. There are many ROMs to choose from: CyanogenMod, OmniRom, ParanoidAndroid, SlimRoms, AOKP to name some of them...

There are two you should keep in mind:
  • First off, are you sure you know how to flash your mobile phone? If not, find a spare phone and make your homework. See how to flash Nexus 7 (2012):
  • Secondly (and this not that bad), is your custom ROM able to update over the air (OTA)?
As there are more and more Android phones which will no longer receive updates custom ROMs are in very important role. I'm only hoping flashing an Android phone would become an easier task. At the moment, in my opinion, too much technological knowledge is required.

My Nexus 7 (2012) running CyanogenMod 12

Nexus 7 (2012) booting CyanogenMod

lauantai 26. syyskuuta 2015

Sitecom WL-113 wifi dongle from year 2004 still going strong

Local flea market always has something interesting to offer. This time I picked up an old wifi dongle from Sitecom.

The crucial thing is which chip dongle is using. Sitecom has Zydas's chip inside. Good! For example Debian and Ubuntu support is there. See this: How do you find out if dongle is recognized on Linux? Open your favourite terminal app on Linux and type "dmesg" (without quotation marks).

Next I need to test Sitecom wifi dongle on Raspberry Pi 1 and 2. I'm pretty sure Raspi 2 is able to handle Sitecom dongle. Raspi 1 is a question mark. Will there be enough power for the dongle in Raspi itself or do I need to attach a USB 2 hub with external power?

perjantai 25. syyskuuta 2015

Poor man's Desktop on Android - mouse and keyboard support via OTG-cable

Poor man's Desktop: Samsung Galaxy S4, an OTG-cable (On The Go), a passive USB-hub, a mouse and a keyboard.

Make sure all devices consume as little power as possible. Keep in mind not all Android devices accept peripherals. Edit: maybe an active hub with own external power is not a bad idea...

From now on it's possible for me to write text and use for example Microsoft Office almost the same way as on a normal Windows/Linux Desktop. Well, almost...

Samsung Galaxy S4 with mouse and keyboard support

Make sure all devices consume as little power as possible

Ubuntu 15.10 beta 2 available - 16.04 will bring us Mir

Ubuntu updates in every April and October. You can download beta 2 of Ubuntu 15.10 here: .

Next spring will be very exiting as we'll see a very different Ubuntu 16.04. Canonical ltd is going to offer Ubuntu with Mir, a next generation display server.  Until then I will stick to 14.04 LTS.

Firefox browser in mobile mode
(Control+Shift+M) on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

torstai 17. syyskuuta 2015

Google Hangout Air - how to setup a public live session

I had already forgotten. That's why this blog post exists ;D. So let's see how to setup a public live video session which can later be seen via YouTube.

First off, go and get Gmail account. Secondly, make a Google search with the following words: google plus. Once you find Google Plus login using your Gmail account.

Inside Google Plus look for a "little cabin" icon up left. See picture below (in Finnish only, sorry).

Choose Hangouts.

Choose Hangouts On Air and Create Hangout On Air.

Name your session and choose Share.

Choose Start.

You can invite friends by typing in their email addresses. However, this time the whole world is your friend so there no need to do that and you can pass by this option.

Wait until all gets set!

You can start broadcasting live now!

In case you are absolutely sure, choose OK. You have 8 hours live time to spend! 
You can find the address of your Live session by clicking the the Link-symbol in the down-right corner.

When you are done, choose red button to close your live session.

Afterwards, look for your live session on YouTube. It takes a while before your video shows up. How did I find my sessions? I have a YouTube channel. All my clips are stored there.

keskiviikko 9. syyskuuta 2015

Join Apple event with Windows 10's new Edge browser

Apple September event is held today. Not only iOS or OS X users may join but Windows 10 users as well. All you need to is open the following link with Microsoft's new Edge browser (on Wednesday at 10 AM PDT 2015/09/09): .

Windows 10 on Acer W510