Some Thoughts on “Forced Upgrades”

I have for a while been mulling over an expression mentioned by a friend, put into context of how some Operating Systems are more immune to this particular problem than others.  However, “forced upgrades” can apply to more than just operating systems. Continue reading “Some Thoughts on “Forced Upgrades””

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Some Thoughts on “Forced Upgrades”

Musings of a NAS Server

Alternatively titled, the evolution of hobbies and fulfilling their needs.

This time last month (to the day) I started a blog entry, progressing for a week and a half about building a network-attached storage PC. I noted within the first few paragraphs that this would not be an inexpensive project, which now I am ready to talk about cost (what it takes), other options, and in general how hobbies (and their needs) develop over time. But lets start with an epilogue to the last entry. Continue reading “Musings of a NAS Server”

Musings of a NAS Server

How Not to Align an SSD

So over the holidays, I bought a new (275GB) SSD to take over the 60GB SSD I already had in place (which was dedicated for the Linux system files).  If done right, I would have around 200GB for CCache and Out folders for a few ROMs.  Why? It comes down to cutting Android compiles into a fraction of the time, since there is a lot of I/O work done compiling code – and there are dozens of gigabytes of code to go through with every build.

The package arrived around the time I posted the last video.  The easy part was running CloneZilla (again) to duplicate the contents from the Kingston 60GB to the Crucial 275GB.  Then all that was left would be to check alignment, create the new “speed” partition, and then do the drive swap.

Except there were bumps in the road. Continue reading “How Not to Align an SSD”

How Not to Align an SSD

Halloween Special – The RAM Episode

This has little to do with Android, except for how I got here…

I have been using my Lenovo M91 for about a year now (the core components – case, mobo, CPU – I have bought for $10 as it was surplus).  When I put this PC together, I cannibalized the remaining parts from my older M58 (Video Card, RAM, HDD, SSD) which included 12GB of RAM. Three sticks of four.  For a four slot machine.  This means back then, I was going from and going to a situation where I would not be setting up my PC to full potential. Continue reading “Halloween Special – The RAM Episode”

Halloween Special – The RAM Episode

A little surprise…

Look what came into the mail today:

Nvidia Shield 2014
Nvidia Shield 2014

I was a little concerned when I found out the serial number landed in the recall phase (supposed to be a post recall device), but the battery is of the right type (B01).

Backed up all the partitions (except userdata to MicroSD), updated the stock OS to LP5.1 (was optimizing apps in the above photo), backed up recovery a second time, and flashed TWRP.  Just tested by 4.4.4 build of CarbonROM, sadly got a bootloop.  No worries, my 5.1.1 version seems to be booting fine (at the setup wizard as I am writing).

Have a great 2016!

A little surprise…

Picking Out Your Next Device

I recently bought a new phone.

It was rather abrupt when I found the one I (pretty much) liked, at a price I really liked, as I have been peeking on the market for about six months previous.

I wanted to share what I learned about the process to see if it would help others.  So I wrote a guide.  We will see what kind of reception it receives.

Link:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=3165094

Cheers.

Picking Out Your Next Device