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  1. Revmacd

    Hi, I'm Melvin and I'm a Developer

    Thanks. I appreciate the response and the links. Very helpful indeed.
  2. Revmacd

    Able Remote

    Yeah, I use it on my tablet all the time. it allows me to control the cable box too. I don't even need the other remotes anymore.
  3. Glad I could help Mike. Hope to se you around the board.
  4. Revmacd

    promote the forums and general topic section

    Perhaps one of the mods or admins could be the designated welcoming committee. I've noticed a lot of people sign on and make a welcome post that goes ignored. I said hello to a few but I felt like it wasn't my place. I never made such a post when I joined because I'm one of those busy body jerks who just shows up one day and acts like he grew up there but a lot of folks making that introductory post are really just putting a toe in the water to test the temperature. Not saying hello could make it feel like the water is mighty cold. They're reaching out and gauging interest in their involvement. Also, is there a way to get a spell check on the reply window? The default Firefox one doesn't seem to work here. I looked it up and that is in fact how you spell committee up there but it just doesn't look right to me. B)
  5. Revmacd

    Google TV

    Anyone ever root their Google TV? I see on some sites where it can be done. Any advantages to that?
  6. The question is a little ambiguous. What exactly is happening and what is it you would like to know? There is a program called Titanium Root in the Play Store that you use to back up your data. It comes in very handy if you plan to flash a new ROM in that once the new ROM is installed you can then restore all your apps and data with the push of a button. It also makes a list of every market and system app on the phone as well as the files and backups associated with each app. So even if you just wanted that information without necessarily wanting to actually use Titanium to back up the phone, it would still be of use. Again, without more details of what you're looking for it would be hard to pinpoint a course of action though.
  7. Revmacd

    Able Remote

    Thanks for including the link Rob. I just downloaded it. I'll try ti tonight and report back. And four and a half hours later... wow... Able Remote really works great! I can not only control my Logitech Revue completely but it also read all the controls on my cable box intuitively somehow. It can control the viewing guide, DVR and settings menus on the cable box. There is some tweaking to do. When I hit the power button, only the cable box turns off. I would rather the entire television power down with the box. I also haven't had my surround sound hooked up in a month or so since the new carpet went in and I had to pull everything apart to move it. I've just been too lazy to put it all back together. Now I think a weekend project is going to be to get it all up and running and working with the able remote. Awesome find Rob.
  8. Revmacd

    What do you like and dislike in modern smartphones?

    I agree with bd that one of the things I really hate is closed ecosystems. I like to be able to customize the phone myself and be able to pick which os, launcher, and style I prefer. The Iphone and BlackBerry are very limited in that respect, which is why I am dedicated to Android. I'm not sure if this is the right forum to ask your question because the people who frequent this board are usually more than casual Android users. I'm sure the greater masses of smart phone users out there actually don't care to tinker with them too much and want them to "just work" so they can go about their other pursuits. The reason the people on this board are here is because we have a specific interest in Android and the ability to customize our phones. Having said that, some of the other features I would love to see smart phones have would be; better computing power, more ability to support different/multiple operating systems, and better speech recognition packages and functions. For computing power, I would like to see phones that can hook to a printer and support the drivers for desktop printers. There are trucking companies out there right now that still need paper waybills to pick up freight at airports and shipping terminals, etc. If the driver could not only get a PDF of the waybill on his phone but be able to print it from a small desktop printer plugged into the truck DC outlet through an inverter, it would save immeasurable time. I have friends in trucking who say waiting in line for faxes to come through from their offices at shipping terminals take up half their day. This is just one example of what I mean by greater computing power but a relevant one. Where Microsoft's greatest innovation (arguably) was their dedication to "plug and play", in which you plug in a device and it had a plethora of preloaded drivers to choose from, the mobile operating systems lack that functionality. Perhaps with the advent of cloud storage there could be a driver repository somewhere so mobile devices could up their ability to connect to peripheral devices such as printers, faxes, digital cameras or other external drive media. For multiple or different operating systems, I would say that any handset manufacturer that could come out with a phone that could easily port other operating systems would have an advantage in the marketplace with those people who don't like change. I have a friend with a BlackBerry who is in her early 40's. She has been with BlackBerry for some ten years now and doesn't want to have to learn a new system. To those of us who are in the business or are passionate about our phones and operating systems and such, learning a new platform is a reason to get excited. To most people it is a dreaded chore. If they use their mobile device for business reasons it is down right scary to think you might miss something important or screw up on the job because you weren't familiar with your phone's features yet. I understand all too well from the recent Samsung/Apple litigation/tantrum that you can't just take another company's operating system but if you could back up your old device and somehow reintergrate that information; including apps, data, contacts, and browser settings; to a new device that would then give you a tour of where that information went and how to access it, I think a lot of people would abandon RIM for the sinking ship that it is and get with the new paradigm. The last one I mentioned was speech recognition. This might not be a biggie for most people and I don't think it is a huge factor in the mobile market, which is why I mention it last and will keep this short, but I mean come on, it's the 21st century man. I don't expect my device to be able to respond to my voice commands with all the efficiency of the omni-present computer of Star trek lore, but if I'm trying to google "molasses" and it keeps asking me if I need new glasses then we haven't spent enough time developing this feature. A lot of people get injured while texting and driving or doing other things with their mobile devices that they shouldn't be doing while hurtling a few tons of steel, rubber and glass across the surface of our densely populated planet. If the speech recognition and functionality of these devices was better it could go a long way to not only helping people avoid personal injury but to keeping governments from feeling like they have to keep poking around the industry looking for more aspects of it to regulate. I hope this helped.
  9. Revmacd

    Android Enjoys Some Raspberry Pi

    It would seem this news is about six weeks old but I have not seen it discussed much. It seems the Raspberri Pi has had ported to it. In the past a rather buggy version of Gingerbread was ported to the tiny but powerful little computer, which is used mainly by hobbyists or as a Python learning tool, but looks like endless hours of fun to play with. I admit I haven't even laid hands on a Raspberry Pi as of yet. Mine is on order and is scheduled to be delivered next Monday. I've chatted up more than a few fellow Linux enthusiasts about the device and they all love theirs. The idea that they would port my (tied for) number one Linux OS in the form of Android on the device makes me all twitchy with anticipation. The possibilities are... well limited given the 256 RAM the RPi is sporting but still, the ideas about the things you could do with it are a ton of fun. The RPi I have on order is coming with an SD card sporting a version of straight up Debian Linux, that has been modified and ported to the SD card, which acts as the home for the operating system on the device. The ported version is officially known as "Raspian" Linux. In anticipation I have put together a Debian Linux virtual machine in VirtualBox to begin getting used to the feel of it. Having used my beloved Ubuntu for so many years now, which is built over Debian, much of the user commands and even a lot of the software repositories are the same, so it seems so far the learning curve hasn't been too steep. I'm getting off track though. My excitement is that it will be able to not only run ICS, by one of my favorite flavors of ICS in CyanogenMod 9. I mean honestly, the CyanogenMod guys are the kings of Android os these days, are they not? I want to try to use my RPi with CM 9 to be able to stream my Netflix app to any television in any hotel when I travel. If the hotel doesn't have wifi you can always use your phone's hot spot. What I can't do is hook an HDMI cable (or rgb for that matter) to my phone so it will play over a TV and while my Galaxy S III gets great picture quality when streaming video, watching a two hour movie on a little screen isn't as much fun as a full size television. Anyone else own an RPi? Any ideas on interesting things you could use a small, lightweight device like this for?
  10. Thanks man. It hasn't come yet but I'm looking forward to it. Thanks to everyone at TalkAndroid for having these contests as well.
  11. Revmacd

    I need Antibiotics....

    Edit: Read last paragraph first then come back up and start over. At this point, given all you've already tried, I would re-install a ROM from a recovery manager. You said the phone was rooted so the hard part is done. Download to the phone and the Rom of your choice to your PC. I use Cyanogen Mod. They make a good quality ROM. I've used others but that is a fave for me. You download the ROM for your make and model phone and also the "gapps" (Google apps) file from the Google web site. You then have to hard line tether the phone to your pc and drag and drop the ROM and the gapps file onto the flash card. I know you know how to do that because you indicated you were able to check for that virus with your pc. Just drag and drop the ROM file and the gapps file right onto the SD card. Make sure it doesn't wind up in another folder. They should both be in that first folder you come to when you open the sd card. Once the ROM and gapps is on the SD card you can go a couple of different ways. In option one you can boot back to the phone and do a complete backup of all your apps and files if you'd like. Use something like Titanium Back Up to completely back up everything on the phone. Then when you wipe out the existing ROM and all your files, you would only have to redownload Titanium backup from the Play Store, sign in and restore your files. The problem with that option of course is, you might also wind up backing up and restoring the virus. Your call. If you have any data you absolutely can't live without, perhaps you could save that to your pc with the tether. It's up to you but option two is way more more likely to rid you of your malware. Option two being to boot the phone into recovery mode using Clockwork Mod, doing a factory reset/data wipe and a cache partition wipe and the use the "flash zip from sd card" option to flash gapps, and then your ROM. When you restart the phone it will not only be devoid of any of the apps you previously had on the phone but it won't have any of the files, settings, or for that matter the same operating system. Every byte of information that used to be on the phone will now be gone, including your lil' buggy. What it will have is a crisp, clean install of a new version of ICS. From there you can reload your apps and date from Titanium if that was your choice, or you can sign back into the Google Play Store and redownload your apps individually. They keep a master list of your apps for you so you won't forget one. It's prestty easy to just go down the list and re-install them. Your phone should have the same phone number it always did. This of course will void your waranty but you already did that when you rooted the phone so no use worrying about it. Good luck with it. I warn you that you can do this wrong and screw up the phone. I would urge you to search youtube for visual instructions. If you brick the phone, I won't buy you a new one. This has all been done a kajillion times by now but nothing is fool proof. Good luck. Lemme know how it goes.
  12. Revmacd

    Hello!

    Awesome. While this forum is fun and informative I did notice it was a little testosterone heavy. I love the name too. Hungarian?
  13. Revmacd

    I need Antibiotics....

    Who is your carrier and is the phone rooted or still on the factory os? (If you don't know the answer to the rooting question then it isn't rooted) If you are still on 2.2.2 then you might be able to search for a firmware update in the phone and just upgrade to 2.3 (gingerbread). I can't think of a U.S. carrier that hasn't upgraded their lines to at least android 2.3 right now. The other thing I would do is download Lookout Mobile Security from the Google Play Store and run a full scan for virus and malware. LMS is free. There is a premium version that has better control over back up data and restores and such but for a virus/malware sweep the free version will do the job just as well. Avast is the name of another such anti-virus program but to my knowledge it doesn't come stock on any phones (although I wouldn't swear to that) so it is entirely plausible that the Avast file you found is a bug of some sort. People don't name their viruses Evil virus that will hurt you. They name them MS Updater or something innocent sounding. It seems to me if it were an innocent antivirus program it wouldn't be so difficult to uninstall though. Do report back how it goes.
  14. Revmacd

    Howdy

    Android is the rebel alliance 1340. A rag tag group in ships that don't match but dedicated to the cause. Iphone is the empire. Built for genetically identical clones who have had their desire for free will bred out of them. We are all about choice and customization. The Iphone crowd laughs at us because we're different. We laugh at them because they are all the same. The. Exact. Same.
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