Android Froyo is Officially Here!

by on Jul.15, 2010, under Android, Gadget, Nexus One, Software, Technical

The much awaited Android update was finally unveiled by Google last June 28 and was mentioned on their official blog site.

Before that, many users complained about the first OTA update (ERE27) that was started around February from being delivered to their new Nexus One. I immediately thought that it’s because of the preparation for Froyo update so there’s no need to worry actually.

BTW, here’s my update history just for reference.
  • Stock Nexus One (ERD79) >
  • OTA update to ERE27 >
  • Unlocked Bootloader and played with many customs ROMS ;-) >
  • Grow tired of playing and rolled back to complete stock >
  • No ERE27 OTA update anymore so…>
  • waited  for weeks using ERD79 unrooted >
  • Received FRF91 OTA straight from ERD79

I received the OTA update 4 days after just like Google said. All is good now. At least I felt that my phone is still normal after I rooted it and installed several custom ROMS.

Although custom ROMS are really great, it really depends on the needs. For me, the closer to stock ROM, the better. After this OTA update, I immediately rooted it in order to run root apps especially the Titanium Backup. I simply can’t live without root access :) Right now, I’m running with Leo Froyo ROM which is really the best custom ROM available out there. Since there would be no Nexus Two, the wait starts for Gingerbread. :)

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Converted a Whole Bible in EPUB Format

by on Apr.10, 2010, under Gadget, Programming, Software, Technical

I’ve been looking around for an epub format of the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures Bible so that I can read it on my magic using aldiko.Unfortunately, I can’t find anything. Actually, I already have an application for that Bible separately but it would really be nice if I can read it on my Aldiko app because of the features I mentioned on my previous blog. I’m really eager to read the whole bible completely so I decided to make my own epub format. And what I really want to achieve is the proper formatting of verse numbers.

Using Sigil, a WYSIWYG ebook editor, I learned that the epub format is just a formatted HTML. So my first plan is to convert the text format bible I got from somewhere into an HTML. But there are 66 books in the bible containing thousands of chapters! Yeah I’m willing to go through this little by little. If I can work on 1 book a day, I could finish it in 2 months! Wow! Such determination LOL!

And so I started working, and the lazy (in a nice way) guy I am, I learned a few tricks that could speed up the process. But I was really lazy haha. I thought if only I could find a html format of this bible, then my life would be easier. And so I found it. On the website. I could view the source, copy the parts I need and strip off the excess HTML tags from the source. But still, this method is very time consuming. I can’t even got through the 20th chapter of the book of Genesis in 4 hours!

This is where my ultimate laziness (programmers are very lazy, LOL) really kicks in. I summoned httrack to mirror the bible from the web. I now got the .htm files in my PC. I just need to combine them into a huge .htm file altogether. I used my old friend Ultra Edit for this tasks. I stripped off the unneeded tags, comments, etc using Regular Expressions find and replace (really sweet!) and combined the files into a single clean .htm file and loaded it up to Sigil (which takes 5 minutes to load, 10 minutes to save as epub). Finally, I got my very own epub format of the New World Translation Bible loaded in Aldiko. What an achievement in one day (originally could have been taken in 2 months!). Just wow! I even learned some regex tricks on the process. So here it is, loaded in my HTC Magic.

Sometimes, it’s good to be lazy. Provided that you let your PC work for you automatically. :-)

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My Favorite Apps: Directory Opus 9 (File Manager)

by on Apr.12, 2009, under Review, Software, Technical

logo_normal1If you are satisfied with the windows explorer then I say you’re missing a lot. If you’re like me who got tons of files to view, synchronize and organize to different locations, then I bet you sometimes felt that there maybe something missing with windows explorer.

Around 3 years ago, I discovered that there is an alternative. I’ve used XYplorer where in that time, still is a freeware and was stunned by its features but soon, I found the Directory Opus File Manager. I am so amazed with it that I immediately make it my windows explorer replacement. And I have yet to regret it. I can say that Directory Opus was carefully crafted and developed by its creator. It’s very easy to use, flexible and got lots of options for users to choose from depending on their preference.

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