Category: Tech Blog

Phone Idea from 2007 – Automatic phone sound profiles

I found a funny draft email in an old email account with my revolutionary phone idea I emailed to some companies.. 

It is now possible to do this with Android apps – I use it to auto-switch my phone to aeroplane mode at night, and turn to silent during weekly lectures or meetings.


As a user of mobile phones, I have an idea that would revolutionize the phone experience.
There is a feature that no phone company has thought of and one that almost every person in the world with a phone needs.

The idea is a build on the “theme” feature of most phones, a profile for your phone for specific times (e.g. in car, meetings, outside etc.), in which you can change the volume of ringing, ring tone, vibration etc. This is a very convenient feature, but it is inconvenient to constantly change themes, especially when you always change it at the same times, in a pattern.

If you could set alarm like times for your different themes, You would never have a phone go off in class, or at work, or in a meeting; and you would never miss a call because you forget to turn your phone off silent, or if your on public transport and forget to turn your phone on loud.

There could be settings for changing themes at different times every day (9 to 5 job, same every day) or a weekly set up for different times every day (uni, with different classes)

For the interface, you could have visual calendar-like screen for planning the times for the week, or you could add changes to the theme one by one using drop down boxes (selecting, day, time, what theme, etc.)

 You can get several different apps to do this – I recommend AutomateIt 

Get it on Google Play


Gvim loading slowly when used with FileZilla

I learned emacs and vim briefly, so I wanted to start using it with everything, especially FileZilla, which is where I do a lot of coding.

I installed Gvim, since logging into the server through the terminal, and editing files directly with vim was too cumbersome (you needed to manually download a file, edit it, then upload it all in the terminal..)

I had this as my default editor:


And files were taking 5-10 seconds to load after they were downloaded from the server.. 
I changed it to:

/usr/bin/gvim -f

And it fixed it (for some reason)

Ubuntu GIF screen cast

A screencast is the recording of computer screen (aka screen capture) with the help of screen recording software. If you want to convert these screencasts into animated GIFs to use them on your blog or website, then this tutorial will explain this using two methods under Ubuntu/Linux Mint.

Method 1

The first method consists of using Byzanz which allows to record screencasts as GIFs. To install it under Ubuntu 12.10/12.04/11.10 or Linux Mint 13/12, open the terminal and run these commands:

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:fossfreedom/byzanz
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y byzanz

You can now use this comman to record GIF screencasts (replace details with your own):

byzanz-record --duration=15 --delay=2 --cursor --x=65 --y=88    --width=666 --height=500  output.gif


For more help about the use of Byzanz, run this command:

byzanz-record –help

Note: The GIF file will be saved in the current terminal location.


Is Yahoo relevant or useful?

My first email address was a Yahoo one – My sister helped me set it up when I was younger, I think it was hahaha~

After that, in high school, I made some HTML websites using Geocities, using many hideous flashing animated gifs and bright colours…

after that, I pretty much never saw Yahoo again, hooray Google ~

But there is actually one thing I love that came from Yahoo – Yahoo Widgets.

Google and Microsoft had their versions, but I found them both to be alike, and displeasing.

But I only like 3 of the Yahoo widgets (and a specific older version of one of them)

Click here to download Yahoo Widgets

Click here to download a ZIP of my favourite 3 widgets

Settings changes:

  • Calendar change to outline current day, change to white outline
  • Time make maximum size, and glow size, hide animation, alarm, date, etc. white font, black glow
  • Weather set location, change to metric
  • Set all to “below windows” and “prevent dragging”


If only they were available on Linux, but they are under some strict licence by Yahoo…

Tablet OS Android Chrome OS

It seems that this year is the year of tablets, cloud and mobile.

I was excited about tablets before (though I wasn’t planning to get one, I can do so many things on my phone, and I really don’t need one…) but I really would have wanted one which was a bit more powerful that what IOS and Android can offer.

I would love a cloud based Chrome OS tablet, with full HTML 5 support for offline databases (Gmail, Docs, Google+ etc.)

That way it would not need huge processing or space (becuase the cloud could process and store), but would be easily accessible and portable. It would be able to do more powerful desktop processes in a compact form factor…

What do you think about tablets/ notebooks/ etc.?

Since Google Docs, I’ve been loving the cloud, storing all my Microsoft Office files in Docs.
and then when G+ came out with unlimited photos at 2,000 pixel resolution ` I uploaded all photos on my destop~ Then theres YouTube, Gmail, etc.etc. ~

Just a few things to go and we’ll be 100% in the cloud ~

Google Plus G+ New awesome Social Network

I was so excited when I heard about G+,

I had already slowed my use of Facebook, and was being irritated by the cluttered, ever changing, dated style of it, and the way it did things…

Things I love about G+:

  • You can send things to groups of people “circles” – semi-public, but restricted by you
  • You can share videos with groups of people (driven by YouTube architecture) – where as on YouTube it’s public, private, or to 5 people…
  • Unlimited HD 2,000 pixel photos, unlike compressed FB photos… So I uploaded every image I owned ~ and all facebook images
  • It’s easy to upload stuff
    • When I get home, and connect to WIFI, all my photos/ videos from my phone get pushed into G+
    • Other photos on your computer can just be dragged into G+ albums and uploaded, and while uploaded, you can drag more photos in ~
  • Video chat, better than Skype.
    You can video chat with 10 people, while chatting and sharing YouTube videos together ~
  • It’s clean, fast, made by Google, and only just beginning ~

Adventures with Android Happiness <3

It may or may not be shameful to say – but in Australia, since the iPhone 3G came out (2nd iPhone) – I have gotten a new iPhone every year – 3G, 3GS, 4.

I did need to change my contracts – so I have some excuse.. I would sell the phone and upgrade.. –_–;;;

Anyway – I won a competition with Google, and got a Nexus S from them ^__^

It is so good – but I guess many smartphones will be similar in many ways.. just details..

Here are some big things for me:

  • There is an app called ES File Explorer, which lets you see your phone’s file system, and also FTP, LAN and Bluetooth network file systems.
    This is so amazing !!! you’d never be able to do this on an iPhone!!
    So Android phones (that are not locked with carriers), are like computers ^__^..more and more…
    So pretty much – no more iTunes – I never need to plug my phone into a computer… transferring images from the web, Google Music Beta-Like sync with SugarSync (wireless syncing of music with shared folders, playing music with Winamp) and you can download files from FTP servers, backup files, download files from the Internet etc.
  • Home screen widgets ~ yayy~ 
    there is a list of all apps, but on the homescreens, you can have anything – 
    My favorite are the time/date/weather/etc. and settings widgets.
  • My desktop’s Ethernet plug died, so – no internet for a while – but Android saved the day – PDAnet – sharing WIFI with computer (like 3G tethering, but faster)
    again – would never happen with iPhone unless you had some dirty hack..
  • Real turn-by-turn audio GPS for free ^__^
  • You can set other 3rd party applications as default apps – 
    SMS Go pro (free) scheduling SMS, Firefox browser, WinAmp

CONS X__X I wish there were none… /ok, there are none/

  • Camera: no touch to focus yet? /fixed/ 
  • Was freezing up on homescreens – that would (almost) never hapen on an iPhone) /fixed/
  • No easy screenshot? /fixed/
  • No easy Japanese keyboard..? /fixed/
  • No Emoji system wide u_u,, /fixed/

Since the time of publishing, I have gotten a Nexus 4 which was the top of the line phone end of 2012 and half the price of an iPhone. It is shiny beautiful and runs wonderfully, many more features and apps.