Sunday, February 24, 2013

sshfsmount update: Desktop notifications

I've updated sshfsmount to include desktop notifications.

You can install it the same way already described in the previous post.


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Low RAM problems after AOKP Build 3 update

After updating AOKP to the latest build 3, my phone started to get really laggy. Digging around in Google I found others having the same problem.

It seems that the SystemUI has a memory leak, and starts consuming an abnormal quantity of RAM. This means that apps will start to be killed and relaunched, including the UI. The consequence is the sluggishness of the phone. Rebooting solves the problem, but it's only temporary.
Lockscreen Policy

One suggestion given in the RootzWiki forum was to disable the camera widget in the lockscreen. This seems to not work for some people, but it worked for me.

Just download the Lockscreen Policy app, and disable the camera widget (or all the widgets completely) from the lockscreen.

Other widgets you may may have included in the lockscreen may also be the reason for this low RAM problems.

In the RootzWiki forum, another option emerged: a unofficial AOKP v4.2.2 based version.
I've been running the Feb-20 version for some days with no problems.

To install I used the same method for updating to the official build 3, but the franco.Kernel version used was r365 (first version supporting Android 4.2.2).

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Mount remote directories in your local machine

I have my Music and Video directories in my B3 Server. To access them locally I mount them using sshfs.

In order to not think about it, I created a script that runs at boot time to take care of that for me.

The script is available at my github account in a repository called sshfsmount.

Installing sshfs

First of all you need to install sshfs:
$ sudo apt-get install sshfs

Get the code

Get the code from my sshfsmount github repository:
$ cd ~/Downloads
$ wget -O
$ unzip
$ chmod +x sshfsmount-master/

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Upgrading to Ubuntu 12.10

Ubuntu 12.10
The current Ubuntu version, 12.10 Quantal Quetzal, was released passed October, and I've been running it since that time.

I hadn't made a direct upgrade at quite some time. Normally I use the alternate iso (see my 11.10 upgrade post), but this time I chose to upgrade directly through Updater Manager from my 12.04 installation.


Your first step should always be backing up your files.

You can use an external drive, CDs or DVD, offline locations (like, Dropbox... Take your pick, but do it. Really, you should.


Before starting the upgrade, be sure you have have all your current version updates installed in the Update Manager.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Install Spotify in Ubuntu

Spotify is finally available in Portugal!

Here's how you install the preview build of Spotify for Linux in Ubuntu.

  • Add the following into your Software Sources:
deb stable non-free
  • Add Spotify public key into your trusted software provider keys;
$ sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys 94558F59
  • Update apt-get
$ sudo apt-get update
  • Install Spotify
$ sudo apt-get install spotify-client


Monday, February 11, 2013

Updating AOKP in Galaxy Nexus

AOKP build 3 is out, and after showing how to install AOKP from scratch, this is how I usually upgrade a ROM in my Galaxy Nexus.

I only use this procedure between builds of the same ROM, and typically when the base Android version is the same (in this case 4.2.1).

Backing up your device

When upgrading I usually only backup with Titanium Backup and within ClockworkMod Recovery. Usually I don't copy the backups to my desktop.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

#FavApps: BeyondPod Podcast Manager

Google Play is a trademark of Google Inc.
Full featured Podcast Manager (podcatcher) and RSS feed reader.
Subscribe to RSS/Atom feeds, download, listen or watch podcasts directly on your device. Google Reader integration, flexible download scheduler and many more.

After using Google Listen for my podcast needs from the start, after Google discontinued it BeyondPod as been my daily podcast manager.

I specially like is scheduler options to keep my playlist fresh.

I'm also using my b3caster podcast server to keep all my feeds in one place.