Change keyboard type

This post is most of all an answer to a question in the Google Mobile Help Forum. There are limitations when it comes to embedded pictures in that platform so I’ll take it here instead. Who knows, it might find other readers searching the web as well.

To change your keyboard type on a HTC Magic, same on Hero, and as far as I know all devices running the HTC soft keyboard for Android (like my Samsung Galaxy). Note that this is to change between the different stock keyboards, not installing a custom one which is a whole other question.

Start to type a new message, just to get the keyboard up. Then push the little “Settings-button” marked in red on this picture.

This brings you to the keyboard settings (mine is in Swedish but I’ll translate the important parts for you). Select the row marked in red that should be called something like “Keyboard types” in English.

Keyboard settings

Which brings you to this screen where you just select the input you favor, QWERTY, Compact QWERTY or Phone.

That should be it! Enjoy the keyboard of your choice.

Original question can be found here: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Google+Mobile/thread?tid=54e9b7303f968cc0&hl=en

Blogger vs Joomla vs WordPress part 2

This is part 2, the first part “Joomla as a blog tool” can be found here: http://einartysen.se/2009/12/blogger-joomla-wordpress/

On to part 2 – Changing to WordPress

After giving up on Joomla (I don’t like to admit it but that was the case) I figured it’s time to make it easy for myself. That’s why this blog runs on WordPress. Was it as simple that I imagined, after all I had never used it before? Actually yes. WordPress installation is quick, simple and straight forward. I think the actual blog was up and running in 10 minutes approximately. I won’t describe the installation here, http://www.wordpress.org gives you everything you need including instructions.

On to more interesting things, importing my blogger posts etcetera.

This wasn’t that much of a challenge either, I found this blog: http://hellosam.net/lang/en/post/397. That’s really all you need. Instead I will tell you what remains to be done.

Permalinks and pagerank from blogger. hellosam goes through this but in my quick quick attempt it didn’t work out. I haven’t found the time for more attempts, but that’s what holidays are for right? I’ll get back on the matter I think.

Layout. Right now I’m using a WordPress theme called iNove by NeoEase. I think it’s a fairly good looking one but…for one thing it’s a bit to fancy for me. The black shiny header just doesn’t seem quite right to me, neither does some of the objects in the right column. I actually tried to edit these already since I thought it would be a walk in the park. The only accomplished result is that I now have two identical archives :)
Need some time to look into this as well.

That’s it for now, but now that I wrote my migration posts I can start posting other fun stuff again!

Blogger vs Joomla vs WordPress

So this is it, welcome to the new home of pinnapedia! The address changed and so did the platform, the author however is the same as always.

On to the fun stuff, changing platform! I have some previous experience working with an Open Source CMS (Content Management System) called Joomla. Joomla isn’t really made for blogs, it’s much more than that. So I was prepared on some workarounds, problems and obstacles. This is where my story begins…

Part 1. Joomla as a blog tooljoomla_vert_logo_90x70

Challenge was my first thought when I started looking at Joomla for the blog, I was right. For a couple of days this site actually held a fully working Joomla-blog! It’s not here anymore and of course there is a reason. I was never interested in paying for a blog plug-in so my experience is only from some free tools. First thing I did was to make a small list of what criterias I had for claiming success, it was something like this:

  • Blog-like layout
  • List for archived posts
  • Support comments
  • Some kind of categorizing similar to tags
  • Static pages supplementing the blog
  • No lack of feature compared to the old blogger (why would I then change?)

Bonus features

  • Import from the old Blogger blog.

Joomla actually managed to give me most of this. The layout was a bigger problem than I could’ve imagined, there are lots and lots of free templates for Joomla out there but almost none aimed at blogging. With some template edits I managed ok but was never quite satisfied. Comments, Categorizing (and tags) was accomplished with a plugin called Lyfftenbloggie. Of the plugins I looked at this was by far the most competent. Still…the posting wasn’t that straight forward, the comments suffered from some bugs, the plugin limited my layout possibilities even more and the archive just looked like…a bag of junk.

I decided that it wasn’t worth it anymore, Joomla is not made for blogging and that was painfully obvious. Next time I’ll set up a full homepage though I’m quite certain that it will run on Joomla which is still my number one choice for CMS. This is where WordPress comes into the picture. Wait for Part 2 to get the full story on how I gave up and decided to take the short cut. Part two can be found here: http://einartysen.se/2009/12/blogger-vs-joomla-vs-wordpress-part-2/

Tryout

This would be a test. Can’t leave it completely empty can I?

Update:

If it was unclear in any way, this is the first post on the wordpress version of this blog. Everything before this is imported from Blogger and has a little “>” before the title indication just that.

>There’ll be no tadaas today but just you wait…

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With this interval between posts you might think that the blog is dying, but nothing could be more wrong. It’s just that to be able to write and think about IT and other technical stuff you need some time to play around! And that’s what I’m doing right now. If all would have gone according to my original idea I would write about it sometime…today. But as we all know, if it works out exactly like your original idea it wouldn’t be any fun. Still I’m a bit disappointed but as so often before: when one door closes another opens up. In this case it means holding of the Tadaa!-post for a few days and something of an easy way out (at least that’s what I think right now). Stay tuned for tadaa’s…

>Tweak your Android

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From Wikimedia Commons

I’m starting to feel like such a Linux hacker :)
Here are some steps to trim and tune your Samsung Galaxy (should be the same on other Android devices). The origins for this tip is linked in the bottom and is based on a Galaxo ROM. So these applications won’t necessary be present on your device if you use another ROM or device, the same procedure applies though. You need the Android SDK installed on your computer and know how to use ADB since that isn’t covered here. But let’s assume you already got that.

Some can-be-removed from Galaxo on a Samsung Galaxy and how-to do it:

# Setup your connection
Boot in normal mode
Connect you device using the USB cable
Run cmd

#Open your tools directory
Cd “your-path-to-Android”/tools

# Remount read/write
adb remount

# open shell
adb shell

# go to apps directory (note that this is different on different ROMS, stock ROM has /system/app)
cd /data/app_s

# delete QuickDroid (comes with Galaxo ROM, remove if you don’t use it, uses a lot of resources)
rm QuickDroid.apk

# delete NPS sync (Samsung specific sync software, it doesn’t work so why run it!)
rm wssyncmlnps.apk

# disable drexe (Samsung specific, this gets baseband info for NPS. Renaming this file made my device incapable to find any networks. Works for other users though. If you get any problem revert by doing it again in opposite direction with the .off path first)
mv /system/bin/drexe /system/bin/drexe.off

# disable npsmobex (Samsung specific, this handles auth with nps)
mv /system/bin/npsmobex /system/bin/npsmobex.off

I also removed:
# delete GalaxoApps (Galaxo Rom specific. No use after first run)
rm GalaxoApps.apk

# delete HDBlogg.it link (Galaxo Rom specific.)
rm HDBlogg.apk

The same procedure can be used for any app (including default apps. E.g. youtube app)
# To see a list of your installed apps
Ls

Have fun but be careful, deleting system parts you don’t know what it is might lead to a faulty device and need for a full recovery.

Original post:
http://androidforums.com/samsung-i7500/12365-galaxo-tweaks-get-more-memory.html