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Andrew Dodd
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Dammit, a bunch of my MythTV recordings autoexpired because nothing had been watched/deleted recently.

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Damn it +Alex Cruz​​! 😅
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OK, PlusLand,
  I'm looking to replace a bunch of my MicroUSB cables.  Monoprice's "premium" 24/28AWG cables (24AWG GND and V+) used to be my "go-to" for cables - cheap and high-quality.

Problem is, in the past year or two, the "high-quality" has disappeared.  I've had a number of cables where the MicroUSB connector stopped mating reliably within 6 months, and in the last batch I purchased (late August of 2014), so far half of the cables I've used have been bad out-of-the-box - all problems on the MicroUSB end with them not mating properly/reliably with many devices.

(One of the big differences between MicroUSB and MiniUSB is that the springs were moved from the jack to the plug, making the cable the one that contained the "wear items" - so if a cable wears out in a few years I'm OK, but so far, none of my old cables have worn out, and many of the newer Monoprice ones have weak springs that fail within months or are bad from the beginning.  Older Monoprice cables are fine.)

So, I'm looking for a new source for MicroUSB cables:
1) Reasonably priced, I'm willing to pay more than Monoprice though.  Readily up to 50% more than their cables, maybe even twice the price of some.
2) 24AWG or thicker power wires in the cable - I hope most people know this, but lower is thicker for AWG.  28 is really thin, 22 or 23AWG power would be AWESOME and I would readily pay for it.
3) 1.5 and 3 foot lengths, possibly some 6ers if they have 22AWG power.  Actually if someone's seen a 2 foot length, that would be awesome.  1.5 is a little too short, 3 is a little too long for many cases and even at 3 feet with 24AWG I see reduction in charge rates on some devices.
3b) Not interested in 6-foot cables with 24AWG power - they cause serious issues with charging power delivery on most devices, except for Qualcomm QC2.0 devices and I've already got enough good cables for my Z3.  :)
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hmm I'm gonna have to revise me previous post, the info on the Shield tablet is on the side, not near the port. Says 5-16 V (!)
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O HAI FlatshadeUI! - Some more good work from +Jacek Malinowski .

This time with no hax (well, not to the theme at least) - straight up res/ copying into overlay packages.

Plenty of hax on the frameworks side of things - as I suspected, CMTE's method of allowing overlays to self-reference COMPLETELY breaks vanilla RRO.  It also requires a custom aapt (although at least it can be done off-device).  So there's still a lot of work to do - but identifying the necessary subcomponents is a big step forward.

Just like with my previous theme post - DISCLAIMER:  This is a manually ported version used with a heavy work-in-progress alpha-quality theming approach I've been chatting with some people about.  If there are any flaws in this screenshot, don't blame them on the theme, they're probably my fault.

+Sean Hoyt +Griffin Millender +Joshua Wiley and +Daniel Koman should probably check the latest Gerrit hotness.  :)

Next up:  Autoconversion Python scripts vs. +Andre Zimmermann 's Coalfield.  (The FlatshadeUI conversion process was still manual, just less so than the Mono one.)

I've bought twice as many themes this week as I had in my lifetime prior to this week.  :)  Although I really should find a free one as a public testcase for further development.
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+Juve Zavala One other semi-offtopic comment, it may not apply to you, but it applies to many users.  Since ART first became a "thing" with 4.4, even though it was unsupported officially, users kept on begging for it and trashing any app that wasn't fully ART-compatible during the 4.4 cycle - even though ART was clearly "experimental" during that period.

Those users should be careful what they wish for.  ART is a platform developer's nightmare - it takes 2-3 times as long for a device to boot after an upgrade as it did with Dalvik (the "android is upgrading" phase) - dexpreopt can reduce this somewhat, but not in the optimal case of a maintainer who actually USES the device they're maintaining, as dexpreopt doesn't help for installed apps.

So anyone doing work in the frameworks or testing it now is taking SIGNIFICANTLY longer per test cycle than they did in 4.4, even if they stick their device in a fridge/freezer to minimize thermal throttling issues during the "Android is upgrading" phase.  There are various workarounds, but they're all unpleasant in various ways.
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"windowBackground are style properties that are effective only when the style is applied as a theme to an Activity or application and android:windowBackground attribute only supports a reference to another resource; unlike android:colorBackground, it can not be given a color literal"

GRRRRRRRRRRRR
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What he said?
-THAT YOU CAN KISS THE BRIDE!
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In addition to all below:

Moto 360 scores 8.1
iWatch scores 7

Yet, despite the 360 scoring more than a full point higher than the iWatch - "There’s no question that the Apple Watch is the most capable smartwatch available today."

+The Verge is some of the worst journalism I've seen in a long time.
 
"The Apple Watch ... is kind of slow."

"Sometimes apps take forever to load, and sometimes third-party apps never really load at all. Sometimes it’s just unresponsive for a few seconds while it thinks and then it comes back."

"It’s also surprisingly heavy."

"[The] side button is extraordinarily confusing."

"In the first of many moments where the Watch felt underpowered, I found that the screen lit up a couple of ticks too slowly: I’d raise my wrist, wait a beat, and then the screen would turn on."

"Having a screen that constantly flips on and off is definitely behind the curve."

"There’s no particularly great digital face, and there’s no ability to load up your own watch faces or buy new ones from the store."

"There’s no master switch to turn all notifications on and off, which is a huge pain."

"By the end of each day, I was hyper-aware of how low the Apple Watch battery had gotten."

"You only get a charging cable, which is lame. For $700, you should a nice charging stand, like you get with the $249 Moto 360."

"There’s virtually nothing I can’t do faster or better with access to a laptop or a phone except perhaps check the time."

"There’s no question that the Apple Watch is the most capable smartwatch available today."

[via http://www.theverge.com/a/apple-watch-review]
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Plus for pixel pushing :-)
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Debugging display issues is no fun.
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+Andrew Dodd What device is that. I notice that the sensation and many sony's are using MSM MDP's. I had only got the HTC out for s&g's as I stopped using it long ago... I had always put my flickering issue down to the fact that I had to replace the Digitizer and had problem done some damage while doing that. Now I'm not so sure. I think i'll take it all the way back to the stock Gingerbread and go from there.

My dmesg was giving me a slowpath kernel stacktrace too and being a bit of a lazy-hack I'll probably start by throwing down some printk's in the MDP sources to zero in on things

Obviously pintf/k style debugging is pretty dirty and also will probably get old quiet quick if recompile/flash/reboot cycles start to mount up.. So other options include atrace which . +Karim Yaghmour mentions in his elc13 presentation on debugging android.
http://elinux.org/images/5/54/Yaghmour-android-platform-debug-dev-clean-131030.pdf ]

There also the fiq interface in the kernel too, There's some MSM specific config options you'll need to set ontop/instead of the normal CONFIG_FIQ. ( CONFIG_MSM_FIQ etc )  I don't know whether a "special" usb cable is required for this on MSM' ( I know OMAP did ) 
Useful Linaro article on that subject can be found here [ https://www.linaro.org/blog/core-dump/debugging-arm-kernels-using-nmifiq/ ]
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Note that this was merged to the oneplus/oppo MSM8974 kernel.

This is a kernel that only supports devices with fairly large system partitions (2014 flagships from Oppo and OnePlus - find7, OPO, and in theory the N3 but I think they got lazy and used a separate kernel repo for that...)

If the community edition of CM is encountering space issues in /system on a 2014 flagship, something is HORRIBLY HORRIBLY WRONG.

Unless Tom is really talking about Cyngn products - guess that Microsoft bloat is more than they expected!  :)  Even with the MS bloat, running out of space on /system on a 2014 flagship is utterly pathetic.

Rather than kill the performance of the device by implementing transparent compression of the FS, maybe try something sensible like...  Get rid of the bloat?  Oh wait - they just accepted money from Microsoft to do just the opposite.

Also I'd be surprised if this really helps much with /system, since one of the largest consumption of space in /system are resources/assets of applications (already compressed in ZIP files) and media (also already compressed so unlikely to compress well).
 
Running out of space on /system when building the latest CM code? Here's a solution. Currently in test phase but should be fully functional. Enjoy!
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+Andrew Dodd​ thanks I'll check it out.
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Is it just me, or do the "Teleportation Station" posters look like Daleks?
Facebook announced a whole collection of new features coming to the social network.
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They do... they even show a living being inside them lol
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It appears that my flo is yet another device to start catching +Jacek Malinowski 's #mono

DISCLAIMER:  This is a manually ported version used with a heavy work-in-progress alpha-quality theming approach I've been chatting with some people about.  If there are any flaws in this screenshot, don't blame them on the theme, they're probably my fault.

+Sean Hoyt +Joshua Wiley +Daniel Koman +Griffin Millender +Alex Cruz 
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+Mehul Rajput The WIP commits are on Omni's gerrit, but they're a LONG way from getting merged.  The resource exposure commits could probably be merged now, but I don't want to merge anything until I have the proof-of-concept stuff I mentioned above ready and there's a review cycle with a much wider audience - and I have NO idea how long that'll be.

Also, the theme side of things is something that I will NOT be distributing, considering that Mono is a paid theme.
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I am getting tired of this weather...
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I like it - had a nice day in the mountains with my dogs enjoying the fresh snow :)
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Whoa...  This looks FAR easier than ARChon

Time to rebuild Quasseldroid and give the latest version another try.  :)
Derek Ross originally shared:
 
All +Android Developers can now port their apps to Chrome OS!

What makes Chrome OS even better? Why, Android apps of course. While some functionality will be lost along the way due to Play Services not fully being supported and apps that use native code won't be able to use hardware APIs, it's still nice to see this project moving forward. Once apps play nicely with Chrome, they can be published to the Chrome Web Store for users to download.

Developers or Android enthusiasts such as yourself need three things to get started:

An APK of the application they wish to test
A PC, Mac or Chromebook running Chrome v40 or later
The ARC Welder app from the Chrome Web Store

Happy porting and tinkering!
ARC Welder lets you run Android apps on your desktop straight through your Chrome web browser. We tested it out with our own Phandroid News app and the results were breathtaking.
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