With the blogosphere going crazy over the past few weeks about Steve Jobs retiring as CEO, I thought maybe I should also post something about oranges. I’m usually not irrational, but I admit that my hatred of Apple mostly is – but it started from semi-legitimate reasons.
I’m not gonna talk about my legal name, but rather my internet handle Anya.Fennec (cause it’s more interesting). I hated my old name and wanted a female one, but never really had one that I liked.
Pulse by Alphonso Labs is one of the applications I open up the most often on my phone. As the name implies, it is a news reader that pulls in articles from RSS feeds (it also supports things like Facebook, Twitter, and PicPlz). What makes it so attractive to me over programs like Google Reader? Hell, why don’t I just read on a large computer screen?
It’s the user interface.
Pulse lets you add different sources or categories. You can scroll up or down to view the different sources, and scroll left or right to view the different articles from a specific source. Tap on a square to read the article, and the source streams will drop down to reveal the article. Read the rest of this entry
[Via TechCrunch] Today Google and Larva Labs (creators of the game Retro Defense which I love) released a new app called Androidify, which allows you to make small Android versions of yourselves and share with your friends. It doesn’t really have a point, except that it’s awesome and cool. One of those stupid things that you can’t help but enjoy and laugh at =D Above is an Androidified version of myself ^^ I don’t really have pink hair yet, but I’m thinking about it~
This is just a guide for my friends, and is what I usually do when I get a new phone. Written because Fishy is finally getting a Droid Incredible.
Root / Install Custom ROM
This part isn’t exactly necessary for most people, but I really recommend it. Rooting is the Android equivalent of getting Administrator Privileges on Windows, and installing a custom ROM is like installing a new OS.
- Faster updates to new features that Google released (it took forever for HTC to release the Android 2.1 update for my HTC Hero, and all the Samsung Galaxy S variants are currently still on 2.1)
- WiFi Hotspot tethering without paying your carrier $30/month (or whatever rate it is) extra
- DSP Manager, a system-wide Equalizer with different room/stereo effects and can be customized based on speakers, headphones, or bluetooth (requires Root, comes preinstalled on CyanogenMod).
- Overclock/Underclock your CPU to gain performance for games or conserve battery
- Get rid of the crap your carrier puts on your phone (my Evo came with Sprint Navigation, Nascar, and a bunch of crap I can’t uninstall).
- Voids your warranty (though you can unroot and reflash the default ROM)
- Depending on your ROM you won’t have HTC Sense (some ROMs do have it, CyanogenMod does not). HTC Sense is beautiful, but it means updates come slower.
TheUnlockr does a good job of taking you through rooting. After rooting go to the Market and fetch ROM Manager.
Once you get a ROM you want, download it and the Google Apps package (there should be a link with the ROM, otherwise search on XDA) and copy the zip file onto your phone’s SD card. Use the ROM Manager to install the ROM (select wipe cache/data, backup current ROM, etc) and wait for your phone to reboot. Once it starts up in the new ROM, use the ROM Manager to install the Google Apps package.