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The new film by Spencer Clerk and Zoey Heath as part of our experimental film project, Bedsheets and Film.
I’m sure the money spent on all these lottery tickets could…
As always, the hardest part of doing anything yourself by following guides written online (especially when any kind of user made software is involved) is finding the instructions to do it. The fact that there are multiple versions of my phone, not to mention versions of Android and a variety of smart phones that run it, finding a guide specific to my needs was annoying. I thought I’d finally give back to the community at large and post all the links that I used in rooting and flashing my phone.
*I’m not responsible if you brick your phone. Do this at your own risk and always ensure you backup before flashing a custom ROM.
All credit goes to the original users that wrote the software that makes all of this possible. All I’m doing is pointing you in the right direction.
I rooted my phone using GingerBreak. It was terribly easy:
Follow the instructions provided in the link to root your phone with GingerBreak. For the “get the .apk on your phone somehow” part, you can either transfer it via connecting a USB cable to your phone and throwing on the microSD card, or taking the microSD card out and placing it into a card reader or USB adapter. I have a USB adapter, so I used that.
Next, I installed a custom recovery on my phone using this super easy technique:
Don’t worry if you get a “file not found” message after you enter the command in the terminal to install the custom recovery: I got that error and everything still worked fine.
At this point, you should be rooted and have the custom recovery installed. Make sure you backup using the option in the custom recovery.
If you’ve come this far, you probably want to flash a custom ROM to your phone. I have Prime V2 on mine, which works very well. Here’s the link to that:
Follow the instructions carefully and all should be well.
* When I arrived at the part where you enable USB mass storage with the intent of putting Prime V2 on your phone, my PC wouldn’t recognize my phone. So instead, I had to turn my phone off, remove the SD card and transfer the ROM using my USB adapter. In order to avoid a situation like this, I would try enabling USB mass storage and checking if your PC recognizes your phone BEFORE you do all the cache and data wipes. That way you can find an alternative to getting the ROM on the SD card before you wipe your phone and potentially have no phone until you can transfer that ROM.
When you reboot your phone after flashing, it will take a minute or two to start up. Don’t worry; this is normal.
You should now have a rooted phone with Prime V2 (or another custom ROM) on it.
Here are some useful/interesting apps for rooted Android phones:
Though it costs money, it’s an extremely useful app. It can be used to overclock and automate the adjustment of CPU speed for maximum efficiency: if you’re doing nothing, the CPU speed is decreased; if you’re doing something CPU intensive, it’s raised. This has many benefits, but the most noticeable is its effect on battery life. My battery life has been greatly extended and I have no battery conserving app installed. SetCPU also lets you set profiles, which further instruct the app on how to manage CPU speed given certain variables such as temperature, battery life and whether the phone is charging.
Gets rid of all the ads it can. No more ads in Angry Birds. No ads in all the other free, ad supported apps I use.
Backs everything up.
That’s all! I hope this has been of some use to you!
Look what Zoey got up yesterday. Amazing.
Interesting analyses of video games and game mechanics through a psychological lens.
As a recent owner of a new hi-fi system (with ambitions to pursue buying and putting together future hi-fi systems, as well as upgrading my current one) I am always looking for the small tweaks I can employ o improve the sound of my system and thus the enjoyment of my music listening experience.
The Fine Tunes column on Stereophile’s site explains numerous practical ways to properly set up and maintain your system for, usually, no money (but there is always a no cost solution offered). The pursuit of well reproduced sound is one mainly involving nuance and diminishing returns. The small gains do add up, though, and it’s especially useful when those gains can be had for only a small commitment of time.
I would suggest starting at the beginning of the columns run as it begins with the simpler tweaks, like proper speaker placement.
Add some green to your space, even if that space is small.
Click through the picture to learn how to grow a plant in an altoid tin (the hardest part is getting a tin).
A view into the listening room of Stereophile magazine writer, Stephen Mejias.
This is just one view of his room, click through the picture to read his post, with descriptions of most objects, and view this place from all angles. One day, I hope to have a dedicated listening room with as much warmth and comfort as this one.