Wednesday, January 08, 2014

HTC One Android 4.3 Update Battery Life

After updating my HTC One to Android 4.3, I was seeing significantly worse battery life. Using my phone extremely sparingly prior to the update, I could get to 5 days on one charge. Afterwards, it was down to 2 days. It seems that others were also seeing significant battery draining as well.

I contacted HTC support and their advice was actually did the trick for me.

Clearing Cache Parition
(This does NOT clear any of your apps or user data)
  1. Disable Fastboot by going into Settings > Power > Uncheck Fastboot. 
  2. Switch off the phone. 
  3. With the phone off, press and hold the Volume Down button and then briefly press and release the Power button. Continue holding the Volume Down button until you see the Android images on the screen and then release the Volume Down button. 
  4. Using the Volume Down button please highlight RECOVERY. 
  5. Press the Power button to select it. 
  6. (The screen will go black for about 5 seconds - don't panic) You will see a screen with a red triangle and an exclamation point. 
  7. Press and hold the Volume Up button and then briefly press and release the Power button. 
  8. You should see a screen with more options. 
  9. Use the Volume Down button to highlight WIPE CACHE PARTITION. Now press Power to select it. 
  10. Once you see CACHE WIPE COMPLETE down at the bottom you will highlight REBOOT SYSTEM NOW and press Power to select it. 
  11. Once the phone comes back on, fully deplete the battery (as in battery indicator goes 0% and phone shuts off by itself). 
  12. Plug in the charger.  Do NOT turn on the phone until it is fully charged (LED light at top left goes green).

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Inside the mind of an Octopus

“Meeting an octopus,” writes Godfrey-Smith, “is like meeting an intelligent alien.” Their intelligence sometimes even involves changing colors and shapes. One video online shows a mimic octopus alternately morphing into a flatfish, several sea snakes, and a lionfish by changing color, altering the texture of its skin, and shifting the position of its body. Another video shows an octopus materializing from a clump of algae. Its skin exactly matches the algae from which it seems to bloom—until it swims away.
Wild and so very cool.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

(Nokia) Meego

From a business perspective, after reading what a frustrating development process the MeeGo was, I can understand why Nokia opted to go with Microsoft. I do believe the Smart phone area is very much an ecosystem driven one. But after viewing the following video, I'm saddened by that. It looks much much simpler to use than Android, more in line with my aesthetic than the iPhone and more focused on the essential functionality than the Windows Phone. It'll be interesting to see whether Jolla can deliver on both a quality release of Meego, as well as the accompanying eco-system necessary. [via Mefi]

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Tower of Babelfish

If you're learning a language, this site has recommendations on how to most effectively pick things up.

Submarine Communications Cable

Submarine Communication Cables are pipes filled with cables that sit at the bottom of the ocean floors that connect one continent to another continent.  Originally they were used for transmitting telegraph data, but today are primarily used for cross-continent internet and telephone data.  All continents, except for Antarctica, are connected by some.   Here is a map of all of the cables and here is a list of them.

It's rather mindblowing for a layperson to think of the logistics of making a pipe or cable that long.  Is it initially wound up in this massive spool before it's laid out?  Or do they produce in parts and then interconnect them during installation?

And then there are all of the technical electrical / insulation details that go into sending a signal that distance.  Oof.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Freestyle Canoeing

Imagine innocently surfing the web.

Imagine randomly coming upon this.

Thank you, youtube.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Recursive drawing

This is frickn cool. [via mefi]

Wednesday, March 28, 2012