AT&T Galaxy S4 Prevent/Freeze OTA Updates

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Prevents NI4 to NJ4, the AT&T/Samsung OTA update keeps bugging me and I want to turn off the software update. If you are on a rooted AT&T Galaxy S4 and want to prevent the OTA update you can block the following apps with App Quarantine ROOT/FREEZE. Last time my OTA updated it went to NI4, broke Safestrap and Towelroot!

Block these in App Quarantine, tap the Settings icon and tap Filter, turn on Advanced and check Include system services. Block the following apps according to guut13 on XDA Forums.

  • AT&T Software update
  • wssyncmlnps
  • LocalFOTA

citation:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ramdroid.appquarantine&hl=en
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=56765224&postcount=36
http://netdungeon.com/stopping-att-android-software-updates/
photo curtious of etnyk on Flickr under Creative Commons!

TP-LINK TL-WN725N on BAMT 1.5

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I recently was asked to take a look at a Litecoin miner logs due to stability issues, I had no idea how deep this rabbit hole would go. After many struggles with Xubuntu and AMD drivers, I found BAMT. BAMT aka “Big Ass Miner Thing” is a fork of the original BAMT project that was aborted, picked up by Bee on litecointalk.org – I’ve since rebuilt a miner and built 2 personal litecoin mining rigs. If you are in Bellingham, Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, or Vancouver Lower Mainland and need technical assistance with Bitcoin / Litecoin miners, feel free to reach out. I do it for the Dogecoin!

Repository can be found here:
https://bitbucket.org/beebee/bamt/

Download BAMT from Bee’s maintained thread:
https://litecointalk.org/index.php?topic=2924.0

How To Get TP-LINK TL-WN725N on BAMT 1.5

I wanted to use a USB Wifi dongle on BAMT for my dogecoin mining rigs so that I can relocate them into my garage. I randomly ordered a cheap $9 Wifi USB dongle on Amazon and figured making the leap of faith would be fun. Here’s how I got it running on BAMT.

I referenced WikiDevi.com for the appropriate repository to clone. I had the v2 of this Nano USB.

https://wikidevi.com/wiki/TP-LINK_TL-WN725N_v2

The repository is in the sidebar, I laughed audibly when I figured out BAMT has git natively, thank you Bee or whoever put that there! If you’re version of BAMT doesn’t have git, in Root Terminal type: apt-get install git

If you’ve never compiled from source before, open up Root Terminal:

cd ~/
git clone https://github.com/lwfinger/rtl8188eu.git
cd rtl8188eu
make
sudo make install

These steps may vary, make sure you’re using the correct repository. If you’re not using a TP-LINK Google around or look around WikiDevi.com for your hardware.

I got frustrated when passphrase didn’t save. Posted to /r/bamt – after a bit I made an edit:

http://www.reddit.com/r/BAMT/comments/1zlvjm/wireless_usb_doesnt_save_network_passphrase/

johnislarry wrote:
So I managed to find a solution to my problem. I don't know if it will help anybody else, but maybe it will. I changed two things. The first was creating a file
/etc/polkit-1/localauthority/50-local.d/org.freedesktop.NetworkManager.pkla
and writing the following lines to it:

[nm-applet]
Identity=unix-group:network
Action=org.freedesktop.NetworkManager.*
ResultAny=yes
ResultInactive=no
ResultActive=yes

That can also be found here https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Ne … ermissions and it allows users in the group "network" to use nm-applet functionalities. The second > thing I changed was commenting out a "no-auto-default" line in /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf.
After these changes I am able to use nm-applet as a regular user for connecting to both secured and unsecured networks.

Also note: when saving the wifi passphrase check “Available for all users” before clicking Apply!

Got my TL-WN725N to work on Bee’s BAMT 1.5 and now I can relocate the box into the garage without running a 50 ft cat6 across the house. 🙂 hope this helps.

OCZ Technology Agility 3 120GB ATTO Disc Benchmark

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Edit: I want to make it clear, although I don’t know for a fact I feel that my ASUS UL80j-BBK5 is SATA-II. I am pulling better numbers on my desktop with a Crucial M4 SSD. I will have to try my Agility 3 on my desktop with true SATA-III.

Benchmark of OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G Solid State Drive

Benchmarked with an ASUS UL80j-BBK5 Laptop in Windows 7 Ultimate using ATTO Disk Benchmark.

Automation Brings Back US Manufacturing Jobs

This sends chills up my spine but as Philip Wilson puts it, “Long predicted here. The 3rd world cheap labor manufacturing advantage is beginning to sunset. Robotics combined with the maturation of 3-D printing will move manufacturing back to consuming nations. Increasing fuel and transportation costs will also be a factor over time discouraging manufacture half a planet away from consumption. Places like Singapore will still flourish as they have created their own consuming class. Hope this trend continues.”

Gabe Newell 2013 Presentation At University of Texas

Living close to Bellevue, considered one of the thriving hearts of a massive gaming industry, it’s fascinating to hear Gabe Newell’s insight to the economics and future of gaming. <3

My description that took about 35 minutes to write, “Gabe Newell descends from his Bellevue, WA geosynchronous orbit upon the University of Texas where his gravitational pull deeply disturbing the North American tectonic plate causing a volcanic “quartet” in Kamchatka, of the Russian Federation; in unison his voice violently tears temporal disturbances throughout space-time causing cracks as his wisdom endows hundreds of thousands of students, gamers, politicians, economists, lawyers, doctors, and business executives with his vast knowledge and insight on the “State of Gaming” as ripples emit from the surface of Newell’s equator: represented by a 153,973 ft long genuine leather belt banded together with a plutonium belt buckle in the shape of half-lift lambada which has on the side of the symbol etched “3” – HALF-LIFE 3 CONFIRMED.”

I may have to take notes the second time I watch this. Very interesting presentation. If your into Economics, you head will explode.

SteelSeries Sensei Mouse Review By SUPERfreckleland

Erica aka @vSUPERfreckles reviews the SteelSeries Sensei in the Youtube video below. At PAX Prime 2012, I noticed a lot of pro gamers at Dota 2: The International 2 and League of Legends: North American Regionals sporting SteelSeries, I had to trying out the different SteelSeries mice found throughout expo hall. The new Sensei has a sleek design and features customizable color LED’s (RGB and HEX), doesn’t require mouse DRM. I personally can’t get away from the Logitech G700 for it’s wireless and the on-the-go mobility. However, if I were to get a nice gamer mouse for my secondary battlestation, I’d probable keep a keen eye out on SteelSeries. She also goes into the settings and briefly shows what you can tweek in the UI.

Thanks for being awesome Erica!!!

Fatal Error: Purchasing The Wrong Mechanical Keyboard

The last couple months I was very hesitant about purchasing a new keyboard since I am putting aside money to build my next SR20DET. I have always wanted to purchase a mechanical keyboard, but my Logitech G510 has always kept me happy.

Recently, my buddy Jordan Baker purchased the Razer Blackwidow Standard. He has always talked about it in high regards. I was always hesitant to purchase it since: a.) It does not have an LCD screen b.) No volume drum roll c.) not as many macro keys. I soon came to realization that I never use the Logitech G510 LCD screen and I don’t use all the G macro keys to their fullest potential.

When I saw the Corsair Vengeance K90 MMO Mechanical Keyboard release back in February, I instantly fell in love. After reading reviews briefly about the Corsair Vengeance K90 on Newegg and Amazon I decided to purchase the keyboard on impulse. What I failed to do was read up about the differences between Cherry switches. If you are wanting to purchase a mechanical keyboard, I highly recommend that you read up about the differences between Cherry Black, Brown, Blue and Red.

Shame on me for not doing my research. The K90 Mechanical Keyboard has Cherry MX Red switches, and does not have tactile or clicky feedback. These switches are meant for response; the keys themselves are the lightest and easiest to press. This makes the keyboard very responsive to touch and ideal for gaming. After reading more about the Cherry MX Reds, most individuals that wanted a mechanical keyboard for the tactile and clicky response ended up returning their keyboard and purchasing one that had Cherry Blues.

Now here’s my dilemma, I wanted to invest into a new mechanical keyboard strictly because I wanted the tactile and clicky feedback; since that I a.) I code, b.) bit of a typist and c.) I am an avid gamer. Below I found a video from Custom PC Review that discusses the difference between Cherry switches and even demonstrates the sound.

If you are also looking into more technical details about the differences between Cherry switches, I highly recommend heading over to Overclock.net and reading this guide: http://www.overclock.net/t/491752/mechanical-keyboard-guide

And last but not least, I’d like to thank SUPERfreckleland on Youtube for that defining moment where I panicked, ran down to Best Buy and purchased the Razer Blackwidow Ultimate! If you’d like an explanation why Cherry Blues switches are better, skip to 2:30 on her video below. 🙂

Update: 7/30/2012 Erica posted a 1 year follow up of her Blackwidow! See the video below!

Thanks SUPERfreckleland! See you at PAX Prime this year!

OCZ Vertex 2 60GB SATA II in ASUS UL80j

Today I’ve received the OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G Solid State Drive. I’ve purchase this SSD to install on my ASUS UL80j. My intent is to improve cold start times, wake up and overall power consumption. I would also like to potentially experiment with Google Chrome OS. For now my main OS of choice will be uBuntu 11.04, although I do have a Hackintosh install CD derping around.

Benchmarks

uBuntu 11.04 benchmarks with the OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5″ 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Update: Installed Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit on this laptop and here are the ATTO benchmarks.

Will The Next Macbook Air Have The Intel Ivy Bridge Processor?

With Intel’s latest announcement of 22nm 3-D transistors, the Ivy Bridge processor has been the talk of the blogosphere. In late 2010, the latest generation of Macbook Air released but never received an i-series chip. This June, what will be announced at Apple World Wide Developers Conference? We can speculate the new iPhone 5, or more realistically the iPhone 4G. Will Apple announce the next generation Macbook Air which utilizes an i-series chip? 32nm, 28nm, or 22nm technology? Will it be Sandy Bridge or Ivy Bridge?

One thing is for sure, I’ve been eyeballing this laptop for the past month. I think I will wait until June for any big announcement. I’d love to have the opportunity to load uBuntu 11.04 onto it for testing purposes. I’ll be camping at the local Mac store to get a hold of it!