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Debian on Pogoplug V4 Mobile

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Once I bought a dockstar, and was mightily annoyed by it. Eventually new Pogoplugs came out, and I invested a whopping nine bucks in a used pogoplug mobile. After having it deregistered by support, I tried installing ArchLinuxARM on it. This produced a brick with a flashing green light, so do not try to install Arch for ARM on this device. It's probably possible to make it work, but the default install instructions don't work. Further, the revert process didn't work either! Seems like their u-boot is broken for this device.

SA-CORE-2013-003 ate my site! Now what?

When I updated Drupal to 7.24, the status report instructed me to twiddle my .htaccess files per security advisory SA-CORE-2013-003, so I did. And then my site unthemed itself. A quick trip to the error log revealed the problem, and even the solution: change FollowSymLinks to SymLinksIfOwnerMatch.

Google, Why is Android Bluetooth still so lousy?

For literally years now, people have been asking for Bluetooth functionality in Android which is not there. One notable example is audio-to-headset, to permit listening to music on a headset device which does not support the bluetooth stereo audio profile. My pet issue is pinless trust, which is needed for devices like the Sony BD Remote and many Logitech mice which use no pin code. This has been a known issue at least since Gingerbread. Why is it still a problem?

A Wrinkle in Topcoat - Solving Paint Interactions

When you paint something which has already been painted, sometimes the solvents in your new paint interact with the old paint on the surface, with somewhat unpredictable results. Generally, the results include lifting in the form of either wrinkling or peeling. This is very common in auto paints, and in anything that comes out of a spray can. But I've found a set of solutions for dealing with paint interaction which are fairly effective when combined.

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Tronsmart MK908

In the quest for the ideal living room entertainment device, one of the strongest contenders is the "USB stick" class of Android devices. One of the latest credible entrants into this market is the Tronsmart MK908, a Rockchip RK3188-based device running Android 4.1.1 or 4.2.2. It notably features four cores and a very slightly larger case than other stick-form computers, permitting inclusion of a more useful heat sink. But like basically every other similar device on the market, there are significant failings to this tiny computer.

Farewell, Ouya

I thought about actually titling this piece RIP, Ouya but thought hey, let's save the hyperbole for the body. What's actually happening is that I'm taking my Ouya back to Gamestop and washing my hands of this whole experience. Maybe I'll buy one used later, when the Mad Catz console comes out and they all end up on eBay for a song; by then perhaps there will be a CM port. Unfortunately, the Ouya console is deficient in basically every area.

su: Permission denied on Ouya

My Ouya decided it didn't want to pair the original controller any more, so I performed a factory reset after backing up all my apps with TitaniumBackup. Then I performed a factory reset, which doesn't. It left a couple of apps behind, including ES task explorer. Upon entering the adb shell, I found I could no longer su. The fix in my case was to reinstall superuser.

How to launch an Android app from adb - And toggle bluetooth

Have you ever wanted to launch an Android app from the shell, but you were confused as to how to go about it? Me too, but after a bit of searching about I found a couple of posts that explain how to do it. Short short form, you use aapt to find the activity you want to execute, and then you can use the am command (on the device) to launch the program.

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