[android] Alarm Clock Not Going Off

8 07 2010

I just got my first Android phone, Motorola Milestone, for a week and am having great fun with it! But the Alarm Clock keeps on bugging me as the Alarm Clock doesn’t ring at all, and I was using my trusty old Nokia phone as my alarm till today.

Finally i have time to do some research, and found out how sometimes too much control over your phone is bad (if not done properly). My problem was the Advanced Task Killer which I have installed onto my Milestone on day one itself, and I have been using it to kill off all the apps to save power & memory. Android allows us to so much control, that we sometimes forget that some of the apps still need to be run on the background, and Alarm Clock is one of them.

So, for those of you who face the same problem, and uses the Advanced Task Killer (or any other task killer), the fix is rather simple and should be valid for all alarm clock apps, not just the default ones. All you need is to do is include the Alarm Clock in the ignore list by performing the steps below:

  • Open Alarm Clock
  • Go back to home
  • Open Advanced Task Killer
  • Long press on Alarm Clock
  • Click on Ignore to add Alarm Clock to the ignore list
  • (you can manage the ignore list by going to the menu -> Setting -> ignore list)

Good luck, have fun, and let me know if this works for you!


[ubuntu] Lucid Lynx, 10.04 Cisco VPN

28 05 2010

For those who recently upgraded to Lucid Lynx, and the vpn client seems to have broken when and you get the error below:

Starting /opt/cisco-vpnclient/bin/vpnclient: insmod: error inserting ‘/lib/modules/2.6.32-22-generic/CiscoVPN/cisco_ipsec.ko’: -1 Invalid module format
Failed (insmod)

The solution is rather simple, you just need to uninstall your vpn client and reinstall it again instead of install over the old version. Simple and effective to me 😀

For those who is trying to get the Cisco VPN up and running, head to this page and read all about how to do it.

[ubuntu] Lucid Lynx – DVD Writer Not Detected

14 05 2010

Although Ubuntu 10.04 a.k.a Lucid Lynx is a LTS release, but it is starting to irritate me to a certain extent. I have fixed issues such as slow wireless, wireless dropping all the time, and even WebEx. And today, I have finally gotten the DVD burner to work!

Anyway, just to share the fix with rest of the folks out there who are supporting Ubuntu (!), the fix is fairly simple for it. It seems that although Brasero was installed by default (or maybe from Ubuntu 9.10), Brasero was not able to detect the DVD writer. When I place a blank DVD in to the drive, it detects the blank DVD, but when i actually click “write to disc”, the program only gave me the option to write to an “image”.

After a quick uninstall of Brasero and installing the CD/DVD Creator from the “Ubuntu Software Center”, everything is working fine for me now 🙂

[ubuntu] Getting WebEx to work on 10.04

8 05 2010

Found out that WebEx is not working in the latest and greatest version of Ubuntu (Lucid Lynx, 10.04). After some digging around, it seems that Java from Sun is not installed by default, and Ubuntu has OpenJDK & IcedTea as the default Java plugin in Firefox. AND WebEx don’t play nice with IcedTea.

Below are the lines I have used in a terminal to get WebEx working 🙂

sudo apt-get remove icedtea6-plugin
sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ lucid partner"
sudo aptitude update
sudo aptitude install sun-java6-jdk
sudo update-alternatives --config java
sudo apt-get install sun-java6-plugin

Good luck! And let me know if I might have missed out anything 😀

[ubuntu] 10.04 update

7 05 2010

There is an update today for Lucid Lynx, 10.04, and it solves most of the slow internet problem for me.

Firefox runs better, the slow wireless problem is fix by default…. and wireless connection doesn’t drop so easily. So, for those of you who hasn’t updated it yet… go ahead. It’s highly recommended.

Now I will have to go try out some of the other essential programs like Skype 😛

Restore your scratch up iPhone

5 03 2010

Personally, i think those iPhone sleeve, casing, silicon case… etc just make your iPhone ugly! iPhone’s beauty is when it’s without those ‘casing’. For those who share the same view as me will mostly likely have a scratch up iPhone after a being in your pocket with the keys and the coins. But fear not, there is a way to restore your iPhone to pristine condition.

Here is what you need:

  • Sandpaper 320(or 500),800,1000,1500,2000,2500,3000 grit
  • 3M Rubbing compound
  • Machine Polisher ( Power Drill or small buffer)
  • Microfibers
  • Sticky tack and or tape

Hack n Mod has posted a cool tutorial on how to give an abused iPhone a fresh out-of-the-box look.

To fix scratches on the back,  you need to gently dry sand it, then add some water to wet sand and polish it with a 3M Headlight Lens Restoration Kit. The detailed step-by-step pictorial offers information on what grit of sandpaper to use and how to get the mirror-like finish.