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02/18/2012 07:29 #56081Android Viruses
I was recently wondering about the situation in Android because the field is somewhat unified with limited number of variants. Anyone who writes an application can get entry into the Android market and peddle their apps. This is great for reaffirming the open source and free nature of the Android operating system but is quite a nightmare in terms of security.
And sure enough, I spotted this article:
I am kind of spooked. I try out random apps all the time and I certainly am one of those people who just says yes to the permissions screen. No one, apart from expert hackers can actually tell whether or not an app is going to cause extensive harm just by looking at them in a cursory fashion. But everyone can definitely pay more attention when it comes to what apps they choose to install.
I am going to start a running list of apps I have on my android devices here, I started this for chrome apps a while back but it has fallen into oblivion. I need to revive that as well. Hacking chrome is somewhat tougher but the basic playing ground is the same. I think, for non-hackers, knowledge about the apps they are using is 3/4ths of the battle against the viruses. The other 1/4ths is resisting temptation to download chunks of the whole marketplace willy nilly.
02/17/2012 01:38 #56076Class 2? Class 4? Class 10? What?!
It blows my mind that someone actually took the time to benchmark all these cards:
Sandisk 16 GB Class 2 Read: 7.5 MB/sec Write: 5.5 MB/sec
Samsung 8 GB Class 6 Read: 16.8 MB/sec Write: 7.6 MB/sec
Lexar 32 GB Class 10 Read: 20.3 MB/sec Write: 8.1 MB/sec
And those numbers don't tell the entire story. Apparently the higher classes have a tendency to burn out faster.
Nothing is simple anymore. I should have known that.
02/16/2012 09:44 #56068Whack that wacom pen stylus!
You just whack the stylus against a padded surface (for example, your palm) till it starts behaving. The technique works around 70% of the time. For the 30% of the times it doesn't, even if you are tempted to search ebay and random shady websites for replacements, grit your teeth and whack the stylus a few times more. Chances are, the beating you gave it earlier is not sufficient enough to make the errant stylus realize who is the master here.
Wacom. Whack 'em.
NB: I am really not sure how much more whacking the pen can take. Maybe I should get a replacement.
02/15/2012 11:30 #56064So little time. So much to read
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Reading on the computer screen is nice and all, but I want to be able to interact with the pages like I would with paper. I have a Nexus S and a Nexus One, but the screens are too tiny. I am thinking 10" reading area or more would be a far better idea.
Guess it's time for a tablet. A big generously-size Android tablet. (Apple is out of question). Strongly leaning towards the Le Pan II.