Google Keep as an alternative to Evernote

As our busy lives unfold day by day we are bombarded with new and fast information, there is a huge amount of things to be done, to remember, to solve. Keeping all in your head is not second nature for all of us so we have two options:

  1. Keeping a physical notebook.

Pros: – It’s more natural – writing with pencil on paper feels great. Although in 10 years from now writing on an electronic device will be natural. – It’s faster and accurate – i bet that you can write and draw better than on a screen. – it can be found and read (not password protected), long after you die, when your grandkids find your notebook in the attic, in a big box covered with dust. ūüôā Cons: – can’t set reminders – although using an agenda you can write new events on their specific dates and check the agenda regulary. – if you lose your notebook, all your planning is gone with the wind.

  1. Using technology.

Pros: – efficiency – use only one device¬†to write, draw, take pictures, set reminders, record sounds etc. – syncing – your data can be kept in the cloud and can be accessed anywere, on any devices that can connect to the internet. Cons: – if you lose your password or get hacked you can lose all your data. ~~~~~ We’re in 2016, everybody have a smartphone so using¬†one for note taking/planning it’s the most obvious way. I think the best and most complete¬†note taking/planning service is Evernote. I will not make a review for Evernote but the bottom line is the Evernote app, the online service, the desktop app are very intuitive and very powerful. But, as i never used high end devices a hundred pound Gorilla like Evernote can run seriously slow, so i searched for an alternative. The most obvious choice was Google’s note taking app Google Keep. It’s simple, intuitive and very fast. Now, you have to move/copy the Evernote data to Keep but the bad thing is that as for this day, Google Keep can’t import any data. So if¬†you have 2000 notes, you are pretty busy for the next 3 weeks. For a reasonable number of notes you can just copy/paste from Evernote to Keep. NOTE: One important thing is that the newly created/pasted notes in Keep will be at the top.¬†So start to create notes from the least used/important up. With all above said, maybe you managed to end up with important and frequently updated notes at the bottom of the list. DON’T WORRY!!! Tap and hold on a note and from the menu above choose Properties (the 3 vertical dots) and Make a copy. Now you can see that a copy of the note¬†in the depths of hell is now on top of your notes list. Now you can delete the bottom one. NOTE: You cannot select multiple notes and Make a copy! Google is such a step by step company. ^-^ This is not a VS debate, so please test both apps and see what app/service suit your needs. Have fun! ^-^

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How to install Android Kitkat 4.4.4. via Cyanogenmod 11 on Motorola Defy+

Hello guys and welcome to a new tutorial on the most famous (nooooot ^-^) Kaigara Online website.

After completing this tutorial, you will have a rooted Motorola Defy Plus device with the latest Android Kitkat version via Cyanogenmod 11 (CM11).

I have a Motorola Defy Plus device and if yours is Motorola Defy, please read all the links carefully before doing any operation.

The tutorial will go to all steps from stock ROM, to rooting, to installing Custom Recovery, to flashing Cyanogenmod. If you find yourself in an intermediate state, please follow the tutorial from that point forward.

Here is what i did:

  1. Follow PART 1 of this guide. (Now you have a rooted Motorola Defy Plus)
  2. Follow PART 2 of the same guide, BUT, on step 3 use the latest ROM from here and corresponding Gapps. (Now you have Custom Recovery installed and Android JellyBean 4.3 via CM10.2)
  3. Download and put this file on the root of the sdcard. This will update the Recovery with TWRP recovery, a touch friendly recovery or a CWM recovery on steroids.
  4. Read the official thread on xda¬†by the great Quarx¬†and read about eventual problems related to Kitkat on Defy. (If you succesfuly install CM10.2 on your device, you will not have any problems…i didn’t. ^-^).
  5. Download the CM11 Kitkat ROM from here and put the zip on the root of the sdcard. (I used the latest one cm-11-20141017-NIGHTLY-mb52x.zip).
  6. Download the GAPPS from here and put the zip on the root of the sdcard.
  7. For CM after 01 october 2014 you will need sdcard and ~30mb free space. Quarx explained that in the Kitkat thread on point 4 but i will go in a little more detail.
  8. Download defy.zip or bravo.zip (depend on your phone) from http://quarx2k.ru/index2.php?dir=oth…map3_bootstrap (NOTE: unzip defy.7z and put the new_bootstrap.zip and resize.zip on the root of the sdcard).
  9. Now you should have on the root of the sdcard the following files:  cm-11-20141017-NIGHTLY-mb52x.zip, gapps (whatever you downloaded), new_bootstrap.zip, resize.zip.
  10. Boot into TWRP (at boot, when the led turns blue, press the volume down button > press Recovery > TWRP).
  11. Install new_bootstrap.zip. (DON”T do any wipe till i say so!!!)
  12. Reboot
  13. Boot again into TWRP and install resize.zip.
  14. Reboot
  15. Install cm-11-20141017-NIGHTLY-mb52x.zip
  16. Install gapps
  17. Now is the first time you should Wipe cache/dalvik
  18. Reboot into oblivion Mmuuuwwaaaahhaaaaaaaa!!!

DONATE to Framaroot, Clockwork Recovery, TWRP, Cyanogenmod, Quarx (Paypal donations on the first page).

If you choose to DONATE TO THIS WEBSITE, I will donate myself to the project above! ^-^.

Have fun!!! ^-^

Tested stable custom ROMS

Motorola Defy+:

WIUI: fast and elegant.

CM11

CM10

– CM10.2 (follow this guide but with the latest ROM from here and corresponding Gapps)

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S:

Cyanfox: excellent RAM management.

UltraKat

HTC Sensation:

None. ūüôā¬†Rooted stock rom with bloatware and unsupported apps¬†removed works great.

Install Awesome BEATS on HTC Sensation (or any other Android phone)

Follow this tutorial and feel free to donate to the developer:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1728391

 At one point in the instructions your have to type as root:

awesome

and you might encounter an error like the File system is read-only.

If this is the case, do this in a Terminal emulator:

$ su

# mount -o rw,remount /system

# awesome

# reboot

# mount -o ro,remount /system

Basically you will mount your system as writable for awesome command to work, then reboot (if the command reboot doesn’t work, reboot manually) and then remount the system as read-only.

And one last minor thing…on my HTC Sensation, i don’t see any difference in the quality of sound. o.O

Hope it will work on your device.

How to root and install Cyanogenmod 10 (Jelly Bean) – Motorola Defy Plus (MB526) with bootloader7 (ver.9.1)

This guide will show you my way to root and install Cyanogenmod 10 (Jelly Bean) on a Motorola Defy Plus (MB526) with Bootloader 7 (version 9.1). The guide has 2 parts, rooting the device and installing the custom ROM.

DISCLAIMER: I and all developers of those tools will not be held responsible for any damage you will do to your device and i strongly advise you to read all the internet regarding this, and decide if you will go or not this way. Rooting WILL VOID THE WARRANTY of your device. So DO IT ON YOUR OWN RISK!!!

NOTE 1: ROMs newer than CM10 will not work unless you have Clockworkmod 6 and up and this guide is not for that!!! No need for details so trust me on that one! ^-^

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The device (Motorola Defy+ MB526) stock stats:

System version: 45.0.2310.MB526.AsiaRetail.en.03

Android version: 2.3.6

Kernel version: 2.3.32.9-ge281b6e hudsoncm@il93lnxdroid54#1

Build number: 4.5.1.134_DFP-231

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PART 1 – ROOTING:

  1. On your device go to Settings>Applications>Development>Enable USB Debugging;
  2. On your device go to Settings>Applications> Enable Unknown sources;
  3. Download FRAMAROOT to your phone directly and install the apk;
  4. Open FRAMAROOT and just tap Ghimli;
  5. Your Defy+ is rooted!

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Now you can install Hiuninstaller and uninstall the system apps (bloatware) you don’t want.

At this point, you can stay pretty happy with the cleaned stock ROM and stop here, but hey, we don’t want that don’t we, we’re hacking and here we go to part 2.

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PART 2 – Flashing Cyanogenmod 10:

  1. Download and install on your phone 2nd init Рver.2.3; This version has the Clockworkmod 5.x version (now you understand the NOTE 1 at the beginning of the post);
  2. Open 2ndinit and press Install bootmenu – the red text will become green after successful install;
  3. Download and put on the root of you SD card Quarx CM10 mod and GoogleApps ; NOTE 2: Here i made some mistakes and downloaded the latest CM10 mod (around july-sep 2012) and the GoogleApps (august 2013) and things went pretty bad: nu keyboard, no network, nu USB recognition. What i did was to flash a prior CM10 version and Google Apps around the date of the CM10 ROM. The links on step 3 are the ones that are as much as posibble new and are working together!
  4. Power Off your phone (when you Power On, be prepared when the phone LED turns Blue);
  5. Power On the device and the LED turns Blue, press the Volume Down button;
  6. Navigate through the menu with the Volume buttons and accept with the Power button and use the Back or Go Back links to go back up one level of the menu;
  7. Go to Recovery, create a nandroid backup of your current ROM, if things will go bad you will restore your old ROM. So go to ‚ÄúBackup and Restore‚ÄĚ, and then select ‚ÄúBackup‚ÄĚ again, backup all;
  8. Select the wipe data/factory reset;
  9. Select wipe cache;
  10. From the main menu, select Advance and wipe Delvik cache;
  11. Select ‚ÄúInstall Zip from SD Card‚ÄĚ > ‚ÄúChoose Zip from SD Card‚ÄĚ and select the ROM zip file you put on the root of your SD card;
  12. Wait! ^-^
  13. Repeat step 11 to install the Google Apps package also on the root of your SD card;
  14. Go Back and select ‚ÄúReboot System Now.‚ÄĚ
  15. Waaaaaaaaiiit!!! The first boot will take tones of time to load so be patient O.o; If you think you are waiting way to long: take off the battery, put it back, go in Recovery (when the LED goes Blue, press the Down Volume button) and do steps 8, 9, 10, after that Reboot.

New device stats:

Android version: 4.1.1

Enjoy JellyBean! ^-^

PLEASE DONATE to the makers of Framaroot and Cyanogen mod.
If you choose to DONATE TO THIS WEBSITE, I will donate myself to Framaroot and Cyanogen! ^-^

Speed boost for Dolphin browser

What if the fastest android browser (Dolphin) is running slow?!

It’s pretty dead simple: just don’t use themes !!!

From the day i put a theme on Dolphin, i saw a drastic decrease in speed so after a few weeks i removed the theme and stayed with the plain default green color.

How to remove the theme:

  1. slide your finger from the right (facing the phone) edge of the screen;
  2. tap Themes;
  3. tap Color and chose a plain color of your taste;

NOTE: i’m doing this on my super fast as a slug Motorola Defy plus, so on other devices, Dolphin will work great with Star Wars running live as a background.

Open/save .xls email attachments on Android

It comes a time in your android phone owner saga when you will receive an email with an excel file attached, you open the email with the stock email app, and surprise, “unsupported file type” and you can’t view or download the file.

Of course if you use the Gmail app with your Google account it’s alright, you can preview and download an .xls file but what if you don’t use the Google email account?!

So what?! Why should Google care if you want to use another email app or some crazy email account you use for 15 years?! How they can filter your life?!

Luckily there is a solution:

  1. Install K-9 email app from F-Droid, check the installation process here;
  2. Setup your email account: i entered the email and password and K-9 handled all the setup process.
  3. There are lots of settings, but all i did was to setup the download folder to /mnt/sdcard/Messaging (in the K-9 app, tap Menu > Settings > Miscellaneous > Save attachments to…). The default path is the root of your sdcard and i don’t find it convenient.

K-9 is a full featured email client and you can open and save excel files.

Have fun! ^-^