HTC Weather display down

Now here’s something that you don’t see every day!  Currently I’m not receiving any weather information for my location…

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Amazon App Store not available?

With the release of the Amazon App Store, I thought it would be nice to try it out and see what all the hype was about….

Well how disappointed was I when I attempted to download Angry Birds Rio….

So unless you are resident of the US you are shit out of luck! So for me I think all the hype for this release has been soured by the fact that the market is limited. So for now the Amazon App Store is no good for us that live in Australia.

HTC Sense gets 2400+ in Quadrant!

In my quest to try out many custom ROM’s on my HTC Desire, I recently stumbled upon Starburst. Now as this is a HTC Sense ROM, they usually suffer badly from lag as compared to an AOSP ROM.

Now here’s the surprise…

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Lekhonee & WordPress

Normally when I make a blog post I either log into my blog from my desktop PC or I use my Android phone. I have been searching for a program that can utilise the XMLRPC function of WordPress, thus far I’ve discovered GNOME-Blog and now Lekhonee.

Gnome-Blog is very basic when used with WordPress to the point that really makes it rather useless as it’s easier to just log into your blog and use the function of WordPress! Lekhonee however adds much more function to the mix.
As an example, I’ve taken some screen shots whilst creating this post. There are three tab views available Visual, HTML & Preview each view allowing you to see and edit the content to your liking.
The one thing I noticed when attaching an image, Lekhonee is expecting a URL
However in my case when I’m making this blog entry I’m wanting to use a local image from my PC I have to upload it to my blog and then grab the URL this is kind of silly because the whole point is I want to use a program to write blog posts not use my web browser. I’ve just rechecked what I just said in the previous sentence, and there is the option to upload a file under the edit option, where as “Insert Image” results in the image above!
I’m also not seeing anywhere to add tags for the post, as with WordPress you can set a category and a tag, it looks like Lekhonee doesn’t have the support for tags! not a show stopper, but would be nice if it did use this function. SO this blog post was done in Lekhonee, but the images were uploaded to my blog separately (I should have used the attach function!) So why not give Lekhonee a try? it supports both self hosted WordPress and WordPress.com blogs… 🙂

Lekhonee & WordPress

Normally when I make a blog post I either log into my blog from my desktop PC or I use my Android phone. I have been searching for a program that can utilise the XMLRPC function of WordPress, thus far I’ve discovered GNOME-Blog and now Lekhonee.

Gnome-Blog is very basic when used with WordPress to the point that really makes it rather useless as it’s easier to just log into your blog and use the function of WordPress! Lekhonee however adds much more function to the mix.
As an example, I’ve taken some screen shots whilst creating this post. There are three tab views available Visual, HTML & Preview each view allowing you to see and edit the content to your liking.
The one thing I noticed when attaching an image, Lekhonee is expecting a URL
However in my case when I’m making this blog entry I’m wanting to use a local image from my PC I have to upload it to my blog and then grab the URL this is kind of silly because the whole point is I want to use a program to write blog posts not use my web browser. I’ve just rechecked what I just said in the previous sentence, and there is the option to upload a file under the edit option, where as “Insert Image” results in the image above!
I’m also not seeing anywhere to add tags for the post, as with WordPress you can set a category and a tag, it looks like Lekhonee doesn’t have the support for tags! not a show stopper, but would be nice if it did use this function. SO this blog post was done in Lekhonee, but the images were uploaded to my blog separately (I should have used the attach function!) So why not give Lekhonee a try? it supports both self hosted WordPress and WordPress.com blogs… 🙂

InsertCoinHD an Android HTC Desire ROM

Just for a small change I’ve decided to give a HTC Sense ROM a spin just to really remind me why I prefer AOSP over Sense.  So as the main ROM I previously used to use hasn’t been updated in some time I scoured the XDA forums for some alternate HTC Sense ROMs, I settled on InsertCoinHD release 2.0.0

So what makes this ROM unique? well it’s a port of the HTC Desire HD. So that was enough for me to give it a go…

The two screen shots would certainly be familiar to those who use the HTC Sense UI so it’s not really that much different in general, just a few menu differences in a few places compared to the HTC Sense that is stock on the Desire.

This ROM does suffer from lag in the UI, making it sometimes appear like is frozen or that you hadn’t activated what you intended so that’s is one thing that really stands out by comparison to an AOSP ROM.

Graphically, it’s very much alike to the release of Sense that is provided (stock HTC Desire ROM) with the HTC Desire, anyhow I’ll give it a run for a little bit and see if HTC Sense can win me back!

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EDIT: Due to suffering badly from lag, I’ve hove switched over to StarBurst although this is an older release of HTC Sense and Android 2.2 it’s a lot more snappier than InsertCoinHD is… I’ll take a look again once the N1 Gingerbread update is pushed out so that the graphics driver is included this should fix some of the slow graphic rendering…

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APRS Client Applications for Android

For us Amateur Radio peeps that have Android phones and wish to play with APRS without the need for a radio or if you are just interested in what it’s all about, then there are currently two applications that will achieve this. However both of them are not currently included in the Google Market so you will need to visit the respective sites to get them…

They are called APRSDroid & U2APRS

APRSDroid:

This has a simplistic terminal like display when in the foreground and has a task icon when active (icon visible in the last image)

The map view (accessed via the menu) uses Google Maps to plot both yourself and heard stations from the APRS-IS feed.

If you are already familiar with configuration for a PC based APRS client, then setting up is quite straight forward

The main thing to note you must have a valid APRS Passcode for your position to be gated into the APRS-IS

Menu button pressed showing options available

APRSDroid in action!

U2APRS:

Has a tabbed main screen allowing quick change without the need to access the menu. However this doesn’t currently support landscape mode! (not critical)

Message screen can be set to display messages just to you or can be set to accept all or be filtered to a specific area.

Map screen uses aprs.fi to render both you and nearby stations.

Configuration is all in one screen (accessed viz the menu key) Some of these items could be consolidated into categories (just my opinion!)

There are two types of beacon modes, Manual & Automatic

Summary:

Both applications do the job of reporting your position and passing it on to the APRS-IS, the one benefit that U2APRS has is that it supports messaging. I currently have both installed so I can select if I want to be able to message or not (to me not an important feature for a phone tracker) The set up options for U2APRS could do with a little clean up. Also as both of these apps are not in the main Android Market you will need to regularly check the respective web sites for updates as neither have an update function check, but if they one day both go into the market then that will no longer be a problem. I must say that I was two versions behind on APRSDroid, the version I had installed didn’t have map support or the task icon when active!

So depending on what your preferences are I’m sure that one of these apps will cover what you want…  🙂

Note: I’m using the HTC Desire (A8183) and Oxygen ROM 2.0.1