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26  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone understand what Android does with contact photos? on: July 15, 2014, 09:39:04 AM
I think, then, the best resolution for pictures for my phone will by anything square that is minimum 720x720, but can be larger without looking bad.  Also, I have to make sure I have whatever options turn off that makes android/google degrade the quality of photos.  I still don't know how that happens.  Google will noticeably reduce the quality of contact photos, but i can't tell when it does it.  Probably has something to do with syncing. 
27  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Android: Looking for true app data backup solution on: July 14, 2014, 06:26:00 PM
A while back when I first got my otg cable, I was able to view my usb drive in twrp. I never tried to actually set it as my backup location tho. I assume it might work. BTW, are you using the free version of Titanium and rom toolbox, or the pro versions?
paid: both versions.
28  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Android: Looking for true app data backup solution on: July 14, 2014, 05:56:27 PM
I use twrp. Is there a way to backup to a usb drive (via an OTG cable) since the N5 doesn't have external storage? The only problem with a nandroid backup is that I want to be able to "copy" all my apps and data to a different rom, which I can't do with a nandroid backup. I was reading that titanium backup can restore from twrp backups. I suppose if I can ever get titanium to actually backup the data, it might be an option.
I don't know of a direct way to do the usb thing.  But I have a couple of workarounds.  You can just manually transfer the file over with a file manager.  Another way is to use something like BTSync and it will automatically sync a folder on your phone to one on your computer when they are near each other (bluetooth or wifi).

But if I'm not mistaken, you may still be able to restore your apps with ROM toolbox (with a nandroid backup file) even if it's a different rom.  because there's an option for apps, apps and data, or system apps, or everything I think.  I've only tried it on the same rom but different versions, and it worked fine.

Apps restore fine with titanium from my experiences.  But the system stuff doesn't work well, even though it claims it does.  LIke accounts, customized rom settings, custom system apps and settings, they normally don't work well at all except with nandroid.
29  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Android: Looking for true app data backup solution on: July 14, 2014, 05:41:30 PM
I also have a nexus 5, and I've gone through this.  Here's my story...

The two apps I use for this sort of stuff:
ROM Toolbox
Titanium Backup

ROM Toolbox is definitely the more versatile program and the one to get if you're only going to get one.   It can do everything Titanium does basically, and much more. However, Titanium is sometimes preferred in specific situations.

ROM Toolbox can backup your apps, app data, system apps, etc.  So can Titanium.  But Titanium can keep multiple copies of backups, which is really the only thing it does better.  When I'm restoring just a single app, I go to titanium (no good reason).

Now, all this aside, it's easy to screw up an intended backup/restore procedure when you are installing a new ROM or something.  Things don't restore the way you expect, settings are gone, etc.  And it's not always easy to figure out why.  So here comes...

Nandroid, is like a noun/verb (very confusing) that basically means an image of your phone.  You can only do a Nandroid outside of the OS (like in twrp or cwm).  THis is definitely my preferred restoring method.  When I restore my system (all apps, settings, anything) using a Nandroid, everything restores perfectly.  If I try to restore within android using titanium or ROM toolbox doesn't work nearly as well.

So how do you make a nandroid?  From ROM toolbox, you backup your ROM.  It will reboot and do it automatically.

Hope that helps.
30  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Does anyone understand what Android does with contact photos? on: July 14, 2014, 12:59:08 PM
I'm trying to figure out what Android is doing with contact photos so I can keep cleaning up my contacts and end up with a nice addressbook that gets managed properly.

I'm trying to understand what the best resolution is for an android contact photo.  Now, the phone is 1080p (1080x1920).  The contact photos appear in full screen, so I would assume 1080x1920 is ideal.  However...contact photos are required to be square.  So you can't really have that rectangular resolution.  So what's the best square resolution? 1080x1080? or 1920x1920?

But android will still make the picture full screen.  So I want to assume 1920x1920 is the better option so they don't have to enlarge the photo and lose quality.  But I don't think it works that way.  I once read that the photos are or should be 720x720.  I don't get it.  And I couldn't find clear answers on google.

31  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: South Park moves behind Hulu paywall starting Sept 24, 2014 on: July 13, 2014, 09:40:03 PM
Wow, very interesting.  I should be following these kinds of current events since I'm interested in learning this business.

I always thought it was amazing that SP offered their library for free on their website.  other shows, like late night, do it as well, but not the entire library like SP did.  I wonder what all this sort of thing is really leading up to, and I hope it's not as bad as it seems.
32  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: NoteFrog lifetime license $9.95 - but no new licenses ever after?? on: July 11, 2014, 08:20:04 PM
posted my reply on the crosspost: http://www.donationcoder....29431.msg359252#msg359252 

Not sure if it's better to keep conversation here or there (hence why I hate crossposts)
That's what I was thinking (reading wraith's post).  it makes sense to me.  They're not making much money on this thing, but they use it themselves and they'll probably just fix bugs that users find from now on.

It's such a competitive field, there are soooooo many clipboard managers.
33  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Picture of photosynthesis in action. Where is the picture?! on: July 11, 2014, 12:24:37 PM
So I get all excited about this news of the first pictures of photosynthesis in action:
The researchers report the first direct visualization of a crucial event in the photosynthetic reaction, namely the step in which a specific protein complex, photosystem II, splits water into hydrogen and oxygen using energy provided by light.
ok....so where is the picture?  May I please see it?  gd.
I searched and searched.  Big teases.  Can I please see the freaking picture.  I'm less interested in the words about the picture, I just want the picture.  Thank you.

Oh I forgot, you have to pay for it.  Nature magazine.
I can't tell if it's in the magazine or just online?
34  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Directory Opus 11 Released! on: July 09, 2014, 04:57:21 PM
I'm in 2 minds about this upgrade. It's hard to see what killer improvement is there, especially when it costs AUS$50 for the upgrade.

I was wondering about the same thing. I'm having a hard time finding the killer feature for me. I consider myself a basic user of Dopus (I don't even customise it myself, just use Andy's setup), but the new features seem to be targeting the super-sophisticated user that can write their own scripts and customise the hell out of the interface.
omg...this Andy guy (the dearopus) is awesome!  His customized setup is beautiful.

I love this freaking dopus program.  Sadly (or not?) I spend more active time with Dopus than any other thing or person in my life.

So I followed Andy's instructions and used a lot of his customizations.  I also added some flat icons I found for the default stuff from the dopus forums.  I have my own custom status bar.  It's basically Dopus pron.

35  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: July 09, 2014, 11:47:49 AM
After considering the new Surface Pro 3, I am intrigued by these tablets now.  Can we have a discussion about our experiences with windows tablets?  I'll start....

No RT nonsense; the full Windows package.
My female cousin has an original surface pro, I picked her brain about it.  She's not a techie at all.  She loves the thing.  For school, she says it's so much better than android tablets, ipads, etc.  Like by a longshot.  I played around with it, did some of the things she likes, and I gotta say, it's pretty nice.  The complaints in the press sound really weird after my experience.  The complaints don't make sense.  The tablet is fast, runs all windows programs, has a decent enough pen input where I'm not bothered much at all (I haven't tried Photoshop though).  Feels better than the Samsung pen input.  The only pen experience I've had personally that I like better is my actual wacom tablet.

With that big screen on the new Surface Pro, I am drooling about using it to read my books and digital magazines.  Being able to clip stuff like a windows computer, pictures, cropping, file management without any tortured procedures like in android/ios.  God I love having a fully featured file manager.
I'm excited about being able to sketch on it.  I'm excited about sharing files and windows programs with it.  I'm excited about some nifty things I may be able to do with music applications...remote midi control?  i dunno.

I mean, for us Windows power users, haven't we been waiting for something like this forever?! 
36  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WinPatrol has a new developer on: July 02, 2014, 11:33:15 PM
The announcement is nice.  I take back what I said.  Thmbsup
37  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Freedom Summer on: July 02, 2014, 06:20:09 PM
geez.  one one hand, i want to say i shouldn't complain about current stuff.  on the other hand, yes i should.  Sad
38  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WinPatrol has a new developer on: July 01, 2014, 06:20:31 PM
It's over most likely.  Guys like BillP are normally not replaceable.  Who knows?
39  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: help needed: owncloud contacts on vmware with IIS on: June 30, 2014, 10:43:45 PM
Is that bad?  lol.  I don't know!

Well, I'll explain...i was only running apache initially, but it wouldn't work outside the vm.  then i read i need to enable iis for owncloud in windows, so i did.  Then it worked outside the vm, but with that error.  Also, on my android phone, i can use owncloud outside the vm with no errors!  i don't get it.

i guess i can forget the vm and just try owncloud on my main machine with ampps.  without iis i suppose.
40  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / help needed: owncloud contacts on vmware with IIS on: June 30, 2014, 09:41:16 PM
OK, I don't know much about this stuff.  I'm testing out owncloud on vmware as a contacts/calendar syncing solution.

host machine: win7 x64
vmware machine: win7 x64, network is bridged
owncloud v6, installed in AMPPS
IIS is enabled on the virtual machine
AMPPS Apache had a conflict with port 80, so IIS is enabled on port 8080

everything works fine in the virtual machine.  On the host machine, i can login to owncloud, but the contacts gives an error "failed loading groups" and basically doesn't work, contacts don't show up and it hangs.

It's not clear to me from google searches what the issue or resolution is, so I'm turning to you guys here.
41  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movie news and views on: June 26, 2014, 06:02:32 PM
 tongue 40, you're cracking me up here.
42  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Soccer World Cup 2014 on: June 25, 2014, 12:37:48 PM
Much as I've tried, I just can't get into soccer.

Or watching any sporting event on TV for that matter.

Wish I could sometimes. But there you have it.

Anybody else have this same problem?
Me too.
Watching Sports feels old-fashioned to me, like listening to the radio in the living room.
A while back, I said basketball would be more interesting to me if HBO took it over and showed games with just a mic'd building.  SO you hear the players, coaches, fans (hopefully not the arena music/fx).  And not that fake stuff where the mic the coach and he knows it so when the tv comes on him he says some generic coaching cliche.  i want to hear the real stuff.

I went to a Laker game last year...people laugh.  I didn't even watch the game.  I watched, through binoculars, the coaches, the play by play announcer, officials.  It was fascinating.  You know those huddles?  Well, they only do that in the 4th quarter when the tv camera is on them.  In non-televised timeouts, the players just sit and don't talk.  Even funnier...the coaches don't talk either!  people just sit and stand around.  that stuff is largely for show.

So as you can see, I'm more interested now in how the mechanisms of the sports works.  the game itself is not as interesting.
43  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Onion launches new site: Clickhole on: June 18, 2014, 10:10:24 AM
As a religious person, I figure I can believe in just about anything. With much faith.

You're doing better than me Fred! Grin

As a cynical person who has studied history and follows the news, I can believe in just about anything too - no faith required! Wink
omg 40, i love that response.
44  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: June 17, 2014, 02:18:14 PM
Surveillance technology use is more addictive than crack AFAICT.

One reason why I never participated in any project that involved monitoring people was because I have seen what this technology does to the people who use it.
 (see attachment in previous post)
Do you feel the same about home surveillance of your own pad?
45  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: June 13, 2014, 10:04:55 PM
This is interesting.  Not in a generate discussion type of way (anything like that would probably end up in the basement), but interesting enough that I thought a wider audience might be interesting in seeing it.
 (see attachment in previous post)
i love things like this.
46  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: SwiftKey goes free (but you have to pay for themes) on: June 12, 2014, 03:53:19 PM
i don't actually like the press-and-hold feel of swype.  damn.  no perfect keyboard.
47  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: SwiftKey goes free (but you have to pay for themes) on: June 12, 2014, 12:56:06 PM

Really!? - my experience is the total opposite of yours and I own both Swiftkey and Swype. I found SwiftKey *much* more accurate and this compensates for the limited suggestions. SwiftKey has made KISS an art.

The trick about swyping is: Only swype relatively well known words, if you swype rarely used words or names typing is much faster.
yea, i was surprised to.  By the way, i only decided this today!  it sounds like swiftkey is much more accurate for only common words.  for less common words, it's not.  now, apparently, i don't like trying to figure out whether a word is common or not so i type vs. swype.  that's too much thinking per sentence for me.  that's why i'm leaning towards swype where i can do the same thing for each word.

swype isn't perfect either.
48  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: SwiftKey goes free (but you have to pay for themes) on: June 12, 2014, 11:50:57 AM
I've been a little annoyed at swiftkey lately.  sometimes, there's no way to swype a particular word, so you end up trying about 3 times and then give up and type it.  I don't know of a good way around this.

i like the swyping style and swiftkey overall, just need a couple of things to be really powerful.

I just went back to trying swype, and i think swype is the better product.  you have more predictions to choose from.  the accuracy seems to be better also.
49  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: June 08, 2014, 04:26:48 PM
I'm in the minority here. Sad I didn't think too badly of 'Melancholia' - don't remember it too well... viewed it quite a while back but I've rated it a 7 on IMDB. I'm smitten with Kirsten "Fangs" Dunst, so that may have had something to do with it.
And I didn't think 'Oculus' was particularly interesting. 'The Conjuring' was the only horror that did it for me this year, had some seriously creepy bits.

My recommendations:
 (see attachment in previous post)Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' - Not his best but it has Anderson's characteristic quirky feel and is an out-and-out visual masterpiece.
 (see attachment in previous post)O Som Ao Redor (Neighboring Sounds) - I adore Brazilian flicks, love their realism. The plot is mostly easygoing but kept me engrossed throughout. And there just might be something more going on than appears on the surface. Wink

yes for grand budapest!  freaking loved that movie, i had a great time!  I know the wes anderson style is becoming a bit familiar, but I don't mind one bit so far.  keep them coming, i love these movies.

Did you guys see the SNL spoof on wes anderson?  So accurate!  lolol!
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSEzGDzZ1dY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSEzGDzZ1dY</a>
50  Special User Sections / Adventures of Baby Cody / Re: Baby Cody 2014! on: June 06, 2014, 04:42:27 PM
I believe that superboyac still has him (hostage).   tongue

tellme poor Cody (lol)

You guys act like COdy is this nice, sweet, innocent bird.  The guy is troublemaker, I swear.  I can't even begin to tell you the trouble he got into here.
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