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My thoughts on the Windows Phone November 20, 2012

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I can’t stand it. Those fucking tiles – really, who thought that would be a good idea? I like the icon view in Android much better.

So you can tell – I won’t be getting a Windows phone. Nice try Microsoft but I’m even dreading jumping to Windows 8 because of that tiled interface. It’s ugly, cluttered and not what I want.

Stuffing an image file onto an SD card for the Raspberry Pi October 17, 2012

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Well – it isn’t so easy on Windows of any flavor. Microsoft in their wisdom uses a fucked way of referencing devices.

First I had to find a program to wipe the SD card. A little application called appropriately, DiskErase to the rescue.

Then, because I needed a way to stuff the image, I found a windows version of the popular Linux tool ‘dd’ = disk dump. But not just disks but files too.

Now I’m used to doing it this way:

dd bs=1M if=/dev/sda0/home/tonypo/file.txt of=tonypo.img and it’s done.

But on windows dd instead of using ‘of’ (output file, if is input file) you have to use od (output device)

So in my case it’d be:

dd if=2012-09-18-wheezy-raspbian.img od=F:

F: is my SD card. So with that in mind I can now successfully flash images to an SD card. Yippee!

Check your Samsung/Android phone October 12, 2012

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Apparently there’s a scam going on where you’ll visit a web site that has a tel: link and it downloads a Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) code that can wipe the data on the phone. You can try it out yourself by dialing *#06# – if your phone’s IMEI code comes up – you’re susceptible.

You can download an app called Lookout in the Google Play store. That way if you get a text to visit a link it’ll ask if you want to scan it and you’re protected.


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