Friday, July 7, 2017

How to make headphones comfortable

It is summer time, your headphones become hot and sweaty. Here comes the fix:

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The best version of Yandex

17.1.2.339.  Older versions cannot block some sites' pop up ads, such as 6park.com, and no option to save passwords for many sites. Newer versions have the tableau totally messed up.

Yandex

[in Chinese]

老的版本不能阻挡一些网站的恶性弹出广告,比如6park.com,很多的网站也不提示密
码保存。新的版本呢,常去网站的标签一塌糊涂,名不相符。

我衷心感谢Yandex终于做了一个在手机和平板上真正能替代桌面电脑的浏览器。从用PDA那
时候开始,我就一直梦想这么个浏览器。我现在很少带电脑出门了,因为这下手机上都可以做了。
  • 能无极缩放,又能自动满行,还有阅读模式。
  • 能记住所有网站的密码。当然你也可以选择不记。
  • 支持所有的电脑上的Chrome和Opera的插件,也就是这个浏览器无所不能。
  • 页面整洁,不像Chrome和UCWEB里的有些字太大、有些字又太小。
  • 看Youtube没有广告(不需要安装任何插件),自动全屏。
  • 不像UCWEB和Chrome那样发热耗电。
  • 写了一半的帖,reboot后都还在,一字不漏。
  • 地址栏在下面,很贴心(平板时还是在上面)。

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Two big problems with Le S3

Encountered two big issues with the Le S3:

1) No android.net.conn.CONNECTIVITY_CHANGE broadcast, apps are not aware of network changes, such as register loss of SIP after switching from WiFi to mobile data or vice versa.

2) No setExactAndAllowWhileIdle(), apps cannot do things periodically, such as register of SIP every 15 minutes.

The result is: communication-based apps become totally unreliable. Seems a general issue of such Chinese phones.

[Solution] Install the unofficial LOS 13.

 [In Chinese]

一是没有android.net.conn.CONNECTIVITY_CHANGE广播。没有这个广播,apps无法知道
网络有没有变化。自Android 5.0一来,这个广播总是乱广播、误广播,所以我在我自
己的app里对这个广播做仔细的过滤。我能理解乐视的工程师为什么要这么干,但是这
是典型的中国式的不守规矩,在美国不能也这么干的。

二是没有setExactAndAllowWhileIdle()。没有这个,apps无法定时做一些事情。比
如Sipdroid每15分钟要注册一次,就没法子了。我也能理解在流氓软件遍地的中国,为
什么乐视的工程师要这么以流氓的方式对付流氓,但是你在美国卖这个手机,就不能这
样耍流氓。

这里一位老兄也遭遇到了这些问题,他说中国的手机大多都这么干:

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/40931966/android-alarmmanager-setexactandallowwhileidle-and-wakefulbroadcastreceiver-no

需要用手机干正经事的,还是不能买这些国产手机。Axon 7我没有真正使用过,不知道
是不是也是这样,多半没有,因为中兴和华为已经在美国卖了很多年的手机了,应该没
有这么重的流氓习气。

对于不是码农的普通用户来说,结果是网络活动不牢靠,比如微信和邮件不能及时推送
到手机上,Hangouts之类的漏电话,定时的事件不会按时发生。。。好处是省电,类似
于苹果那样的流氓加恶霸式的强行关后台。

是的,我已经在电池管理里面折腾过了,没效果。

【解决办法】刷unofficial LOS 13,一切问题都没有了。


Monday, June 19, 2017

How to solve the touch issue of ZTE K88

If you experience touch issues, you must update your Trek 2 HD. It is a very tricky process though.

First thing first, you must insert an active SIM card that uses AT&T network, such as H2O or AT&T prepaid (goPhone). You don't need to enable data, you can disable it, but you should use AT&T's APN.



Now connect your tablet to Internet via WiFi. Wait for a while for the auto update to start. Once started, you can see downloading activity in the WiFi icon:



If no go, reboot.

If still no go, force update manually. Go to settings and AT&T Software Update, Check for Updates. If it goes through, all good. If not, saying "try again after 24 hours", then you need to change your phone's date one day ahead (tomorrow). Then reboot, wait for a while for it to auto update. If no go, try manually update again. If fails again, repeat.

You have to update to B29 or B33, to solve the touch problem.


How dual-SIM phone work

Dual-SIM phones are not new, but until recently they were not good enough for both voice and data. The ZTE Axon 7 is the one that represents the new generation of dual-SIM phones.



An alternative is the Le S3 for about $150. It lacks some Verizon bands though and it cannot make calls with a Verizon SIM; LTE data only. The Mini version of the Axon 7 is very similar to the Le S3 on these regards; so is the Le Pro 3.


With such a dual-SIM phone, you can use the cheapest or best services for voice and data separately. For example, you can use a Tracfone or ExpoMobile SIM for very cheap and good voice calls on Verizon network while using a T-Mobile SIM for data. You may also use a Truephone SIM for free voice calls and text while using another SIM for data on T-Mobile, Verizon or AT&T. Such a dual-SIM phone is also extremely handy when you travel in another country including China.

Two big issues with Le S3

Friday, May 12, 2017

Netgear N300, a good router for $17

My old D-Link DIR615 finally decided to quit after many years and recently I had to restart it daily. Saw some $17 routers in Walmart, Netgear and Belkin, and decided to give them a try. I grabbed the last Netgear N300, model WNR2000v5, while many Belkin's were still there.



Setup was extremely easy and configuration was all done by itself. All I did was open "www.routerlogin.net" on my computer to confirm that I want it as an AccessPoint. I always use a netbook as a flexible and powerful router and home server for everything.

Much faster and better coverage than before. Now I can watch local HDTV stations over WiFi smoothly. Wish I had done this earlier.



It is a very small box standing up. No extruding antennas. The case is full of heat-dispense holes, ice cold to touch, a good sign of many years of smooth servicing.



Although insanely cheap, it has a power button! saving the hassle to unplug and replug the power in case a reboot is needed. Even more incredible, a WiFi on/off button too, above the WPS button.



In Chinese:

用了多年的D-Link终于开始不稳定了,需要每天重启一下。在Walmart看到Netgear和Belkin的N300都是$17,就捡了一个回来。Belkin还有一堆,Netgear只剩最后一个,所以挑了Netgear。

设置非常简单,我只启用了Access Point模式,然后全是它自己设定。

比以前快多了,覆盖也广多了。以前看当地高清台(MEPG2)时很卡,现在完全流畅了,后悔没早点换掉。

很小,立着,不占地方,天线没在外面。盒子上几乎全是散热孔,一点都不热,冰凉的,应该能多用几年。这么便宜的东西,居然还有个电源开关!需要重启的时候不用拔电源。甚至还有一个WiFi开关!当然WPS按钮也有。

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

NIkon D3300 Shutter Shock

Small compact cameras suffer from shutter shock. Mirroless cameras now have solved this issue by using electronic first curtains. It is nice that Nikon makes small DSLR's like the D3300, but they should deal with this shutter shock issue.

If shutter speed is within 1/30 to 1/250, the images look slightly blurry. Not very bad, but noticeable. Because this is the mostly used shutter speed range, so you almost never get tack sharp images with D3300.

With the 18-55 VR II kit lens, these are shot at 1/15 and 1/320, respectively, and both are tack sharp:



But at 1/160, it is not as sharp as above:

 

Even at 1/30 and 1/250, the differences are still there:



With the 55-200 VR II kit lens, results are similar.

Tack sharp at 1/15 and 1/320:



The worst is around 1/60 - 1/80:




Compared to the 18-55, 1/250 and even 1/200 are not that bad:



As you see, the worst case is still not too bad and you may simply forget about this issue and just shoot at any shutter speed. But, if you want an image that's totally tack sharp, then avoid speeds from 1/30 to 1/250.

As long as you can avoid shutter shock, these kit lenses and D3300 produce excellent sharpness, very close to my Sony 35mm/1.8 on a5100, far beyond what an entry level kit usually suggests.

Some interesting discussions and reviews regarding shutter shock. D5300 and D5500 also have this issue.