Archive for September, 2009

Android 1.6 (Donut) ROM Images have been released by Google and HTC

September 30, 2009
Google has released Donut (i.e. 1.6) ROM images. HTC’s images for ADP1 and the Google I/O device can be found at These images are NOT T-Mobile images so they can’t be flashed onto a stock T-Mobile G1 without either installing a modified recovery image or using fastboot (see this posting on XDA-Developers for links to the necessary tools and information). The page has 1.0, 1.1, 1.5 and 1.6 ROMs along with fastboot, radios and instructions. Note that HTCs ROMs were signed with test keys so flashing without wiping or running fix_permissions (see here for the thread on XDA-Developers or here for the Cyanogenmod issue) means your apps can’t access their data. Watch the HTC site because Google says they’re working with HTC to correct the problem and get new ROM images uploaded (see this Google Groups posting for details)


Back up Android-proprietary files

September 28, 2009

In the wake of the Cyanogen cease and desist letter, this will let YOU, the user, grab all the files from your current ROM that shouldn't/won't be distributed by unauthorized ROM cooks. You can then incorporate them yourself.

Finally posted an entry at the old tonys-links pointing here

September 25, 2009
It took a while but I’ve finally updated my old main blog with a pointer to this one (well, these, since my Posterous blog autoposts to my WordPress blog, too). Let me know what you think and which you prefer.

Run your Android phone’s GUI from your desktop

September 9, 2009

Hook your Android phone up to your desktop via USB cable, launch an open-source JNLP app and you've got your Android's GUI, live on your desktop! You can do everything from the desktop GUI that you can do from your phone — launch and interact with apps, change settings, stream music, whatever. The post over at XDA-Developers is and the project itself is and did I say it's free? And it's open source.


September 7, 2009

The fountains at Plaza de Cesar Chavez in San Jose during the Tapestry Arts festival.

Paella at Tapestry Arts Festival in San Jose

September 7, 2009


Local Library Books and Music on your Sony Reader

September 3, 2009
We’ve heard this is coming. Lots of local libraries are supporting Sony’s Reader with ebooks, audiobooks and music available for online checkout. Of course, you don’t need the Reader to to read/listen to them on your computer or many other mobile devices but if you’re so inclined, I think this gives Sony a leg up on the Kindle.

Squeezebox Radio announced

September 3, 2009
 Engadget reports that Logitech announced Squeezebox Radio and Squeezebox Touch today at $199 and $299, respectively. I’ve got two of what they now call the Squeezebox Classic and am incredibly happy with them — I use them every day. I stream my music collection and listen to Internet Radio Squeezecenter installed on my Buffalo Linkstation Pro (not available anymore) and back it all up to a Buffalo Linkstation Quad. The portability of the radio makes it a pretty attractive addition — smaller than the Boom (with smaller sound) and an optional battery pack.

Make a font of your own handwriting … free!

September 2, 2009

Picked this little goody up from is a website that will convert a scanned image of your handwriting into a font that you can use. I've seen commercial services that do this as long ago at the early 90s and there may be other free services that do this but this is the first one that's come to my attention. Print out a template, fill it in, scan it in PNG or GIF format and upload it to their website. They'll convert it and you can download your new font. This also works if you're a Mac user. If you're a LInux user, you'll have to use one of the Linux tools to convert Windows fonts to X11 format.