Saturday, January 20, 2018

Using an Android phone with busted power button

I have a number of old phones. Mostly they just hang around in a box of all other computer hardware. I have two smartphones, one feature phone and one dumb phone. 
First one is Intex Aquafish. Great phone, but since it can't connect to my office network (Crazy!!!), can't really use it. 
Next one is Karbonn S1 Plus which is ancient now. Gifted this to sister, she used it for 2.5Yrs., and by then it was quite busted. Battery gone, frame cracked, power button barely working, and horizontal white lines on screen. I gifted another phone to sister. But this phone is not totally dead. I replaced the battery for 300Rs and reset the phone. Turns out it works fine as a standalone GPS navigator. So that's it. Its hanging around like that. 
Next one is a Nokia C5. This was the first phone I gifted to sister, before the Karbonn. It works fine, but no it's quite obsolete. No wifi, Symbian etc etc. But the thing is it's still a fine phone. I use this as mp3 player these days. Works great. 
I also have a Nokia 1280 dumbphone. But it's battery is dead and keyboard has all letters peeled off. So it's resting in the junk box. That's it. 

Coming back to the Karbonn S1 Plus. It's power button is almost dead. So I thought to see if there's something to be done on software side. After going through some links I found a nice app called Volume button to Power button. This triggers power button press on volume button press. It's not instant, but quite okay. And that means my main use case of unlocking the phone via power button is satisfied. 
There are a few other use cases like reboot and power on when phone is shut down. Few solution are provided for these too. Seem like it will work. Let's see. 

Friday, January 19, 2018

Not using Firefox anymore

Never thought I'll say bye bye to Firefox ever. But this week I did say bye bye. 
On pc Firefox is too slow and often unresponsive. Clearing profile and fresh install didn't help. 
On the other end, Vivaldi is so much more responsive, fast and light. Damn good. 
On mobile Firefox often won't connect to net. Don't know why. I'm using dolphin browser. Not as polished and with some weird preferences. But it works faster and is much lighter. 

So that's it. Adios Firefox. 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The case of a slow browser

I am an exclusive user of Firefox. Recently I got the Quantum upgrade. Firefox seems to have become faster. But it seems to have become more bloated. On my 1GB RAM entry level android, it often seems to be crawling. Same situation is on my laptop with 2GB RAM. The sites load fine but it just gets unresponsive once in a while. I have only one plugin - that is uBlock origin. And it's a necessity.
So I have decided to try other browser - something that's light and doesn't eat away the RAM like it's donated freely.
Lets see if I find anything.
The first one I tried out is Vivaldi. It's from Opera's former team. And it looks promising. I loaded gmail and google drive. It loaded quickly since I have good internet here. And the browser did not seem to be all that slow. Then I opened my tech blog and later opened one planning sheet which has quite a few excel formulas. At this point Firefox starts hitting RAM ceiling and starts getting slow. No such thing for Vivaldi. The RAM is peaked at 1.6GB out of 1.75GB. 
Well, I'm going to use this for a while and see how well it works out.