Monday, February 27, 2017

My Nubia died, and other news

Happened on 25th Feb. What happened was I put it in my rucksac as I was riding a motorcycle back from some trekking, and my trousers didn't have a decent pocket. When I reached home, took out the phone for downloading all the awesome photos I took on the trip, and it was dead as a rock. Tried to revive it using charger, nothing. Then connected it to laptop and saw a USB malfunction error, means either the port is damaged or the board is damaged. So a f*#+ moment. Called zte customer care no and got address of nearby service center. Lets see what they say.
On the other news, haven't yet gotten around to get a TV or monitor for the pi3, so its sitting quiet, waiting.
Ubuntu translation continues in my free time on - about 170066 strings remaining.
Nothing much else.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Ubuntu Translations Update

For last few months I have been hammering Mr translations for Ubuntu on It's exciting. As of this date Marathi is top translated Indian language for Ubuntu. The count of untranslated strings is still too high - 170601 as of this post, but I'm hammering at it one string at a time.
Sadly there are not many contributors. Maybe if I could recruit even a handful of people that would increase the pace many fold. But I'm not much social and so refrain from it.
Well, That's it. But I'm happy to note that I love this work.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

TCP IP blues, Nokia C5 5MP audio, using Aqua Fish as daily driver etc.

TCP IP blues
Recently the project I'm currently working at job started sending some
diagnostic data from vehicle to server. I was involved in the vehicle
side development. So it was UT time. Found out manually testing the
various datasets is painful. So to automate this, I used my Qt skills
and hammered together a small TCP IP client for sending prepared
datasets to remote server. This will help us in UT.
Nokia C5 5MP audio quality
I have the old Nokia which my sister abandoned after shifting to
Android. I have put some songs on it and use it as a Mp3 player. And
funny thing is its audio quality is superb. As compared to my android
phone - Nubia Z9 Mini, wife's Honor 5x the Nokia sounds better. I
don't know why, but it just is better. An actual metric would be this:
the Nokia can comfortably drive my Sennheiser HD 439 while with both
the droids, the sound is tiny. Sucks!!!
Using Intex Aqua Fish as daily driver
I'm using the Aqua fish as a daily driver for about a week now. The
thing is my sister's Unbranded android phone is on the brink of death
and I'm going to hand over my Nubia Z9 Mini to her. Instead I'm going
to use Aqua Fish as my daily driver. If it fails somehow I have the
Nokia C5 to fall back on. But so far Aqua Fish is working out quite
well. The telephony is alright, though there can be some improvements
in dual SIM use cases. And it doesn't connect to WPA Enterprise
networks, so no more office WiFi. And the cameras are meh - but not
going to use them as much anyway.
So that's it for this little bit of a while.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Another update in the works for sailfish os

Just read about the latest update which was given out to early release testers for sailfish. 
It's version 2.1 and it updates qt to 5.6, users bluez5 for Bluetooth, and contains a bootload of bug fixes. 
Feeling excited. 

Trying out nougat dev builds for Nubia Z9 mini

So back at the end of Jan the dev builds for Android 7.1.1 started up on mokeedev. 
I didn't want to go for them till they had a stable release out. But eventually I got bored and one fine evening downloaded the latest nightly and gappa for Android 7 and went ahead. 
The installation was similar. On first bootup I had a surprise - a lot of apps wont start. Looking around I found out that the permissions are reset. The apps should be asking for permission instead of crashing. But anyway, I enabled various permissions for apps based on my knowledge. It sorted out about half of them. The remaining stubborn or rather badly coded apps I reinstalled from store. Then they all worked fine. 
Performance wise there's not much difference. The overall experience seems a bit smoother. Battery life is similar to Marshmallow. 
There are not many crashes, just an occasional app hiccuping once in a while. Functions are not complete e.g. USB tethering doesn't work yet. Otherwise camera is fine, calling is fine, sms work, all the sensors are fine. So overall the Nougat Mokee ROM is quite stable. And maybe we will soon have a release. 
Let's see. Cheers for the Mokee team.