Android freezing or hanging after updating to 4.3?

I upgraded my Galaxy S4 to Android 4.3 last week and since then it has quite frequently hung or frozen for 3-5 seconds randomly. Seems I’m not the only one to experience this but never fear, a factory reset fixed … Continue reading

Automatically add tagged Facebook photos to Google+ Albums (picasa)

Ever wanted to automatically add any pictures you’ve been tagged in on Facebook to your Google+ Albums? IFTTT (if this then that) can do this for you in a few simple steps. Step 1: Enable e-mail uploads to albums In … Continue reading

Mercurial Clone – abort: HTTP Error 500: Internal Server Error

When running Mercurial version 2.6.3 on my remote repo hosted over Apache, I could browse, download tar, view tags etc. but when cloning, consistently got a 500 error. C:\Users\Rob\Documents> hg clone http://myserver.com/myrepo/ LocalWorkspace http authorization required realm: Mercurial Repository user: … Continue reading

Rotational Backups with Bittorrent Sync and Rsync

I wrote a post last year on how to implement rotational backups, it worked great until I moved my backups to a VPS. The problem was that in my previous implementation, I had other users RSYNCing their backups through their own SSH … Continue reading

Monitoring Linux disk usage and notifying when it’s low

I’ve a couple of Linux servers that I don’t particularly pay much attention to monitoring manually but really don’t want to run out of disk space. The following is a little shell script that sends a message to my Phone … Continue reading

Google Location Reporting: Is Big Brother tracking you?

Ever wondered how much Big Brother is watching you? Android has some in-built Location Reporting services which, when turned on, monitor where you are every hour of the day. Wondered where you were at 2pm 3 month ago, or how … Continue reading

WordPress Android client fails with xmlrpc.php error

If you’re trying to use an Android (or IPhone) Client to connect a self-hosted WordPress blog and you receive the following error; here’s something that might resolve it: – Could not connect. Please enter the full path to xmlrpc.php on … Continue reading

Fix a corrupted media library on Android

I’ve had 3 occasions now where my Android’s Media Library has become corrupted. It’s manifested once as forced crashes of any Media playing application and twice as duplicate songs showing in the library (the duplicate not playable). To resolve the … Continue reading

“Android OS” draining battery

Just recently I’ve been having incredibly poor battery performance from my Galaxy S2. For the last few weeks I’ve attributed it to lots of data traffic, all of which was rolling up under the OS. It was only after spending … Continue reading