New Phone: Oneplus one

So, it was time for a new phone again! After having had both a Samsung S2 and a Samsung Note 2, I was getting increasingly agitated over the lockdowns, restrictions and excessive bloatware that those phones had. Which means I wanted either a Nexus phone with the Google experience, or something completely different. When the OnePlus One came out I was amazed at the price, and specs of the device, and the fact that it was shipped with CyanogenMOD as default. After seeing about a dozen reviews I finally decided to get one.

Unfortunately it was not that easy… You see Oneplus requires an invite by another person that has bought the Oneplus. This is really a quite clever marketing ploy, unfortunately this creates a couple of problems. One: People get very upset because they can’t buy the phone they want, which in turn makes people grow bored of waiting for invites and buy something else. Two: This creates a huge black market for the sale of actual invites. I’ve seen invites being sold on eBay for up to $100, and that’s just for the INVITE to buy a phone.

So after a while I figured out that there was actually a Chinese version of Oneplus one being freely available to buy in China. No invites, no black market scams and no waiting. I managed to track down a page called SpeMALL that had the phones in stock, and that were able to ship outside China.

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Eight years old!

So I didn’t realize until now, but the domain jumpingmushroom.com turned eight now in April! I’m impressed that I have been able to keep the domain for that long.

So there is a little back story on how I ended up with this domain. The name itself came from an old scene demo I saw at Norvegia LAN party in Skien back in early 2000. I can’t recall which one it was, but I’m sure you can find it here under either 2001 or 2002 Norvegia. The demo consisted mostly of pulsating mushrooms, or “junping” mushrooms in my case, and they inspired med to get the domain.

Initially I bought the domain through Netbox, and had my mail, hosting, dns etc there for quite a while. However, I did not like their control panel, and when they decided to leave all the old customers (ie. me) on the same system, while moving newer customers to their new interface; I decided it was time to move somewhere else.

According to the whois information, the creation Date was: 2006-04-08 13:49:46 UTC, which means it was a Saturday. I’m not surprised that I decided to get a domain on Saturday, but I’m a bit confused about the time of day. Usually I make these odd decisions during the evening or night when I’m getting bored. Now, the time says UTC, which means it was really even earlier in the morning, 11:49 in fact, which means I must have either been pulling an all nighter, or I had just gotten out of bed with the idea for a new domain. Either way, I was living in Trondheim at the time, with no job and no doubt just wanted something to play around with.

That’s basically what I wanted to put out there at this time. I know this page has been neglected for a looong time (almost three years to be exact), but it doesn’t mean I don’t maintain it with security updates and move it with me where ever I set up my server. Hopefully I will get back to posting on it on a regular basis, but for now it’s just to celebrate that it’s still up.

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Most used apps and games for Android

After I got a new Samsung galaxy S II, I’ve been thinking about creating a summary of apps I enjoy using and share it with you. Maybe it will be inspirational for you to get these apps as well, or even get yourself an Android phone and join the march against Apples world domination?

These are the apps I use every day, and games I play to and from work (or when ever I get a little time to spare). Some cost money, others are free, but I feel that if you enjoy the trial, buy the game! The prices on the Android Market are so cheap, that it’s well worth investing some money to get the most out of your Android device.

Here goes!

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Favourite Android root apps

I just figured it would be fun to share a list of applications that I enjoy with my rooted Android.

drocap2
Screenshot app.
http://market.android.com/details?id=com.gmail.nagamatu.drocap2

Fast Uninstaller For Root
Uninstalls anything!
http://market.android.com/details?id=me.notenking.root

Root Call Blocker
Disconnect any caller or phone sales person directly.
http://market.android.com/details?id=fahrbot.apps.rootcallblocker.beta

Autostarts
Turn off auto starting applications so they don’t run unless you want them to.
http://market.android.com/details?id=com.elsdoerfer.android.autostarts

ClockSync
synchronise clock from a ntp server to make sure your phone time is correct.
http://market.android.com/details?id=ru.org.amip.ClockSync

LCD Density Changer
Change resolution on your phone to get even more workspace.
http://market.android.com/details?id=com.beansoft.lcd_density_changer

Quick Boot
Simple app to reboot, reboot into recovery or bootloader.
http://market.android.com/details?id=com.siriusapplications.quickboot

ROM Manager
Backup entire rom or flash new roms or kernels.
http://market.android.com/details?id=com.koushikdutta.rommanager

Root Explorer
Root access file manager.
http://market.android.com/details?id=com.speedsoftware.rootexplorer

SD Speed Increase
Speed up SD card read access.
http://market.android.com/details?id=com.sdincrease.it

SetCPU
Scale cpu on demand to preserve battery.
http://market.android.com/details?id=com.mhuang.overclocking

Tegrak Overclock Ultimate
Overclock cpu (requires overclockable kernel)
http://market.android.com/details?id=com.tegrak.overclock.ultimate

Titanium Backup PRO
Backup all user and system applications and settings, and restore after rom upgrade. Supports even dropbox storage.
http://market.android.com/details?id=com.keramidas.TitaniumBackupPro

Hope this guide shows how useful a root of your Android phone might be, and encourages you to do it also.

Mediacenter automation

This will just be a quick update on various things I have managed to put together after getting a Synology DS410j NAS, which in turn gives me completely automatic downloading and sorting of any Movie or TV series I would like.

Tools used:
Sick Beard
Couch Potato
Transmission
Sorting script

These tools combined give you a system able to download, rename and sort any tv-series or movie, and will even update your mediacenter (XBMC, Plex etc) with the new content. Hell, it will even notify you via twitter when it’s done downloading!

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Instant entertainment

Ever wondered if there’s a way to have all the TV-Shows you would ever want directly delivered to your media centre as soon as it’s available online? Over the last years I’ve experimented with several ways of automatic download, sorting and management of my shows, and I think I have found a setup that works according to my needs.

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Time to change appartment again

Has it really been half a year already? Apparently so, because we are in the processes of moving yet again. Our current apartment in Edsberg Centrum (Sollentuna) was only for 6 months, and we were not able to renew it, so we had to find a new place.

There were tons of stress when we first was informed about the fact that we had to move. Mostly because it came a bit like a surprise on us. We knew that we were going to have to move sooner or later, but what we didn’t know was that it time would fly so fast in Stockholm. When it was three weeks left, we started thinking of emergency solutions in case we didn’t find anything. I think we settled with storing everything at a storage facility and finding a hotel room that was cheap enough to live in for a month. Then, all of a sudden, after sending tons and tons of mails to various apartments, we got invited to come look at an apartment. And it actually turned out being a really nice one! And the best of all, the landlord for the apartment was a total geek and we ended up talking more about servers and work then the actual apartment. I think that’s made us get the place.

So, new apartment, and opposite side of town. This time we’ll be living in Rågsved,which is actually just about 20-ish minutes from my work, and about 30min from Alinas job. Really perfect placement, and the apartment itself is really nice. Not as big as what we had, but we never managed to fill up that apartment with things anyway. We have arranged for friends helping with the moving this weekend, and have a whole week to clean out the old one.

This time I will try to take some photos of the new place and post them here. For some reason I never got around to posting pictures of the old one.

And of course, the apartment has 100/100 fibre connection. Priorities, I know!

Make your iPhone feel new again

Most people these days are starting to get tired of their iPhones, and are looking for places to maybe clench their thirst for gadgetry, either by buying one of the many Android phones out there, like the Nexus one or the Droid. However, for us mortals that don’t have that much cash to throw around on new gadgets, you can do some minor adjustments and make your iPhone feel new and exciting.
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Finding the right domain

Having worked with domains now for well over a year, I’ve realized that I actually should try finding a domain that better suits me as a mail address domain. Right now my domain is a bit hard for people to get when I write it down on paper.

I have a few options:

– I could try buying up the .no/.com domain I want from another owner, but the downside would be that I might have to end up paying allot of money for it.

– I could get an obscure ccTLD (Country code Top-Level domain), but the problem then is, normal people don’t know about that many extensions. The main extensions are .com/.net/.org and for Norwegians it’s .no. Having an extension like .sh, .tc, .cx or .la as an extension would just confuse people.

– Another option is to simply sit and wait for a domain to “maybe” expire and steal it before it’s re-registered by the owner, but this involves allot of waiting, and domains these days usually don’t expire unless the owner does not pay for it.

I might just ending up with the second solution. It’s not the best, but I don’t want to pay allot of money, and I can’t be bothered waiting for the domain I want to be released. I am monitoring the domains, and will no doubt snatch it if it does release, but I can always forward mail to another domain when I get it.

If you have any suggestions to what domain I should try to go for, please don’t hesitate to drop me a note!

Sleeping patterns

Ever since Christmas I’ve been playing around with this fairly new iPhone app. It’s called Sleep cycle alarm and basically what it does, is registering your movement during sleep, and wakes you up at a time within 30 minutes prior to your set time, when you are most awake.

After some time using it, I must say it’s working very well! Every time I’ve woke up with it, I’ve been feeling more awake then when using my regular alarm. All tough this might be my subconscious tricking me, I don’t really care. It feels better to wake up, and I get graphs of my sleeping patterns, which are always great fun.

Below you will see a collection of graphs with the sleep statistics from 27 December until today. These represent how I have slept during this time,  and  according to the latest statistics on my phone, I sleep an average of 6 hours and 46 minutes every night.

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I can highly recommend anyone with an iPhone having problems feeling tired and agitated when getting up in the morning,  to try this app. Just remember, you have to use it for at least 3 days for the app to properly register your sleeping patterns and wake you up at the best possible time. In the beginning it will wake you up precisely at the set hour, but after the initial registrations, it will start waking you up earlier.