I just discovered the app Home Remote Control that allows me to use my Android device as a wireless keyboard/mouse to a Linux computer over
ssh. I just had to install
ethtool on the Linux machine to get things to work.
This is a good article that explains how USB charging works. Basically, avoid cheap chargers. For any reasonably good charger, the amperage of the charger doesn’t really matter so long as it exceeds what the device requires; that is, use a charger with at least 0.5 Amp if the device requires 0.5 Amp (what the original charger uses). Thus, it’s OK to use my 2 Amp chargers on most of my mobile device so things charge faster!
I just discovered Voodoo OTA Rootkeeper, which makes a backup copy of root (
su) and could restore root after any OTA update. I guess this is useful for me since I haven’t installed any custom roms on these two devices (yet) and am able to do OTA updates. The app does not work with all devices, but it works on my HTC Evo 3D phone and Asus Transformer Prime tablet.
Owned my HTC EVO 3D (rooted, stock rom) for almost half a year already and I have not gotten WiFi Tether working until now based on this post. I’m currently using version 3.9 Beta 9. To get tethering to work, I need to enable MSS clamping and Routing fix under Menu > Settings per this post. Yay! I can now tether when I’m away from home.
When I stream podcast files from Google Reader or play mp3 files, I like to be able to work on emails and other tasks. Most default music apps stops the music when another app is accessed. I found doubleTwist after some searching and it allows me to play music in the background. I don’t use it for it’s advertised features, syncing with iTunes.
I currently use AndFTP to download files remotely using the ftp or sftp protocol. For local file access, I use something like ASTRO File Manager or Linda File Manager. I recently discovered EStrong File Explorer, a file manager that lets me access both local and remote files. You can access or stream remote files directly without downloading it first. That is, you can select an mp3 file and play it with your favorite music app directly. It is like the remote server is mounted on the device like in Linux which makes file access feel seamless. Too bad streaming movie files like XviD is a little laggy with MX Video Player or Rockplayer Lite even when the server is on the local network.
To follow up on my recent post about Navit, a cross-platform map and GPS program that you can use on your laptop when on the road, I did a search for map/GPS programs on the Android platform that do not rely on a data connection. Like I mentioned in my previous post, I sometimes travel to locations where I do not have cellular signal (like in the mountains), which render Google Maps and my phone’s default navigation software useless. GPS signals are usually available as long as I’m outdoors (based on my personal experiences), so I hope to rely on a device with a GPS receiver with maps stored on it.
For the Android platform, I discovered MapDroyd and CoPilot from this thread. MayDroyd makes use of OpenStreetMaps like Navit and tangoGPS, and hence is free. CoPilot costs money.
To store map data on my phone, I’m going to need to buy a bigger micro SDHC card (32 GB?) since the entire planet data is over 6 GB and the Americas is over 2 GB.
This post describes how one can set up an ssh-encrypted proxy for browsing the web when connected to a public wifi. This post describes how to do so with an Android device. The gist is to have your proxy server request all internet contents, and pass over the information to you over an encrypted ssh tunnel.