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  • Android Activist since 2010
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comment Disabling/Changing PIN on Android device: where are the disabled flag and new PINs stored (SIM or internal storage)?
It's a SIM pin, Android has nothing to do with it. A factory-reset won't restore your "old" pin, and switching the SIM to another device will require you to enter the new pin there. So strictly speaking, this is not even an Android question ;)
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comment Retrieving lost SIM PIN and PUK
I can. It might be encrypted or hashed. Just take a look at system passwords on Linux: /etc/passwd doesn't have them anymore, and /etc/shadow just stores hashes – so not even root can read them. That's how security is supposed to work: root might be able to change a password, but should not be able to read (compromise without the user's knowledge).
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comment Cannot connect to wi fi connection, wpa/wpa2
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about asking for help on illegal activities ("how to hack my neighbors network").
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comment Cannot connect to wi fi connection, wpa/wpa2
Best advice: Ask the owner of the network for allowance.
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comment Retrieving lost SIM PIN and PUK
For the same reason it doesn't display passwords?
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comment Disabling/Changing PIN on Android device: where are the disabled flag and new PINs stored (SIM or internal storage)?
Just to #1: My guess is it's stored on the SIM – since when I've disabled it, and then put the SIM into another (factory-reset) device, I was not asked for a PIN again. Just experience, not knowledge – hence a comment, not an answer :)
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comment How do I make “Groups” the default view for my contacts?
That very much depends on the phonebook app implementation. I've just noticed my LG Optimus lets me modify the order of tabs – an option not available on my other devices running the same version of Android. So this might depend on what manufacturers modified – which means it would help to name your device, Android version, and ROM :)
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comment Undesired download of Baidu Browser
Is your device rooted? Though "killed off most of the bloatware" suggests as much, I'd better make sure before posting "the wrong answer" :)
Dec
15
revised LG Optimus 4X HD - unlock bootloader?
integrated facts from the comments
Dec
15
comment LG Optimus 4X HD - unlock bootloader?
Glad to read it finally worked out! You might consider accepting the answer then (click the check-mark next to it), as it solved your issue. This way others can easily recognize the problem has a solution :)
Dec
15
comment Conditional Formating for Exchange Server
@AndrewT. I'm not sure it would be welcome there, as it doesn't really look like a dev question. "copy of code" IMHO rather refers to the HTML code to embed in mail templates. OTOH, I'm neither sure whether it fits here, or rather belongs to the "server end" of Exchange. // Joshua: It's pretty unclear what exactly you're asking. There's no such thing as an "Kit Kat exchange server". You might need to edit your question and elaborate a little more – unless it falls in one of the two aforementioned categories, which would make this question off-topic here.
Dec
15
comment Nexus 5 > Lollipop upgrade notification lost
As Peter wrote, 5.0 had many issues. AFAIK they (preparing to) rollout 5.0.1 already. So you might have been lucky to skip 5.0 – and just have to wait for the "next round".
Dec
15
comment LG Optimus 4X HD - unlock bootloader?
Thought so (that was what mine was running until a few weeks ago). No chance to unlock your bootloader without upgrading to v20 before AFAIK. Mine is on V20C now. Battery consumption is horrible compared to V10H :( I'm considering to try a custom ROM, reports seem to indicate better battery time then...
Dec
15
answered How do I transfer contacts from one phone to the other without a SIM card?
Dec
14
comment Installing custom ROMs: since most Android systems don't have a ROM, isn't this a misnomer?
You've tagged your question with the rom tag. Have you checked the corresponding tag-wiki? Find an explanation there. // Hint: Many of our tag-wikis hold good descriptions and first-aid, so it's always worth checking them :)
Dec
14
comment Recovering lost or stolen phone (security and feasability considerations)?
Though theoretically there might be ways to accomplish something like that (with a special mini-boot partition etc.), I've not heard from that in praxis. If it were there, I'm pretty sure someone would have discovered this. I have no definitive answer; all I can say is it's pretty unlikely.
Dec
14
comment Recovering lost or stolen phone (security and feasability considerations)?
You really believe that CMOS battery is powering the boot? Try disconnecting all power then, and "WakeOnLan" it up. I'd be surprised if you'd even get a response. No, that CMOS battery is just to keep your BIOS config, basically. There wouldn't be enough power in that to feed a data transmission.
Dec
14
comment Is this notification that keeps coming up on my phone a virus?
No, it's definitely not a virus (there are none for Android) :) Lie's explanation is showing the most likely culprit (I forgot about window.alert()). So stick to the second half of my last comment (avoiding the site causing this until they've fixed it). You never know what happens when you confirm the request. Maybe they just want to "shock you" – but maybe they want to install some malware in the next step.
Dec
14
comment How to use GPS without using Google Location Services
GPS is separate from this. I've never tried any "fail-over", so I'm not sure how it behaves with GPS enabled but no fix. My guess is it would simply chose the "most accurate set", and thus (without GPS fix) use the cell tower location – but I'm not sure.
Dec
14
revised Unable to start chinese tablet even after installing recovery
Improved formatting