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I'm a PhD student in computational biology at the University of Birmingham in the UK. I've been programming steadily for nearly 15 years, though rarely professionally. I started programming in C, took an unpleasant detour through VB6 then learnt Java, C++ and most recently, Python.


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Dec
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reviewed Approve how to root Galaxy SL GT i9003 for DDLF2
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awarded  Popular Question
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comment Nexus 7 says it's charging but it isn't
Well, if you want to go against everything the mobile manufacturers say, more power to you! Enjoy your amazing battery life!
Dec
31
comment Nexus 7 says it's charging but it isn't
"Calibrating" a Li-ion battery the way you do will cause the battery life to be reduced drastically. Don't do this.
Dec
16
comment l2_hsic prevents my device from Deep Sleep. How to fix it?
@Flow: Is there currently a manufacturer that regularly updates ~16 month old phones (the time difference between the Galaxy S release and the release of ICS)?
Dec
16
comment l2_hsic prevents my device from Deep Sleep. How to fix it?
Just to add, newer versions of CM10-based ROMs don't seem to have this problem (it went away for me at least).
Dec
16
comment What are the Android 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich Easter Eggs?
Hey! This works in JB too, except that the stuff is Jellybean themed :D
Dec
13
comment How to get the camera's auto white balance to work on a Nexus 4
I see a lot more noise on the Nexus images. What is the ISO set to? There is a possibility that it is set too high or that the cameras are making different decisions if it is set to auto.
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awarded  Citizen Patrol
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comment Is it possible to Boot into Safe Mode on an Android Device as a Precautionary Measure If Required?
It's a program that allows you to (among other things) connect to your phone from your PC and get a shell (command prompt). It's part of the Android Software Development Kit (developer.android.com/tools/help/adb.html).
Dec
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comment Is it possible to Boot into Safe Mode on an Android Device as a Precautionary Measure If Required?
@AlEverett: Good point. I've never needed anything but recovery mode on Android, but safe mode would have helped when an app b0rked my phone a while ago. I owe the ClockworkMod devs a beer for enabling ADB via recovery.
Dec
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comment Is it possible to Boot into Safe Mode on an Android Device as a Precautionary Measure If Required?
What do you wish to achieve with "Safe Mode"? On Windows, this merely disables non-essential drivers and services. There aren't too many of those on an embedded system like Android.
Nov
20
comment Minimal set of .apk files to enable Google Play
PS: What you want is one of the Froyo versions, depending on your device's resolution (white background in the version information column). VirusTotal says those files are clean. Also, I scanned the "passion" files you've linked to. They're clean too, according to VirusTotal. Did you scan the URL or did you download, then scan?
Nov
20
comment Minimal set of .apk files to enable Google Play
That should not be possible unless goo.im has been compromised. Goo.im is the recommended source for Google Apps for Android, even the CyanogenMod team recommends it. Personally, I would guess that it's a false positive, but how much to trust the word of a random guy on the internet is up to you ;).
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comment Minimal set of .apk files to enable Google Play
Do you have root? A custom recovery? If so, just flashing the gapps package from goo.im/gapps should do it.
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comment Why has my GSIII's battery life dropped from 50-60 hours to 16 hours?
BetterBatteryStats should still work on an unrooted phone, though with reduced functionality. You could try installing it from the Play Store ($2.49) to see if you can see kernel wakelocks without root. There is also a free copy available (legally) from the developer, but that is really intended for those people who can't use the Play Store to buy apps, so I'm not going to link to it here.