September 15, 2012 § Leave a comment
How to root a Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 ICS without a PC
I love my Galaxy Note. Yes it is huge (a Phablet as my friends call it) but I love it so there. It is also fantastically easy to root if you have ICS installed on it just follow these quick and easy steps and in 5 minutes you can be rooted and done without even having to touch a PC.
- Go to downloadandroidrom.com on your mobile browser of choice.
- Navigate to Galaxy Note -> Rooting -> ICS
- Download the following files and copy them to your microSD card (you MUST have a microSD card for this method of rooting):
- Boot into recovery mode (hold down volume up, the center button and the power button and do not release them until you see the recovery mode menu.
- Select apply update from external storage (scroll up and down with the volume rocker and select options with the power button.
- Select CWM.zip, this will load the ClockworkRecoveryMod.
- Select install zip from SD card (the interface supports touch input from here on in!).
- Choose zip from internal sdcard.
- Select CWM-SuperSU-v0.87.zip.
- Reboot your device and you should see a new app installed called SuperSU.
This process is perfectly safe however I take no responsibility if you do somehow break your phone using these instructions.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 2 specs leaked early, Jelly Bean included (androidcommunity.com)
- Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 Unlocked Phone – International Version (Blue) (battleofthegeeks.net)
- Samsung GT-N7100 benchmark leaks, could be the Galaxy Note II (mobigyaan.com)
August 6, 2012 § Leave a comment
Ok, for those of you who have been following my review of Outlook.com you know that I am generally impressed with it so far (although I have noticed some issues with the POP connector to my Gmail account, but I can’t help but feel this is more of a load thing for the new system and I will forgive them for now). I am so impressed with Outlook.com that I decided to get it up and running on my trusty Samsung Galaxy Note Phablet.
Now, this being an Android device, I don’t expect 100% seemless integration. What I do expect is a little love for one of the “Big Two” smartphone operating systems.What I get is a choice which is something akin to losing my left nut or right nut.
- POP Access (Yuck)
- Use the Hotmail App (Padded bra syndrome returns!)
Frankly, neither of these are acceptable. POP access for anything other than server to server communication should be taken out the back and shot like Old Yeller and the Hotmail app, whilst it does have a nice widget, doesn’t seem to sync folders from Outlook.com automatically so unless you store everything in your inbox good look finding your older email in a rush! I am going to assume this is a temporary situation and that Microsoft are going to sort us out with a nice dedicated app because with so many people now checking their email almost exclusively on their smartphone (and only a fraction of those smartphones using Windows Phone 7, despite it being quite good) surely Microsoft realize that the current situation is pretty poor?
I have promised to review the solution as is for now though and that means, to carry on using my previous analogy, losing a nut. So I have chosen to try struggling with the Hotmail app until something more suitable becomes available. And if anyone has any suggestions I am happy to listen.
OUTLOOK.COM HOTMAIL APP FOR ANDROID
The Hotmail app is, in itself, not a bad little app, its just not a good app either. It has the bare bones of what you need but lacks certain features I would consider key, like searching email. It supports push email, but for the battery conscious it supports timed and manual sync too. By default it saves the last 7 days of email in the folders you have selected to keep synced, and truncates messages at 25Kb unless you ask for the rest so in theory it wont take a nuke to your data plan. You can also sync your (Hotmail!) calendar and contacts, but I am holding off on that for now.
One nifty feature of the app however is the “Quiet Time” feature which allows you to set times and days where the app doesn’t sync and therefore doesn’t hassle you with notifications. This also engages if your battery is low which may help you scratch a few extra minutes of juice out of the bottom of your battery.
In general I am not a fan, and I am hoping for an update to the app soon as currently even the Gmail app for iOS is a better package than this (and that is saying something). Once again I can’t help but feel that Outlook.com has been pushed out the door and whilst beautiful, is only half dressed, and not in a good way.
- Microsoft Tries, Tries Again to Take on Gmail, This Time With Outlook.com (allthingsd.com)
- Ten Reasons to Love the New Outlook.com (labnol.org)
- Windows Phone 7 users can update their email addresses to Outlook.com without restore (pocket-lint.com)
August 4, 2012 § Leave a comment
So, having migrated all of my wonderful email data into Outlook.com it is time to try and sort it all out. I have an inbox containing every email I have ever recieved in the past 8 years and a list of contacts that contains all sorts of duplicates and other issues. Surprisingly, Outlook.com manages both of these issues with relative ease.
ORGANIZING EMAIL IN OUTLOOK.COM
To be honest, whoever came up with the email organization system for Outlook.com deserves a promotion, a pay rise and, to be honest, Steve Ballmer‘s job. Faced with 8 years worth of email I had it all filed away with relative ease in an hour or so and here is how.
Firstly a primer, for those of you who, like me, have been using Gmail for a while now we are used to labels. We shunned folders and started tagging everything and I was never sure this was the right option for email. Sure it is nice to be able to sort email in multiple different ways, but I never really had much need to apply more than one or two labels to any given email meaning my labels started acting like folders anyway. Outlook.com handles this beautifully. We are back to using folders, which I like, but we also have categories. Every email can exist in a single folder and have a single category and in my eyes this is perfect.
For example I have a folder for personal email, and into this folder goes all of my correspondence with friends, family and everyone else who really has no business actually talking to me. As you can appreciate this folder gets busy. By using categories however I can then flag certain emails as being from family, others from friends and so on and so forth. I have a shopping folder in which I have categories like receipts, shipping updates and the like. It is clean and neat.
The best feature for the initial scrubbing of my imported Gmail data however is the magic Sweep button. This is a stroke of genius as it essentially works as an ad-hoc mail rule. I deleted thousands of old Facebook emails with a single click by selecting one and having Outlook.com delete all from that sender. I filed every email from my Dad by highlighting just one, selecting the Family category (and selecting “Apply to all from”) and then Sweeping them into my personal email folder. This on-the-fly rule creation is just easier than Google’s solution.
ORGANIZING CONTACTS IN OUTLOOK.COM
After having such a simple time sifting through all of my old email I was drawn to sorting out my contacts almost immediately so I jumped over to the People module, clicked on the cleanup option and… Hotmail. Once again I found myself thrown back into that pastel blue hell. And the automated contact cleanup mechanism in Hotmail is, quite frankly, terrible. It doesn’t remember when you say no to merging contacts (meaning they keep appearing) and it is just generally poor at spotting duplicates. I gave up and dived back into the Outlook.com People module and used the link functionality to perform this manually per contact and it worked really well, it was just too time consuming and if I wasn’t suffering for the sake of you, my beautiful reader, I don’t think I would have bothered.
BACK TO EMAIL AND THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE ALIAS
Here is the stand up feature of Outlook.com for me. The alias. You can create any number of alias addresses (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org) and have them automatically shuffle off into separate folders, or have separate categories applied to them. No need for complex rules or filters. Why Google never did this I do not know because it is fantastic and has made my inbox far easier to manage than my Gmail ever was.
A WELL SORTED SUMMARY
Again, I like what I see so far with Outlook.com but I hate the fact that every now and again I get expelled to the internet hell that is Hotmail. Why did they not delay release and just finish the product? Everything in Outlook.com, the folders, the categories, the Sweep button (that I almost want to have sex with I love it so much) is so well thought out and looks so damn pretty. Every disappointment I have had so far is a disappointment that I have seen before in that fetid pit of a web mail service that they are trying to replace.