WordPress for Android is a mess.

WordPress for Android 2.3 had limited capability but it had no bug. However the WordPress for Android 4.04 is a pain in a*#. It is unable to show local draft. It can not upload pictures. Even if it uploads, it is unable to create proper link. Worse it does not know how to update itself. It has messed with published posts and removed some. I received a phone call from a friend that where is that post of Saturday and as I saw it was gone. I had a draft in Blackberry which I republished.
Unless a person is compulsive gambler, or a complete loser, one should stay away from this app.
Few things can be done from browser though it is awkward.
I am removing the app. immediately.

© Sandeep Bhalla

Ubuntu Precise Problem: White Screen of Death!

It is said that over a period of time two enemies start to resemble each other. Ubuntu Linux taking on Windows 8 with Unity has started to resemble the Windows. The famous Window’s blue screen of death and black screen of death has taken avatar in Ubuntu as White Screen of Death. Continue reading

The ideal Mobile phone with ideal features.

Mobile manufacturers are churning out new models of mobile everyday. New technological barriers are broken. Faster processors, gleaming display, niche looks and often larger display. I wonder if they cared to actually ask the consumer what they want? At least no one ever contacted me despite the fact that I am tired of receiving tele-marketing calls.  Not a single call professing to survey for mobile phone features, has been received.
My presumption is there is no survey and phones are being churned out to resemble last successful product(s) but with some hardware changes. Software mostly untouched. A natural corollary would be that success of Samsung and Iphone is more a matter of chance of novelty of ‘touch screen’ than anything substantially material.
Therefore we have decided to document our requirements for a smartphone. Here is the list of expected features: Continue reading

Another good alternative to Ubuntu without Unity is Lubuntu!

Lubuntu Desktop (default theme)Ever since the Unity came on board Ubuntu, clamor for alternatives started. One alternative was Linux Mint with Cinnamon or mate. The option to remove Unity manually from Ubuntu 12.04 did not work as Update Manager messed up and rendered the system unstable. Thus over all Ubuntu now sucks like windows. The very purpose of choosing Ubuntu was stability and speed but it stands defeated with Unity.

The Linux Mint is the best alternative to Ubuntu with Unity Desktop but it had one problem. Ubuntu One, the cloud service of Ubuntu does not work thereon and error remained unresolved. Officially there is no word, either way. Second is the problem with older machines. Dual core machine with 2 Ghz speed are now old machines. Anything less than that is obsolete. Hence Linux Mint, also runs a little slower. Add a decade old LCD Monitor and we have compounded the problem. Alternative is Lubuntu.

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Blackberry contacts backup without BIS or app

Backing up the Contacts/Address book on black berry phone without Blackberry Internet Services or Desktop Software:

Desktop Software from Blackberry provides an option to sync contacts with the Windows contacts but I do not use Windows. It does not provide for backing up of the contacts as a stand alone file. Now with Gmail Sync gone dead. It may be a problem on some rainy day if the phone crashes. Searching for an app to sync or backup the contacts, I came across several apps in App Store, but none was working properly. For example:

JUMP Backup: works only on phones sold by Jump phones in USA. Wirefly had very poor review. Not a single user recommended it.  Phonebook For Ever is a browser-based contacts web site in which each contact has to be manually typed/added. (Some pre-cloud/CSI technology) Contact Backup by Droid Mobile does back up the contacts for free but it retains the xls file which can not be opened or sent in unpaid version. In fact it can not be known if this file would be readable in paid version as well. Hence I did not go beyond trying the unpaid version.

There are many paid apps but there is no way to know if any will work. Especially when few apps actually deliver what they promise. A Paid apps called Backup Contacts by Amaira Soft, creates numerous vcard or vcf files in a folder on media card. It charges a meager amount of Rs. 37/- for this service but it is not worth it. Why? Because there is a simple solution like this, without any app.

Solution

Backing up contacts

This solution backs up the entire phone book via bluetooth and no app or BIS or anything is required except another device with bluetooth. If properly setup, just one click is required. Continue reading