Friends,

Rooting is the process of getting super user access on your device. When a vendor launches an android smart phone, they customize the stock ROM (Google’s android build ) and install few crappy bloatware which are also called as crapware.

Note: The term ROM here is not the hardware component , Read only Memory. In android terminology ROM refers to the image file of android OS comprising of kernel modules, system files and customized apps. Earlier even I had the misconception of this term.

Why rooting?

  • Everyone hates bloatware coz, they cant be uninstalled, though we don’t use it henceforth wastage of resources. In a rooted device these apps can be removed.
  • You can control your cpu clock speed by overclocking it or underclocking it using setcpu app. Overclocking is of course risky, as we are trying to increase more than the threshold given by manufacturers. But it can improve performance while playing 3D games or during multiprogramming. Underclocking cpu will reduce the voltage use so that you can gain more battery juice.
  • You can perform more OS level hacks and tricks for better day to day usage. For e.g everyone gets annoyed with ads in our apps. A smart app called adsfree for rooted devices, can block ads in you apps. The way it achieves this is very simple. As we all know domain name resolution will be done in /etc/hosts file in linux. Making an entry of “ipaddress hostname” in that file will direct all requests with hostname to the ipaddress specified. This app for each ads puts an entry of “127.0.0.1 adsdomain.com” so that all requests are sent to localhost. So no ads will be displayed. But unfortunately only root users can install this app as only root users have write access in system files.
  • Once rooted we can try flashing different custom ROMS(Google android ROMS in different flavors ) using ROM Manager. Selection of ROM is depending upon nature of the users . Few ROMS are developed for good performance, few for long battery life etc..
  • Few phones which do not have wifi hotspot option can be turned into a portable wifi  hotspot which can cater around 10 devices using wifi tether.
  • Regular backups of system and user apps can be done in a schedule manner for recovery purpose by Titanium Backup.

There are lot more fun being root user. Root your mobile carefully, coz its not strictly legal as in the process we are trying to execute an linux exploit. If that fails you might even brick your mobile turning it into an expensive paperweight  :).

Scaredddd? Even I was scared long back with the same statement 🙂

How to root your device?

Aim of the rooting might be common but not the process of rooting. Rooting process varies depending on your linux version, android build, your device model etc. There are plenty of methods to root includind z4root, Gingerbreak, SuperOneClick etc. But you need to find the right method applicable for your device. Watch closely xda-devlopers-forum and search around other websites to find the right way for your device.

I believe no user will avoid rooting after learning how to root his device :). Root your device soon and have fun 🙂

Me @nd My /-\ndroid

Posted: January 18, 2012 in Android, Tech Stuffz
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Friends,

After 3 months I am here to blog again :). I was thinking to blog something other than puzzles , and I came up with this idea. Yes its about my experience with my Android.

As we all know Android is the open sourced mobile operating system launched by Google. I was too late to know about Android. After spending some time in searching about it, I decided that my next phone is gonna be running on Android. Though I was not aware of the complete architecture and working of an Android phone, I had a feel that this is something awesome.

I started exploring mobile vendors who support for Android and found that HTC,Samsung, and LG are the leading vendors. After few weeks I came across LG P500 Optimus One which exactly had what I want in an affordable price. It was around Rs 13K when I bought one year back but I felt it was worth it.

Few drawbacks are

  • No front camera
  • Rear camera was just 3mp
  • No shutter
  • No Led flash

It was not a limitation for me as I don’t use camera much. But i was attracted with the RAM (430Mb) and screen resolution (320*480) which no other mid range models had for that price(One year back 🙂 ). HTC Wildfire was running on Eclair(Android 2.1) but P500 was running on Froyo (Android 2.2) and Lg promised for Gingerbread update (Android 2.3.3). So I had a clarity in what I was gonna buy.

Frankly the moment I got it in my hand, I had no idea how to use it. It was my first smart phone with touch technology. I had very vague idea about the working of the phone. Then slowly exploring Google market, trying out different apps, I realized the awesomeness of it.

I liked the SAAS concept, hosting apps in cloud and accessing it as services. That too more than 3 million apps were free and if we liked we can buy the pro version of the same app. This is an awesome way by which provider and consumer get what they want.

Another strength of it is its an open source OS. So any interested developer can contribute to the market by developing his own apps. This is the only reason why android market grows exponentially.

All vendors release their mobile in a way the user has only limited access to it. User wont have complete privilege with the system files. The reason is to prevent novice user from bricking the mobile by changing system files. But if you are an advanced user, you can root it and gain the super user access and do awesome things with the phone by making changes to system files wisely.

Once you root it, you can install custom roms, customize boot loaders, and install few smart apps so that you can remove ads from free apps, underclock cpu to gain more battery, Overclock cpu to gain more performance while gaming, and lots and lots.

If you don’t root your phone, I would say, you don’t have it. But if you are not a techie then don’t risk until you learn what it is all about.

I rooted my froyo and loved it, now I upgraded to 2.3.3 and I have root access on it. Loving my phone everytime i use it.

Truly, no android user will get bored of his phone, if he has interest in exploring new apps,OS tweaks and trying out new things.

I would say if you are not an android user, find your phone and have fun. 🙂

My next posts will be about rooting , partitioning and flashing custom roms for novice users. So keep following 🙂

Guys,

After a long time I came across a good teaser puzzle.

wine barrels

Try this one , keep in mind that you require quite lateral thinking skills to reach the solution.

You have 8 barrels of wine and 3 slaves. One among the 8 barrels of wine is poisoned. One who drinks that poisoned wine will die in 24 hours. All you need to do is, find the poisoned barrel in 24 hours. How would you do it?

This is quite a simple one, but takes time if you miss the track 🙂

Hi,

A new brain teaser!

Imagine there are four employees seated for their dinner.   Each employee is not aware of  the others salaries. And our aim is to find the average salary of all four. And obviously they cant let others know about their salary. So come up with a strategy,  by which they can find their average salary without knowing others salary.

Hi all,

Couple of days ago i came across one interesting question.

This question involves simple analytical trick..

Bring up 8 vertices of a cube in ur mind. Your aim is to make acute  triangles joining vertices. You are allowed to join three vertices to form a triangle. How many such unique acute triangles can we make ??

Come up with ur counts folks.. 🙂

Now a days we are spending more money online than from our wallets. And with our bank account access credentials anyone can wipe out our account online. These reasons led fraudsters to find more and more phishing attacks and innocent individuals getting bankrupted.

The most common way that we all know is with phishing mails having links to fake sites. But most of us can apparently neglect fake links which made phishing scammers more difficult to steal credentials. But there are some creative programmers who made it possible to hack credentials without even user clicking links. Its known as tab napping.
Tab napping is a brilliant way of stealing credentials from users.
So how does it work??
When u are accessing mutiple tabs in ur browser, attacker can reload any inactive tab with his fake page looking as exactly as our bank account login page. wen we switch across tabs we dnt really care abt the url. So if when we find bank login page again though we logged in long bak, obviously we ll think that session has expired and we ll relogin again. Indirectly inputting our credentials to the attacker which is more equivalent to giving all our cash to him.

some ways to prevent..

  • Dont use multiple tabs when accessing bank accounts.
  • Do cross check the url before typing ur credentials.

Perceptions can be deceptive. What u see might not be wat u actually want to see.. 🙂 Beware!

Guys,

U can find some quotes below abt one famous person. Indians like all sports and Cricket is in their blood. And this person is in everyones heart. They all call him “The Little Master”, “The Master Blaster “ and so on. I guess u have got it. Here we go…

· “AB, this little prick will make more runs than you.” — Merv Hughes to Allan Border. [1991]

· “This kid bats just like I did.” — Donald Bradman, World Greatest Batsman. Ever. [1998]

· “I’ll be going to bed having nightmares of Sachin just running down the wicket and belting me back over the head for six. He is the best batsman I’ve ever bowled to.” — Shane Warne, World’s Greatest Leg Spinner. [1998]

· “Shit, I’m sick of this *$#%!” — Michael Kasprowicz , Australia ’s Fast Bowler. [1998]

· “All we need is 11 Sachins.” — Paul Strang , Zimbabwe Leg Spinner. [1996]

· “Cricket is our religion, Sachin is our god.” — [Repeated ad nauseum by millions of fans].

· “I have seen God; he bats at No. 4 for India.” — Matthew Hayden, Australia Opener. [2008]

· “There will never be another Sachin.” — Muttiah Muralitharan, World’s Most Successful spin Bowler. [2009]

· “If I’ve to bowl to Sachin, I’ll bowl with my helmet on. He hits the ball so hard.” Dennis Lille, Cricket’s McEnroe & Fast Bowling Legend. [Undated]

· “Tendulkar is the best batsmen in the world ahead of Steve Waugh and Lara.” — Glenn McGrath , Australia ’s Most Successful Pace Bowler. [Undated]

· “Sachin is a genius. I’m a mere mortal.” — Brian Lara, Tendulkar’s Greatest Frenemy. [Undated]