Converting the Nook HD+ to full Android by installing CyanogenMod

November 2, 2013 · Posted in Tech · Comments Off on Converting the Nook HD+ to full Android by installing CyanogenMod 
Nook HD+

My Nook HD+

If you want a good, full-sized tablet for a frankly amazing price, I can recommend the B&N Nook HD+ currently priced at £129. Here’s how I turned it from capable Android tablet to a device that gives the latest, much more expensive, options a run for their money by first rooting it and then replacing the ROM with CyanogenMod.

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Rooting the HTC Desire

November 15, 2012 · Posted in Tech · 1 Comment 
HTC Desire

HTC Desire

I recently went out-of-contract on my HTC Desire and, given that it was also out of warranty, I decided to try rooting it. This is not something I entered into lightly, as I depend on my phone for everyday usage but I decided that even if I bricked it, I could get a replacement phone within a few days.

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Android on the O2 Joggler

March 22, 2011 · Posted in Tech · Comments Off on Android on the O2 Joggler 

Joggler running Android

Joggler running Android

Last year I bought an O2 Joggler for the rather bargain price of £50 from my local O2 shop. A few weeks later I returned to see if I could buy another one, but they were out of stock and weren’t sure when they would get another one in. It later transpired that O2 have discontinued this line, which is a shame as it’s potentially an excellent product.

It’s a little x86 Atom-powered capacitive touchscreen computer that consumes around 8W, so is ideal for leaving on all the time, and it’s small so can be left on a shelf or worktop. The operating system is a Linux distro called OpenPeak and has been customised by O2 for the device.
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Using a Windows Mobile phone as a GPS tracker

October 26, 2010 · Posted in Tech, Transport · 3 Comments 

As mentioned earlier, I recently upgraded from a Windows Mobile 6.1 HTC Diamond to an Android-powered HTC Desire. Aside from the dated OS/UI on the Diamond, it’s still a really capable gadget so I use it as a spare phone for the car. Given its new permanent home and the fact it has internal GPS, it seemed to me that it lends itself well to becoming a tracking device that could report its location in the event that the car is stolen. Here’s how I set about doing that.
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HTC Desire v iPhone

June 15, 2010 · Posted in Money, Tech · 2 Comments 
HTC Desire

HTC Desire

A couple of months ago I got a new phone; I chose the HTC Desire. As I’m known to be somewhat obsessed with phones and their features, people often ask me for advice about their next purchase. “Why that phone instead of the iPhone?” (or words to that effect). It still seems that the only smartphone most people want is the ‘Jesus phone’, but I’ve always found myself wondering why. In the early days competition wasn’t great – you were looking at a WinMo or Blackberry – but even then the iPhone was always style-over-substance. Remember when iPhones had a 2MP camera that could only manage stills not video? Around about that time I got an HTC Diamond (3.2MP) and was shooting video and copy-and-pasting text like an Apple fanboy could only dream about.
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Help setting up a website

June 1, 2010 · Posted in Tech · Comments Off on Help setting up a website 

If you’d like a hand setting up your own WordPress, Joomla or Drupal site or a Wiki, leave a comment below and I’ll contact you to discuss your requirements. If you’re happy to set up your WordPress blog, but would like some tips and tricks on how to track visitors, optimise your site for search engines (SEO), prevent spam, create sitemap, backups and more, let me know and I’ll send you the password for this page for a small fee. I promise it’ll save hours of your time! :-)

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