Better battery life on your Android-based HTC phone

June 15th, 2010

Apparently out-of-the-box HTC Incredible phone has an issue with Flickr application and battery usage. The application simply prevents phone from going to sleep mode even when screen turns off.

Here is how to verify if your battery life is affected by (possibly) bug in flickr sync:

Go to

All Programs > Settings > About phone > Battery

Check if your Up time is the same as Wake time.

If so then it means your phone never goes to sleep and constantly drains battery.

Here is a quick solution which will work for many (except those who care about synchronizing contacts with Flickr activity).

Basically what needs to be done to prevent Flickr app keeping phone awake is to disable contacts synchronization between Flickr account and in-phone contacts. You will retain ability to upload photos to and browse on Flickr as normal. Just no Flickr activity will be shown on your phone contacts (not many use this feature).

Go to

All Programs > Settings > Accounts & sync > Flickr

Disable Sync Stream and Sync Contacts

Turn off your phone and turn back on to reset Up time and Wake time counters. Leave it be for like 5 min and check Up and Wake times again in

All Programs > Settings > About phone > Battery

Up time should be > Wake time. If not you need to keep looking for a solution.

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Scène maritime (Marine scene)

June 14th, 2010

Scène maritime (Marine scene), originally uploaded by montivier.

Why I keep starring at this photo? There is nothing special about it really. I mean it is great but I can not figure out why it is so appealing to me.


Bank of America is the worst bank on this planet

May 18th, 2010

So far Bank of America is absolutely the worst and the most horrible bank I’ve seen but since I originally had my mortgage with Countrywide (which was purchased by BoA few years ago) I ended up dealing with that inadequate financial institution. Pretty much everything is stupid with BoA beginning with inept customer support.

They call me from a number I never seen before and tell me they are Bank of America and ask me to give them my SSN to verify I am who I am. Well excuse me. How do I know you are who you say you are? I can call your home phone and tell you I am from whatever bank you have credit card with and ask you for your SSN for “verification” and then try to sell you the product you not gonna buy and will end up with your SSN, mother maiden name and CVC code from your credit card. Cause you know… Your name, your bank name and your phone number can easily be found in internet in 15 minutes (for $10 in worst case scenario).

Okay I went to my BoA online account and found my payment was not posted cause I mistyped account number in my bill payer – fine – my mistake. I will pay it online via direct debt from my checking. Well… not so fast. I can’t even get past “pay now and tell us why your one day late” web page to see my payment history and figure out what and when went wrong. Ok. Paying through BoA web.. WHAT?? $6 for online transaction??? ARE YOU EFFIN KIDDING ME??? I save you paper work and/or phone rep time and/or live teller time and all you do is charge me $6 ???

I should have re-financed with any other bank when I had a chance. The fact Bank of America charges the full closing cost for refinancing its own loans is amazing (hey at least I saved on appraisal – thanks to Obama Administration) and should have raised a flag in my head but somehow it did not.

So if any bank will offer me the same rate and no closing cost I will switch over in a blink of an eye (no I am not underwater) cause you know… Can’t be worst then with Bank of America.

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Better battery performance on HTC Incredible

May 2nd, 2010

1. Go to Settings -> Location
2. Turn “Use wireless networks” off
3. Turn “Location setting -> LOCATION” on
4. Turn “Use GPS satellites” on

The reason for significant savings of power is wireless network location service is on all the time while GPS service is “on demand” and being used only when needed.

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Fix for slow performance of WD15EARS WD10EARS WD20EARS

March 29th, 2010

Long story short – need to create partition which starts from sector dividable by 8 – 48,56,64 etc.

Here is linux how-to:

# parted /dev/sdX
# Set units to sectors (in this case 512B):
(parted) unit s

(parted) rm
Partition number? 1

(parted) print
Model: ATA WDC WD10EARS-00Y (scsi)
Disk /dev/sdb: 1953525168s
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: gpt

Number Start End Size File system Name Flags

(parted) mkpart
Partition name? []?
File system type? [ext2]?
Start? 64
End? -1
Warning: You requested a partition from 64s to 1953525134s.
The closest location we can manage is 64s to 1953525071s.
Is this still acceptable to you?
Yes/No? Yes

(parted) print
Model: ATA WDC WD15EARS-00Z (scsi)
Disk /dev/sdb: 1953525168s
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: gpt

Number Start End Size File system Name Flags
1 64s 1953525134s 1953525071s

(parted) quit
Information: You may need to update /etc/fstab.

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Fix for contacts problem in Pidgin for Sametime client on Linux

March 2nd, 2010

If your Sametime contacts appear/update slowly in Pidgin you probably need to update sametime library.

Christoph Lukas has compiled patched sametime library which can be found here:

Direct link to 32-bit .deb package
Direct link to 64-bit .deb package

Exit Pidgin and replace existing library. I replaced the symbolic link and left original library in /usr/lib

ar vx libmeanwhile1_1.0.2-3*
tar xvfz data.tar.gz
sudo cp usr/lib/ /usr/lib/
sudo ln -fs /usr/lib/ /usr/lib/

Start pidgin and your sametime should be fixed now

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February 22nd, 2010

Adobe flash player 64-bit on Linux

December 4th, 2009

1. Download Adobe Flash Player 64-bit from . Unpack the file. You will get

2. Remove existing version of flash player(s)

sudo apt-get remove -y --purge flashplugin-nonfree mozilla-plugin-gnash
sudo apt-get remove -y --purge swfdec-mozilla libflashsupport nspluginwrapper

3. Copy and link the plugin to browser(s) directories

sudo cp /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/
sudo ln -sf /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/  /usr/lib/xulrunner-addons/plugins/

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