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Maybe Colemak is smarter than Dvorak?

Friendly warning – this is about keyboard layouts that differ from the standard “QWERTY” layout. If this confuses you, stop reading now :-)


The Dvorak keyboard layout is not a new thing. It was patented in 1936. When I heard of it some 15 years ago, its biggest obstacle was lack of software support. That has changed now, and I’ve used Dvorak on my smartphone for the past 2 years and I can say with confidence that my thumbs have learned it very well – Dvorak is my fastest and preferred layout on mobile. Continue reading ‘Maybe Colemak is smarter than Dvorak?’

Block ads on your computer and smartphone

Do you like ads in your browser? In Skype? In your phone’s apps? No? Well, there’s a way to get rid of them, and I’ll show you how. This works on computers (Windows, Mac, Linux) and even on Android phones! It probably works on iPhones too, if you can figure out how to get access to the system files.

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Daylight wallpaper (Linux script)

I discovered a website with a beautiful world map that updates throughout the day to show sunlight and nighttime right now:

world map with daylight and night

I thought it would make an excellent desktop wallpaper and wrote a script to pull the image every half hour and set it as the background image. That worked really well so I thought I’d share it, which led me to create a sweet little installer for it:
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How to update your Nexus 4 to Android 4.4.4

Back when Android 4.4 came out in November and the automatic OTA update didn’t work for me, I posted a guide on how to upgrade manually. Now that version 4.4.4 is out, here’s an updated guide.

Most importantly, make a backup first, or make sure to remove that “wipe” switch in the script! Yeah, I forgot to follow my own advice and got my device wiped. Learn from my errors – that’s why I post these things.
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How to update your Nexus 4 to Android 4.4

See the NEW and updated guide here! (July 2014)

Update 2013-11-16: Added how to get superuser access.
Update 2013-11-20: Download link now points to the newer “krt16s” version.

Disclaimer: I am not responsible for anything that happens if you follow these instructions. I am just describing what worked for me!

I have just updated my LG Nexus 4 from Android 4.2.2 to Android 4.4. I followed these instructions from Android Police but ran into a minor problem that I solved – and here’s how I solved it. In fact, let me do a complete step-by-step here for your convenience!

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