Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Sony Xperia Z2 impressions

Denmark was one of the first markets to receive the Z2, and I was fortunate enough to get my hands on one of the first devices to hit Danish soil. So I've had about a month to play with it. Here are my impressions.

The photo album that goes with it: http://c0.dk/HooolmXpZ2Photos

Monday, 10 March 2014

Charity umbrella changes

As you can see on my PLANTATION PROJECT page in the menu above, I have discontinued my support for the project.

The institution itself becomes privatized starting April 2014, which means that they are no longer limited by how public-sector institutions are allowed to fund their activities. I'm not going to go into legalese specifics, but their opportunities for allocating existing budgets, and raising extra funds will be vastly improved, and I feel that their staff, board members and parent base should be able to lift that burden on their own.

I still keep my "Android money" separate from my personal income, and I am looking at other worthy causes to support - but for the sake of honesty and transparency towards donators and supporters, I'd feel weird not disclosing that I do longer support this particular project.

Monday, 24 February 2014

Sony Z2 pre-thirst

After what seems like a decade of tech blogs stating every January that this is going to be the year that Sony breaks back into the top, they've gone and presented the Sony Z2 smartphone at MWC2014.

And while renders, write-up and hands-on experience can be very different things, the Z2 is the only thing from Sony to make my testicles tingle in any noticable fashion since the Sony Ericsson C905.
(Don't judge me. I'm old, and it was a different market back then.)

Anyway, the Z2 has decent specs, a more than decent camera, and if the Z1 Compact is a herald of things to come, Sony's not currently fucking up the naked Android too badly with their UX.
Besides that, it's waterproof and looks pretty damn good.

A very sharp contender for my summer holiday plaything.

(via Android Police where you'll find additional info and specs as well)

Friday, 3 January 2014

Improvised FAQ on Android 4.4 KitKat / CM11 / etc.

"So, Hooolm, are you going to update your Theme Chooser themes for KitKat ROMs ?"

Yes and/or Maybe.

"What's keeping you?"

It depends what direction the major players like CyanogenMod and AOKP take with KitKat. As it stands, most of my Theme Chooser themes are useless with CM11 et al, because the KitKat battery icon isn't composed of images, but generated via code. That code is unreachable via the Theme Chooser, and so are the /layout XML files that might allow me to change the references back to what it was before.

I flash CM11 nightlies on my HTC One to keep track of what's happening, but until at least that changes, I see no point in trying to adapt something like Freehand or LEDed to KitKat.

"But...but...how about the kanglings in Romania who..."

Yes, I understand that some of the "fringe players" have tried making the battery icon themeable, but I'd need a significant user base (like CM) to target. If I push a version to Google Play saying "Updated for KitKat" , I'm going to have a thousand 1-star ratings from CM11 and AOKP KK users saying, "Heeeey - the battery still looks stock. I can't believe I paid for this ******* **** !!!1!eleven..,,,!"


Nah, but it's beyond my control, and my current focus is on making and maintaining sweet icon packs - primarily because they are fun and because they challenge my creativity rather than my book-keeping abilities :-)