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  • steve918 2:07 am on November 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    Ubuntu Power Management 

    I’ve been using Ubuntu for quite some time, but my experience with it on laptops has been pretty shaky. Power management just doesn’t seem to cut it most of the time. If I don’t manually suspend my Macbook before I my laptop in my bag it gets smoking hot. Plus the battery life is subpar.

    Today I discovered quite a jewel called powertop. It’s quite an amazing little utility. Not only does it tell you what processes/devices are sucking down the power, but it makes suggestions on how to conserve power and with a push of a button (literally) it will implement those power saving policies if you choose.

  • steve918 12:15 pm on November 14, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    Android Market Success/Blunders 

    Android Password Safe has surpassed 10,000 downloads, it’s really exciting when a weekend project turns into something people actually use!

    Having an app on Android Market has been quite an adventure. The download counter will reset every time I upload a new version of my application, then suddenly correct itself several days later. There is no upgrade notification for users who have already downloaded my app. The only way they’ll know is if they manually check for updates (lame). In addition to Android’s brokenness I created quite a bit of heartache for myself. After uploading the first version of the Password Safe I managed to loose the key used to sign the application. This caused considerable pain to the end users who had to export all of their passwords, uninstall APWS and then re-install and import their passwords.

    Even though Android market place has some serious issues, it’s getting the word out about all of the great applications out there and overall I’m pretty excited about the future of the platform

    • tokuda 4:43 pm on November 14, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I wonder why bother using password safe if you have the free Mashedlife.com?
      KeePass and Passwordsafe are safe and handy! But when I need to sync
      across multiple PCs, log on to my site from my iPhone, or share accounts
      with others, etc.

      I combine the best of 2 worlds by using MashedLife.com’s open source
      integration with Keepass and Password Safe!


      Stay productive!

    • ken.manheimer.myopenid.com/ 2:10 pm on December 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      first, thanks, steve, for the android password safe! i normally use the gpg-topic-encryption feature of my emacs outliner (allout) for my passwords, and considering it’ll be a while before emacs is available for the G1 (though ConnectBot lets me use emacs on remote hosts, amazingly), some kind of local storage is great!

      i’m writing to note that there is an application (in the market) that tracks application updates, “OI Update”. not sure how well it works, but it’s notified me about a few updates, and at least is encouraging that much of the ecosystem can emerge in an open way. we’ll see – android together with google personal apps gets me so much further than anything else towards unified, portable organization that i’m happy with the baseline, will enjoy seeing where/how it goes from here…

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