Sunday, 13 November 2011

Chilli Plant Update

I've been trying hard to keep my chilli plant alive! I have now eaten quite a lot of the chillies, but there is still some to go (see below).

I'm kind of interested to see what happens when I have nommed them all...


Been having a few issues with the latest version on RunKeeper - the GPS seems less reliable than it used to be, and that has meant me manually updating maps after my run lately.

General advice seems to be to ensure there is a 'Good' GPS fix showing before you start, and I have also seen that some people are using GPS Status (Market Link) to clear the GPS before starting.

I'll try that and post back later.

SD Speed Increase

Now trying out SD Speed Increase (Market Link) - it changes the read/write speed of SD cards - gone from a 128kb buffer to 2048kb - seems decent enough...

Thursday, 10 November 2011

S2E Update

So my new class 6 SD card turned up, and I went through the process of replacing the one I had. Wan't too hard, just followed this process:

  • Titanium Backup (in case)
  • Reboot to recover
  • Nandroid
  • Copy all data of the SD card on my PC
  • Format new card
  • Partition new card (1GB for S2E)
  • Copy all data on to new card
  • Boot to recovery
  • Nandoid restore
  • Job's a good'un
All running sweet at the moment...

Saturday, 29 October 2011

S2E - Oooops

OK, so yesterday it all went pants - I took a picture and my phone wouldn't open the gallery at all. I tried a few things but ended up rebooting the phone. It booted fine (suggesting the ext partition was fine), but the SD card would not mount, and the phone said the card 'may be damaged'.

I tried plugging the phone into my PC in the hope of being able to 'fix' the card - nothing. I took the SD card out and put it directly into my laptop, and it appeared, but nothing again.

Finally I decided to format the card - that should have left the ext partition in place and only format the 6.4Gb of other space. First time all looked good, but the format failed - second time it was going to format to 7.4Gb, so all was not well - the ext partition was gone.

Eventually I partitioned another card, factory reset the phone and started again. I simple brought back the Titanium backup I had, and I was back up and running after an hour or so. However, I learnt my lesson, and I now have a new Nandroid backup and a new Titanium backup.

Below is a screenshot of the RAM I now have to play with...

I have now ordered another SD card in case. I believe if I partition the new card, do a Nandroid, put the new card in and then restore, all will be fine. I will report back.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

S2E - One week on...

S2E has worked really well over the last week - the only issues have been to do with sound - I'm guessing that me messing with the SD card reset some some notification sounds, so I suddenly had full MP3s playing when I got a text!

Otherwise, the only difference I have found is that I now am less discerning about what apps I try - I just have so much space, I download them and leave them on the phone.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Butternut squash soup with chilli and crème fraîche

So we thought we'd have a go at some home made soup this week - something a little different. With our liking of stuff a 'little spicy', we went  for a Butternut squash soup with chilli and crème fraîche from the BBC food site - Link to BBC Food.

We added a little more chilli and more garlic, and the result was absolutely great - I even sprinkled a little chilli (from my very own chilli plant - see below) on the top.