September 5th, 2012
So a new Samsung Galaxy Note came with Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) 4.04 installed and therefore the programmatic method for remotely enabling the GPS doesn’t work. This is as expected, Stackoverflow has a great post on the reason for this. The short of it is, it only ever worked on earlier versions of Android due to a security flaw, which got closed on Gingerbread 2.3.
However, the phone came with the Samsung Dive service which allows remote control of the phone via a website, with phone tracking and wiping features - just like lots of other Android apps have. One that has a lot of features, albeit a little ugly, is Android Lost, but there are plenty to go at.
However, the Samsung Dive service has one main advantage - the ability to remotely enable GPS (see their FAQ under the section “Can I use the SamsungDive service even when the mobile’s GPS is turned off?”). This is because the service has been built into the OS and preinstalled on the phone with all the correct permissions.
Therefore this provides a solution (without rooting the phone), by using both services. That way you can leave the GPS off (of course you could always leave GPS on in which case this whole article is irrelevant!), use the Samsung Dive service to find the phone once (click the red “Find my mobile”), which will remotely enable the GPS (and the map should now show you its location), and then you can use your tracking app of choice from then on. It worked for me.
I’d be interested to know if any other manufacturers (HTC / Motorola / Sony Ericsson) bundle similar remote control apps with their phones that might work similarly.
April 4th, 2011
Take this as an example. Suppose you want to get the Samsung Galaxy Ace (S5830) on a contract. Lets look at what the mobile phone network 3 is offering.
For £25 a month on a 24 month contract you get the phone free. Inclusive in the Text 500 plan are 500 minutes, 5000 texts and 1GB Internet data. That works out over the two years as £600.
Now consider this alternative. You can buy the phone outright on PAYG for £199.99. Suppose you then scrap the PAYG SIM-card, and instead go with one of 3’s SIM Only plans. Now you can’t get exactly the same inclusive allowances as the Text 500 plan offers, but you have two close options: SIM 300 and SIM 600. These SIM only plans are available on either a 1 or 12 month contract, lets look at the 12 month plans. The SIM 300 plan is £10 a month and includes 300 minutes, 3000 texts and 1GB Internet data. The SIM 600 plan is £15 a month and is the same as the SIM 300 plan apart from it offers 600 inclusive minutes. Buying the phone PAYG and then adding on the SIM 300 plan over two years works out as £440, with the SIM 600 plan it works out as £560; giving effective monthly costs of £18.33 and £23.33 a month respectively.
In both cases these are cheaper than buying the £25 a month contract. And they also give you the added freedom of only being tied into a one year contract rather than a two year one. So it just goes to show that if you do your homework you can often save yourself a tidy penny. Below is a table summarising the information.
||Total Cost (2 yrs)
Update May 4th, 2011 Three have now dropped the price of the Galaxy Ace on the Text 500 plan from £25 to £22, giving a total cost of £528 over two years.
Update May 17th, 2011 Three have now added this phone on the Text 300 plan for £20 per month. This includes includes 300 minutes, 5000 texts and 500MB Internet data, totalling £480 over two years.
Update July 26th, 2011 Three have now dropped the price of the Text 500 plan to £20, the Text 300 plan to £18 and added it to the Text 100 plan for £15 a month. They have also dropped the price of the phone on PAYG to £150.
February 24th, 2011
Ever had the annoyance of trying to delete, move or rename a file or folder on Windows but some process has still got it open? You’ll no doubt be familiar with the resulting error dialog: “Error Deleting File or Folder. It is being used by another person or program”
How can you find the culprit?
There are purpose designed programs out there, but if you don’t want to install anything you’re unsure of, or that contains ads, then try the free Process Explorer tool from Sysinternals (acquired by Microsoft in 2006). It’s basically a more powerful Task Manager. Here’s some simple steps to follow:
- Download Process Explorer (by Microsoft)
- Unzip it and run procexp.exe
- Type Ctrl+F (or from the menu bar choose Find -> “Find Handle or DLL”)
- Search on the file name. You should then see the processes which have an open handle to it. Make a note of the offending process’ PID
- Assuming you know what the process does, and that it’s safe to kill it, close the search window, locate the correct process and hit the delete key (or select “Kill Process” from the right-click menu)
That always works for me!
February 2nd, 2010
Below is a simple chart showing the home attendances of Leicester Tigers and Leicester City for the 2009-2010 season. I’ll update it as the season progresses. Welford Road’s capacity is now 24,000 due to the new Caterpillar stand. The Walkers stadium can hold 32,500. Click the picture to view it larger in its own window.
Update May 17th, 2010 The season has now finished so here’s some final stats for you. From 18 home games the Tigers had an average attendance of 21,764 which is 91% of capacity. From 25 home games City averaged an attendance of 23,688 which is 73% of capacity.