Running low on memory on your android device?

Posted August 22nd, 2011 at 21:23 by Kaweh

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Ever since I have had my HTC Desire, I have been suffering from an almost constant shortage of internal memory. As the majority of apps are still refusing to be installed to SD card, and any app that displays a widget on one of the home screens cannot be installed to SD card, every now and then I hit the limit and the notification bar displays the dreaded “low on memory” icon. This automatically prevents my android from downloading emails, and any other data that is, even temporarily, saved in the internal memory.

Until now I have always looked at my list of installed applications, and decided, mostly begrudgingly, which applications to part from, to free up memory.

Today, I have decided to try something else. From long windows experience I know that over time the registry, and the hard-drive fill up with old, out-of-date and useless stuff, like leftovers from long uninstalled software, temporary files, etc…

I thought it may be possible that applications bloat with upgrades.

Test: I uninstalled DoubleTwist (weighing in at an exorbitant 14.8mb, 1.2mb of which is user data, and not moveable to SD card), then from the market reinstalled it. This up-to-date version (the same as the one I uninstalled) had no previous updates. And it only measures 9.96mb, 1.2mb of which is user data.

I freed up almost 5mb of space without loosing any applications just by uninstalling and then reinstalling one large application.

Ergo: Next time your android prompts you to update an application consider reinstalling it from the market. You may be able to make your limited memory go further.

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end of line... is now a Twitter App

Posted April 5th, 2011 at 21:53 by Kaweh

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Ok, this is just a test, but if it works,l once this post is published, a twitter update should be sent, stating that the tweet was posted via the app

So let’s see.

Update: It works!

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no trolleys, dammit!

Posted January 13th, 2010 at 0:40 by Kaweh

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I was shopping at Morrison’s supermarket the other day. The five things I bought (fresh salmon, tea bags, 2 baguettes and beetroot) would easily have fitted into a basket, but I was too lazy to carry the stuff and took a trolley instead.

When I made my way to the checkouts I found that there was one with barely a queue. Ok, the sign there said “Handbaskets Only”, but then again, there were only five items in my trolley. Surely the “Handbaskets Only” line’s raison d’être was to serve customers with few items, a quasi-express checkout.

When I approached the checkout, the young woman behind the till immediately laid down the law by almost shouting “Handbaskets only!”. I told her that I only needed to pay for five items, but she replied that no trolleys were allowed.

Not willing to go to a different, longer queue I took one of the baskets previous customers at that line had left, put the five items into the basket, then moved them from the basket onto the conveyor belt. Once I had paid, I took the trolley, put the bags into the trolley and left the supermarket.

This little bit of comedy brought to mind Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species”. There is also a German idiom that perfectly describes what happened here: “Die Rache des kleinen Mannes” translated: “The revenge of the little man”.

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happy new year (and decade)

Posted January 11th, 2010 at 1:10 by Kaweh

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I hope you all head a great time jumping from last year into this one. At any rate it promises to be a better year than 2009, which should not be too difficult.

It is going to be a busy year here at Dashti Towers and some snippets of news, opinions and general “stuff” is bound to find it’s way onto the blog.

As usual I hope to post more frequenftly, add original content and be happy.

By the way, regardless of how many dubious references Hugh throws at me, this is the beginning of the new decade. :)

Hugs all round.

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blackberry premium theme contest

Posted October 29th, 2009 at 16:20 by Kaweh

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blackberry theme contest

blackberry theme contest

The guys over at Z Man Designs are currently running a contest in which you can win all their current and future premium BlackBerry themes for free for life!

Entering the contest is free and easy. Just click your way over to their contest page and leave a comment.

Job done.

And while you are there you may as well admire some of their great work.

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