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Chugalug Digest, Vol 48, Issue 30

From: Luke Prince 
Have you tried Nexus Root Toolkit? I have seen it resurrect some otherwise
inoperable devices:

On Jul 22, 2016 12:00,  wrote:

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>    1. Re: Cyanogenmod on Nexus 6P (Robert A. Kelly III)
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> From: "Robert A. Kelly III" 
> To: Chattanooga Unix Gnu Android Linux Users Group
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> On 07/19/2016 07:24 AM, David Rucker wrote:
> > Are you attempting to install through USB or a SD card? I'm not near my
> > laptop at the moment but I have recovered some stubborn phones in the
> > past. It's been a while sense I have attempted an install or recovery
> > like that. But I do still have all my software. I may even still have
> > all the Nexus firmwares probably a couple revisions old though. Although
> > could be an issue with that particular firmware file try a different
> > version.
> One of the issues I ran into was that flashing the Nexus 6P requires a
> newer version of fastboot, but I got that set up. I also have tried
> different versions of CM (snapshot and nightly) and 6.0 Marshmallow
> release and the N preview.
> > Also, gonna sound weird but try a different USB cable as well. Some
> > phones are picky and while one cable works perfect for everything else
> > it's still possible for one phone to not like it.
> I have only used the one cable that came with the phone. I don't have
> many USB-C cables around. But it does seem to work to install TWRP and
> CM (CM just won?t boot). Only the official images fail to install.
> Attempting to directly flash system.img complains about problems with a
> corrupt sparse file, or something. Using gives the error:
> FAILED (remote: data too large)
> when attempting to flash system.img.
> I?m a bit stuck here with a phone that will no longer boot anything
> other than TWRP. :-(
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So am I the first to think of this?

From: Michael Ward 
Android's new name brings new possible festival


Thanks FOSS

From: Matt Keys 
Here's Jack before the injury ..

and after ..

Real-time audio munging, perhaps in Python?

From: Dan Lyke 
Okay, while I'm not drinking, another question, a follow-up to my
Mixxx question earlier.

I've been screwing around with this a bit, and realized that as much
as using Mixxx is fine, it also isn't that hard to slap a GUI on top
of something like the VLC API to build a music player that does what I
need even better than watching the Mixxx data and pulling up info
screens based on that.

The two "would totally kick this out of the park" features for that,
that'd let me duplicate the Windows and Android app that currently
occupies this space (and if I used Qt rather than GTK might even make
a Linux/Mac/Windows/Android app that beats that one), is pitch change
and tempo change.

And I'd want this on sliders so I could react to the floor with tempo.

And beat detection just good enough that I could slap a "we started at
126BPM" interface on this, though it turns out that's probably the
easy bit. But I could do this with a "spawn to a CLI app, store the
result in a database" if I had to.

I see Aubio, which can do all of this off-line, but it's not clear
that it's easy to say "play this MP3. Tell me where in the MP3 it is.
Let me munge pitch and tempo, but keep playing."

It looks like even Aubio hooks into Puredata, which can also do this,
but my experience with these stand-alone audio graph systems has been
with QJack, which is a nightmare of "if you start all of these
applications in just the right order you'll get the results you

I haven't found a way to do this easily talking to the VLC daemon,
even though it gives me pretty much everything else I need.



Android's seamless update

From: Michael Scholten 

While I kind of wish my Nexus 5X would get the Android N dual system
partitions for seamless updates I agree with some of the commenters. That
would require giving up some of the valuable storage space. In the case of
many phones the OS already takes up so much of the storage, giving up more
just to make updates easier would not be worth it.

Music player that logs plays or can display notes

From: Dan Lyke 
Argh. I know I had SqView working under Wine at some point, but it
ain't working now.

Mixxx does most of what I want (great to cue up two tracks, loop, let
me organize my music in "crates", tell me what I've played since my
last reset), but doesn't do the one thing I *need*:

When I'm square dance calling, I have a set of notes associated with a
song. What I'd like is to press "play", and then be able to flip over
to a screen with those notes.

Be kickass if there was a music player that did this already (like
SqView on Windows or Android). If not, if there's one that I can get
to log what I play to a file, I can whip up some code to "tail -f" the
output and update a browser tab (or equivalent) pretty easily.

Remember UMPCs? Here's a *new* laptop that will fit in your pocket

From: Chad Smith 
To make it related - I'm sure someone will put Linux on it.

It's called the GPD WIN.

For anyone link-adverse, it's a clamshell 5.5" laptop that's about the size
of a New Nintendo 3DS XL.  It runs Windows 10, has a full-sized USB port, a
micro-HDMI, BlueTooth, WiFi, 4 GB of RAM, a Quad-Core Intel 64-bit CPU, and
expandable storage.  $299 is the crowdfunding price (it has already met its
funding goal).

It is made by a company that has been making Android gaming handheld
systems for years, and game/media-players for years before Android.  They
aren't some fly-by-night place.

Stephen, I still hate that I broke the screen on the clamshell UMPC you
sold me all those years ago.  I shouldn't have kept it in my pocket.... :(
 I don't think I ever even got to use the thing.

*- Chad W. Smith*

Cost Effective Tablet

From: Jonathan Calloway 

I saw this at Walmart the other day.  It was on sale, but I figured I =
would see if anyone ones one / has had any luck with them before I =
bought it:

let-PC-Featuring-Android-5.0-Lollipop-Operating-System/44656208 =


OT: Looking for New Opportunities

From: Lee Walker 
Sorry to see Supply Hog go down.
If I was recruiting right now, I'd have you in a heartbeat.

For those on the list that are recruiting, Will is a superb developer,
you'd be lucky to have him.


On Tue, Jan 5, 2016 at 7:14 PM, Wil Wade  wrote:
> I am officially looking for new opportunities. If anyone knows of someone
> wanting a developer remote or here in Chattanooga. (How can I leave a town
> that makes it possible to get 10 Gig Internet to my house?)
> Basic me: I solve problems, most often with code (once so far with a roller
> conveyer).
> What code? Web stuff mostly. PHP mostly currently, but I've done some
> Android, GoLang, etc...
> Resume link:
> GitHub:
> LinkedIn:
> Email:
> Wil

OT: Looking for New Opportunities

From: Wil Wade 
I am officially looking for new opportunities. If anyone knows of someone
wanting a developer remote or here in Chattanooga. (How can I leave a town
that makes it possible to get 10 Gig Internet to my house?)

Basic me: I solve problems, most often with code (once so far with a roller

What code? Web stuff mostly. PHP mostly currently, but I've done some
Android, GoLang, etc...

Resume link:





OT: Old Smartphone becomes ultimate remote

From: Phil Sieg 
Happy New Year!

I, like many of you, have struggled with a large and growing collection 
of remotes everywhere I have a TV.

I finally figured out that my phone is the ultimate remote control. Then 
I figured out that an OLD UNUSED smartphone was an even better choice so 
it can stay with the electronics for the wife and kid to use as well.

SO my old android phone is now:

TV Remote
PLEX Controller
Chromecast controller
Marantz Receiver controller with Marantz app (Denon and some others have 
receiver apps as well)
Netflix Remote
Hulu Remote
Logitech Harmony Hub interface

So when I sit down I nab the android remote, launch the logitech harmony 
app and tell it I want to either: Watch TV, Chromecast, Listen to music. 
When I choose the hub executes a macro that turns the appropriate gear 
on, switches inputs and gives me unified remote ability from either the 
smartphone screen or the Harmony remote. i.e. when in TV mode the 
channel up and down is my cable box while volume is my receiver.

PLEX is my goto for most of my streaming, so I set the system to 
chromecast, launch plex on the android remote, start my show, and send 
it to the chromecast which turns the plex app into a graphical remote 
for controlling the stream.

By setting the phone to Airplane mode and then turning BT and wifi back 
on I can get 3-4 days out of the battery. Since it is a handset with 
wireless charging, I just set it on the charger each night and it stays 

The glue that binds all of this is the $100 Logitech Harmony Hub which 
is a brilliant product well executed with fantastic build quality to boot.

This is a poor description of what has turned into an elegant solution.

Hope it helps another person in remote hell.

Phil Sieg
SeniorTech LLC / snapfo-n


"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

Recycling an Android Tablet as Doorbell?

From: Mike Harrison 

Anyone used an old Android tablet (or two) as video doorbells?


One tablet/phone outside, in enclosure, as doorbell with video monitor and speakerphone

One tablet/phone inside, as doorbell with ability to see/chat ?

Nice laser printer - Linux compatible -- for $25 shipped

From: Phil Shapiro 

I've bought one of these. They're cute and work nicely on Linux, Mac, and Windows. They also print wirelessly from Android and iOS. 

Note - the Linux driver is a .deb file, so you might be .sol if you're an . rpm person. 



Phil Shapiro, 

"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 

Android Tablets?

From: Aaron Welch 
I have a few. Is it for you or a little one?


Sent from my iPhone

> On Sep 25, 2015, at 9:59 PM, Wil Wade  wrote:
> I am looking for an Android tablet. Wondering if anyone has seen any good ones? Any good Chinese ones? (Don't care if China spies on my kids playing angry birds, they already have all my data from the OPM breach.)
> Anyone have one they don't want any more?
> (or higher)
> Android 5 (without dual booting useless, space wasting Windows)
> 32G
> 7in screen

Android Tablets?

From: Wil Wade 
I am looking for an Android tablet. Wondering if anyone has seen any good
ones? Any good Chinese ones? (Don't care if China spies on my kids playing
angry birds, they already have all my data from the OPM breach.)

Anyone have one they don't want any more?

(or higher)
Android 5 (without dual booting useless, space wasting Windows)
7in screen

Favorite Android anti-malware app

From: John Aldrich 
What's everyone's favorite app for anti-malware on Android devices? My
LG came with Cheetah Mobile's anti-virus/anti-malware. I've had some ads
start popping up on my phone lately when I unlock apps locked by CM, so
I wonder why they're not being caught by CM. I'm trying to scan with
Malware Bytes right now, but it keeps crashing for some reason. :(

  John Aldrich

Nexus Device

From: asg 

  I am taking an Android exploit development class next week and I am =
trying to get my hands on a  cheap Nexus device. Anyone got one they are =
willing to let go for cheap or willing to let me borrow and abuse for a =
week or two?

Stephen Haywood
Owner: ASG Consulting

Cell phone

From: Jonathan Calloway 
I sent out an email to the list on Saturday but I didn't get any reposes.

If you have an old android phone laying around, I am trying to help someone who can use it.  It needs to be unlocked or on ATT.  


Sent from my iPhone

Need a reliable Android phone

From: Jonathan Calloway 
Good morning!

I have need of a used Android phone that can take a full size sim.  It needs to be GSM based, and compatible with ATT or T-Mobile.  I’m not really concerned about how old it is, or what version of Android it has, it just needs to be something you are willing to let go of for less than $75.

If you have something laying around that may help, please email me off list with your cell as I will be out all day.


Jonathan Calloway

You always learn some things when sniffing..

From: Mike Harrison 
Been playing at home for the night.. Mostly with some Ubiquity Bullet M2’s and various software loads. And a few Linux and Mac devices.

I’m really liking the hardware, form factor, etc.. the two best loads are the default AirOS from Ubiquity. Unless you are doing weird stuff, it’s polished and does everything you would want. You have to turn off some Ubiquity specific features for it to play nice with older hardware/OS’s, like setting the speed to 20mbps. No flaming reason to use anything else for most uses. I’m impressed. 

On the playing around side: Very nicely tuned up for doing a HAM style emergency mesh/ad-hoc network. It has preconfigured web menu’s for the common deployments that a ham organization would want. Which also makes it hard to do something it does automagically do. 

Then I played again with Commotion. I like where they seem to be going and they are trying to make a friendly easy to use interface that other less technical people should be able to use to add their hardware to a mesh. They may have an Android app and a Laptop app that would allow them to join as mesh nodes in the future, rather than standard WiFI clients. Sounds good. In Theory. In practice, it’s a work very much in progress based on the Luci web interfaces that the standard OpenWRT install is on. Lots of things don’t seem to work well, like the initial “set the admin password” page. Frustrating. 

OpenWRT. in true geek fashion is fairly minimal on “slick” and robust on “it works”. As I started to add some packages to the most recent install, I’m blown away by the things that easily install and just seem to work:  Including iptraf, aircrack  (very useful tools).. 

I’ve given up on the “mesh” idea for now, because a solid AP and single Repeater will work for my remote event management needs I have coming up this fall. To do those things, I have a minimal web chat system (auto-updates across the people/devices using it.. ) and Dokuwiki running on a netbook as a server and upstream gateway. Should do what needs to be done: bringing a portable intranet and possibly upstream to the net to interesting places.

Part of playing around is sniffing your own home and devices. I used to do this a lot. It’d been a while. Using sniffit, iptraf airdump and OpenWRT, I found some devices I had forgotten about, and found that even seemingly properly working devices sure chatter a lot more than they used to. What is Google Chrome doing when it is doing nothing.. not even a window open. Cripes it is busy. 

No matter how you do it, I’m tossing out the idea that you might want to sniff your local home traffic every once in a while, and verify everything that is on it should be, and is behaving properly. 

And now.. time to do some remote database maintenance.. Sigh..