T-mobile G1 internet with 9.99 Tzones hack, 5.99 no more :(

Hooray! It works!
T-mobile doesn’t have the 5.99 tzones plan anymore. They upped it to a 9.99 plan. Don’t get rid of your 5.99 plan if you still have it!!! But the tzones hack still works. To get it working on your G1, check my post about getting the MMS to work without having a data plan here.
Then go into your test settings and change the data method to WCDMA preferred or unknown. If you get connectivity errors, you can goto settings and select ‘use only 2G’. This also saves aloooot of battery.

If you want to tether your laptop to use the internet from the G1 check my post here.

Got my T-mobile G1 firmware update today

It popped up today and I installed it. The firmware fixes a few glitches the G1 had and adds:

1. Voicesearch with google. kinda like on the iPhone
– Honestly, I don’t like to use voice search features, not even voice dialing. Some people can’t live without it, but it just doesn’t work for me. When I tried to use this feature, I said “android” and it searched for “stanford”. But you can hit the down arrow and pick from another selection of choices. Alot of improvements need to be made in speech recognition technology before I will use it. (Update- this feature works most of the time if you speak clearly and pause after each word. Jeff Hamilton, a software engineer, with theandroid team claims they are working on new algorithms constantly. Try it yourself first before coming to a conclusion!)

2. Saving attachments via MMS
– No need for the ‘save mms’ app anymore. to save the picture, you don’t click on the picture itself but around it.

3. Some other wifi and messaging related glitches

4. Check for upgrades feature

5. Mark as spam in the android market

Please digg this article if you like it. [digg=http://digg.com/gadgets/T_mobile_releases_Over_the_Air_update_for_Android_G1_phone]

How to get MMS picture messaging working on a T-mobile G1, Android without the data plan

T-mobile reps almost convinced me that there would be no way to get my picture messaging working on my g1 without the data plan. I turned off the data plan as soon as I set it up upon arrival. According the the T-mobile reps, I can’t even place or receive calls without the data plan. (Either they say anything to get you to buy the plan or they’re just dumb useless fellows, the latter being more accurate based on experience.)

So after doing some yahooing and alot of futsin around, I finally managed to get my MMS working by changing the settings. Here’s what to do:

Goto
Menu -> Settings -> Wireless Controls -> Mobile Networks -> Access Point Names -> T-Mobile US

Make sure you go into T-mobile US and not any other setting and change the name like I did, don’t even create a new one. It took me 2 months to figure out what I did wrong.

Change the settings to the following:
Name: T-Mobile US
APN: wap.voicestream.com
proxy: 216.155.165.050
port: 8080
Username: not set (delete everything in this field)
Password: not set (delete all here too)
Server: not set (delete the *)
MMSC: http://mms.msg.eng.t-mobile.com/mms/wapenc
MMS Proxy: 216.155.165.050
MMS Port: 8080
MMC: 310
MNC: 260
APN type: not set

Restart your phone. Now your MMS should work. If you have the 5.99 t-zones, I think your internet will work too. (UPDATE- it does work. check here)

[digg=http://digg.com/gadgets/How_To_MMS_picture_messaging_on_Tmobile_G1_without_data_plan]

*Troubleshooting*
1. If you’re having trouble still, go into mobile networks and enable ‘data roaming’ and ‘use only 2G’

2. Make sure your connecting to T-mobile US
-to do this go to the marketplace and download ‘any cut’
-open any cut and click create shortcut
-goto activity and select ‘testing’
-you should have a shortcut on your desktop that says testing, unless your desktop was full.
-click testing -> goto phone info -> this should tell you what connection you are connecting/connected to.
-For some reason if you are not using T-mobile US, change the settings for the appropriate one.
-If phone info shows you are not connected, hit menu and click on more and click enable data.
-now data should be connected.

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sorry guys, I haven’t been keeping up with this topic. Honestly, I don’t ever receive MMS. And If its that important, you can add on the $25 package once every few days, download all your mms the same day and take it off.
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G1 mirror screen protector

UPDATE*- These settings work for iPhone on T-mobile, maybe they might work on the Android:

Data:
APN: web.omwtoday.com
(no user name, no password)

MMS:
APN: web.omwtoday.com
(no user name, no password)
MMSC: http://wirelessfour.mmsmvno.com/mms/wapenc
MMS Proxy: 216.155.165.50:8080
Max msg size: 1058576
MMS UA PROF URL: (none)

How to install the Android SDK and Eclipse on Windows and Ubuntu, Step-by-Step

http://code.google.com/android/intro/installing.html has a basic tutorial on how to install the android SDK and the requirements for the project. However, people like me (who don’t want to use too much brain power after coming back from work tired) need pictures and a detailed step by step guide. I found two great tutorials searching the internet.

One for Windows users-
http://whyandroid.com/android/216-how-to-install-the-android-sdk-on-windows-xp.html
And this one for Ubuntu Linux users-
http://www.howtoforge.com/installing-google-android-sdk1.0-on-ubuntu8.04-desktop

Note: while installing the ADT, if you get an error saying : “No repository found at https://dl-ssl.google.com/android/eclipse/” try changing the https to http. If for some reason it still doesn’t work, you can download the ADT here: http://code.google.com/android/adt_download.html

In Eclipse 3.3, click New Archive Site….
In Eclipse 3.4, click Add Site…, then Archive…
Browse and select the downloaded the zip file.

or check here http://pebbie.wordpress.com/2007/11/17/manually-installing-android-eclipse-plugin/

How to remove unused Linux kernels in Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex

After upgrading Ubuntu, you realize there are so many linux kernels in your system under /boot and also appear in the grub menu when you boot up your system. Hopefully you are booting into the latest kernel and you can check the version of your kernel by opening up terminal and typing uname -r. This is your kernel that you have to keep, while the others are just taking up space. To remove these unused kernels simply open up the synaptic package manager under system > administration and search for ‘linux-image-2.6’

removekernel

The installed kernels are marked with a shaded box. Click on the box and select mark for uninstallation. After selecting all the kernels you dont need, hit apply.

remkernel

Fortunately, the synaptic package manager is smart enough to remove these entries from the grub menu. If for some reason they are not removed, you can remove them by editing the menu.lst by typing sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst

How to capture a screenshot in Ubuntu Gutsy Hardy Intrepid Linux

To capture a screenshot in Ubuntu is very easy. All you have to do is press the PRTSC button and it’ll ask you what to name the file.

screenshot

OR:

There are plenty of screen-capture tools, but a lot of them are based on X. This leads to a problem when running an X application would interfere with the application you wanted to grab – perhaps a game or even a Linux installer. If you use the venerable ImageMagick import command though, you can grab from an X session via the console. Simply go to a virtual terminal (Ctrl+Alt+F1 for example) and enter the following:

chvt 7; sleep 2; import -display :0.0 -window root sshot1.png; chvt 1;

The chvt command changes the virtual terminal, and the sleep command gives it a while to redraw the screen. The import command then captures the whole display and saves it to a file before the final chvt command sticks you back in the virtual terminal again. Make sure you type the whole command on one line.

This can even work on Linux installers, many of which leave a console running in the background – just load up a floppy/CD with import and the few libraries it requires for a first-rate run-anywhere screen grabber.

[source: http://www.tuxradar.com/content/linux-tips-every-geek-should-know]

Accidentally pressed Ctrl-Z in a Linux terminal in Ubuntu Intrepid Ipex. What do I do now?

Today I was trying to upgrade my Ubuntu with sudo apt-get upgrade and accidentally typed Ctrl-Z while in the terminal and the upgrade stopped. After doing some research on this, here is what I found:

Pressing Ctrl Z in the terminal sends the process to the background causing it to pause until it is told to come back to the foreground.

Pressing CTRL Z in the Linux terminal

Pressing CTRL Z in the Linux terminal

Once the task is paused you can run another task and call the paused one later when it is needed. To check the paused tasks type jobs in the terminal.

To resume the process, you can type fg. If you have multiple tasks, then you type fg 1, fg 2 etc…

Resume task in terminal

Resume task in terminal

How to Convert .DMG files to .ISO using PowerISO

I recently came across a dmg image file that I needed to use, but the problem is that Windows does not support dmg. I tried to mount it using MagicISO, PowerISO and Alcohol %120 but none can mount the file. I found a great feature in PowerISO that lets you convert dmg to iso. Here are the steps.

1. Open the dmg file with powerISO
2. Goto Tools..Convert..
3. Select your source file
4. Select the destination file (It can be either iso, bin/cue, or daa)
5. convert

use powerISO to convert dmg to iso

use powerISO to convert dmg to iso

Dual, Triple, Quad Boot a Macbook with Mac OS X, Ubuntu Linux, Windows XP, and Windows Vista

In this  tutorial I will be showing you how to Quad boot your macbook with OS X, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Ubuntu Linux.  You can leave out the OSes you don’t want or replace them with something else.  This is just a general but detailed guide for noobz!

QUADBOOT SETUP

We will be installing OS X from scratch so all your setting will be deleted. You might want to back up the data with Time machine or another backup software. Insert the OS X DVD and reboot the macbook holding down the C key.

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Select your Language.

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Before we install the OSes, we will partition the hard drive into 5 partitions.  Go to Utilities and click on Disk Utility.

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Select the Hard drive on the left.  Mine has a 120GB drive.

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Click on the partition tab and select 5 Partitions from the Volume Scheme.  Label them as follows:

1. Vista (MS-DOS FAT and atleast 10GB)

2. Storage (MS-DOS FAT and however much space you want as a storage location)

3. XP (MS-DOS FAT and atleast 7GB)

4. OSX (Extended Journaled and atleast 20GB)

5. Free space (Chose from the drop down.  will be used for our Ubuntu Linux)

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Click on Options and make sure GUID Partition Table is selected. Hit Apply

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Click Partition

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Now we are going to Install our first OS.  Select the OSX partition and continue.

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Install

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You can skip the check if you know the DVD is in good condition and without scratches.

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Your Installing your first OS. excited?

Be patient.  This will take a while.

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Restart your computer.

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It will ask you for the second Disc.  Insert the second disc.

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Installation Complete!! now pat yourself on the back.

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Once you setup your OSX with your settings, open up the safari web browser and goto http://refit.sourceforge.net/ and download the Mac disk image

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downloading….

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once the download finishes, double click the image and then on the installer to install it.

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After rEFIt is installed, insert the VISTA disc and reboot holding the  C key.

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Select language.

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Install.

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Accept the terms.

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Custom (advanced)

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Select the Vista partition and format with NTFS before continuing with Install.

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After restarting, you will see the rEFIt GUI.  select the second partition to boot into VISTA.

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Goto My computer.

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select the CD/DVD drive.

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Eject the CD and insert the OSX disc.

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Select Open folder.

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Go into Boot Camp folder.

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click setup.exe

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Continue to Install the BootCamp drivers.

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Select No to restart.  We need to mark our XP partition as active first.

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Goto Control Panel.

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System and maintenance

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Click ‘Create and format hard disk partitions’ under Administrative tools.

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right click the XP partition and formate with NTFS.

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after formatting is complete, right click the XP partition and mark as active.

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Hell yes.  Now eject the OSX disc and insert the XP disc.

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Upon entering rEFIt, select boot from CD.

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Select partition 4

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Let it do its thang.

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upon restart, Boot from partition 4.

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Awesome!! Now you have 3 OSes. Take a break.

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In XP, goto my computer and eject the CD.  Insert the OSX disc.

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Install Boot Camp drivers.

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Select no to the restart.  Eject the OSX disc and insert the Ubuntu CD.  Now restart

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Boot from CD.

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Select language

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Install Ubuntu

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Select language

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Pick your timezone.

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Select USA – Macintosh for the keyboard.

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Select the free space and click on new partition.

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Now we will make a swap space for Linux.

Size: more than your RAM to be able to hibernate. My RAM is 2GB so I choose 2001MB.

Location: End

Use as: Swap area

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Create another partition.

Size: Use the remaining disk space.

Location: Beginning

Use as: Ext3

Mount point: /

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type in your username and password.  Don’t forget your password.

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nothing to migrate.  so leave this blank.

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Click on advanced and in the drop down box type in (hd0,2)

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proceed normally

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Restart.

Ubuntu will ask you to remove the disc and press ENTER.

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You will come back to rEFIt

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Start the partitioning tool.

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Type Y to update the MBR.

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Boot from the Linux partition

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Boot into Vista.

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You should get an error.  If you get this error, Follow the directions and enter the Vista CD. restart the computer and select Boot from CD from the rEFIt menu.

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repair and restart.

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now we want our Ubuntu to start automatically without waiting for a timeout when we select the Ubuntu partition, instead of showing us the Grub menu.  To do this, boot into ubuntu and open a terminal shell.

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type sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst

enter your password.

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you will be presented with the grub configuration file in a text editor. change the timeout to 0.

Enjoy your QUAD BOOT MACBOOK !!!!

You can download this tutorial as a pdf here, but please give me credit.
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