Recover lost speed of an Android phone (THL T11)

After using my phone for a few years, it started to act up. First of all random reboots started, then the whole phone slowed down so much, that even the simplest applications took a minute to start.

I decided to give it a good clean factory reset. It did however become a bit more complicated than expected. To make sure I don’t run into trouble like this again, I decided to take notes during the process, and share it. Maybe someone else will have similar issues. Continue reading “Recover lost speed of an Android phone (THL T11)”

Perils of transformation programs

Dunning-Kruger effect is based on the study of a sociological phenomenon, that has won the Ignobel prize in 2009. The theory, in layman’s terms states, that the less a person knows about a subject, the more he is convinced, that he’s an expert about it.  We joked about it at that time with friends, and didn’t take it seriously at all.

Interestingly enough I started noticing the effect, but not on personal, but on enterprise level. More specifically on transformation programs.


The companies starting transformation programs are usually showing the Dunning-Kruger effect in motion, as they progress.

They start with ignorant goal setting, and as the understanding increases, fear sets in. Too bad it’s always too late to do anything about it then. By the time the company overcomes the effects of the program it’s ignorance raises high enough to start a new program.

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IBM ECM user group breakfast

Electronic content management (ECM) is an unavoidable part of running most enterprises, be it small or large. For mid to large enterprises IBM provides a number of tools and technologies to cover all aspects of ECM throughout the document related processes or the document’s lifecycle.

Even though the businesses differ in many ways, the users of enterprise content management tools have a very similar set of functions, that they all need to implement. IBM Hungary with my friends at Atoll Technologies, have started the IBM ECM user group, where the users of such technologies could have a conversation of the dos and do-nots about the elements of the portfolio.

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Old dogs and new technologies

This is the tenth article in the attempt to form a blogging habit

They say you cannot teach old dogs new tricks. It has been proven wrong many times, but the idea is, that once you have your own ways, it’s hard to deviate from them.

Last summer I had plenty of time for experimentation. I’ve also had an old development idea I wanted to take on the road for some time. As I was very much stuck in the world of the Java enterprise, I decided to give the “new age” methodologies/technologies a go. I’ll summarize the stages I’ve taken to learn, create and refactor the architecture to it’s current, still non-final stage.


Experimenting with various ideas is always worth it, even if you end up where you started with.

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Trends in my blog views


wpid-wp-1446183785511.pngInteresting how much effect the new posts have on my blog’s otherwise quite feeble statistics.
Well even though it looks nice, it’s still too low to deduct anything about it, and I consider the increase a statistical error.

If this trend continues, I might reach and maybe break my all time top of 54 page views a day. ☺ There is still some room for improvement.

Interesting fact, when another of my blogs got to the first page of, it had over 100.000 visits a day.

Google chrome finally supports multi-lingual spell checking

I really hated having to switch languages, when I switched to writing from Hungarian and English. Many times I was writing mail, or working on an article in English, when a Hangouts message popped up where I had all my words underlined by the English spellchecker.

Finally after over a year in progress, guys at Google managed to add the feature to Chrome.

Too bad it’s quite hidden at the moment, and even though I followed it on the bug tracker it didn’t appear in my basic settings panel.

If you want to enable it, follow the instructions here, or just click here and enable the multi-lingual-spellchecker option.

(NB: Doesn’t work on Android, or IOS)

Translating Chinese router’s UI

This is the third article in my 21 day blogging marathon. It is not quite as polished, as it could be.

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I got myself a Mercury MW3030R router from China a couple of weeks ago. It’s a dual band router, which can actually reach speeds of 300Mbs over the 5Ghz. It was so  cheap I didn’t bother looking too deep into the specifications. It turned out, the router only supports Chinese language. It also turned out, there is no option to either flash a new firmware, without doing some soldering, and firmware digging. I’m not really good with hardware, and it didn’t want to waste time which would almost certainly result in a battered, smoking bricked device.

I had to find a way to do the configuration, without having to learn Chinese first.

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Android debug on Ubuntu – emulator and alternatives

This is the second article in my 21 day blogging marathon. It is not quite as polished, as it could be.

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I use a quite old, and battered Acer laptop with an I5 2nd generation processor and a “feeble” 8GB memory, for my personal projects.

It works fine, as long as I work on my smaller hobby projects, Freeplane GTD+ or the MindWeb which only require a  smallish development environment, but it quickly becomes a bottleneck as soon as I start up my heavier Android development environment, as that requires full processor  emulation using the Android emulator.

It’s quite useful to keep the computer running hot, to keep my fingers warm, and my tea next to the air went hot, in these cold autumn afternoons. On the long run however it will certainly damage the fan or even burn the processor. I had to find a way to keep the emulator overhead down.
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