Posted on November 30, 2013
I always root my phones for the single reason of being able to remove all the crapware that comes pre-installed with most carrier cell phones, which can not be uninstalled from the device. I knew that OTA updates were not available because my S4 had been modified, e.g. rooted; but the Samsung Kies software informed me of an update when I connected the phone to my PC, so I went ahead and updated to Android 4.3, the update went well until reboot when I got an error message.
The error message was “System UIDs Inconsistent! UIDs on the system are inconsistent, you need to wipe your data partition or your device will be unstable”; so I got into the recovery menu using Volume Up, Power and Home keys from off and wiped the data cache which removed the error message and the S4 booted. But Wi-Fi was not working; completely refused to turn on, which added insult to injury, restoring settings and apps from Google used by the majority of my 4G LTE data.
I thought, I’ll restore the Nandroid backup I made before updating but that wasn’t possible as the upgrade also wiped clockworkmod recovery; all I got was the default recovery, which failed to recognize the recovery files. I rooted the S4 on Android 4.3 as this version of Android breaks root and attempted to install clockworkmod recovery again but that broke recovery completely.
After a lot of searching and stress; I found a full T-Mobile Galaxy S4 Android 4.2.2 image to restore to the phone using ODIN; which allowed me to root, install clockworkmod recovery and restore my Nandroid backup. Then swiftly after that decided to try the now stable Cyanogenmod 10.2 which is running on the Android 4.3.1 codebase and so far, it’s all good. I tried Cyanogenmod previously but went back to Touchwiz because it still had a lot of bugs even at the release candidate stage.
This is a cautionary tale, heed my words or you’ll have a massive headache to content with; I got this fixed because I like to tinker and know my way around customization of Android phones and tablets.
With only three seats remaining, two at Caterham and one at Marussia; the 2014 F1 driver line-up is almost complete and seemingly the biggest casualty of the driver merry-go-round is Paul di Resta who lost his drive with Force India, the Indian owned team opting for two new drivers; but more on that later. I don’t see di Resta moving to either Caterham or Marussia to stay in F1, but driving in the World Endurance Championship has been suggested as a possible destination for the Scot.
Infinity Red Bull, Renault
With Mark Webber electing to hang up his F1 helmet seeking pastures new in Sportscars, that left a vacant seat alongside Sebastian Vettel which will be filled by 2013 Toro Rosso driver Daniel Ricciardo. I’m very interested to see if Ricciardo can step up to the plate and take it to quadruple world champion, Vettel. Ricciardo had some great drives in 2013 with the Red Bull junior team but also made some very silly mistakes. Personally I don’t see the Australian challenging Vettel for wins; but that’s more than likely what Christian Horner and Helmut Marko wanted all along!
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
Mercedes have retained both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg for 2014 after an encouraging 2013 season. Mercedes is expected to be a frontrunner in 2014 with their V6T engine; I’m not so convinced that the new power unit will be significantly better than the offerings from Ferrari and Renault.
Felipe Massa has been forced out of Ferrari after eight years of service in favour of Kimi Raikkonen, who previously drove for Ferrari back in 2007/08 before being paid off by the team to bring in Fernando Alonso in 2009. The Spaniard will remain at Ferrari for a sixth year to partner Raikkonen. Which should make for an interesting driver pairing, the hot latin Alonso and the ice cool Raikkonen, it should be an epic battle between the two drivers if Raikkonen can maintain his motivation.
Lotus F1 Team
Lotus have gone chasing the money after the Quantum Motorsport investment deal seemingly disappeared; hiring former Williams driver Pastor Maldonado. Personally I think that Maldonado only got the drive because of his millions in PDVSA sponsorship money, which is great shame as I believe it should be talent over money, especially at the sharp end of the grid. Romain Grosjean will take over the team leader role at Lotus after showing great maturity during 2013 after previously being known as one of F1′s crash kids. Can Maldonado match Grosjean in 2014? I believe 2014 will be Maldonado’s “put up or shut up” year after spending 2013 blaming everyone but himself.
McLaren have dropped Sergio Perez after just one season, which was seen as harsh by many. In 2013, McLaren failed to deliver a competitive car for it’s drivers, many believe that with a better car, Perez would have been challenging for wins. McLaren are pinning their hopes on rookie driver Kevin Magnussen after some impressive testing pace. Personally I believe this is more of a “Hail Mary” move, hoping that Magnussen will be the next Hamilton. Jenson Button remains at Woking for fifth season; will this be his last in F1? Button, who by his own admission has been off the boil in 2013.
Sahara Force India F1 Team, Mercedes
Force India have hired two new drivers, dropping both Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta in favour of McLaren refugee Sergio Perez and former Force India pilot Nico Hulkenberg. We know that Hulkenberg is a fast and reliable driver and the team already know him, so that’s a no brainer but is Perez any better than Sutil or di Resta? I guess 2014 will tell; but it wont be comparable because of the huge regulation changes, if the Mercedes engine is a good as people say, they could be up there.
Sauber F1 Team, Ferrari
Sauber have picked up Force India refugee Adrian Sutil to replace Hulkenberg; the German is a solid, experienced driver who will do well if Sauber can come up with a decent car. The second seat is provisionally taken by Sergey Sirotkin pending getting his super-licence before the next season. Sirotkin joins Sauber off the back of a Formula Renault 3.5 season in which he finished ninth overall with two podiums to his name, so performance isn’t why the Russian got the drive, I would suggest that he got the drive because of the new Russian sponsorship that Sauber have acquired.
Scuderia Toro Rosso, Ferrari
The Red Bull junior team have retained Jean-Eric Vergne while signing 19 year old Russian Daniil Kvyat who won the 2013 F3 series scoring three wins and two podiums along the way. I don’t know too much about the young Russian but will be interesting to see how he stacks up against the vastly more experienced Vergne. Obviously with the Russian GP this season, it’s somewhat a tactical move.
Williams F1 Team, Mercedes
After a dismal season, Sir Frank has ditched the whiny Maldonado after the Venezuelan constantly blamed the team for his lacklustre performances in favour of the massively experienced former Ferrari driver, Felipe Massa. Which I believe is a good move for the Grove based team, the Brazilian brings more than a decade of experience to the team, which should create a great partnership with second year rookie, Valteri Bottas. With Williams securing the popular Mercedes V6T, I’m hoping for a jump forward in 2014; I don’t really follow a team but I do have a soft spot for Williams.
Caterham F1 & Marussia F1
Not too much to say about these two teams, Caterham still are to decide who their drivers will be in 2014 and Marrussia have held onto Jules Bianchi while the second seat is still to be announced.
We already have a bunch of artificial aids in F1 to make racing more exciting such as DRS, KERS and fast degrading tyres. But now after Jean Todt was re-elected as FIA president, we have more harebrained ideas including mandatory two pitstops and double points for the season’s finale.
The mandatory two pitstop proposal was pissed on by all the teams involved in F1, so at least this nonsense wont be happening, at least not next season. It’s bad enough that the FIA already impose a mandatory pitstop by way of forcing teams to use both tyre compounds. Not sure which, either the teams have managed to engineer their cars to go easier on the tyres or Pirelli have been making more durable compounds; the net result is that some teams can run the whole race with just one pitstop. I think it’s time to return to refuelling and allow teams to use as many or as few tyres as they like instead of Bernie Ecclestone and the FIA’s manufactured view of what F1 should be.
The season’s finale double points idea has been universally condemned by most drivers except Sergio Perez. It’s a stupid idea which is grossly unfair to the drivers that have driven well all season to gain a decent lead in the championship only to be usurped at the final race because the winning driver can scoop 50 points. If this points system was in place during the last six years, Lewis Hamilton would not have been world champion in 2008 and Fernando Alonso would have beaten Vettel to the title in 2012. This double points idea is as stupid as Bernie’s “artificial rain” idea.
There are two other sporting regulations coming into force next season; firstly, drivers will choose a first, second and third preferred number between 2 and 99 that they will carry for the lifespan of the F1 career, which is silly and pointless in my view, the current system works fine. Secondly, a new five second penalty for minor infractions, which is not so silly, but it probably wont work because of the inconsistent stewardship at races, some drivers get punished while others get away scotfree.
Writen by Jason Lewis on Dec, 2 2013, 00:12 ♦ Category: Entertainment, Reviews, Technology ♦ No Responses
About three weeks ago we decided to get cable again after a 2 ½ year break because Hulu owned by NBC Universal, Disney/ABC and Fox started delaying shows by 30 days after broadcast unless you subscribe to a participating satellite/cable provider; Cox is not one of the participating providers.
We have started recording the shows we like on the DVR until we have watched the previous episodes on Hulu after the 30 day delay period then in all likelihood we will cancel Hulu completely as we wont need it because we have the DVR, Hulu is useless to us as Cox is not a Hulu partner.
So Contour itself; it’s OK, but has issues with connectivity, the iPad app is a good idea but we have lots of connectivity issues and also doesn’t allow for watching programs you have recorded on the DVR on the iPad; plus it’s only available on your own home network; so don’t get any ideas of taking television with you when you go on vacation or business trips, which is a big negative for me.
The Cisco/Cox Record 6 DVR is generally good, no problems with setting and watching recordings but the recordings are not high motion encodings; in fast moving scenes there is a good amount of pixelation on my 1080p TV. Watching TV is fine, the HD channels output in 1080i video and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio for the most part but we have experienced intermittent video and audio breakup, something we hoped to avoid; we decided against Dish Network because it is affected by weather.
We also have the Cisco client box in our bedroom which connects to the main box in the living room to set and watch DVR recordings; but there seems to be connectivity issues, twice this evening the box lost contact with the DVR box and stopped playback of the soccer match I recorded earlier.
Obviously the biggest marketing point is the personalized recommendations but we really don’t use the service. We know what we want to watch and most of the recommendations are kids programming as the kids use the TV more than the wife and I do. So I suppose it works, but it’s not really used.
The question is “is it worth upgrading?”; and the answer is; it depends on what you currently have; if you already have HD Television and a DVR then it’s probably not worth upgrading unless you are a prolific recorder of programs; in which case the six tuners and 2TB hard disk would be a nice bonus for you. If you are upgrading from non-HD or straight into the back of your TV cable, then it’s definitely worth the upgrade, high quality video, digital 5.1 audio and many more viewing choices.
Sebastian Vettel continued his dominance this season with his ninth successive race win to equal Alberto Ascari’s 1952/53 feat. Mark Webber who called time on his F1 career at Interlagos claimed second place for himself and Red Bull while Fernando Alonso claimed third place for Ferrari, but that wasn’t enough to claim second in the constructors championship after Felipe Massa crossed the white pitlane line earning a drive-through penalty dropping him back from fourth to seventh place.
Massa was extremely unhappy with the drive-through penalty he received; but at the end of the day he crossed the pitlane line which is an automatic penalty; all the drivers were warned before the event about crossing the pitlane line. It was a silly mistake that cost Massa and Ferrari dear.
The other big talking point was the penalty that Lewis Hamilton received for colliding with Valteri Bottas, which took the Finn out of the race and dropped Hamilton back to ninth place. A lot of Hamilton fans believe that Lewis was harshly punished because Bottas should not have been in that position. I have a different view, Bottas was faster than Hamilton at that time in the race and is entitled to unlap himself, the Finn was alongside the Briton when Hamilton made a clear move to the right which caused the accident, therefore causing an avoidable accident, penalty deserved!
Brazil also saw McLaren’s best performance of the season with Jenson Button finishing in fourth while Sergio Perez finishing in sixth from their respective starting positions of 14th and 19th. Although those results were helped by Romain Grosjean’s engine blowup and Felipe Massa’s and Lewis Hamilton’s drive-through penalties, but I guess sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good!
Mercedes Nico Rosberg; despite holding the lead of the race for the opening lap after getting the jump on Vettel off the line into turn one ended up falling backwards to fifth place by the time the chequered flag fell. Which seems to have been the main problem for the German team since the mid season break. Fellow German and Sauber driver Nico Hulkenberg claimed another solid top 10 finish scoring four points for eighth and Red Bull bound Daniel Ricciardo claimed the final point for 10th.
Top 10 finishing positions for the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix
Over the last six weeks, my nine year old autistic son has been behaving terribly at school which has culminated in a two day suspension and the net result for him is that he will spend those two days in his room without any television, radio, books and toys to contemplate his actions.
It started out with my son claiming he is being bullied and no-one at school believes him, of course we talked with his teachers and a different story came back, it was more like six of one, half dozen of the other. Then my son started manufacturing incidents, suddenly stopping so the kid behind walks into him then immediately put his hand up to tell the teacher about his manufactured incident to get the other kid in trouble. Which then expanded into throwing himself into the wall ten feet away to exaggerate what really happened, which was another kid lightly shoving him in line.
The latest is the worst of all which resulted in the suspension, while playing tag, he was grabbing other boys by the genitals and after being told to stop by the teacher, he continued the same behaviour and laughed at the kids he groped. The worst thing is he thinks that it’s normal behaviour and wouldn’t care if someone else touched him between his legs, which is deeply disturbing.
The wife and I are at a loss to explain his behaviour; we talked with his therapist tonight and she is going to work on appropriate behaviours in the coming weeks. The only thing we can think of is that he is acting out because of switching schools, he wants to go back to his old school where he got away with murder, although great; the teachers coddled him which is not the case at his new school!
Update [Nov, 21 2013, 17:34 ]: We have gotten some more information about the incident yesterday, because of my son previously attempting to get others in trouble, they didn’t want him playing tag with them, which is understandable. He decided to retaliate by grabbing them with the intention of causing harm. Now the school have notified the parents of the other kids involved and we could face further action, legal or otherwise. My son complains about not having any friends at this school, when he acts like a jackass, is that really any surprise?
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel claimed his eighth consecutive race win since the summer break to set another F1 record, not to mention demoralize the rest of the F1 grid with another dominant display. No-one can claim that Vettel isn’t something special but from a fan point of view it makes for dull racing; which set the tone for the race, very little action to write home about at the 2013 USGP!
The start was the most exciting part, after that it really died a death apart from the the occasional lunge down the inside from Nico Rosberg. So back to the start, Vettel got his usually clean start and started to streak off into the distance while Mark Webber fell from second to forth after another poor start allowing Romain Grosjean and Lewis Hamilton to pass by the first corner. Nico Hulkenberg also dropped back one place succumbing to the fast starting Hamilton, Sergio Perez moved up one place ahead of Fernando Alonso, Valteri Bottas, Paul di Resta and Daniel Ricciardo all made good starts to jump Lotus’ temporary driver Heikki Kovalainen dropping the finn out of the top 10, meanwhile Maldonado and Sutil came together down the back straight which pitched the German into the armco, ending his race while Jenson Button sustained damage to his front wing!
The Sutil crash brought out the safety car which put the race on hold until lap five. And on the restart, there was no change of position in the top 10. Webber did claim back third from Hamilton on lap 13 down the back straight into the hairpin, the Australian breezing past the Briton like a motorway overtake using DRS. Hamilton expressing his dislike for having to conserve tyres over the team radio; we all feel your pain Lewis, as fans we’d all rather see flat out racing all race long.
Williams’ Valteri Bottas had a great race scoring four points for the team, maintaining his eighth place for the majority of the race, reclaiming that position on lap 37 after falling behind the three stopping Esteban Gutierrez. Jenson Button who started from fifteenth after a grid penalty managed to haul his McLaren upto 10th place, stealing a point from Red Bull bound Ricciardo on the penultimate lap, Button’s team mate Perez claimed seventh place putting the Briton in the shade somewhat this weekend; Button himself admitted he needed to get his head back in the game.
That’s about it except to list the finishing positions for the US Grand Prix 2013:
In the last few days, Craigslist have been making life for Internet marketers very tough, first they have started stripping out IMG, FONT, TABLE, DIV, and SPAN tags, which means no more tracking of posts as the only way to track Craigslist post views is by inserting an image into the post.
The loss of tracking information is annoying but not disastrous for most Internet marketers and having to upload your photos to Craigslist isn’t an issue either, many have been using Craigslist’s image uploader for some time. But a lot of apartment community staff use Craigslist post creators on websites such as Rentlinx.com and Rentping.com which embed the property images in the Craigslist posting body, this method will no longer work with the latest Craigslist changes.
The changes also mean that formatting using;
is not possible but there is an alternative;
which works as I write this; but that could change in the future.
The biggest change is the removal of hyperlinking, despite no mention of it, support for;
has been removed along with the previously mentioned HTML tags. Yesterday; writing the web address as you would in a browser, e.g. “http://www.yourwebsite.com” would automatically be turned into an hyperlink, but today that functionality has been removed. User’s no longer have the ability to click a link, they now have to highlight the URL and copy & paste into their browser.
I’m really failing to understand Craigslist’s logic in making these changes. It makes the user experience worse, not being able to click through to websites for more information about the property or additional tours or photos. I can understand removing images from the posting body to make a more consistent look and feel, but the hyper link removal baffles me completely.
Update [Nov, 8 2013, 18:44]: So today Craigslist has been playing silly beggars; this morning link parsing still didn’t work; yet come 3pm link parsing suddenly worked, but coming upto 7pm, link parsing is disabled once more. Sort it out Craigslist before posters decide to stop posting altogether, let’s face it; a large majority of posts are on behalf of a property management company and their IT people will look elsewhere to generate leads, I have personally wasted a day chasing my tail tying to keep up with the changes, but no more, I have better things to do!
In my previous blog I talked about having to spend out almost $1,500 in car repairs on my 2006 Saturn Vue V6 when taking the car into the shop for new brake pads and an oil change. It turned out that I needed a lot of work including new timing belt, new spark plugs, new water pump, new hoses, new brake discs, new pads and a new wheel hub, which came to almost $1,700, but after informing Justin from Scholfield that my maximum budget was $1500, he managed to get the price down to $1,413. That’s still a lot of money when you’re initial budget was $500, but it had to be done.
After three days in the shop, I got my car back on Wednesday and what a different, I had to check that it was my car as it ran better than it ever had since we bought the car in 2010. It looks like the previous owner skipped the 100k mile service, it had 101k miles on the clock when we bought it.
It’s quiet, we can hardly hear any noise inside the car now unless I mash my right foot down and the annoying vibration the car has gone completely. Brakes are now super powerful, just as well as the weather went crazy on the way home when someone decided to stamp on their brakes on a 65mph highway in those conditions, because of the extremely heavy rain, I didn’t see them until I was about 20ft away, a testament to the power of the new brakes that I didn’t plough into the back of them. It’s just another case of Kansas drivers having very little sense, I slowed down for the conditions, but did so slowly to not surprise someone traveling behind me on the highway!
So overall I am happy with the repairs on the car; but the cost came as a shock, and wiped out our savings; which can be easily replaced as myself and my wife both have good paying jobs for Kansas. But I’d rather wipe out our savings to pay for the fixes, a new engine would have been more costly if the timing belt failed completely and now we have a car that feels like brand new to drive!
I have been working full time for the past two months; coupled with my wife’s income we’ve been able to save some money for the future and today; BOOM, it’s all gone, not the job, just the money.
I took our Saturn in for it’s yearly service and we come to find out that the car needs almost $1700 worth of repairs including a new timing belt, water filter and hosing, new front brake pads and discs, which totaled almost $1,700; but I managed to get the price down to $1,413 including tax. Still not much consolation as all our savings and what remains in our checking account has been wiped out.
We need to have a reliable car for me to get around and to transport the kids from school and therapy sessions. So I really had no option but to shell out the money to get the car fixed, definitely need the brakes working, kinda good thing to have working on a car and if the timing belt failed, then it could mean a new engine which would cost a lot more than $1,413, so I shouldn’t complain.
Our second car is due for a service soon, now I am fearing what bad news that will bring; given that the car is worth $1,200 now, I wont’s be spending thousands getting it fixed; it’ll be scrapped and we’ll buy a newer used car instead. It’ll be a false economy to pay more than the car is worth!
[cont...] Just after writing the above; I opened a letter from the Social Security Administration telling us they have overpaid us $581.98 SSI despite us reporting every cent of our income. This is the fourth time that we have been “overpaid” in the last 2 1/2 years, it’s not our damn fault that the SSA employees cant count properly. We have no intention of paying this bullshit, we just paid off a $66.35 overpayment from just last month, what an incompetent bunch of idiotic bureaucrats.