May 19 2010

Remembering the good ol’ days…

Reminiscing old times

May 17 2010

Red Dead Redeption Pre-release Review

Comes out tomorrow!

May 9 2010

Evil Pigeon

Looking through my shots for my post I noticed this shot mid-blink.

May 7 2010

Also an Avian Shelter for birds

Apparently our home is becoming an animal shelter.

About a month ago a baby dove fell from our coconut tree.  My family and I didn’t know what would happen to it at a shelter so we decided to feed it.  My cousin, who ran a mobile Pet Shop for a while suggested what food and how to feed the dove.

On a side note: I used to shoot these guys with my BB gun when I was a kid until my mom caught me and said not to kill animals for no reason.  I lied, said I was gonna eat it.  Let’s just say my Dad ended up showing me how to cook a bird and I never killed them again.  Even though if I ever need to, and times are tough, roast dove will do the trick.

So we bought this food, which you mix with water.  When my hand was presented to his mouth he would but his beak between my fingers and perform the same motion as when his mother feeds him, except for the fact that it’s mouth would stay closed.

For the two nights he ate parakeet food grounded down and mixed with water and bread.  Until we bought this food.  We basically pried his mouth open with our fingers gently, and jammed the food in there.  He (we’ll call it a he for now) would swallow it and then start chirping for more.

With the formula, you just mix it with water and serve it through a feeding syringe until the gullet (area right under the neck) was full.

Well, to make a long story short, my grandma would feed him while I was at work, and my Dad would feed him when he got home.  So they’ve pretty much adopted the dove now and letting it go is going to be a difficult task.  Here he is now:

And then today, a Blue Jay!!

So last night, there was a baby bird in the middle of the street surrounded by about 10 stray cats.  One cat clawed him in the stomach and he started chirping and then they backed off.  My old man heard the commotion and went to see what was going on.  He shod away the cats and grabbed the little bird.  Turned out to be a baby Blue Jay.

Being that I had to work, and my grandmother didn’t wanna baby sit any more birds, I decided to put him in a shoe box and figure it out later.  Worst case scenario, he was already gonna die so feeding him twice a day would only have increased his odds of survival.  So I put him in a shoebox, I figured we’d solve it today.  He was trying to get out for about 2 hours until he gave up hope.

Turns out momma was looking for him in the morning.  She was chirping away on top of a power line, so we put him in a bush, and she came and got him, then they flew off together.  I hope the hole in his chest from the cat heals.

May 5 2010

Flexible Vinyl Paint

This is pretty much like plastic painted with car paint.  Kind of like vinyl but not at all.  It actually has a clear coat on it that can be wet sanded, buffed, etc.  As far as production, it’s cheaper to paint cars, but for aftermarket paint jobs, this is the future.

In order for those of us who are shopless to paint a car, we need a makeshift booth or spend $150 to rent one at a shop.  Yes it will take approximately two cars to come out half bad in order to learn this (just like base coat / clear coat) or Awl-Grip for that matter.  But once the skill is obtained, a car can be prepped at home and then this material applied.  Also, there’s no issue with moisture, baking of the paint, etc.  It will have some growing pains, but with the popularity of car wraps right now, I see this taking off.

May 5 2010

Dale Gasolina!

May 5 2010

Super Mario Crossover

This is awesome!  I could play Contra Mario all day.

May 5 2010

T-Mobile G1 Forgot Pattern Locked Out how to Buffer Overflow

The problem (…The Solution below…):

Yesterday I was playing with my wife’s G-Mobile phone.  She has the good old G1.  Being the curious person that I am, I decided to see what happens when you press “Forgot security Pattern”.  What a freaking mistake!!!  Even though I knew what her security pattern was, it was out of pure curiosity.  I found a lot of people were having this problem and needed a clear solution as I almost lost hope.  So here it is, I hope you find it.  If your child, friend, or locked yourself out of you Android G1, here’s a how to guide to get you passed it.

So when you do that the phone goes into locked state asking for your G-mail username and password.  Well, guess what? She didn’t know or remember what she used as she only did that to setup her phone when she got it.  Now backup email accounts, not security questions, no username.  Take a trip down Google support leads nowhere in figuring out the username since she never setup any backup emails.

Do not RESET you phone. This is NOT the only option.

Most of the solutions online were to reset the phone to factory settings.  This does work, however you lose your data and if you can’t find your Gmail acccount then you also lost all of your contacts, calendar, etc.

Here are the steps  to reset the phone and WIPE ALL OF YOUR DATA.  Calling T-mobile leads to the same solution:
But wait, there’s hope.  You have to be diligent, but there is definitely hope.  Thank god Google for overflows.

The Solution:

After doing some research online, this is what worked for me:

1) Reboot the phone – Even though you are locked out you can perform basic function like turn the phone on/off and accept incoming calls, we’ll take advantage of this.  Go ahead and hold the Power Button and proceed t turn the phone off.  Then Turn it back on.  You should be welcomed by that little gmail logon screen again.

2) From another phone, call the locked Android phone and answer the call.

3) While in the incoming call, flip the screen open and closed as fast as you can, while pressing the home key.  A good rate to do this is about 2 cycles per second on the flip, and 4 button presses per second.  I placed the phone on my lap, and held the base with my thumb and middle finger.  Then, with my left hand I did the flipping, and with my right index finger I tapped the Home key.  The home key is the one with the picture of the house.

4) You won’t get this on the first try.  You might get some errors on the screen, ignore them and keep going.  If the screen goes black, this is a good sign.  After about 3 minutes of this crap, stop the flipping but keep tapping the HOME screen until you see the background.

5) Once you get to your background, it’s time to work fast and disable the lock screen:

From the manual:
  1. HOME, then press MENU and select Settings.
  2. Select Security & location , then scroll down to the Screen unlock pattern section.
  3. Unselect the Require pattern check box.

6) Now turn off sleep:

  1. Press HOME, then press MENU and select Settings.
  2. Select Sound & display.
  3. Scroll down to the Display settings section and select Screen timeout. Select a time or “never timeout” from the menu.

OK, at this point you have access to your phone again.  If the Gmail Screen comes back, opening the phone will get rid of it.  I messed up here and deleted the email data and created a new account.  The problem here is all of the contacts, calendar, email, etc are tied to he old Gmail account.  The good news is now you can go into your Gmail application settings and grab the username.  Now you can work with Gmail Support to retrieve your account here:

GMAIL password recovery page.

If it tells you to keep your account idle inactive for 24hrs, do it.  Bite the bullet, be glad you can get into your phone.  Once you reset your Gmail password online, you can then delete the Gmail data on the phone and re-add the existing account using the wizard.

To clear out the Gmail data go into:

Settings->Applications->Manage Applications
Gmail->Clear Data
Gmail Storage->Clear Data
Google Apps->Clear Data

After this is done, enter you username and new password at the lock screen and goodbye lock screen.  Enjoy.  I was thinking of uploading a video, so let me know if it will help anyone.

May 1 2010

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