upgrade complete

Bye bye Stagefright 2.0 (and other issues)

Written by  on October 22, 2015

Since the discovery of the big vulnerability called Stagefright (summer 2015) some additional were disclosed. Time for an update of the already cyanogenmodded Galaxy S4.
Found a good description of what the names for the different gapps-packages mean: page (includes downloads). I choose pico!

  1. 5 min real work: get the ROMs, put them to the SD-card, boot into TWRP; select the nightly, then add also gapps-pico, wipe DALVIK, reboot
  2. 20 min waiting: after flashing for first boot-up (self-configuration) .. works like a charm

My first (?) offical fork?

Written by  on October 2, 2015

I want to fix several smaller, but annoying issues with QtScrobbler. Originally hosted on sourceforge, but development was discontinued in 2013. I mean: it worked. I used it for years with my upgraded SANSA clips.
So I forked the project to github, upgraded the whole project to the current Qt-version (5.5) and fixed immediately some ‘klein-klein’. But now I am too tired …

Well-equipped and already upgraded.

Written by  on September 22, 2015

Due to the fact that I shoot a lot of expired 135 film, developd and digitalize it, I decided it’s time to acquire my own film scanner.
After some brief thinking I aimed for a Nikon LS 4000 or 5000. Facts which mattered were the unreached resolution of 4.000 dpi (for real – not some marketing speech), high dynamic range and the automatic transport of filmstrips (pure convenience).
With some luck I grabbed a fairly cheap LS 4000 in nearly mint condition with MA21- and SA21-holders. Needless to say I spent some more money on new firewire-cables, a pc-express-card and other crap. After upgrading the firmware from 1.05 to 1.10 SilverFast 8 also recognized the holder correctly. Nikon Scan and vueScan did right out of the box.

But at least the best improvement was quite cheap: why stay with a “just 6 frames per filmstrip allowed”-holder if you can have a SA30?
I bought the combination with the following upgrade in mind. For now the revertable version is applied and working 🙂

Step 0: connect pin 4 and 5 with a thin wire; Step 1: put cover it with some tape and poke holes inside for the male connectors; Step 2: gently push it inside


Upgrade complete!

Increase Storage for Synology DS213 (RAID1)

Written by  on July 28, 2015

I used a Synology DS213 with two WesternDigital 2 TB-drives and RAID1 since september 2013 (?) for backup, music-storage and -remote access and for presenting my photos (via photostation). After starting the processing of analog-film strips my remaining space melted like ice in the sunshine (One 135er film as 4000dpi-HDR-scan, with intermediate results and the scaled final results takes roundabout 5 GByte!). So there was the choice to buy a completely new rack and drives and then transfer the data (safe way; old data would be never harmed; but costly) or to replace the drives one-by-one and trust on the automatic-replication of the NAS. Since I wanted to overcome my fear after that failed RAID-replication-attempt several years ago when the onboard-RAID-controller got lost and in the end NO data was restored, I chose the latter 😉

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No one said this will be easy: GT-i9506 with CM12 & no bloatware

Written by  on July 22, 2015

I just wanted to replace the OEM-Samsung Lollipop with the latest CyanogenMod-version on my Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE (GT-i9506).
So the simple plan was to: root the device; replace the ROM with CM12; add the Gapps-package; reboot and be happy ..
.. in the end I tried so many different ways involving Linux Mint, OSX 10.9 and Windows 7 as host-system; flashing via adb, heimdall and Odin; different nightlies and kernels; several gapps-packages and seven hours lifetime .. but I learned a lot 😀


    • Win7: install Samsung driver; reboot, reboot, reboot
    • root with CF-AutoRoot: guide // download – use “root checker” or some other app to verify the superuser-access before rebooting into download mode
    • flash TWRP via Odin
    • flash CM12-nightly: download
    • flash gapps: download flash minimal GApps: download (is without the useless crap)
    • wipe cache/dalvik
    • reboot and setup everything from scratch (or with some backups … you created some, didn’t you? 😀 I used “Easy Backup & Restore” – worked perfectly. K-9 Mail can restore itself ..)

edit: 20150724 replaced Gapps with “GAPPS minimal”; restored all settings, SMS, contacts, …

OSX: How to get imageMagick (working with fonts)?

Written by  on June 15, 2015

Hmm, OSX offers out of the box a lot of UI-programs, but is missing most of the *NIX-fun. So if you need imageMagick for your work, you are missing it. The prepared installers are missing the support for the font-manipulation.
Of course, you can download and build all packages by yourself from scratch … or you use one of the nice packet-managers like fink, macports or homebrew.

The fastest way to get a usable OSX (tried with 10.10 and 10.8) for the contactSheet-script is by executing those simple four commands in your terminal. Existing internet-connection assumed:

(Linux: use your favorite package-manager.
Windows: :DDDDD I guess it won’t work until you also get some bash-replacement.)

Check afterwards the current configuration. The list of delegates should show “freetype” or “fontconfig”. If both are missing, then rendering the filename onto the thumbnails won’t work!


Replace the Sansa Clip (Clip+ or Clip Zip) firmware to make it scrobbleable

Written by  on May 3, 2015

Work of 5 min (?)
Maybe even less if you know how to handle a mouse, the keyboard and a browser … 😉

First step is to exchange the firmware with Rockbox. A very good OSS mp3-player software for several different device kinds which enhances the hardware. You can even play Doom on your player!

  • set the device to MSC-mode (MTP or Auto does not work)
  • get the firmware for you device: Firmware thread at the Sansa-forums
  • get and run the rockbox-installer
  • select device and mount-point; pick the firmware-binary; select your options (bootloader and firmware yes; no games, no themes, no fonts …): “finish”, doneScreen Shot 2015-04-21 at 10.09.09

The second step is to enable scrobbling:

  • got to your players settings (after restarting it and select “Settings > Playback Settings > last.fm log” with “enable”)

Play some tunes and afterwards connect you device to the PC and run QTScrobbler (note: Qt not QT! We are not in a hurry ;))

CHDK or “upgrade your old digital camera with new features”

Written by  on March 11, 2015

Canon Hack Development Kit is an alternative firmware for a lot of Canon cameras licensed under the GPL.
I decided to upgrade my fairly outdated 6 MegaPixel “Canon Ixus800” because the new “live view histogram”-feature sounded quite promising. Also: why not testing: loading and running scripts; like for motion detection(!); RAW-output; ..?

Installation was quite simple:

  • format the SD-card via the camera’s menu (of course: backup your old pictures/videos 😉
  • download; extract and copy the needed files to the root of the card via PC: URL
  • restart Ixus800, go to “Play”-mode; press “up” then “upgrade firmware” and confirm
  • done … wow … another great project. Kudos to all contributors!