Android Video Chat

From: "Robert A. Kelly III" 
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What apps do you use/recommend for video chat on Android? Obviously, I
prefer free software and open standards. I'm trying Linphone and it
looks good, but wanted to see what other people thought.
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Scripting Android (CyanogenMod)

From: "Robert A. Kelly III" 
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Does anyone know a way to automatically run a command or script when
Android (specifically CyanogenMod) establishes an internet connection?
For that matter, can you get it to automatically connect to any
available open wifi network?
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Android command-line

From: "Robert A. Kelly III" 
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I recently got a new smart phone running CyanogenMod 11 with the
F-Droid repository that I have been playing with. I wonder if anybody
here has played much with doing things from the command line under
Android. Does anyone have suggestions for things like taking pictures
from the camera or getting GPS coordinates from the command line? Has
anyone tried installing a Linux distro like Debian in a chroot on
their Android device? Also, has anyone played with Firefox OS or
Ubuntu Touch, or have any idea how they compare from a hackability
perspective?
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Ubiquity EdgeMax (ASG)

From: Mark Quering 
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Hey all


I recently sold one of these units to a customer basically to give it a
try. Needless to say at the $100 price point I was pretty happy with the
device.

The unit has a pretty solid build quality. The web management interface is
a little rough out of the box. A firmware update helped quite a bit. I
haven't played in the CLI yet but I hear that EdgeOS is a fork of Vayatta.

The web interface worked well for a basic SOHO NAT setup with a few inbound
firewall rules. Been very stable for the two months it's been in a
production environment. I also did not get to fully test LAN to WAN
throughput of their network processor due to time constraints.

The only odd thing I noticed with the unit I deployed was that it generated
a fair bit of heat. More than I would expect. I also did not need to
contact support so I cannot speak to that aspect of the product. I would
say for the price it's definitely worth purchasing to play with.

Due to my experience with this product and good things I've heard here and
on other forums, I am seriously considering also offering their managed PoE
switches and AP's to my SMB offerings.


Best
Mark

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> For $100 it?s worth a shot. What I would really love to find is something
> of the same size and price point that could run pfSense or m0n0wall. Anyone
> know of anything?
>
> Thanks,
>
>
> On Oct 15, 2014, at 4:21 PM, Dan Lyke  wrote:
>
> > On Wed, Oct 15, 2014 at 1:13 PM, ASG 
> wrote:
> >> Any of you folks have experience with these
> >> http://www.ubnt.com/edgemax/edgerouter-lite/. Looking at
> >> one for my home office/lab network.
> >
> > Guy a few cube openings down from me whose job involves setting up
> > router-ish stuff at our fiber deployments says great things about 'em.
> >
> > I've been super impressed with my UniFi APs.
> >
> > Dan
> > 

Evil Google - Broken phone

From: Unkmar 
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My phone is broken and I have about decided it is going to stay that way.
I know better than to play the race game.  if you attempt to race a
computer, you are very likely to lose.  By default Auto updates, Syncing
and such are already on during first setup of an Android device.  It
doesn't ask you if you want these.  Sure, you can turn them off, but the
damage is already done.

I need to factory wipe and reset my phone.  Setup my account without sync
and auto updates.
Install a couple of programs.  (Titanium Backup, andFTP)
Download my backups - using andFTP (Works over scp)
Restore from those backups
And finally if I so desire, allow sync, and auto-updates.

Otherwise, I restore Old stuff over New stuff thus breaking the phone and
forcing me to start over.

This brings me to my next option.  (expletive side loading)  Yeah, I get to
physically connect this Wireless device to a machine. Copy the apk's of
said couple of programs, install and use them.

Why in the world can't I disable auto updates and syncing at the browser
for my Google account.  Not per device.  per account!

Newbie Android question

From: Tyler Mittan 
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Hey guys,

I have a good old Nexus 4 and I want to install Android L. I know it still
has its bugs, but I am just curious to see how it runs on my Nexus 4 before
I run out to buy the Nexus X. The directions are as follows (from XDA):

*FIRST TIME FLASHING*

   1. Put the file onto your Internal Storage
   2. Reboot into Recovery (CWM/TWRP]
   3. "wipe data/factory reset"
   4. "mounts and storage" -> "format system"
   5. "install zip" -> "install zip from sdcard" -> choose the
   mako-bla-bla-zip and confirm flashing procedure
   6. "reboot into system"
   7. *first boot may take up to 10 minutes - be patient*

Unfortunately, though, I can't seem to be able to move anything into
storage and I do have root access. I shouldn't have a problem after step 1
so I was wondering if anyone could give me a relatively detailed
explanation as to how I can move the .zip file into the internal storage.
Thanks!

Tyler

Running apps and heart rate monitors for Android

From: "Robert A. Kelly III" 
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I'm planning to get a new Android phone and would like to get a heart
rate monitor to use with it. Does anyone have recommendations on heart
rate monitors, device compatibility, or running/fitness apps
(preferably free as in freedom)?
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OT: LG G2 update

From: Phil Sieg 
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So for anybody interested in a top of the line android phone (Quad core 2.2ghz, 2gb ram 32gb storage 5.2" screen, built in wireless charging) for under $250 here is the update.

The battery life is FANTASTIC! The rest of the phone is as well. This is as happy as I have been on Android. I spent $225 on ebay for a verizon unit because it is the only one with built in wireless charging and is FACTORY UNLOCKED for SIM cards.

So a phone that is better in many ways than a Galaxy S5 for almost a third of the price? WHAT are you waiting for???

Here is a bit about battery life:

http://www.phonearena.com/news/LG-G2-battery-life-test-long-live-the-king

Is directv.com blocking traffic from Tor nodes?

From: "Robert A. Kelly III" 
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I'm unable to access directv.com and I'm wondering if they are blocking
traffic from Tor nodes. I am running a non-exit Tor node on my home
computer, and I get access denied from any browser on any operating
system (Firefox, Chrome, IE, or Android browser on Linux, Windows, or
Android) when connecting from my home internet connection. My Android
phone can access it from 3G, but not my home wifi. If I bypass my router
by directly plugging in a laptop I can access it, but only because I get
a different IP address. If I spoof my routers MAC address so that I get
the same IP address, it is blocked again. I also found that when I
connect using the Tor Browser, I get access denied, so it is not just my
IP address that is being blocked. Can anyone else verify whether they
are able to access directv.com through Tor or from a non-exit Tor node?

ios remote support was lunch downtown today?

From: Sparky 
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Apple has some config tools available. Maybe it has some kind of remote
config options for profiles or something?
http://www.apple.com/support/iphone/business/



On Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 8:19 AM, Ed King  wrote:

> Thanks, thats a good summary article.  I forwarded it to McTightwad but he
> is still asking me to find a way to remotely configure iphone email.  We
> installed an in-house iredmail server last week.  Our old hosted email was
> POP now we have IMAP.   *Before* we made the switchover, we posted
> instructions [with screenshots] on how to reconfigure iphones for the new
> system, but the boss says we are asking too much from our field workers and
> that we should remotely configure their iphones for them.
>
> Excerpt from field worker job description:
>
> "Moderate to excellent computer ability."
> "Proven proficiency of modern equipment including cell phones, fax
> machines, scanners, computers, palm or other hand held devices, GPS, and
> printers."
>
> So are we expecting too much?   The documentation is clear and concise.  I
> had one field worker (a new guy) say it was the most helpful documentation
> he's ever read and offered to buy my lunch when he's in town.   Its the
> upper level folks who are having trouble following the directions.  Go
> figure.
>
> oh, sorry,  am I being negative?    Ok, I'll go home and stick my tongue
> to the Mac Plus flyback and get some positive electrons in me.
>
>
> --------------------------------------------
> On Thu, 8/14/14, William Roush  wrote:
>
>  Subject: Re: [Chugalug] ios remote support  was Re:  lunch downtown today?
>  To: "Chattanooga Unix Gnu Android Linux Users Group"  chugalug@chugalug.org>
>  Date: Thursday, August 14, 2014, 3:35 PM
>
>  ScreenConnect wrote a
>  nice page about it:
>
>  http://www.screenconnect.com/Mobile-Device-Remote-Support
>
>  TL;DR: Apple is mean
>
>  William Roush
>  william.roush@roushtech.net
>  423-463-0592
>
>  http://www.roushtech.net/blog/
>
>
>  On 8/14/2014
>  1:54 PM, Ed King wrote:
>  > Walked down to
>  Doctor Bldg.     Sorry you didn't get to see
>  me!
>  >
>  >
>  > So...   whats the
>  "best" remote support solution for iphone? (eg: to
>  tap INTO the iphone)
>  >
>  > I can't find one that offers full
>  remote control w/o jailbreaking, so whats the next best
>  thing?   Looked at Logmein, Teamviewer, Bomgar so
>  far
>  >
>  > as this is for
>  Mr McTightwad, I'm looking for the most expensive
>  product available
>  >
>  >
>  >
>  --------------------------------------------
>  > On Thu, 8/14/14, Ed King 
>  wrote:
>  >
>  >   Subject: Re: [Chugalug] lunch
>  downtown today?
>  >   To:
>  "Chattanooga Unix Gnu Android Linux Users Group"
>  
>  >   Date: Thursday, August 14,
>  2014, 11:30 AM
>  >
>  >   maybe.   depends
>  on
>  >   where and when
>  >
>  >
>  >
>  >   --------------------------------------------
>  >   On Thu, 8/14/14, Rod-Lists
>  
>  >   wrote:
>  >
>  >
>  Subject: [Chugalug]
>  >   lunch
>  downtown today?
>  >    To:
>  "Chattanooga
>  >   Unix Gnu
>  Android Linux Users Group" 
>  >    Date: Thursday, August 14, 2014,
>  10:01 AM
>  >
>  >
>    Whole office is on the
>  >   road.
>  >
>    Anyone up for lunch downtown?
>  >
>
>  >
>  >    Rod
>  >
>  >   

ios remote support was lunch downtown today?

From: Ed King 
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Walked down to Doctor Bldg.     Sorry you didn't get to see me!


So...   whats the "best" remote support solution for iphone? (eg: to tap IN=
TO the iphone)

I can't find one that offers full remote control w/o jailbreaking, so whats=
 the next best thing?   Looked at Logmein, Teamviewer, Bomgar so far

as this is for Mr McTightwad, I'm looking for the most expensive product av=
ailable


--------------------------------------------
On Thu, 8/14/14, Ed King  wrote:

 Subject: Re: [Chugalug] lunch downtown today?
 To: "Chattanooga Unix Gnu Android Linux Users Group" 
 Date: Thursday, August 14, 2014, 11:30 AM
 =

 maybe.=A0=A0=A0depends on
 where and when
 =

 =

 =

 --------------------------------------------
 On Thu, 8/14/14, Rod-Lists 
 wrote:
 =

  Subject: [Chugalug]
 lunch downtown today?
  To: "Chattanooga
 Unix Gnu Android Linux Users Group" 
  Date: Thursday, August 14, 2014, 10:01 AM
  =

  Whole office is on the
 road.
  Anyone up for lunch downtown?
  =

  =

  Rod
 =

 

(OT) Greetings from Doha, Qatar -WiFi antenna

From: Stephen Kraus 
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Hey all!

Two pronged question:
One, anyone have a medium - long range wifi antenna they are willing to
ship to Qatar for an Armed Forces Member?

Two, anyone have an unlocked android phone with a sim card slot and
GSM/CDMA international abilities?

It was about 120 degrees today on the apron of the base.

Just Testing

From: Mike Harrison 
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On Jul 24, 2014, at 2:46 PM, Alex Smith (K4RNT)  wrote:

> I think he was trying to invoke Godwin's Law, ending any conversation before they started. ;)


Alex Got It!  

I was also testing the categorization filter on the website. 

Vi/Emacs/Joe/Nano/Pico/Hitler/UFO/Redhat/Ubuntu/Mint/Bodhi/Debian/Android/Jobs/Salaries/EPB/Diesel/Chugalunch/Meeting

Some of those are keywords. 



Onionshare and Vokoscreen

From: Phil Shapiro 
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Whoops, that is supposed to be Vokoscreen, not Sokoscreen. 


The way I remember Voko is that it sounds like Volkswagen -- and the 
software comes from Germany. If only there were a Volkswagen plant 
in Chatt. If only.... 


phil 

----- Original Message -----

From: "Phil Shapiro"  
To: "Chattanooga Unix Gnu Android Linux Users Group"  
Sent: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 9:14:56 PM 
Subject: [Chugalug] Onionshare and Sokoscreen 




This onion looks sweet. (Maybe Vidalia?) 


https://onionshare.org/ 


It would be fun to do a screencast showing a live gigabit file transfer between two 
ordinary houses (or apartments) in Chatt. You could likely transfer 10 GB in less 
than five minutes -- if you had Core i7 computers on both sides. 


Here is the screencasting software that might work well for that task. 


http://www.kohaupt-online.de/hp/ 


If only there were someone from MAKE magazine in Chugalug who could write up 
a blog post about such an experiment. If only.... 


phil 


Oooh, it would be hilarious to show such a file transfer with an insert video of Windows 7 
booting up on a 2008 or 2009 computer. The 10 GB file transfer might complete before 
Windows 7 reaches the desktop. 



-- 
Phil Shapiro, pshapiro@his.com 
http://www.his.com/pshapiro/briefbio.html 
http://www.twitter.com/philshapiro 
http://www.his.com/pshapiro/stories.menu.html 

"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 


[OT] Android Tablets to Get Rid of?

From: Dan Lyke 
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On Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:08:53 -0400
Wil Wade  wrote:
> Any one have any 7"+ Android 4+ tablets they want to get rid of? My
> son tripped and landed our HP Touchpad on the hearth.

I will likely buy my next Android 4+ tablet from NoMoreRack.com. They
have $60-80 tablets, we bought a random one for Charlene's
developmentally disabled brother and it way surpassed my expectations
for a $70 tablet+keyboard+case deal.

Dan

[OT] Android Tablets to Get Rid of?

From: Wil Wade 
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Any one have any 7"+ Android 4+ tablets they want to get rid of? My son
tripped and landed our HP Touchpad on the hearth.

Looking fairly cheap as we still have the hearth...

I'm baaaaaaack!

From: Ed King 
------------------------------------------------------
Got bumped off the list back in mid May due to "too many bounces".    Been checking chugalug.org webpage occasionally for any job announcements or hardware sells/freebies ;-)

I stayed unsubbed for awhile (and missed Hack-a-nooga too) because I needed to focus on our latest and biggest client rollout, which went "live" on 6/2/2014.    To "save money" we switched hardware platforms a few weeks before rollout (went from $800 kids-toy netbooks to $300 Dell Venue tablets), but the software platform stayed the same (albeit with some custom mods for the new client):    lamp stack (linux/apache/php/mysql) on qemu.    Why are we running in a vm/emulator?  Well its a long story but a previous 3rd party vendor wrote our field software.  This 3rd party vendor required Windows netbooks.  Their software was slow and flakey (as you'd expect from dot-net) so we ditched them and rewrote the field software in-house (like we wanted to do in the first place, and we did it in less than half the time, and still had more features and flexibility!).    But... we couldn't just throw out twenty $800 netbooks, so we leveraged that hardware "investment"
 by using qemu to run our lampp stack, thinking that it would also be portable if we ever moved to android (does anyone know of a qemu package for android that doesn't SUCK?)

Back-end:   For "security" this client did not want their data on the same server as our other clients, so I set up a new Debian server just for them.  HTTPS and automated sftp file transfers. 

Well now that this new client is up 'n running, I figured it was time for me to re-sub, so...  I'm back.  This new client is our biggest client to-date, and has doubled the amount of inspectors in the field (and doubled the data collection too...  thank goodness we solved that mysql lock problem we used to have).   Things are running smoothly!   I dare say that the support calls have somehow decreased (oh great, now I've jinxed us).    

Props to our little I.T. team:    Danny "dj" Smith Jada "coldfish" Case, and Master Ed :)









New Kit Review: Pebble Steel

From: Phil Sieg 
------------------------------------------------------
So yesterday my shiny new Pebble Steel smartwatch arrived.

In true geek fashion (pun intended) I sync'd and loaded etc for several hours.

Here are my observations:

1. Excellent build quality for a smartwatch. Not so much compared to a swiss timepiece or nice Timex. Meh. As a watch collector this bums me out a bit. Will get better in time, probably after Apple sets the damned standard.

2. Buggy firmware for both watch and Android. Not unusable, just a wee bit annoying.

3. Not as user configurable as it should be. Example: The backlight that comes on when you flick your wrist is 2 seconds. Why can't I make it 5 seconds, or 3, or 10? Some of the watch faces have a lot of data compactly displayed, and 2 seconds is NOT enough time to grok it.

4. New app-store android app is slower than molasses, to the point of being annoying. I am certain this is partially caused by the bluetooth connection to the watch and necessary confirmations needed by the software as currently configured.

5. UI of watch and nav in the UI is just ok, not optimum. This is a new category and individual usage styles have yet to be mapped, then optimized. I feel certain this will improve fairly quickly with updates.

I have 30 days to decide whether or not this replaces my Titanium Omega Seamaster as my daily watch. I searched for that watch for years and to me it is the ultimate in a rugged daily watch, so the bar here is set pretty high. 

What I can say is that now that my wrist vibrates for texts and phone calls I am a lot more likely to respond. Ever since I started carrying my phone in my pocket I have missed 70% of all my calls and texts, so this should help with that at least.

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®
www.snapfon.com
phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011





My Galaxy S4 drama

From: Phil Sieg 
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So my phone drama:

My S4 had been acting weird for a few weeks. It ate 2 batteries (batteries seemed dead or defective, wouldn't charge), and would randomly re-boot. 

I started to wonder if the OS was Windows XP instead of Android.

It finally "died" when I was on the phone talking to my business partner in USA a few days ago.

I took it to a repair shop I have used before and they tested it. Said it was a bad CPU. Little guy took the phone apart in about 7 minutes, and showed me the CPU board. Quoted me $72 USD to fix it. I said yes but wanted to ask some more questions. I thought he was replacing the board like we would here in USA.

Turns out he was going to un-solder the CPU and re-solder a new one to the board since the board cost $180 to replace. This CPU is "wave-soldered" by a PCBA "robot". It is surface mounted and the 80 or so "contacts" are about 1/10th of a millimeter wide with about twice that amount of space between them... I was skeptical, and said it was OK to try, but that the $72 would also apply towards the new cpu board price of $180. He agreed that was fine and proceeded.

ONE HOUR LATER: He hands me a repaired phone that works perfectly. 20 minutes of that hour was waiting for the new snapdragon processor to be delivered.

Little Chinese guy has MAD SKILLZ. Wish I had taken a selfie with him.

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®
www.snapfon.com
phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011





chili's kiosk ziosk

From: Ed King 
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looks like our one-horse town finally got ziosk (available at local Chili's)

http://www.ziosk.com/

I got our waitress to reboot one for me, so I could see if it was running linux or android or winders or what