Mister Eclectic (howeird) wrote,
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More Thursday - the brick story

Soon after I got my Samsung Galaxy S4 cell phone from AT&T, the annoying start-up "tune", which sounds like the notes from Close Encounters of the Third Kind's UFO if you're tone deaf with no sense of rhythm (in other words, a percussionist). It's very loud, and since I often turned my phone on when this would be embarrassing, I wanted to get rid of it. And I wanted to replace the AT&T logo with something Android-ish.

In order to do that, one has to replace the sound and image files with one's own, and in order to do that, one must have administrative privileges on the phone's file system. Another name for the system administrator is "root" hence the term "rooting".

So I went online, found the tools to root my phone, replaced the sound with a silent audio-format file, and the image with an animation of the green android robot peeing on an apple logo.

Being rooted also made my phone able to accept third-party SIMs, so on my trip to London I was able to use one from the UK which charged me UK-local data rates instead of AT&T's obscene international roaming rates.

But rooting the phone had a couple of bad side effects:

1. Android OS updates from AT&T failed, even after I put the AT&T SIM back into the phone when I got back stateside
2. The keypad did not work correctly unless the speakerphone was enabled
3. The Samsung keyboard crashed every 5 seconds. I was able to use Google and other 3rd party keyboard apps, but the were not as good.

So I went online yesterday from work, and fund some directions for un-rooting my phone. It required erasing most of my user data, but that's only a temporary issue because all of that is backed up to Google's sync center.

But restoring from backup take a long time, and my phone kept making rude noises all during rehearsals, and in the end it wouldn't update.

So when I got home from Iolanthe, I went back online and found a better, older set of instructions and files, and was up till 3 am with that.

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