Experience with Motorola G5S Plus (Sanders) (XT-1084) ROMs and Generic System Image custom ROMs Project Treble

Whatever you do with your device, it’s all at your own risk. The DeviceThe legacy Motorola G5S Plus phone (sanders) is of 2017 and has a lot of juice in it to support Android OS versions up to Android 12. However, sucess is not guaranteed. Since this device is over 5 years old now, Motorola … Continue reading Experience with Motorola G5S Plus (Sanders) (XT-1084) ROMs and Generic System Image custom ROMs Project Treble

How to improve speed of Android Studio on a legacy computer

Android Studio is one of the best IDEs for Android apps development, but with legacy computers, it is very slow. To run it on a Dell Vostro 3546, here's what I had to do. Upgrade hardware Minimum RAM required is 8 gb. The laptop came with 4 gb DDR3 1600 Mhz RAM which was slow, … Continue reading How to improve speed of Android Studio on a legacy computer

How to start up Thunderbird mail client on another path or computer in Linux

After moving Thunderbird folder i.e. ~/.thunderbird to another computer, it could not find the mailbox of the profile. It created a new profile. This was due to the change in the path where ~/.thunderbird folder was restored. To overcome this issue, open a terminal window and enter the following: $ cd ~/thunderbird <enter>$ ./thunderbird -profilemanager … Continue reading How to start up Thunderbird mail client on another path or computer in Linux

How to find out SSD details on a Linux computer

Open a terminal window and enter the following to find out technical information of an SSD installed in the computer using Linux. $ sudo hdparm -i /dev/sda <enter> /dev/sda:Model=CT500MX500SSD1, FwRev=M3CR043 Visit https://www.crucial.in/support/ssd-support/mx500-support to check if there is a firmware upgrade for the SSD.

How to install Linux Mint 20.3 on Crucial MX500 SATA SSD drive on Dell Vostro 3546 laptop

The humble Dell Vostro 3546 is an old laptop from 2014, which came with an Intel 4th Generation 4210U processor, 1 TB SATA 5400 rpm hard disk and 4 GB DDR3 (low voltage) 1.35V RAM. It worked fine till now even when it ran Linux Mint 20.3 with Blender 3D. However, everytime an Android app … Continue reading How to install Linux Mint 20.3 on Crucial MX500 SATA SSD drive on Dell Vostro 3546 laptop

How to improve performance of Linux Mint XFCE on old computer

Decrease swappiness whereby the use of swap is curtailed$ cat /proc/sys/vm/swappiness <enter>returns the value of swappiness which is 60 initially. Make this 20 as follows:$ sudo xed /etc/sysctl.conf <enter>Add a line to the end of the filevm.swappiness=20Save the file. Disable Java in LibreofficeOpen Libreoffice Writer.Go to Tools -> Options -> Advanced -> Java OptionsUncheck Java … Continue reading How to improve performance of Linux Mint XFCE on old computer

How to use addTextChangedListener to change values of other TextViews

At times, the value of one TextView is to be replicated into others as a user types the text. Below illustrates how that can be done. In class MainActivity, variable has been declared for the class as below: TextInputEditText[] array_yourinterest_rate = new TextInputEditText[12]; Within the onCreate method of MainActivity, addTextChangedListener was added to change the … Continue reading How to use addTextChangedListener to change values of other TextViews

How to include other layout xml files in a layout file in Android

Sometimes some layout files can contain too many views making it difficult to manage the layout file later. To overcome this, Android has an <include> tag that allows the inclusion of other layout files into the main layout file (in below illustration, the activity_main.xml file). <include android:id="@+id/b_layout" layout="@layout/activity_main_part_b" /> The above include statement will add … Continue reading How to include other layout xml files in a layout file in Android

How to resolve Dependency ‘androidx.appcompat:appcompat:1.4.1’ requires ‘compileSdkVersion’ to be set to 31 or higher.Compilation target for module ‘:app’ is ‘android-30’

I had the below problem when building code for an older version of Android on Android Studio. Dependency 'androidx.appcompat:appcompat:1.4.1' requires 'compileSdkVersion' to be set to 31 or higher.Compilation target for module ':app' is 'android-30' I was able to solve it by changing the version of appcompat in the dependencies What I had: implementation 'androidx.appcompat:appcompat:1.4.0' I … Continue reading How to resolve Dependency ‘androidx.appcompat:appcompat:1.4.1’ requires ‘compileSdkVersion’ to be set to 31 or higher.Compilation target for module ‘:app’ is ‘android-30’