How to fix AVD emulator grainy, poor resolution display in Android Studio

The AVD emulator on Android Studio display shows all characters at 1:1 resolution grainy. It is difficult to read the text of the app under testing. To overcome this problem: Create the AVD emulator device and set to no borders or skin. Instead of a docked view, select the Window view, so the device opens … Continue reading How to fix AVD emulator grainy, poor resolution display in Android Studio

How to backup Android apps source code from Android Studio or command line

Developers use Android Studio to create applications for Android devices. However, if a source code management system like github is not used, then the source code or code of these apps under development has to be backed up. To do this, there are two ways, one from Android Studio and the other from the command … Continue reading How to backup Android apps source code from Android Studio or command line

Must have applications on Linux Mint or Ubuntu Linux

The below list of applications is a must-have for any Linux system. Not just for convenience, but additional capabilities too. The below list of applications is a must-have for any Linux system. Not just for convenience, but additional capabilities too. Download From internet Firefox Thunderbird Android Studio VirtualBox Google Chrome Mega InsyncHQ Spotify Vivaldi Browser … Continue reading Must have applications on Linux Mint or Ubuntu Linux

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

Installing Spotify on Linux Mint desktop

Spotify also has a desktop application that works on Linux Mint. To install it, open a terminal window and enter the following:$ curl -sS https://download.spotify.com/debian/pubkey_0D811D58.gpg | sudo apt-key add - <enter>$ echo "deb http://repository.spotify.com stable non-free" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/spotify.list <enter> $ sudo apt-get update <enter>$ sudo apt-get install spotify-client <enter>

How to install wine stable from winehq on Linux Mint 20 or Ubuntu

The wine package in the Ubuntu Linux repository is version 5, but running applications from it, cannot connect to the internet. It was found that upgrading to wine version in the winehq repository solved this error. To install wine from winehq, open a terminal window and enter the following commands: $ sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386 … Continue reading How to install wine stable from winehq on Linux Mint 20 or Ubuntu

Shared hosting and WordPress

WordPress had recently upgraded it's code to work with PHP 7. Subsequently, each time I logged into the hosting provider account, I was always reminded by WordPress to upgrade the WordPress code and stay up to date with the latest security patches. Unfortunately, the hosting provider informed that the latest PHP 7 scripting language could … Continue reading Shared hosting and WordPress

How to annotate PDF files on Android devices using Xodo

There are several tools to annotate PDF files. Some are non-free like Adobe Acrobat Writer and others, and some are free like Xournal on Linux. Xournal is a very powerful annotator, whereby, the original file is untouched, but a separate file of the annotations done on top of the original PDFs is maintained. You can … Continue reading How to annotate PDF files on Android devices using Xodo