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31 January 2016 @ 11:27 pm
Bleh  

Almost done with taxes, just gotta wait for two more W-2's because...frankly, I wish I had stable employment. I am unemployed far too suddenly and way too much for someone who works in libraries. Looks like I need EEOC on speed dial now.

I had a road trip to VA yesterday for a P.O.D. show, it was alright but I need to get my phone back in order because I have gotto rely on GPS, not my own intelligence.

Also, partially related, turns out I qualify to join Mensa because my IQ is in the 98th percentile. I don't really wanna, tho. It's not like joining AAA, there's no real benefit and, like AAA, costs a bunch of money. Just to show off I'm smart? Nah. Besides, they don't seem appealing.

 
 

And I really hate that, sometimes. Like, all the time

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05 December 2015 @ 01:10 pm

Welp, told car dealer ppl I'm canceling the extended warranty that came with the car. Because I have busted my thumb yesterday, I was not very long winded about it. My hand really hurts! Basically what happened was car door + physics = ow.

The car dealer said that since I paid for it, I might as well keep the extended warranty but I learned from research that I can actually get the money back and that I still can cancel it since it is less than 30 days old. I actually want to get AAA extended warranty and I also found out that Wynn is overpriced, it's unfair. Most importantly, they won't even let me see my contract. I have asked them, I have asked the car dealership, I have asked the lien holder, no one has sent me a contract even though I have asked a number of times. That's fishy to me. Especially if I have to pay $2,000 nearly when the average auto extended warranty is $300 to $700. Doesn't give me my contract when asked (several times)? Extremely overpriced? Obviously I don't want to stay with them.

I already penned a business letter, just gotta print, seal, stamp and send.

 
 
14 November 2015 @ 08:44 pm

I'm nearly 30 but hey, got my first car. It's nice. Hopefully I can do a good job taking car of it

 
 
14 April 2015 @ 10:13 am

I'm sloooowly getting better. Like, snail's pace.

Actually, no. Considering my pace, a snail could beat me in a race. It's just going to take time. Just too much of it.

 
 
 

So, I have a Samsung smartphone. And I'm learning Korean. This means I tend to watch shows like Gag Concert and Running Man, Safety First and the Korean Home Shopping Channel (I stream Korean tv on my phone and tablet) as well as the occasional drama (I'm not that big on K-Drama but it is nice). I have seen several times that phones would, instead of make the sharp beep that Samsung phones make here in the US, say "밥주세요!!" Which basically means "Please feed me!" (I'd go into literal translations/meanings and explanations but I really don't feel like it. Korean is language #5 for me, I really don't feel like going into linguistics, I want to talk tech).

I was so stricken by its cuteness that I wanted it for my phone as well. Good thing I know a thing or two about phones. I originally tried out Android by hacking/programming my first smartphone (which was a Windows' Tilt 2) to become a double OS to run Froyo (2.1).

I figured the easy part would be the hacking of the phone but the hard part would be to find the actual sound file. I looked endlessly for it in both Korean and English until I asked one of my Korean friends about it and they directed me to a page I couldn't possibly come across on my own. Now, the file was a .wav but to work for smartphones nowadays, .ogg is what's needed. So I had it converted using this site. Alright, I got everything secured. Time to work on the phone.

First, on many sites I was told to go into the system/media/audio/ui and boom, I'd find it. However, I made the mistake and from file explorer on the phone (which is technicially "systems" but in a different way, it's more like "storage"), I went to media/audio and instead of finding "ui", I saw "notifications" instead, which just led me to my FB messenger notification pop. I knew I had to go deeper. That means time to root.

Yep, you can't change the internal system without rooting the device. Otherwise it will be hidden from you because the data is supposed to be hardcoded into the system, this is not simply changing the text message or phone ringtone, it's more than that.

Also, rooting requires some research because there is no catch-all root. You have to find a root for your phone and most specifically, your model because unless you have an unlocked phone, you need to unlock the bootloader. Think of the phone's internal system like a multiplex house and the bootloader as the door. Now, I have a Note 3 from T-Mobile (first time in a long time that I bought a phone from a provider, I tend to buy them unlocked from a seller and mess with them. This mean I could avoid the annoying bloatware I despise so much. This time, since I got the phone from a provider, there's bloatware (programs the phone came with such as Netflix, Galaxy Plus and others I don't use but can't get rid of easily.)) and that's a SM-N900T. Upon research, it appears there wasn't really much in the way of a locked bootloader for this phone (I probably would be saying something different if I got the phone through Verizon or AT&T so I can go straight for rooting it). I decided to go with Kingo Root because it had a version for my phone, also it was strongly suggested by I think Phandroid, a site I'm on a lot.

I haven't rooted before because this isn't exactly something to be so careless about. If you're not careful, you could brick your phone (turn it useless, may as well be an occasionally glowing paperweight). Rooting is tampering with the phone's internal system (and voiding the warranty so if your phone screws up, it's all on you). I really wanted this little notification so I took the chance and opportunity. Also, back up your work and files, you could lose it all. (I took out my sd card as well). Before I began, I went to Settings>General>About Device. Hit the back button 7 times (you should see a little message saying "You're [#] times from being a developer!" blipping up) and when you do, in General, between Security and About Device, should be Developer Options. Rad, right? Inside, check "USB Debugging" so there won't be any issue with rooting.

So, I went with Kingo Root and followed the directions they had exactly on their site. Thankfully, I followed everything to the letter and it all turned out well. I didn't even lose any files. Everything was perfect. Now onwards and forwards with modding the phone. (Also, as I waited, I touched up the phone case so now it has more glow-in-the-dark effect than ever before).

I got Root Browser, granted it root access and from there I found two System folders. The one I really wanted was the one with the computer monitor in front of the folder. That was the internal system, the other is to the Storage (which is where I first started and found the FB pop sound instead). So I followed the System/media/audio/ui and bang, found the LowBattery.ogg sound I was ready to get rid of. I already prepped the other soundfile, the one I wanted to use, in the notification file, next to the FB pop, so I could find and copy it easily. I'm selecting Copy because I learned that Move doesn't work, it only produces an error and fails, which isn't good. So I copy the file and plink it down in the UI folder but before I do anything else, I snap a picture of the original file name so the phone know what to look for and in case something happened with the phone, I had a snapshot taken from an outside source as my guide


Without it, I could make a mistake as simple as naming it LowBatt.ogg and the phone won't be able to find it because it was instructed/programmed to look for a "LowBattery.ogg", no exceptions. So I deleted the old file (which you see above, judging from the date) and replaced it with the new, cuter file. It replaced effortlessly...or so I thought.

When I ran down the battery (which was a harder task than I thought, took hours) and finally got to the point where it should say the low battery warning. I heard silence. Nothing but silence. The phone glowed, showed the "low battery/please connect charger" message and did everything else it does normal but no beeping noise, no cute noise, nothing but silence. So I got by accident the thing a lot of people want XD I got rid of the annoying, infernal beep.

However, this isn't what I wanted, I wanted something adorable, not silence. Sometimes, by yelling at me, it's all I have to know that I need to get to a charger, stat. At least it's cuter and doesn't make me want to throw it when the charger doesn't successfully connect the first time around and thus makes the noise again.

What happened was the permissions were vastly different from everyone else. My file said it was "rwxrwx---" when everything else said "rw-r--r--". Upon searching, I found on XDA Developers, that I needed to mess with the file permissions to convert it. So I did.


I didn't mess with the special permissions because they didn't need to be bothered. However, I did correctly select the proper properties and fixed it all. (Remember: R (Read), W (Write), X (Execute)) and it's read across like a straight line from Owner to Group to Others. So I guess if someone wanted to make the LowBatt beep stop, just fiddle with the permissions to what I had above?

So after doing this and testing the battery by plugging in and taking out the charger, it was a success! Now my phone tells me that it's hungry instead of beeping harshly at me. I'm so happy.

TL;DR:

- Found the soundfile I wanted, converted it from a .wav to .ogg
- Put soundfile somewhere easy to find on phone to ready transfer
- Opened the Developer's Option by pressing the back button 7 times in About Device, in Developer's Option, select "USB Debugging"
- Rooted phone
- Found correct file path (System/Media/Audio/UI)
- Located low battery sound file, noted spelling and capitalization
- Copied (not moved) desired file to UI location, changed name to correct file name
- Deleted old file
- Changed permissions to rw-r--r--
- Restarted phone to make sure everything worked well
- Put finishing touches on personal custom phone case XD

And now my phone low batt audio warning is offically cute :3

 
 
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
 
 

Doood, I went to the National Book Festival yesterday. I was frustrated the first part of the day of me being there because turns out, Bodyline Rocking Horse Shoes suck immensely because the sole is much too smaller than the actual foot, which means I'm prone to falls (I've never fallen in platforms before and been wearing platforms since I was 14/15). That and I may need my Angelic Pretty dress tailored because the top part is concerningly tight. That and I was trying to find my co-worker and I was trying to find where Gene Luen Yang was going to be doing his presentation, especially since I missed his signing. He was pretty much the main reason I wanted to go because I really like his writing. I've never gone to the National Book Festival before (I would sniff at it derisively since I went to the Baltimore Book Festival always.)

 

I got a chance to meet Yang, and act stupidly derpy all the while. Sooooo yeah. At a point in life where I know people with grammies and still wound up doing a mental blue screen at a writer. Never cool.

 

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08 August 2014 @ 01:51 pm

My poor parasol :<

 

It finally broke. My meta parasol of 4 years finally went to the great closet in the sky. A rib broke. It was a wonderful parasol. It's sunbleached and have teeny holes in the fabric but brah, you don't know the life it had. It was a good life. It traveled so many states, it was at concerts, marveled and held by the famous and noteworthy, durable in even hurricanes and Maryland drop-down cloud bursts. It was pretty but also really pretty practical. It kept my head dry, it kept me from feeling like a fried egg on the hottest of days, the best parasol a lolita could ask for. Even when I wore normal ppl clothes, it didn't look out of place.

 

Welp, time for a new one. I wonder if parasols are sold at Otakon. Brand ones, that is. Why it have to break on the first day?

 
 
17 July 2014 @ 07:15 am
Ugh  

I mistaked the same person twice on two different days. This is not cool. I should stop so I can stop derping on innocent ppl.

 
 
06 July 2014 @ 02:12 pm

Augh, there's so much I wanna do. And then there's the feeling that I'm not doing anything at all. Especially nothing adventurous. Ye gods. I guess the stress of being unemployed for so long can ding the spirit of adventure and finding. So busy trying to find a job and keep myself barely afloat, there's no time for me to just hop around abandoned buildings. My worrywart nature simply wouldn't allow the time and effort. Which sucks because I really like urban spelunking and being at least a little adventurous.

 

Now, I'm saying all this now, still shifting from the "Oh gods, I have no money, how will I find a job? I don't know what I'll do" to "Woo hoo, JAAAWWWWB. I wanna buy stuff! This will help me create stuff."

 

I hope working a gov. job won't turn me into a boring nerd that forever live through escapist hobbies, I don't want a job/career that can't seam in fine enough. However, I am new. I'm prolly gonna settle in and hopefully things will work out well (except the security searches, I am no fan of having those).

 

I seem hyper interested in getting a car tho. If I can save at least $500 or more a month. I think I can work that. Woo hoo. I think after car and getting debts taken care of (everyone, know that being unemployed - especially for a long stretch of time - will put you in debt, no matter how much money you tried to save prior. Heavy debt), I can go back to buying fun stuff and being adventurous. Woo.

 

I think I just worry of becoming a weekend warrior, that's all. That would suck so hard but I think also part of is I'm from the working class, I'm not entirely acclimated to the potential of being well off. Basically, it spooks me, the concept of having a potential lack of struggle but also getting used to something new that I'm not entirely familiar with. I  don't want to feel bad for not wanting to be around what I grew around (because, seriously, higher likelihood of death, higher likelihood of criminal victimization, reduced opportunities, stuff like that) but I do a little. I don't want to be like some class traitor or a sell out wannabe yuppie. Ick, that would be awful. But I also want an airtrike and to have a backyard garden (which is totally possible in the city but I'm not so sure in the inner city). I definitely don't want to live in the suburbs. At all. Ever. Cul de sacs scare me to death because of what they symbolize. Can't possibly be a creative person living in an area like that. Too sanitized and boring. And I'm convinced those areas breed serial killers and mass murderers. (No one who shot up Columbine, Little Hook, the movie theatre in Aurora, CO  or the Boston Marathon came from the hood).

 

I always wonder this constantly, it's a problem but I'm just not used to chintzy stuff like white parties and evening summer dinners with people who look like they came from an Old Navy or Sears commercial. That stuff creeps me out. Not a goth or punk in sight. Everyone looks all clean cut and "respectable" (by regular cultural standards) and, frankly, boring. Really boring. Creepy and boring.