Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Silent Start

I love my little HTC Android handset, but one thing that does bug me, despite HTC's moniker of "Quietly Brilliant" is that every time you turn the handset on it plays a loud and annoying startup sound which cannot be disabled. So, to combat this I have put together a small Android App which silences this noisy start.

The app is fairly simple. It switches the ringer and media volumes to silent when you shut the handset down, and restores them again when you switch the handset back on and bootup has completed.

If you wish to install the app you can find the apk file here. In order to install it you will need to ensure that you have "Unknown sources" option enabled which you will find in Settings -> Applications.

I have only tested it on my own HTC Wildfire S so any feedback from other device users would be greatly appreciated.

Note : Doesn't currently seem to work correctly with Fast Boot enabled.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Remove Blogger Image Borders

By default, Blogger places a shadowed border around all images. Now, you may like the border and you may not. If not, keep reading as I will explain how to remove the border from all images.

You will need to make some changes to the template of your blog. There are a few steps involved, but it's a fairly simple process:

  1. Click on the design option and then select Template Designer.
  2. From the design screen click the Advanced option.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the advanced options and select 'Add CSS' (see fig below).
  4. Cut and paste the following into the custom CSS pane:
.post-body img {
    border: 0px;
    -moz-box-shadow: 0px 0px 0px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);
    -webkit-box-shadow: 0px 0px 0px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);
    box-shadow: 0px 0px 0px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);
}

The CSS should have an immediate effect and you should find that your images loose the border. If you are happy, click the 'Apply to Blog' button and your changes will be saved.

Adding custom CSS

Monday, 27 June 2011

Android - Adding A Hidden Network

I like to keep my router locked down and so I keep my SSID hidden. This has never been a problem, until that is, I bought myself an Android smartphone. Although it was possible to connect to my hidden network by adding it manually and entering the password details when prompted, it only seemed to connect the first time. Subsequent connections would always fail. In the end, after some Googling (other search engines are available) I managed to resolve the problem:

  • From your home screen hit the menu button and select settings.
  • Select Wireless & Networks
  • Select Wi-Fi settings
  • Select Add Wi-Fi network
  • Enter the SSID for the hidden network. DO NOT CLICK SAVE.


  • As you can just see from the screen shot the form is in fact scrollable and contains more than just the Network SSID value. Scroll the form to reveal the security type list box. 
  • Select the security used for your network.
  • Scroll the form further to reveal the password box and enter the password.


Click Save and it after a few seconds it should connect! And that should be it. You should find that it will now connect every time. Happy Surfing!