Sunday, January 20, 2019

Viewing HEIC Pictures on Windows 10

Your new iPhones may be taking HEIC pictures. If you can't see them on Windows 10, install these 2 Microsoft Store apps.

HEIF Image Extensions

HEVC Video Extensions from Device Manufacturer

You will get prompted to login to Microsoft. I don't do that and choose to just install on this PC.

That was easy.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Nexus 7 and Nougat

I've been playing with my Nexus 7 2012 for a long time. For me it's the perfect size.

When I last posted about it 2 1/2 years ago, I had updated it to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

Rereading that post this is what jumped out at me:
[I]ts performance is consistently Ok.
That was generous. It was so slow that I eventually set it aside and bought a Nexus 7 2013.

Recently I decided I wanted a cheap tablet to keep in the car. I looked at Amazon Fire Tablets but then came across my old Nexus 7 2012 in my junk pile.

I spent some time Googling for ROMs for it and found a couple of Android 7.1 Nougat ROMs.

The people who had flashed Nougat had good things to say.
Still have plenty of memory space. It all runs nice & smooth. Very well done guys!Everything works great with the latest version of the rom. Thank you for your work !Thank you very much for this rom. It's very smooth and fast.
So I dug out my old ThinkPad with adb and the Nexus drivers and got to work. adb is always a little bit of magic and the busted screen on the ThinkPad didn't help any.

First I had to install twrp. As usual this was the hardest part.

Then I flashed the ROM and pico Gapps.

After a couple of hours the Nexus 7 2012 was booted on Nougat.

Now it's on Android 7.1.2 with the September 2018 security patches.


Yeah, It's slow but usable and not bad for a 6+ year old device.

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Squoosh

I guess all the good domain names are gone. I've recently posted about Sweech and Zoolz.

Now there's Squoosh.

Squoosh is a web app from Google that will optimize image sizes to reduce page load time.

I would have thought that web image optimization has already jumped the shark what with 100+ Mbps home broadband but what do I know? I realize that not everyone has that bandwidth. My mother only has 10Mbps.

Squoosh runs all in the browser and after you load it the first time you can run it offline. Again, not sure WHY you'd need to do that but it does work.

Anyway, on to what it does.

I sent a 1.44MB jpeg to Squoosh and it optimized it to 521KB, a savings of 66%. There was no discernible difference in the image.

Original

Squoosh

That's nice.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Google Location History Heat Map

I came across an article on lifehacker that explained how to create a heat map from your Google Location History.

I can't add much to the article but I'll try.

When I went to Google Takeout I requested my "Location History" to be archived and to e-mail me a link. I never got the e-mail. I went back to Google Takeout and to "Manage Archives" and downloaded the archive from there.

Then when I went to Location History Visualizer, it took me a while to find where to create the heat map. This is the direct link.

Here's my result.


Interesting.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Canada Roaming Bonus

When I started my planning for our trip to Quebec City I researched what I needed to do with our AT&T phones.

I realize now that it was silly but the first thing I did was to call AT&T and ask them.

Their recommendation was to upgrade to their unlimited everything plan and almost double my plan cost.

When I asked them about the $10 per day choice they said the I could do that if I really wanted to but I should upgrade to their unlimited everything plan.

I politely hung up on him and continued my own research.

What I found is an unadvertised offering called Canada Roaming Bonus.
AT&T is now offering a Canada Roaming Bonus much like the Mexico Roaming Bonus. It offers, like the Mexico package, unlimited voice/text while in Canada and 1 GB of data per month. The kicker is it you have to call the AT&T Rententions department to have it added to each line. The regular first line Customer Service Reps can not add it to your line(s). I know its available to Mobile Share Value Plan members. Not sure about other customers.

Make sure to add the $0 cost International Roaming to your plan at the same time.
Oh, and it's FREE. Wonder why the representative didn't offer me that?

While you're talking to the Retentions representative, ask them if they can bump up your data. They bumped my plan by 5GB for free.

Here's what shows up on my bill:
Canada Roaming Bonus - Includes 1 gigabyte of data in Canada; data overage is $20 each additional 1GB. Unlimited text sent from Canada and unlimited talk from Canada to the U.S. and Canada. Talk from Canada to other international destinations will be billed at standard international long distance rates. Pay-per-use rates apply for all services in all other international countries. For more details, visit att.com/global. 
And this is full speed LTE, not 2G like some other carriers.

The Canada Roaming Bonus worked perfectly for me in Canada. I did have to enable data roaming once I got to Canada. Don't forget to turn it off when you return.

You can't beat the price.

Cross posted from here.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Clipboard

Do you remember how Microsoft Office has a clipboard manager that stores a history of your copied strings?

Well, now Windows 10 1809 has pretty much the same thing.

You do have to turn it on by going to Settings / System / Clipboard. In the "Clipboard history" section, move the slider from "Off" to "On".


Then select and copy as usual.

Then if you want to paste from your copy history, press Windows key + V. Find the clip you want to paste and just click on it.


If you want to paste the last clip you took, just press Ctrl + V as you're used to.

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Night Sight

The camera on Google's latest Pixel 3 smartphone introduced "Night Sight" capability in the Camera app. Initially it was available on only Pixel 3s but has trickled down to all Pixels with varying capabilities.

But Android is a community of hackers. Almost immediately this new Camera app was cross-ported to several other Android phones.

Of course my current Essential PH-1 was one of the ports.

I've installed a couple of the ports. Here's a comparison of a photo taken with the OEM Essential camera app and a port (AeroZero_P3_GC_6.1.013_ABC_2.apk) of the Night Sight camera:


Why have I installed a couple of the ports?

Well, honestly they're still a little rough around the edges.

For example, the Essential PH-1 lets you set an app to launch on a double-press of the power button. Typically that is set to the camera app. On the first port of the Night Sight camera that I tried would prompt for additional permissions when invoked with the double-press of the power button.

The second port I tried consumed a lot of battery and wouldn't take photos back to back while is was doing HDR+ processing. The delay due to HDR+ processing may be normal but I hadn't run into it before.

Current status is that I have a Night Sight camera app (GoogleCamera_6.1.013.216795316-debug.apk) installed but it is not my default camera.