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Jim Loveland's Blog - Xactware President and CEO Scoping Losses with Your Smart Phone XactScope One of my first jobs at Xactware was soldering a special headset with an integrated microphone that we used to provide to estimators for onsite scoping. At the time, this was considered state-of-the-art stuff. Estimators connected the headsets to a voice-activated recorder and would walk through a damaged structure recording their scope of the loss. Later they sat at a computer in their office Read more [...]

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Android: Force Terminal Emulator to Open the BASH Shell as Root Important! This article assumes that your phone is rooted. If you don't know what that is or how to do it, this article won't be able to help you. If your phone isn't rooted, this won't work. I love my Android phone, but the root side of it still has some quirks. The default shell, for example, is pretty bare-bones. Fortunately, there are ROMs out there like CyanogenMod that help with that side of things by providing little Read more [...]

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Did you know that with Sprint LTE Android devices, the signal strength indicator at the top does not show your LTE signal strength? Even if 4G is displayed next to it? This signal displayed here is always your 1x (voice signal), and it is not your 3G EVDO signal strength, nor your LTE signal strength. Regardless of whether it says 3G or 4G next to it. This is the cause of a lot of confusion. Also, third party apps like NetMonitor and CDMA Field Test do not show accurate LTE signal strengths. Read more [...]

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Based on two fact Disk seeks are really slow. Write operations can happen whenever, but there is always some process waiting for read operation. So anticipatory prioritize read operations over write. It anticipates synchronous read operations. Advantages Read requests from processes are never starved. As good as noop for read-performance on flash drives. Disadvantages 'Guess works' might not be always reliable. Reduced write-performance on high performance disks. BFQ # Instead of Read more [...]

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Prompt User Input with an AlertDialog This code creates an input-dialog with AlertDialog.Builder where a user can enter text in an EditText field and press on "Ok" and "Cancel". raw · copy · download AlertDialog.Builder alert = new AlertDialog.Builder(this); alert.setTitle("Title"); alert.setMessage("Message"); // Set an EditText view to get user input final EditText input = new EditText(this); alert.setView(input); alert.setPositiveButton("Ok", new DialogInterface.OnClickListener() Read more [...]