Posts tagged ‘Tech’

How to replace the Droid Eris’ broken screen/digitizer

Things you will need:

A spudger or 2, a teeny tiny phillips screwdriver, a teeny tiny torx screw driver, the broken phone, krazy glue, a new screen/digitizer, and patience.

Shut phone off, remove battery cover and take out battery. Remove the 4 T5 screws in each of the corners then separate the back cover. Remove the 4 philips screws from the board.

There are 3 ribbon cables, one on the right side on top of the main board, the second is in between the main board and the copper covering and the third connects the LCD to the main board. GENTLY detach the ribbons (I removed the copper plate to get to one, it’s easier that way).

Once all screws and ribbons removed, take your spudger and slowly peel back the LCD (its stuck with double sided tape.)

Remove all the broken glass from the frame. I covered mine in packing tape so the shards don’t go everywhere, a screen protector would be best for this.

After all the glass has been removed, clean off the double sided tape from the frame. You can carefully use goo gone, I just scraped it off.

Almost there! Now take the krazy glue, and apply it neatly to the frame (in small amounts) where the double sided tape was. Using too much will get it all over the frame and new glass, and that stuff is permanent. Gently and carefully lay your new screen on the frame, be sure to feed the ribbon through the hole (you may want to do that before using the glue). Let dry 3-5 minutes. Follow all the dis-assembly steps in reverse order, and Voila! good as new 🙂

No idea why the last photo smooshed on upload :\

Apple iPhone OS 4.0 event!

Apple has announced an iPhone OS 4 event on April 8th at 10AM for a “sneak peek of the next generation of iPhone OS software.”  ~Engadget report

Seriously?! That’s 3 days from now! I can not stress how FRACKIN excited I am! Maybe now we can all have multitasking without jailbreaking!

My Personal iPad Review

Let me start with a small disclaimer: Any and all opinions are solely mine. I have run though 8 iPhones and 6 Macs. I love Apple and how innovative they can be in regards to their technology.

Yesterday night around 6:30PM, I dragged my cousin (Vahn aka David) up to the Apple store with me to test the iPad. First of all (thankfully) when we arrived, there was no line formed outside of the store. There was however, only 1 table with display iPads. So…we waited…for about 15 minutes. Not that bad of a wait really, considering it was launch day 🙂 My first impression upon seeing it? Wow, that’s one sexy piece of hardware! It’s very sleek (as if Apple would put out anything that isn’t). It’s also a refreshing change from the iPhone and iTouch that you can have a wallpaper behind the apps without a jailbreak. The A4 chip makes it’s performance very snappy, though the lack of multitasking could add to the performance as well. The weight wasn’t bad at all, very light though a bit unnerving at times in the hands of someone as clumsy as myself (If it’s not well weighted, I tend to drop it). I love how they re-did the Contacts/iPod/Photos interface for the iPad, much nicer than the iPhone/iTouch. The normal long-press to move apps on the screen doesn’t work for the ipad, which I admit was a tad bit frustrating for a long time iPhone user. The iBooks is fantastic, and almost feels like you are turning the page of a real book. For people who read an extensive amount (like me) I think the e-ink of the Kindle would be better on the eyes (the Kindle is also cheaper, and has a better battery if you only need an e-reader). It’s supposed to be synced via computer like a normal iPod, somewhat defeating the purpose of buying something so large. Lack of a USB connection to upload photos from a camera or thumb drive makes it a resounding NO for me as well.I think if the second generation iPad may have improvements making it worthwhile, but as it stands, the iPad is not something my family and I would use enough to justify the cost. Sorry Apple.

To be, or not to be? (Responsible that is)

I looove technology (as if y’all couldn’t tell). My iPhone is great, but there’s just something about the Nexus One that I love. I want it. I don’t need it, but boy oh boy do I want it! The AMOLED display is gorgeous, and the 1GHZ Snapdragon processor is snappy. I really should be responsible and buy the new clothes that I need instead of a new phone, or at the very least wait until the new iPhone is announced in-case I want that…but IT’S SO DANG PRETTY! *Sigh* What’s a geekette to do? Nexus One specs to follow.

Size and weight

Height 119 mm

Width 59.8 mm

Depth 11.5 mm

Weight 130 g (with battery)

100 g (without battery)

Display

3.7 inch (diagonal) widescreen WVGA AMOLED touchscreen

800 x 480 pixels

100,000:1 typical contrast ratio

1ms typical response rate

Camera & Flash

5 megapixels

Autofocus from 6 cm to infinity

2X digital zoom

LED flash

User can include location of photos from phone’s AGPS receiver

Video captured at 720×480 pixels at 20 frames per second or higher, depending on lighting conditions

Cellular & Wireless

3 UMTS bands (either 900/AWS/2100 MHz or 850/1900/2100 MHz)

HSDPA 7.2 Mbps

HSUPA 2 Mbps

GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)

Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR

A2DP stereo Bluetooth

Power and battery

Removable 1400 mAh battery

Charges at 480 mA from USB, at 980 mA from supplied charger

Talk time
Up to 10 hours on 2G
Up to 7 hours on 3G
Standby time
Up to 290 hours on 2G
Up to 250 hours on 3G
Internet use
Up to 5 hours on 3G
Up to 6.5 hours on Wi-Fi
Video playback
Up to 7 hours
Audio playback
Up to 20 hours

Processor

Qualcomm QSD 8250 1 GHz

Operating system

Android Mobile Technology Platform 2.1 (Eclair)

Capacity

512 MB Flash

512 MB RAM

4 GB Micro SD Card (Expandable to 32 GB)

Location

Assisted global positioning system (AGPS) receiver

Cell tower and Wi-Fi positioning

Digital compass

Accelerometer

What is a geek?

I love to learn, just for the sake of absorbing knowledge.

I love to tear things apart and put them back together (the pic is my old iPod).

I subscribe to Engadget’s RSS Feeds.

And GeekSugar.

I love playing with new phones and pointing out their flaws.

I am borderline obsessed with acquiring new technology at least once a year.

I’ve been through 2 Android phones, 4 iPhones, 3 Hackint0shes, and 3 Macbooks.

I do HTML coding for fun.

I have no experience in app coding, but downloaded a developer kit to try anyway.

Does this make me a geek?

No.

According to a fellow geek at work, I am a Super Geek…

I love laptops

I love technology. I am sitting in my car with my Hackint0sh, doing genealogy on my lunch break 😀

“La vida es buena, señores!”
~Brendan Frasier from Bedazzled

Apple Netbook!

No, not really. As if Apple would seriously consider releasing a netbook, psh. Their answer to netbooks: an oversized iPod Touch. My answer to them not having an answer: a Dell Mini 10v that has been Hackint0shed to run Mac OSX 10.6.1 😀

Beautiful isn’t it? I think so :p Best part is, it runs the OS (operating system) flawlessly! I love the portability! It’s the perfect computer for taking on the go to do genealogy and just about anything else…especially with an extended life battery 😀

And before I get comments ranting about this breaking Apples EULA, I have owned 7 Macs, 8 iPhones, and 4 iPods. I think I more than qualify as owning a licensed copy of the software 🙂