Thursday, August 25, 2011

Motorola Atrix setup - setting up ClockWorkMod backup

Prerequisits:
  • Motorola fastboot (win32/64 or osx depending on your os of choice)
  • Android sdk installed and adb working
  • proper drivers for your device installed.
  • ROOTED Atrix 4g
Assuming all of that is done there are a few setup steps necessary to enable your device to speak to adb:
  1. Plug in phone via micro USB cable, wait until it is recognized by the OS.
  2. On the phone, pull down the alert menu and choose USB connection
  3. Make sure that "NONE" is selected
  4. Open settings->applications->Development
  5. Make sure that USB debugging is checked
Installing ClockWorkMod

This nmod allows you to back up your phone and recover it gracefully it is essential if you are going to do any development or hacking of your device.
  1. Download the latest version from tenfar here http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1019143
  2. cd to your adb folder and adb install MOTOA4_Bootstrap_###_###-signed.apk (update the numbers appropriately).
  3. Once installed, on the device, open the app tray and find "system recovery"
  4. Press the "Install Recovery" button
  5. After a few seconds, you will recieve a message that says "Install Success!" click "OK".
  6. Now PLUG YOUR PHONE INTO THE AC CHARGER.
  7. IT WILL NOT WORK PLUGGED INTO A USB PORT
  8. NO REALLY< THE AC WALL CHARGER PLUGGED IN!
  9. Click on "recovery boot" and enjoy all your favorite CWM functions

Motorola Atrix setup - Rooting your Atrix on Gingerbread 2.4.3

So, I got a new phone and of course I can't just leave well enough alone so here are a few tips and tricks for my atrix setup
Prerequisits:
  • motorola fastboot (win32/64 or osx depending on your os of choice)
  • Android sdk installed and adb working
  • proper drivers for your device
Assuming all of that is done there are a few setup steps necessary to enable your device to speak to adb:
  1. Plug in phone via micro USB cable, wait until it is recognized by the OS.
  2. On the phone, pull down the alert menu and choose USB connection
  3. Make sure that "NONE" is selected
  4. Open settings->applications->Development
  5. Make sure that USB debugging is checked
ROOTING your Atrix,
this may seem to be overkill, but for backups like ClockWorkMod, battery reset (if like me you did the Gingerbread update without a full battery), Titanium backup, etc. this is a necessary step.
  1. Restart your Atrix in fastboot mode (restart while holding the volume down)
  2. When it says "Fastboot" push the volume up button, it will then say "Starting Fastboot protocol support"
  3. Push an updated preinstall.img to the server
    1. Open a command prompt
    2. cd to your fastboot directory
    3. Type fastboot flash preinstall preinstall.img NOTE: If your fastboot executable is named moto-fastboot or moto-fastboot-osx then change the name of the exe as needed. if preinstall.img is not in the current directory then include the full path to preinstall.img
  4. Now reboot your phone by typing fastboot reboot
  5. Once the phone reboots, move to your adb directory and run adb shell
  6. Now we need to be the Root user and bash is nice so type /preinstall/dosu and hit enter to switch to root.
  7. The /system mount is read only at this point so type /bin/mount -o remount,rw /system and hit enter to change it to read write.
  8. We want to copy su (switch user) to somewhere we can use it so type cp /preinstall/su /system/bin/ and hit enter.
  9. We need to make sure it is executable so type chmod 6755 /system/bin/su and hit enter to set up the correct rights.
  10. Now we need an app to manage root access so type PATH=/system/bin:$PATH pm install /preinstall/Superuser.apk and hit enter (pm and it's fellow components are in /system/bin which is not on our path at this point).
  11. you have successfully rooted your phone!
Install ClockWorkMod

Motorola Atrix setup - setting up ClockWorkMod backup

Unlocking the bootloader
TBD

Other Roms
TBD

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

10 days and 10 inches

It has been almost 2 weeks since my last pictures. We have re-done the light stand and added another shop light because things are growing so fast. I am going to have to move much of this out to the cold frame very soon or we will be way over grown. The tomatoes are already growing into each other and the squash have blocked out the light completely.

The squash plants are now 1-12 inches high. I actually see buds forming on them, we may have squash blossoms to eat even before we get them outside.

The tomatoes have all been transplanted taking all their height from them (the stems of tomatoes will grow more roots so we bury as much as we can) and they are still 4-8 inches tall and they need to be separated so that the roots don't grow from one peat pellet to the next.

Here you can see more tomatoes and the peppers and tomatillos are about 10 inches tall too.Amazingly in about 10 days, we have gone from 1-2 inch seedlings to 10-12 inch seedlings. I never would have thought we would get an inch a day indoors under shop lights.

Time to get the cold frame going so we can move these guys out of here. I also think I am going to have to buy more cookie sheets to hold all of these, maybe those all-a-dollar ones will work.

Raspberries should be here any day, I need to get started on those boxes!

Friday, April 8, 2011

What We're growing - Tomatoes

Since we have some more variety this year it seems like we should have something in here about each of these items.
  • Omar's Lebanese ~ 80 days, Indeterminate, regular leaf, moderate to high yield of huge flattened pink beefsteaks, 18-24 oz, 6" in diameter. "Excellent [mild] flavor"
  • Dutchman ~ 80 days, indeterminate, regular leaf, 1-3 lb pink beefsteak, excellent taste, solid flesh, few seeds.
  • Djena lee's Golden Girl ~ 71 days, indeterminate, regular leaf, good producer of small (3-6 oz) smooth slightly elongated yellowish-orange fruit with very good rich and tangy flavor.
  • Golden Sunburst ~ 80 days, indeterminate, regular leaf, good producer of 3 inch yellow fruit, almost like a large cherry tomato. Great for salads.
  • Aunt Ruby's German Green ~ 85 days, Indeterminate, regular leaf, large green beefsteak type fruit average 1 lb or more and have a sweet spicy flavor
  • Black Russian ~ 80 days, indet., regular leaf plant with a good yield of 8-12 oz red-black fruit with very good flavor.
  • Cherokee Purple ~ 75 days, Indeterminate, regular leaf, dark purple beefsteak fruit, 6-16 oz, outstanding producer, excellent taste, no core. Clear skin and some green shoulders that do not affect texture or taste. This was by far our favorite tomato a few years ago. My mouth is watering for a BLT just thinking about it.
Notably missing from this list are:
  • Kellog's breakfast
  • Cherokee green
  • Ananas Noir
Although we saved seeds for all of these, the fire last year damaged them, and they are all gone. We will have to save seeds this year, and look forward to what we want to try next year.

One note on the rogue Potato Leaf tomato from this year, if we undertake some stabilization experiments we will need to enlist your help because we will want to grow at least one hundred of just this variety over the next few years to make sure we can get it to come true...so I will be giving away a lot of tomato plants :-)

What happens when you go away for a week

So I spent a week in the UK, and this is what I have come back to:



The tomatoes are going great guns. We have some unexpected potato leaf heirlooms, want to see what these are, we may have a new variety to try to stabilize over the next few years. We planted 6 heirloom varieties from a single packet (don't know what each seed was) but none of them should have been PL so this is pretty exciting. PL plants are supposed to be hardier, the most famous PL heirloom is Brandywine. All the rest are Regular Leaf so we will have to wait to see how our numbers break down.


These squash plants are getting too tall for the lights, I will have to rig something better up. These are mostly yellow straight neck and butternut squash (mmm that makes me want soup).












Here are the tomatillos, pumpkins and watermelons. I am amazed that even teh watermelons are taking off, Steph is excited about those.









It is amazing how fast things grow, I was only gone a week and look at all we have coming up.
Next year, I think I will wait a few weeks on the squash, only the tomatoes, peppers, tomatillos and melons will go in this early.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Worm House

For my birthday I got a new worm house. It is too cold for it to be outside right now, so it is up in my office. Here is a good shot of it. The white is a worm barrier that keeps them from getting out the bottom and the top.

This is a shot of the worms in their bin. We have them already moving up into the second bin. I will set it up so that we can start adding food to the top bin while I am in the UK.


At least they are inside this year so Heidi won't call me and say "Have you ever read the book, how to eat fried worms?"

What a difference 3 days makes

We have gone from just a couple of things to a ton of plants coming up.
These are tomatillos.
The first of the peppers
up top are the pumpkins just punching through, and down below are the oregano going crazy!
Finally check out the squash and the tomatoes!
it is interesting how all the seeds on the left germinated so fast. When I put the heating pad under the planter, the left side got more the first day...and the plants there are significantly faster than the ones right next to it.

Braden also took some great pics that I will have to get in here soon.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

First Clorophyl

I started to call this "First Blood" but really it is plants so...
Here is a shot of the Grow Lab. $15 shop light from Home Depot, some biodegradable peat starter cups, a few not so biodegradable plastic cups on the other side, some worm castings from last year and good times! Oh and I splurged and purchased a heating pad to warm them up, since they won't sprout until they think the soil will stay in the 80s (and I am not keeping upstairs in the 80s (sorry Stephany).
First Tomatoes to break through. These are from the Heirloom mix but not really sure what they will be in the end.
First WEED! this one was in one of the heirloom starts but it doesn't look like any tomato plant I have ever seen. I will kill it with extreme prejudice!
But here is the real winner, This is one of Matt's cilantro plants. First one really up, it even beat the weed. 4 days to sprout is pretty good.
So They are getting started and looking fun. we will have to see what happens when the squash come up in a few days since they will be much bigger.


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Planting has begun!!!

Today we did a lot of work in the garden and got things ready. All of the boxes on the South side are ready to go. We elected to move the boxes for even better sun on the North side so a couple of those are ready and we still have some work to do.

After we had worked in the dirt all day, preparing the boxes, we came in and started seeds from my birthday seed package.

We have:
  • 20 heirloom tomatoes (Omar's lebanese red, Dutchman pink, Djena lee's Golden Girl orange, Golden sunburst yellow, Aunt Ruby's German Green, and Black Russian)
  • 20 Cherokee Purple tomatoes (these were by far the best 2 years back)
  • 9 green husk tomatillos
  • 9 jalapeno peppers
  • 9 California Wonder bell peppers
  • 6 Jubilee watermelon
  • 10 Ghostly white pumpkin
  • 10 Big Max pumpkin
  • 10 Waltham Butternut squash
  • 10 Early Prolific Straightneck squash
  • 5 pods of Cilantro
  • 3 pods of Basil
  • 3 pods of oregano
Along with all of those that we are starting indoors now we have :
  • 2 varieties of snow peas,
  • Zucchini
  • Ocra
  • 2 varieties of cucumbers
  • radishes
  • Cylindra beets
  • Kaleidoscope carrots
  • Imperator carrots
  • Onion sets (already in the ground from last fall)
  • garlic (already in the ground from last fall)
This is a fun time of year and it is great to see the kids so excited about seeing things grow.
The only problem is that I am going to have to get another set of grow lights to support their (my) habit!.