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April 12, 2012

DeBlur My Motorola

If you are an Android user with a Motorola phone like me, then you can understand my MotoBlur is such a annoyance. For those who don't know what MotoBlur is then I suggest you don't bother finding out. Why? Because MotoBlur makes your Android dramatically slow down by hogging system resources and forcing users to use their MotoBlur apps. I for one already had enough of MotoBlur so hence I was pretty happy to stumble upon a Motorola DeBlur script that removes all those useless MotoBlur apps from your device.

Note that your phone will need to be rooted for this script to run.

What the script does:
  • Removes many elements of MotoBlur
  • Removes carrier bloat (currently major US carriers only)
  • Moves removed apps to Removed_Apps folder
  • Replaces BlurHome with ADW
  • Duplicates the Blur look with preconfigured ADW backup files
  • Frees up about 50MB of space in /system/app
  • Free up about 60MB of RAM
  • Replaces the stock build.prop with a tuned build.prop (currently Photon and Electrify only)
  • Add Blur look toggles (Currently only available for Bionic (ALPHA), Photon and GSM RAZR)
  • Retains already installed apps and user info (I still suggest you back up your stuff)
I have used this script on my phone and I must admit, it works great! No more MotoBlur on my phone to slow down my games when I play. It has also freed around 50 - 60MB of RAM that I can use on games. So, my advice, don't get a Motorola phone with MotoBlur on it. It will just waste valuable resources and cause you much headache. Even though, MotoBlur was meant to be focused on 'connectivity' to social networks, it does a bad job at it. hence, here is the link to the script for anyone wishing to get rid of MotoBlur in one easy package.


Linux Tycoon - A Simulation Game

What is Linux Tycoon? Well, the same says it all. It is basically a Linux distro building simulation game. Yep. That's it. Somehow, this simple game has got me addicted for a few days now. I think I do have a thing for simulation games. Let me explain what this game actually is and how its played.

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Well, the main goal is trying to get your distro to be the #1 Linux distro in the world. Sounds simple? Not really, you will be also managing packages, workers, release versions all the while fixing bugs and gaining popularity. Also, random events will occur here and there to either boost your ratings or drag you down.

Update Annoucement
“In the coming days you’ll be able to compete against other Linux Distros around the world, in real-time,” the developer, Bryan Lunduke announced on the Linux Tycoon webpage. “Making Linux Tycoon the worlds first MMOLDBSG (Massively Multiplayer Online Linux Distro Building Simulation Game).”


What? How is that even possible? Oh, I get it. Basically competing with other players across the internet to see who can get their distro to #1. Well, that sounds interesting and challenging. I can't wait for the update! The online feature will appear in an update due ‘in the coming days’ – so if you anyone already own the game keep a look out for it.

Online gameplay will be subscription free – if you’ve bought the game you’re entitled to play – and the current ‘single player mode’ will remain available for those not wanting to play against others. In addition, Lunduke will also be release ‘Linux Tycoon Server’ for free. This will enable players to run their own “world” independent of the ‘official’ online server.

Download
I'm sorry but the game is not free, but it only costs $4! That is like the price of your average bubble tea! The game is currently in beta so expect some bugs. It is also DRM-free so you can redownload many times as you like. Support Lunduke by buying his game! Show your support to the independent developers who spend so much time and energy to bring you their projects for you to enjoy!


Google+ Revamped

Noticed anything different about your Google+ homepage today?

Google announced a while back it was going to redesign its Google+ social network. At the same time, the company announced that Google+ now has some 170 million users, up from an estimated 62 million in January.

The Official Google Blog announced that they were introducing a more functional and flexible version of Google+. Basically, saying that Google+ now should be more easier to use and nicer to look at.


Navigation you can make your own
One of the first things you’ll notice is a new way to get around the stream. Instead of static icons at the top, there’s a dynamic ribbon of applications on the left. Some nice features now include:

  • You can drag apps up or down to create the order you want
  • You can hover over certain apps to reveal a set of quick actions
  • You can show or hide apps by moving them in and out of “More”

"Taken together, these powers make it easier to access your favorites, and to adjust your preferences over time. We've also built the ribbon with the future in mind, giving us an obvious (and clutter-free) space for The Next Big Feature, and The Feature After That. So stay tuned."

Conversations you'll really care about
I'm sure you want connect with others and cherish the conversations that unfold. Today's update includes some new features:
  • Full bleed photos and videos that'll make you really proud to post
  • A stream of conversation "cards" that make it easier to scan and join discussions
  • An activity drawer that highlights the community around your content

A new home for hanging out
Google+ Hangouts uses live video to bring people together, and the results range from heartwarming to breathtaking to music-making. Today a dedicated Hangouts page has been added that creates even more opportunities to connect in person, including:
  • An always-updated list of invitations from the people in your circles
  • Quick access to every public and On Air hangout, for those times when you want to meet someone new, or watch a live broadcast
  • A rotating billboard of popular hangouts, pro tips and other items you don’t want to miss

Getting there from here
Today's Google+ update extends beyond navigation, the stream and hangouts. For instance: there's a new Explore page that shows what's interesting and trending across the network. And a new profile with much bigger photos. And a new chat list that puts your friends front and center. And a whole lot more.


So what are you waiting for? Check out the new features for yourself on Google+! I think the new layout will take some time to get used to, but I think its great that Google will keep on continuing to add more features that make our life easier.

Anime Review: Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai

What if you accidentally found out a secret about your sister? What would you do? Here is the dilemma that Kyousuke faces as he finds out a totally different side to his sister. Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai focuses on the comedy side of sibling rivalry.

Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga NaiSynopsis:
Kyousuke Kousaka, a normal seventeen-year-old high school student, hasn't gotten along with his younger sister, Kirino, in years. For longer than he can remember, Kirino has ignored his comings and goings and looked at him with spurning eyes. It seemed as if the relationship between Kyousuke and his sister, now fourteen, would continue this way forever.

One day, however, Kyousuke finds a DVD case of a magical girl anime entitled Hoshikuzu Witch Merle (Stardust Witch Merle), which had fallen into the entrance way of his house to Kyousuke's surprise. Kyousuke attempts to fish out the culprit who dropped the case by bringing up the topic of magical girl anime at the family dinner table. All that comes out is a strong negative reaction from his parents, especially his anti-otaku policeman father.

That night, Kirino bursts into Kyousuke's room and, in perhaps the first conversation she has initiated with him in years, says they "have things to talk about." Hence, the whole adventure starts with Kyousuke being Kirino's life consultant.

Review:
An interesting concept for this anime that no other anime have really touched on his the rivalry between siblings. Here, the anime totally focuses on that aspect of life. Hence, to make things interesting, a secret is thrown in that the main character discovers. And so, you can pretty much guess what happens after that. Kyousuke will have to bear the burden of keeping that secret whilst helping Kirino with her problems. All this includes funny and surprising moments, tragic truths and emotional goodbyes. This anime is a totally typical heavy otaku based anime.

The art was above average with some nice backgrounds. The characters did not have that much detail so I could not say they were really illustrated well. However, the art style was heavily slanted towards the 'moe' type character and hence the overly emphasis on 'cuteness' was portrayed throughout the anime.

Voice acting was perfect for the characters. You can sense the feeling and emotion shown through as you watch the anime play out. The theme songs were pretty catchy and also were appropriate for the anime. It was a well compiled soundtrack that suited every mood perfectly.

Let me talk about the characters. Kyousuke is definitely your typical average guy. He doesn't care about his sister at all. So basically they have a love-hate relationship that is probably only one-sided. Kirino on the other hand can be considered the more 'tsundere' type girl who is nice to everyone else but mean to her brother. Thus, when her secret is found out, Kyousuke has to go through so  much trouble for himself as well as protecting Kirino's secret from their parents. My favourite character is probably Ruri since she is also 'tsundere' and mysterious but does have a cute side that doesn't often show. In the end, there are many characters there but they are all pretty generic.

Overall, the anime series was great. The story was decently interesting but the jokes and mishaps were pretty amusing to watch. The characters were cute but were all a bit generic. Voice acting was perfect and the theme songs were appropriate. This anime is probably more suited for the 'male otaku' group than any other target audience.

STORY: 6
It was interesting to watch the characters interact with each other.

ART: 7
Above average art with some nice visual effects in the anime.

SOUND: 8
Good voice acting that shows cuteness and emotions from the characters.

CHARACTER: 7
A bit generic but still well presented.

ENJOYMENT: 7
Could have been better both story and character-wise.

OVERALL: 7
Not bad for a 'otaku' anime. Best suited for the 'male otaku' target audience.