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May 4, 2012

Android Tweaks: Install a custom ROM

Want even more customization? Tired of your current system setup? Want to try something new and cool? Then look no further! Installing a custom ROM is the most effective way to customise an Android device. Whether it's an elaborate new take on Android or a ROM that's built for speed and efficiency, ROM Manager is the quickest way to do it.

Note that not all phones readily support ROM Manager, and installing a custom ROM will void your warranty. Get ready for lots of flashing, charging, and customizing. I will only cover one method of simple ROM flashing here, but do check out the xda-developers forum for helpful guides for individual Android devices.

A. Choose a ROM
Open ROM Manager, scroll down the main menu and select the 'Download ROM' option. A list of suitable ROMs for your device will appear. Choose a ROM and a list of version releases will be displayed. Select one and tap on 'Download'.

B. Download
The ROM will download followed by a pre-installation menu. Select both 'Wipe Dalvik Cache' and 'Wipe Data & Cache'. Select 'Backup Existing ROM' should you wish to save your setup. Your Android device will reboot and flash.

C. Enjoy your new ROM
The flashing process should take a short while to complete (and a bit longer if you're also backing up). Once the new ROM has booted up it may be slow for the first few minutes while the Dalvik Cache is rebuilt, but after that it should be plain sailing.

This is just one of many methods there are in flashing new and cool ROMs to your Android phone. When you are in trouble or need help, using Google is always the best solution. If you are going to flash a new ROM just beware that if things don;t turn out right, you may be in risk of permanently damaging and bricking your phone.

Congrats on the 5K!

I remember when MegaBubbletea first started up this blog, and also inspired me to create my own blog. 5000 views later, I'm glad to be a part of this. I have been quite busy recently so I have not been posting, but I will have content for you guys soon! Again, congrats to MegaBubbletea on the success!

Rhycen OUT!

Anime Review: Lovely Complex

Lovely Complex is another typical shoujo romcom anime for those anime-loving girls which just want to relax and enjoy a romantic yet amusing anime series.

Lovely ComplexSynopsis:
Risa and Otani are always being laughed at as the comedy duo. Risa, a girl, is taller than the average girl, and Otani, a boy, is shorter than the average boy. The two are always bickering and even their teacher sees them as a comedy act. But as their friendship develops, so do Risa's feelings toward Otani.

Review:
I keep asking myself 'Why do I keep watching these shoujo romcoms?'. Short answer: depends on my mood. I try not to solely focus on one genre of anime and forget about the rest. Anyhow, on to the story of Lovely Complex. As the name does not suggest, this is one typical shoujo romcom anime with a slight twist. That is the girl is taller than the boy. This probably already rings many bells. How does a girl like a guy shorter than her? Well everything is practically answered as you watch throughout the anime. However, during the journey many misunderstandings and embarrassing moments appear and it adds to the enjoyment to the anime. If I was a girl, I probably would have enjoyed the anime a lot more. As a guy, it was more of a slight smirk and a convincing nod.

The art was plain and simply illustrated. The characters did not have much detail on them so you are always left staring at a blank face. On the other hand, the backgrounds and environments were good enough to justify the overall experience of watching the anime. I would say though, perhaps the anime was more focused on the development of the characters and output of the story that they lacked the visual appeal of the characters.

Sound was perfect and voice synchronization was spot on. The opening and ending themes were not that memorable so I would have to say it was pretty average. You may notice some nice music in some scenes but those occasions are quite rare. Overall, sound was not really important here.

The lack in detail and visual presentation of the characters made them difficult to like. Otani is probably the most clueless and airheaded guy ever in all the anime I have watched. It is just hilarious and frustrating watching Risa trying to get Otani to like her. Of course, lots of complications happen and that just adds more fun to it. In the end, the characters took a while to get used to. In the end, I found them rather generic.

Overall, it was rather enjoyable to watch even though its really meant for teenage girls. There are plenty of hilarious and embarrassing moments to enjoy and the conflicts between Risa and Otani is just entertaining.

STORY: 7
It's your typical romcom anime with plenty of conflicts and misunderstandings.

ART: 6
Rather generic and plain. Took a while to get used to.

SOUND: 7
Good voice acting and theme songs were pretty average.

CHARACTER: 6
Rather generic and not really memorable. Risa and Otani is probably the only characters worth reminiscing about.

ENJOYMENT: 6
I probably would have enjoyed it even more if I was a girl.

OVERALL: 6
Really depends on many factors if this anime will appeal to you. If you are a girl, likes comedy, romantic relationships, and slice of life, then this will definitely work for you.

Beatbox Music Player on Ubuntu

Beatbox 0.4 on Ubuntu 12.04
Beatbox music player has been updated and made available for Ubuntu 12.04.

The former-elementary application, which hits version 0.4 with this release, gains stability, performance and bug fixes in addition to a number of significant new features.

Basics
As any music app should be Beatbox is simple to get started with, even prompting you on first run to import some music – a super intuitive gesture that will save you staring at a blank screen, or cause you to root through menus.

Looks
One thing that is clear from the get-go is that the application has been designed solely to complement the elementary GTK theme.

For example, there are parts where colour of text used by the app drowns in Ubuntu’s orange highlights; there are no icons on either of the ‘view’ buttons, and the monochromatic symbols for menu unfolding, shuffle, repeat, etc are simplistic but not consistent in style with the rest of the system icon theme.
example of visual issues in beatbox

Features
The search needs to be singled out as the standout feature in Beatbox. It suggests artists and albums as you type giving you a super quick way to play what you want with a minimum of fuss.

searching in beatbox is powerful, and easy

A sole click on an album cover in the ‘Album View’ presents you with a pop-over track-list from which to choose tracks to play, add to play-lists etc.

popover in beatbox


Other features include: -
  • Sound Menu support
  • Two Views – Album art and ‘list’
  • CD Playback
  • iPod Syncing
  • Auto-fetching of missing album art
  • Album art renderer in ‘List View’
  • Scrobble support
  • Equaliser

Download and Install
Like a lot of apps at the moment Beatbox is not yet available to install through the Ubuntu Software Center, but it can be installed by adding the official PPA – Personal Package Archive – to your systems’ Software Sources.

This can be done quickest by using the Terminal application and running the following commands:
  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:sgringwe/beatbox
  • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install beatbox
So, will Beatbox be better than Rhythmbox and Banshee?

5000 Hits - Congratulations from Pumpkin!

Good day fellow readers of My Bubbletea Time! Firstly, I want to apologize for my lack of spams posts mainly because I was lazy my supervisor was nagging me to produce more work. I'll be frank, there is a high probability that I will not post much in the next few weeks as I've got a talk coming up in 2 week's time and I need to prepare for that.
Anyhow, this post is dedicated to celebrating this blog reaching the milestone of 5000 hits, and us authors would like to thank you, our dedicated readers for all your support.

Initially, we were planning to set off fireworks in recognition of this achievement. However, we abandoned that plan when we realized that there might be potential health and safety issues/risks to such a task and more importantly, we do not own any fireworks.
Credits: overdoor
Hence, in such a joyous occasion let me share with you this fitting Vocaloid song composed by HALYOSY, called Fire@Flower (Note: The Japanese (Kanji) characters for the word fireworks can be literally translated as flower-fire [花火、はなび、hanabi]). The original version of the song was sung by Len Kagamine. Personally, I like the covers by SekihanClear and Marasy (Piano cover), just to name a few.

Finally, let me share with you one verse from this beautiful song to express my emotions:
Like a Fire Flower 僕が 

消えちゃわないように 

火の粉散らせ 夢打ちあがれ


(English translation; credits)
Like a Fire Flower 

So I won't get put out 

My sparks will fly and I'll launch my dream. 


Credits: LeftAndRight

Samsung Galaxy S3


It has finally been announced. Samsung Galaxy S3. So powerful and so sexy. Check out the specs and commercial below! The phone will be available from the end of May in Europe. Launches in Asia, the Middle East and Africa will follow. A 4G version will go on sale in the US and South Korea in the summer.


Specs
  • 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm
  • 133 grams
  • Display: 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED (1280×720) Pentile (no Plus)
  • Processor: Exynos 4 Quad @ 1.4Ghz for HSPA version
  • 1GB of RAM
  • Rear Camera: 8MP Autofocus, Flash, Zero Lag Shutter BSI Image sensor
  • Front Camera: 1.9 MP HD, Flash, Zero Lag Shutter
  • Video: Full HD 1080p Recording and Playback
  • Storage: 16GB/32GB/64GB
  • 2,100mAh battery
  • GPS with GLONASS
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4
  • microSD expansion
  • 21Mbps HSPA, LTE supported
  • Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy S3 review

So will you get it when it comes out? Any thoughts?

Only In Malaysia

I found a funny and interesting video about typical life in Malaysia. What happens in Malaysia, stays in Malaysia. If you are Malaysian or have good knowledge about life in Malaysia then you will totally understand this hilarious video!

The short film is a collaborative work between JinnyboyTV and hitz.fm.



Have fun and enjoy your day!

MBT 5000 Unleashed


I am happy to announce that My Bubbletea Time has officially surpassed 5000 hits!

This is a huge milestone for us as we have been working hard everyday in keeping you up to date to the latest news, reviews and thoughts of the world around us, the web, and life in general.

Looking back these few months it seems that time has passed quickly and more content is being uploaded each day. As we look back we remember the errors we made, the functions we broke and the typos we typed. However, in the end everything is fixed and we gain new experiences.

As a small celebration of 5000 hits, the team has revealed the MBT 5000 project. This project is not a single project but a compilation of posts and work done by the My Bubbletea Time team and posted specially for today.

There will be an anime review, Android news, Android tips, Pumpkin's Song of the Day, Technology news and more for a one big massive day of posting. Throughout the day, many new posts will be posted on the blog so keep tuned!

As for my contribution I have been working hard in maintaining and keeping the blog alive and going. If you have noticed that I have done some minor tweaking to the overall appearance of the blog. Look for yourself!

In addition, my special MBT 5000 contribution is the My Bubbletea Time team's special photomontage themed 'Who we are and what we like'. It is a 1920x1080 resolution image that contains many pictures of either us or the things we love. You may download it and use it as a wallpaper or to add to your collection.

And here it is...!


Enjoy!

Meanwhile, the team is already working hard posting content for you to enjoy! No time to rest, more work to do. Hmm, I wonder what will happen when we hit the 10000 mark? Wait and see!

Have a nice day,
MegaBubbletea