Please don’t “sell out” Memorial Day

Many will “celebrate” Memorial Day as any other holiday, with barbecues, beer, and commercial sales at local malls. Simply put, they have sold out Memorial Day.

This weekend, please visit a local cemetery, find a marker for any veteran, and reflect on their service to this great nation.

“Your silent tents of green
We deck with fragrant flowers;
Yours has the suffering been,
The memory shall be ours.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

American Flag and Cross in Normandy American Cemetery

Fixing Samsung Galaxy S3 after Android 4.4.2 upgrade

I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 with Virgin Mobile. I updated to Android 4.4.2 yesterday. This afternoon, the LTE network did not work. Symptoms were that the network showed as “Samsung” instead of “Virgin Mobile.” Reboots of the phone, and pulling the battery out/waiting/reinstalling the battery did not work.

I found some postings online which suggested that a manual PRL Update followed by a Profile Update would fix the problem, but it did not.

The cure seems to be a phone restart, then enter ##72786# and wait while the phone does some background updates and automatic reboots. Eventually, on the 3rd reboot, the annoying Virgin Mobile “rave dance” wallpaper/music played and my phone connection appears to be working properly (shows that it’s connected to “Virgin Mobile” network now).

Update June 20, 2014: After doing the above fix, I lost 4G (LTE/CDMA) connection, and could only connect via CDMA. Doing a Profile update, then a PRL update, then another Profile update seems to have restored the LTE/CDMA.

In addition, the 4.4.2 Android update seems to have brought Bluetooth tethering ability to the phone! More investigation of this to come…

Firefox and related tabs

New version of Firefox (you did upgrade to 3.6 already, right?) now opens new tabs immediately adjacent to the tab you’re in when you right-click a link. To change it back to the “old” way (open a new tab after all the other tabs), go to about:config in the URL bar and toggle browser.tabs.insertRelatedAfterCurrent from “true” to “false”

Fighting tyranny

“Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.” — Winston Churchill

“Miracles do not cluster. Hold on to the Constitution of the United States of America and the Republic for which it stands — what has happened once in six thousand years may never happen again. Hold on to your Constitution, for if the American Constitution shall fail there will be anarchy throughout the world.” — Daniel Webster

Removing Picasa “Favorite Activity”

Some random person on Picasa shared an album with me. I have no idea who they are or why they shared with me. Some random travel pictures of Malaysia or something. But it was irritating to have to see it in “Favorites Activity” every time I went into my own albums.

Google doesn’t provide a direct way from the activity list to remove someone. The process to remove it is to click the shared link and go to the other person’s gallery. Add them as a Favorite using the link on their album.

Then when you go back to your own People/Favorites tab, and click the “List” link in the top right corner, there are checkboxes to stop getting updates from them or to remove them outright.