Welcome to the new SysAdmin Series, where we will cover apps and other tips and tricks for using your Android device to help you get the job done and stay on top of things in the realm of system administration.
Probably the foremost tool for any sysadmin is a good SSH client. My favorite so far is ConnectBot, by Kenny Root and Jeffrey Sharkey. At the time of this writing, this free, lean, simple SSH client is at version 1.6.2, weighs in at 352KB and has had more than 250,000 downloads and enjoys a 5-star rating from over 10,000 users, and describes itself as such in the Android Market:
ConnectBot is a powerful open-soure Secure Shell (SSH) client.
As a System Administrator (sysadmin), the first class of applications I look for whenever I buy a new smartphone are those which can help me do my job when I’m not sitting at a computer, or at least keep an eye on things.
I had started working on an article about sysadmin apps, but as I began writing, the article grew too long to be practical, so we decided today to split it into pieces, and publish it as a series of articles, featuring one application, or creative way to use an Android-powered device which can make the life of a System Administrator a little easier. Read More
Today, HTC announced on Twitter that an Android 2.1 upgrade is available for the HTC Hero for Sprint users.
The upgrade can be downloaded from the following URL, and is a 118MB Windows .exe executable:
What’s Included in the Download?
HTC’s notes include the following details:
The software upgrade posted below provides several key enhancements for your HTC Hero:
- Upgraded OS to Android 2.1 Eclair
- Includes enhancements to Sense UI
- Includes enhanced corporate email support
- Includes a veriety of minor bug fixes.
We’ve covered custom ROMs a few times before on Android Police, telling you how and why you may want to try them out on your own Android device. If you want to install a custom ROM onto your phone, but don’t know which one to go for, you may want to consider Cyanogen, which is compatible with the HTC Dream, Magic, Nexus One and Motorola Droid.
I’ve been testing the CyanogenMod for the past few weeks, and have found it to be extremely stable, whilst adding numerous features that can’t be found on the stock version of Android 2.1. Read More
This article describes how to add hard and soft pauses to your contacts' phone numbers on your Android phone.
These tricks are quite useful, but it surprises me how relatively unpublished and unknown they are.
What's This All About?
I'm sure you can think of a situation where having some sort of a pause in a phone number could save quite a bit of time, as you could program the whole sequence once and never enter it manually again. Read More
Have you been hearing about all this custom ROM business - Cyanogen, DamageControl, etc and wondering what in the world all those are about?
Or perhaps you already know what those are but are still afraid of trying custom ROMs on your phone because you don't know how to install them or don't want to lose your data and current OS state?
Well, today is your lucky day because in this article from the "I wish somebody showed me how to do this crap when I was getting started" series, I will show you how to
- easily install a custom ROM but only after you
- back up your current system and exact phone state so that you can
- restore to that exact state with a click of a button
What do you have to lose now? Read More
Ever wondered what the whole Android custom ROM scene was about?
What is all this talk of installing "aftermarket", custom upgrades on your phone?
Who needs it? Why do it? Is it safe?
Don't fret - I'm here to explain - the AndroidPolice Academy is now in session.
By the way, the word ROM means R
emory, but has migrated in the modding community to mean an actual custom OS image that you install into the ROM area of your phone.
In this tutorial, I will guide you through the easiest and most reliable way to fully and 100% back up and restore your Android phone.
By fully back up, I don't mean backing up just your address book or your emails, or your dog. I mean EVERYTHING that resides on your phone with the exception of the SD card - what we will create is essentially a full image of your phone's current state that you can restore to at any time as if nothing happened. Read More
In this article, I will discuss all kinds of aspects of rooting your Android phone and the benefits that come with it.
Maybe you've heard about "rooting" a phone from a friend or read about it somewhere on the Internet. Maybe you even *kind of* know what it is but aren't sure what you can do with it. Or maybe you are already running a rooted phone and looking for more ways you can utilize it. Read More
Today Google announced universal search suggestions on the mobile version of their search page. It has been enabled on all major smartphone platforms, so even our iPhone carrying “friends” should be able to partake.
Google first made this change on the desktop version of the search page back in December, and while it was neat, I can’t say I’ve really played with it since it was released. This probably has more to do with the fact that I just control+K to the search bar in Firefox or Chrome rather than visit the search page itself. Read More