Author Archives: Alan German

Testing Development Versions of LibreOffice

If you are not a computer programmer, graphics designer, technical writer, or a web developer, one way to assist in the development of open-source software, such as the LibreOffice suite, is to test pre-release versions of the software as these … Continue reading

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Changing Icons in Android Pie

Most of the icons used in Android Pie look fine, but I really don’t like the default icon for the Calendar app. Previously, with Android Nougat, I had used the Icon Changer free app developed by Juyeong to switch the … Continue reading

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Waking up the Moto G3 under Android Pie

As noted in the previous post, with Android Pie installed, waking up the phone seems to require (in my case) opening the wallet-style cover, double-tapping on the screen, and swiping up the screen to unlock it. This is a lot … Continue reading

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Upgrading to Android Pie on the Moto G3

For the past several months I have been using a custom ROM of Android Nougat on my Moto G3 smartphone (See: A Stable Custom ROM for the Moto G3) that has been receiving monthly, over-the-air (OTA), security updates. Now, MSe1969, … Continue reading

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Modifying the Netflix key on an Nvidia Shield TV remote control

I recently switched to an ISP that provides TV through an on-line connection to an Android TV device. I chose Nvidia’s Shield TV for this purpose. The system has a nice remote control with a dedicated (large) button to access … Continue reading

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Updating the GRUB2 boot menu

Some time ago, I indicated how to manually update the grub boot menu (see: GRUB2 revisited). This required quite a lot of effort to change file permissions and edit several text files. A much simpler method, that uses a graphical … Continue reading

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Verifying a Linux Mint ISO file with a GUI

Some time ago, I downloaded and authenticated the ISO file for Linux Mint Version 18 (see: Verifying the Linux Mint 18 ISO file), using a mostly manual method, through a series of Linux commands. A much easier method is to … Continue reading

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The Recycle Bin in Asus File Manager

When you first delete a file in Asus File Manager on your Android smartphone, a dialogue box pops up to confirm that you want to temporarily delete the file to the Recycle Bin. Included on this screen is a check … Continue reading

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Removing a “missing” PPA

Running Update Manager resulted in an error message to the effect that a Personal Package Archive (PPA) for the Opera web browser, was missing and/or unavailable.

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LineageOS 14.1 receiving OTA updates again!

I recently downloaded and installed the LineageOS 14.1 custom ROM (Nougat) developed by MSe1969 (see A Stable Custom ROM for the Moto G3). My rationale was that this is one of the few – the only one that have found … Continue reading

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