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Samsung Galaxy S series Firmware Update causing installed App won't run and ways to solve it

The Samsung Galaxy S series will be getting firmware update push from Samsung very often. Probably one in few months or more.

However, there are always skepticism whether should I upgrade the firmware since the phone is working fine. One fine day, I pressed the Update firmware that has been appearing in the notification panel for very long time. The update progresses well with no major hiccup. I ensure the power supply to my phone maintain so then installation will not stop halfway due to power outage.

Installation went well but to my horror, most of the Apps that I transferred to SD card earlier on not able to load. I have restarted my phone but it still won't show up.


Google a bit here and there and trial and error. Here are steps to make it work again .


1. Restart the phone few times to ensure it is not because of caching issue. Also, let it run itself by not doing anything with the phone, the phone is doing something in the background even though it is not telling you that. …

Samsung Galaxy S series phone - Screen keeps on waking up itself

I encountered an annoying issue on Samsung Galaxy S series hand phone that the screen wakes up by itself on and off for no good reason.  It drains up my battery really fast. This sort of problem you may engage a hand phone shop to help but not all technical personnel will have time to trial and error to troubleshoot for you. They might suggest something drastic like upgrade your firmware or changing your phone battery and etc.

Here are ways for me to resolve it in chronological order. It is not hard really if you have a little time to spare and do some research yourself. I compiled all these together for your easy reference.

1. Check in battery usage in Settings / Smart Manager to see which application use up the most without me notice.
(It is best to start here. Make sure the the "stay await" time is not long for any app. If it is, then you might want to uninstall that application. If the stay await comes from Android System, Android OS or Screen. Any system app, you can&…

Connecting Sametime using Pidgin (IBM Sametime 2017, Pidgin 2.12.0) - solving version mismatched error

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I get version mismatched error with my Pidgin lately. I tried GTK+ update, Pidgin update, Proxy setting changing and tweaking the setting. Nothing works. Finally, I ran into this article http://crashcarr.com/110/getting-pidgin-configured-to-connect-to-sametime#comment-22231


The key things to make it to work is to add these 2 lines into Pidgin setting. (Prior before this, you should add Sametime account to your Pidgin first, set your Server address and you login and password etc. Then only, the basic settings and Settings tag will be available in your account.xml)  These 2 settings are not available in UI of the Pidgin account configuration.Only one of it is available, the fake_client_id. Also, since it is a XML, make sure all the character used in XML tag are valid ASCII character like your single quote ' and bracket are ASCII.



The setting file can be found here - C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\.purple\accounts.xml Close the Pidgin program, edit the file and save it. …

Tips on how to use IBM iNotes (web client) on emailing or scheduling - Like copy tables from Excel or checking for user id (windows logon id) through email address

There are certain functions that I accustomed with when I write email and schedule a meeting using mail client such as Ms Outlook or IBM Lotus Notes. However, such functions are not straightforward when I am in Lotus iNotes, a completely web based client application.


Writing Email Common Functions
1. Checking for user id (Windows Logon ID) for the email address.
There is no check for user detail in web based version. In the PC client version, you can do this by right clicking on the email address in the "To" textbox. However, there is another solution in web based verion. You can click on "To" hyperlink to search for that person in the address book. Then, find the person there and click "Details" there to get the user id (Windows Login ID)

Similar, if you do not have email address of the person but you have the windows logon ID, you can just type the ID in the "To" textbox and click on search for that person. The system will reverse lookup the …

How to reduce the file size of an excel file

I have read a numerous tutorials in the web on techniques to reduce file size.

Some of it work okay but not to my satisfactory. I will show those that work first and then I will show my own simple way that works better.


Method I found in the web that works but not very well and comes with cons. 

- Save your excel file in binary format. Click save as, select Excel Binary Workbook. This however means it will change the format of your file and binary file format is not amendable unless you save as another file format again.


Method I found that works better 

- Highlight the last row and drag until the very far bottom row of the sheet. Then, select "Delete". The further you go the better.

- Highlight the last column and drag until the very far bottom column of the sheet. Then, select "Delete". The further you go the better.

Once it is done. Click Save. You should able to reclaim your file size back to small one.


Microsoft Project - The How To Series that Project Manager too embarrassed to ask. (part 2) - Where is the WBS in Microsoft Project?

In the PMBOK project management process groups and knowledge areas. For what ever projects that you are about to embark on planning process group, you will need to create the WBS under project scope management. However, when you think you are already using the industry most commonly used project management software - Ms Project. You simply can't find a way to start working on it using the software. You are like, WTF....
In fact, if you do a bit of Google here and there, you will end up getting search result suggesting you to buy another software that sits on top of Ms Project. The software is not bad but shouldn't WBS a fundamental of project planning? How could Microsoft miss out on this.

I am not going to elaborate about the purpose of WBS, what are the details of it and how is it going to be applied. For that, you can refer to PMBOK or any project management web sites for details.

What I am going to discuss about is the way to do WBS using Ms Project. And the items that I…

Microsoft Project - The How To Series that Project Manager too embarrassed to ask (part 1) - How to print gantt chart and rename resource?

I often times want to do certain things in Microsoft Project that is supposed to be trivial but I always end up I could not find that particular command or function based on my current habit of looking up for things. Even I tried to google for answer but it just returns irrelevant stuff. I suppose these are consider too trivial or too shy for people to ask this sort of questions.

So, this article is meant for anyone who shares the same trait like me. Bumping into simple stuff in Microsoft Project that need a quick answer without having to attend formal Microsoft Project training.

1. How to rename the resource in the project?

Resource is the usually the team member of the project, it could also be machine or what ever that are required for the tasks to be carried out.

The default view of Microsoft Project is Gantt Chart, so, whenever someone wants to rename assigned resource for the task, usually you will just double click on the task and go to "Resources" of the task to att…