Nice Glass

June 24th, 2013 | Posted by tonyscha in Technology - (0 Comments)

Kayla dropped her phone a few weeks back, and decided to take the leap on replacing the glass.


On the left, tools to remove the old glass, in the middle is the patient, and on the right is the glass transplant.


Taking the hair dryer, heated up the glue which allowed you to pry up the glass.



Here I got a really good photo of when the glue is separating between the glass and the digitizer.


I should have taken a picture of the phone naked,  I mean without the glass, however I forgot. Anyway, I just slapped the new glass on there with no glue, the previous glue is suppose to be enough to hold on the new glass.


Proof it works, in the middle of a transition.


My Google Reader replacement

June 4th, 2013 | Posted by tonyscha in Technology - (0 Comments)

So recently google announced it was going to shutdown Google Reader. I am sad to see this go as its in the top 5 Google services I use. After much frustration with corporate America (Google in this case), and not have any power as a consumer over this, I decided to skip using the other commercial RSS replacements, and I turned to the open source community. After reading all the tech websites with suggested RSS reader replacements, I found out about tiny tiny RSS. I installed the web application on my linux webhost and used my domain, and imported my google reader subscription.xml file that contained all my feeds. It was fairly easy to setup (about the same work as setting up a wordpress blog from scratch), will work as long as I provide the hosting, and has a large community. One item I did have to do was find a couple of plugins to enhance the user experience. The two plugins I installed were Next-Prev toolbar and videoframes, which allows embedded videos (such as youtube) to be displayed. There is some configruation options that allow you to configure when it should update the RSS feed, the only complaint I had was you need the ability to run server side commands to make it automatic, however if you leave the webpage open in a browser, it will update when open. I might create a script to run from my home computer to open the website every 10 minutes so when I browse from my mobile device, it contains the latest data. One last thing I needed was a mobile app which is available on the google play store for $1.99. The mobile app is worth the price.

If you are looking for a Google Reader replacement, I highly recommend checking out the tiny tiny RSS website and setting up the service for yourself.

Another running post

June 2nd, 2013 | Posted by tonyscha in Fitiness | Personal | Running - (0 Comments)

So… Warning this is just another running post. Over the last few weeks I have been pretty busy regards to running. Back on May 18th, I finished my third half marathon in 2 hours, 8 minutes, and 50 seconds which is a new personal best. My goal was to finish with a pace under 10 minutes per mile, which I did with a pace of 9:52. I have been building up my miles and averaged a couple 30 miles per week, even hit a new monthly record of 117 during May. While a 117 miles during a month is what some people do a week, its been a huge accomplishment for me.

I wanted to talk about my new shoes, previously I have been using Vibram Five Fingers Bikilas, but I picked up some new balance minimus MR00 shoes before the half marathon, but I didn’t get them broken in before the half, so I couldn’t use them. Since them I have added some miles to them, and even a long run and I have to admit, I really like them. If you are looking for zero drop minimalistic shoe, I would recommend the minimus. I attached a picture below.

Me running!

My Medal

My new shoes.