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Root any Android phone without hassle!

13 Jan

Android is really a fun mobile OS providing you the ability to customize it the way you like, or to install as many  app you want. But if you really want to take full advantage of the OS, you need to root the device. For those who don’t know, rooting is the method of getting root access (Android is Linux based after all) to the OS, or in other words it’s way to have full permission to practically do anything. Rooting also enable to install the apps which require to perform system level changes/access.

Now, as we know, rooting is powerful and more fun, question comes how we do it? And also if every mobile is rootable or not?

There are several versions of Android and every version is further customized by the mobile phone manufacturer to stand out. But this adds difficulty when it comes to rooting and most of the times the phone doesn’t root at all. And, if you’re not making something (rooting, in this case) you’re actually breaking it i.e. the phone can be rendered useless if not rooted properly. So, before you try, remember your warranty will completely void and you may end up with total plastic which do nothing.

Precautions out, and if you still dare, then here comes a very handy and comfortable tool to root the Android phones – Unlock Root. This is one stop solution to root practically any device running on Android OS version 2.1 (Eclair), 2.2 (Froyo), 2.3 (Gingerbread) and 4.0.x (Ice-cream sandwich). Some notable devices (some of which are pretty nasty to root as well) are HTC Wildfire S, HTC Desire S, Samsung Nexus S, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, etc.

Interested? Just follow these very easy to use steps to root your phone and to unlock the world of possibilities.

Go here to download Unlock Root. Install this and make sure that your device drivers are also installed.

1. Open the Unlock Root application. The main window will open like this –

Main Interface

Unlock Root main interface

2. Make sure that your device must be in USB Debugging Mode. If not then just go to Settings > Applications > Development and then selection the option of USB Debugging Mode.

3. Now once you connect your device to the PC, it’ll be automatically detected by Unlock Root program and a prompt will come just like this –

Device Detection

Device Detection

4. Now you’re presented with very easy to understand two options – Root (the BIG red button) and UnRoot (the other small button). Rooting will essentially install one Superuser.apk file which will in turn grant you full permission.

Root Device

One-click rooting of the device

5. Optionally (but highly recommended by Unlock Root people), you can install Power Saver tool as well to improve the battery life. This can also be done right from the same interface.

Power Saver

Install to extend battery life

6. Finally, you’re done! Now the application will require you to reboot your device and present you with this friendly message.

Reboot

Reboot message

7. Done! Once rebooted your device will be properly unlocked. Enjoy the real freedom!

8. If, for some strange reasons, you want to unRoot your device, you can also do so with the Unlock Root application. Just connect your device and press that small little UnRoot button and you’re good to go.

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Command line database.

23 Sep

Well, you know, the website I’m about to tell you just says it’s a command reference but for me it’s complete database of commands which covers everything you do on console/command line!

So, please welcome SS64! Yeah i know it’s unusual name, but the content it collects isn’t. This is a huge database of every command reference one can generally come across covering Oracle Database, Windows CMD, Linux Bash, VBScript Commands, OSX Commands, Windows Powershell and SQL Server Database.

How it’s useful, you may ask? Well, go to respective section and you’ll be presented with the list of commands supported. Now, click on any command and you’ll find all details of calling methods, keywords and their uses in details. It works as a one stop solutions for all the command needs.

Still, if you want more apart from the standard listed commands, fret not! There is SS64 Forum to help you out. Just head over to this forum and have all of your questions answered. Although it’s not a big community but it does helps you out very quickly.

I hope you’ll be more productive as now you’ll rather remember your code than the commands to execute them. SS64 has you covered.

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Command line database.

23 Sep

Well, you know, the website I’m about to tell you just says it’s a command reference but for me it’s complete database of commands which covers everything you do on console/command line!

So, please welcome SS64! Yeah i know it’s unusual name, but the content it collects isn’t. This is a huge database of every command reference one can generally come across covering Oracle Database, Windows CMD, Linux Bash, VBScript Commands, OSX Commands, Windows Powershell and SQL Server Database.

How it’s useful, you may ask? Well, go to respective section and you’ll be presented with the list of commands supported. Now, click on any command and you’ll find all details of calling methods, keywords and their uses in details. It works as a one stop solutions for all the command needs.

Still, if you want more apart from the standard listed commands, fret not! There is SS64 Forum to help you out. Just head over to this forum and have all of your questions answered. Although it’s not a big community but it does helps you out very quickly.

I hope you’ll be more productive as now you’ll rather remember your code than the commands to execute them. SS64 has you covered.

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Linux shell on Cloud!

20 Sep

Well, you know, we all want to work in browser only these days and what’s better than to have a Unix/Linux shell running inside your browser?

Welcome CB.vu! It’s nifty little website that directly opens to a Linux shell. You can start typing your Linux commands right away and see the results. But as it’s being a shell in a cloud (sounds nice, ehh!), a lots of powerful features of actual shell is stripped off, and you cannot even crate a new directory (which makes me think if this command was allowed, where you’re supposed to make directory?).

But to begin with, it’s a nice tool to try some of the shell commands (but scripts as they’re also not supported). Just type man and you’ll find the list of commands with manuals, and I must say they’re the all that’s supported here as well. Generally, if you don’t have any commands doing file/directory changes, you’re good to execute in this shell.

My first impression though seems limited, I figured it a useful tool nonetheless. There are still quite a few commands to try and learn and it’s a nice drift off from usual websites. It’s just a pure shell virtualized to your webpage waiting for your actions. Cool isn’t it?

My biggest gripe about this website? Well, it can virtualize entire Linux shell and allow us to type in whatever command we want to. Yes I know this will add bloat to server side but handling those will not be much of a issue, is it?

Anyway, I want you guys to try your hands on to this website and feel the power (?) of Linux shell.

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