Root Samsung Epic 4G

Trying to use One-click root on my Samsung Epic 4G on Sprint caused me a bunch of headaches and problems, so I’ve found my own solution using files originally designed for the Android Fascinate on Verizon.

My solution mixes One-click root and Fascinate Root_v02 rooting procedures.

Here are instructions for this method, which worked for me.

1) Download and install Epic 4G drivers.

2) Download the files for One-click root either here or here.

3) Extract the files for One-click root to a folder on your hard drive, but don’t install anything and don’t click on adb.exe.

4) Download Fascinate Root files and extract them to a folder on your hard drive called C:\FascinateRoot_v02

5) Go back to the folder you created for One-click root, find the file called “busybox,” and copy and paste it into C:\FascinateRoot_v02. This will overwrite Fascinate Root’s default “busybox” file, which didn’t work on my phone.

6) Follow the detailed instructions in post 4 of the Tools and Quick links thread for the Verizon Fascinate.

After completing these steps, your phone should be rooted!

Disclaimer: Most phone companies won’t repair or honor the warranty of a rooted phone, so take these steps at your own risk. If you do need work on your phone to be done by your cell phone provider, be sure to unroot your phone first.

Once rooted, you can do all kinds of fun things, like getting free wifi tethering.

iPad and Splashtop Remote disconnect issue

Splashtop is a fantastic program that allows you access to your desktop computer interface through your iPad screen. Through this program, I have access to all my Windows programs through my iPad.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t maintain a connection through my WRT160N router. The problem was with signal interference from multiple access points and routers in my condo complex. The problem was not caused by my antivirus program or firewall.

I corrected the problem in my WRT160N settings by following instructions found here: Linksys WRT160N router and Intel 4965AGN WLAN card N speed Fix

I also investigated changing my wifi channel, but that seemed to cause more harm than good. I left my channel as “auto” after trying to manually choose other channels. But if you do need to find the SSIDs and channels of your surrounding access points, I recommend Netstumber.

Another handy feature of Splashtop is remote access. Follow these instructions to do so: How do I connect to my home computer from outside of home?

Splashtop has added remote access through Gmail as an “experimental” feature. I haven’t tested it yet, so I can’t vouch for how well it works.

UPDATE: Remote access through Gmail seems to work better than previous methods. Now when I boot Spashtop, I wait for it to automatically find my desktop through Gmail, and then it usually connects without any problems.

Keeping score with Squaretender

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Since the site launched before Opening Day this season, we’ve highlighted historic scorecards, unique scorekeeping methods, tablet/phone scorekeeping apps and momentous plays.

We’ll continue to update it regularly, and we hope it provides a compelling outlet for baseball fans.

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