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Service Offering: Bitcoin Mining Setup and Support


What's bitcoin? Bitcoin is a world-wide borderless currency for payment transactions:
  1. the highest value-add for Bitcoin: low to zero Bitcoin processing fees. Bitcoin allows you to store money in a digital or paper wallet at virtually no cost when compared yearly 200$CA Canadian Bank fees. Merchants use Bitcoin system at ZERO cost when receiving revenue. Consumers paying for lunch as an example pay a 0.0001 BTC fee to miners who process the transaction. Bitcoin is more efficient than banks when you compare banks charge the merchant 3% processing fee without mentioning the credit card interest/service fees. Bitcoin helps you to avoid paying for embedded bank/credit card fees like: rent, staff, account fees, wire transfer costs, cheque costs, merchant fees, ATM fees, Overdraft fees. Bitcoin removes the middlemen and make transactions more efficient. Bitcoin is less expensive to use than legacy currencies once introduced within the bitcoin system. Bitcoin usage is disrupting the necessity for banks, insurers, credit cards, payment systems and exchanges. The interim bad news is when moving outside the Bitcoin system, bank-like levels of exchange fees are involved when converting from Bitcoin to legacy currencies and vice-versa but this interim pain will go away as Bitcoin becomes mainstream as the most popular currency for all the right reasons. Over 100,000 merchants now accept bitcoin including Modern Automotive Performance, Dish Network, TigerDirect and NewEgg.
  2. The other high value-add for Bitcoin: government obstruction-proof. If the internet is considered a nation in itself, then it could be fitting to say that bitcoin would be the internet's best form of national currency because governments around the world have less instruments to control bitcoin than legacy mediums of currency. This makes bitcoin highly valuable for doing business when governments unjustifiably try to obstruct normal business transactions. Bitcoin transactions are extremely difficult to obstruct in any country. This value-add more than compensates for the bank-like levels of exchange fees involved when converting from Bitcoin to legacy currencies and vice-versa.
  3. Because bitcoin is open-source software, anyone can contribute to how it works which will spur even more bitcoin innovation disrupting current industry titans even further.
  4. If you prefer watching videos, watch these Bitcoin documentaries

Most exciting are the predictions for increasing value in bitcoin:
  1. 10,000USD value for bitcoin
  2. 50,000USD value for bitcoin

So what are you waiting for? Start mining your own bitcoins! Adequatech can help you with that. Adequatech is an authorized Antminer Canada Reseller. Adequatech can help you to buy the right bitcoin mining hardware(Antminer.ca from Paul Lum) right here in Canada and make electrical wiring recommendations for the amount of hardware you wish to mine bitcoin with. We'll connect your mining rigs to the more popular mining pools:
  1. Bitminter
  2. BTCGuild
  3. GHash.io

SET-UP FEE is 500$CA + H.S.T. which includes one-month world-class support for all your Bitcoin Mining questions. Bitcoin Mining Hardware must be purchased as an additional cost. We will also accept the equivalent sum in Bitcoins. Adequatech's Bitcoin Wallet Receive ID:14qp5g3L7r9ivjhpKn2WSKBW5jCC4vvqUs or if you prefer QR Codes, here is our Bitcoin Wallet Receive ID in QR code format:
Adequatech's Bitcoin Wallet Receive ID:14qp5g3L7r9ivjhpKn2WSKBW5jCC4vvqUs in QR Code format
It's that easy from your Bitcoin wallet to ours. We're highly competitive. To book an appointment, EMAIL: email me: loongson@adequatech.caloongson@adequatech.ca or Call/SMS: 613.218.7497.

Service Offering: Replace Microsoft Windows with GNU/Linux


Replace Microsoft Windows with GNU/Linux. Before buying a new computer, consider contacting Adequatech.ca. We provide purchasing advice for your next computing device, be it a tablet, a phone or a desktop computer. We recommend you run your devices with Free and Open-Source GNU/Linux software rather than Microsoft Windows or Apple MAC OS. Let Adequatech.ca show you how GNU/Linux software can help better your digital lifestyle. We will come to your home with a bootable USB stick customized for your current computer. We will boot GNU/Linux on your current computer without tampering any data on your current hard-drive. GNU/LINUX is cool. Use/install/remove digitally-signed tamper-proof GNU/Linux software-packages from secure internet software-repository sources containing a huge variety of software available for free and maintained by the global community of GNU/Linux contributors. Good software for web-browsing, email, business/finance, word-processing, presentations, desktop-publishing, spreadsheets, drawing, photo-editing, video-editing, sound/music editing, 3D/2D animation. Some Steam games run on GNU/Linux.

We will help you with your transition to your new GNU/Linux device. Transition service includes:

REMEMBER: Computing devices are built to last 2 years under manufacturer warranties. Expect to backup your personal data on an external device on a regular basis. Replace your internal storage devices every two years.
Our service fee depends on the number of hours you need us to step you through. Minimum Service Fee: 60$CA + H.S.T. We're highly competitive. To book an appointment, EMAIL: email me: loongson@adequatech.caloongson@adequatech.ca or Call/SMS: 613.218.7497.

Service Offering: We can help you with your GNU/Linux I.T. System Customizations


If you need help with your I.T. System, Adequatech can help you get the most bang for your outsourced I.T. Support buck. We have been coding, administrating and integrating systems since 1990 with a variety of programming languages, operating systems, database systems and network infrastructures. Here are some samples of code for gtk, android, ubuntu touch/desktop, web servers and no-sql databases. Minimum Service Fee: 60$CA + H.S.T. We're highly competitive. To book an appointment, EMAIL: email me: loongson@adequatech.caloongson@adequatech.ca or Call/SMS: 613.218.7497.

Service Offering: Kids' Entrepreneurial Technology Project


Kids' Entrepreneurial Technology Project is a Hackspace on weekday and Saturday mornings for 4 kids. Exercise their Digital Freedoms by instilling in them the DO-IT-YOURSELF approach: under-the-hood, hands-on open-source software and hardware. Real-world useful know-how for everyday problems. Build an internet web site and sell stuff directly to the entire world. Learn to program servers/desktops/phones to do what you want. The curriculum can be found here.

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014: HOPE X Conference July 18-20, 2014


"HOPE X"(Hackers on Planet Earth) conference will be held July 18-20, 2014 at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. Here is the press kit. Here's a local copy of the press kit just in case.

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014: INTEL VS AMD hardware for computing devices


Adequatech recommends both AMD and Intel because they both run the GNU/Linux operating system well and provide open-source drivers. AMD is still around because AMD-based systems perform comparably well and usually at a better pricepoint than Intel. The latest generation of intel is series 9 and the motherboards just came out tonight on newegg. Adequatech recommends the series 9 motherboards with the integrated Intel Graphics Chipsets because they provide better open-source drivers. NVIDIA have been all about proprietary software in their past. Perhaps NVIDIA drivers are getting more open now, but Adequatech is vigilant about NVIDIA hardware and does not recommend NVIDIA Graphics Chipsets for GNU/Linux because NVIDIA has not proven themselves long enough to be cooperative in the open-source communities. Now on to the newer Intel Motherboard/laptop stuff: Don't neglect to find out about the latest generation of AMD because they are bound to come out shortly in order to compete with Intel. HSA is for facilitating High-Performance Computing on any hardware/cpu. "Do I need HSA if I already use OpenCL? If you are already using OpenCL, you deserve to be congratulated for your technological astuteness and ability. Although it’s been around for several years, OpenCL has gained acceptance only with a relatively small cadre of elite programmers. Rest assured, HSA preserves your investments in OpenCL training and code. The applications you already created may immediately run faster, as they benefit from a larger virtual memory space and elimination of copies that occurred in the legacy model. You may want to revisit your code, however, since the HSA runtime and compilers will let you take advantage of new HSA-specific APIs that further improve the performance of your (opencl) software." OpenCL is a lower-level subset api of HSA. OpenCL Apps will coexist-as-is within HSA, but to clarify they will not inherently benefit from the transparent networking aspects of HSA without introducing HSA-specific code and without recompiling with the new HSA-specific toolset. Bottom line: there will be a cost for training on HSA. Here's a little bit of AMD HSA context: Now on to the AMD APU's:

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014: International Day Against DRM


Electronic Frontier Foundation(EFF) held it's International Day Against DRM event stating why DRM is evil. Here's a small extract from the event: "DRM is a mistake from start to finish. It does little to stop major infringement (because it is commonly and easily broken) but does a lot to impede lawful uses. Libraries that provide audiobooks for the blind have had to find creative ways to bypass DRM that won't play on the media players of their patrons' home computers. Security researchers face legal barriers to properly evaluating new technologies and services for malware and spyware inside. DRM inhibits your right to repair your car or even do something as simple as using an unofficial coffee pod in your fancy new coffee maker." Adequatech is highly influenced by the EFF's Digital Freedoms and Digital Privacy concepts and Adequatech is in line with EFF's position against DRM. I recently heard another digital freedom supporter elegantly state another way: "Let's pretend your computing devices are like your car. Would you buy a car that has everything welded shut and you have to bring it to the garage every time something is wrong with it? Would you buy a car that you can't customize by yourself at home and if you did customize your car yourself you would go to prison for it? That's DRM. DRM is evil." Be vigilant about DRM's excuse to protect the public for safety's sake because it's a ploy to deviously obtain their DRM goals.

Saturday March 15th, 2014: Gophercon 2014 for Google Go programming language fans


Gopher Academy's mission is to foster a community of Go developers by providing education, training, and events such as Gophercon2014 which will place April 24-26, 2014, at the Marriott Denver City Center, 1701 California St Denver, Colorado. Google, Bit.ly, Heroku, Iron.io, SoundCloud, dotCloud and Canonical are putting their weight behind Go. The time is right to start building a well-organized community behind the programming language. GopherCon2014 is the inaugural event for an annual conference devoted exclusively to the Go programming language. It's a great way to get up to speed and make new connections with other golang fans. Adequatech has a great appreciation for the golang and its bindings for mongodb(mgo), gtk(go-gtk) and qml(go-qml). The creator of mgo/go-qml and a slew of other golang bindings Gustavo Niemeyer will be there. The future of Ubuntu Server/Desktop/Mobile(Touch) GNU/Linux shines bright with golang at its core. As an example the Ubuntu Touch Team uses golang to create and flash its Ubuntu Touch phone images to your phone. Another example is Beego (mentioned in Gopher Academy's blog) whose golang infrastructure users boast websites handling millions of requests. Dramafever, a popular video streaming website specialized in importing foreign content and adding English subtitles to them uses golang. Golang can build and run on any GNU/Linux flavor(Ubuntu, Debian, Manjaro, Fedora to name a few) on any hardware(intel, arm, powerpc, mips) with agility and ease.

Monday, January 6th, 2014: Be vigilant about core-counts in phone/tablet/computer marketing schticks


Normally consumers and software developers usually associate core-counts with general-purpose central processing unit CPU-cores. For example AMD Phenom x4, x6, x8 cpus have respectively 4, 6 and 8 general-purpose 64-bit CPU-cores in them. Here's a new and creative way mobile device vendors are misleading consumers. NVidia introduced the Tegra K1 SOC as having 192-cores at CES 2014. NVIDIA should have been more specific with their marketing by stating their Tegra K1 has 192 graphics processing unit GPU-cores traditionally reserved for computer graphics number-crunching. In reality, the just-introduced-and-shipping Tegra K1 has 4 general purpose 32-bit CPU-cores in it and NVIDIA mentioned a yet-to-be-shipping Tegra K1 version which will have 2 general purpose 64-bit cores in it. Other ARM SOC manufacturers are also playing a core-count confusion tactic introducing SOC's with 4 fast-running CPU-cores and another 4 slow-running CPU-cores. In normal desktop land, if you have an 8-core cpu, that means you have 8 fast-running cores in the CPU. All this to say be vigilant about all this marketing schtick and know that Intel/AMD still make the faster CPUs and motherboards. It doesn't take away from the usefulness of ARM SOC's but as consumers we should not fall for a trap that ARM stuff is better, because it's not. ARM stuff is less expensive and mainly intended for mobile use because of pwer-efficiency goals intended for mobile use. For server hardware, ARM stuff is certainly interesting to save on electricity bills, but at the level of electricity absorbed for one desktop computer, we shouldn't have to be concerned with power constraints and we shouldn't have to restrict ourselves to ARM for desktop/laptop hardware. ARM makes sense for phones, but not necessarily for laptops and desktops.

Thursday, December 26th, 2013: Chaos Computer Club's 30th Chaos Communication Congress on the 27th of December 2013


30C3: The 30th Chaos Communication Congress is happening. Perhaps you can't attend, but you can certainly hangout on their irc forums and possibly watch their live streams. Video and audio streamdumps along with their respective torrent files from 30C3 are trickling in and available here. This event is held every year by the Chaos Computer Club, Europe's largest association of hackers providing information about technical and societal issues, such as surveillance, privacy, freedom of information, hacktivism, data security. Not convinced about how cool the Chaos Communication Congress is yet? Then check out some PICS from 30C3.

Saturday, December 21st, 2013: Consider installing VPN/i2p/tor for preserving your digital freedom and privacy


Websites might be blocked and your web browser may display "server not found, can't find server". If that happens and you know the website should exist, you are residing in a country that uses internet censorship technology to oppress your digital freedoms. Adequatech recommends purchasing a VPN(Virtual Private Network) from within the country you are blocked from. Paid-for VPN's like Hotspot Shield VPN Service or Ipredator VPN Service are especially necessary if you like to watch videos from other countries. VPN's are a truly selfish infrastructure because they only open up for your computer to connect with censored sites in other countries. Two other important complementary technologies to have are the I2P Anonymity Tool(28000+ users) and the Tor Anonymity Tool(6000+ users) because they enable/help other computers within the same country you are residing to also use your VPN to cross country borders/firewalls/censorshipwalls if you give them some bandwidth to do so. Some bandwidth is better than no bandwidth. Both tor and i2p take time to install and configure. Both tor and i2p also take time to start their housekeeping connections before their net meshes are useable. Don't expect instant responses from i2p/tor. You have to be patient and click retry a few times. It's a privacy feature and not a bug.

To facilitate i2p adoption, try running the live image of Ipredia OS which features Fedora GNU/Linux with the GNOME user interface, I2P anonymizing network along with apps running transparently above i2p: Anonymous BitTorrent client, Anonymous e-mail client, Anonymous IRC client, Anonymity-tweaked Firefox Web Browser ready to browse .i2p suffixed anonymous websites(eepSites).

To facilitate tor adoption, try running the live image of Tails, "The Amnesic Incognito Live System" which features Debian GNU/Linux with several built-in applications pre-configured with security in mind: web browser, instant messaging client, email client, office suite, image and sound editor.

Tor and i2p are both bitcoin-friendly. Tor and i2p can coexist and link between each other, but installing [i2p on Tails] or [tor on Ipredia] requires some extra effort. Both tor and i2p may be installed on any flavor of GNU/Linux on any kind of hardware including Ubuntu and Ubuntu touch on the mako(Nexus 4 phone), maguro(Nexus 7 tablet), Arndale Octa board and Odroid-XU Octa board devices. Tor and i2p versions for the Android OS are available, but less mature. As a result it is always recommended to use a GNU/Linux version over an Android version for that sole reason.

Thursday, December 19th, 2013: Free Software Foundation-Endorsed Laptops called Gluglug X60


British company GLUGLUG refurbishes and sell both the IBM Thinkpad X60 and X60s which are compatible with coreboot(a Free Software BIOS replacement). Gluglug X60 Specification. These are truly digital freedom-friendly laptops with Intel Core Duo CPU. The X60 was the latest and greatest back in 2006. Pre-installed with Trisquel GNU/Linux. Pre-flashed with coreboot. gNewSense and Parabola are also available. The Gluglug ships worldwide at no extra cost. Upgraded with an 802.11n wireless card (Atheros AR5B195, AR9285 chipset) for modern wifi support and full compatibility with Free Software in Trisquel GNU/Linux. New 8-cell 5.2aH (5200mAh) battery installed (these are the larger variety, which come with extended battery life). They can be configured with 3GB DDR2-SDRAM(possibly overclocked from 333MHz to 677MHz) and 320HDD. Phoronix also reported on FSF's Gluglug X60's endorsement.

Saturday, December 14, 2013: Bitcoin(BTC) and Namecoin(NMC) mining with OpenCL


Bitcoin to USD rate
Namecoin to USD rate
BTC GUILD
VIRCUREX
If you have an AMD RADEON 79XX series graphics card, you can mine your own bitcoins/namecoins. Download CGMINER version 3.7.2 with OpenCL GPU support(source code) and run it(article here). You will need to register with btcguild(bitcoin) and vircurex(namecoin) in order to be able to do "merged mining" which allows you to mine bitcoins and namecoins simultaneously.
LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib/fglrx ./cgminer -o stratum.btcguild.com:3333 -u yourbtcguilduser_1 -p yourbtcguildpassword --gpu-platform 0

Update Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
Graphics cards are 1/1000th the speed of ASIC-based bitcoin mining units. "Due to the rising hashrate of the bitcoin network caused by the introduction of ASICs to the market, GPU mining Bitcoins has become impracticable. The hashrate of most GPU units(PC GRAPHICS CARDS) is below 1GH/s, and as of 2014, some single ASIC units are able to reach speeds of over 1,000GH/s while consuming far less power than used by a GPU. The information in this table is preserved for historical interest, but does not include many GPUs which were released after the advent of ASIC mining."

You still can and it's still a great way to be introduced to it. I got one bitcoin in one month's time if the computer is always on. Without getting into the math, now it's takes longer to get that bitcoin into your pocket when mining with PC hardware with just one Graphics card. Search "7970x3" that's 3 graphics cards. 2.41 MHash/J. This means 2.41 Million Hashes(random numbers generated) per Joule of energy used.
AntMiner S1 is an ASIC(a dedicated electronic circuit board) with an ethernet board, which connects to your LAN, then your computer talks to the AntMiner S1 and the mining guilds. The Dual-Blade S1 has a hash rate: 180 GH/s. 500 Mhash/J means 500 million hashes(random numbers generated) per Joule of energy used.] It sucks up 360 Watts of power(reasonable) and costs 615$US.

Saturday, November 30th, 2013: GENIATECH ATV1800 4K resolution tvbox


GENIATECH ATV1800 4K resolution tvbox will ship soon. At present, I noticed once again all ARM-based quad-core boards in all these tvbox devices and dev-boards have a 100Mbps Ethernet port. I am puzzled by this because in order to get 4K resolution, it would take a higher-bandwidth 3.82Gpbs ethernet connection to push all this required uncompressed data over the net. Where are the Gigabit ethernet on ARM-boards? All regular PC boards have Gigabit ethernet which is 1000Mbps which technically speaking would not be enough to stream/receive 4K uncompressed video, but there is a stronger chance that compressed 4k video streams could without compromising as much quality as a 100Mbps ARM ethernet connection would have to. Not a problem for a PC because you can DIY upgrade by buying a 10Gbps card for your PC. Along with your new 10Gbps card, you would possibly need a 10 Gbps switch for your lan. Can you do that with your ARM-board? No. Desktop PC's are bigger, but they are easier to open up and maintain yourself. All these DEV boards with SOC's sucking up less power mean you have to replace the entire thing in order to get better performance. With respect to recycling, it's not necessarily the right thing to do. I think Desktop PC's are more recycle friendly with the upgrade approach. Keep the box and replace the parts on an as needed basis.

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013: Ubuntu Phone on Nexus 4 does work in Canada with Wind and Rogers


For Canadians wanting an Ubuntu Touch-compatible phone now, Ubuntu Phone on Nexus 4 does indeed work in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
with these phone service providers: Windmobile and Rogers. It seems to be running on 3G AWS(band 4).
The Google Nexus 4 phone is nothing to sneeze at. It's a quad-core phone with a decent 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. It connects well with your Ubuntu Linux PC if you have one.
The trick to make the recipe below work successfully was to ensure you reflash the older 4.2.2 android firmware onto the Nexus 4. AVOID THE ANDROID 4.3 UPDATES LIKE THE PLAGUE OTHERWISE YOU RISK LOSING YOUR LOW-LEVEL SUPERUSER ROOT CAPABILITY, YOUR VOICE-CALLING AND INTERNET MOBILE DATA CAPABILITY. IN PLAY STORE SETTINGS, DISABLE ANY AUTO-UPDATING FOR ANY APPLICATIONS. Also there are notifications in Android at the top saying "System Updates downloaded. Touch to install." DON'T touch. Don't install.
  1. maybe you have personal data you need to backup from your phone
    mkdir -p ~/nexus4bak
    cd ~/nexus4bak
    adb backup -apk -shared -all
    This should hopefully create backup.ab which is a glorified tar file with all of your apps, OS, and data. Later, after reflashing with Android (or rooting / unlocking) you will be able to use:
    adb restore backup.ab
  2. Ensure the device is connected and powered on.
  3. Extract the 4.2.2 android firmware and cd into the extracted directory.
  4. run adb reboot-bootloader
  5. run ./flash-all.sh
    (use sudo if lack of permissions on the workstation don't allow you to talk to the device).
  6. Your Nexus 4 should now be back to Android firmware version 4.2.2. When you boot up into it, you will step through the welcome wizard. skip it, not now.
  7. settings->wifi->disable wifi. This is to prevent any updating for now.
  8. settings->mobile data usage->disable mobile data. This is to prevent any updating for now.
  9. settings->about phone->build number. Touch "the build number" 7 times to enable developer options.
  10. settings->developer options->USB debugging->enable. OK. Always allow then OK. Now your computer can connect to your phone as a drive.
The following is my summary of these two xda links(Root Nexus 4 part 1, Root Nexus 4 part 2) specifically for the Google Nexus 4(codename 'mako') as of November 26, 2013.
  1. copy Update-SuperSU-v1.04.zip to your phone's drive "/Nexus 4/Internal storage/Download/Update-SuperSU-v1.04.zip". It will appear later on as "/sdcard/0/Download/Update-SuperSU-v1.04.zip" when in recovery mode.
  2. adb reboot-bootloader
  3. fastboot boot recovery-clockwork-6.0.4.3-mako.img
  4. Choose RECOVERY from the Fastboot menu and enter Recovery Mode
  5. In CWM recovery, browse to 'flash zip from SD card' then select it using Power button. Press the Power button again to select 'Choose zip from SD card'
  6. Using the Volume buttons navigate to Update-SuperSU-v1.04.zip file and select it using the Power button and confirm installation on the next screen. The installation should start.
  7. Once the installation process is completed, return to the main recovery menu and select 'Reboot System Now' to reboot the phone. The device will take about five minutes to boot for the first time. AFTER THIS YOU WILL HAVE ROOTED your ANDROID 4.2.2.
  8. Run supersu from within android 4.2.2
  9. install joeykrim's useful Root Checker app to confirm Android 4.2.2 is indeeded rooted.
  10. install Vojtech Bocek's brilliant work of art, the MultiROM Manager
  11. follow the helpful "dual-boot with multirom manager" recipe from addictivetips. The multirom manager requires a kexec-hardboot patch to the Android kernel 4.2.2 to be installed. That's done just by checking the checkbox for kernel and selecting 4.2.2 DONE. Do install the "stable" channel version 100. Installing any other channel and versions are at your own risk. If you take a risk with a different rom, you might need to delete a rom version you don't like so the instructions are here which essentially say to reboot into recovery mode which launches TWRP recovery menus. Advanced -> MultiROM -> List ROMs and select the ROM, then delete it. Reboot system.
  12. reboot and touch screen, select ubuntu touch and press the Boot button.
  13. make a voice call works with windmobile phone provider.
  14. connect to wifi hub works.
  15. browse to ubuntu.com works.
Update Saturday March 8th, 2014
There is a newer Ubuntu Touch image available for the Nexus 4 that works with the latest Android Kitkat firmware. It's snappier and the terminal app works. Mobile data works fine now. The following steps will install a newer android os onto your Nexus 4 in order to get the radio firmware into the phone.
  1. open up a terminal terminal on your Ubuntu Linux computer
  2. apt-get install ubuntu-device-flash
  3. This is to get the radio firmware from the latest: https://dl.google.com/dl/android/aosp/occam-kot49h-factory-02e344de.tgz
  4. tar xvf occam-kot49h-factory-02e344de.tgz
  5. cd occam-kot49h/
  6. adb reboot-bootloader
  7. ./flash-all.sh
finished. total time: 105.483s

Now install the latest Ubuntu Touch r291 image.
  1. turn off the phone and disconnect it from the computer
  2. press vol+ and vol- and power for 5 seconds and let go. You will be in bootloader mode.
  3. reconnect the phone to the computer
  4. open up a terminal terminal on your Ubuntu Linux computer
  5. sudo apt-get install ubuntu-sdk
  6. sudo ubuntu-device-flash --revision=291 --channel=devel-proposed --bootstrap
    You will see:
    2014/03/08 22:36:50 Device is |mako|
    2014/03/08 22:39:50 Rebooting into recovery to flash
    Wait about 15 minutes, then press the power button quickly in order to see it display the intro screen. The screen is blank if you press it before the 15 minute waiting time. You just need to be patient.
Tweak Ubuntu Touch for Windmobile 3G Mobile Data
  1. on the phone, open up the terminal app
  2. /usr/share/ofono/scripts/create-internet-context internet.windmobile.ca
  3. /usr/share/ofono/scripts/create-mms-context mms.windmobile.ca
  4. reboot phone

Personalize the Ubuntu Touch ringtone and the sms notification tone
  1. on the phone, open up the terminal app
  2. cd /home/phablet/Downloads
  3. wget http://adequatech.ca/stephenchowsinging.ogg
  4. wget http://adequatech.ca/trekBeepClick.ogg
  5. gsettings set com.ubuntu.touch.sound incoming-call-sound /home/phablet/Downloads/stephenchowsinging.ogg
  6. gsettings set com.ubuntu.touch.sound incoming-message-sound /home/phablet/Downloads/trekBeepClick.ogg

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013: The best sources for 4G LTE device shopping by far


There are many web sites showing much information for mobile devices out there. There are three that stand out more however:

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013: mini-pcs/media-center solutions


Check out this sample mini-itx.com Dual-Core CPU OpenELEC XBMC MediaCenter bundle.
Here is another even smaller motherboard that could be used for a Mediacenter: VIA EPIA P910-10Q Pico-ITX Motherboard with Quad Core CPU.
This is the best of breed in China: Mele Quad-Core Android Smart TV Box HMC-G39A04.
MINIX NEO X7 Android 4.2 Quad Core 2GB DDR3 WIFI XBMC 1080p+ Rii mini N7 Remote
Jynxbox TV BOX: HD Single-Core CPU Dual-GPU Amlogic 8726 1080p XBMC+ MELE F10 PRO MIC Speaker Remote,

The above all need an ATSC TV Tuner like the Hauppauge 1191 HVR950Q HDTV USB TV Tuner or
the KWorld ATSC TV Stick UB435-Q.
Along with the TV Tuner, you might probably want to improve the sound quality so how about Little Dot MK III tube-based headphone amplifier or the ALO Audio Pan Am tube-based headphone amplifier with M-Audio Studiophile BX5 D2 speakers.
Rikomagic MK902 - Quad Core Android PC - 16GB Flash which you can install PicUntu(Ubuntu Linux) on it.
Gigabyte Brix Pro mini-pc for gaming

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013: Acer Aspire R7 Touch Laptop to run UBUNTU/DEBIAN GNU/Linux on


You can install Ubuntu Linux or Debian Linux on the innovatively designed Acer Aspire R7 Touch Laptop. The keyboard and the mousepad remain part of the laptop. Intel chipsets provide the horsepower for this device. The demo video displays a user doing a video chat possibly with skype, but it would have been interesting to see an 4G LTE phone chipset integrated into this laptop in order to call it a "Phaptop"(Phone Laptop) rather than a "Touch Laptop" or a "Phablet"(Phone Tablet). The consumer can get an Unlimited Mobile Data plan from Wind Mobile in Ottawa for 43$, but it still requires the consumer to purchase an LTE phone that has mobile hotspot capability to make the most of this laptop when travelling within the city with the laptop. ACER Liquid S2 would make a nice "mobile business combo deal" if offered with the Aspire R. Acer has a good reputation for providing Linux on their hardware. In Acer sells hardware with Linux Pre-Installed in China. Adequatech does not hesitate to recommend Acer hardware to Linux newcomers and afficionados.

Monday, November 11th, 2013: Arndale Octa Board goes on sale to compete with Odroid-XU Octa board


Arndale Octa Board features the Exynos 5420 system-on-chip(SoC). Exynos 5420 consists of 4 fast Cortex-A15 cores and 4 slower energy-efficient Cortex-A7 cores and too many graphics capabilities to mention here. It will suffice to say this development board is attractive in many ways including its OpenCL API(bitcoin miners are you listening?). Linaro is supporting this board which says a great deal. This Debian on ODroid link was also helpful if you prefer Debian Linux instead of Ubuntu. The one thing I find odd is both arndale octa and odroid-xu have no gigabit ethernet. The Calxeda EnergyCard does provide gigabit/10-gigabit ethernet but it's not in the same target market and price range. Once again Intel/AMD solutions are still on top because gigabit ethernet shouldn't be left out in today's PCs. Any new Intel/AMD-based motherboard will come with Gigabit ethernet, provide a decent server performance while being reasonable in terms of cost. For example this 200$CA system: AMD FX-6100 Six Core AM3+ Unlocked CPU, ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS AMD 760G AM3+ Motherboard, And ADATA Premier Srs 4GB DDR3 Desktop Memory Module Bundle has gigabit ethernet along with 6 power-up-and-speed-up-on-demand cores which will kick the pants off the Exynos 5420 for general purposes, but admittingly don't have the graphics chipset and opencl capabilities the Arndale/Odroid dev boards have. ARM has difficulty with printer/scanner peripherals because they are currently dependant on Intel x86-friendly Device Driver blobs which aren't made easy to interact with ARM/Loongson/MIPS hardware. With a slight graphics card upgrade, the AMD-based system will perform the graphics as easily as the Arndale/Odroid development boards, but admittingly it will suck up more power$. Intel/AMD systems have 20 years worth of internet knowledge-base out there to resolve problems for them which counts for a lot. There are still very few recipes out there that easily explain how to build and install ubuntu/debian for each ARM-based developer board. That's the risk ARM users take developing with immature product with very little free knowledge to lean on. Most recipes out there require you launch DEBIAN/UBUNTU under an Android OS in a chrooted jail-like environment along-side Android sucking up 50% of all resources. When running Linux natively on ARM systems, it requires a great deal of time to build/setup the ARM boot images required unlike INTEL/AMD which only requires you to burn an DEBIAN/UBUNTU Live iso to a usb-thumb drive in about 20-minutes which is another win for AMD/INTEL systems. GNU/Linux on the hardware is a means and not the end. Adequatech helps others find GNU/Linux devices and use them for their intended purposes. Adequatech keeps a close eye on all devices which support GNU/Linux well and which would be a good fit for client requirements. Let's just hope the upcoming 64-bit octacore ARM SOC's and their development boards provide Gigabit/10-Gigabit ethernet in order to be seriously considered for a snappy small-form-factor storage system. As it stands, Intel/AMD-based motherboards are still the preference.

Saturday, November 9th, 2013: Nvidia disappoints Linux users once again.


After deprecating Tegra250 Linux kernel driver support, Nvidia once again disappoints Linux users by deprecating the 32-bit x86 Linux CUDA driver. This demonstrates the kind of long-term-support you can expect after buying their product. You would be well-advised to steer clear of their product. Intel/AMD continue to be the recommended hardware because of their long-term-support backward-compatible/forward-compatible software/hardware-architecture policies.

Friday, November 8th, 2013: Octa-core phone demo videos


Unnamed Mediatek MT6592 SOC-based Octa-core phone demo video
Here is a list of Mediatek MT6592 SOC-based octa-core phones expected to launch roughly November 20th, 2013.

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013: Soundview Book Summaries save precious time


Consider subscribing to Soundview Book Summaries to save precious time. Here's technology specific example review for a book that came out called "Mobile Influence" and how businesses can use mobile devices and their apps to better serve all consumers in order to maximize the opportunity for sales. If you're not convinced yet, check out a complete sample summary.

Thursday, October 31st, 2013: Interesting links for small form factor devices


Liliputing.com
fit-pc.com
utilite-computer.com
linux-arm.info
Odroid-xu octa-core article
odroid.com
All Winner A80 Optimus Developer Board
As mentioned before Adequatech still prefers Intel/AMD x86-based offerings because of the legacy desktop PC peripheral support which ARM devices still lack, but it is important to keep ARM devices on the radar considering all the buzz around them.

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013: All this fragmentation of Android, Chrome, Debian and Ubuntu hurts product customer satisfaction


Adequatech remembers purchasing its first ARM-based mobile devices in 2010. Some were single core and some were dual-core. Even then the Android versions were different. The experience on these devices were different not mention significantly different from Desktop GNU/Linux user experiences. Over time these manufacturers went bust(Advent), got sold to others(Motorola) or thrived(Viewsonic). The levels of support from the device manufacturers and chipset makers alike dropped significantly for all these dated devices. As a result, Adequatech has a panoply of Android versions for which applications must be developed and maintained differently for them along with the added complication of targetting desktops with a different software development kit yet again. Debates among developers have not stopped as to which software development kit offers the better experience from the user point of view and from the application developer point of view in terms of complexity of the toolkit and the availability services to use within the SDK API's. The current state of affairs seem to point to QT, KDE and GNOME for GUI development on the desktop, but the transition for these to get them to mobile touch/tablet/phablet devices has been complex, but not impossible. Ubuntu proposes QT/QML with their Ubuntu Touch running on top of a device's shipped low-level Android APIs pretending it's a full-blown GNU/Linux when technically it's not. KDE proposes NECESSITAS/MINISTRO on top of QT/QML targetting Android directly with full understanding that it is not running full-blown GNU/Linux. The open-source project "Erebus RPG Game" uses Necessitas/Ministro to target Android tablets/phones. As an example of code maintenance differences which cause unnecessary headaches for developers is the fact that the QT Multimedia API seems to be is unavailable on Android and developers have to resort to using the native Android/NDK apis for workarounds. GNOME doesn't have anything transitioning strategy for easily porting GTK apps to Android yet. QT/QML tends to be slow on single/dual core ARM devices. Perhaps performance will be acceptable with quad-core devices, but suffice to say that Qt/QML are not the current KDE/GNOME apis. Developers don't want to learn yet another toolset to develop across all targets when KDE/GNOME and out-of-the-box GNU/LINUX standard APIS would normally suffice. Adequatech is only talking about GUI innovation here.
The other painful Android/Ubuntu/Chrome Device fragmentation aspect is updates of software and the inability to update the software on dated devices two years or older because the manufacturers/chipset makers don't care about these anymore. The solution in the past for the DESKTOP/PC world was to let the open-source community deal with that issue, then patches would be made and users could eventually easily update the DESKTOP/PC running GNU/Linux in their GUI of choice. The MIUMIU single core, the Advent Vega dual-core, the Motorola Milestone, the Viewsonic Viewpad 10s have one thing in common. None of them are capable of being updated to the same version of ANDROID. All of them are shipped with different versions. All of them are patched to different versions. This makes for a fun time to maintain and develop for them and it usually implies an application has to target the lowest common denominator api for all of them when in fact there is no such LCD api to simply the task because some api calls get deprecated over time.
Adequatech's most important requirement to satisfy its clientele in the long-term would be to see true full-blown GNU/Linux with all its choices made available on the newer mobile devices. Android has failed miserably with all its version fragmentation. GNU/Linux has thrived wonderfully to recuperate older hardware with enough memory to run the latest versions of the GNU/Linux kernel which resurrects some systems from the dead when perhaps certain pieces of hardware should be heading to the garbage dump because of the waste of time they would cause when compared to newer hardware/energy-efficiency capabilities. All engineers/manufacturers/chipset makers should build their devices with long-term product customer satisfaction in mind. Adequatech's experience with ARM has been to buy a device and expect to throw it out in two years time. In fact engineers design them that way from the start. That also implies after two years from the date of the release, product support from the manufacturer seems to become null and void. Perhaps IBM hardware has always been expensive, but it has always been designed for 20 years backwards/forwards compatibility. That is why INTEL, IBM's CPU chip partner was so successful because they never forgot that aspect. Documentation from IBM/INTEL/AMD is second to none. Adequatech is not saying ARM-based hardware is not innovative or not energy-efficient, but there is much to be said about backward-compatibility and long-term extended peripheral support. Adequatech can take any Desktop/Server/Laptop and run the same version of GNU/Linux across the board provided the devices have the minimum memory requirements. That makes for easy software update maintenance and installation.
ARM struggles to provide elegant solutions for across the board for all its embedded system solutions which tablets, phones and other ARM devices fall under. If there is anything that will leave a terrible lasting impression, it's the inability to provide updates to ARM devices after there have been security vulnerability announcements made. Such situations will occur less on INTEL/AMD-based hardware running Debian GNU/Linux and Ubuntu GNU/Linux. That is exactly why Adequatech believes INTEL/AMD-based hardware is still a better choice everywhere Server/Desktop/Laptop/Tablet/Phone. It's only a matter of time before KDE/GNOME GUI's arrive on the scene with touch/phone-service/short-message-service on smaller form-factors providing a consistent GUI user-experience across the board on any device. Canonical's Unity with Ubuntu Touch OS and Ubuntu Phone OS is promising, but still not supported on Canadian/American LTE phone/mobile data networks. There is a possibility we will see KDE/GNOME arrive with LTE support before Ubuntu Touch on INTEL/AMD hardware...Oh yeah it has on GNU/Linux laptops everywhere via mobile data usb sticks running skype. It's not the most elegant, but it's there. Again with Unlimited Mobile Data plans like Wind Mobile for 43$CAN/month, you can use a non-fancy phone with fancy internet on your GNU/Linux laptop on it. Mobilicity also has an unlimited mobile data plan, but it's a bit more expensive. Surprisingly the bigger telecoms in Canada, don't want to offer unlimited mobile data plan because that would eat too much into their cash cow. Consumers are on to you BELL and Rogers. Given the opportune moment, everyone will jump ship to better services offered by your competitors and the CRTC will not be able to protect your market for you because soon enough they will disappear also because they truly don't represent the interests of Canadian Consumers.
Historically, Ubuntu was based on Debian. Adequatech truly believes everyone would be better served if Canonical went back to its roots and focused on the marketing of its Distro rather than disrupting the harmony it once had with Debian GNU/Linux. Currently, there is debate whether Debian GNU/Linux should follow Canonical rather than lead technically: bootup everything with upstart(CANONICAL) or systemd(DEBIAN)? The open-source community Debian GNU/Linux has decided to lead the technical design decisions as a community rather than follow the benevolent dictator(CANONICAL). The next version of Debian GNU/Linux will probably use systemd as the default bootup schedule helper. This will cause fragmentation and increase challenges in supporting clients with different GNU/Linux distributions. In the long-term it's truly hard to say which Linux distro will take the majority Linux market, but Adequatech believes GNU/Linux will thrive and that's what truly matters.

Monday, October 28th, 2013: Videos ARM devices and manufacturers


ARMDEVICES.NET is a highly-recommended reference for up-to-date stunningly impressive content about the latest ARM device offerings in their different form factors. For example they have videos demoing energy-efficient Calxeda EnergyCard-based servers. They mentioned 64-bit ARM CPU(A90) and octacore(8-core 32-bit A80) offerings from AllWinner coming soon. They demo quad-core tablets, phone, laptops, point of sale systems. This site is thanks to the efforts of one big ARM DEVICE FAN: CHARBAX. Hats off to you CHARBAX.
Another site worth mentioning is Gizchina.com. For example they mention new 8-core LTE Android phones made in China: Vivo Xplay 3S phone and THL Monkey King 2 phone with yet another 8-core ARM-based chipset Mediatek 6592. These 8-core LTE phones could work on Wind Mobile's Canadian unlimited mobile data plan offerings using their LTE(AWS-1) infrastructure. From Adequatech's experience, using 3G (WCDMA) phones on Canadian phone/mobile data providers is expensive because there are no Canadian unlimited mobile data plan offerings for 3G/WCDMA phone hardware.

Monday, October 28th, 2013: ARM printer/scanner drivers are still rare


A few years ago Adequatech came across Lemote Mini-Fulong mini-pc similar to what RMS uses, but not a laptop. It's a 64-bit Loongson CPU which is MIPS-like. It's not Intel/AMD cpu based. Adequatech was confronted with issues when connecting scanners and printers to Loongson-based hardware. There was NO-FIRMWARE SUPPORT from SCANNERS/PRINTERS. FIRMWARE BLOBS are all intel/amd-based at the moment and they need to get loaded into the OS in order to scan or print. The same issue rings true for ARM platforms. ARM platforms have very little support to directly connect/print/scan at the moment. Convenient interim solutions exist that send scans/print jobs wirelessly through the internet to the cloud(DocAir, EyeFi, Google Cloud Print) and then back to the tablet, but they don't really directly connect to the tablet via usb. A solution to print to the cloud is ok if you are not concerned about security. If security and connect/transfer performance are a concern, wired connections are best. Eventually there will come a time tablets/ARM devices/Loongson/MIPS should be first-class citizens to directly-connect to important devices like printers and scanners.
Just because new devices are trendy doesn't mean they are better in terms of availability for accessory peripherals. Be vigilant when deciding to purchase your next mobile device and ensure it has a reasonable number of supported direct-connection printer/scanner/other peripherals specifically for it. Otherwise you will waste time transferring data from one mobile device to another device that does have printer/scanner support.

Monday, September 9th, 2013: Prepare for Bitcoin coming to a location near you in Canada


CEO of RoboCoin, Mr. Jordan Kelley's favorite way of explaining Bitcoin's value is that it's the easiest way to transfer money and to store wealth; but more importantly that it is a truly democratic and free currency, devoid of any tampering and manipulation. Here is another way of explaining it: Bitcoin is a world-wide borderless currency for payment transactions:
  1. the highest value-add for Bitcoin: low to zero Bitcoin processing fees. It makes Bitcoin less expensive to use than legacy currencies once introduced within the bitcoin system. The bad news is when moving outside the Bitcoin system, bank-like levels of exchange fees are involved when converting from Bitcoin to legacy currencies and vice-versa.
  2. The other high value-add for Bitcoin: government obstruction-proof. If the internet is considered a nation in itself, then it could be fitting to say that bitcoin would be the internet's best form of national currency because governments around the world have less instruments to control bitcoin than legacy mediums of currency. This makes bitcoin highly valuable for doing business when governments unjustifiably try to obstruct normal business transactions. Bitcoin transactions if I understand correctly are extremely difficult to obstruct in any country. This value-add more than compensates for the bank-like levels of exchange fees involved when converting from Bitcoin to legacy currencies and vice-versa.

Check it out here: Robocoinkiosk

Saturday, September 7th, 2013: Prepare for Ubuntu Touch 13.10 (aka Saucy Salamander)


Canonical has made alpha-status installable Ubuntu Touch ROM images for 4 devices only(Ubuntu Touch Compatible Device List). Adequatech recommends to install Ubuntu Touch OS on those 4 devices when Canonical announces that the Ubuntu Touch 13.10 (aka Saucy Salamander) reaches "release candidate" status which is expected to happen mid-October 2013. You can prepare for it by buying one of those 4 devices listed as Ubuntu Touch Compatible: Although there are other non-official roms for other devices from other websites, Adequatech still recommends to buy only those devices officially listed in the Ubuntu Touch Compatible List to ensure you receive updates/security patches and prevent wasting time with undocumented bugs and unsupported tools. In other words, that means to avoid the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, Moto X and other newer devices until they are listed because "NEW AND TRENDY" does not necessarily imply "Digital Freedom" and "Digital Privacy" are included. Adequatech recommends to always remain vigilant with respect to your digital freedoms and digital privacy by purchasing devices/appliances that are designed with digital freedom and digital privacy built-in.
There is no point to install/run Ubuntu Touch on your phone because there is no unlimited mobile data plan capable of running with GSM in CANADA. The cost of GSM Mobile Data is exorbitant, so Adequatech doesn't recommend this image for your phone for daily use in Canada. Wait until Ubuntu Touch for LG Nexus 4(codenamed 'mako') supports LTE AWS1(band4) because the current images do not. Adequatech just discovered recently there are tweaks available to enable LTE AWS1(band4) on Android that are obscurely documented:

Saturday, September 7th, 2013: Kali Linux natively runs on Quad-Core Galaxy Note 10.1 Tablet


If you are in the market to buy a tablet with GNU/Linux on it, you could consider the Galaxy Note 10.1 using the following installation recipe. This doesn't retract from my sentiment about poorly supported older NVIDIA ARM TEGRA250 tablet hardware since there are no recent Linux kernels GNU/Linux images available for the NVIDIA TEGRA250-based hardware. Be careful about buying ARM hardware because unlike Intel/AMD Linux images which run on any Intel/AMD computer, ARM images only run on the specific targeted device it was compiled for and the ARM Linux kernel support levels vary a great deal from almost non-existent(NVIDIA TEGRA250) to excellent(SAMSUNG NEXUS 7). Because of this, Adequatech recommends Intel/AMD based laptop/desktop hardware over ARM-based tablets because Intel/AMD stuff is less risky to buy and install Linux on. Touch-based input for some people is important, but for those that can type, it is much more effective to type on a real keyboard with a laptop or a desktop than on a tablet touch screen.

Saturday, September 7th, 2013: be vigilant about protecting your hard-drive data


The most important thing about protecting your hard-drive data is to backup regularly. Encrypting your data is recommended, but not dealt with here. We recommend booting off a usb thumb-drive with GNU/Linux on it and as the superuser to run the tool rdiff-backup to a new external hard-drive. Format your external hard-drive to ext4. It has been reliable for us since 2004 roughly. rdiff-backup is the best. We also recommend a line-conditioning uninterruptible power supply(UPS) to condition your power for your hard-drive write activities especially. It can take roughly 6-7 hours to backup a 500GB hard-drive so be sure to reserve a day just for doing the backup. Don't boot off of your hard-drive when you're doing the backup. BOOT off the thumb-drive. This ensures no files are opened/locked while you are doing the backup. Once running the os off the thumb-drive, open up a terminal.
sudo bash
apt-get install rdiff-backup
Then backup as root:
#change directory to the external harddrive first
cd /media/yourexternalharddrive
nice -4 rdiff-backup --verbosity 9 /home myrdhome
nice -4 rdiff-backup --verbosity 9 /etc myrdetc

### to get a list of installed packages
#dpkg --get-selections > myInstalledpackages.txt

### to install the same list of packages on a new ubuntu install
#dpkg --set-selections < myInstalledpackages.txt
#dselect

Once you have done these steps. Eject the external hard-drive and place it somewhere safe and dry. Especially don't keep it connected to your computer all the time. It is a backup after all. You want the backup data to be available when the rest of your computer is not ok. If you haven't thought about exactly what you want to backup, then you haven't invested enough effort to prevent losing all your data. Take more than a minute to think about this. Take a couple of days and get somebody experienced with this important task to help you with it. It's worth every penny.
Extra stuff:
#essentially it's a base wheezy
#with apache2,sasl,postfix,dovecot
#and the following personal data
/home/aaaa/Maildir
/home/aaaa/.thunderbird
/home/aaaa/.mozilla

#server keys

#server database data
#dbpath=/var/lib/mongodb
#logpath=/var/log/mongodb/mongodb.log

#plus all the pain to config these in etc
/etc

#ok so boot of the usb flash drive
#mount the external usb harddrive
#mount the internal hardrive
mkdir -p /mnt/mybbbb
mount -t ext4 /dev/sda1 /mnt/mybbbb

#change dir to the external usb harddrive
cd /media/usb0/myWheezy3May2014
#rdiff backup the internal hardrive to the usb harddrive
nice -4 rdiff-backup --verbosity 9 /mnt/mybbbb/ myrdsda1

#from start to finish
#boot from live usb linux thumb drive
#open root terminal
cd /media/backupdrive
mkdir -p /mnt/mydyingdrive
mount -t ext4 /dev/sda1 /mnt/mydyingdrive
nice -4 rdiff-backup --verbosity 4 /mnt/mydyingdrive/ /media/backupdrive/myrddyingdrive
#done backed up phew!
#install new hard-drive
#reboot with just live usb thumb
#install linux default settings on internal drive
#reboot
#it's ok grub is installed and linux partitions are the defaults.
#reboot with just live usb thumb
apt-get install rdiff-backup
#mount the shiny new internal drive
#mount the external backup drive
rdiff-backup -v 9 --force -r now /media/backupdrive/myrddyingdrive /media/shinydrive
#The old drive is fully restored onto the new drive with the same user permissions

#The following is for grub boot to see and use the shiny drive's uuid
blkid
mount -o bind /dev/ /media/shinyuuidfromblkid/dev
mount -t proc none /media/shinyuuidfromblkid/proc
mount -t sysfs none /media/shinyuuidfromblkid/sys
chroot /media/shiny
update-grub
grub-install /dev/sda
#Now the grub will see and use the shiny drive with the all the restored files from the dying drive.

Saturday, August 30th, 2013: this will help with your phone shopping


We're a big fan of the Zol.com.cn website because they provide a great amount of detail for every tech product out there including phones. Here is a list of phones as listed on Zol.com.cn that have 4+ cores in their CPU providing near-desktop performance. The listed phones all run the Android operating system because it's the only operating system currently delivered with phones that give a higher-degree of do-it-yourself tweaking/upgrading under-the-hood akin to gearheads maintaining their cars. The Ubuntu Edge phone available next year will run a full-blown Linux with potential for running the phone as a true desktop replacement, TRUE DIGITAL FREEDOM HARDWARE which Adequatech.ca recommends for all consumers. The phones listed below all have the potential to run Ubuntu Touch on them making them like an Ubuntu Edge phone. The list mentions North American phones such as HTC one, Moto X and Samsung Galaxy S4, but there are others originating from China worth mentioning.

Lastly, don't buy a phone with a two-year or three-year term phone service contract that locks you in. There are two reasons:

Buy an LTE phone first at the lowest price you can find, then buy the phone service. Don't let phone service providers tell you that you can't buy a phone without a phone service plan in Canada. Don't let phone service providers tell you that you can't use foreign phones in Canada. You can buy a phone without a phone service contract in Canada. You can use foreign phones in Canada. i.e. Chattr Phone Service supports foreign phones in Canada, but Mobile Data plans are expensive for the smallest of monthly quotas as mentioned here 65$ to 75$ for 6GB Mobile Data quotas. Wind Mobile has the most interesting 33$ VOICE(LTE-AWS1) and 43$ COMBO VOICE/MOBILEDATA(LTE-AWS1) plans, but they don't support all the phones(no support for GSM/HSDPA/WCDMA). HSPA seems to be in service at Wind. Wind didn't support the Motorola Milestone so you will need to ask in advance if the service provider support the phone model you have. Mobile data plans in Canada are a maze, are terrible and are terribly expensive; if you watch anything on youtube for more than 5 minutes on your phone, you've reached your mobile data quota. If you use google maps in satellite view mode, you'll reach your quota in about a week's time. Even worse is the fact that when you reach your mobile data threshold on a prepaid plan, some providers disconnect your voice phone service until you top up your account again so be warned. For the moment, I would recommend avoiding to buy mobile data plans because mobile data plans are just too expensive for the quotas provided for normal folk. As a workaround, use WIFI hotspots nearby and download podcasts at home and then copy them to your phone for viewing when on the road as an interim measure until phone companies get their act together to offer affordable mobile data plans that can nearly match the wired dsl/cable data plan quotas/prices.

When you found a phone you like, how do you buy it from China? Well there are a few web sites offering better English support to buy from China. Aliexpress, Bhiner.com, Ebay. If at all possible, if you know someone Chinese and has relatives in China, the best place by far to buy anything is Taobao.com. Bhiner.com is a front-end to Taobao, but you will pay services charges. Explicitly mention and pay for adequate protective packaging(i.e.bubble wrap) because your product is coming from so far away and it might get damaged along the way if it's not protected well enough. When you buy it in this manner yourself, you will find it is more expensive than buying from a local store, that is true, BUT you will get exactly what you want and not only what the local store offers. There are so many offerings out there that the local stores simply don't offer which is a shame. Adequatech.ca started its business to provide alternative mobile device product offerings/consulting services related to digital freedom/digital privacy not currently found in the local Canadian market and specifically in Ottawa, Ontario. Adequatech.ca can help you get the most bang for your buck when buying phones, laptops, desktops and servers while remaining vigilant about your digital freedom and digital privacy.
Lenovo K910 Vibe Z has quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU ¥??? ??? CAD 网络模式(network mode):LTE
ZDX X6 has Octa Core Exynos 5410 but no feedback since nobody received one yet.(presale order) ¥??? 544.65 - 566.44 CAD 网络模式(network mode):GSM/DCS/WCDMA/FDD LTE
ThL 美猴王二代(Monkey King II) has 8-core MT6592 CPU ¥??? ??? CAD 网络模式(network mode):GSM,WCDMA,TD-SCDMA,TD-LTE,LTE FDD
魅族MX3(无NFC/16GB/普通版)参数 has 8-core Exynos 5410 CPU ¥??? ??? CAD 网络模式(network mode):GSM,WCDMA
Acer Liquid S2 has quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800(MSM8974) cpu ??? ??? CAD GSM, HSDPA, LTE
Xiaomi Mi3 has quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974AB) cpu ¥??? ??? CAD Supports LTE only with SNAPDRAGON CPU. Be warned there are Tegra4 variants which don't have LTE support.
华硕PadFone Infinity(32GB/联通版) ¥5998 1,033.20 CAD 网络模式(network mode):GSM,WCDMA,LTE
Sony 索尼XL39h(Xperia Z Ultra) ¥5299 912.796 CAD 网络模式:GSM,WCDMA
LG G2(16GB) ¥4580 788.943 CAD 网络模式:GSM,WCDMA,LTE
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has quad-core cpu(faster than s4) $749 CAD GSM, CDMA, HSDPA, CDMA2000, LTE. Some people are complaining that it is region locked.
三星GALAXY S4(I9502/联通/双卡版):I9502 OCTA(eight-core) cpu ¥4550 783.775 CAD GSM,WCDMA. NO LTE in this I9502 octa-core model! Wind Mobile in Canada sells the Quad-core version Samsung Galaxy S4 SGH-M919V which comes with LTE(AWS). The LTE standard covers a range of many different bands, each of which is designated by both a frequency and a band number. In North America, 700, 800, 1900, 1700/2100 (AWS) and 2600 MHz (Rogers Communications, Bell Canada) are used (bands 4, 7, 12, 13, 17, 25); 2500 MHz in South America; 800, 900, 1800, 2600 MHz in Europe(bands 3, 7, 20); 1800 and 2600 MHz in Asia (bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 11, 13, 40); and 1800 MHz in Australia and New Zealand (bands 3, 40).[34][35][36][37][38][39] As a result, phones from one country may not work in other countries. Users will need a multi-band capable phone for roaming internationally.
HTC One ¥3800 654.581 CAD GSM,WCDMA,LTE
Moto X $579US from AT&T(USA) 610.034 CAD GSM,WCDMA,LTE
Nubia Z5(NX501/32GB) ¥3456 595.324 CAD GSM,WCDMA,CDMA2000
ZTE Nubia Z5S LTE 32GB ¥3,456 $567CAD GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+(YES LTE)
ZTE Grand Memo U9815 TD-LTE ¥3456~ 688 USD 4G: TDD Band 38/39/40 (1900/2300/2600MHz) FDD Band 3/7 (1800/2600MHz) 3G: UMTS Band 1/2/8 (900/1900/2100MHz) TD-SCDMA Band (1900/2000MHz) 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
ZTE 中兴Grand S(N988/电信版) ¥3399 585.506 CAD GSM,CDMA2000
Meizu 魅族MX2(64GB) ¥3299 568.280 CAD GSM,WCDMA
OPPO X909(Find 5/32GB) ¥3298 568.108 CAD GSM,WCDMA
vivo Xplay(32GB) ¥3298 568.108 CAD GSM,WCDMA
SUGAR 首饰手机(SS129/32GB/璀璨版) ¥3288 566.385 CAD GSM,WCDMA
金立E6(联通版) ¥2799 482.151 CAD GSM,WCDMA
小米M2(Mi2/联通版) ¥2599 447.699 CAD GSM,WCDMA
酷派9960(大观HD/电信版) ¥2500 430.645 CAD GSM,CDMA2000
AUX奥克斯W1 ¥2499 430.473 CAD GSM,WCDMA
Huawei 华为Ascend P6 ¥2250 387.581 CAD GSM,WCDMA
美图秀秀MeituKiss ¥2199 378.796 CAD GSM,WCDMA
酷比MAX ¥1999 344.344 CAD GSM,WCDMA
ThL W9超越 ¥1899 327.118 CAD GSM,WCDMA
HOSIN欧新V90 ¥1799 309.892 CAD GSM,WCDMA
天语V5(大黄蜂Touch) ¥1699 292.667 CAD GSM,WCDMA
ZOPO 小黑C2(白色版/16GB) ¥1699 292.667 CAD GSM,WCDMA
大可乐2 ¥1499 258.215 CAD GSM,WCDMA
Newsmy 纽曼锋芒K2(16GB) ¥1499 258.215 CAD GSM,WCDMA
明泰Q5 ¥1299 223.763 CAD GSM,TD-SCDMA
Amoi 夏新A860W(大V骑士版) ¥1199 206.538 CAD GSM,WCDMA
小宇宙X1 ¥799 137.634 CAD GSM,WCDMA
iocean 欧盛X7(青春版) ¥999 172.086 CAD GSM,WCDMA

Saturday, July 6th, 2013: PC Part Picker will help with your shopping decisions


Check this example page out in order to see how PC PART Picker can help you.

Saturday, July 13th, 2013: Recommended Desktop Bundle for GNU/Linux


Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 AM3+ Motherboard and AMD FX-8350 Eight-Core 4GHz AM3+ Processor and Kingston HyperX Red 8GB Memory Module and Toshiba 1TB Hard Drive and XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB DDR5 V Bundle
Take control of your Digital Freedom. Buy hardware that can run GNU/Linux on it. The above "build-it-yourself" bundle is the best bang for your buck. Our service is simple. We will order the bundle to your home, assemble it for you and install GNU/Linux and configure it for you. We will also step you through how to use it and make the most out of it. We also provide the USB thumb drive with the Amd64 Debian Wheezy version GNU/Linux or the Amd64 Ubuntu Raring Ringtail version GNU/Linux as part of your bundle which serves a demo and rescue disk. Our service fee depends on the number of hours you need us to step you through. Roughly 60-80$CA + H.S.T. We're highly competitive.

Saturday, July 13th, 2013: Recommended Laptop for GNU/Linux


Toshiba Satellite L50D-A-005 Notebook PC - AMD A8-5545M 1.7GHz, 8GB DDR3, 750GB HDD, DVDRW, 15.6" Display, Windows 8, Silver (PSKMAC-005004)
Take control of your Digital Freedom. Buy hardware that can run GNU/Linux on it. This powerful Toshiba laptop is the best bang for your buck. We will install GNU/Linux and configure it for you. Yes this laptop comes with Windows 8, but we have 3 alternatives for you: 1)We can boot GNU/Linux from an external USB 3.0 hard-drive, 2)We can repartition the internal laptop drive and have a multi-boot windows 8 & GNU/Linux laptop or 3)We can completely wipe the internal drive and install GNU/Linux on it. We will also step you through how to use it and make the most out of it. We also provide the USB thumb drive with the Amd64 Debian Wheezy version GNU/Linux or the Amd64 Ubuntu Raring Ringtail version GNU/Linux as part of your bundle which serves a demo and rescue disk. Our service fee depends on the number of hours you need us to step you through. Roughly 60-80$CA + H.S.T. We're highly competitive.

Saturday, July 13th, 2013: How windows users can make their own bootable usb thumb drive with GNU/Linux


Download Universal USB Installer aka UUI is Live Linux USB Creator. Get your .iso and your new usb thumb drive, run this program and you'll have your bootable linux thumb drive in roughly 20 minutes give or take depending on the linux flavor you selected.
Once you have your bootable usb thumb drive with GNU/Linux on it, reboot your computer and find the boot menu key on your computer. This list of boot menu keys for different computers shows most of them use Esc, F5, F8 or F12. Apple uses the Option key(yes you can boot linux on an Apple computer also).

Saturday July 13th, 2013: Past Blog Posts

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Travelling to Northern China? Checkout Changchun Landmarks


Four-day Tour in Changchun(长春) and Xianghai(xiànghǎiguójiāzìránbǎohùqū向海国家自然保护区)) is an understatement as to what wonderful experiences you can have in the Changchun region: Northeast Errenzhuan东北二人转, Jingyuetan National Forest Park (jìngyuètánguójiāsēnlíngōngyuán净月潭国家森林公园), Chagan Lake(Chágànhú查干湖/Shèngshuǐhú聖水湖), Miaoyin Temple, ChangBai Mountain(Chǎngbáishān长白山) and Heaven Lake(Tiānhú天湖). The food there is amazing. You can find restaurants serving memorable, fantastic foods from North Korea(Xin North Korea Cold Noodle Restaurant), Sìchuān四川(Laomashou Ganmian老妈手擀面), Germany(Golden Hands金汉斯(红旗街店)), Japan(Yoshinoya), and Huízú回族. These hotels prepare wonderful foods also: Redbuds Hotel, Chang Bai Shan Hotel, Shangri-La Hotel. Lots of ginseng that you buy in Canada comes from Changbaishan which isn't far from Changchun. Jilin Province is the largest producer of ginseng, producing 85 percent of the country's total and over 70 percent of the world's total amount. Shy Grass, Mushroom Wine, Chuan Popo Spicy Sichuan Sauce and other marvellous wonders can also be found at the Changchun Agricultural Fair. The best cartoon I have ever seen is 中華一番之滿漢傳奇(Zhōnghuá yī fān zhī mǎn hàn chuánqí) Cooking Master Boy 中華一番!(Chūka Ichiban!).

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