Jan-Lukas Else

Thoughts of an IT expert

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My smartphone story

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I’ve recently read a few posts where the authors have shared their smartphone stories. Then last week I got my hands on my very first smartphone again (I’m a bit of a hoarder when it comes to that and still own every single one of my smartphones) and figured why not blog about it? So here it is, my smartphone story.

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A fun little game: Pocket City

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I’m generally not a gamer, playing computer games has never really fascinated me, I find programming more exciting. But sometimes I don’t feel like programming or I don’t have the possibility to do it. Of course it’s important to be bored sometimes, because then you can think about things for a while. But a little entertainment in a free minute is sometimes not bad as well.

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Hopefully OneUI 4 will extend the life of my smartphone

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Last year I wrote about how I check the battery health of my smartphone. The app I used for that shows a notification when a certain charge level is reached that you can unplug the smartphone so it doesn’t charge to 100%.

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How I checked the battery health of my Android phone 🔋

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My smartphone, a Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite, which has been my daily driver for a year and a few months, has a 4500mAh Li-Po battery ("lithium-ion polymer" – like lithium-ion, but with solid or gel-like electrolytes that allow a thinner design). My smartphone can be charged with a maximum of 45 watts. The included charger, which I always use for charging, delivers a maximum of 25 watts.

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How to remove bloatware

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After I put my new SIM card in my phone today (yes, the one with the unlimited mobidata volume - thanks for all the replies to my recent post!), I noticed that there suddenly appeared a new app that wanted to offer me additional services via SMS, of course for a fee. An app with no benefit for me, even annoying me by the presence of the app icon in the app drawer and the missing possibility to deactivate the app!

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FitoTrack

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When I used to run back in the days, I used Runtastic to record my runs. When I tried running again last year, my app of choice was Strava. For recording hikes, I mostly use Komoot. But today for recording a bike ride, I tried FitoTrack.

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BootBoi

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I found this little open source app to wake up or even shut down my new code server using my smartphone: BootBoi. The whole thing even works via Tailscale, if I use a device from my home network as exit node. To wake up a Wake-on-LAN packet is sent and to shut down a SSH command is executed.

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K-9 Mail’s new design (not Holo anymore)

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Over three years after I mused about what it is like to still use a Holo Design app in 2018, the final version of K-9 Mail has now been released with a revamped user interface.

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Open Twitter links with Nitter (solution for Android)

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I don’t like Twitter and I’m a fan of Nitter as an alternative frontend. Whenever there’s a link to Twitter, I use Nitter to read it. Especially the mobile web version of Twitter is terrible, even more with a slow network connection. Not to mention the bad user experience when reading threads. Nitter gives a much better experience because it’s lightweight and fast.

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InstaGrabber

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Although I no longer use Instagram, I still have an account there, and from time to time I like to see what people I know post there. To do that I always used the website in the browser. However, their website is not fast and has some bugs. Recently, I came across the alternative Instagram client “InstaGrabber”. While it sounds like a simple Instagram image downloader, it has a lot more functionality. It allows viewing your feed and stories of people you follow. To enable this, you can also login.

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