July 30, 2012

Poor battery life after Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update?

If your Android phone was recently updated to Android 4.1 (aka Jelly Bean) and you have been seeing really bad battery life ever since, read on.  It could be that Google+ sync has been enabled by the update and that’s using up a lot of power.  Go to your phone’s Settings > Accounts > Google settings screen.  For every Google account listed, deselect the Google+ option.  This should bring back sane battery life to your phone.

See Demystifying Android power usage for more generic tips on saving battery life on Android devices.

July 22, 2012

Kovilpatti boy

It’s been 5 weeks since I came to India.  I have been living in our new house since my arrival, and it’s been pretty good.  Wide open sky with almost no light pollution.  This time of the year is usually windy, and I quite like the weather.  Being with my family has always made me happy.

Went out on my bike (a motorcycle) to a few places.  Even after seven years, I think my bike is pretty good and I like it the same.  The reason for the possessiveness I have about the bike and my riding gear has been unfathomable.  I just don’t want to share them with anyone!  Have a slightly longer ride coming up tomorrow; looking forward to it.  Want to take some pictures during the trip too; let’s see how that works out.

I would have liked to be a bit more productive at work, but the lack of productivity hasn’t made me very unhappy.  My mind keeps telling me that this is my place.  I really want to come back here and start living here again... like the Kovilpatti boy that I am.  There’s something magical about this place... maybe.