Most Android Apps can easily be decompiled to remove the ads

Trying to reach even non-computer people

This is a long post. Most of it is instructions for modifying Android apps for your own purposes. In the first portion, in which I talk about motivations, I will attempt to make it interesting even for non-computer people:

  • I was surprised how easily and well java sources can be recovered from any Android app
  • It’s easy to customize apps. You can easily change the pictures and the sound clips.
  • Banner ads in kids apps are surprisingly easy to remove
  • Some commentary on kids apps in general

The second part is a how to:

Android apps for little kids

As a parent, I’ve looked around for some good games for my two kids, aged 3 and 6. There are some good ones out there. For example, all of the apps produced by Lego are excellent. We look for educational ones. Endless Alphabet┬áis a good one. Wonster Words. Beck and Bo …

Losing our culture by losing our dialects

In a recent post, I talked about becoming fluent in another language. My father-in-law made a comment about it on Facebook observing that the presence of so many dialects made learning or at least understanding German difficult for him. This triggered some thoughts that at first I thought would be a followup note, but I think there’s enough floating around in my head about it to justify a separate post.
Dialects and accents. Most seem to hate them. I love em. Many see them as a sign of ignorance but I view it as richness of life. Since most of my friends are English speaking, I’ll start with my love of English variations.
German has dialects that native German speakers can’t understand. In English, it’s a bit simpler. It’s mostly accents. I love accents.

English accents and dialects

I love the way Marissa Tomei talks in My Cousin Vinny. Watching this scene makes me swoon.

More subtle is Frances McDormand’s performance in the movie Fargo. I loved her character.

Rosie Perez in Do The Right Thing (not safe for work)

It’s not just women. For example Bob and Dough McKenzie

Of course, Eddie Murphy was great at making light …

My new Kicad blog
Over the years, I’ve come to love Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). I’ve been bitten so many times when a company loses interest in a product. If it’s closed source, I might as well throw it away.
During my years at Intel, I appreciated the openness of the codebase. I took it for granted that if I couldn’t get a program to work, I had the option of looking at the source code. I once considered trying to put some of my perl language utilities on CPAN. Talking to the guy who could help me was really depressing. The short summary: don’t bother trying. It was weird given how incredibly open things are inside the company.
When I first headed to MIT, it was my intention to do electrical engineering. Once I starting taking classes, I found I had much more aptitude for programming. My programs, even the complex ones, just worked. My electrical circuits… constant stuggle. Still, it’s something I’ve always been drawn to.
Recently, I’ve wanted to goof around with LED grid arrays. Something like this:

The thing is that there’s a lot of tedious circuit wiring involved (beyond wiring the LEDs themselves). Why not …

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