Clockwork Recovery Image for Android phones

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Back in the day, oh so long ago, if you wanted to root your phone you’d go ahead and install Cyanogenmod‘s CM Recovery 1.4.  This worked great.  

Then… much later (billions of years, seems like…) there was the Amon Ra recovery image.  I’ve used it on the Nexus One rootings I’ve perpetrated, and it’s both functional and easy to use.  It has lots and lots of awesome features that I have no use for, but hey, whatever works.  And while Amon Ra was reDICKulously painful to install, once installed it made short work of, well, everything.
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And now, evolution has brought us Clockwork Recovery.  Probably.  I don’t really know nor do I much care, because I probably only use a fraction of the power of these recovery images, and it’s mostly just to flash updated ROMs into my phone.  What I do know is that Clockwork is really, really, really easy to install and use.  I mean, like, almost dummy-proof.  By the nature of what it does, it’s not dummy-proof – not by a long shot – but the interface is really simple and 
straightforward, and I very much appreciate the easily installed front-end GUI, available (conveniently enough) from the Android Market, as – wait for it – “ROM manager”.  Not the most creative name, admittedly, but hey, it’s descriptive enough.
I don’t know if there’s any relation between the two, but I see some similarities between Clockwork and my much-beloved CM-Updater (Cyanogenmod’s original GUI for his own recovery app.)  It works, it’s clean, and it’s just pleasant to use.  So far.  I can’t wait for it to eat total shit and brick my phone.  Then I’ll be singing a whole different tune.
Anyway, Cyanogenmod has released a whole spiffy new version of his ROM, sitting pretty at 5.7 and based on the 2.1 kernel of Android, so here I go again ready to beat the holy hell out of my phone’s hardware in my ongoing effort to make it behave like a much faster, much more expensive phone.  That’s love!  Or I’m being a total dumbass.  Usually I can’t tell the difference.  I’ll update with another post once I’m done smashing.

Nexus One data connection not working? No problem.

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Jimbo Slice called me last night to let me know his shiny sexy I wanna have one Nexus One, freshly updated with Cyanogenmod by moi, was having a data connection problem.  To put it simply, it just didn’t have a data connection anymore.  Hm.

So I moseyed on over to the “hoffice” and took a gander.  Sure enough, his Nexus One wasn’t seeing the data network.  Phone seemed to work just fine, everything was peachy otherwise… it even connected to WiFi without a hitch.  But no 3G.  Double-hm.
Jimbo, in typical fix-it-with-a-big-stick mode, wanted to rock it, sock it, and just re-flash the sucka with the original Android OS, or an older version of CM, or something.  Whatever it takes to get it working. Cooler heads (mine) of course prevailed, and I figured the issue wasn’t going to be too terribly complicated to wrap up.
Quick research on the matter uncovered a few similar issues but no real fixes, per se.  Before moving much further, I ran into Settings->Wireless & Networks->Mobile networks->Access Point Names.  Here you should see your network’s APN (T-Mobile or whatnot.)
Hitting menu, I reset the APN to factory default.  A few hot minutes later (it does take a little bit, so be patient), bam, data network connectivity restored.  No need to re-flash or re-install anything, good to go, ready to rawk, and all set.  Enjoy!

The Android Community – always lookin’ out.

Check out this interesting TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) analysis done on the Nexus One and T-Mobile’s service.

Nexus One. Android keeps on rockin’.

Android continues on its forward march of progress, with updates coming out seemingly every week these days.  The improvements are significant, the joy to the users is unending, and the success, fantastic. 

Now, finally, the hardware seems to live up to the potential of the OS…

Whoa, whoa, whoa… back up just one sec…

The N1 is quite the distinguished offering.  It has style, performance, and the Google name behind it.  It is, IMHO, a superior offering to the Motorola Droid which, by all indications, should’ve been the “superphone” that everyone wanted.  Unfortunately, Motorola released it for Verizon.  Yet another boneheaded decision from Moto.  You guys are the best.

Anyway, the Droid has been love-hate for a lot of users, particularly the users that have ‘come over to the dark side’ from the iPhone.  It’s not an iPhone guys, sorry, but what it is, is better.  There’s a hundred and one reasons why, not gonna get into it (if you really must now, go Google it.)  The N1, though, promises to have all the hardware to keep Android chugging along famously.

Thing is, Android is chugging along famously already.  I have Android blazing away on my MyTouch 3G, I have friends with G1s (first-gen “Google” phones) that have Android blazing away (okay, maybe “blazing” is a bit strong… how about “briskly moving along.”)  I’m glad the N1 is out, I’m glad the hardware is good, I’m glad it looks as awesome as it does (and it does look awesome.)  I just don’t know that it’s really the superduperawesomeness that everyone seems to think it is.  Time will tell.  In the meantime, check out this review.