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3 Oct 2018
I wouldn't have known about this if I hadn't happened to come across this post here, so I thought a specific pointer might be useful.

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This is a neat little dual-connector (FAT32) USB drive that plugs straight in to your Gemini or your computer. Perfect for having files at hand on any machine. It comes in various sizes from 16GB to 128GB (I got the smallest for $21).

Mine just arrived, and it looks to be just what I need. It includes a "SanDiskMemoryZone" app that I haven't installed. I think I prefer direct management of my files (by Total Commander, which I've also just discovered...), but if anybody thinks it's a great addition I might drop it in.

(I bought it from BestBuy, as I had other things to get there. They only had the biggest one in stock, but they shipped the 16GB one to me in 5 days.)
25 Sep 2018
Reading through the User Guide, it struck me that setting Power Off for the nightime hours might save a bit of battery, so I found the relevant Setting and tried to adjust it to my liking.

However, in whatever way I try to input a new value, when I go back up to the "Schedule power on & off" screen the times are back to their original "7:00 AM" and "8:30 AM" somewhat useless settings!

Do others see this, or am I being stupid somehow?
21 Jul 2018
Looking at my battery usage, I see "Cell Standby" as the second-highest usage after the screen. From a web search, this seems to be a utility looking for a strong cell signal. Strange... because my unit is WiFi only!

Anybody have an explanation? And know how I might get rid of it? (I'm fairly sure it wasn't there the previous time I looked, though I suppose I could have missed it.)
28 Jun 2018
I would very much like to be able to launch Android apps (in particular, Firefox) from a Termux command line. This seems to be possible through the 'am' command (included in basic Termux, though I think it's actually part of the SDK(?)), but I'm not having any luck.

I found a topic on StackOverflow that seems to show how to do it -- using the Android Browser as an example:

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   am start -a android.intent.action.MAIN -n com.android.browser/com.android.browser.BrowserActivity


This works fine -- except that I refuse to use that browser...

I've tried all sorts of similar lines for Firefox, such as:

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am start -a android.intent.action.MAIN -n org.mozilla.gecko/org.mozilla.gecko.LauncherActivity


but I always get back something like:
CODE
Starting: Intent { act=android.intent.action.MAIN cmp=org.mozilla.gecko/.LauncherActivity }
Error: Activity not started, unknown error code -2


I've been getting the possibilities from the Firefox AndroidManifest.xml (extracted from the APK and unpacked from the binary, but I don't know anything about it, really, so I'm pretty much lost. Here's a severely extracted section of the file:

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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<manifest
.....
<application
.....
android:value="com.google.android.gms.version" />
<service
android:name="org.mozilla.gecko.RemotePresentationService"
android:exported="com.google.android.gms.version" />
<activity
android:theme="com.google.android.gms.version"
android:name="org.mozilla.gecko.LauncherActivity"
android:exported="com.google.android.gms.version"
android:taskAffinity=""
android:excludeFromRecents="com.google.android.gms.version"
android:relinquishTaskIdentity="com.google.android.gms.version" />
<activity-alias
android:label="Firefox"
android:name=".App"
android:targetActivity="org.mozilla.gecko.LauncherActivity">
<intent-filter android:priority="com.google.android.gms.version">
<action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />
<category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />
<category android:name="android.intent.category.MULTIWINDOW_LAUNCHER" />
<category android:name="android.intent.category.APP_BROWSER" />
<category android:name="android.intent.category.DEFAULT" />
</intent-filter>
<intent-filter>
<action android:name="android.intent.action.VIEW" />
<category android:name="android.intent.category.DEFAULT" />
<category android:name="android.intent.category.BROWSABLE" />
<data android:scheme="http" />
<data android:scheme="https" />
<data android:scheme="about" />
<data android:scheme="javascript" />
<data android:scheme="firefox" />
</intent-filter>
.....
</activity-alias>
<activity
android:theme="com.google.android.gms.version"
android:label="com.google.android.gms.version"
android:name="org.mozilla.gecko.BrowserApp"
android:exported="com.google.android.gms.version"
android:taskAffinity="org.mozilla.firefox.BROWSER"
android:launchMode="com.google.android.gms.version"
android:configChanges="com.google.android.gms.version"
android:alwaysRetainTaskState="com.google.android.gms.version"
android:windowSoftInputMode="com.google.android.gms.version" />
<activity-alias
android:name="com.android.internal.app.ResolverActivity"
android:exported="com.google.android.gms.version"
android:targetActivity="org.mozilla.gecko.BrowserApp" />
.....
</application>
</manifest>


Anybody deep into Android enough to know what I might do?
27 Jun 2018
I thought the termux-widget add-on -- which supposedly adds shortcuts to termux scripts on your home screen -- would be a useful thing to have, so I installed it, but I can't get any action out of it. I gather that any script in $HOME/.shortcuts should appear in a screen shortcut, but I never see anything. The web is totally unhelpful. Has anybody used it?
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