How to read from the Assets folder in an Eclipse Android application

Seeing errors like these? java.io.FileNotFoundException at android.content.res.AssetManager.openAsset(Native Method) at android.content.res.AssetManager.open(AssetManager.java:315) at android.content.res.AssetManager.open(AssetManager.java:289) The problem is that Eclipse isn’t finding your file, because you may not be using AssetManager to retrieve plain-text files from the assets folder. Here’s how to fix this: Note that there is no file extension on text. When I pasted ‘text.txt’ into […]

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Vegan Tab with Viewsonic gTablet

I’ve obviously been busy for the last month, and the posts concerning the LadyCoders Kickstarter will appear on the ladycoders.com site. I’d really rather get back to the fun of reviewing a hardware/OS combo. About three weeks ago, I got a used Viewsonic gTablet and flashed Vegan Tab on it. I’ve never had a tablet […]

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Dream gizmos

There’s a refrigerator that runs Linux now. That seems like a bit of overkill to me, but there are a few devices around the house that I think could use a bit of OSS ingenuity. We have hibernation features for most laptops; is there a way to hibernate, say, a kitchen? Energy vampires like toasters […]

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How to SSH into your home computer to access media files, documents, processes, or anything else you might need

I wanted access to my home machine so I could access any files I want. Dropbox is pretty awesome, but if you’ve forgotten to put something in your Dropbox folder, you’ll be in deep trouble. (1) Run “sudo apt-get install openssh-server” at the command line. (2) Run “sudo cp /etc/ssh/sshd_config /etc/ssh/sshd_config.original”. This copies your original […]

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Simple tip to make Android easy to access…

…via your home wifi server. (1) Install On Air from the Android Market. (2) Ensure that your home wifi is accessible through your phone’s Settings menu. (3) In On Air, set your preferences to “use the same 4-digit code”. (4) Hit the big button to turn on the FTP server on your phone. (5) In […]

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