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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Suicide for the strobe/flashlight app on Google

I decided to pull the silicon fish blinky app off the market.  At the bottom are the comments I was getting.  I can't handle the shame.  I wasn't able to test the app on other platforms because I didn't have any extra phones.  I've since got a motorola droid 4 and the LG doubleplay that I found and repaired.   If I get some spare time I'll get the app working on those and republish it.  Fun while it lasted.  Lesson learned, don't do a flashlight app unless you have access to a lot of phones because the LEDs work differently on different devices.    I gave it away free and still got trashed.  I put a disclaimer.  Oh well.

At the end I had over 2900 installs, but as near as I can tell only 300 active users after 6 months on the market.  And in case you were wondering, never made $0.01 on it.  The only way to make money is to put ads or charge for the app, neither was I willing to do.  It was a project for fun, not for public abuse.

You can still download it direct to your phone from my download page, as long as you check the box in your settings->applications->unknown sources menu on your android device.  That allows you to install apps from other than the google market.  Just navigate your phone to and then click on SiFishBlinky.apk

or go directly to:

Here is my wall of shame  :-#

      David on Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 22:23 Huawei M865C (hwm865c) Version 1.9.16
Crap Learn to finish and test drive before Publishing
      Ben on Monday, June 4, 2012 at 22:59 Samsung Droid Charge (SCH-I510) Version 1.9.16
Does not work for Droid Charge Does not activate LED on the Droid Charge, thus making this a useless app for that device.
      George on Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 22:42 Samsung SAMSUNG-SGH-I777 (SGH-I777)
Doesn't work
      Jason on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 01:19 Motorola DROID4 (cdma_maserati)
Does not work for droid 4
      Jon on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 21:02 Motorola XT910 (umts_spyder)
Bad Doesnt work
      Austin on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 12:17 Motorola DROID RAZR (cdma_spyder)
Gay Doesn't turn on. There is no zero star option by the way.
      Joel on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 07:25 Acer Picasso (picasso) French
Acer A500 N'a pas fonctionné.
      Nahuel on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 21:49 Samsung Sidekick 4G (SGH-T839) Version 1.9.16
Jo Ho
      Brendan on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 21:04 LGE Bryce (bryce) Version 1.9.16
:( Wont even turn on
      on Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 18:29 Samsung Galaxy Exhibit (SGH-T679) Version 1.9.15
GREAT Idea and no stinking ads NO ads or tracking but it just dosent work for my phone. Thanks, wish all app developers had your attitude.
      Lemuel on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 23:58 Motorola Droid X (cdma_shadow) Version 1.9.15
A+ Can you change the background to plain black? to save battery.
      Ari on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 01:45 Motorola Droid X (cdma_shadow) Version 1.9.15
Cool app Works well, I like the fact that you can create custom patters. I also like the strobe light
      on Friday, February 10, 2012 at 19:24 Samsung Galaxy Ace (GT-S5830) Version 1.9.15 Czech
Nefunguje Naprosto nefunkční
      Daniel on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 01:14 LGE Optimus 2X (p999) Version 1.9.14
Sucks Doesn't work on my phone waste of time
      Zeneth on Sunday, February 5, 2012 at 12:52 Motorola Droid X (cdma_shadow) Version 1.9.14
Thanks A+

Monday, July 9, 2012

XFX 4890 Graphics card fan replacement - Shameful hack

Because of my sense of humor, I'll share my fix for a bad fan on my XFX Radeon 4890 graphics card, otherwise known as a VGA cooling fan.  Why did I do something this lame?... here is the story.

The fan began making noise, which my son ignored for many months.  Eventually the machine started randomly rebooting.   Finally it started rebooting after about every 1 minute of operation and I had to give in and figure out what was wrong.    The card was smokin' hot and the fan was not turning.  Obvious.   Here is what the card looks like with the factory fan.

I went online, and searched for a replacement fan.  Not much out there, and most of the fans did not have dimensions, or the reviews said they didn't fit.  Really hard to figure out what to buy.  I finally bought this one.  It looked like the one I had from the picture:

Doh.  Total fail.   It came in a tiny envelope and here it is next to the fan from the 4890.   WAYYYY to small.

I had no confidence that any of the other fans out there were the right size either.   I could play dialing for donuts and keep buying fans until one fit.  Nahhhhh.

Measuring the fan against a standard case fan, I saw that they were the same size.   Originally I thought I'd hack something together and ordered this case fan.

You may be able to see that the fan has three plastic spokes that attach it to the case, that could easily be clipped to remove the fan, which appears to be exactly the same size as the fan I'm replacing.  However i'd be stuck trying to figure out how to attach it to the metal heat sink with no screw holes.  Glue wouldn't work here, it would be too hot.

Since the computer case is fairly empty, and the PCI slot next door is open, I had room to simply glue the case fan over the hole to the VGA card.   I spliced the red and black wires into the old fan's connector since the case fan's connector wasn't the same size.

As soon as the glue dries it's going into the machine.  I'll update the post with how it works out.  Crossing my fingers.

Turned out if you look, the video card had a plastic film still on it from the factory, that I never had peeled off.  So my glued-on fan fell off immediately.  If you look you can see that the sticker on the top of the card is a bit hazy.  Duh.  I peeled off the protective film and used some JB weld epoxy this time.  I didn't drill holes in the black cover, because there is a metal heat sink directly underneath it.

Now I'll try again when the new glue is dry....

Success!  Here it is back in the computer.  You can see the case fan glommed on the side of the video card. Luckily that slot is not used, and the fan is away from the CPU side where it might have collided with the motherboard chipset cooler.

The computer is up and running and seems fine under normal load.  W00t!  $6 case fan saves the day.