Full Circle Side-Pod Episode Seven: The End of the Shortbread Biscuits

Full Circle Side-Pod Episode Seven: The End of the Shortbread Biscuits


Full Circle Podcast LogoFull Circle Side-Pod Episode Seven: The End of the Shortbread Biscuits

The Android Phone episode.


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This is an extra, irregular, short-form podcast, which is intended to be a side-branch of the main Full Circle Podcast. Somewhere to put all the general technology, non-Ubuntu news and opinions, hobby-horses and kruft that doesn’t fit anywhere else. Be prepared for a healthy dose of British sarcasm.

* Ubuntu Kno tablet
* Novell Patents Destination
* YouTube HTML5 Beta
* Chrome OS equals ‘Careless Computing’: Warning from Stallman (Guardian)

Review: Android on HTC Wildfire and Nexus-1

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Your Hosts:
* Robin Catling (blog at http://catlingmindswipe.blogspot.com/)
* Ed Hewitt (blog at http://www.edhewitt.co.uk/)
* Dave Wilkins… has finished the Shortbread biscuits

Additional audio by Victoria Pritchard

Show Notes

1:56 | WELCOME and INTRO

02:39 | NEWS:
* Dual-screen Ubuntu-based tablet ‘Kno’ to ship this month
* New owners of Novell patents include Apple, Oracle, Microsoft
* YouTube runs HTML5 video Beta
* Chrome OS equals ‘Careless Computing’ not Cloud Computing warns Stallman (Guardian UK)

08:51 | REVIEW: Android on HTC Widlfire and Nexus-1

Nexus One vs. Nexus-S

Apps and Games on Android
* Google Calendar, mail. Google sync.
* Opera mini (better than the HTC/2.1 onboard browser)
* Googlemaps (with geo-location)
* Voice dialling
* Google Translate
* Google Finance
* Google Listen (podcast catcher)
* Chrome-to-Phone

* Nexus Torch
* Barcode scanner
* Google-Goggles and Layar augmented reality
* Metal Detector
* Dropbox
* Movies (Flickster-based)

* Twitter (not HTC’s Ping sans geo-location)
* M-Analytics (Google Analytics on mobile)
* Mini Task Manager
* Shazam – music identification
* Skype Internet Telephony (may be blocked by your carrier)
* Speed Test
* WordPress Mobile
* Spotify (requires Spotify Premium membership £10 month)
* Last-FM (free)

* Angry Birds
* Raging Thunder
* Chess
* Replica Island
* Hyperjump Light
* Pong (for retro-fun)
* Shoot You
* GameBoyd Light for Gameboy Advance fun (Advance Wars being a Wilkins fave) full UK version £3.20

* CNet podcasts
* Android Central site and podcast

52:05 | EXPERT SPOT: Rooting the HTC Wildfire for Android 2.2
Only follow this procedure at your own risk: rooting your phone and installing Custom ROMs could damage your phone to a state where it may not work again. Rooting your phone will void your warranty. Once your phone is rooted, damage could still be done, by using wrong commands in the terminal, overclocking your CPU or overclocking the LED light in the torch app.

This procedure relies on third party software which may be updated in new versions at any time; while it works for the majority, there are documented issues. Full Circle Magazine cannot be held responsible if this method incurs any permanent or non-permanent damage to your device.

* Rooting software Unrevoked-3 from unrevoked.com
* Cyanogen Mod for Android 2.2, official tutorial for the wildfire

A transcript of this Expert Spot is on Robin’s blog.

58:08 | FEEDBACK: How to get in touch with us

58:49 | WRAP and OUTRO

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Creative Commons Music Tracks
* Opening: ‘Knights of the Darkness’ by Zero Project
* Main theme: ‘CCMixter’ by Code
* Incidental: ‘Funkorama‘ by Kevin MacLeod
* Incidental: ‘Techno-dog’ by Unknown, original recording royalty free under Creative Commons v2

File Sizes:

OGG 34.0Mb
mp3 28.2Mb

Running Time: 1hour 1minute 13seconds


  1. At about 30 minutes in, you’re discussing Chrome to phone, and lamented that there was nothing to send stuff back to the PC – check out http://www.appbrain.com/app/send-to-computer/com.ivanvolosyuk.sharetobrowser which is an application to do exactly that!

    You commented about using the native Twitter application, can I suggest that Mustard is a good companion for those people using Identi.ca and the other StatusNet based sites. It will also now support Twitter as well, and provide a merged timeline of both sites.

    Also, you mentioned Last.FM Scrobbling – I use A Simple Last.FM Scrobbler, as it will scrobble to Libre.FM as well as Last.FM, which is quite useful for me.

    I have moments of being a bit of a privacy nut, so I’ve got Orbot (a TOR client for Android) and APG (a GPG/PGP application) which interfaces with K-9 Mail to provide encrypted e-mail.

    Although I’m not very good at using a to-do list, I’ve found Astrid, synchronized with Google Tasks, to be very useful.

    Recently I’ve installed two games which are both rather addictive, Air Control Lite and Coast Defence. The first is where you have to land aircraft of three different types – Red (Heavy/fast), Blue (Light) and Green (Helicopters) on their respective runways/pads. As you progress through the numbers of aircraft landed, it reduces the delay between each new craft entering the screen. Very addictive 🙂 The second is a tower game, that is where enemies progress across a terrain and you have to build towers to shoot them, in this case, they’re on water, and you’re sinking them as they navigate their way around a riverbed.

    Because I like to code, I have ConnectBot to SSH to my home server, and when I need to use the GUI, I’ve installed AndroidVNC, which I’ll use in conjunction with a port forward using ConnectBot.

    Occasionally, I will use my phone as a WiFi hotspot (requires root) and for that, I use Barnacle Wifi Tether.

    All the best, and thanks for a great sidepod.

  2. Hi guys. I enjoyed your Android special.

    I’m still using the now antique g1(dream), but thanks to CyanogenMod I have a nice up to date OS (The official version for g1 is the very old 1.6.!)

    The AppBrain (http://www.appbrain.com/) application might be the answer to some of your application market woes. It allows you to select your applications via a web browser then synchronise with your phone through the AppBrain Android application.

    Keep up the good work.


    • Matthew, thanks for the heads up. I went in some time after you and it was working and continues; depending on your timezone, you may have caught podpress doing its nightly rebuild of the feed. RC

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