Android L - Preview

Android L Preview (LPX13D) – Install and Root

With the announcement of the new Nexus devices from Google, we are inching closer to the release of Android 5.0 Lollipop.  The good news for Android users is that, if you have a Nexus 5, you can install the latest Preview version of Android.  Google has opened up downloads of their latest build LPX13D to the public.  In this article, I’m going to walk you through the easy way to install it with multi-rom so that you don’t have to blow up your existing system to take a peek at what’s to come.

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Converting my wife to Android.

I’ll start this off by stating that I have tried this before.  In fact, it was just before Christmas last year that I bought my wife the Moto X in an attempt to move her away from her iPhone and over to Android.  The migration lasted only about three weeks because she “accidentally” dropped and smashed her phone.  Admittedly, it wasn’t an easy transition.  I’m not sure if it was because she didn’t like the physical device, Android or that I hadn’t provided enough help to ease her through it.  Possibly, and very likely, it was a combination of all of those factors.

This time, I feel as though I’m more prepared and I have a better device for her.  The OnePlus One.

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I still use IRC …

Yep, I said it. And I meant it.

Let’s face it, there’s a plethora of options when it comes to instant communication with friends, family, peers, llamas, whatever. I certainly use many of them from SMS to Hangouts to Skype to Courier Pigeon. One of those that I find useful is IRC. As old as it may be, it is reliable and one of the more popular ways that developers in large open source projects communicate and track communications with each other. It also has all sorts of other uses that I’m just not going to get into.

At any rate, the purpose of this post is to share a solution to a specific problem that I had, not to review IRC.

I use IRC Cloud ( as my main client to stay connected to IRC channels. They provide a nice web interface and a pretty good Android app with push notifications. Additionally, it will keep you connected when you idle – up to two hours for free and unlimited idle if you pay the $5 monthly fee.

The problem I faced was when there’s a netsplit or some other type of drop in the network that kicks me from the server I’m on. A few of these channels are invite only, so when you reconnect you need an invite to rejoin each of those channels. I was doing this manually for a few weeks until I discovered the solution … and it’s baked right into IRCCloud.

We’re going to create a very simple login script in two steps that will regain your id (assuming you lost it, which I always did) and invite you to your private channels.

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What’s the point of this madness?

For the first post in this are of the site Blog the Pickle, I figured it would be a good idea to maybe tell you a bit about myself and what this area of will primarily cover.  While I fully intend to try and stick to this mission statement of sorts, I can not really predict the future of what may wind up here.  So, let’s begin with a bit about me …
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