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  1. HowTo extend HTC Desire internal memory to 2Gb using CyanogenMod 7 and Data2SD

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    Introduction

    Even if it's not a new model, the HTC Desire is still a very good Android device, thanks to its 1Ghz CPU and 512 Mb RAM, but one of the biggest problems of this phone is that it comes with only 148Mb available in the ROM. Once the operating system is installed (ROM I mean), after installing few useful applications you'll end the available space very soon. There are many apps available, like App2SD that move your applications to the SD card, but it's not enough because only the application is moved, not the data. To move the data to the SD card, there is a very nice utility called Data2SD. Please note that this procedure requires you to reflash your device and partition your SD card, so please do a complete backup before proceding.

    What you need

    Backup your data

    Before following these instructions, please do a complete backup of your microSD, of your original ROM (using Nandroid or similar) ecc...

    Prepare the microSD card

    • Open GParted on your Ubuntu Linux or use the GParted Live CD/USB.
    • Delete all partitions on this microSD
    • Create the first one using FAT32 filesystem, leaving 2Gb (2047Mb) available at the end.
    • Create a second partition using ext4 filesystem.
    • Confirm your changes
    • Copy CyanogenMod7 rom, Data2SD installers and Google Apps on FAT32 partition

    CyanogenMod 7 installation

    • Reboot your phone into Recovery (turn it off then press volume down + power)
    • WIPE all data (userdata, cache ecc...)
    • Choose "Install from SD card" and select CyanogenMod7 installation zip
    • when finished reboot your phone
    • Enter your Wifi settings, language ecc.... DO NOT enter your Google account settings.
    • reboot your phone

    Data2SD installation

    • Boot into Recovery again
    • Choose "Install from SD card" and select Data2SDInstallerX1.zip (please note, you may have to turn off the signature verification in Other->Turn off ecc...)
    • when finished reboot your phone
    • now you should see 1,97Gb if you go in Settings->Storage->Internal Storage->Total space

    Google Apps installation

    • Reboot your phone into Recovery
    • Choose "Install from SD card" and select the Google Apps zip file
    • reboot your phone

    Conclusion

    You now have 1,97Gb total space available instead of 148Mb. Enjoy your HTC Desire!

    Update Aug 1, 2012: since December 2011 I don't have an HTC Desire anymore. These informations could be still valid but in any other case I don't have the possibility to help you more.

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  2. Maemo on Google Summer of Code 2009

    {.alignright .size-full .wp-image-207 width="191" height="191"}This year the Maemo community will try to join the Google Summer of code program again. Google Summer of code can be a very good opportunity for the Maemo Community, and can also give a lots of good things, like new projects/features and new people developing for Maemo.

    In order to apply to Summer of code, we need help from the community, we need project ideas, mentors and interested students. The mentor organizations submissions starts in March 9.

    There is a wiki page with some information regarding the Maemo participation in GSoC, feel free to add more information to the pages, especially for people that participated in previous editions of GSoC.

    In 2007 some Nokia employee offered their help as mentors and backup mentors, will be fine if that happens this year too.

    Note:* I reported this news thanks to Valerio Valerio who wrote this on maemo-community* mailing list.

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  3. Google Latitude: scopri dove sono i tuoi amici in tempo reale!

    {.alignright .size-full .wp-image-201 width="273" height="297"}Google ha appena lanciato il servizio Latitude che si integra con la nuova versione di Google Maps per cellulari, la 3.0 che è appena stata rilasciata.

    Si tratta di una funzionalità che permette di localizzare i propri amici sulla mappa, persino in tempo reale. Gli amici che si possono localizzare vanno selezionati tra i propri contatti di Gmail, dopo di che è possibile visualizzarli sulla mappa.

    Niente paura per la privacy: l'impostazione di default non attiva Latitude. E' necessario attivarlo manualmente e scegliere tra una delle seguenti modalità di aggiornamento:

    • Automatica: in questo modo Google Maps/Latitude cercherà di rilevare automaticamente la nostra posizione utilizzando il GPS (se disponibile) oppure sfruttando le celle GSM (con una precisione meno accurata).
    • Manuale: è possibile selezionare manualmente la propria posizione sulla mappa.
    • Nascosta: con questa modalità saremo invisibili a tutti i nostri i contatti sulla mappa.

    Gli amici che possiamo vedere sulla mappa, inoltre, devono autorizzarci esplicitamente. Questo significa che senza una particolare autorizzazione, non saremo in grado di vedere tutti i nostri contatti di GMail sulla mappa.

    Al momento è possibile utilizzare Google Maps e Latitude con i seguenti telefoni:

    • Android-powered devices, such as the T-Mobile G1
    • iPhone and iPod touch devices (coming soon)
    • most color BlackBerry devices
    • most Windows Mobile 5.0+ devices
    • most Symbian S60 devices (Nokia smartphones)
    • many Java-enabled (J2ME) mobile phones, such as Sony Ericsson devices (coming soon)
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