Root & Hack the Viewsonic 7″ Tablet

by djsharpe on December 12, 2011

This build is for the Viewsonic Viewpad 7. I made this build mainly because I had one big problem with the stock one I found on Amazon because it was offering little space for my apps. I’ve used this opportunity to add extra features and remove some annoying ones. Here is the list of changes:

    • based on latest official stock Viewpad 7 firmware Android 2.2.2
    • added Darktremor Apps2SD functionality (require that you have extra partition on your SD card for storing your apps; exact procedure to create one is described in installation procedure)
    • fully deodexed and zipalligned ROM
    • ROM is rooted (Superuser.apk + su)
    • installed BusyBox with support for init.d scripts
    • replaced “Welcome” boot animation with stock android 2.2 animation
    • installed Gingerbread keyboard
    • installed Morelocale2 for more languages
    • modified framework-res.apk and services.jar with Gingerbread look like + % battery
    • removed Aldiko,RSS, TouchPAL_M20
    • updated gapps to newest version (Gmail, GoogleQuickSearchBox, Maps, Market, VoiceSearch) & YouTube
    • modified host file for ad-free



  • initial release


  1. Power down your device.
  2. Power on device holding power button and both volume keys simultaneously.
  3. Upon power up you will see the birds logo and ‘enter recovery’ text in the top left corner of the screen.
  4. Use the volume keys to step through the menu, power to select and back. (there is bug in clockwork when you press volume keys it jumps 2 steps; to jump one step press and hold volume and then press power to select)
  5. Select the “advanced->Partition SD Card” item, next select size for your Apps2SD partition (1024MB recommended), next select 0 as size of swap partition. (Remember that this will delete all data on your SD card, so make backup of SD card if you need !!!)
  6. After the partitioning will be done select the “reboot system now” item.
  7. Using USB cable connection or SD card reader copy to root folder of SD card.
  8. Power down your device.
  9. Power on device holding power button and both volume keys simultaneously.
  10. Select the “backup and restore->Backup” item to make a backup of the current firmware in case something goes wrong. The backed up ROM should be located in: /sdcard/clockworkmod/backup/date&time/
  11. Select the “wipe data/factory reset->Yes – delete all user data” to clear old stuff.
  12. Select the “install zip from sdcard->choose zip from sdcard” item and select
  13. After flashing will be done select the “reboot system now” item. First boot may take a few minutes.

Migrate from stock or another build:

    1. Make backup of your phone using Titanium Backup (select all user applications).
    2. Copy all files and folders from SD card to local folder on your computer.
    3. Install Clockwork Recovery Partition, create partition on SD card and install ROM as described in installation guide.
    4. Copy all files and folders from local folder on your computer back to SD card.
    5. Restore applications using Titanium Backup and reboot your phone.


Credits to:

  • Darktremor
  • hucqim80
  • dsixda
  • mendozinas
  • -Mr. X-

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Kraftwerk 3D Concert 24h

by djsharpe on November 27, 2011

Kraftwerk had a 3D performance in October of this year. I am still waiting and hoping the day comes when I can see them live.


Syncing iTunes Podcasts to your Android

by djsharpe on November 27, 2011

Every now and then I see someone asking how to sync podcasts. There are a lot of ways to do it, but I thought I’d share how I get my podcasts onto my HTC Inspire.

On my computer I use iTunes for podcasts. Obviously iTunes won’t sync with Android devices, so I had to figure out a work around. What you want to do is create a special playlist that holds all your podcasts. You can do this by :
File > New Smart Playlist.

For the rule, use “Media Kind” “is” “Podcast” and make sure live updating is enabled.

Now, all your podcasts should show up in your new playlists.

After this all you need to do is sync that playlist. Most Android music sync apps support playlist syncing. I use MusicwithMe and it works great for me. But you can use pretty much any syncing app as long at it is able to pull playlists from iTunes.


Download Some Bass For The Holidays

by djsharpe on November 24, 2011

Happy Bassgiving! I thought I’d post some links to download some BASS for the Holidays.



Enjoy, Let the Bass come out so clear…





Website Rework

by djsharpe on October 25, 2011

Today I found myself needing to extract all the page links from my works website to ensure that when I’m done reworking the site, all the old links were redirected to the new pages and there were no nasty 404’s.

So here’s my “Quick and dirty link extractor” I used in Cygwin to accomplish this:

MYSITE=’’;wget -nv -r –spider $MYSITE 2>&1 | egrep ‘ URL:’ | awk ‘{print $3}’ | sed s@URL:${MYSITE}@@g”

Of course subsitutute “” with the site URL you are extracting from and wait patiently. It will show output when the spidering is finished.

That’s it. Nice & easy, slow & low.


R.I.P Steve Jobs

by djsharpe on October 5, 2011

Steve Jobs… a true Visionary


I Guess U Know…

by djsharpe on October 2, 2011

New Mix Available!


In what is arguably the absolute coolest and most sought after accessory in the history of performing arts, the Daft Punk Helmet has been completely and functionally replicated. This version, created by Harris Krix of Volpin Props (and lives here in Atlanta, GA.), is based on the helmet Thomas Bangalter would wear. The project took four months to complete, but as you can see from the results, its entirely worth the effort.

*Note* Make sure to check out the Volpin Props blog for some really cool replica props!


Richie Hawtin presents Plastikman Live 1.5

by djsharpe on September 14, 2011

Richie Hawtin‘s alter-ego Plastikman will embark on a full live tour in late-2011 in a upgraded ’1.5 format’ – one of the only live shows around where all aspects of the performance – music, lighting, audio, visuals and real-time audience interaction via the SYNK App – are controlled by a single on-stage performer. Hawtin and his team have incorporated new Plastikman music, visuals and interactive technologies. Plastikman Live will be interactive for any fans with Hawtin’s free SYNK iPhone application, which feature live chat, a live behind-the-curtain camera feed and more interactive elements. “These dates will represent the last opportunities for fans to catch Plastikman Live in its current form,” says Hawtin, “the 1.5 version of the show we’ve spent nearly a year of fine-tuning. After that, Plastikman will be returning to the shadows to begin work on a brand new 2.0 concept.”

This is a Live Show I MUST see!


I’ll just start this off by saying, “be skeptical” as this is one of the more confusing situations we have encountered in quite some time.  As many of you know, the TouchPad and all WebOS products were given the axe last week by HP which lead to a firesale over the weekend.  If you were anywhere near Twitter on Friday and Saturday, then you likely saw the thousands of retweets and SlickDeals threads leading to $99 and $149 TouchPad deals – most of which were sold out in minutes.

The price drop also led to some developments on the Android front.  First, a team was formed with one goal:  bring Android to the TouchPad.  Following their announcement, a bounty of $1,500 was offered up to the first person that was able to actually make that team’s goal happen.  Fun, right?  Well, here is where it gets really tricky/confusing.

The picture above and video below appeared yesterday on Reddit, from a user who apparently walked into a Best Buy to pick up a TouchPad and walked out with a device already running Android 2.2.  Now, droves of people have already claimed it to be completely fabricated and we tend to agree that the entire thing is incredibly odd and filmed in a way that makes us want to pimpslap all parties involved.  With that said though, there are some things we should point out.

First, the name “topaz” made its way into the build number.  Topaz just so happens to be the codename for the device.  Second, at bootup, you will see the QuIC logo which means Qualcomm Innovation Center, the same company who tossed a processor into the TouchPad.  And what should that mean to you?  Well, that there is a chance this device was used as a dev tool at Qualcomm’s Innovation Center and then somehow, some way, snuck into a box and then into a store to be sold.  Sounds like a stretch, I know.

To add to the story, the Reddit user who submitted this has been very cooperative with devs who are looking to get a hold of this device ASAP.

PS. The guy in the pic makes the rumor that much more AWESOME!

via: Droid-Life , Reddit