Monday, August 27, 2012

HTC One X Print Screen

How To: Print Screen on an HTC One X

From an unlocked screen,
Press and hold the Power Button
Tap Home

You will hear a camera sound.
Picture is visible in the Photo Gallery and is easily sent as an attachment.

If the phone is plugged into a PC, Windows Explorer will show the .PNG inside of the standard picture DCIM folder.

The picture will be relatively large; 1280 x 720 pixels

HTC One X Disable Spell Check

How To: HTC One X (HOX) disable spell check / word predition

Tired of your phone always correcting your spelling and giving unintended word choices on text messages?  Follow these steps to disable the feature on an HTC One X running ICS and HTC Sense 4.0:


For unknown reasons, probably a bug, the "Trace Keyboard" must be disabled before you can make spell-check changes.  You can return the keyboard option when done.

In "Settings"
Language & Keyboard
HTC Sense Input
* Set "Trace Keyboard" = Off 
(Note: If Trace Keyboard is enabled, Spell Correction options are grey)

In Language & Keyboard
HTC Sense Input
Advanced Settings (near bottom of list)
* in (Prediction Preferences) Uncheck "Spell Correction"

In the same section (HTC Sense Input/Advanced Settings),
recommend leaving "Word Prediction" checked
(it will still show correct spelling of words, but it will default to the word, as typed by you, rather than switching to the word it thinks you meant to type)

in section (Phone & Compact)
*  Uncheck "Spell Correction"
* Uncheck "Word Completion"

Press Back-Arrow to return to previous menu.
Optionally, return "Trace Keyboard" to On.

Final results:

Keyliner Favorite Android Apps
HTC One X Review

Sunday, August 12, 2012

UPS Making a Clicking Sound

How to: UPS appears to be malfunctioning - constantly turning on and off; clicking.

Two years ago, in this Keyliner article, UPS Battery Replacement, I replaced the lead-acid battery in my APC cs350 battery backup, fixing a problem where the laser printer fired-up, causing my workstation to reboot.

This week, a new problem arose when I could hear the UPS clicking on and off, every minute or so.  The UPS thought there was a brown-out and was back-filling power to computer.

Blame the Battery First*:

Naturally, my first inclination is to blame the UPS -- knowing a 2-year-old battery had likely failed.  I was annoyed at the prospect and promptly spent $40 on a replacement.   

The new battery was installed and to my surprise, and later, chagrin, the problem remained.  Then, out of the corner of my eye, I saw the laser printer had a red-flashing error. 

Rebooting the printer fixed both the printer's problem and the UPS.  For what-ever reason, the printer was in a bad mood and while quietly sitting in the corner, it was busy heating its fuser roller for a few days, drawing a ton of power.

*I wasted money on the new battery.

Lesson learned:
When a UPS is unexpectedly tripping, the problem is almost always upstream.  It could be a power-company brownout, but this is unlikely, especially if you see the problem for several days.

When UPS's misbehave, turn off other devices on the same (household) circuit before jumping to wrong conclusions.  Turn on each device to confirm.

Consider your furnace or air conditioner, but if you have a laser printer, it should be your first suspect.  Laser printers are hogs and even though not plugged into the UPS, it draws enough power to affect the entire circuit.

Trip Tripping, cycling power-on, power-off

Related article:
UPS Battery Replacement