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August 2010 – Jason McReynolds

MonthAugust 2010

How to Root and Install Android 2.2 (Froyo) and Flash 10.1 on the HTC Droid Incredible

****** If you brick your phone it’s not my fault and I can’t help you!!!
…just needs to be said. 🙂 ******

Special thanks to all the people who’s sites I used to get this put together!

All I have to say is, “WOW! Android 2.2 (Froyo) with Flash 10.1 on the HTC Droid Incredible is now truly INCREDIBLE!” I could go on, but I’ll just let you get started and you’ll find out all the cool stuff about it soon enough!

Final setup consists of the following:

  • Sky Raider 2.5.2 with Flash 10.1 and HTC’s Sense UI
  • Titanium Backup with BusyBox

So August 18th came and went and I, just like thousands of others, was disappointed that there was no Android 2.2 (Froyo) love for the HTC Droid Incredible! I was holding out since I didn’t really want to root my phone if an official update was available (I had never rooted an Android phone before…but that wasn’t going to stop me ;)).  However, since HTC had recently released the source code for Froyo for the HTC EVO 4G and the Droid Incredible I figured that by now someone should have something cooked up from it for the Incredible. So, I started digging and I found everything I needed to get a pretty bug free version of Froyo with Flash 10.1 up and running on my Droid Incredible. Here’s a brief overview of what I needed to do in order to get it all setup (with links to where I got my info):

  • Update the radio baseband (info here and here)
  • Root my phone using unrevoked3 (info here)
  • Do a nandroid backup
  • Unlock NAND using unrevoked forever (info here and here)
  • Install backup software (Titanium Backup (please donate) and BusyBox)
  • Backup everything up
  • Wipe everything
  • Install Sky Raider 2.5.2 with Flash 10.1 and HTC’s Sense UI (info here)
  • Restore apps/settings and extra stuff

Even though I did do some research before starting this, I did run into a couple quirks that took me a little extra time to figure out. Or, maybe I was just a little too anxious to get this done so I could enjoy it. 🙂 Anyway, I’ve tried to put together instructions that are pretty easy to follow and all in one place. Hopefully you can get your phone rooted and running Andorid 2.2 (Froyo), with Flash 10.1 in no time. I would recommend reading through everything first though, just to make sure you understand what’s going on. After I put this together I ran through it, using my phone, a couple times and it worked without any problems. Hopefully it goes well for you too! Enjoy!

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Hacking the Arras Theme

First off, I have to say that I love the Arras Theme and think it’s the coolest one out there. The other day I was adding some content to my site and I hadn’t upgraded to WordPress 3.0 yet so I decided to do the upgrade. I usually like to upgrade all the plugins and themes that have upgrades available before I upgrade WordPress just to make sure things are compatible. However, after upgrading WordPress and the Arras Theme I found that things didn’t quite look the way they did before the upgrades. Some of my issues were because I didn’t bother to check theme settings or save theme files that I had modified before I updated the theme. In my defense, I must say it had been a long time since I had setup the theme and had pretty much forgotten what I had done to customize it (yeah, it’s a lame defense ;)).  Anyway, here’s a list of what was different after the upgrades:

  • PHP errors on page because it was using PHP4, not PHP5
  • Colors were different
  • Links for pages across the top (Home, Resume, etc.) were missing
  • Thumbnails were not displaying in the actual posts
  • No picture in the header

Some of these were pretty obvious, but I’ll go through each one so I can save myself time the next time I need to do this. 🙂

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My brother Dave is working on some cool stuff to help him and his clients manage the websites he designs. It’s called FUEL CMS. Here’s what he says about it:

“At it’s core, FUEL is a modular based, CodeIgniter development platform for creating web applications. You can create your models, views and controllers like normal and only use the CMS part when and if you need it. It’s a hybrid of a framework and a CMS.”

Check out my brother’s blog post about FUEL CMS to get a better idea about what he’s doing and why. Currently it’s in private development but you can visit the FUEL CMS site and sign up for notifications (he’s “looking into opening it up for developers to play with and contribute to”). Go to the CodeIgniter website for more info about it.

His website is the Daylight Studio and he’s located in Portland, OR.

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