I have to send it in to Samsung to be reflashed.
The Samsung reps were awesome, ATT not so much, which seems backwards because ATT didn't test their update on the Skyrocket.
So, 6 days with no mobile device.
If you see a white screen with SOFTWARE UPDATE then at the bottom Loading... you could have the problem.
Samsung did offer a wake-up method that didn't work, they are seeing this issue only on the Galaxy S2 Skyrocket.
Avoid this update if you own this phone!
UPDATE: I ended up going 8 days with out a phone. Samsung was going to send me a package to mail back the phone but it didn't arrive in the time they said so I called them. Turns out i wasn't even in the system so i did some more searching. Turns out AT&T has a Device Support Center in Waltham, MA. They immediately hooked my phone up to a device and was able to not only bring it back to the state it was left in 8 days prior but was also able to install the latest update. I walked out VERY happy. In the end the 8 days with out a phone was liberating. I actually kind of enjoyed it.
Max out your passcode attempts. You will then get a message saying all your local data will be erased. You are then prompted to login with your salesforce user name and password (the one you use with your browser). You can then pick a new passcode.
I only use the iPhone app to check events and look up numbers so any local data is of no use to me; hopefully you too.
If you're doing a dual boot and you want to change the default operating system that comes up, o' say, during a unplanned restart, you can do this with the Startup Manager, this will then make the change in *GRUB. Just do the following: (If you know of an easier way for amateurs please comment below details.)
Go to System / Administration / Synaptic Package Manager and search for StartUp Manager. Install it then go to it under System / StartUp-Manager and change the Default operating system as seen below. The change will occur the next time you boot.
* GNU GRUB (short for GNU GRand Unified Bootloader) is a boot loader package from the GNU Project. GRUB (shortened form of GNU GRUB) is the reference implementation of the Multiboot Specification, which enables a user to have multiple operating systems on his computer, and choose which one to run when the computer starts. GRUB can be used to select from different kernel images available on a particular operating system's partitions, as well as pass boot-time parameters to such kernels. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
This has been bugging me for weeks. The absolute random order in which Windows 7 puts your windows when you're doing heavy alt-tab work between applications. It seems like most of the time it's exactly opposite of what you want; "This was not my idea!", it places the last application you worked on at the end of the list, with 20 windows open, this is a problem.
It all seems contrary to the behavior I've been used to over the years, so thanks to Google there is way of getting that original behavior back, and no I'm in no mood to research and try to learn the new, better way Windows 7 or what ever version it was introduced in wants me to us, simply for the fact that I gave it a couple months and it only brought me frustration. Thank you Michael (below) for your eloquence in starting the issue and posing the solution!
I've been nagged by a similar problem since I first installed Vista RC, and was fortunate enough to finally stumble across a solution today. I'll summarize both below.
On Windows XP and it's predecessors (going back to 3.1, if memory serves) I use ALT+TAB to switch back-and-forth between two windows. For example, I often have two cmd.exe windows open - one for writing code (SQL, Python, batch file, etc.) and one for running the code. It's fast, easy, and by now reflexive, to quickly:
1. Edit code in one window
2. ALT+TAB to the second window
3. Run the new code, and watch it crash
4. ALT+TAB back to the first window and fix the problem
5. Repeat steps 1-4 all day long
I perform this simple workflow hundreds of times per day. I can work for tens-of-minutes at a time without ever taking my hands from the keyboard. I love my mouse, but when I'm coding or writing doc, its substantially more efficient for me to keep my hands on the keyboard and ALT+TAB between a few key windows.
Since moving to Windows Vista and Windows 7, the ALT+TAB behavior has been essentially useless for me, due to the seemingly random order in which windows appear. I've read the blog post that Shaon cited, and understand (though disagree with) why the ALT-TAB list works this way now. What I can't get over, however, is that I can't simply flip/flop between the two most recent windows, regardless of how the rest of the list is ordered.
So, for the past year or two (whenever it was that Vista RC was released), I've always had at least one XP machine available on my desktop. I've done all my coding and most of my documentation on an XP computer because ALT+TAB works predictably on that platform. Now, however, I'm getting ready to upgrade my last XP machine to Windows 7 and am dreading having to battle with Windows "helping" me by shuffling around the ALT+TAB list. Hence, my finally putting in the requisite time today to find a real solution.
Fortunately, the solution turns out to be easy. You can restore the XP-style ALT+TAB behavior - even while preserving the cool new Vista/7 Flip3D behavior - by adding the following registry value:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AltTabSettings = 1
This gives you predictable, reliable ALT+TAB switching like XP, albeit with the loss of the cool looking big ALT+TAB icons that Vista/7 offer. Personally, I can live without the eye candy in order to work more effectively.
I credit and thank the following post for turning me on to this solution:
I hope this helps someone else, too; it made my day.
A few upgrades to my home media ecosystem has had my head spinning of late. A faster internet connections coupled with updated hardware doesn't sound like much but along with what's already in place, its mind blowing.
Lets start with movies, currently anyone in the family can pick from a shit-ton of movies stored in various small DVD holders. Any one of them can be played on one of 5 computers in the house, in the family truckster and in any room that has a TV. But there's more, more then the physical DVD's. The family queue at Netflix either physical DVD's or instantly, once again, they can be played in many different places. Then there's the 3 big name movie channels we have free for 3 months for upgrading to HD cable. Each one of them has more sub channels then I had in total when I was 8.
All these ways of consuming movies was sending me into a tailspin just a few hours ago when I sat down to watch a movie, then decided to record it for later on the DVR, then reconsidered. It's sad to think I spent 6 hours one weekend trying to figure out how to convert dvd's to stream them to my computer/HDTV. Yes, there's got to be an easy way, but it take time and with all the options why not just go with the one that is the easiest to manage in the long run... steaming.
The bandwidth is there and the quality is getting better. Just look at Netflix for example. Soon, in addition to watching instant movies via the blu-ray player we'll also be able to on the Wii this Spring, and later this year, they'll start streaming movies at 1080p. So why not just stream it when you want to. No collections to manage, planned physical media obsolescence, the eventually go out of date, just take those dvd's for example, (KID, GET OFF MY LAWN). Yes that last comment made me look old but look how fast DVD's when out of date. They're not dead, but I've watched two so far and up-scaling SUCKS. TV shows on HD look better, even standard def looks better. So why keep investing in 'collections', the holders, the space, the trip to the store, etc.
The convergence is happening. The convergences of having all your entertainment points in the house connected by rj-45 cables. This is where the music portion of this post comes in. There is overlap from the move rant, where you have Netflix on demand you have streaming Pandora on the blu-ray and the Verizon FiOS has tones of music channels to choose from, they all do. An addition to all this is Media Manager from Verizon. Once installed on your main pc, allows you to stream all your music to your stereo. I've been for this for along time, along with setting my DVR via my phone; check (freaking love it). The Media Manager works like iTunes where it add all your music, and pictures, videos but is then accessible through your cable box using your TV as the display. What makes this worth listening is having optical audio cable from your cable box to your stereo. No more do you need a DAR, a digital audio receiver, or anything else. It even understands iTunes play lists.
The management, or tending to your media is still there. You have to update your queues, trim the fat on your DVD players and remember to back up your music... somewhere, but its not going to go to be unusable in the figure. Think about it, mp3's, they'll work for ever, not like physical media, and your streaming options, they just might need new firmware or hardware updates, no big, they take up a fixed space, not like all the cd/dvd holders laying around.
There is one catch to all this, what about roaming, or the physical media being the fabric that connects disparate hardware, because you can walk around with it? Your boat, boom-box, someone's car? This is where your smart phone comes into place. With it you can stream or store your other media or subscriptions. The bottle necks at play here are widening, streaming is getting faster and storage capacity bigger. Beyond this, your phone will turn into a more powerful remote for all your other virtual media collections, DVR, PC, NAS, etc, Love it!
Every once in a while there is that video you watch on YouTube that just blows you away. This is one of them. I was thinking it would make a great vlog. A vlog dedicated to profound, moving videos like this one. For now this category will serve. Enjoy.
My vote goes to the candidate who pledges to force auto makers to add a "I have my high beams on" blue light to the front of cars. So there is no uncertainty.
Since I was a kid I've always kept a short list in my head of celebrities I'd most like to see out in public. As I've gotten older those on the list have changed from Hollywood / movie types to sports figures, until a couple years ago I came up with the ultimate celebrity; the Bald Eagle.
Today, alone in a Kayak on the North East side of Alfred Lake in Hope, Maine my telephoto lens came within a hundred feet of a Bald Eagle in flight.
It was shortly out of sight but I was able to get off about 5 pictures. I was also able to watch it playing in the thermals from our dock about an hour later. Now I'm off to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bald_Eagle to see if i can find out more about its feeding times, etc to better time my trip(s) out tomorrow.
I'll have the pictures up next week. I have my laptop but no cord, sorry.
The list right now, in order, the Bald Eagle is still number one.
That's my quote of the day. I saw it on a church billboard in Seabrook, NH earlier today. Thought it was worth passing on. I've never heard the saying before so it stuck, apparetnly google hasn't either.
I should say new Family toy. This purchase is 3 years overdue. I promised myself long ago I would get a zoom the day the kids started sports; sorry Emma! We still have many great shots with our stock 17-55 lens.
This was an interesting purchase; at least the research phase. Neither Johanna and I are professional photographers; by any stretch of the imagination, but we love taking pictures and i know I'll be taking a ton from the sidelines. The interesting part was, the more reading I did the higher I found myself up the Cannon line; go figure. I settled on image stabilization being a must because I KNOW were not going to use a tripod. I also settled for 200 over 300 based on a great point made by a Amazon reviewer, essentially I'll be able to roam the field so full field length reach wasn't of the utmost.
Here are it's first shots, most are undoctored. I added a couple from far across the field so you can see it's reach. There was a certain novelty to taking closeups of a dandelion from a standing position.
The pictures were taken with a 20D, with no filter (have to get that).