repairing a cracked phone screen

I dropped my phone the other night.  There was a single rock on the porch and it hit that and cracked the screen.  I was figuring the entire phone was done for, but looked into it and it’s apparently a $5 pane of glass that usually breaks.  You buy the replacement on ebay and *voila, you’re good as gold.

* Voila may involve a panicky 3 hour experience where you place the glue strip backwards and have to redo it because the kit comes with no instructions and you have no idea what you’re doing.

cheap Android phones just aren’t worth it

We finally got too tired of the crashing, freezing, and unresponsiveness of our LG Optimus Elites.  These were our 2nd cheapo Android phones.  We first had LG Optimus Vs, which were just as bad.  We got Samsung Galaxy S3s now, which are night-and-day difference, even though they’re a couple of generations behind.  Smooth experience and lots of features added from Android 2 to Android 4.

Android 2.3 too many pattern attempts

I just wanted to put this out there in case anyone else has the same problem.  I had set up an Android 2.3 phone with 2-step verification (2-factor authentication).  Somehow, I pocket dialed and it went through my limit for unlock pattern attempts.  When I pulled the phone out of my pocket, it was prompting me to sign in.  No matter what password I used, it wouldn’t unlock.  I even tried the backup verification codes I’d printed out a while back.  I finally went to my Google account on the web and generated a new application-specific password for the phone and it let me in.  I revoked the old application-specific password.