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.

Unlocking my phone. I guess people don't say 133t anymore.

My Android phone came with a tiny amount of memory and my phone company filled most of that with useless, undeletable apps.  I finally had it and unlocked my phone, installing a custom firmware.  It took me back to the days when I did it on my PSP.  It’s still the same environment…bad instructions in forums assuming you know way more arbitrary details than you actually do.  (What?  You weren’t born knowing what BackSideUpdater is?  It’s so obvious!)  All files are obtained via questionable links in forums.  The best instructions I found were on some kid’s youtube video.    Anyway, it’s done and I actually have some space to install some apps now.  We’ll see how this goes.

Another home maintenance adventure

The kitchen light went out so we got a different light to put in.  I’ve embellished these instructions so that you know what to expect if you are in the bottom 5th percentile of people attempting home repair. Place the base of the light fixture into the electrical junction box in the ceiling.  You do have a junction box up there, don’t you?  You don’t?  Well, go to the store and get a drywall saw and cut out a hole and put one up there.  You back?  Good.  Now screw in these two  screws and put the base of the fixture on to the screws and twist it into place.  I hope you don’t mind that there isn’t really enough room to check the alignment of the screws and keep your hand out of the way at the same time in that impossibly narrow, darkened space.  I’ll wait till you’re done with that………………………………………………………………3 hours?  Are you serious?  You bent the screws and messed up the threading?  Fiberglass in your eyes and lungs?  Shredded the aluminum heat shield and most of the fiberglass?  Excuse me while I take a moment to laugh heartily.

We actually began this project a couple of days ago hoping to just change the ballast on the old light.  It turned out to be a one-of-a-kind model, just like most of the home hardware I’ve ever tried to replace…not found on the web, etc.  Well, guess I learned how to cut a bit of drywall and remove fiberglass splinters.