Tired of waiting on AT&T? Upgrade your Dell Streak manually!

I love my Dell Streak but I thought when I bought it last year I was going to be able to upgrade to Android 2.2. It turned out it hadn’t been released for the Streak yet. It was released last year in November and started going out to unlocked phones (I paid full price but my phone was still locked to AT&T). Supposedly it started going out to AT&T phones on February 1st. I’ve been patiently waiting for months and my patience wore out after yet another delay and I decided to go ahead and upgrade it myself – I wish I would have done it a long time ago. It took me a little while so I thought I would include the links if anyone else is ready to take the plunge.

The instructions on this page are very good. I have a i7 processor with Windows 7 64-bit and gave up trying to get it to work so I had to use an XP box.
http://www.calazan.com/how-to-upgrade-your-att-locked-dell-streak-baseband-gausb1a111231-build-6601-to-android-2-2-froyo/

Afterwards I upgraded to the latest official release since the 2.2 included with QDLTool was a prerelease. The new link on the phone for upgrade didn’t work but the link supplied in the above instructions did work.

I had backed up my apps and data using TitaniumBackup which requires the phone to be rooted. That was a piece of cake on 1.6 as UniversalRoot did a great job. However, its a little more difficult on 2.2.

First of all, I used the instructions here to get my computer to talk to the phone (went back to the Windows 7 machine).
http://www.addictivetips.com/mobile/what-is-adb-and-how-to-install-it-android/

Then I found where other root programs had worked for people on 2.2 but I could not get them to work (Z4 or SuperOneClick) but I was able to root manually with the following instructions:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=844966
The instructions include copying busybox but it didn’t have a link that I saw. It can be downloaded here:
http://www.mediafire.com/?gyd9b6j556vhkv6

Overall it took me about an hour to upgrade the phone (most of which was the download) but took another three to root it (should be much faster with links provided) and another hour to restore and reconfigure.

I don’t care much for the new Dell Stage and ended up putting LauncherPro on which I like a lot.  Also, although I do like the swype keyboard I found a keyboard that works great with the 5″ Streak (also comes with 7″ and 10″ versions) called Thumb Keyboard (Phone/Tablet) by Beansoft.

SQL to TXT export batchfile

I needed to export a number of tables from a SQL server to text files today. BCP is great but doesn’t include header information which I needed. With some help from a couple of internet posts I wrote this batch file which worked great. It will take all the tables from a database (edit batch file to specify the database name) and export them to separate pipe delimited files. You can change the delimiter by replacing the two ^| with , if you want comma-delimited. It will also pause after creating the list of tables and open a notepad of all of the tables allowing you to remove any tables that don’t need to be exported (in my case they had a few tables containing binary attachments). Existing files are NOT overwritten allowing you to restart if needed.

Scotty got second place in category/division at HSA science fair!

Category: Life Science / Division: Elementary

My hypothesis is that if you put your cheese in an airtight bag and take all the air out, then no mold, or at least less than other means of wrapping, will form on your cheese because as mold is a living thing that needs air taking the air away should choke any mold that forms.

In conclusion, my hypothesis was supported, the only, in or out of refrigerator, wrapping to show no mold at all was the airtight bag, with the air taken out.

W00t. Nomad was pwned!

Golden-Voiced Homeless Man

Great story, especially for those recoverying from substance abuse.

http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/amplifier/51933/golden-voiced-homeless-man-captivates-internet/

Dad gets ticket for rushing to delivery room

The headline sounds innocent enough. A loving husband rushing his wife to the hospital so she can deliver their baby. They arrive with only 6 minutes to spare. News Video Link

But, he wasn’t just going 70 in a 55, or even 80 in a 55. HE WAS TICKETED FOR 102 MPH!!! The officer says the driver was putting other peoples lives at risk – uh, YA! I commend the office for escorting the dad-to-be to the hospital when the moron called 911 to tell them he wasn’t pulling over. HE WAS TALKING ON HIS CELL PHONE WHILE DRIVING 102!!!

I watched this video a short time after learning someone we know and her mother are in the hospital after being in a car accident. The driver was killed at the scene.

Hubby says he didn’t think it was a big deal. Dude, next time call for an ambulance and boil some water while you wait.

Have a Merry Runescape Christmas!

Have a Merry Christmas from all of us here in Runescape!

Just a Reminder…

Just reminding everyone (like I need to) Christmas is coming!!! So Merry Christmas!!!!!! 🙂

Trinity Trojans

Congratulations to the Euless Trinity Trojans for great season. I’m sorry they didn’t win the Championship but Matt and Ethan and Scotty and I enjoyed going to the game. I think Pearland’s trick play (youtube) was bad sportsmanship. Here’s a post I found on a website regarding another trick play:

Under the current interpretation by the NCAA rules committee, these types of actions, designed to make the defense think that a snap is not imminent or that there is some other kind of problem (ie Coach what’s the play, we have the wrong subs, I need the kicking shoe, or any variation thereto) are deemed to be unnecessary theatrics and are therefore unsportsmanlike conduct. NFHS rules agree.”

Right after the play I told Matt I wouldn’t want to be the team that won on that kind of play.

Also, here’s a great video about the diversity at Trinity: Video

Katy as Mary


Katy played Mary at the BCBC Christmas program today.