Aspire by InfoCreek

aspirebyinfocreek

I’ve always loved this theme by InfoCreek. I’ve been using this theme for my blogger blog and my roleplay blog for years. Back then, it could be found all over the net. But when blogger updated, the theme broke and the creator of the theme went missing. I’ve been finding a replacement XML code for the same theme, but I couldn’t find one that’s actually working. The only one I found was the original theme being redistributed by BTemplates.com. So I decided to use that theme and fixed the parts that were broken and uploaded the missing images to my Picasa albums. Just in case anyone out there would be interested, I share the theme I re-coded for download here.

Download Aspire theme:

  • using default Blogger comments
  • using Disqus (you would need to change something here before uploading the template – see below)

Using Disqus

Unzip and open the XML template in an editor like notepad and look for this line:

[sourcecode language=”javascript”]
var disqus_shortname = ‘EXAMPLE'; // required: replace example with your forum shortname
[/sourcecode]

Just replace “EXAMPLE” to the Disqus shortname you created, save it and that’s it!

Change Logs

2013.09.27

  • Added “Read more…”
  • Added quick edit buttons below each posts.

2013.10.22

  • Added Blogger pages to right sidebar.

Period and Health Calendars

I’ve been trying different period and health calendars for months to find the perfect one that would suit my taste. And finally, after several apps, I found the Period Calendar / Tracker app.

Here’s how it looks like:

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Every other period and health calendars, has the same basic functions. There’s a calendar (duh) where you can mark the start and end dates of your period. You can also add notes to it and other marks like if you’re taking pills, symptoms you feel, mood, weight, etc. It also has charts and graphs. Most people probably just use it as a health calendar more than a period tracker. Most of them have backup features too, where you can backup your calendars just in case. Usually, they’re local, cloud storage or email.

The thing I love most about Period Calendar / Tracker is it’s design. It is straight-forward, simple, clean-looking and that it has cute icons. You can also mark it when you’re pregnant, but I haven’t tried that one. Also, recently, aside from the usual backup options, they added a new Dropbox backup feature. You can upload your calendar backups to Dropbox in a single click, which is a super plus for me because I’m an unconditional lover of Dropbox.

Other calendars I’ve tried are:

WomanLog Calendar – I’ve been using this for months before I found Period Calendar / Tracker. Feature-wise, it’s one of the best period and health calendar apps. However, personally, I just find the design too busy. There’s also added features for the pro version, on which, I haven’t tried. They also have one for pregnancy, both free and pro versions.

LoveCycles Menstrual Calendar – This one is really cute. I love the theme. It’s so simple that I fell in love with it and uses it for a while. The design is really easy on the eyes and the icons are cute too. It doesn’t have graphs, however. The thing that made me changed my mind about it is that it doesn’t work well with a tablet.

Menstrual Cycle – Woman Log  and My Cycles Period and Ovulation are just the same with the WomanLog Calendar.

You can try them out and see which ones best suit your taste. They’re all basically the same, with a few added features here and there. But for me, it all came down with the simplicity and the design of the calendar.

NERV Theme for Android

Since I had my first android phone, I’ve been wanting a NERV theme that actually looks decent. And I just spent an entire day tinkering my newly installed NERV theme! Huzzah!

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For those who doesn’t know, NERV is a fictional organization run by UN in the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion where everything sets. I love this anime and has been a fan to the point that I might even join it if it were to become a religion.

You have no idea how ecstatic I was when I learned of this NERV theme via my Android Pinas co-authors and friends Mark and Jepoy. It was a dream come true. I installed it right after my older brother Cyanogenized Tabby, his Samsung P-1000 tablet that I was borrowing as a temporary phone since I lost my beloved Amadeo many months have passed.

This NERV theme is a fan-made replica of the theme used in the SH-06D limited edition NERV phone by docomo. It looks almost like the real thing. You can get the same NERV theme via theNBT‘s deviantART post here or via his XDA Developers forum post here. I suggest the later because it includes a more detailed instruction and a video in case you got confused, somewhere.

There are 2 versions of this theme. The original one that uses Nova launcher, UCCW, together with several other apps, and the UCCW theme only. The original one is more interactive, but the later one is lighter. If I have to suggest one, go for the original one because the UCCW theme one is more or less just static.

This theme is actually composed of several widgets on a single page, and sometimes, on top of each other so it actually loads a bit slow when your mobile unit is a little on the low-end side. The nice thing about it is that you can see everything important you wanted to see in one page such as battery level, CPU meters,  date today, weather, etc. The key thing about it is that you have to use a 4×6 desktop grid to make everything fit nicely on your phone. Sometimes, something doesn’t really fit well and you have to re-size it manually via the UCCW app. There are some parts of it that you can customize too like that area where it says “User Phone No” where you can actually change in your real phone number, but since I’m not fond of displaying my phone number, I opted to use the default. Under the “Unique No” box, however, I did change mine to say “N3RV-TKY3-3Ur1-325.” The battery, weather, etc. parts all work. The only thing that didn’t work for me was the Music Player. For some reason, it doesn’t seem to be compatible with my music player. I tried installing other players that the particular app said it supported but to no avail. And after a few hours, I gave up on it and decided to just remove it.

Overall, it’s the best theme I’ve ever had! :D

Importing Google Contacts to Nokia Mobile Phone

A few days ago, Amadeo, my Galaxy W Android phone got stolen on my way home from work. My brother let me borrow his old Nokia C2-06 phone that he doesn’t use anymore that got from his Globe mobile plan, before.

The entire day, I was pondering on how to import my Google Contacts to the Nokia mobile phone I borrowed from my brother using Nokia Ovi Suite. I couldn’t figure out why whenever I import the .vcf file I exported at my Google account, it only imports the first contact from my list. I’ve tried different methods and finally, found out why it does that and also the solution for it.

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My First Batch of Android Apps

A few days back, I blogged about my new Samsung Galaxy W and what I like and do not like about it. This time, I’ll be sharing the first batch of Andoid apps I installed and recommend.

Useful Apps:

  • GO Launcher EX – It’s a launcher to change themes and such, I’m very particular about themes.
  • GO SMS Pro – It’s an app my friends suggested and use. It makes sending SMS more interesting. You can change themes too, and it also has a chat (requires internet access) but it slows down your phone, doesn’t connect right most of the time, and sometimes hangs up your phone.
  • App 2 SD – It helps you to move your apps to SD cards easier so your mobile doesn’t run out of space.
  • QR Droid – It lets you scan QR codes. I have a habit of scanning random QR codes when I see them. Sometimes, I find interesting stuff when I do.
  • TweetDeck – Though there are tons of Twitter apps out there, I opt to go with the official one, with more functions than the default app.
  • Facebook for Android – Also the official one.
  • Tiny Flashlight + LED – It’ll come in handy, promise.
  • Viber – This is one of my favorites. This app is for exchanging stupid text messages with friends the VOIP way! This is way better than the always fucking up Skype app. I can chat with my friends from other countries using this, as long as I know their mobile numbers. The only thing I do not like about it is that you can’t log off it for whatever reason. If you choose not to receive message from it, the only option you got is to ‘Deactivate’ your account. Also, you can’t send text messages to people who’s not added on your phonebook, but you can call them.
  • Dropbox – Yes, it has an app and you better check it out. Although, when you install this app and logged in to your account, it will sync everything. My solution was to create a new Dropbox account and sync a particular folder it to my other Dropbox account.
  • Green Power – It manages my WiFi to only connect at certain periods to sync emails and stuff and disconnect after. It also checks if the WiFi it’s trying to connect to has good signal. If it’s lower that the threshold you set, it disconnects. This way, you can save more battery.
  • Camera 360 Ultimate – By far, the coolest free camera app I’ve encountered. It has lots of features like Retro, LOMO, Light Color B&W, etc. My favorite was the sketch. You can turn your image into a sketch!
  • Camera ZOOM FX – It’s the “best camera app for Android” according to a lot of sites. It has more features and options than Camera 360 Ultimate, though you need to download the other packs. It’s great, but you have to pay for it. Although, it’s really a money well spent kind of app.
  • SoundHound – It’s a really cool app that scans a song that you hear, say, along the way to work, and tells you the title and the artist with the lyrics of the song.
Not So Useful Apps:
  • Google Sky Map – It’s a useless app, but I like it anyway. It shows you the stars, planets, etc. above you and stuff.
  • Galaxy Tarot – The thing I like about this app is that you can pick your cards yourself and that the card is the classic set. It reads and translate your spread using tarotpedia. Though, I suggest you to just get this one instead of the other Galaxy Tarot Pro which is a paid one. The only difference it has with the paid one is that you can freely change the background image to whatever image you like including live wallpapers, which doesn’t really have anything to do with the reading itself, and that the free one has ads.
  • PocketDex Free – For some reason, this disappeared from the Market. But it’s a complete PokeDex listing all the Pokemons, their complete stats including info like STR, DEF etc. and all the possible skills it can acquire.
  • Androidify – It’s an app made by Google to make your own Android avatar.
Games:
  • TamaDroid – It’s a tamagochi app. And not just any tamagochi app, the classic, pixelated one too!
  • Field Runners HD – It’s a game where you have to make different strategies to prevent soldiers, tanks, helicopters from going in your base.
  • Monopoly – It’s the classic game of Monopoly. This is my favorite childhood board game. You have to know this game, you have to! If you don’t know this game, you’re missing half your life. Like seriously.
  • Uno – The same as above, it’s the classic Uno game that you can bring wherever you go. Also one of my favorite games as a kid.
  • Pacman – Of course, the classic game of Pacman. Maneuvering this apps controls is hard as shit, so I do not really play it. Except, perhaps those few days that I actually tried it and spend half a day figuring out how to best use it. Nonetheless, I need it in my apps drawer just for the vanity of having it.
  • Pooyan – And my old time favorite FamiCom game, Pooyan. I actually play this every so often. There’s also the Charlie Circus, but it’s hard to catch the timing of Charlie’s jumps. So I gave up on it after a while.