December 07, 2010

Taking Screenshots on Android

If one needs to take screenshots on an Android device, to quote Mr. T: I pity the fool.

It can be done, though. As a reminder to myself of how to do this, as well as a way to entertain the interweb(s) there's this comparison of how it's accomplished on the iPhone vs. Android.


  1. Hold down the home button and then push the top button.
  2. The screen will flash and the resulting image will be placed on your camera roll.


  1. Turn on USB debugging (Settings-->Applications-->Development)
  2. Launch phone in bootloader mode (Power on holding track ball down)
  3. Plug in Nexus One via USB
  4. Download and install the Android SDK, it's available all over including from Google themselves (
  5. Run ./ from the terminal
  6. Download/Install ShootMe application from one of 30+ app Android marketplaces stores
  7. Unplug phone from computer
  8. Shake phone when on a screen of which you'd like a screenshot
  9. Turn of USB debugging (Settings-->Applications-->Development)
  10. Plug in Nexus One via USB, the device should now appear on your desktop as a mounted USB drive
  11. Inside is a ShootMe folder, your screenshots are in there
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May 07, 2009

RIP Ariped January 08, 2009??

The subject of this post was sent to me as a direct message from the Crazy Mutha Bugga, SeanG, as a shorthand way to ask if I was letting my blog languish. The truth is I don't have the time to spend writing regularly. And the extra I do have I tend to spend in community development or music creation activities. I do plan on putting slides from a recent presentation I gave up here though (the Creating Infectious Action mini-conference at Stanford last week). In the meantime, you can find me on Twitter as Facebook where I tend to be (slightly) more prolific.

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January 08, 2009

The Current Middle East Crisis

I have little to add to the many sources of opinion and reporting on the current round of violence in the Middle East. This particular piece, however, did what I think is a particular good job of summing it up:

“The motives of vengeance, which drive us to kill those who have killed people we love, are completely irrational, even if we try to wrap them in rational packaging. We exact vengeance because we hate and are hurting, not because we excel in mathematics and logic. Early in the aerial bombing of Gaza, five young girls from the same family were killed, and many more children have died on both sides of the border in recent years. The attempt to introduce their bodies into an equation that would make their deaths justifiable or comprehensible might be necessary to influence current events, but it is still enraging.”

The word vengeance stuck out to me. I can't do much about the direct situation of friends on both sides of the Gaza strip from afar. I can, though, affect the way I interact with my neighbor, my co-worker, my family can't I? These thoughts are, as most already know about me, inspired by my Baha'i Faith which states:

“Compare the nations of the world to the members of a family. A family is a nation in miniature. Simply enlarge the circle of the household, and you have the nation. Enlarge the circle of nations and you have all humanity. The conditions surrounding the family surround the nation. The happenings in the family are the happenings in the life of the nation. Would it add to the progress and advancement of a family if dissensions should arise among its members, all fighting, pillaging each other, jealous and revengeful of injury, seeking selfish advantage? Nay, this would be the cause of the effacement of progress and advancement. So it is in the great family of nations, for nations are but an aggregate of families.”

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An exchange of fire is seen between the area of the Erez Crossing and Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip
early January 4, 2009. (REUTERS/Amir Cohen (ISRAEL)). More, some disturbing,

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December 11, 2008

Science and Morality

“The richer we have become materially, the poorer we become morally and spiritually,” he said. “We have learned to fly in the air like birds and swim in the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers.” --Martin Luther King, Oslo 1964 accepting the Nobel Peace Prize.

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December 08, 2008

Screen Time


In a weekend Sprout discussion with friends, Ariane brought up a tidbit she'd heard on the radio that had caught her by surprise: Americans spend an average of 40-hours per week in front of the TV screen. Surely she had mis-heard this number, right? I mean that's like having a full-time job watching TV. Ariane started to back-peddle...maybe she did mis-hear? Maybe it was 40-hours a month?

I thought I'd look into it a little bit more especially it's relevant to my job (at Apple and at home as a parent of two). Well, according to this article we spent 30+ hours in front of the screen last year and that doesn't include video games (in which we Americans average (average!) 85 hours a year...and this number is accelerating. It also doesn't include time spent online (you're soaking in it).

Let me publicly say it then, Ariane I was wrong and I'm sorry for having doubted you. Let me also say that this sort of freaks me out. Carry on.

Oh, BTW, check out Emiliana Torrini's album Me And Armini if you dig on Thievery Corporation (she sang with them) or Feist (same breathy vocal-feel).

Written while groovin' to Bleeder from the album “Me And Armini” by Emiliana Torrini

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November 20, 2008

My Adidas Remix

Half Black Star...half RUN DMC...half caff with a twist...
My Adidas Remix by Trukadero
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November 07, 2008

Beat Generation:First Studio Product

I've been working on a new song in the home studio for a few weeks the creases, here and there. Feeling inspired by the cohesion the recent election results seem to portend I decided to put it up in its current form for peer review. Please be gentle.

Beat Generation by Trukadero
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Public Enemy always has bodyguards on stage with them, they're the S1W. They're the dudes who stand in the back, arms folded, scanning the audience for trouble. This passivity is punctuated with the occasional spirit of '68 olympics fists in the air. I couldn't help but notice that Biden looks like Obama's S1W in this pic taken today in Chicago with their economic advisors.

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“Uh, your bad self
Help me break this down from off the shelf
Here's a music servin' you so use it
Papa's got a brand new funk
Get down (party for your right)
Huh, let's get it on
Like we said before
They say the brothers causin' trouble
Hate to bust their bubble
'Cause we rumble
From our lower level
To condition your condition
(We're gonna do a song)
That you never heard before
Make you all jump along to the education
Brothers gonna work it out
And stop chasin'
Brothers, brothers gonna work it out”

From “Brothers Gonna Work It Out”

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November 04, 2008

Pete Seeger:Authentic and Refreshing

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Pete Seeger (PS): I confess I've never heard of Pitchfork. Is it sold in music stores?
Pitchfork: No, it's on the internet.
PS: An internet magazine! So you don't have to cut down trees. I'll be damned. I'm living in the past. I tried to learn how to use a computer a year ago, but I gave up on it.
Read the rest of the interview.

Written while groovin' to Madlib's WLIB AM from the album “Stones Throw Podcast” by Stones Throw

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October 27, 2008

“The Downside of the Interruption” or “Focus!”

“As our minds fill with noise — feckless synaptic events signifying nothing — the brain gradually loses its capacity to attend fully and gradually to anything.” Desperately trying to keep up with a multitude of jobs, we “feel a constant low level of panic and guilt.”

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October 09, 2008

Zip Code™

The USPS trademarked Zip Code™ but it's since expired ( Nobody told though, they still have a “™” symbol in the recipient address field. Goofy. And makes the USPS look out of touch. That is all.

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September 24, 2008

Warren Buffet Tries To Save The Day

It's 80 degrees in Palo Alto today...oh, and the US financial markets are crumbling...

Warren Buffet in last year's letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders:

“As house prices fall, a huge amount of financial folly is being exposed,” he wrote. “You only learn who has been swimming naked when the tide goes out -- and what we are witnessing at some of our largest financial institutions is an ugly sight.”

Yesterday Goldman Sachs announced he was investing $5B (that's a 'b') in the beaten down financial services firm. His timing has been really good in the he a canary in a coal-mine indicating that the worst is over? Or is he an altruist trying to single-handedly stave off further declines in the broader US financial markets? We'll know in five years or so.

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September 17, 2008

Michael Franti in the Office Today

Michael Franti, who I've known for years now, is gonna be in the office today...and from the looks of the sound gear set up, he's gonna perform too. Did I mention I like my new job?

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September 11, 2008

Borat Wins Legal Ruling

Borat has won a legal ruling. I'm happy to report that this is actually work-related now...

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September 05, 2008

Video of Texas Trip

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August 01, 2008

A Campaign of Persecution A Campaign of Persecution Against a Faith of Tolerance

A good article about the situation of the Baha'is in Iran:

“It is difficult to imagine a purer strain of religious intolerance than the fanaticism that pervades Iran's leadership class. It is just as difficult to conjure a purer essence of tolerance than that which distinguishes the Bahais, who recognize Abraham, Krishna, Moses, Zoroaster, Buddha, Jesus and Muhammad as divine messengers; who preach pluralism, equality between the sexes, universal education and the harmonization of secular and religious knowledge; and who stress the oneness of humanity, to the point of explicitly encouraging interracial marriage.”
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July 30, 2008

Joe Cocker Lyrics

Joe's Cocker's voice is impressive. His enunciation not so much. (props Huntsman)

Written while groovin' to 2 Brothers From The Gutter (feat. Diamond D) from the album “Perseverance” by Percee P

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Grado SR-60

My Grado SR-60 headphones (hereto for “cans”) have been faithful companions for the past nine years. They sound pristine for under $70 but, and perhaps more importantly, they have a very sophisticated bio-feedback mechanism that alerts me to get up from my desk at least every hour and stretch my legs. You see, because of their old-skool design the cans make my ear cartilage ache something awful at just about the hour mark. Kudos Grado. Ku. Dos. hese really are the best cans....for me to poop on! No, seriously, they are terrific and I highly recommend them though they aren't the most comfortable pair you can find.

Written while groovin' to Theme From Paris from the album “Welcome” by James Pants

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July 24, 2008

Ballmer on Apple

Ballmer : “In the competition between PCs and Macs, we outsell Apple 30-to-1. But there is no doubt that Apple is thriving. Why? Because they are good at providing an experience that is narrow but complete, while our commitment to choice often comes with some compromises to the end-to-end experience.”

Written while groovin' to KCRW Music

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July 16, 2008

¡unɟ ƃuıddılɟ

lɯʇɥ˙dılɟ/ɯoɔ˙pɐɟʌǝɹ˙ʍʍʍ//:dʇʇɥ ˙ɹǝʇʇıʍʇ ɐıʌ ɹǝʇuıod ǝɥʇ ɹoɟ qoɹ oʇ sʞuɐɥʇ lɐıɔǝds ˙ʇɐǝɹƃ sı sʇuoɟ ƃuıddılɟ

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July 14, 2008

Write Rhymes

A cure for writer's block? Write rhymes.

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July 11, 2008

Wireless Music Bliss

Happiness is: My entire music library streaming from my laptop to multiple Airport Expressi especially when they're connected to the Audio Engines A5B powered speakers. Oh, and all controlled via iPhone thanks to for the iPhone/iPod Touch.

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July 10, 2008

Fake Speed Bumps

As a parent who lived on a street that some used to drag race down I can appreciate the positive effect fake speed bumps are having in some metro areas. Do they, though, like bacteria-resistant strains encourage a kind adaptation we'd rather not see? Discuss.

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California is Burning INdeed

No need to look further than this map to see why.

Written while groovin' to Replica from the album “Modern Guilt” by Beck

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July 02, 2008

Radiohead's In Rainbows Streaming for Free

If you haven't heard Radiohead's newest album, In Rainbows, you have no excuse now. It's streaming for free @ It really is quite a remarkable album.

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