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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Movie Review: Spider-man: Homecoming

Spider-man: Homecoming is the latest reboot of Spider-man. I expected it to be great but the feedback from my family were as follows:

My son: “The story is too cliche”.
My daughter: “It was Meh!”
My wife: “The story does not get me emotionally involved!”

What I liked
The introduction to Toomes was good, providing with his motivation; change to survive. However, I felt a bit irritated with the time spent on Peter making his video. I realize it is meant to show us his enthusiasm and excitement but I felt it a bit out of place.

His interaction with Karen (his suit) was hilarious. The potential for the suit is incredible; maybe even more capable than Ironman suit (even though they were both invented by Tony Stark).

Using Captain America videos to teach children good values was great.

The movie ties very nicely to other MCU movies explaining what happens alien technologies leftover after the Avenger battles. Which makes me wonder, does the same happen for the battle occurs in foreign countries

My complaints
In this movie, the portrayal of Peter Parker being under pressure seems wrong, in the comics, it is usually due to his sense of responsibility but in this movie he is more like an adrenaline junkie, constantly looking for action. The best selling point for Spider-man is his humor during fight, I did not see much of that in the movie.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Android for Work

I recently tried Android for Work (also known as Work Profile). It is similar to the multiple user I wrote about previously except that the apps reside within the primary user account. This approach as a few advantage over the multiple user account, they are:
  1. Alarm from the work profile will appear on the screen. In multiple user mode, only alerts of the active (selected) profile are visible.
  2. The problem of turning on the Do Not Disturb and switching profile will not happen.
  3. This option is available in more brands of Android phones.
  4. Will not encounter issues of non responsive screen (i.e. keyboard for entering password does not appear) is drastically reduced ~ not too sure whether this is an issue with my phone or the general problem with using multiple user.
  5. The Device policy is applied only within the work profile.

The disadvantage of using the work profile is that applications that can be added to the work profile are restricted by the Company administrator.

In order to use the work profile, the following prerequisites need to met:

  1. The organization need to sign up for Android in the enterprise.
  2. This feature is only available for devices with Android 5.0 (Lollipop) and above.
  3. The phone has to be encrypted.

The option to enable encryption was available only when I plugged in the OnePlus One phone with its own charger (probably due to it Dash charge compatibility detection). In the beginning it provided an estimate of one hour to complete but took only six minutes. After encryption, it will prompt for password before it starts the phone (when I reboot or power down and start up). The option to encrypt is found in the Security option within the phone setting.

Security Settings
Once the work profile is created a folder is created for all the applications within the profile. This includes Google Play which provides applications approved by the administrator of your organization. Storage, Settings, and accounts are displayed separately.

Work profile folder
Prompt to choose profile within settings
Accounts within the Work profile is separated
Storage usage is shown separately
By default, automatic synchronization is enabled. I prefer to disable the automatic synchronization to reduce draining the battery on the phone. The option to turn off the work profile is available for Android 7 (Nougat) but was unable to try it since I am on Android 6 (Marshmallow).

Note that the references and names for Android for Work are changing.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Screen Overlay Detected Error

I thought my phone was broken. I could not grant or revoke permissions on any of the apps on my phone unless I restart the phone in safe mode. I could not perform zoom or even change anything in my camera, I could only take normal shots. It was so frustrating that I considered buying a new phone.

However, I decided to perform some research as a final attempt. Each time, I tried to make any changes I am faced with the following screen.


Turns out the offending application was es explorer. I do not remember which site provided me this information but the solution was found in one of the comments to the article. At first, I uninstalled es explorer and everything works again. However, I was not satisfied, I decided to reinstall the app and tried the suggestion in another comment to just disable es swipe. The suggestion was effective, so I can continue to use es browser.  To disable, the swipe feature, go to the settings and then click the on button and select disable:

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Es swipe allows the following shortcut to appear when we swipe a certain way on the screen:

es swip.JPG

Nice feature but totally unnecessary since majority of the settings are already available in most of the phones when we swipe down from the top of the screen.

I still like es explorer, it allows me to select songs to use as my ringtone, alarms and alerts on my OnePlus One. It also provides some nice features like cleaning up remnant folders for apps uninstalled from the phone.

I am glad to finally remove the irritation from my phone. Apparently other may also cause this problem:

  • Clean Master
  • DU Speed Booster
  • Xender
  • UC Browser
  • 360 Security

The following are some pages I found useful during my troubleshooting: