I would like to share some screenshots from my smartphone, which i have used with Smart Launcher since i bought Nexus 4. In previous Android smartphones i used traditional launchers such as Trebuchet, Touchwiz, Sense, Nova, Go Launcher etc. Each of them has its own unique features, but all of them are traditional, home screens with horizontal slides, and menu with same slide. To be open i got bored with same effects and i hadn’t been able to optimize my home screen to satisfy me. I did experiments every day, reorganizing screens, folders etc. Then i heard about Launcher 7 and Launcher 8 which is copy of Windows Phone 7-8 Metro UI solution. And i used both of them. First days i liked them, but then i felt that it is too primitive solution for smartphone, and with using it you can not feel your device is smartphone. I realized that i need space in homescreen, space+icons. Metro could not give it. When i switched to Nexus 4, in play store i discovered smart launcher, and from that day i have been using it with great pleasure.(>3 monthes) It has nearly everything what i need. No horizontal slides in home screen and menu screen, smart categories to access apps easily, widgets screen. But it also had some limitations in some features. But coming updates solved it soon.
I am sharing some screenshots from my Nexus 4 with Smart Launcher Pro.
1. This is home screen. Only one screen, and flower circle for apps.
2. This is apps menu. With fully customizable smart categories
It is no secret that Google Chrome is the fastest browser. But it has one big problem: high RAM usage. Another browsers runs in OS as a single process. But Chrome is different. Each Chrome tab runs in OS as different process. So, sum of such process usages equals to high index.
For example, today i tested my Chrome RAM usage with 12-15 open tabs. Result was 1.5 GB. Considering that average users’ pc RAM < 4 GB, then 1.5 GB is extra high.
Tab which has some work in background, tab with flash, tab with huge html data etc use a lot of memory. Of course closing such tabs is straight solution. But closing is not effective way as we want to keep some tabs open. (I always keep open Evernote app, Gmail, Google+, Feedly app)
So we have to look for 3rd party solutions. I have tested 2 of them. 1st dissatisfied, 2nd satisfied.
1. First one – Tabmemfree
This extension can automatically suspend inactive tabs. We can set inactivity time, except pinned tabs. But we can not create white list, and this is main problem of this extension.
2. Second one – The Great Suspender
This extension has everything you need: Manual suspend, automatically suspend, setting inactivity time, creating white list. So i use this extension.
If you have further recommendations about this topic, please put comment below.
Today morning i saw an interesting solution for Android phones, which can turn your Android interface to Ubuntu Unity design.
Author is Armando Ferreira
So, easy steps:
1. Install and activate TSF launcher with Meego icon pack (not free)
2. Install Zooper widget
3. Install “Hide bottom bar” to get rid of soft keys.
You will get such interface
Today i have created new G+ community: WordPress-Wordpress Developers Community.
You know, year ago we also created same community in Linkedin, and now that group is the largest WP Developers group in Linkedin. So we have decided to create such one also in Google+. Google+ Communities are more open, more functional and easy to join&use.
You can join here: https://plus.google.com/communities/115971210454065924105
There are a lot of backup plugins for WordPress CMS. Some of them are able to backup database tables, some of them filesystem, some of them can do both, some of them can do backup to cloud system such as Dropbox.
Today i want to share 2 plugins with you which i use myself.
1. Backup Scheduler
My favourite plugin. Which has schedule and manual force backup features. In options tab we can choose what we want to backup. Database SQL, filesystem, just uploads, themes, plugins. If your backup can be huge and to generate huge files is very difficult for your server, then plugin can generate backup with part files. We can set maximum size of each part ourselves.
2. WordPress Backup to Dropbox
This easy plugin lets you to make backup direct to your Dropbox folder. The plugin uses Oauth, so it is secure. Noone can access your Dropbox login details. The plugin can backup both: DB tables SQL and Filesystem backups.