zlib on redhat 6 for adt bundle

To fix the zlib.so.1 compile problem on a 64 bit redhat machine you will want to do the following

1) Download the latest zlib source
2) tar -xvf the downloaded file
3) run ./configure –libdir=/lib (this is where my 32-bit libs are for red hat enterprise 6)
4) edit the Makefile and add -m32 to the CFLAGS and SFLAGS lines
5) Run make to compile
6) make install

Linux Mint Wireless Dell Mini 10v

I recently installed Linux Mint version 12.10 on my dell mini. I had upgraded the stock hard drive to a ssd and decided to try something new. My hardware all worked fine with a fresh install with the exception of the wireless network adapter. On the Dell mini 10v you probably have (like me) a broadcomm wireless card. It’s very easy to fix and get it working here are the steps.

1) Find out if you have the same wireless card as me. Open a bash shell and run this command

lspci -vnn | grep 14e4

I get this: 09:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY [14e4:4315] (rev 01)

2) If you see something different, stop and keep looking elsewhere for a solution. Otherwise install the broadcomm driver with this command:

sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-lpphy-installer

3) Now reboot and you should have wireless working.

Android SDK Manager behind proxy

If you are having trouble downloading or installing additional SDK’s via the eclipse android sdk manager you might need to update the proxy settings. I tried exporting HTTP_PROXY variable in bash but that didn’t work. Here is what worked for me.

1) Start eclipse
2) In Eclipse open the “Window” menu and choose “Android SDK Manager” item
3) In the Android SDK Manager dialog, Open the Tools menu and choose Options.
4) Enter your proxy address and port. Don’t include the http:// in the proxy address just the server name (e.g. myproxy.mydomain.com).

Finally, From the Android SDK manager dialog refresh the available packages by opening the Packages Menu and choose Reload.


Message not downloaded T-mobile

I was getting sms messages that displayed on my Sony Xperia phone as “Message not downloaded” without any more information. I’m using T-mobile pay per month on a factory unlocked Xperia that is new. Turns out the issue is that some text messages that contain data (like a photo or video, or even an icon) are treated as MMS messages. You need to have data enabled and the correct APN (access provider network) settings configured. You’ll need to enable data network first on your Android and either use the settings in the phone for the APN or search for your providers settings on the internet. Problem solved.