How to force-update an Android phone — A guide with all the info that you actually need

The guide is now considered to be fully-functional and ready for use by anyone! Do not be afraid of looking up other guides if you ever feel that this guide lacks any details, however. 🙂 The risk of bricking is somewhat low: Even if you do end up with no Android version on your phone, you can still use the recovery environment(s) and the phone’s bootloader to remedy the issue in some or another way. If you do somehow brick it, however, I am not responsible for anything bad that do/has/will occur (nor for any of the faults that the phone manufacturers have committed).

There are twenty fantasillion guides out there on how to install custom updates on your Android phone. You’ve heard talk everywhere about them. Cyanogenmod, Ubuntu Touch, LineageOS, SailfishOS, or just a promise to install a new Android version that your phone manufacturer (or in rare cases your cellular service) couldn’t be arsed to send out to you. And then you look up guides on how to do it, and you quickly realize that the guides omit vital details, fail to cover entire chunks of the process, and are written by such stuck-up nerds that they assume that you already know all this stuff.

Therefore I will write a summary on how to do it, the right way. This has been tested with LineageOS 14.1 (a vendor-edited version of Android 7.1) on my own Lenovo Vibe K5 (A6020a40 system structure), on the 4th of June 2017, as well as Cyanogenmod 11 on an HTC Wildfire S. I see no reason why this wouldn’t work with other phones too, although some differences may occur for users of Samsung phones and other smug brands, as they’re notorious for changing vital Android system functions to their own liking. Let’s delve into this, shall we?

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How to force-update an Android phone — A guide with all the info that you actually need

How to make your Windows PC fast as fuсk

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Last updated 11th of November 2016, including reducing the massively oversized quotation boxes on widescreens.

You may have noticed that your Windows PC is taking its sweet time to do things. Perhaps it takes a second to detect new screens, it may delay its booting, or it takes a split-second for windows and menus to fade in. Most of this is done for stylistic reasons, as almost everyone’s Windows PCs will stop up for a moment to show you its elegance. This is even the case for PCs with state-of-the-art components and hard disks.

But there are many ways to make it less sassy and flirting, and instead make it go straight to work at speeds that even Sonic the Hedgehog would be made speechless by.

The guide covers:
#1 Buy an SSD disk, but in the right way
#2 (If you have an SSD) Double-check if you could need a byte start adjustment
#3 Turn off fading animations in Windows
#4 See if your BIOS settings are correct
#5 Changing speed settings in the Windows Registry
#6 Ensure 1Gb/s speeds throughout your house’s networking chain
#7 Use 64-bit programs
#8 Buy a faster monitor. Or, alternately…
#9 (Windows 10 only) Use a PIN code for your Microsoft account
#10 Turn off startup programs that you don’t immediately need after starting up
#11 Don’t have a DVD in your disc reader while booting
#12 Don’t let your mechanical harddisks constantly go to sleep
#X1 A summary of things you shouldn’t do to increase speed

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How to make your Windows PC fast as fuсk

Dandelion Sprout Windows Software Curatory

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Screencap from VLC’s website. Clicking on it won’t do anything.

Windows is the system where everything happens. But there is one thing that Linux has, that Windows can almost only dream about: Repositories.

An integral software storage that automatically updates the programs whenever they get any. Of course, that too is a concept that has its flaws in its current implementation, such as the repository packages being outdated, or the inability to update them manually.

But still, I’ve been thinking, “Why not give Windows a repository too? A list of up-to-date packages as selected by a curator?” And now I’ve realized that it’s time to do just that.

Moreover, there is an increasingly bigger problem for our planet, that a lot of installers and installer websites try to push you into also installing garbage programs. Many of those filler programs are so bad that your PC could end up needing a Windows re-install. I have alleviated this issue in this guide, by only using one of two options when linking to programs.
1) Links to Ninite program installers. Ninite takes extreme pride in not offering its users any advertising, garbage offers, or even any of those blasted mailing list nags.
2) Direct hotlinks, to the program producers’ actual hosting sites, that will in 9 in 10 instances start the download automatically within 5 seconds of pressing on the link.

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Dandelion Sprout Windows Software Curatory

Dandy classic: How to add old TrackMania themes to the newer games

So you liked the music tracks in TrackMania Original, and/or the vocal music in TrackMania Sunrise. Perhaps you got used to TrackMania United’s music after a while, but want to relive those glorious©©™© early 2000′s days? Then this will be your ticket to the heavens.

This method requires at a minimum, 1 copy of any TrackMania game out there except for the Nintendo and Turbo games, and 1 copy of any TrackMania game from United onwards. If you’re using TrackMania Original, you will also need Audacity. Since the guide makes use of bought copies of both games, it is believed not to encourage piracy. Let’s dive into the guide, shall we?

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Dandy classic: How to add old TrackMania themes to the newer games

The dozen ways of PC security — The guide

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So you’ve finally had enough of getting viruses on your PC every six months and then having to format it. You’ve begun to think that your PCs could perhaps be able to have a bit more longevity to them. Well, here is a step-by-step guide of the things you can do to attempt to make things a bit better.

This guide covers:
1) Download a trustable anti-virus. Not the ones you’re used to
2) And an anti-malware program too, I presume?
3) Anti-exploit for the web browsers
4) AdBlock Plus on all of your browsers
5) Switch Adobe Flash Player to “Ask to activate” on your browsers
6) Switch your router over to protection-focused DNS addresses
7) Activate Protected Mode on Internet Explorer
8) Set Internet Explorer pop-up block settings to High, but only if you feel like it
9) Keep a strong uninstallment program ready
10) Prevent autorun exploits on your USB sticks and SD cards
11) Be careful on which websites you use
12) Keep your programs up to date
13) Prevent installation tools from secretly installing garbage tools as well
14) Please do not use the default password for your router!
15) Convert your browser bookmarks from HTTP to HTTPS

X1) Known incompatibilites between different sections

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The dozen ways of PC security — The guide

Windows Phone and router viruses: A rarely told story

Difficulty level: Medium-High (Problem distancing), Very High (Full fix). — Dialogue level: Medium, many terms are explained.

So you’re browsing on your phone one day, and suddenly you see your Internet Explorer / Edge / Opera / UCBrowser constantly redirect to a bunch of hookus virus-filled ads? And then you look up “windows phone virus” on Google only to see the Windows Phone technicians high up on their horses, stating that viruses on the phone is impossible? Well, they’re technically right, but you still got yourself a pretty nasty virus even then.

Because, you see, that means the by far most likely scenario, is that you’ve got a virus on the router itself. If that happens, you’re in some deep trouble, but I’ll guide you through my own experience of what has been treated as a hush-hush topic by Windows Phone fans and slightly-out-of-date router experts.

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Windows Phone and router viruses: A rarely told story