PuTTY / Terminal Color Schemes

Earlier today, I was setting up my PuTTY environment at my university. PuTTY’s user interface lends itself to a number of hurdles.

Although it has a decent amount of customizability, the UI makes each task overly complicated. For instance, PuTTY makes editing the color scheme absolutely tedious.

With a glimmer of hope, I searched Google for a more elegant solution to edit my PuTTY color scheme without having to deal with PuTTY itself.

A post on StackOverflow, at the bottom of the answers, indicated the solution I was longing for:

4bit-terminal
4bit Terminal Color Scheme Designer (ciembor.github.io/4bit/)

The title is self-explanatory, it’s an easy to use Terminal Color Scheme Designer.

Steps for PuTTY on Windows:

  • Customize the Color scheme how you see fit
  • Click on ‘Get Scheme’ in the upper right
  • Export Scheme to a PuTTY configuration File
  • Save file as .reg (Registry Extension)
  • Optional: If you are not trying to change the color scheme for the PuTTY ‘Default Settings’ profile, you will have to edit: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SimonTatham\PuTTY\Sessions\Default%20Settings]
  • Execute the .reg file (and accept the Registry Editor warning*)
  • Done!

As you may have noticed, this tool also works with many UNIX based terminals. I haven’t gotten to try it in Linux/UNIX environments, but please leave some feedback below if you run into any issues. I’ll see what I can do to help!

Big thanks to Maciej Ciemborowicz for creating this tool!

*Warning Note: I am not responsible for any broken Registries/Terminals that may be caused. Please read, understand and review files carefully before allowing them to edit your Registry.

Edit (2014/09/27):
For anyone wondering, the 4bit Terminal Color Scheme Designer supports the following terminal environments:

  • xterm / aterm / rxvt / urxvt (.Xresources)
  • gnome terminal (shell)
  • guake (shell)
  • konsole / yakuake (*.colorscheme)
  • xfce4 terminal (terminalrc)
  • iTerm2 (*.itermcolors)
  • mintty (.minttyrc)
  • putty (*.reg)
  • terminator (config)

Transformer TF101: Fix for Recovery Loop (CWM 5.8.3.4)

I bought an ASUS Transformer TF101 well over a year ago now. Fiddling around, as I always do, I managed to get it stuck in a Recovery loop on ClockworkMod (CWM) 5.8.3.4.

Now, most websites/forum threads I have found will tell you to simply re-flash to the stock recovery and go back to stock. It seemed like a whole lot of trouble, so I didn’t bother with that.

Recently, after completely forgetting I even had this tablet (shows how much I use it), I decided to try to figure out how to fix it. I stumbled across this post very quickly:
Fixing an Asus Transformer TF101 stuck in recovery boot loop

To my surprise, his simple steps solved my problem. So, if you are having the same problems, boot in recovery (should be easy enough), then from your terminal/command prompt, issue the following five commands:

adb start-server 									# Starts adb server
adb devices											# Ensure your device is connected
adb shell											# Starts the adb shell
echo boot | dd of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p3 bs=1 seek=0	# Magic
reboot												# Restarts the device

 

Note: This solution requires that you have the adb executable on your computer. adb is part of the Android SDK.

Credit to Just Another Dave for this simple solution.

tf101-fixed-cm9.1

Android Tip: Adding Album Art (Android 4.1.1)

After properly changing the details of my mp3 files and moving them to my phone, I had yet to add Album Art.
A little bit of digging got me this wonderful app named Album Art Grabber. It’s a free App available in the Google Play store that will find all audio files found on your device, and give you the option to browse the web for album art for each file selected. You can also overwrite the audio files’ album art by choosing an image file downloaded onto your device itself.

So here’s a little step by step by step guide on how to use Album Art Grabber and make sure that your album art will appear correctly in the native Google Play Music application (Android 4.1.1).

  1. Open Album Art Grabber (Fig. 1)
  2. Choose the album, and select where you want to look for your album art (Fig. 2)
  3. Browse by Artist name or browse by Album name (Fig. 3a and Fig. 3b)
  4. Select and set the album art you want (Fig. 4)
  5. Open the app drawer, drag the Play Music native app to “App Info”
  6. This window should appear (Fig. 5); Force stop app and Clear Data
  7. Open the Play Music application, and rejoice! (Fig. 6)

Album Art in Google Play

CyanogenMod 10 Nightlies (SGS1 Captivate)

So, since last week, I’ve been updating my phone (Samsung Galaxy S Captivate) with the newest and latest experimental updates of CyanogenMod 10 (Android 4.1, code name Jelly Bean).

As expected, nightly builds are buggy. Very buggy. And unreliable. At first, they usually work, but then they progressively slow down, and become bloated. On top of that, the battery as been constantly getting drained in a matter of a few hours, whether I’m using the phone or not. It’s strange, but it seems to be getting better with each update.

Nevertheless, I continue to update. The latest CM9 RC (Release Candidate) 2 was very stable, and I’m fairly certain that not that much as changed between 4.0.4 and 4.1, besides minor UI changes, and the addition of Google Now’s app, the mute competitor to Apple’s Siri.

Thus, I’m fairly certain that as moders adjust CyanogenMod 10 for the Galaxy S1 progressively, it will work just as well as 4.0.4 did.

I’ll be keeping you posted.

Read the rest of this entry for my latest update on CM 10 for the Samsung Galaxy Captive (September 19th, 2012)

CyanogenMod 10 on my Captivate

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