Feb 232018

In the 80s recording, something from the radio was so easy, you just lined up a cassette tape on your portable stereo. If the time did not suit you asked a family member to press record at a given time. These days, it should be easier than it is.

Problem Outline

So, you just heard something on the car radio: someone played a request for you or there was this really interesting chat about Italy that your dad would enjoy. Rather than just send a play-it-back URL you would like to record the snippet yourself so you can keep it for posterity and send it on WhatsApp too.


For illustrative purposes let’s assume this snippet was on RTE Radio 1.

  1. Open RTE Radio Player
  2. Select the Channel & the Show
  3. Play the playback recording & locate the start of the snippet you want to record
  4. Download Audacity.
  5. In order to save as MP3 from Audacity you will need to install LAME (the Audacity install will ask for this)
  6. Open Audacity AND click on the red record icon
  7. Back in your web browser press play on the show form your saved position
  8. In Audacity click on the stop icon when the skippet is finished
  9. In Audacity go the File Menu and select File -> Export -> Export as MP3
  10. Enter the name and location for the saved MP3 file and enter some MP3 attributes on the pop up mp3 tag editor, so the file has some information for MP3 software to display when playing.
  11. Save the MP3 to the cloud (Google Drive/gmail attachment) and attach to w WhatsAp message
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Dec 152017

This month I switched from a OnePlus X to a Moto G5S Plus. More and more apps have a backup and restore options via the cloud that really helps in transitioning.

You can use List My Apps to get an HTML copy of the apps on your old phone for reference after doing your backups.

If you have purchased apps on a second Gmail family account you can add a second Google account to your Android settings. In the play store, you will then see a drop-down option to select which account to install the app from.

The one app I forgot to do backups of was Smart Recorder. I should just have used Helium to backup all my apps to be sure.

Backup & Restore via cloud notes

  • HabitBull synced via email address
  • Keepass2Android seamless via database file stored in Google drive
  • OurGroceries synced via email address
  • Textra uses the stock Android messaging database. I used SMS Backup & Restore to backup messages to Google drive, restored from configurable google drive location and re-synced in-app from Textra Settings > About > Resync
  • Telegram seamless via their cloud once you put in your number
  • WhatsApp seamless via Google drive
  • Cam Scanner seamless backup via email address

Backup & Restore manual notes

  • Beep’nGo is invaluable for all your store cards, unfortunately, it was shut down in May 2017, so here is the apk file to install. Backup using Helium, this post is invaluable to get Helium installed on your computer & working on your phone. Helium creates a *.ab file in internal storage/carbon which you can copy to Google Drive. This can be restored using Helium via the command line “adb restore *.ab”, see this android stackexchange post.
  • Boxer I just took screenshots of the incoming & outgoing server settings screens. Thankfully, a pro license is no longer needed for multiple accounts.
  • Podcast Addict stored backup in google drive & restored from there
  • SwipePad has a backup via SwipePad MoreSpace but you need to manually copy the file from Google Drive to the root of your internal storage (i.e. /storage/emulated/0/). I used Astro file manager.  You need to remember the mail you used to save your words; the app uses sync to mean restore and you have to “register the email address” on the new phone to sync your words.
  • Tasker has a backup option, I then copied this with Astro to Google drive. Prior to restoring you need to do a backup in Tasker first to create the tasker directory, just pick any app. Then copy the backup to /sdcard/Tasker/profiles/<your_backup>.xml
    • I use Tasker to keep the screen on when reading in certain apps, it’s easy to setup. I used to use Llama
  • Yr did not have any luck saving my locations, even with Helium
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Oct 262017

I have been using Any.do for some years now and written about it before.

However, Any.do does not deal with my main use case well. I tend to build up long lists of ToDos and want an efficient way of managing them. Any.do does not have functionality for managing large lists on Android. Some missing features that would vastly improve this are:

  • An option to Move to Top, like in Jira or Podcast Addict. Currently, to reorder your list of ToDos one has to drag and drop an item by scrolling upwards screen after screen, a complete nightmare to do on a phone
  • Any.do has a search feature for the Web app and also for the iOS app but not for Android. It’s on their roadmap for Android, however, they don’t have a release date for this feature yet. UserVoice request #7594506
  • Tagging and colouring coding would help and has thousands of votes. #12796986

I have been using Trello for some time now and find it very useful. Today I bit the bullet and moved my main todo lists form Any.do to Trello having previously trialled it for managing ToDos. Today I however I moved and deleted the lists form Any.do.

Any.do has an email/export option but it is restricted to 31 items. Exporting and importing to Trello is not automated but the steps are manageable.

      1. Open your web.any.do
      2. Select your list and from the menu select clear completed
      3. Click on the page to activate it & press ctrl + a to select all items
      4. Open a spreadsheet such as Excel, press ctrl + v to paste, which leaves blank rows very second one
      5. In Excel press F5 to get the Go To dialog box, then click the Special button
      6. Click the Blanks option and click OK, doing so selects the blank cells (rows) in the selected range
      7. On the Excel Home tab, click the Delete dropdown in the Cells group and choose Delete Sheet Rows
      8. Select the Cell A0 to the last item and ctrl + c to copy
      9. Create a new list on your Trello board
      10. Click add card in Trello & ctrl + v to paste your list, then click Add
      11. If you get the message too many cards, then you will need to select 100 cells at a time

I have Trello setup with Today, This Week, Next and Main lists. Dragging and droping between them is easy. You can’t move Trello cards with keyboard shortcuts, though there is a 3rd party Move to Top option available via a Chrome extension but not in the Android App 🙁 I’ll see how it goes!

 Posted by on February 23, 2018  Tagged with: