Jelly Bean / New to Me

Last weekend I took the time to enable my phone’s WiFi and download Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. It has been a few months, but these days I rarely turn on WiFi on my device.

After a reboot, large download, and another reboot my phone initially looked like an HTC One. This experience was unfortunate but gave it a try for a couple days before switching to a more traditional look using an older HTC Clock/Weather widget.

My phone’s external case had broken, and couldn’t find a suitable deal on eBay so I went to the local mall bought an expensive replacement from a Cellairis booth. It isn’t a holster, but nonetheless very well-made.

  • This is the last version HTC will support. At the time of this writing it is a year behind modern Android.
  • This version of Jelly Bean is very clean, effective, and efficient.
  • Setup and usage is effortless, it is essentially a new device. The OneX should have been this way from the beginning.
  • With Chrome and LTE, it will rival many other larger devices in usability. Only higher-resolution tablets with LTE will provide a better experience.

I haven’t been pleased with the HTC One. Will likely try a Samsung or go out on my own with Nexus later this year.


Proxy external images

One of the potential factors to a website’s relevance is the number of images that display on your site, that are actually hosted elsewhere.

This doesn’t happen often on normal sites, but can be factor on blogs or forums where users insert external links to images hosted on other sites. A common example would be pictures uploaded on Photobucket and then posted on other sites.

On my Xenforo forum, I’m working with DigitalPoint’s image proxy addon successfully but at the same time Xenforo’s developers are making a similar feature one of the built-in benefits of the upcoming version 1.3.

What this does is makes externally-hosted images something that is a part of your site. Even if it’s just for a few hours, your users will be presented with an encrypted (if you configure it), cached, and potentially optimized version of an external image – rather than having to wait for it re-download.

Another benefit is the reduction (elimination) of cookie-stuffing that results from visiting my site. Using the same example above, I rarely visit Photobucket but had been receiving cookies from that site often until now.

It is great to see so many positive changes.