Some Colorado Memories

The Colorado trip somehow seems bigger, albeit distant, than most these days here in the east.

I think to Garret it was no big deal to try and hike/run the three (four?) 14,000 foot peaks in a single day.  But not being acclimated and not being in the same shape as him, I think it was an ambitious goal.  Nonetheless that day stands out in my memory; it stands clearly from all the other unconscious days I’ve spent being.

Like any other Colorado summer day, the storms rolled into the mountains in the late afternoon.  We pushed past two of the summits of the named Ivy League peaks. There was a certain texture to the gray brown rock fields as we got higher and higher, listening to the sound of yourself breathing like a deep sea diver as the green grass of summer fades away to the bare unconsolidated ridge line.

The scree field on the backside after the second summit proved the most challenging. George the Kenyan running dog was afraid. I did not want to crush him with a boulder.  I held him by the collar.  Gingerly.  We descended slowly; we made it down.  Cautiously.  The rain and storms rolled in as we ran awkwardly over hummucks, along a fast flowing mountain stream.

Garret was feeling good.  He would run back and grab the station wagon.  I said fine.  I kept plodding on.  At some point I arrived at a creek crossing where it wasn’t clear the direction forward. It was a three way intersection, a medium sized creek. I chose forward, barefoot first, carrying my shoes through the cold knee deep water. I returned back across the creek. I looked right, I looked behind me, back up the mountain.  I wasn’t certain the direction they could’ve gone. The sky was gray and the rain continued.  Then I saw it, the direction forward was left, down what could only be described as a narrow two-lane corridor.  The creek ran with less urgency and it was maybe 8 inches deep, but it was the only way.  There was no foot-track, everything was under water, but there were signs of humans nearby, a park service encampment was visible across the the stream and uphill.  I plodded forward in the cold wetness until I found the dry trail; I stayed the course.

At the road I turned right.  That was the communiqué, “Turn right”.  No more than fifteen or thirty minutes later on the road the headlights of a spruce pearl 1990’s Subaru Legacy wagon became visible, Garret and George were warm inside. I hopped in, soaking wet and cold, but ecstatic. It was done. I’d made it.

Notes from inside TouchWiz ATT S4 SGH-I337

The Heimdall stock flash worked, in that it got the OS reinstalled on the phone.  GPS never seemed to work.  TowelRoot still works. To get “Wireless Hotspot & Tether” working I installed WanamXposed and if I recall correctly “X Tether” module.  Anyhow, this all worked on Bell up north.

There is another version of the stock image called “337UCUFNB1_100%_Stock” which can be rooted also with TowelRoot, this module and some of the Google Play Edition TW /SafeStrap ports of the SGH-I9505 also worked with GPS.

Currently here’s what I’m running / the process:

1) SafeStrap (has to be installed over a stock rooted ROM, ODIN, Hemidall, etc).

2) Advanced wipe everything but the SD card with the installer data on it (ROM, NB1 modem modules, SU Update).

3) Graviton S4 v3.2 for SafeStrap (4.4.2 NB1).

4) [MOD][Script] SmartDebloater [4.3-4.4] (note: don’t remove Samsung Calendar as TW requires it, I also left the camera and calculator)

To get the Google Now Launcher to work correctly as the default (and not TouchWiz Home) I installed Nova Launcher, disabled the Google Now Launcher, set Nova to default, and then re-updated/installed the Google Launcher.

I installed Wanam Xposed, a few modules, and GravityBox.  Graviton has a number of tweaks baked in.  I tried the “SlimSung NI1 ROM” but the radio seemed screwy since it was built for the NI1 update, the NB1 radio seems okay in Graviton, GPS and wifi seem to work fine.

Quickoffice isn’t available on the Play Store anymore, but this link goes to a Google support page, that launches a “browser only” Play Store whereby you can install the app to your device via the web play store interface.  Worked for me anyhow.  I’m sure the APK is available somewhere as well.  All other apps can be installed via the Play Store.

GravityBox has a tweak whereby you can set the double-click behavior of the home button to launch Google’s Voice Search which is nice.  The Google Now Launcher swipes left-to-right from the home screen to get to Google Now.  You could also just leave “Google Now Listening” on from all screens.

Another nice GravityBox tweak is changing the number of home screen icons to display, the stock GNL is 4×4 which looks huge on the S4, I think 5×5 or even 6×6 means you might only need a single page.

The one “feature” of TouchWiz which seems impossible to get around is the ability to take photos from the lock screen while using a PIN or password unlock.  I’ve tried nearly every conceivable hack, it simply doesn’t work.  If you have no security (e.g. swipe unlock) you can take photos, but any sort of PIN or pass means you have to unlock to get to the camera.  Oh well.  The S4 camera seems pretty decent, definitely an upgrade from the N4.  Probably not from the 5S.