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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve A. View Post
    What tablet are you using, the Samsung Tab 4 7.0 you've mentioned in the past? That model was released almost 4 years ago and doesn't work well with a lot of modern websites and apps. I finally added an Android 7.0 tablet to my "stable"... an ASUS ZenPad S8 Z380M which was first released in 2015 but the OS has been regularly updated by ASUS unlike Samsung which would rather you buy a new device.

    You might check around for recommendations for a tablet that works great for GPSs and maps...

    Steve A.
    Yes, that one. I guess I've had it four years! Still seems new to me I hate obsolescence.

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    Ode to my Samsung Tab 4 7.0

    Quote Originally Posted by nickb View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Steve A. View Post
    What tablet are you using, the Samsung Tab 4 7.0 you've mentioned in the past? That model was released almost 4 years ago and doesn't work well with a lot of modern websites and apps. I finally added an Android 7.0 tablet to my "stable"... an ASUS ZenPad S8 Z380M which was first released in 2015 but the OS has been regularly updated by ASUS unlike Samsung which would rather you buy a new device.

    You might check around for recommendations for a tablet that works great for GPSs and maps...

    Steve A.
    Yes, that one. I guess I've had it four years! Still seems new to me I hate obsolescence.
    I really love my Samsung Tab 4 7.0 they'll have to tear it from my cold bony fingers after I die because I'm not giving it up before then! It fits in my left hand perfectly as I punch away at the on-screen keyboard with my right index finger.

    Having been limited to single clipboard entries on all of my Windows PCs I've gotten spoiled by the expanded clipboard with 20 clips. I can bounce back and forth between sites copying text and URLs and then go put them all together in an Evernote document. Other tablets have similar features but none of them integrated as smoothly as on the Tab 4 7.0.

    I'm on my 3rd Tab 4 7.0 having left my first one in a shopping cart in the Fry's parking lot a year and a half ago.***

    What a hassle! Since I never had the screen locked with a password I had to change ALL of my passwords. About 2 months later someone back East tried to log on to my Google account. (I found out later that it had a Samsung app I never activated that would have allowed me to lock or reset it remotely. D'oh!)

    I need to have two of them so that I can swap when the battery on one runs down. I also split the resource-intensive apps between the two of them because they only have 1.5GB RAM and 8GB internal SD space.


    Steve A.

    *** That was actually the third time I left it behind at Fry's only the first two times it was after they closed at 10 and it was still in the shopping cart when I drove right back.

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    The Google Nexus 10 P8110 (made by Samsung in 2012)

    The Google Nexus 10 P8110 has been great for watching videos with its 10.1" 2560x1600 pixel display. There is no SD card slot so I've been using an OTG (On The Go) USB thumb drive adaptor to copy video files to its 16GB internal memory. I tried connecting it to my PC with a USB cable but the interface allowed me to copy just one file at a time. Ugh!



    https://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_goo...p8110-5084.php

    I had bought a special app from the Play Store to access the OTG drive but I found that my preferred file manager — ES File Explorer (ver. 3.2.5.5) — works even better. By all means avoid ALL versions of that app starting with 4.0 — they began to add a lot of unneeded crap and it just kept getting worse.***

    I just discovered a new use for the Nexus 10... with its high resolution 10.1" display it is the perfect comic book reader for CBR and CBZ files. I'm using the Astonishing Comic Reader app but there is a wide choice of apps out there. I had tried reading comics on smaller tablets but with the lower resolution it did not work very well. Only downside to the Nexus 10 is that it is pretty damn heavy. But at $89.99 for a manufacturer refurbished unit (current price from BlueTek in NY w/ free shipping) I'll build up my muscles. You will want to get a fake leather folio case for it because it is hard to hold... I got a Roocase Google Nexus 10 Ultra-slim Black Leather Folio Case for $4 last summer on eBay.

    Steve A.

    *** Review of ES File Explorer version 4.1.7.1.24 by dennisk 4 months ago...
    Installs horrible annoying pop up that occurs anytime.
    I like nearly everything about this program and have used it for about 5 years. Unfortunately they have decided to Overlay any program that runs with an app that displays advertisements and annoyances that interferes with the app I really want to run. I have uninstalled ES File Explorer and until I find that they have removed this horrible annoying piece of advertising malware I will not be using it. Sorry ES File Explorer this is too much.
    Sorry to hear that, Dennis K., but you need to turn off automatic upgrades in the Play Store. Version 3.2.5.5 is still working great for me. (One reason I switched from iOS to Android in 2009: you can sideload whatever version of an app you want... I call that Freedom! )

    Here is a link to version 3.2.5.5:

    https://es-file-explorer.en.uptodown...ownload/262379


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    Samsung TAB 4 7.0 Email Display Problem

    Samsung TAB 4 7.0 Email Display Problem...

    Quote Originally Posted by nickb View Post
    What I mean is you have the folder pane on the left and the email list pane on the right. Then anytime you touch the screen the left older list pane widens until you can no longer see the email pane at all.

    The only workaround is to use it in portrait mode.
    The display in the Email app in my Samsung tablet stopped working right today... I could no longer view the email list in the left pane and the selected email on the right. When I clicked the button for 3 panes I only saw 2, and when I clicked for 2 panes I only saw 1. Rebooting did not help.

    So I went into tablet Settings | General | Application Manager | All and scrolled down to Email where I clicked on Clear data and Clear cache... everything returned to normal. Hooray!

    Steve A.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve A. View Post
    Samsung TAB 4 7.0 Email Display Problem...



    The display in the Email app in my Samsung tablet stopped working right today... I could no longer view the email list in the left pane and the selected email on the right. When I clicked the button for 3 panes I only saw 2, and when I clicked for 2 panes I only saw 1. Rebooting did not help.

    So I went into tablet Settings | General | Application Manager | All and scrolled down to Email where I clicked on Clear data and Clear cache... everything returned to normal. Hooray!

    Steve A.
    Steve - you're a star! I deleted the cache and ta da. I didn't do the data as that would have deleted by accounts and as it turns out I didn't need to.

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    Sadly, the email fix was temporary. I went back to messed up in no time. I deleted all accounts and have moved to using the gmail client.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickb View Post
    Sadly, the email fix was temporary. I went back to messed up in no time. I deleted all accounts and have moved to using the gmail client.
    I was able to send email using the Sansung email client for awhile but Google messed it up again so I use Gmail to send messages and Email to read them.

    Awhile back my Tab 4 7.0 #2 was acting "wonky" so I did a factory restore which freed up a lot of disk space and RAM. Since I have all of my apps backed up in the cloud it was easy enough to restore what I wanted.

    Steve A.

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    Creating PDF files from web pages: Web Page Capture

    As a digital hoarder I have been obsessed with the creation of PDF files to capture the current state of web pages (merely saving the link as a Bookmark will not reflect future changes like edits or deletions.)

    I purchased the retail version of Adobe Acrobat in 1998 to convert the HTML files on my Blue Guitar website into downloadable PDF format and purchased upgrades eventually to version 7.0 in 2006 which unfortunately would not run on Windows 7 (at least the Home Premium version that came with my 2009 HP desktop computer.) Besides my Acrobat 7 upgrade disc will not work unless it finds a prior version installed and my original install disc for version 3.1 will not run on Win 7 Home Premium.

    Acrobat 7 was pretty slick as it could convert entire websites into PDF format or you could specify how many levels you wanted it to dig down from the initial webpage. And it offered extensive edit functions like combining PDF files, deleting entire PDF pages and - my favorite trick - cropping your selection of PDF pages. So much for PDF Paradise Lost...

    Since 2009 I have been using workarounds like other programs or print drivers to create PDF files but none of them had the flexibility of Acrobat Pro 7.0.



    On my Android tablets I guess the most professional option is to pay Adobe $11.95 a month to be able to create PDF files using their web interface but I really don't like the subscription model for apps and programs, especially at that price point.

    (I have purchased many apps from the Google Play Store but rarely more than a one-time payment under $6 which covers installation on any Android device registered to my Gmail account and usually includes all future upgrades. One exception: I do pay an annual subscription for Evernote Premium which is like $3/month as I recall.)



    Earlier this week I found the Web Page Capture app on one of my tablets which I do not remember installing so I thought I better try it out before uninstalling it. Hot damn, it is amazing!

    You can either use its embedded browser to navigate to a webpage or paste in its URL. Once it goes to a webpage there is an icon to select "Capture Image" or "Save as PDF". The first choice will capture a single scrolling image in PNG format which is really slick. The second choice first gives you options for the PDF to be created: color/bw, paper size and orientation. It then shows you the PDF pages it created, allowing you to exclude the ones you do not want. The final option allows you to select where to save the PDF file and to replace the default filename "default.pdf" so be sure to copy the name you want to use from the webpage for a quick paste.

    I have attached a zipfile of two versions of the APK installation files for Web Page Capture, 1.0.6 and 1.0.8, as one might work better than the other depending on your device and Android version:

    WebPageCapture_APK.zip

    Reminder: on an unrooted Android device you can upgrade an app but not downgrade it unless you uninstall it first. So to save time I usually start with the oldest version and try out newer versions until I find the one that works best for me and my particular device.

    With my Samsung and ASUS tablets version 1.0.8 goes into a loop where you cannot successfully close the ad that pops up right after you click on "Capture Image" or "Save as PDF" you return to the previous screen with absolutely nothing accomplished. I wish that there was a premium version without the ads but the developer probably makes a lot more money from the ads than a one time payment of, say, $2.99.)

    Here is a link to the listing in the Google Play which will give you the current version followed by the search phrase I used to find the listing. Below that I have posted the search code to use to find any app in the Play Store:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ecapture&hl=en

    Code:
    web page capture site:play.google.com
    Code:
    [APPNAME]site:play.google.com

    Steve A.

    P.S. MEF supports only certain file formats, many (like PDF) with a fairly low limit on filesize. However, you can upload other formats or larger files by first compressing them as ZIP files. (That capability is built in to the Android OS but for Windows 7 I have been using 7Z which kicks butt compared to older versions of WinZip I used to use.)

    EDIT: I decided to compare PDF files created internally by wikipedia vs one created by Web Page Capture with page size set to ISO A0. The files were remarkably similar but there were some superimposed letters in the one created by wikipedia. The first WPC file I created used the "Letter" page size which split the webpage into 34 pages! (The two attached below have 3 pages.)

    1_Discharge_petition-created_by_wikipedia.pdf

    2_Discharge_petition-WPC-ISO A0.pdf

    BTW at least with my tablets when you click the icon for "Capture Image" or "Save as PDF" you are sent to an ad page which you must close successfully to proceed to the chosen command. Once the single page PNG image of the webpage is created it is placed in the 0/pictures/webpagecapture folder and you are given the option to view it; I usually just hit the Back soft button to reject that option. (That image can be used independently.)

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    Maximizing limited resourses on Samsung Tab 4 7.0

    As a hardcore archivist I create all sorts of files (downloads like PDF files of the newspapers I subscribe to digitally , screenshots, PDF files from webpages, and other documents) on my Samsung tablet which can rapidly consume the limited resources (1.5GB RAM/8GB internal storage space.) For one thing Android 4.4.2 KitKat prevents most programs from writing to an external SD card. Samsung includes a My Files file manager app which can write to the ext SD card but it is very clumsy for handling multiple files, especially compared to my all-time favorite ES File Explorer ver. 3.2.5.5 (avoid the later versions as they initially included bloated features and eventually so many ads as to be considered by many to be malware.)

    The solution is simple... compress archives of your created files with ES File Explorer in sorted or unsorted folders as a single ZIP file and it can be copied or moved very quickly with My Files (which incidentally seems to choke on large numbers of individual files.) By default ESFX will use the folder name for the name of ZIP and 7z files it creates. I might title the folder something like PDF.SM.08.06.2018 to indicate type of file, which tablet was used and the date when the archive was created and then move it to a _TO SD folder in the /storage/sdcard0 (AKA 0) initial folder on my Samsung tablet to be copied/moved to the ext card without having to clumsily navigate folders using My Files.

    BTW I use ESFX to share archived files with Dropbox initially to the cloud which is then copied to the PC which automatically mirrors the Dropbox contents on the C drive. For a permanent archive I copy the C drive folder to my D drive using the outstanding Microsoft utility Rich Copy which was written for their developers to quickly and accurately copy or move their source files. (By all means do NOT use the internal Copy command which does not confirm CRC values and often chokes when processing large numbers of files with no mechanism to quickly resume where it left off. Bad news!) BTW I use the utility app Teracopy instead of the internal Copy command for copying a more limited number of files.)

    Clearing the Samsung cache under Settings | Storage (along with the Dropbox* cache) can free up much storage space. To free up RAM clicking on the Recent Windows permanent soft button brings up the option to run Task Manager with RAM Manager on the left pane menu.

    Steve A.

    EDIT 08/06 10:00PM: Another way to extend resources on any older tablet is to turn off Automatic Updates under Settings in the Google Play Store. (Note: you might think it is already turned off because there is no checked checkbox... unlike many of the other menu items there is no check box; you must click on it for the option to turn it off. It took me awhile to figure that out!) So once you are running a version of an app that runs well on your device it isn't automatically upgraded to a bloated version by the Play Store that takes advantage of new features not even available for your hardware and/or Android version.

    I use 3C Toolbox to back up the app versions I like to use so that I can reinstall them later if necessary. (You will need to check the box to allow for installation from Unknown Sources under Settings | General | Security on the Samsung Tab 4 7.0.) At some point the older versions of browsers in particular might lose some or all functionality at certain websites so you might check out the websites with an assortment of older versions to find an intermediate version that does work.

    Also by backing up an app you can uninstall it to free up RAM and storage space and reinstall it when you do need to run it.

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    Any Andriod device users out there?
    Looking for someone to keep this Android sticky updated for Steve A.
    It was something he dearly liked!
    Thanks,
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    I do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickb View Post
    I do!
    Good deal, please keep it stocked for us, if you can?
    Anything you can stick in here will be great!
    Thanks,
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    I wish I could. Steve was quite a guru on the subject of quirks, features and usability and I learned much from him. I did work as a developer on an Android based tablet back in the early days of Android Froyo but that's so ancient now as to be irrelevant.

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    5 ways the Snapdragon 855 will change Android phones in 2019
    I found this in PCworld.
    https://www.pcworld.com/article/3325...id-phones.html

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