Install Archidroid v3.0.0 experimental ROM on the Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300)

XDA-forums original Archidroid thread for Samsung Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300): [ROM] [4.4.4] [CyanogenMod] [Linaro 4.9] [Excellent] [06/09/14] ArchiDroid V2.5.3

Currently the stable version is version 2.3.5, and I wanted to go with the 3.0.1 experimental version, and here’s how to do just that:

1. Go to the Archidroid’s github repository: i9300-cm-experimental

2. And download the repository zip: direct download zip of i9300-cm-experimental

3. After the download is finished, unzip the archive.

4. Download 7zip from here: 7zip.org

5. After you’ve extracted the i9300-cm-experimental zip archive, go into the directory, select everything (Ctrl+A shortcut) and right click and select 7zip > Add to archive… and select Compression Level: Fastest and the Compression method: Deflate and click ok. Continue reading

10 killer video tutorials to get you started with Thesis 2.0 WordPress Theme

Note: all credits and rights belong to the creators of the “Build your own Business Website” who have made these Thesis 2.0 tutorial series free and available to everyone.

Thesis 2.0 Video Tutorial – Part 1 – Introduction to the new concepts behind the framework

Thesis 2.0 Video Tutorial – Part 2 – The New Thesis Interface – theme settings page and skin editor walk-through

Thesis 2.0 Video Tutorial – Part 3 – Create a 2 Column Layout

Thesis 2.0 Video Tutorial – Part 4 – Create a 4 Column “Fat Footer”

Thesis 2.0 Video Tutorial – Part 5 – Add a Clickable Image and a Menu to the Header

Thesis 2.0 Video Tutorial – Part 6 – Create a Custom Menu Style

Thesis 2.0 Video Tutorial – Part 7 – Create a Custom Header Style for the Home Page

Thesis 2.0 Video Tutorial – Part 8 – Style the Backgrounds

Thesis 2.0 Video Tutorial – Part 9 – How to create a widget like feature box with a image slider and a call to action.

Thesis 2.0 Video Tutorial – Part 10 – Questions and answers

For more Thesis 2.0 video tutorials, feel free to check out the Free Video Tutorials section on the Build Your Own Business Website.

Also if you’d like to browse the entire tutorial list on the Vimeo website you can do so by navigating to “Seminar – Thesis 2.0 Launch Party“.

Hulu, Netflix and Pandora geo-location bypass – watch/listen to content freely

For many reasons, which I will not elaborate on inside this post, Hulu, Netflix and Pandora (like many other services) block access to their content by making use of geo-location user filtering. So regardless if you already have an account or not, if you’re accessing the websites through an ISP that is not a US internet provider we’re out of luck…OR ARE WE? 🙂

Not to keep you on your toes, but a small Garage48 startup called Media Hint is providing a FREE means by which users outside the continental US can use Hulu, Netflix and Pandora radio can bypass geo-location restrictions and enjoy their favorite shows and listen to their music.

head over to Media Hint main website

The way in which it all works, is that Media Hint has provided users with a Chrome Browser extension (click link to go to the Chrome Web Store MediaHint website extension page), that users simply have to install and enjoy the awesomeness. (Firefox add-on also available – check MediaHint website as well.)

This is how the Hulu geo-location error page looks like prior to installing the browser extension:

This is what it looks like when Hulu geoblocks you

And this is after installing (re-enabling if disabled) the Media Hint browser extension:

Playing content on Hulu without any geo-location restrictions

For the sake or argument (and if you fear the browser extension requirements) it would be advisable to take a look at the Media Hint Privacy Policy and Term of Use – however after browsing through them for a little bit, it doesn’t look like anything to worry about.

The Chrome Browser Extension permissions are: This extension can access: Your data on all websites – and you can read more about what this means on the Google Chrome Support page, or for convenience I’ve copy/pasted the info below:

This item can read every page that you visit — your bank, your web email, your Facebook page, and so on. Often, this kind of item needs to see all pages so that it can perform a limited task such as looking for RSS feeds that you might want to subscribe to.

Caution: Besides seeing all your pages, this item could use your credentials (cookies) to request or modify your data from websites.

In terms of how exactly it works, the secret sauce is actually a server side javascript that automatically sets a proxy for the Hulu, Pandora and Netflix urls. The proxy itself is hosted on a Linode (US based) server. The proxy settings are only applied for the previous mentioned srvices and do not affect your “other” browsing experiences, as you’ll easily be able to notice in the source code below:

function FindProxyForURL(url, host) {
       var basic_files = [/.*\.gif/, /.*\.png/, /.*\.jpg/, /.*\.mp3/, /.*\.js/, /.*\.css/, /.*\.mp4/, /.*\.flv/, /.*\.swf/, /hulu\.com\/mozart\//, /.*\.json/, /crossdomain\.xml/];
       for(var i=0;i
              if(url.match(basic_files[i])){
                     return 'DIRECT';
              }
       }
       var usa = ['hulu.com', 'netflix.com', 'pandora.com'];
       var direct = ['urlcheck.hulu.com', 'r.hulu.com', 'contactus.netflix.com', 'p.hulu.com', 't2.hulu.com', 'assets.hulu.com', 'll.a.hulu.com', 'ads.hulu.com', 'stats.pandora.com', 'blog.netflix.com', 'nordicsblog.netflix.com', 'blog.pandora.com'];
       for(var i=0;i -1){
                     return 'DIRECT';
              }
       }
       if(host.match(/audio.*\.pandora\.com/) || host.match(/const.*\.pandora\.com/) || host.match(/mediaserver.*\.pandora\.com/) || host.match(/cont.*\.pandora\.com/)){
              return 'DIRECT';
       }
       for(var i=0;i -1){
                     return 'PROXY 50.116.59.63:80';
              }
       }
       return 'DIRECT';
}

As far as the streaming quality, things are pretty awesome at the time of writing this post, with no lags while watching TV shows or listening to online radio. Of course given that this is powered by free of charge proxy server services, an increase in popularity may result, over time, in a degradation of quality leading to a less than ideal viewing or listening experience…but until then “I’m gonna go watch something” :).