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  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 4:31 am on January 23, 2021 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , firmware, , , Odin, root, , TWRP   

    TWRP Almost Bricked My Phone 

    Yesterday I decided to test out LibreKrsnah Linux Mobile Alpha 0.1 on my phone.

    The screen has been flickering on and off for a couple of years now. And I decided maybe it was time to try something new, something different.
    Now I just remembered to check for any updates for TWRP and there was one.
    I figured, why not install it first?

    TWRP website download links weren’t working on the browser for some strange reason.
    So I thought why not just pull the downloads manually?

    Loaded the files on my phone and booted into Recovery mode.
    Flashed the new TWRP image files and rebooted.
    Then I saw the error: Could not do normal boot. Invalid kernel length.

    Now I couldn’t even boot into the OS.
    Pressing the power button only yielded the Samsung logo and the error message above.
    My heart sunk.

    I fired up Windows on my netbook and opened Odin, then connected my phone to it.
    Odin showed one device added. Great!
    Now I could just flash TWRP manually.
    I looked up screenshots from a few years ago to check how to do that.

    Then I disconnected my phone and connected again.
    Aaaaand the device drivers failed.
    Windows could not detect the phone anymore.
    I rebooted and connected again. Nothing. Device manager listed unknown device on USB port.

    So I installed the Samsung USB drivers from my old backup.
    Still nothing.
    My netbook could no longer detect my phone.

    I tried different cables to see if it would connect, since the original cable is now worn out and held together with cellotape (lol).
    Still nothing.
    Was my device bricked? Did the phone’s port somehow get fried because the OS was borked?
    All sorts of weird hypotheses were running through my head.

    And then my internet connection stopped working.
    Ain’t this a bitch!
    Just when I needed it to search for a solution, no internet.

    I turned off the router and went to nap.

    Woke up an hour later and turned on the router.
    The internet was back up.
    Looked up the error online and most people seemed to have resolved the problem by flashing new recovery through Odin. Now if I could only get my netbook to detect the phone!

    The problem in my case had been caused by incomplete TWRP files.
    Both the img and tar files were around 7Kb.
    But I didn’t check the file size because I thought everything was cool.
    So TWRP’s broken download site was the root cause of my troubles. I’m surprised TWRP managed to flash the 7Kb files without checking the file size. Then again, I didn’t verify the SHA256 signature files. So it was partly my fault. But mostly TWRP’s fault!

    I found a solution that worked for me.
    I connected a similar phone to the netbook, let the drivers install, and opened Odin. The device was added.
    Then I removed that phone and plugged in mine.
    One device added!

    I flashed TWRP from my backup and then installed different versions of LibreKrsnah Mobile to see if the screen flickering stopped on fresh installations. It didn’t.

    So I installed the last version of LibreKrsnah Mobile then formatted the SD card as internal storage.
    When I tried to root it, TWRP couldn’t read any .zip files.

    Back to the internet to search for a solution.
    I think the problem occurred because I formatted the SD card from TWRP before formatting it from the OS.
    I formatted the SD card as portable storage.
    TWRP could now read the .zip files.

    I reflashed TWRP and reinstalled the OS, just to be safe. Then formatted the SD card as portable storage because it was too slow for internal storage anyway. Even though I’d used it as internal storage in my last working installation.

    I checked TWRP site today and the downloads still do not work.
    I’m lucky that I had backups for everything otherwise I’d be stuck here with a bricked device waiting for TWRP devs to fix their broken site and re-enable downloads.

    Now I’m too scared to test LibreKrsnah Linux Mobile.
    My netbook is already crappy. I can’t afford to brick my phone.

  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 8:28 am on January 10, 2021 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ban, , , , Diaspora, , , , , , GNU Social, , , , ,   

    Facebook And Twitter’s Trump Ban – Analyzing The Corporate Agenda 

    So Donald Trump’s Twitter account has been suspended.
    Well, that’s what it said when i visited it.

    I’m not on Twitter.
    I rarely check anyone’s Twitter.

    Has Twitter permanently banned Trump’s account?
    This guy is still the President.
    If Twitter can ban his account, then who’s safe?

    There’s a lot of people who share Trump’s political beliefs. Are they going to be banned too? If not, why?

    Three days days ago, Trump’s Facebook was banned.

    I think Facebook has paved the way for corporate social networks to ban anyone who doesn’t follow their political ideologies.

    From an anarchist’s perspective, this is dangerous for everybody.

    I am an advocate for free speech.
    I want to hear my fellow anarchists’ opinions.
    I want to hear what the liberals have got to say.
    And I want to hear what the conservatives have got to say.

    Freedom of speech provides the platform for an open debate.
    If people are silenced, then there is no freedom. Everyone will hide their real thoughts and opinions.
    That’s how you create a mass of brainwashed robot-like citizens, like in China and North Korea.
    Has anyone been to China?
    There are no opposing views in China. It’s just one mass of 1.4B people choking on Xi Jinping’s stinking nuts.
    Is this what America wants?

    Does America wants a population of 332M asleep on Jack Dorsey’s dong?
    Does America want 332M people constantly surveilled and watched by Mark Fuckerberg’s corporate platforms?
    The lobbyists have granted these capitalist corporate conglomerates a massive amount of liberty to dictate people’s lives. And fundamentally, that’s not how it should be.
    Twitter and Facebook aren’t supposed to tell me what to do and what to think.

    A social network should be dictated by it’s base users, not the other way around.
    That’s how the Fediverse was created. People wanted an alternative platform that would replace Twitter. That’s how Gnu Social was born. People wanted something that worked like Facebook, but federated. That’s how Diaspora was born. Nobody on Diaspora tells you what to think and what to say. You can speak your mind. That’s the beauty of it.
    People wanted to write blogs, so there was Plume, and so on.

    How do corporate platforms operate? Facebook and Google push their crappy products on users. Here! Try this! Try that! Use this! Use that!
    I’ve been using YouTube for a long time. It keeps pushing me with stupid banners and ads that cover the entire screen to sign in and use YouTube TV and YouTube Music. I don’t wanna use all that crap!

    They literally force people to use their crappy products. Want to view a Facebook profile? Sign in or Sign up!
    Want to read more than one article on Medium? Register an account!
    As soon as you create an account, they’ll create an advertisement profile for you. They’ll track you and show you stupid crap that they think you wanna see.

    YouTube has had a history of censoring videos related to Covid-19. Facebook has done the same.
    Why are they deleting relevant important information? Why are they forcing the mainstream propaganda on people?

    They ran the Russian interference propaganda for 2 years straight after Trump won.
    They ran the impeachment bullshit for 4 years straight – up until the very last minute! Trump’s almost on his way out yet they still publish articles about impeaching him. What the actual fuck?!

    Try posting a video titled “Chinese Virus” on YouTube. Try posting a video about Li Wenliang, Dr Ai Fen, Chen Quishi, Fang Bin… they’ll be discarded so fast, they’ll never reach a dozen views.
    Try making videos about capitalist corporate surveillance. Your channel will NEVER EVER hit the front page.

    These corporations don’t care about the people. They care about profits.
    Ban Trump on his way out? Profit!

    They think that banning Donald Trump on his way out will make them popular and win over people’s hearts and minds.
    And they might!
    There’s a lot of stupid folks on the planet.

    But what I see is censorship.
    I see a bunch of capitalist corporate crooks playing a game of chess.
    They’re doing what’s best for them – what’s profitable for them.
    They’re creating a monopoly where they’re the overlords and everyone answers to them. But they answer to nobody.
    Anyone remember the Mark’s response to the senators in 2018?
    And there have been multiple hearings since then.

    Anyway, I recommend people to switch to the Fediverse. Stop using capitalist corporate platforms that profit off of your data.
    And don’t go with the herd mentality. Don’t let CNN or Fox Spews tell you what you should think about events. The mainstream media should only deliver the news, not biased opinions.
    Let the viewers form their own opinions.
    Don’t tell me, “Trump said this…” and then proceed to tell me why Trump is wrong.
    I’ll decide whether Trump is wrong or right.
    There is hardly news anymore. News is being replaced with biased opinions. Everyone has their own agenda.

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