Hello, MetaWatch!

Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-eight million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.

(Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)

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Android keymaps

I recently bought a Bluetooth keyboard to use on Android; unfortunately some keys weren’t recognised at all and others weren’t quite mapped as I’d like. This is fairly easy to fix as an end user, as long as you have a rooted device (adb remount must succeed). Update: this is less likely now than in 2010. Here’s a quick howto anyway, since I couldn’t find one.

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Lock on unplug

Here’s a hack for Gnome (vaguely relevant to Android too) that I’ve been using for a little while. When I get up from a computer, I generally want to lock the screensaver. I also pick up my phone from a USB dock (not the Nexus One Desktop Dock; that doesn’t connect to a computer). So why not have the screensaver lock automatically when the phone disappears from USB?

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