Howto: Download from Scribd without an Account

If you are looking for how to download documents from Scribd, I got the answer. At least until they come up with a block.

Step 1: Grab the Android App

Grab the Scribd app for Android. It’s free and available on the Play Store. If you don’t have an Android phone, too bad. You are stuck with using an emulator – e.g. Bluestacks, or Remix.

The free version of the app allows you to read up to 3 files a month, without a subscription or needing to log in even.

Step 2: Load the file of interest

Search via the mobile app, and load up the file. Once the download completes, you can exit the app.

Step 3: Get familiar with a file manager

From your favourite file manage, head to the following folder.
Android -> Data -> com.scribd.app.reader0 -> files -> document_cache -> ‘id number

There should be a file named Content. Copy it out, rename it with an extension of .pdf and boom, mission accomplished.

“Solutions” that no longer worked

When googling, I found some proposed methods, including using the document id and access key to download via a shockwave plugin. Another proposed using the mobile website instead. Both didn’t work. I also tried the popular “bugmenot.com” website but no luck there.

TDA7297: Audio Amplifier Board For Your Old Speakers

The TDA7297 is a 2.0 Audio Amplifier Board, that can drive your old 4-8 ohm 10-50 watt speakers. I had a couple of old Bose cubes, and Cambridge Soundworks speakers lying around so this was a cheap way to give them a second wind.

They can be bought from eBay, Aliexpress or Taobao. Taobao’s the cheapest, but you would need to factor in shipping costs and it’s probably only worth it if you are getting other parts as well at the same time (which you should).
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Custom Cheap G Watch R Charging Stand

I wanted a watch charging stand for my G Watch R, but I couldn’t find a cheap one on sale. I think it looks better with the watch prop up instead of the flat lying down look. Also, if you changed the stock 22 mm strap to a closed design, then a charging stand becomes essential.

I couldn’t find a suitable watch stand for the G Watch R or G Watch Urbane, and the full DIY route was a little too difficult for me. Ever since the Apple Watch has started selling, the market was flooded with tons of Apple Watch stands and I thought the shape and design was rather similar for the G Watch R. As it turns out, it can be adapted easily for the G Watch R.

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Fix: HP Stream 7 Battery Drain while Standby

The HP Stream 7 has a terrible battery life. Reports on forums indicate that it is due to the connected standby mode in Windows 8.1 and also the Intel SST Audio driver. The combination of these two factors means that approximately 2-3% of battery is drained per hour as your tablet is not able to fully sleep. Typically, my tablet wakes up flat in a couple of days. That sucks.

The simple workaround is to lower the tablets volume to “0” with the volume rocker before putting your tablet to sleep and also switching Wi-Fi to off. This will improve the standby battery life from hours to days. However, this is a tedious process.
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Sugru: Fun Toy for DIY Fixes

Sugru is a DIY miracle and I been wanting to buy it, but never got around to doing so. Sugru’s a plasticine-like material allows you to mould it to your desired shape and sets after time to a strong, flexible silicone rubber. It is great for DIY-ers, hackers, or just to keep around the house for an easy home fix. It comes in various colours, and adheres well to aluminum, steel, glass, wood, and even some fabrics and plastics. I am glad I pulled the buy trigger a month ago from Amazon.

Some product stats…

  • Self-setting rubber, formed by hand and cures at room temperature overnight
  • Self-adhesive – bonds to aluminum, steel, ceramics, glass, wood and some fabrics. Removable from most non-porous surfaces
  • Waterproof, UV resistant, electrically insulating and dishwasher proof when cured
  • Bendable to any color (mix blue, yellow to get green) and temperature resistant from -58 to +356 degrees Fahrenheit

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Installing a Lollipop ROM on my G Pro 2

The LG G Pro 2 Lollipop update is rumored to arrive around March 2015 but for those who can’t wait, there are a number of ROMs available based on the leaked beta versions that you can try.

I haven’t written much about my G Pro 2 but it’s a phone I have enjoyed using. It was released around March last year but has held up pretty well, with the reasonably powerful internals but the best part of the phone has to be the 5.9″ screen. It is similar to the Nexus 6, but is in fact slimmer and lighter, and also, cheaper.

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