How to fix if Samsung Galaxy S3 Cyanogenmod screen won’t lock

Using Cyanogenmod 10.2 on a Samsung Galaxy S3, and noticed that the lock screen won’t activate, after trying all kinds of settings. Eventually found the solution at

There’s a lock screen activation button on the quick settings (tiles that come down swiping down on the right side of the screen). It needs to be activated for lock screen to be active. 

And, if you’re using the Tasker app, the message forum thread there also talks about another setting in Tasker than might suppress the ability to lock your screen.

What can you do when an iPad 2 keeps on crashing

Having an Apple iPad 2 from a few years back, it gets its share of occasional iOS updates automatically suggested and recommended by Apple every few months or so. 

The last update I made was to iOS 8.3, even though it keeps reminding me that version 9.1 is available. And I can’t figure out how to tell it to stop notifying me and that I don’t want to upgrade, for fear of slowing down the iPad even more. and I don’t know when it happened exactly, but this iPad 2 on iOS 8.x became slower and slower, with almost every app crashing and unexpectedly exiting. When the web browsers, both Safari and Chrome, after looking at just one web page, that was the last straw. This iPad 2 was unusable! 
I connected the iPad 2 to iTunes and thought I could restore an old backup from 2013, but after restoring ran for like 10 minutes, it errored out. Did more research, and found out Apple doesn’t allow downgrades, so the old backup wasn’t going to get me back to iOS 7 that used to work well on this iPad 2.

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With nothing to lose, clicked on the Restore iPad button, and let the iOS 9.1 update go ahead, and then did a factory reset.

That turned out to be the answer to making this old iPad 2 useable again! Even though iOS 8.x made everything bad and slow, and eventually to a grinding halt, this clean install of iOS 9.1 on this old iPad 2 is working well! In fact, writing this blog post on it. Thought I’d share this good news, and save some others from pulling their hair out from frustration.

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Is this the most expensive salad at a fast food restaurant?

I love Chick-Fil-A, delicious food and great hospitality. Plus, it’s my coworking spot near home, the Chick-Fil-A in Aliso Viejo Town Center (Aliso Viejo, California). Trying to eat healthy does cost more money, as their salad prices have gone up over the past 2 years — there’s been some Twitter chatter about the expensive chickfila salad. Here’s the cost at my hometown Chick-Fil-A:

$8.15 for a Chick-Fil-A salad (Grilled Market Salad, Asian Salad, Cobb Salad)

There was a time when the newly-launched salad cost $7.19, back in April 2013; and a petition to get the old Chick-Fil-A salads back didn’t get very far. If you were to add a drink, the total would come to easily over $10. That’s double digits for lunch. chick-fil-a-com-Salads Maybe this could be a way to hack the menu and get almost the same thing. What if you got a Chick-Fil-A Nuggets combo meal and substitute a side salad for the waffle fries? You’d still get chicken, drink, and salad, yes, though a smaller portion, and we’re trying to cut calories anyways, so that’d be copacetic. Let’s do the math on this:

$6.39 Meal-Nugg 8ct combo with medium drink
$0.00 substitute cole slaw for waffle fries
$0.51 tax

$6.90 total

That’s for a cole slaw substitute, which is not the same as a side salad. Here’s what a side salad substitute came to:

$6.39 Meal-Nugg 8ct combo with medium drink
$1.06 substitute side salad for waffle fries
$0.56 tax

$8.01 total ~ ht: @jaykranda

#whoop There it is. Under $9.00 for a chicken, salad, and drink at Chick-Fil-A.

Where to Find Events and Activities in Irvine, California

There are 236k+ people in Irvine, California, making it the 3rd largest city in Orange County, after Anaheim and Santa Ana. With almost a quarter million people, that means there’s a lot of things to do, activities and events going on, and event organizers wanting to get the word out about them to them. Where can people find the event calendars with things to do they’re most interested in near Irvine? How do you find things to do nearby Irvine when you don’t want to drive to Los Angeles or sit in traffic for hours?

This is a list of the most active event calendars I could find, your help in finding more would be great, just add a comment, I’ll leave ’em open.

Rick Warren on America’s mental health system

We believe God never wastes a hurt and your greatest ministry to others often arises out of your greatest pain. Saddleback offers a class about this concept every month. When Matthew died, Kay and I thought of several things we’d like to do, both short-term and long-term, but decided we’d spend a year learning more about mental illness before launching any programs. But we do know this: America’s mental health system is irreparably broken and inadequate. In many ways, it failed Matthew with misdiagnosis and wrong treatments his entire life. (For years, Matthew was diagnosed as having bi-polar disorder when he actually had Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and major depression (MDD). America’s mental health system needs far more than repair. It needs to be reinvented and revolutionized.

via Saddleback Church – Pastor Rick’s News & Views 7/26/13.

Preachers of LA: Church Profiles and Online Reputation

A new reality tv show coming this Fall is called Preachers of LA. The wide world of churches is vast and these pastors and churches are not in the circles that I’m familiar with, and they’re bound to get more attention than ever with a new reality show coming soon, exhibiting their back stories for all to see. Most if not all of them apparently come from a so-called “prosperity Gospel” perspective. How that is defined may well not be an exact science or an exact theology.

In reference to an article on Pastors on the Pentecostal site Charisma News, one reader wrote: “I won’t be watching this mess. These particular ‘men of God’ were chosen for a reason. Don’t they realize they are being used by these TV producers to make a mockery of Christianity?”

Here’s what I could find about who they are, their online presence, and links to their church websites:Image

Deitrick Haddon (@DeitrickHaddon 149k followers): The son of a bishop and an evangelist, Deitrick was preaching at the age of 11 and conducting the church choir at 13.  …  Aside from the call on his life, the one thing that helped him from hitting rock bottom was his music. A dynamic personality, singer, songwriter, and preacher… “I’m one of the producers of the show and I thought it was necessary for people to get an inside look on what it takes to be a man of the cloth.

Bishop Noel Jones (@BishopNoelJones 136k followers): A Jamaican born into poverty, Jones has made his way to the other extreme, now living on a hilltop with a view of the Pacific Ocean, Malibu at his feet… The pastor of a church full of celebrities, and the brother of Grace Jones, Bishop Jones is headed towards retirement… Pastor of City of Refuge in Gardena, California, with “a growing membership of 17,000 who jam the sanctuary 5 times a week” [est. attendance 10,000]

Bishop Clarence McClendon (@BishopMcClendon 15k followers): Bishop Clarence McClendon appears throughout the world on his weekly international broadcast, which is available in 250 million homes worldwide… Pastor of Full Harvest International Church in Gardena, California. [est. attendance 2,000]

Pastor Jay Haizlip (@jayhaizlip 11k followers): … pioneering great of competitive skateboarding… but fell deep into drugs… [now] helping rescue souls for the Kingdom.  Serving as Senior Pastor of The Sanctuary of Huntington Beach…

@PreachersofLA 457 followers – Twitter account of the reality tv show

And the 2 pastors not yet on Twitter::

Bishop Ron Gibson… Although he was raised by a Christian mother in the Church, Ron succumbed to the pressure of the streets and became a Compton Crip by the age of 16.  This led to a life of crime and drug addiction, until Christ changed his life.  He started Life Church Of God In Christ [Riverside, California] with 9 members, which has now grown to a congregation of approximately 4,000 members.  … [est. attendance 4,500]

Pastor Wayne ChaneyAt the age of 20 he got the call from God and has grown to become a prominent pastor of the church his grandfather built… Pastor Chaney has helped remarkably grow the church, along with the help of his secret weapon, his wife, gospel artist Myeshia Chaney. While Antioch is poised to become the next mega-church with the ability to reach millions worldwide…  Pastor of Antioch Church of Long Beach [est. attendance 1,250]

(Twitter follower count is taken at the time of this post)