Monthly Archives: August 2016

g-watch crashlooping

I have a LG G-watch (android smart watch, the square one). I’m not using it much and it mostly seats on my desk, uncharged.
For some reason, I decided to give it another try and it could never start: just after boot, it would say that settings crashed, proposing to wait or to close. Tried all several times and it was stuck in a crash-loop. Rebooting, letting it run out of battery again did not help.
The goal of this post is to keep some notes of the reparation.

Some notes:

  • G-watch hardware is called dory and builds are named platina. This helps recognize if the build is for the correct platform or not.
  • To go into boot-loader mode, you need to swipe in diagonal when LG logo pops-up (from top left to down right)
  • From bootloader, you can do a factory reset. It did not help for me (suspecting issue with hardware or corrupted firmware)
  • adb can be found in the recent android sdk, you need to install the usb driver on windows. it handles communication with the device over usb.
  • Watch is recognized by computer (using adb devices -l) only when it’s in sideload mode. adb logcat never provided anything, which is not really surprising on a production device.
  • Finding a firmware can be fun. I finally had some luck on this website and ended up getting that firmware. Not much chances of failing as firmware are signed : if it’s not for the correct device, it will likely fail with code 7 (had some of these). Likely legit as it comes from googleapis.com domain. I usually am weary of getting stuff from unknown source for firmwares as it can be quite easy to push a virus.
  • The physical button on bottom of watch needs to be pressed for ~6s for the watch to shut down. It requires a lot of pressure to press it and hold it (but does a nice click to let you know)

After quite a bit of messing around, it finally reworks. Somehow, one OTA update must have failed.

Bruce reads (it’s funnier in French)

I’m just back from vacation and beach is super boring, so I’ve had plenty of time for reading and I haven’t posted in a long time.

  • Redeemed: last book of the “House of Night” serie, as usual, lots of stuff is happening when a serie is finishing. Compared to some other, that one is fairly easy to read but mostly enjoyable, with some surprise. Definitely recommended for teenagers and non-native speaker wanting to read some random bit-litt.
  • Lenobia’s vow: this is a book explaining the story behind one of the teacher from the house of night series, by the same authors. The book brings absolutely no value if you already read the house of night series as everything is already known and just repeated.
  • You’re never weird on the internet (almost): autobiography of Felicia Day, who is a web addict / video game player / video producer / internet business woman. I didn’t know the lady, I found the story really interesting, with lots of things echoing into my personal experience. I recommend this reading for any geek, this is really interesting for remembering some old good time and seeing the point of view of a woman on this old age. Not necessarily as glorious as we’d like it to be. To be clear, I didn’t know the author before reading the book and I know want to see what she produced.
  • Des femmes dans la mafia: written in French, the role and situation of women in the various italian mafias. Interesting because it’s happening now (some stories are less than 5 years old), because it’s super close and it explains a lot about what the mafia really is. Not an easy read, but I loved it.
  • Fire touched: last episode of the adventures from Mercy Thompson. Nothing really interesting, quite boring IMHO but good if you’re reading the serie.
  • Written in Red: First book of “the Others”, it’s happening in the equivalent of the US, in an alternate universe where shapeshifters would own the land and lease it to the humans. Easy and thrilling read, more mature IMHO than average teenage bit-litt. Quite a few interesting analysis on how society works are intereleaved in the story,.
  • Murder of Crows: second book of the others, still very good :-).

This brings me to 23 books read this year, which makes me complete my 2016 goodreads challenge. Not really ambitious this year, I think I’ll plan for ~30 next year. As it’s a good time to look back: I read mostly in english (2 books in French, out of which one is a gift), I read mostly bitt-lit / Heroic Fantasy / Science Fiction. I think my english level is now good enough for me to start tackling more complex books. I must say that I pretty much know everything about vampires and shapeshifters. These last vacations where the opportunity to dig into different topics and I really liked it.