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Travellinman has written a Windows Application to extract conversation with a contact into a easy to read text file. I am hosting it here on my blog so that it can be easily accessed by anyone interested.

Updated version 0.2 can be downloaded by clicking here.

The instructions to use this application on a Windows computer are within the .ZIP file that you download, extract all the files and then open the Readme.txt file.

Google has recently updated its Maps App for Android to 4.1.0. Normally the update process in the market is straight forward, but some times it can get tricky, specially if you are using a custom ROM as most of the ROMs come with the Maps App pre-installed and that can make it difficult to update them.

When trying to update to the new version, if you get an error message like “Package file was not signed correctly.” or “Package was not signed correctly.”, then you need to uninstall the previous version of the App first and then install the new version. To uninstall the previous version, run this command from the computer:

adb uninstall com.google.android.apps.maps

After this install the new version from the Android Market.

Just finished moving the site from Blogger to WordPress. Hopefully all the links and pages are working correctly…

For anyone interested, here’s what I did:

  1. Looked at the instructions on the Installing WordPress page.
  2. Installed WordPress on IIS6 from the Microsoft Web Apps Gallery.
  3. Imported the posts from Blogger using the built-in import function of WordPress.
  4. Installed the Eos theme by SRS Solutions.
  5. Installed a few mobile themes and settled at WordPress Mobile Pack plugin for now. One of the main reasons being that it has support for Admob ads :)
  6. Since I was moving my site from Blogger and wanted to make sure that all the old links to my old site were still working, I needed a redirection plugin, so installed the Redirection plugin and created entries for all the redirects I needed to work with the permalink structure of my new site.
  7. Found out that redirections won’t work that easily on IIS as it doesn’t have Apache’s mod_rewrite functionality.
  8. Tried isapi_rewrite lite which could do the required but then found it gets installed as a global isapi filter which could mess with other sites on the server.
  9. Found the article at Caspian IT and quickly downloaded IIRF but could not get it to work initially, the documentation and the page at Caspian IT still has reference to IsapiRewrite4.dll and IsapiRewrite4.ini files which seem to have been renamed to IIRF.dll and IIRF.ini in the current release. Another thing to note is that the IIRF.ini file needs to be in the root of the actual site, rather than in the same folder as the IIRF.dll file.
  10. Installed the Google Analyticator plugin to get Google Analytics support.
  11. Installed the Google XML Sitemaps plugin.
  12. Installed the Social Bookmarks plugin.
  13. Installed the Link to Post plugin.
  14. Modified the Eos theme to add a Paypal button :)

A simple App to backup and restore Call Logs, useful when doing a factory reset or installing custom ROMs. The backup is stored by default in /sdcard/CallLogBackupRestore folder.

This App is a must if you need to keep a history of all the calls you’ve made from or received on the phone since Android only keeps a history of the 500 latest calls and any calls older than that are automatically deleted from the phone.

Please report any problems you are having with the App here in the comments section or email me with the details as I cannot respond to problems in the Android Market. My email address is on the market.

    

Features:

  • Backup Call Logs / History in XML format.
    • Choose a scheduled time to automatically backup everyday.
    • Choose the name of the file to backup to.
    • Option to add and XSL style sheet to the XML file, so that the file can be opened with a browser for viewing easily.  Click here to download a sample XSL Stylesheet for Call Logs. Copy it in the same folder as the Backup XML file and then open the XML file in a browser like Internet Explorer or Firefox.
    • Option to add the date in readable format.
    • Option to use an “Archive Mode” where the backup data keeps getting added to a single file.
    • Backup format is independent of the Android version so the calls can be easily moved from one phone to another, irrespective of which version of Android it has. Tested with 1.5, 1.6, 2.01, 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3.
  • Restore Call Logs
    • Option to select the backup file to be restored from the folder.
  • View Backup Contents from within the App.
  • Delete all Call Logs on the Phone.
  • Email a backup file.
  • Delete existing backup files.
    • Option to delete old files automatically after specified number of days.

Download:

This app can be downloaded from the Android Market/Play Store, search for it or scan this QR code with a Barcode Scanner app:

User Interface:

The screen has 6 buttons:

  • Backup: Backup all the Call logs on the phone to the xml file.
  • Restore: Reads the xml file and creates a new Call log for every entry found in the file. Duplicates are checked based on number, duration and date/time of the call.
  • View: View the contents of the backup file.
  • Delete Backups: Allows selection of backup files to be deleted.
  • Delete Calls: Deletes all the Call logs on the phone, so that a Restore can be performed.
  • Donate: If you wish to donate for the App via PayPal.

Menu Options:

  • Help: Help information about the App.
  • Preferences: Opens the Preferences Screen.
  • Send by Email: Allows you to send the backup file by Email.

Preferences:

  • Use Scheduled Backups: If automatic backups should be performed as per the schedule.
  • Time of Backup: The time at which the Automatic Scheduled Backup should start.
  • Days to Keep Old Backups: When performing automatic backups, backup files older than these
    many days will be deleted after the backup is performed. To keep an older file rename
    it so that the filename starts with _ (underscore).
  • Use Archive Mode: If the backup should be kept in only one file. Any new backups
    taken since the last backup would be added to the same file.
  • Archive Filename: When using Archive Mode, the name of the backup file.
  • Backup Folder: The folder to store the backups in.
  • Disable Verification: Disables the verification of the backup file after a backup
    is performed.
  • Add Readable Date: Add the date in human readable format.
  • Readable Date Format: The format of the date used when adding readable date to the backup file.
  • Add XSL Tag: Add Xsl tag to view backup file in browser. Click here to download a sample XSL File. Copy it in the same folder as the Backup XML file and then open the XML file in a browser like Internet Explorer or Firefox.
  • Add Contact Names: Add names of the Contacts to the backup.
  • Filename Date Format: The format of the date used to generate new file names.
  • Disable Vibration: Disables the vibration on completion of an operation.
  • Enable Logging: For troubleshooting purposes, logs any errors encountered to the system log.
  • Do not show Ads: Removes the Ads displayed in the App.
  • I have Donated!: Removes the reminder to donate after a scheduled backup.

Known Problems / Issues:

  • If you are running any “Task Killer” app that kills apps on a schedule (like Advanced Task Manager), make sure that you exclude SMS Backup & Restore from it, otherwise the Scheduled Backups may not work properly. This App displays a notification every time it backs up with the details of the backup, make sure you are getting those notifications.
  • Android only keeps a log of last 500 calls and the app can only backup the calls which are in those logs. If you have configured the app to automatically delete the backups after a few days then you’ll loose that call history.
  • HTC users have reported issue where on restore the names don’t appear on the restored calls. Here’s the suggested work around from them:
    1. On HTC, export contacts to SD
    2. Delete all contacts (keep Call history)
    3. Import contacts from SD
Translations:
- Finnish – Thanks to Juhana H.
- Russian – Thanks to Pavel (Павел Миронов)
- Spanish – Thanks to Miguel A. Alvarez
- French  - Thanks to Julien Benoist
- German – Thanks to Marc Hillesheim & Jan Allan Zischke
- Dutch – Thanks to Kristof Roels
- Portuguese – Thanks to António Silva
- Italian – Thanks to Oliver Thomas Cervera
- Polish – Thanks to MSZ & MR
- Swedish – Thanks to Björn Lindahl
- Estonian – Thanks to Margus Palu
- Simplified Chinese – Thanks to Thomas Wang
- Slovenian – Thanks to TKL
- Welsh – Thanks to Huw Waters
- Czech – Thanks to Jiri Trcka
- Macedonian (Republic of Macedonia – F.Y.R.O.M.) – Thanks to Vlad
- Turkish – Thanks to Hasan Gök
- Hungarian – Thanks to Kojedzinszky Dániel
- Hebrew – Thanks to s_h
- Traditional Chinese – Thanks to Bernie Huang
- Korean – Thanks to HoeLyn Do (도회린)
- Norwegian – Thanks to Dag Jøran Hanssen
- Danish – Thanks to Jeppe Leth Nielsen
- Romanian – Thanks to Gabriel Peca
- Greek – Thanks to Michael and Dimitrios
- Slovak – Thanks to Richard Antal

Change Log:

v3.01:

  • Another fix for broken GS II 4.0.4 update.
  • Disable Notifications works again.
  • Temporarily disabled the HTC Contact Id fix as its not populating contacts properly.

v3.00:

  • Backup files and conversation lists can now be sorted.
  • Inbuilt browsing for folders.
  • Detection of external sd cards.
  • Lots of other internal changes.

v2.61:

  • Fix for “raw_contact_id” restore error on Samsung phones
  • Excluded message logs from backups on Samsung phones as they cannot be restored.

v2.6:

  • Fix for Caller names not appearing after restore on HTC phones.

v2.5:

  • Fix for backup files not appearing on computer with devices like Galaxy Nexus.
  • Fix for voice mail error messages during restore on ICS. Now calls with incorrect call types will be ignored and reported as failed.
  • Changed the Ad Network.

v2.1:

  • Fixed a problem with the Viewer on phones running older Android versions.

v2.0:

  • Added Archive Mode – Keeps adding backups to an existing file.
  • Added Viewer for viewing the Backup on the phone.
  • Added option to select the date format used when storing Readable Date in the backup.
  • Added option to specify the folder for the Backup files.

v1.6:

  • Added preference to backup Contact Names as well.

v1.5:

  • Scheduled Backups.

v1.4:

  • Added Scheduled Backups (experimental).
  • Added Preference screen.
  • Fixed rotation bug.
  • Lots more

v1.3:

  • Added button to facilitate selection of files to be deleted.

v1.2:

  • Fix for the wrong month in the auto-generated file name.

v1.1:

  • Support for multiple backup files:
    • Backup asks to input a file name.
    • Restore asks to select a file.
  • Added Menu option to send the Backup file by Email.
  • Added prompt during restore to confirm if duplicates should be checked.
  • Faster restore when not checking for duplicates.
  • Backup xml is now properly indented.
  • Now does not ask to delete (and does not delete) calls before restore.

v1.0:

  • Added warning before overwriting existing backup file.
  • Minor bug fixes when writing the file.
  • Now Ad supported.

v0.1:

  • Initial release.


APN Backup & Restore is a simple App to backup and restore APNs. The backup is stored in the /sdcard/APNBackupRestore/ folder.

Please report any problems you are having with the App here in the comments section or email me with the details as I cannot respond to problems in the Android Market. My email address is on the market.

The screen has 4 buttons:

  • Backup APNs: Backup all the APNs defined on the phone to the xml file.
  • Restore APNs: Reads the xml file and creates a new APN for every entry found in the file.
  • Delete Backup Files: Allows selection of old backup files to be deleted.
  • Delete APNs: Deletes all the APNs defined on the phone, so that a Restore can be performed.

Menu Options:

  • Help: Help information about the App.
  • Send by Email: Allows you to send the backup file by Email.
  • Donate: If you wish to donate for the App via PayPal.
  • Enable Logging: For troubleshooting purposes, logs any errors encountered to the system log.
Android 4.4 / KitKat: The app has to be moved to the /system/priv-app folder for it to be able to acquire the correct permissions.

Android 4 / Ice Cream Sandwich:Google seems to have changed the access level for applications which can write/change APN Settings in Android 4 (ICS). Now 3rd Party apps are not allowed to change APN Settings. You can convert it to a System app using Titanium Backup on a rooted phone and use. Instructions:

- Open Titanium Backup
- Go to backup/restore tab
- Find APN Backup & Restore on the list
- Long press on the app when you find it
- Select Convert to system app
- Open APN Backup & Restore
- Click menu and disable ICS check
Thanks to Joaquín for the instructions.

MMSProtocol: It seems its an optional setting, the G1 doesnt even have the setting for it in the APN screen. By default the value for this setting does not appear in the backup xml because “WAP2.0″ gets displayed even if nothing is selected in the APN Setting screen. If you go into the details and explicitly select a value then it will be correctly backed up and restored.

NOTE: If you have deleted all the APNs by mistake and want to go back to the defaults then you can always do so by going to Settings -> Wireless Controls -> Mobile Network Settings -> Access Point Names, then press the Menu button and select “Reset to default”.

Backup format is independent of the Android version so the APNs can be easily moved from one phone to another, irrespective of which version of Android it has. Tested with 1.5, 1.6, 2.01, 2.1, 2.2.

Download: APN Backup & Restore can be downloaded from the Android Market on your phone. It can also be downloaded from SlideMe.Org

Change Log:
v1.5:

  • Fixed bug with Send by Email.

v1.4:

  • Support for multiple backup files:
    • Backup asks to input a file name.
    • Restore asks to select a file.
  • Button to facilitate selection of files to be deleted.

v1.3:

  • Backup xml is now properly indented.
  • Option to send backup file by email.

v1.1:

  • Minor bug fixes, now handles missing SD Card while backing up.
  • Now Ad supported.

v1.0:

  • Now handles invalid APN settings (missing MCC & MNC) in some custom ROMs (CyanogenMod, MyHero etc)
  • Added menu option to enable/disable Logging.
  • Added button to donate via PayPal.

v0.4

  • Now asks to delete existing APNs before restore.
  • Checks for duplicates and overwrites any existing APNs based on Name, MCC and MNC

v0.3

  • Now handles the missing mmsprotocol setting on the G1.

v0.2

  • Changed the xml tags a bit, not compatible with the previous version.
  • Better handling of null values.

v0.1

  • Initial release.