THE QUEST

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I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth,
I’ve prayed hard and still praying harder
I’ve worked hard and still working harder,
I’ve chosen a path with an unforeseen end.
I still linger on this path cos I saw the end from the beginning.

I’ve broken barriers yet more remain unbroken.
I have come a long way yet there still lies a journey ahead
as though I’ve not started.
Should I give up or keep chasing this DREAM?
I don’t need an answer though.

I’ll endeavour to finish this race
Cos I know a great reward awaits me at the finish line.
In the end, I would look back at my footprints and say
BRAVO to myself and all those who assisted me during my tough journey.
The journey referred to as IMPOSSIBLE DREAM by the faint hearted.

I would offer wine in replacement of water and
mansion in replacement of shelter.
This is my quest, to leave a legacy that will teach generations.
Golden spoons do I hereby promise my kids.
The future is bright that not even dum dum dums) can dim it.


(©Kobbygreg 2015)

MUSICAL EVENTS IN MARCH YOU SHOULDN’T MISS (A)

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THE EXPERIENCE BY TRINITY MUSIC CREW

The much anticipated program is finally here. You simply can’t afford to miss this program. 

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Trinity Music Crew is a contemporary gospel music group dedicated to ministry by evangelizing and soul winning through worship.

This years program promises nothing but the best.

This year’s concert is in support of the New Life Orphanage in Cape Coast.

Come and Experience it yourself. 

Date: 29th March, 2015

Venue: CNC

The Most Convenient Way to Use ADB & Fastboot Commands with your Android Device

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When it comes to hack your Android device with some custom mods, ADB & fastboot are essential. You may have seen, most of the mod or Custom ROM / firmware installation guides; these put this tool to be set up on your PC as a basic and an essential requirement. Now, you may be wondering, what these tools actually do & how can you use it with your Android phone.

Well, ADB stands for Android Debug Bridge while Fastboot is special mode on some of the Android devices (like Sony, HTC & Nexus phones). Use of ADB & Fastboot will be better understood when youll actually implement it on your phone.

How to Use ADB Commands:

  • In order to use ADB & Fastboot commands, you need to download ADB & Fastboot Package. Download it here ADB & Fastboot Files
  • Once you download the package, extract it to any convenient location on your PC. Now open that extracted folder and hold Shift button of your keyboard. By holding shift button,right click on empty space. From the list, choose Open command window here option. A command window will be opened. Now you can use this command prompt to enter ADB & fasboot commands.

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Note: ADB commands can be used only if USB debugging option is enabled in your phone. And Fastboot commands are used when the device is booted in fastboot mode. For more info, refer the topic given below.

Basic ADB Commands:

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  • adb devices – Checks whether your device is connected or not. If its connected, some random numbers will appear in command window
  • adb reboot recovery – Device boots in recovery mode.
  • adb reboot bootloader – Device boots in bootloader mode (For non-Samsung devices) .
  • adb reboot download – Device boots in download mode (For Samsung phones only).
  • adb install _____.apk – Installs apk file in your device. Replace dotted space with an actual name of the apk file (Place an apk file in the same folder where ADB & fastboot files are located).
  • adb push <local path> <remote path> – Transfers file from PC to your Android device (Change the parameters accordingly).
  • adb pull <remote path> <local path> – Transfer file from Android device to PC.

How to Boot into the Fastboot Mode:

There are two methods by which you can enter into the Fastboot mode. Those are explained below:

Method 1: Manual Method

Manual method is nothing but the use of Key combinations such as Volume down, Volume up, power key, home button etc. Each device has its own way to boot into the fastboot mode. For instance, Key combination for HTC & Sony devices is mentioned below.

For HTC phones:

  • Switch off the device, press & hold Volume down + power key simultaneously till you get a special mode. This special mode is nothing but a Bootloader.  In bootloader, select fastboot mode option (using Volume keys & power button).

For Sony Phones:

  • Switch off the phone and Hold the respective fastboot button while connecting your device to a computer. Refer this list to know the fastboot button of your device:

Method 2: Using ADB Commands

  • If you dont the key combinations to boot into fastboot mode then ADB command is a convenient way for you. Just remember to turn on USB debugging option in your phone. Here is an ADB command to boot into bootloader mode (Refer above topic on how to use ADB Commands):

adb reboot bootloader

  • Once you get into the bootloader mode, select fastboot option.

Note: This method may or may not work with Sony Phones.

Now, lets see how to use fastboot mode to flash custom kernels, recoveries etc.

How to Use Fastboot Mode:

Assuming that youve kept your device in fastboot mode (using above topic), well directly proceed to the commands needed for flashing Recoveries & kernels.

Note: If you dont know where to put these commands, please refer the topic on How to use ADB commands (Given above).

For Flashing Kernel:

  • Use this command to flash a stock kernel or any custom kernel:

fastboot flash boot _____.img

  • Replace the dotted space with an actual name of a kernel file.

For Flashing Reocvery:

  • Use this command to flash custom recovery like CWM or TWRP in your phone:

fastboot flash recovery _____.img

  • Replace the dotted space with an actual name of a recovery file.

Basic Fastboot commands:

  • fastboot flash boot ____.img – Flashes kernel file in your device (Replace dotted space with an actual name of a kernel file).
  • fastboot flash recovery ____.img – Flashes recovery file in your device (Replace dotted space with an actual name of a kernel file).
  • fastboot devices – Checks whether your device is connected in fastboot mode.
  • fastboot reboot – Reboots device normally.
  • fastboot reboot-bootloader – Reboots device in bootloader.

That’s how you can use various ADB & Fastboot commands. If youve any doubts or queries, just drop a comment below, well try to sort it out as early as possible. Enjoy!

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BASIC ADB COMMANDS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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Android Debug Bridge (adb) is a versatile command line tool that lets you communicate with an emulator instance or connected Android-powered device. It is a client-server program that includes three components:

  • A client, which runs on your development machine. You can invoke a client from a shell by issuing an adb command. Other Android tools such as the ADT plugin and DDMS also create adb clients.
  • A server, which runs as a background process on your development machine. The server manages communication between the client and the adb daemon running on an emulator or device.
  • A daemon, which runs as a background process on each emulator or device instance

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Here’s a little guide for you to learn basic adb commands.

I assume you already have your SDK set up

1. Turn on ADB

Go to Menu > Settings > Applications > Development > USB Debugging

2. Running ADB

Open up command prompt and type your way to the directory you have your SDK in.

Mine is in C:\

So for example, mine would be: cd c:\AndroidSDK/tools

You are now in

3. Basic ADB commands

ADB push (sends files to your phone) — adb push c:\example.apk /sdcard/example.apk

ADB pull (Receives files from your phone) — adb pull /system/app/example.apk c:\example.apk

ADB install (installs application) — adb install c:\example.apk

adb shell (Begins shell connection with phone)

adb reboot (reboots phone)

adb reboot recovery (reboots phone into recovery)

adb reboot bootloader (reboots the phone into bootloader/the white screen)

adb remount (remounts the system)

4. Commands to run while in ADB Shell

cd (changes directories) — cd /system/app

ls (lists all files in the directory) — cd /system/app

rm (removes files) — rm /system/app/example.apk

cp (copies files) similar to cat — cp /system/app/example.apk /sdcard/example.apk

cat (copies files) — cat /system/app/example.apk > /sdcard/example.apk

exit (exits shell) — exit

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THE EASIEST WAY TO INSTALL JELLYBEAN (4.1.2) ON PANTECH FLEX

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pantech-flexProcedure if you ARE NOT running baseband JYUS06032013 (ICS Basebands) :

  • boot ICS CWM
  • flash FLEX-JB-JYUS06032013-FIRMWARE.zip from CWM
  • format system in CWM (will NOT wipe data, but makes sure old rom does not flash back stock recovery)
  • restart start recovery/adb reboot recovery (JB CWM is installed – do not try to fastboot boot ICS CWM)
  • flash FLEX-JB-JYUS06032013-ROM.zip from CWM.
  • reboot

Procedure if you ARE running baseband JYUS06032013 (JB Baseband) :

  • get root (Instructions HERE – use GANDALF)
  • install CWM (Instructions HERE)
  • flash FLEX-JB-JYUS06032013-FIRMWARE.zip from CWM
  • format system in CWM (will NOT wipe data, but makes sure old rom does not flash back stock recovery)
  • reboot to CWM
  • flash FLEX-JB-JYUS06032013-ROM.zip from CWM.
  • reboot

This ROM is Pantech stock stock stock with no mods other than CWM installation protection and all stock permissions and symlinks carefully maintained and consistent with the product of a successful OTA. It runs well with nothing broken. You MUST be on JB firmware (below) to run it properly.

The firmware is also stock, with the exception of the open aboot allowing fastboot boot <bootimage>, and installation of JB CWM with nothing else added or changed.

You can let the new CWM root it if you like when you exit – it will prompt you.

Downloads:
md5: 1a0ca5f177bce2f4c428931616e0ecd1 FLEX-JB-JYUS06032013-FIRMWARE.zip
md5: 17c0e611ab6dfbca230571c1e40f3d14 FLEX-JB-JYUS06032013-ROM.zip

Music Graduates Are More Employable Than You Might Think

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Two men in an audio production session one at keyboard the other at the mixing boardIf you study medicine at university, chances are you’ll become a doctor. For music students, it’s less obvious what job you’ll end up with… but it could be really fulfilling. The perception that options are narrow and jobs are few for music graduates needs to change.

It’s wrongly assumed that when it comes to jobs, music students are confined to their field of study. In reality, music graduates go on to do a wide range of jobs in a variety of different industries.

Alumni surveys from the University of Nottingham show that music graduates are employed across a varied range of fields. As you might expect, a large proportion (50%) work in the creative industry, but the roles performed by graduates vary greatly. (With unique skills and a broad range of graduate jobs on offer, music students have better prospects than people imagine.  Technical skills can set music graduates apart and lead to a diverse range of jobs)

Music grads work in publishing, editing, media production, broadcasting, and marketing. A number work with professional ensembles, but not all are performing as musicians – many work in management roles.

Less anticipated but no less common is the employment of music graduates in finance and banking, legal and consultancy.

Dr Robert Adlington, an associate professor of music at the University of Nottingham, credits these successful and varied outcomes to the highly desirable skills developed by music students during their studies.

In 2011, the Confederate of British Industry outlined the seven skills that define employability: self-management, team work, business and customer awareness, problem solving, communication, numeracy, and IT skills. Adlington says that music students develop all seven of these. By this measure, music graduates are among the most employable of all.

While some of these skills are acquired students of all subject – for example, team work, good communication, self-management – Adlington points out that music students have an edge. The experience of organising, hosting, and performing in events that are open to the public provides them with skills beyond those on other degree programmes. Few degrees require knowledge of customer awareness, or interaction with the public, for example.

James Lister studied music at the University of Nottingham but is now an associate with legal firm Charles Russell. His degree “taught a whole load of things you can’t find elsewhere”, such as public speaking and self-expression. He says that these skills, in addition to the “highly analytical aspects of a music degree”, which enable graduates to read, digest and form an opinion on a huge amount of information, greatly aided his transition into law.

The employability of music graduates appears to be in for a further boost. In addition to covering the traditional elements of a music degree (composition, performance, theory, history and so on), new modules that are focused specifically on employability are set to be introduced.

“Students don’t want to leave their future to chance anymore,” says Adlington, adding that employability is “part of our core model”.

Equally promising prospects can be achieved with less traditional, more hands-on degrees. The SAE Institute (previously known as the School of Audio Engineering) offers music courses that emphasise production values and teach students to a professional standard.

Jordan O’Shea, who graduated from SAE with a first in audio production, says the institute fast-tracked his career, allowing him to go it alone. He says:
“Without SAE, I wouldn’t have been able to record my own album. It allows you to go from being a bedroom producer to being a contender.” He adds: “Of course, there’s no guarantee you’ll be the next guy producing Adele.”

Students are taught not to depend on having access to a studio, or support or funding from a record label. Since leaving SAE, O’Shea has set up a self-built studio. From it, he co-founded Bear on a Bicycle, an award-winning Oxford-based music and art collective that cracked the city’s scene in under a year.

The collective’s success is a reflection of how changes in the music industry allow artists to produce and publicise themselves. The internet means artists can publish, distribute, and promote their own work. These methods are nothing new, but if combined with professional knowledge and experience, it can be a winning, name-making recipe.

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NKRUMAH’S VISION FOR AFRICAN UNITY PRESENTED IN MUSIC, DANCE & DRAMA

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ucc poster2THEME: NKRUMAH’S VISION FOR AFRICAN UNITY

BY: UCC MUSIC & DANCE DEPARTMENT

THURSDAY, 31st  OCTOBER, & FRIDAY, 1ST NOVEMBER 2013.

 7:00 PM EACH NIGHT AT THE SMS AUDITORIUM (UCC)

RATE: 5GHC STUDENTS/ 7GHC OTHERS

Considering the gamut of achievements attributed to the first Prime Minister of Ghana, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, it goes without saying that his name will forever remain.  Truly, a number of structures have been put up and many activities have been instituted in Ghana and other parts of the world to celebrate this giant of noble standing.  This production stems from the same kind of thought as it aims at celebrating the life and works of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in a very unique way.  Through a rich blend of traditional Performing Arts (Music, Dance and Drama/theatre), this production highlights many aspects of Nkrumah’s life; his childhood, struggle for independence, vision for the unification of all Africa and his overthrow.

(There is going to be free Milk Malt for every individual and special packages for Students Associations)

For advance ticket kindly contact 0243 545 791 or 0247731649.

You can’t afford to miss this informative, educative and exciting performance.

This production is proudly sponsored by the US Embassy And Accra Brewery Ltd.

The Easiest Way To Completely Backup Your Android Device On PC Without Root Access

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It’s rather hard to overstate the importance of backing up personal files and data for the sake of their protection. In the digital age of today, the content stored on our PCs, smartphones, tablets etc., is perhaps more valuable to some than their lives. While some people worry too much for trivial items like holiday photos (and I repeat, I do not downplay their importance – I just don’t consider them a matter of life and death), others might have much more sensitive information that could differentiate between the success and failure of their businesses. Data security is the top most priority for most users of digital forms of storage, and hence, backup solutions are a must have to be of the safe side.

There’s quite a difference to how you’d treat data backups on a PC and a smartphone. On a computer, the operating system itself might not need be copied to any location, since it’s retail available and can be always reinstalled. However, come to an Android smartphone and the game changes significantly. It’s not like the OS isn’t available for a secondary install; what makes people cautious is because they’d usually like to play around with custom firmware, AOSP builds, modified kernels and whatnot to unleash the true power of their devices. For those reasons, and others of the like, people prefer backing up the entire partitions, just in case something goes wrong. And they’re darn right in doing so – ask someone with experience.

When it comes to data backup – both at app-level and system-wide – there’s no shortage of capable tools and solutions that hardly need any introduction. With such competition, it’s hard to imagine a newcomer making notice worthy room for mention. However, developed by XDA member omegavesko, Simple ADB Backup certainly is a head turner. The app uses Android 4.0+’s native backup facility over Android Debug Bridge to save a complete snapshot of your device in its current state, providing a convenient and newbie-friendly GUI to the ADB backup function of Android.

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Available for Windows and Linux platforms, Simple ADB Backup differs from all others of its kind in that it doesn’t require the device to be rooted in order to perform the data copy process. Popular alternatives like Titanium Backup and My Backup Pro both require a rooted device to function properly, so this comes as a bliss to all those who haven’t yet rooted the device (or don’t want to), but still would like to have data security. The application’s interface is really simple and easy to navigate, with big buttons indicating their purpose very clearly. It goes without saying that the application will require ADB to be setup on your machine, and USB Debugging to be enabled on the device itself.

Simple ADB Backup is a powerful and useful application, despite the fact that it’s still an open beta. It might not support all the devices, and would only work with those that are running Android version 4.0 or above. You may download the app for your respective platform at the source link below, as well as finding further technical details and assistance.

(SourceXDA-Developers forum thread) 

6 Easiest Steps To Root Galaxy Note 3 On Android 4.3

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Galaxy-Note-3-colorsNo matter which Android device you own, if you count yourself as an above-average user and are interested in seriously modifying the look and feel of your device, rooting is a must. Although it needs no introduction, rooting means getting the superuser app installed on your device to get system-level access to the Linux kernel on which Android is running. Nowadays, rooting has reached a level where any new device gets a root method merely days after it becomes publicly available (or in some cases, even before that). The same applies to Samsung’s latest flagship in its Note Phablet lineup, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

The device, which became available just last month, carries the top of the line processor, hardware and software available right now, and offers a user experience second to none in the Note lineup of devices. Supplement that with root access, and you have a pretty winning combination. Thankfully, the root for Galaxy Note 3 also comes from the renowned Chainfire, whose auto-root has served a viable, working solution for a lot of Android devices. What’s even better is that the root is available for almost all variants of the Note 3, and hence, if you have the T-Mobile or Sprint variant, you’re not excluded.

This guide applies to all devices for which a root package is available at the source link. However, the usual disclaimer applies, too; while safe, this method will void your warranty and we cannot be held liable to any damage to your device as a result of following these instructions.

Also, before you begin, be sure to backup your device, follow our guide on: How to completely backup your Android device on PC without root access. And download the Samsung Android USB driver as well.

  1.  Download the root package for your variant of Galaxy Note 3 from here. You will also need Odin3 software application, which you can get from here.
  2.  Extract the package to get to the .tar.md5 file, and save it to a convenient/easily-accessible location on your PC.
  3.  Reboot your device into Download Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down and Home keys whilst powering on the phone.
  4. Launch Odin3 on your PC and connect your Note 3 using USB cable. Wait for Odin to detect the phone (you should see a COM value in the first box, and an Added message in the box below).
  5. Click on PDA and select the extracted .tar.md5 file for your device. Make sure Repartition is not checked, and Auto-Reboot is checked (basically, nothing except Auto-Reboot should be checked).
  6. Click the Start button and wait for Odin3 to finish flashing the PDA. The phone will reboot as the process completes.

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After The Supreme Court Verdict

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imagesThe Supreme Court of Ghana said the President was validly elected as such they dismissed the petitioners case. In This view, the NDC headed by Prez John Mahama will continue ruling the nation until the next election in the year 2016.

Today is going to be a historical day in our dear nation Ghana. Democracy has indeed taken a new dimension in Ghana because as at now that i write this post, there is no reported  violence.

One Ghana! One People!! One Love

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