I want to switch accounts on my Galaxy Note 10.1, so my wife can use it on a trip she's taking, but I want to re-install the same apps. Since it's not rooted at the moment, I have to reset to factory defaults to switch Google accounts which would erase everything I have installed

In order to restore my installed apps and data after resetting, I'm using ADB (Android Debug Bridge) to backup my device. The backup command looks like this: adb backup -apk -shared -all -f galaxynote.ab For this particular device, if I didn't enter a password it would create an empty backup file.

Once this is done, I can reset the tablet and then run: adb restore galaxynote.ab And my apps are back but using a different Google account.

My plan is to eventually flash the Note 10.1 with Android 4.2 so we can have multi-users but that will have to wait for another day.

Quick Linux tip. If you want to access Microsoft's fancy new web mail interface in Linux/Chrome you need to spoof Chrome's user-agent. Since it works in Firefox, I used that user-agent for spoofing. I setup a script with this line

google-chrome --user-agent="Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux x86_64; en-US; rv: Gecko/20101206 Ubuntu/10.10 (maverick) Firefox/3.6.13"

Next, I made a launcher from my desktop to call this script. Note that all your Chrome windows and tabs will be using this user-agent.

Ubuntu 10.04 update
03 June 2010

An update to my Ubuntu 10.04 experience. I did a fresh install and things have gone a bit smoother. A couple hiccups remained though.

  • Wireless no longer worked out of the box on my Dell Latitude E6400. I had to install 3rd party drivers.
  • NVidia 3rd party drivers were worse. This seemed to be the cause of the freezing mentioned in my last post. Using the 3rd party NVidia drivers caused my laptop to freeze during boot and shutdown if on battery power.

Ubuntu 10.04
01 June 2010

Upgrading my laptop from Ubuntu 9.10 to 10.04 was relatively painless. I did get a scare when the graphics failed with a white streaky screen. For some reason there was an /etc/X11/xorg.conf file that shouldn't have been there. After switching to console and removing the conf file, the graphics were fine. Flash had to be fixed by removing the flash plugin and re-installing via command line with

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree

That's all I had to do after the upgrade. At least for now.


So it turns out that I am having major issues with Lucid Lynx. Well, one issue, it freezes constantly. Especially during boot and shutdown requiring hard kills. I will spend some time trying to repair it, but it's looking like I'll be downgrading.