Contacts in Android not Saving or Syncing Properly

I recently had difficulty syncronizing my contacts between Google and my Android tablet. The symptoms were actually pretty strange. I could change contacts, I could add them in Google and they would show up on my tablet. But, contacts created on the tablet would not only never make it to Google, but they wouldn’t even save on the tablet.

After some work and searching around, I found the solution was to reset the Android contact database.

WARNING!!!! YOU MUST DELETE YOUR CONTACTS FROM YOUR ANDROID TO RESET THE DATABASE. MAKE SURE TO BACK YOUR CONTACTS UP TO REMOVABLE STORAGE (SD Card) BEFORE BEGINNING THIS PROCESS!

After backing up your contacts to a removable storage device, follow this procedure:

From your main Android apps screen, click your menu button and select “settings”.

Click on “Accounts & sync” and uncheck “background sync”.

Return to your “settings” page (click the back key) and click “Applications”.

Select “Manage Applications” then choose “ALL”.

Find the “Contacts Storage” application and open it.

Click the “clear data” button.

Return to the main Android apps screen, click “menu” then select “settings” again.

Click on “Accounts & sync” and recheck “background sync”.

Then reload contacts from backup and select Google to syncronize with.

This resolved my issues, hopefully it may help someone else as well! Comments or questions? List them below!

Minecraft ModLoader Install in Linux

Being a computer geek is kind of fun… unless it’s a holiday weekend and family members continually use you for free technical support.  Of course, when it’s your son, it’s hard to say, “No!”  Besides, I live for technical challenges that need solving with very scant information.

So, on New Years Day, my son was attempting to install ModLoader for Minecraft.  When he had asked, he had already struggled to follow the instructions for some time, and things were NOT going well.

Anyway, it appears that the way that some of the “make-it-easy-to-do-stuff” tools don’t actually do everything right.  Specifically, using “Archive Manager” in Ubuntu Linux to add files to a Java .jar file doesn’t properly work.

So, if you’re trying to follow the install instructions for ModLoader on Linux and your program freezes on the Mojang splash-screen, the .jar file it is likely that your jar file is somehow corrupted.  The best way to add the appropriate files to your minecraft.jar file is to create a new directory and unzip the minecraft.jar file into that directory.  Add the appropriate files.  Zip up the directory again and rename it minecraft.jar.

Make sure to use the -r (recurse subdirectories) when zipping up the jar file again.  Otherwise, the .jar file will still be incomplete.

Here’s a quick transcript of what we did to recreate the minecraft.jar file with the proper files from ModLoader 1.0.0:

A couple of notes – ModLoader.zip was placed in the .minecraft/Downloads directory (a directory specifically created to store minecraft download files like mods and others).

#cd ~/.minecraft/Downloads
#mkdir ModLoader
#cd ModLoader
#cp ../ModLoader.zip .
#unzip ModLoader.zip
#cd ~/.minecraft/bin
#cp minecraft.jar minecraft.orig.jar               #NOTE: Make a backup copy – just in case
#mkdir modloader-workdir
#cd modloader-workdir
#cp ../minecraft.jar .
#unzip minecraft.jar
#rm minecraft.jar
#cp ../../Downloads/ModLoader/* .
#rm -r META-INF #NOTE: This REQUIRED STEP missed in original posting
#zip -r minecraft.zip *
#mv minecraft.zip ../minecraft.jar
#cd ..
#rm -rf modloader-workdir

That will create a new minecraft.jar file with the ModLoader classfiles.  NOTE: You will need to follow these instructions any time MineCraft updates (even if it’s a forced update) – so make sure to keep the ModLoader.zip file around.

Hopefully this will help others, but more importantly, it’ll help me remember what the heck I did when Minecraft gets updated and I need to redo this.

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