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How to root HP Touchpad

Alohaeveryone, I haven’t updated this blog for a long time but I would like to share the instructions of how to root a HP Touchpad since friends kept asking me.

Step one – put your device in developer mode
1, go to setting
2, click “device info”
3, click “device info” pull down manual (located top left corner)
4, click “custom application”
5, type ##3386633#
6, turn on developer mode (slider option, located top right corner)
7, click submit without entering password (if it doesnt work, try again until the slider option stay on but not grey out)

Step two – log in as root(admin) from computer
1, download and install webOS SDK from here

2, Download and install Java here

3, Download novacom
For Windows 32-bit, download novacom-win-32.tgz and install novacom with NovacomInstaller_x86.msi.
For Windows 64-bit, download novacom-win-64.tgz and install novacom with NovacomInstaller_x64.msi.
4, connect touchpad to your computer
5, click “cancel” from top right corner to cancel USB Drive mode
6, browse to C:\Program Files\Palm, Inc\terminal and run novaterm.bat
7, now you are logged in as root of your touchpad.

CAD Lights Euro Pico Unboxing


For those who interested to keep a small saltwater reef tank, I found a very interesting tank from CAD Lights – Euro Pico LED reef system for you guys. It come with different size; 4 gallon, 8 gallon and 18 gallon for you to chose from. The video below is a unboxing for the smallest 4 gallon.

The reason I pick CAD Lights Euro Pico vs other cheaper pico tank in the market as below:

  • StarFire Glass – Maximum clarity compare to normal glass. (no blue or green tint)
  • 3.8W blue and white LEDs max – should keep most soft corals happy.
  • 110 GPH (gallon per hour) pump – no need additional power head for waterflow.
  • Extra room from the filter system – enough space for you to fit in a 25W heater
  • Photo of the cycling the tank with 5lbs live sand and around 3lbs live rock.

I am woking with the manufacture to see if I can get some discount to those interested buying the tank after watching this post. Please leave comments here to support and check this post again to see if there are any updates.

Macro extension tube test with my reef tank

Macro photography is quite fun. Some people like to insect photography, some people like to close – up with plants/flowers. I would like to try with my reef tank. The above photo was not taken by a marco lens. Instead, I am using the extension tube set I bought years ago. Instead of buying a marco lens, the extension tube set allow me to convert all my lens collection to marco lens.

Kenko DG Auto Extension Tube Set for Canon EOS is what I am using for above photo and the video below. It is designed with all the circuitry and mechanical coupling to maintain auto focus and TTL auto exposure with most Canon,and Nikon lenses (make sure you pick the right set for your camera).

for Canon EOS EF and EF-s

for Nikon

Following video show some macro fun with my reef tank. I hope you enjoy it.

Update of the Reef Tank

An update of my 60 gallons reef tank 6 months after I start this hobby. I try to ID most of the corals I have while there are 2 of them missing. Please leave me comments if you can ID them.

Sun Polyps Corals Time Lapse Captured by iPhone 4

The above is a video of Sun Polyps corals captured by iPhone 4 with one photo per second. Since they move very slowly, I used 800 photos combined together for a 1 min time lapse video. The last 10 secs shows how they eat while I feed them directly. I think its kinda fun, but my wife said its kinda gross. No matter what, I hope you enjoy it and leave me comments as a support.

As you know, I like photography and keeping fishes/corals in a reef tank is my new hobby. Starting next week, I will start posting how I got the tank started (include unboxing videos + DIYs).

Photography + Reef Tank = Fun :)

Starting a New Hobby

Alohaeveryone, you may be wondering why I haven’t been posting as much as before. In the pass two months, I have been studying my new hobby – Nano Reef. The photos above are my first pair of clown fish that arrived yesterday. Once the fish tank becomes stable, I will start writing more about this hobby from a beginner’s point of view and hope you will enjoy it.

Following is a video I uploaded to youtube which has a sneak peak of my tank. I named it “The Beginning of My Reef Tank” which I hope you will like it. Thanks for the support and welcome to leave me comments.

Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L Test Samples + Unboxing Video

The above photos are test samples from the new Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L lens I just got, while I also have a Canon 24-105mm IS L. You may be wondering why I bought the 24-70 even though the 24-105 IS is able to cover the range with Image Stabilization. Image Stabilization allows you to shoot at low shutter speed and keep the images fairly sharp. However, if you are shooting in a low light condition, the true 1-stop advantage from Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L is being able to freeze the motion of your  subject while Canon 24-105mm IS L just gets you a clear background.  The range of this lens is the most important range for a full frame camera user, and this is the reason I wanted to get the best lens Canon can offer at the moment.

After testing this lens for a month and comparing with 24-105mm, I found the following:

  • The focus of this lens is faster
  • Macro shots can be closer
  • I like the Bokeh from this lens better
  • Contrast is better
  • I will need to get the Canon 70-200mm f2.8 to cover the 105mm range.  ; )

The 24-70mm does not come with IS, which is fine with me, since I don’t think I really need that function anyways. Because if I did need to shoot at a lower shutter speed, I can always use the trick I call “human image stabilization“.

Below is my unboxing video, in case you wanted know what come in the package. And if you wanna give this lens a try, you can get Canon 24-70mm f2.8 here for $1370 shipped