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Jan 7

Here are some screens of the Picture Guess: Harry Potter application available on the Android Marketplace

Jan 7

ROBOTS OR DINOSAURS?

Has to be Robots!!!

Jan 6

Shank 2 Awesome Gameplay Video!

I recently picked up Shank over the recent steam Christmas sales and so far am having an absolute blast through it! A gameplay video of Shank 2 has been released and it is epic! Check it out:

Credits to Vimeo.

Picture Guess: Harry Potter Edition Released!

Hi,

We have released the ‘Picture Guess: Harry Potter’ complete edition to the Android Market for all the fans to enjoy!  

It can be be found here:

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.rangerstudios.pictureguessharrypotteredition

Fixing Problems When Installing Android SDK Tools

 was trying to install the Android SDK Tools through the SDK manager and was having a few problems. The solution to the problem was not so obvious and the error message didn’t help much either. I thought I’d share what the problem was and how I resolved it.

The following message was shown when trying to install the Android SDK Tools:

-= Warning! -=
A folder failed to be renamed or moved. On Windows this typically means that a program is using that folder (for example Windows Explorer or your anti-virus software).
Please momentarily deactivate your anti-virus software.
Please also close any running programs that may be accessing the directory ‘C:\android\tools’.
When ready, press YES to try again.

ADB, or any other Android tools, were not running, nothing was accessing the tools folder and the anti-virus was disabled but the above message didn’t go away!
The first step to resolve was to create a copy of the tools folder in ‘c:\android’:

Inside this copied folder, locate and run android.bat (Run as Administrator), this will open the Android SDK and AVD manager:

Perform the steps to install the Android SDK Tools and this time it did install successfully:

The Android SDK and AVD Manager that your are currently using has been updated. It is recommended that you now close the manager window and re-open it. If you started this window from Eclipse, please check if the Android plug-in needs to be updated. 

Was a real pain to get this working since I was eager to get some developing done!

Powershell Renaming Files with Incremental names

Here’s a handy little Windows Powershell script for renaming multiple files in a directory with an incremental number as part of the file name.

#------------------------------------------------------------------------#
#                                                                        #
# Script Name : renamePngs.ps1                                           #
#                                                                        #
# Author      : Ranger Studios                                           #
#                                                                        #
# Description : Rename .png files in a directory with unique names.      #
#                                                                        #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------#

                         #-----------------------------------------------#
                         # Variable Declarations.                        #
                         #-----------------------------------------------#

$currentLocation = get-location
$path            = $currentLocation.toString()
$files           = get-childitem $path *.png
$count           = 0

                         #-----------------------------------------------#
                         # Loop through files in path and rename.        #
                         #-----------------------------------------------#
foreach ($file in $files) 
{
    Rename-Item $file -NewName "hp_sc_$count.png";
    $count++;
}

#------------------------------------------------------------------------#
# -------------------------  End of Script  ---------------------------- #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------#

Removing the Nasty W32 Alureon Rootkit on Windows 7 64-Bit - HITMAN PRO!

Recently my PC was infected with the dreaded Trojan W32 Alureon Rootkit and it’s pretty nasty! From what I hear this has forced people into reformatting their PCs in order to remove it (which is always a last  resort!).

The Rootkit modifies the PCs Master Boot Record (MBR) with some malicious entity, and as soon as the Windows operating system is loaded the rootkit fires up too, including in safe made!

The symptoms I faced were not being able to open many.exe files, web browsers, media players, antivirus software etc.

I noticed that all the .exe files I couldn’t open were 32 bit based whereas I could open any 64-bit .exe without a problem, like solitaire…

After digging into the ‘C:\Program Files’ directory (Note: NOT the ’C:\Program Files (x86)’ directory), I was able to run Internet Explorer, and as much as I despise using this, it’s better than not having any browser at all!

In Internet Explorer, go to: http://www.surfright.nl/en/hitmanpro and download the latest 64-bit version of the awesome HitMan Pro and run a complete scan. Hitman Pro WILL find the Alureon Rootkit and remove this beast from your machine.

This application saved me tonnes of frustration and is also fantastic at removing a billion other trojans/spyware/malware etc, at the very least give the free version a go and if you like it support the developers and buy it :-)

Picture Guess Games Added to Released Apps

All the currently released picture guess games have been added to the released apps page: http://rangerstudios.tumblr.com/releasedapps

A special “Harry Potter” edition of Picture Guess is in the works! As they say, ‘Watch this space’ :)

All soundboards added to Released Apps

Finally managed to add all our Android soundboard applications to the Released Apps Page: http://rangerstudios.tumblr.com/releasedapps

Will also be adding all our Picture Guess games to the released apps page really soon :)

Dec 8

Fix Installation Error When Downloading Apps from Android Market to SD Card

Several folk have been facing problems when downloading some applications from the Android Market place. The application will not install showing the following ‘Installation Unsuccessful’ notification:

 The following error is also shown, ‘Installation Error: Couldn’t install on USB Storage or SD Card”:

This problem can be caused by several things such as the SD card is running low on memory. However, it can also be caused by the ‘smdl2dmp1.asec’ file on the SD card, found : /mnt/secure/asec/smdl2tmp1.asec

 

SD Card Root - .android_secure_directory

 

Delete the ‘smdl2tmp1.asec’ file

It is recommended that you connect your device to your PC via USB to perform the delete. However, if you prefer using a terminal emulator on your device type in the following command:

su 
rm /mnt/secure/asec/smdl2tmp1.asec

Hope this comes in handy!