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Firstly a search didn't show anyone else raising this but if it's been raised and discussed already, my apologies in advance...

I just replaced CM7 with this and I it's both smoother and better suited to the (fairly basic, let's be honest) hardware on offer here - I'm quite pleased with it tbh

I do have one fairly sizeable issue tho - the decision to include an ad-blocking HOSTS file is mind-boggling and tantamount to (possibly worse than) just throwing pirated software in with the ROM.

If people want to block ads there are plenty of ways of doing it - and anyone installing this ROM has the root access they need to install such tools. By preloading the HOSTS you remove that choice AND you don't offer an "on off switch" either (which an app uninstall would offer).

I suspect many users will be completely unaware there's an adblocking HOSTS file at all - they may not realise until a game refuses to run (my own games refuse to run if they detect adblockers) or just crash (many games just exit if they detect adblocking without a message meaning the developer will get flak for your choice).

I also believe the HOSTS file you're using blunts performance quite a bit. Whether it's the size or just the weight of loads of traffic bouncing-off 127.0.0.1, it actually grinds some apps to a halt in my experience. Play Market/Amazon Appstore were ACHINGLY slow until I removed the HOSTS entries whereupon they burst back into their normal sluggish selves...

If you really must encourage people to not support developers (and as a developer I'd rather you didn't) then consider including an AdBlocker as an uninstallable/switchable app - or better still, just leave the choice to the user eh?

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I use AdFree + DroidWall and never had any slowdowns or issues with apps or games.

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How do I remove the orange SMS icon in the notification bar? I want the green one :(

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I use AdFree + DroidWall and never had any slowdowns or issues with apps or games.

The Amazon AppStore actually wouldn't work with the ad HOSTS file enabled - searches simply never returned any values. Play Store was also painfully slow and refused to show some screenshots/play some videos...

The HOSTS file is also a dogs breakfast of duplicated entries, entries which could be wildcarded and other junk. It has 31,000 entries in total - you cannot say that doesn't have an impact on performance because there's a LOT of stuff to check against there.

Even if it doesn't affect performance in every case tho, pre-installing an AdBlocker could easily be 'switched off' wheras switching-off the HOSTS file is a faffy thing to do. The HOSTS editor in the market place crashes when you try to edit a 31,000 entry HOSTS file - for example...

Bottom line, it's a terrible idea to include what amounts to 'piracy' software in a ROM - and worse to make it 'invisible' and not offer an easy way of disabling it. If users want to cheat developers and freeload that's one thing - but pushing that onto them is something entirely different.

Edited by somewhatdog, 19 November 2012 - 06:32 PM.

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Did Konsta come to you're house and put a gun to you're head and say " you better install this rom or else".
We live in a world of free choice , its also stated on the first page that the rom contains add blocking hosts.
There are at least 50 other rom's you could use , but instead you use this rom then slate the developer for adding add blocking hosts to his own rom.
The bottom line if you don't like it don't use it.

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Did Konsta come to you're house and put a gun to you're head and say " you better install this rom or else".
We live in a world of free choice , its also stated on the first page that the rom contains add blocking hosts.
There are at least 50 other rom's you could use , but instead you use this rom then slate the developer for adding add blocking hosts to his own rom.
The bottom line if you don't like it don't use it.

Deleted my original reply because I'm not engaging with that sort of stupidity - "if you don't like it, don't use it" is a moronic reply.

I didn't "slate" anyone - I just suggested there were better ways of offering adblocking (an app which is updatable or removeable is better in every possible way) - if people want it, great - if not it's easily removed.

There's always a MR ANGRY tho isn't there - everything is black and white, right or wrong, plaudits or slatings

I can't be badword bothered with it anymore tbh

Edited by somewhatdog, 19 November 2012 - 07:28 PM.

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Addfree host files are easily removed from this rom , if it bothers you , asking politely for a little help in doing so could work wonders.
Instead you push your thoughts and views and expect no appreciated replies.
As I haven't seen anyone else comment on the fact that addfree hosts are included in this rom and I have read the whole thread.
You are alone !.
Most people who use the rom like it and thank the developer with a donation or a simple thanks.
Not an essay on why addfree hosts should not be included.
Like I said YOU HAVE A CHOICE.
Any amount of the Queens English you throw means nothing.
As my Mum told me " you cannot polish a turd ".
No badword meant.

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It's obvious BladeBuddy never created anything - because when you create stuff you generally like to know what people like/don't like - what they want in future roms and what they don't. That's part of the whole development process - understanding people's needs.

I'm not arrogant enough to think I get everything right and that if people don't agree they should "use something else". We're coders, not a pretentious artists, it's the process of understanding users likes and dislikes which makes things better - not telling them what they want (that's for musicians and painters and other 'crafts' :) )

If the compiler of the ROM doesn't like my suggestion, that's fine, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't give constructive (and I was constructive as I suggested better ways around the issue) comments anyway...

Also, I suspect he doesn't want or need defending against such comments - I've no idea why BladeBuddy feels the need to tell me "if I don't like it - don't use it" - I've no idea what he thinks he'll get from that (other than a rise out of me perhaps). I don't get the hostility at all...

Anyway - I've said my bit. Lovely ROM, works really well on the hardware but beware the ad blocking thing. Best bet, imo, delete all but the core entries at the top of the HOSTS file and then get a proper AdBlocking app - or even better, support developers and encourage them by not blocking their ads eh?

Instructions for removing/updating/replacing HOSTS here

http://stackoverflow...file-on-android

Don't bother with the HOSTS Editor App - it explodes on files this big :)

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I have helped or at least tried to help many members on this forum. I am not a developer.
Just a user of this rom , and along with many others ,I am grateful to the developer for it.
What you did was as I said [ slated him] , by putting in print that his work was bordering on piracy.
Piracy is illegal and as such you are saying his work could constructed as criminal.
Not a very nice thing to say and as Konsta isn't working on this rom anymore I would like to make people aware of the choice they have and that flashing this rom in no way makes them or the developer a criminal.
As you have only posted 15 times and are relatively new to the forum. I believe it needs pointing out to you you're mistakes.
Not only does the developer state that this rom contains add free host blocks , he also asks members to support the developer by buying the app.
Now if you think adds in games or apps isn't rather annoying then good for you and I hope it doesn't slow you're phone down to much.
All the best as I can't be bothered with you anymore.

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I love that postcount==whether you're right - just keep posting and you'll never be wrong eh? ;)

To make it CRYSTAL clear - I'm not "slating" anyone but AdBlocking games/apps/websites which are funded by Ads is no different from acquiring games/apps/books/ which have a cost (whether money, ads or anything else) without incurring that cost. Supplying a ROM with adblocking enabled = supplying a ROM with 'paid' software included for free - no difference at all.

That's 'piracy' - whether it's illegal depends what you're doing or where you live, of course - again you're in a "black and white" world tho, everything is 'right or wrong' or 'legal or illegal'...

I actually don't care about the legality - I care that someone's chosen to include adblocking in a way that's neither obvious to the enduser or easily removed. That, to me, suggests someone likes to foist their 'morality' on others which isn't great tbh

Edited by somewhatdog, 20 November 2012 - 10:38 AM.

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How do I remove the orange SMS icon in the notification bar? I want the green one :(


Anyone???

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Why not a blue one?! Mod Mms.apk yourself, if you are so pretentious. Or just install other SMS app from Play Store with a better icon.

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Bottom line, it's a terrible idea to include what amounts to 'piracy' software in a ROM

Except it does no such thing. Blocking certain content from being displayed on my phone (because it's obnoxious, irritating and a total waste of my limited bandwidth) is nowhere near illegal.

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Edit: finnally it works....to use application-specific password, instead of previously using account password then following a-s password.


strange problem....

i've been using SS7 for more than 6 months. it's a great ROM. But long time using makes it fat and occasionally unstable, so last night i did a full wipe and reflash. and the problem is now I cannot setup my google account, it just says:“Sorry....your username and password do not match. please try again.”

before installing, i wiped data, cache, formatted system, wiped dalvik cache.
i reset my google account password and tried times again, same result. i succeeded signing in with the username/password on my PC and mobile browsers. just cannot setup the Account.

anyone could give me some advice? thanks a lot.

Edited by alex_slx, 24 November 2012 - 06:39 AM.

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Edit: finnally it works....to use application-specific password, instead of previously using account password then following a-s password.


strange problem....

i've been using SS7 for more than 6 months. it's a great ROM. But long time using makes it fat and occasionally unstable, so last night i did a full wipe and reflash. and the problem is now I cannot setup my google account, it just says:“Sorry....your username and password do not match. please try again.”

before installing, i wiped data, cache, formatted system, wiped dalvik cache.
i reset my google account password and tried times again, same result. i succeeded signing in with the username/password on my PC and mobile browsers. just cannot setup the Account.

anyone could give me some advice? thanks a lot.


Are yo using 2-step verification of Google accounts?

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I've been using Swedish Snow for more than 6 months and I can tell you no such thing - no increased instability with the time. It's up to the apps you install (and I have over 100 with sd-ext) and the condition in which you keep your system.

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Hi KONSTAT,

I just found this image while surfing for wallpapers [I dont own this picture] and thought of making this simple splash screen.

I dont know how to use photoshop or other software and so the picture had been edited in MSPaint. :D [just some amateur stuff]

Just thought of sharing.

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The attachment is a flashable zip. Just flash it through CWM Recovery.

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Edited by dom1312, 25 November 2012 - 08:05 AM.

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is this rom page still active... amazing..... hope to see some updates from dev........

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It works on GEN3 (Wayteq ZTE Libra)?

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:( HELP NEEDED!!! I flashed my ZTE blade recently with a Swedish Spring RLS5 and when i rebooted it I lost my network signal. I typed *#06# and my IMEI is uknown.i used to have MokeeOS as my daily rom but it got laggy so i changed it to Swedish Spring RLS5. i tried other roms compatible with my Blade but to no avail I am stuck with a no network signal, some ROMs cannot even connect to my WiFi. One other thing. i checked my checked phone and wondered why it became a Gen 3? I really appreciate all the help I could get. Thank you very much and more power to all the DEVs. :( :( :(

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