Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Revealing Developer Options on Android Jelly Bean

Oh, fer Pete's sake. Upgrade your Android device and now can't find the menu item Developer options? It's an Easter egg in Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean). From the home screen: Settings -> About device -> Build number and (srsly) click on Build number seven times. The Developer option menu item suddenly appears.

A big Thank You to .

Update (2014-05-15)

The original article I cited was specific to the Samsung Galaxy S4, but its technique worked on my Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. I now believe this behavior is universal to Jelly Bean and independent of the vendor. I've tweaked this article to reflect that.

Update (2014-05-19)

I had unrelated reasons to revisit the Android page on hardware devices and indeed this is clearly documented there (and probably elsewhere) for devices using Android 4.2 or newer.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Observations on Product Development: Part 5

  1. The K├╝bler-Ross Model (a.k.a. "The Five Stages of Grief": Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance) is also applicable to product development projects that are in trouble.
  2. Build servers must have monotonically increasing clocks; otherwise builds using tools like make are not reliably reproducible.
  3. Consider completely divorcing your product build system from whatever damn fool build system that generates your root file system; the latter is seldom optimized for the same things as the former should be.
  4. If you want to eventually generate revenue, you must first optimize for developer productivity; everything else is negotiable.
  5. If you don't believe #4, read your company's financial report and see where most of its money is being spent.
  6. Don't build the Taj Mahal on a foundation of sand and loose gravel, no matter what your precious agile methodology says about customer value.
  7. It almost never needs to be gold plated.