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My Final Post… ?!?!?!


Like most of the times I write (this blog), I am going to sit down with beers and let my brain go. I have neglected this blog – a lot recently. I often write about the appreciation I have for developers and themers. They take time from their personal life and it allows people like you and me to benefit from their massive efforts.
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You do realize how lame Android would be without these people, right?
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Another common theme I have noticed that I like to write about is the “what is wrong with Android” hypothetical rants. I love these personally. I love to find flaws and conjure up grand ideas.
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Well, tonight I am going to be a bit more harsh. Lets discsuss the development community and combine it with my “what is wrong with Android” ranting philosophy. O yeah – I am going there. Cue the Mitt Romney Rant.
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You know what is wrong with the Android Community? It’s not the patent wars, it is not the stock UI every manufacturer crams down your throat, the lack of polish on apps by comparison to Apple or any of the other things I have rambled about in the past.
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The fact is, the thing that is wrong with Android is how fluid it is. It is constantly changing. There is some huge new issue (or benefit) around every corner. It is why many of us are addicted to it. This is as much a  good thing as a bad thing, I suppose.
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You know what is really bothering me right now in the Android Community?
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Developers.
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There, I said it. I meant it. Now let me explain.
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There are so VERY few that actually bring something to the table. Android is shared by millions of people. You would expect more. I know that I do. There are maybe a dozen developers that I have come across in 3+ years where I can actually say to myself, “wow, this person has really added something to the user experience.”
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Okay, that is all Callip – big whoop? Nope. The problem is there are a TON of people who now claim to be developers. I have had many phones and now have a Galaxy Tab 10.1. I am certain if you are reading this, you likely have had more than one Android device too. Think back on all your days at XDA and RootzWiki. How many developers ADDED features that required a lot of knowledge, skill, creativity. I hope a lot. I doubt it. I bet you can think of a lot of people who took another persons ROM (or a manufacturers leak) and added small tweaks to it… if you were even given that luxury. We have all seen the developers bickering… the you stole this… the you did not credit me… it is endless and annoying.
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Okay, so there are a lot of “developers” who post their work for download. Big whoop again Callip.

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I like having choices too, I get it. It is nice to have options. But Android has blown up. The volume of people posting on XDA has led to a whole new development forum for Android (try RootzWiki if you have not already).  There are countless blogs and “news” sites that promote developers work. Everybody and their mother wants attention – seriously, I get it.
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Hmm… suppose I rambled and did not say it directly enough.
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There are too many people getting credit for too little work. Worst of all…. they ask for donations, expect phones to be given to them, and they encourage donations by promising work that usually is not delivered. Even those who do not directly ask for money beat their chest like they have created something magical. Sorry, but you did not.
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Direct enough now? I could have been more harsh. I truly hate that part of the community. Mostly because it detracts from those who actually do bring something to the table. Those people typically are the ones too humble to advocate for themselves.
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Okay. So Callip?
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Do you know why I started this blog? It was a suggestion from Roman (@Romanbb). He acknowledged something and said I should run with it. A few hours later this blog was created. Not long after that I had one of my first blog entries – a Q&A with Roman. He was a new developer to many at the time… I tried his ROM on a whim. It was superior. It had features I had not seen before. I knew I needed to know more about this guy. To this day it is still the most viewed page on this blog. With good reason. I encourage you to read it: Q&A with Roman.
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Roman is the epitome of one of those developers who can take the source code and actually DO SOMETHING with it. There are countless tweaks he has brought to many phones. If you have ever owned a Vibrant, Nexus One, G2X, Galaxy S2, G1, Sensation, Galaxy Nexus… you have been influenced by his work. Hell, even if you did not have these phones his tweaks may have been ported over to other phones. Pro Tip: not everyone credits Roman like they should.
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Here is his HTC Sensation ROM. Take a gander at some of those tweaks.
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More impressive stuff? Yeap – gotcha covered. Take a look at his AOKP Project for the Galaxy Nexus.
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Honestly, I hope you looked. There are a ton of features he added in there. Other ROMs do not have that.

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Why?

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Do other developers not care enough about added features… maybe the lack of skill…. maybe just not creative enough to think of the ideas? Either way, the point remains… Roman brings more to the table than the average developer.
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The ironic thing to me, he rarely gets much credit for it. He has gotten upset at times (though never publicly shown), as anyone would… but he still keeps trucking on, creating, adding features and gaining recognition by other REAL developers.
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Why would I bash so many developers, then isolate one and put him on a pedestal?
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Well, I said things were fluid in Android. I also said that I hate when developers plea for money or pools of money are made and fall on empty promises.
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All that said….
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I want to get Roman a Galaxy Tab 10.1 AND his AOKP tweaks will be ported to it. This will be the best ROM the Galaxy Tab has ever seen and could set the stage for many other tablets development.

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I am starting a donate pool for him (which I have already donated to). He would never ask, so I am. There is nobody else who can bring the tweaks to tablets like he could. If others can get devices in this manner who are less deserving, well, here I am making it happen for someone qualified.

UPDATE: You can check the status of the donate pool HERE
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I test drove the CyanogenMod 9 Kang for the Tab. It is on a whole new level. The Tab is already an amazing device with a ton of life in it. I also know there is ONE person that can make it even better, that is Roman.
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If you know him…..
If you have owned a phone that benefited from his work….
if you like me or my blog….
If I or Roman have ever helped you on XDA/Rootzwiki….
If you simply appreciate the Android Community….
If you can appreciate a young guy working hard and learning…..
If you want to see his AOKP build on the best tablet for Android…..
If you have $5 to spare or you are willing to eat a PB&J at work this week…..
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You get the point.

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Everyone of you fit in one or many of these categories. lets get this guy a Tab. Lets see what he can do. Lets see what an android tablet can REALLY be like… lets see a ton of customization brought to an otherwise dead development community (tweaks to a leaked Samsung ROM do not cut it, sorry).
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If you are willing, PLEASE do me three favors.
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1 – Share this and ask for others help. This is not for just people with a Tab. It’s for people who respect development. Real development.
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2 – Donate what you can by FOLLOWING THIS LINK. << MOST IMPORTANT >>
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3 – Follow Roman (@Romanbb) and sent him a tweet saying you donated for ******* reason.
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On a sad note, I am entering a new chapter in my life. I am very close to starting a new career that may involve a relocation. This is something I will be taking very serious, and this addiction will hinder my work. I plan to try and step away from Android. I may post on here or visit XDA, I may not. I would prefer to break my Android habit and focus on other real life things.

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Roman got me started here, I felt it fitting that if I am going out, it goes out boasting him.
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The Android Community is something special. I am passionate about it and I love it.

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ACSyndicate is getting everything lined up so we should be having an Android East Coast BBQ here in Raleigh, NC on May 12-13th.
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It would mean the world to me if I could meet some of you guys. Please come. Please find me. Please drink beers with others like us. We already have West Coast people hopping on it and we have a lot of surprises and appearances lined up.
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You can follow the ACS guys (@ACSyndicate) and send them a tweet asking for details. I created the official twitter account for the BBQ, so give them a follow too (@Androids_EC_BBQ). We will periodically send out information about the event and what all is lined up.
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Thank you to everyone who has supported me. Now go support a real developer.

You will feel good about it, I promise.