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Nov 11

How to enable the trackpad on Acer Aspire E13 (ES1-311)

Posted on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 in User

Note to future self, or to whoever may run into this issue:

I recently installed Windows 10 on a newly bought Acer E13 laptop. However I quickly noticed that I couldn’t get around as much as I wanted – the trackpad wouldn’t work.

Suffices to say that all manner of driver installs didn’t solve the issue. However, on an Acer community board, I found a hint to solving the problem. To enable the tackpad do the following:

  1. Reboot the laptop and hold down the F2
  2. In the BIOS settings which open, go to the Main tab and locate the Trackpad option
  3. Change the setting from “Advanced” to “Basic”
  4. Press F10 to save the settings and reboot

Hopefully this fixes your trackpad. Enjoy!


Nov 2

GnuCash Android v2.0.0 release

Posted on Monday, November 2, 2015 in Coding, GnuCash

Hard to believe it’s been 3 years already since the first release of GnuCash Android to the Google Play store. Since then, the app has come a long way from it’s humble beginnings as a simple expense tracker which saved a transaction and an amount and exported them to OFX.

GnuCash Android v2.0 v2.0.0_reports GnuCash transaction

Over several iterations in the 1.x series, we added support for double-entry accounting, split transactions, import and export of GnuCash XML files, support for QIF export format and more. We also now have 4 regular contributors instead of just one which bids well for the future 😉

Today we are announcing release of v2.0.0 of GnuCash Android which is the first major design overhaul. The app now follows the material design guidelines with bold use of color for distinguishing accounts, calculator for transaction entry, improved reporting, multi-currency transactions and so much more.

The full changelog for the v2.0.0 release can be found on GitHub. There is also a GnuCash Android Google+ community where you can discuss with other users, suggest ideas, and interact with the developers.

I am also pleased to announce that starting with v2.0.0, Kindle Fire users can also download GnuCash Android directly from the Amazon App Store for Android

The app has been slowly rolling out in the Google Play store over the past week, so some of you may have it already. Today, we are making it fully available to everyone. We look forward to your feedback and hope you enjoy using it as much as we did developing it.

Jul 13

Android Contact Picker Library Update

Posted on Monday, July 13, 2015 in Coding

26 January 2013´- That is the date when the Android Contact Picker library first went live in the Maven central repository. The Android contact picker library enables you to support the workflow of opening the contact list, user picks a contact, selects a number and then have that number returned to your application through an Android Intent.

Since that time, several things have happened in the Android universe; new Android releases, migration to Gradle as the preferred build system for Android, introduction of Android Studio, Material Design and much more. acp_library_screenshot

Well, over the weekend, I updated and published v3.0.0 of the Android Contact Picker library to maven central. This update includes the following:

  • Update to Material design
  • New menu option for searching contacts
  • Menu option for adding a new contact
  • Added a new sample application for testing the app
  • Bug fixes

The new library is deployed as an .aar artifact to the Maven central repository. This is the library format currently preferred by gradle and eases integration with your current application. To use the library, simply add the dependency to your Gradle file as follows:

compile ''

The minimum supported Android API level has also been increased from API level 7 to 8 and the library uses the AppCompat library for backwards compatibility support.

As always, your feedback is welcome! Tell me in the comments how you use the library, and what kinds of things you are missing, or just that you like it Winking smile