Android: Sustain Mobile Data

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Many Android users have been plagued by the issue of their data plan depleting even when the “Data Saver” option is enabled. I looked all over the Internet and did not find a solution. This led me to go back to the basics and think of the basic primitive protections put in place before the age of smartphones. In today’s quick tip, I am going to show you how to prevent data hemorrhaging on Android.

The first question many people will ask: “Why is my mobile data depleting even though I have disabled data usage?” Great question. Cellular Data is used on boot before the device’s settings come in to play. Once the SIM Card is present and has mobile data access available it will be used during boot. So how do we fix it? Well the answer is quite simple.

Enable SIM Lock

AL Android SMD2.jpgGo to Settings > Security > SIM card lock > SIM Lock settings and toggle “Lock SIM card” to the on position. Change your default SIM PIN (default is usually: 0000) to something else. When SIM Lock is enabled, the device will boot without access to services provided through the SIM card, thus retaining available data. Once device has booted, Android will ask you to enter your SIM card’s PIN. At this point Android won’t use your data (unless data usage is enabled).

I cannot say whether this is a bug or if it is done by design however above tutorial should help to alleviate this common problem. Please note that the above tutorial is not applicable if you have just factory reset your phone as Android will require you to enter your PIN immediately before the phone is even setup. In this event, it is best to boot the phone without the SIM card. Once the phone has been set up, install the SIM card.

RIP George Michael

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Another magnificent voice has been lost on a day made for celebrating. It is very sad. I hope that many will use this as a hint to take a stand against hate and to inject more love into the world. Life is short, live big, build your dreams, reach your goals.

George was a legend well known for hits such as Careless Whisper, I Can’t Make You Love Me and Faith among many others. George was and remains an inspiration to me. He will be missed greatly. My deepest and sincere condolences to his family. While George Michael has passed away, his music will never die. Rest in Peace George Michael.

Progression is Out Now


Progression is Out Now!

It is here!
The “Progression” EP is available for purchase on
iTunesAmazon Music & Google Play Music.

Check it out and don’t forget to write your review on the iTunes, Amazon MP3 & Google Play Music Store.

Cheers & Thank you for your continued support!

– Alexander Lindo
Singer-Songwriter / Producer / Audio-Engineer
Apple Certified Logic Pro / Pro Tools Certified Operator

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Vocals: Alexander Lindo / Lyrics: Alexander Lindo /
Guitars: Alexander Lindo / Production: Alexander Lindo /
Mixed: Alexander Lindo / Mastered: Alexander Lindo

Upgraded to Sierra

LPX & Waves on macOS Sierra – Inst

I upgraded to Sierra and I am glad that I did. The OS feels much faster and lighter than El Capitan and the new optimized storage features are certainly a welcome addition. Logic Pro X appears to be working much better than it was on El Capitan and best of all, I am no longer having audio drop outs / distortion when using applications such as iTunes.

After copying over all my useful content (such as music, photos, videos etc.) from a backup, my first step after installing a new OS was to create a backup. For this, I used Time Machine. The backup when through just fine with the exception of “iCloud Drive” which took a while to download content during the backup process. Once all iCloud content was downloaded, the backup process was complete.

I opened up Logic Pro X and tested it without any 3rd party plugins installed. The DAW was as fast as its ever been since the OS X Mountain Lion; certainly a plus in my book. The next step was to install 3rd party plugins. Many companies in this area have warned users not upgrade to Sierra yet. Of course that did not stop me as I tend to keep 3rd party plugins at minimum. I opened up Waves Central and installed a local backup of my plugins after which I authorized. At first it did not authorize but this may have been due to the unstable internet connection at the time. After trying again it worked.

I opened up Logic Pro and my Waves plugins were fully operational. Recorded, mixed and mastered a song. Performance wise the improvements are certainly visible.

Plugins from Plugin Alliance do not work officially yet as told by the manufacturer however, I found a temporary solution that will work until the problem has been officially fixed. See below:

  1. First copy the auvaltool file from the /usr/bin folder from your El Capitan install on to a USB Stick.

  2. Restart your Sierra install and hold down Command + R until you see the Apple logo and loading bar.

  3. Once in recovery mode, Open Terminal from the Utilities menu and type csrutil disable

  4. This will disable System Integrity Protection, which will enable you to replace the auvaltool on Sierra with the one you copied from El Capitan. Be sure to keep System Integrity Protection disabled while you use the previous auvaltool otherwise the it will not work anymore.

  5. Once a fix is officially released, simply replace the auvaltool you copied from El Capitan with the one installed by Sierra.

  6. Reboot your Mac and hold down Command + R until you see the Apple logo and loading bar.

  7. Once in recovery mode, Open Terminal from the Utilities menu and type csrutil enable in order to re-enable System Integrity Protection.

After following steps 1-4 you may need to configure file permissions. Do the following:

cd /usr/bin

sudo chown 0:0 auvaltool

sudo xattr -c auvaltool

sudo chmod 755 auvaltool

Disclaimer: Please note that this temporary fix is not endorsed by Plugin Alliance and you must use at your own risk. Plugin Alliance say that they are working on an official fix. SIP must be disabled in order for this workaround to work and should be re-enabled as soon as an official fix is released by Plugin Alliance. Disabling SIP (System Integrity Protection) poses a security risk and should only be disabled when it is absolutely necessary.

My EP entitled “Progression” has been released recently and is available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon MP3 and Google Play. BUY IT NOW!

Once again than you all for the support.

Alexander Lindo

Download: auvaltool from El Capitan

Update: Plugins by Plugin Alliance now officially support Sierra. Rock on!