About jamieaxall

Suffered a patellar subluxation and dislocation on November 23rd. Took the time off to start looking at skinning / modding my digital world. Glad to be here...

E Pluribus Minimus, -Splained [the tutorial]

Alright here goes.

I had a handful of folks asking about my latest setup and questioning the functionality and day-to-day usability of the screen. Not really in a WTF kind of way, but honestly, that’s how I took it. Damnit.

So here goes, the first tutorial for me: E Pluribus Minimus, -Splained

This is where we are going so buckle up folks.

First, we have the basics of Minimalistic text and wallpaper…

If you need help with these two items here’s what I can offer: use a custom layout for the clock on minimalistic text and override the size to be in the 70’s somewhere. Maybe an accent too. The wall will be your preference but the one I used is here. I think it looks good.

So just to be clear, we’re using ADW EX launcher here. Anyone with LPP can stick around, but you may have to get creative with some of the features that we use. Not saying it can’t be done, but it may take some gumption on your part.

Okay notice the dock, 5 spots for whatever the heck we want on there. I have been using transparent icons for a while now (since Windows 6.1?) and I can’t get over them. So guess what, that’s what I did. I assigned invisible icons for each of the two outside to look like the following:

PHONE | CAMERA | APP DRAWER | TEXT MESSAGE | WEB BROWSER (Granted the app drawer will have an icon. You knew that though.)

Next you’ll notice that weird looking icon above the center icon on the bottom… that one in the picture just above the middle + sign, looks kind of funny? Like a bar and an arrow and some dots on the bottom…

On ADW you have the option to create ‘Launcher Actions’ and this icon is “open/close dockbar”. This is a secondary dock in ADW that give you an option to toggle docks. Make this transparent and remember where you put it.

The icon above it is the app drawer. I swapped mine with  a sharp looking white circle icon, -simple and clean.

This is where we should be now. Kinda. Yes? Good. I’m not going back.

So you LPP guys can probably drop out here. Unless you know of features that I have yet to discover. In that case, feel free to PM me on XDA… 😉

Here’s where it gets really cool- remember the icon that creates the different dock? The one I told you to remember? The ‘dockbar’?

We’re going to use it now.

Watch this!

We tap on that and a vague shadow appears on the bottom of the screen. Little do we know, but that shadow is that dang ‘ol dock bar we’ve been talking about this whole time!

Well (hehe) here’s what we do with it. Take an app that you want to have access to and create a shortcut on the desktop. I would recommend folders as they have more functionality and versatility. (Yes I still use folder organizer…                       no comment).

Cram your apps in your folders and take a moment to change the icon.

I use an icon that matches the clock I’m sporting at the moment, keeping the clean interface.


Yeah, I know the size of the clock on the first screen vs. the one we’re working with now is different. So?

-Maybe I flashed a font that crashed my whole get-up… Who knew?


Now you’re getting to where you need to be. Functional. Drag your new apps/folders down to rest on your dock.

Hopefully you ended up looking something like this with all kinds of functionality.

Press that “magic” icon and you get this:

Nice and clean.

That’s my first tutorial.



E Pluribus Minimus

Minimalistic Text Widget
Neutraface font
Wall [link]

-Kimbo told me about ADW EX and I thought I’d give it a try.

Something for today

Something for today. -Actually yesterday.



I’ve flashed the newer version of MIUI and thought I’d tweak it to feel a little more comfortable.

This is the stock lockscreen.

Homescreen is LauncherPro Plus with my small black dock, stock MIUI clock, and Minimalistic Text widget.

Wall is something I found on the net. (I threw it in my dropbox with all my other stuff.)


Hope you like it.

Thanks for looking!





Nike+ for Android

Hey everybody,

I just wanted to do a quick write-up of a cool app that some would deem useful. It’s the Nike+ app for Android. Now don’t get too excited here, as you probably, like me, are thinking about how cool it would be to use your Android phone on a run instead of the old  iPod, but thats not what this is. Yet.

Right now the app only allows users to check data stored in their Nike+ web profile, which is kind of remedial, but super handy for those users who do use it. Users like, say, those who wondered what their last training runs were, before they dislocated their kneecap…


Edit/update- Evidently this app has been pulled from the market. I pulled the apk from my device and put it in my dropbox. Thanks.


Just under the three hour mark! I seem to be shaving seconds off day by day.
I kind of feel like Michael Phelps with this Android screen shot posting. 🙂

I’m still running the Lesjaw’s MIUI rom on my HD2. I decided to try and mod the Meizu them to blue instead of the orange that it comes with.
I’m still on LauncherPro Plus with a 10×10 grid, using minimalistic widget. Icons are not mine, but I have collected them here.

All available in my dropbox.

Thanks for looking!

Yellowstone anyone? (revisited)

Well you can probably tell for yourself, but this screen is from a little while back. A few people have asked about it, so I thought it would be a good idea to throw it on the blog.

On the main screen I’m using Launcherpro Plus, minimalistic text widget, and invade’s analog clock. There is also a solid black dock to tie things in.

I set the grid to 10×10, and then adjust it down 9×6 to get the text to rest closer to the dock. I had to play with it a bit to get it to fit right. I like the result as it enables me to touch the text to launch my app drawer while still maintaining a clean look.

I am using a MIUI ROM and the lockscreen is just the native MIUI app, but with the Tenuis theme.

The wallpaper has been bouncing around the net for years and I have no idea who to credit it to, but I like it. If I ever find out, I’ll make sure he/she knows.

The clock, dock and wall are available in:  My Dropbox

And we’ll consider that my first post!

Thanks for looking.