Replacing a battery in a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

My first major purchase when I got my job at Amazon. Was a new phone and at that time the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge just came out. I really enjoyed having a modern cell phone and at the time it was top of the line Android phone. Upon Setting up my plan with Verizon the salesman being a salesman talked me into getting an OtterBox cover for it at the low price 45 bucks.

The phone work pretty good there were a couple of things I didn’t like such as unable to root the phone. I’m not saying I can’t root the phone. I know how to but if I did it would void the warranty. So yes I was stuck with that stupid NFL app. About 10 months in I noticed my moderately-priced OtterBox cover was not sitting right. I was having difficulties with the volume controls. I took the Otterbox off the phone and discovered the phone was coming apart.

What happened was battery swelled up and literally pushing the bottom of the phone apart at the seams. So I took it to Verizon next to my house where I purchased it. Where it got very confusing on how to utilize my warranty the lady there was telling me I needed to get in contact with tech support and install an app and all kinds of weird unnecessary confusing information. I was in a hurry that day because I had a date with my girlfriend. We decided to go to the Verizon store by her house. The salesman because that’s what they are a salesman. He immediately looked at it and said that is a manufacturing defect he wrote up a slip and said I’d have a new phone in 2 days.

Received my new phone in two days and roughly 10 months later the phone starts to come apart at the seams once again. With anger and no warranty, I bought an iPhone and a warranty. And put the S7 Edge on the shelf.

S7 Edge with a bloated battery

I previously fixed a tablet that my daughter cracked the screen on. I was thinking maybe I could fix the cell phone and to my surprise, there is a kit out there to do just that. The company is called iFixit not only could I buy the kit it was only $32 with parts and tools and a new battery $32! First thought in my head was what do I have to lose if I screw it up oh well. I have a phone that’s working perfect and this one’s just sitting around probably getting ready to explode while I’m asleep. So I bought the kit.

Rather than keep talking I decided to make a video my very first public video on YouTube Titled is Replacing a Samsung S7 Edge battery with iFixit kit!

Open Source Media Center new release

Open Source Media Center new release was worth the wait. I haven’t tried the game section yet on the new Kodi 18. Actually it is Kodi 18.2-RC1. I am running the Vero 4K + and I got to say the update was painless I was a little nervous that I would have to reconfigure my VPN setup but that was not the case. If you have a VPN service and would like to set it up on your OSMC click right here. The only thing I had to do to it was adjust the screen settings back to 1080p and 60 hertz. I recently built a Nas server and 95% of my media is streamed through the network it retained all my information like I said the only thing I had to do was adjust the screen settings. Here are some screenshots to enjoy. Remember you can always install OSMC on a Raspberry Pi 3. I would like to thank the team of Open Source Media Center for all their hard work it is much appreciated you can truly tell they put a lot of time and effort into their work and it shows thank you!


Headless Raspberry Pi Setup SSH

Download Raspbian Image the Lite version will do or you can get Raspbian with desktop if you like even the desktop and recommended software Raspbian is ok what ever you want. Depending on what operating system you are running to put Raspbian image on your microSD card follow this link to do so because I’m not going to explain how to do it three different times especially when I only run Linux. After you have successfully written the image to your microSD card.  Add a file called SSH in the boot partition of the MicroSD card it will look like so you may have to unplug and plug in your microSD card from your computer after writing the image to the MicroSD card. One more file to create add a file called wpa_supplicant.conf in the boot partition of the MicroSD card paste the following into it adjusting for the name of your country code, network name (SSID) and network password (Wifi Password)

ctrl_interface=DIR=/var/run/wpa_supplicant GROUP=netdev


Jump to you login to your router look for connected devices to find the IP address of your Raspberry Pi by default the device name of your Raspberry Pi is believe It or not it is raspberrypi. 🙂

Once you found your IP address let’s say it is 192. 168. 1. 10 You can either use PuTTY or your terminal if you’re in Linux and CMD in Windows by Typing $ ssh pi@your-IP-address Example $ssh pi@

Tips for SSH

The default username is (pi) and login is (raspberry) You probably want to change the default password for your Raspberry Pi That command is $passwd You can find all the Information to do this in great detail on the Raspberry Pi website.

Once you’re in SSH you’re in Linux world to exit SSH type $exit

I recommend configuring your Raspberry Pi with the command $sudo raspi-config

Last but not least that I think is very important is keeping your pi up-to-date with the commands $sudo apt-get update$sudo apt-get upgrade

Optional I do this after rebooting to make sure everything’s working I clean up unnecessary files that are not used no more with the command $sudo apt-get clean

Thank you for checking out my tutorial I hope you enjoyed it.


The new beta PIA app is very impressive (Linux)

If you have Private Internet Access VPN I recommend trying the beta app. Not only is it beautiful but it is completely open-source now. Prior to using the beta application I would have to do a couple extra steps on the stable application to work proper in KDE Neon. It wasn’t a big deal it was more cosmetic than anything but still drove me nuts this was the Issue and fix. I hope they continue to use the same look on the new beta app and don’t change it that much it looks perfect the way it is. The little logo of the man to show that you were connected or not connected has changed for the better in my opinion.


Here’s something interesting VPN Killswitch has a new feature called Auto from what I’m understanding if you lose connection with your VPN on Auto you will not leak out. If you have the kill switch set to off if you lose your VPN connection it will route back to your normal IP address. Always on setting network will only work if the VPN is on. If the vpn is no on or running you will not get outside traffic at all. A cool new feature if you have lan (local area network) set up in the app you can browse your local network with always on kill switch but then again that is not going out to wan (wide area network) so your good to go.

If you are running the stable version of the VPN app v82 and would like to try the beta here’s the instructions to remove the stable version and install the beta. Thank you PIAThomas on Reddit for the instructions.

Uninstall v82 before installing the beta. Open up a terminal and you’re going to remove some files with the some commands. First off turn off the private internet application by right-clicking the icon and hitting the quit button. It is best to just copy and paste the commands below

  1. rm -rf ~/.config/PrivateInternetAccess
  2. rm ~/.local/share/applications/pia_manager.desktop
  3. sudo rm -rf /opt/pia
  4. rm -rf ~/.pia_manager/

If all works its time to install the new beta The instructions are fairly straightforward.



How to fix icons in icon tray for private internet access application.

When you download the application, the images are already in there, but they’re not sized properly and won’t work well with some GUIs.

For me, I would get a green box like so.

  • First off, you will need a program called imagemagick. In an Ubuntu-based Linux, open up your terminal and type in the following command to install imagemagick:

$ sudo apt-get update

$ sudo apt-get install imagemagick

  • Once that is done, keep your terminal open and type in the following command. The proper directory that contains the images:

$ cd /opt/pia/frontend/img

  • You can use this command to make sure you’re in the right spot:

$ ls

  • You need to make a new folder of that directory with the following command (to save the original images this just to be on the safe side if you want to restore the images):

$ sudo mkdir img_bak

  • This command will create a backup of all your images and will put it into the folder we just created (img_bak):

$ sudo cp *png img_bak

  • With the next command, you are going to edit the images (resizing them to properly display in the tray):

$ sudo mogrify -resize 24×24 tray_disconnected.png

$ sudo mogrify -resize 24×24 tray_connecting.png

$ sudo mogrify -resize 24×24 tray_connected.png

  • Now it should display correctly. Here is an image of my terminal (so you can see step-by-step instructions):

In order to display their logo, you need to follow the same steps for KDE neon and Kubuntu. The current Private Internet Access application I did this on was pia-v81.