Handy Tool For Downloading APK Directly From Google Play

I am recently working on some android device with OEM ROM that has no Google Play.  To test some features I need to use app on the Play and find this handy web tool to download APK directly from Google Play.  No more unknown-mysterious download site!

The web tool’s name is APK Downloader and I believe some of you may already heard it.  In fact it has been covered by Lifehacker earlier this year and could easily Google out.

To use it, simply go to Play and find the app you want to download APK, go to the app page and look for the page URL, copy the part after the ‘id=’ like below.


Then go to APK Downloader site and paste it to the input box, click ‘Generate Download Link’ (not the fake ‘Download’ button!, btw: the site would be much cooler if this Ad is not so cheaty).  A download button shall appear and click it to download the APK to your device.


For more information I recommend go check it out the Lifehakcer’s post.  (Credits to Lifehakcer and the original source  Digital Inspiration)



When I’m writing this post the site has been suspended (see the below picture, it still works yesterday), hope it will resume service soon.



The immortality bias: Further reading on the 4 stories we tell ourselves about death

A great post about death. I also recommend watching the open university course from Prof. Shelly Kagan of Yale.

Accepting the fact that I will die someday is hard, but if think further about what is the desire living, which in my case including good health, energy, enthusiasm, memory and most importantly having all the love ones together, then it’s much important to treasure the present than the death in future.

TED Blog

We each live in the shadow of a personal apocalypse: the knowledge that — someday, somehow — we will die. It’s a terrifying thought, and so we look for a way out. In my talk from TEDxBratislava (and in my book Immortality)[ted_talkteaser id=1891], I walk through four stories that people have told throughout cultures and time, as a way to manage this very real fear. Here, some of the myths, books, movies and articles where you can see each of these stories reflected. I’ll end with a fifth story — I call it the “wisdom narrative” — an alternative to these oft-repeated tales.

1. The Elixir story

Almost every known culture has legends of a magic pill or potion that can ward off ageing and disease. Alchemists in both East and West, for example, believed they could brew an elixir of life, while the Spaniard Juan Ponce de León believed…

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Use Solarized Theme In MAC Terminal For Ruby On Rails Development


I am now working on 2 machines, one is a Ubuntu 12.04 and another one is MBP.  By comparison, the stock Terminal.app of Mac is too boring and hard to read (Though I’m not saying the Ubuntu’s one is good enough).  Since I like the Soda theme I set in Sublime Text in both machines, and I prefer a dark background for the terminal, so I change it to make my dev learning happier and funnier.

So here’s how.

First go to this page to download the Solarized theme file.  In my case I choose the Dark one.

Second, open the terminal app and find in menu Preferences… >> Setting.  In the bottom left under ‘Profiles’, find the cog icon and select ‘Import…’ to import the theme file you just download.



After Importing the file, you will have the Solarized theme in ‘Profile’, select it and make it Default (by clicking ‘Default’ besides the cog icon).


Finally, place the following command into your ~/.bash_profile to bring out the ansi color.  Otherwise you’ll just have the three colors showed on the right of the ‘Text’ options in the above window.

export PS1="\[33[36m\]\u\[33[m\]@\[33[32m\]\h:\[33[33;1m\]\w\[33[m\]\$ "
export CLICOLOR=1
export LSCOLORS=ExFxBxDxCxegedabagacad
alias ls='ls -GFh'

Save it then you’ll have the Solarized color terminal for your dev.