Tag: Tools

Portable lego device stand

Here’s a quick post to just share a cool, but simple, portable Lego device stand that I found on the Instructables website.

After putting together my Lego device lab , I’ve sometimes found the need to have a stand for a device thats more portable.

After searching a little bit I found that there are loads of different solutions, but I thought I’d stick with the Lego theme as they are sometimes the cheaper solution (and look cool as well 🙂 )

So here’s a list of parts for my modified version (The original was slightly wider and better for tablets) of the stand here on the Instructables website by BrickSmith (thanks for sharing in the first place!).  While making this I also found a great place to by the individual Lego bricks were I got all the parts from called bricklink. (you’ll have to register and pick a seller as there are a few, I filtered seller by location in ‘more options’ e.g. UK).  Cost of each brick is cheap (2/3p) but postage will be majority of cost, so if you can get them posted by the same seller then you can save more.

  • 2 x Beam 7 (32524)
  • 2 x Beam 11 (32525)
  • 2x Beam 15 (32278)
  • 8x Technic Pin with Lengthwise Friction Ridges and Center Slots (2780)
  • 6 x Axle to Pin connector with Friction (43093)
  • 4 x Axel connectors (6538c)
  • 2 x Pin with Ball (6628)
  • 2 x Black Beam 2 x 4 Bent 90 Degrees, 2 and 4 holes (32140)
  • 2 x Axel 2 (3704)
  • 1 x Axel 4 (3705)

Note: the size of the last two Axel’s can be doubled to make a stand for a tablet to make the stand wider (i.e. 2 x Axel 6 & 1 x Axel 8).

Another quick tip to finish it off is to put a bit of sellotape on either side of the Lego were the device sits to stop it slipping out/tilting when adding and removing the phone.

I hope people find this useful and it gives dev’s a cheap way of adding a new portable stand to their desks.

Lego Device Lab

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As most Android developers will know, working on the platform sometimes requires testing your app on a stupid amount of different devices. This usually leads to a scene similar to this on your desk.

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Android Studio Shortcut Ninja

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After hearing last minute about the Android Dev Summit last year, I was interested to see what topics they would cover and there was some great content.   As all of the talks were recorded I had a few on my list that I wanted to watch after the event but there was one I missed until I listened to one of the fragmented podcast episodes.  They highly recommended a talk called ‘Android Studio For Experts‘, which the podcast host Donn Felker said was an essential watch as they packed so many dev tips into the episode.

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Where’s my mobile?

I’m sure most of us have had  that sinking feeling when we’ve gone to check for our mobile and realised we’ve left it somewhere.  As mobiles have becoming an increasing part of daily life, the need to keep then safe has obviously increased.

I usually always keep my phone close by or in a safe place but recently I left my phone in work and only realised it was gone when I’d got home.

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Android Developers Toolbox

OK, lets give that lonely solitary first blog post some company by adding one that might be worth reading. (I said might)

I thought I’d make my first real blog post about the tools I use as a developer, like many people have done before.

I always find it interesting comparing how people work and what tools they use so you can improve your own tool set and hopefully pass on some useful tips to other people.  I’ve also created a new section on the website for my most used tools and any new ones that I find over time.  I’ll keep this updated as I discover new and useful tools.

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