Essentially, it turns an Android phone into a very sophisticated alarm system with real time notifications and streaming. So you can e.g. protect a hotel room using an old burner Android phone.
I use it against some creepy UK landlords and agents, who have the strange habit of breaking into rented flats when I'm not in, and without any prior notice. Totally illegal, but very hard to collect evidence against. Furthermore, contracts usually contain (illegal) clauses preventing you from installing a real home-alarm system. (Edit: contracts usually also ban changing locks).
It's also much better than any cheap alarm system, and totally complementary too. If something starts beeping (e.g a fire alarm or a motion sensor), Haven will notice and message you.
In my state the Landlord can do nothing against this exactly because it is illegal for him to enter without my permission so it is also not necessary (and a forced request is illegal) to give a copy of the key of the new door lock to the Landlord.
It's pretty sad. In my home country, it's a very serious crime if your landlord breaks into your house for no reason. Actually, landlords generally do not keep a key to the property during tenancies precisely because of this.
Not one of these had included a clause about changing locks.
And also the part about "you will get evicted immediately" is nonsense. The process to evict a tenant takes time: the landlord need to serve notice, then wait X days for a response, then apply to the court, who will then (assuming the landlord has followed the law to the letter) issue an judgement, and then the landlord still cannot have you forcibly removed until some period has passed and they have applied to the court for an enforcement order.
If you have had the experience you describe with more than one landlord in the UK, I'd suggest you look through a different agent next time.
The others are, as far as I am concerned total scammers. I won 3/3 cases in the Ombudsman, so I say this for a reason. Cheffins went as far as taking all my deposit to cover some debt the landlord had with them. And of course they didn't tell me. Simply no reply, no deposit. Even the Property Ombudsman freaked out.
I've only once rented a flat in Oxford. It was over 10 years ago, so I don't recall the details, but I do recall having to argue with the letting agent about changing some wording which was totally unreasonable.
Perhaps the situation is different in university towns, where lettings agents often dealing with naive tenants who have never signed a lease before.
The landlord can't evict you because of this, and the only reason they'd know you've changed the locks because they've tried to enter the house when you're not there.
Don't landlords need to be able to enter their property during an emergency?
They should probably also get Bay Area software engineer salary, but alas...
> It is very silly to suggest that they will act as a one man fire department.
No, it is not silly to suggest people who aren't 911 responders might be able to put out smaller fires... that's why homes have fire extinguishers nearby. (I hope yours is not an exception.)
(I know laws around that differ, but for example here in my little EU country the landlord cannot enter the rented appartment without explicit consent given ahead of the visit.)
"Just barge into it at will"? In what world do emergencies inside the tenant's home conveniently pop up at the landlord's mere will?! And in what world is running into a house that you own to mitigate an emergency equivalent to "just barging into" some random building you never had and never will have any rights to?
If you believe the landlord fundamentally doesn't have the right to do this because the tenant's right trumps it no matter what, that's one thing, and it's something I can at least somewhat understand and debate legitimately regardless of my agreement or disagreement with it. But to just go ahead and completely and outrightly deny the existence of even a shred of nuance on the topic when there is such a clear night-and-day difference between your landlord coming in to mitigate an emergency in his own property and any random dude off the street just barging into your house at will is just... too wild to be honest. It's not something that can be taken seriously... all it does is completely sucks away any energy others might have to hear you out.
"When your bathroom has flooded, the most important thing to do is to shut of your water as soon as possible. If you don’t know how to do it, it’s good to call a plumber and hopefully they can help you shut it off over the phone before they get to your house to assess damage. If the leak is coming from a toilet or sink, there is usually a knob near the pipes that you can turn to the right and shut off. You will also need to shut off the electricity of the flooded rooms with the main breaker. If you see sparks or smell gas vacate your house and call the fire department, only going back in until they tell you it is safe." https://texashomeandgarden.com/idea-center/bathroom/bathroom...
Changing the locks as a tenant is completely legal in Germany for example.
The reason is simple: if someone breaks inside opening the door (maybe even just because they were good lock-pickers) the police has to investigate firstly on whoever has the key or could give a copy of them to others, so if the landlord can it is gonna be some rough months to him while they have to check if he sold/gave a copy of your key to anyone with bad intentions.
Some landlords even ask you to change it yourself asap (like my last one)
https://guardianproject.info/ one is particularly interesting. Haven is a Guardian Project app.
Settings > Repositories > Enable "Guardian Project Official Releases"
Then search for "Haven" and install the app.
What? That's so...weird. Why tenants don't change the locks on the main doors as they move in? Is it also because of the contracts?
My landlady has the keys, organizes the cleaning lady to come (and gives her the keys), I'm pretty sure she even once dusted and washed the dishes in the sink herself when she was watching over some crew cleaning the ducts.
The whole benefit of renting is not being burdened with owner's problems. Hard to achieve when they can't access the apartment.
In some countries it's not allowed to change it without permission from the landlord, and in others it is allowed but you need to immediately give them a copy of the key anyway.
But I believe that in most countries it is the case that the landlord cannot invade your privacy, even if they have a key (I know this is the case in Australia). So them having a key is mostly irrelevant (since lockpicking is a skill you can pick up in a weekend -- and picking the lock of a tenant's door is about as legal as using a key that the tenant was forced to give you).
All of that being said, I don't understand why changing the locks makes a difference. It's very easy to ask a locksmith to open the door for you, especially if your name is on the title (not to mention that most house locks are trivial to pick anyway). Whether or not the landlord has a key is mostly immaterial, what matters is whether it is legal for them to use it (because picking the lock would arguably have similar legality).
AdAway: it makes the ads go away by adjusting your hosts file (may require root) so it works both for in-app ads and web ads. I first installed it out of spite when Google failed my LineageOS on SafetyNet and blocked Android Pay even though it wasn't rooted but it made using the system so much more enjoyable I would now root it regardless.
FBReader: a pretty decent ebook reader although the complexity makes it feel like a 2006 Linux app.
Fdroid is great for open source apps especially when you are trying to avoid shady behavior by apps, but since Android itself is full of shady behavior and dark patterns it's at best a bandage on a severely wounded patient.
Then (IIRC back in February or so), somebody forked it, and (from comments) apparently pointed it to a separate data website (not sure how they pay for it if that's the case).
At any rate: "Maps": https://f-droid.org/app/com.github.axet.maps
Compred to OSMAnd: It's much simpler to use. Smoother scrolling around the map, and nice 3d perspective. It has some stalling problems that OSMAnd doesn't have, but is otherwise smoother I think. Sometimes searching for streets seems to not be as good as OSMAnd. Missing a lot of OSMAnd features but that is what makes it simpler.
Osmand at least will open normally, just with a blank map area and I cam fidget about with it.
Maps also has an unhelpful name for tryimg to search for bugs or howtos. Mapz or Mapapp would have been better.
is Here Maps available on Apple App Store?
I use Simple Contacts so I can keep my contacts out of the cloud and away from other apps. Good 'ol manual entry/editing and .vcf importing/exporting when needed, which is maybe twice a year for me. No named caller ID or call/text history though, have to use my brain for that. Maybe there's a way to make that work without sacrificing the benefits, but it hasn't been a problem for me yet, so I haven't looked into it.
For weather, I just add a DDG search for "weather [zip]" to my home screen. No need to turn on location for something that changes very little and is trivial to look up when it does.
OpenLuncher gets me what I want but it's big and can waste a bit of battery I've noticed. I'd like a launcher just as small and efficient as KISS but has a single page home screen (no need for widget support) and a full app list menu with a search bar.
DNS66 establishes a VPN interface, and redirects DNS server traffic to it. The VPN interface filters the traffic, only allowing queries for hosts that are not blacklisted.
- a pdf viewer: I like Document Viewer especially to navigate in ebooks.
- a GPS application: I like OsmAnd that has a very usable UI, lots of features and allows you to download the map of a region for offline use.
It packs this much functionality in one place, all available offline. Once you get past the counterintuitive UI, you start to like it.
It covers public transport, opening hours, all kinds of PoIs, distance measurement tools, hill shading, contour maps and customizable map views, being able to measure routes in advance (calculate route from any point x to y).
try "maps" for something more basic (white logo with black M). it's a fork of mapbox's "map.me" app just without any ads
- Devinettes: Sphinx puzzles (rhymes with a simple answer) some are infuriatingly difficult.
- Call Recorder: Pretty straight forward, lets you record your calls.
- Kanadrill and KaQui: For learning the japanese alphabets.
- Habits: Really good way to keep track of things you are trying to learn / unlearn.
- NewPipe: Sooooooo good.
K-9 mail, which is an IMAP client.
ZaNavi, which uses Open Street Map. (Messes up the upper left screen area where system icons appear.)
Mozilla Nip Provider, which provides location services without Google.
and the location services only work on rooted phones, because google choose to deny user alternatives completely on this space. location is their expensive targeting data for ads.
the description for the only one on fdroid even says so.
Is there any base for this claim? Play store has at least a system like Play Protect. Likely it's not ideal, but at least does some filtering. Does fdroid provide anything better, or is it just that it's not as popular so spyware authors are not interested?
Whereas g-store apps, because they almost always request too many to begin with, train users that 17 different permissions for a 'flashlight' app is normal (made up example), and the malware does not stand out as 'odd' in that environment.
Currently I'm using Twilight, which isn't free or in F-Droid, and I'd love to switch to Red Moon!
Existing issue: https://github.com/LibreShift/red-moon/issues/152
At some point, I'd actually like to reach out to the developers of the (several) screen filter apps on F-droid to see if they're interested in collaboration/merging. It seems silly to have so many of us working on the same kinds of issues, independently.
Personally I really go too long between off-device backups. Something for automated backups to a PC would be valuable, and I suspect I'm not the only person who should be using it.
On 3 phones, I've never had MTP work well enough to trust it with backups.
andOTP: One-time Passwords
Libre Office Viewer: Document Viewer
Materialistic: Hacker News client
RedReader: Reddit (great for text)
Slide: Reddit (great for images)
SlimSocial: Facebook (I have had a lot of issues with FaceSlim. I would like to part with Facebook all together but it's still too heavily used by the people I keep in contact with.)
Tasks: Todo list/tasks
WiFiAnalyzer: Analyse nearby WiFi networks
I've had NewPipe in the past but had found it quite unusable. Based on the recommendations of this thread I'll be installing it once again.
* Playback while streaming stops, but the network connection hasn't dropped
* AntennaPod via Bluetooth crashes (!) the head unit in a Mazda CX5. No, I don't know how that's possible, either.
I was using Podcast Addict prior to AntennaPod and it had the same issues as your first point. I now experience the same behaviour with AntennaPod and had wrote it off as a "podcasting" glitch or at least an issue with the streams I was listening to.
Hopefully they address these issues in the future but they're definitely not deal breaker issuss for me to want to switch to some closed source alternative.
Font setting, no it does not directly have font setting inside the app. Instead it follows the phone global size set under the accessibility area of the global settings app.
in Business calendar i use 5 times 5 minutes but you can set whatever frequency and amount of repeated reminders, seem almost no calendar apps have this killer feature
I must mention Orgzly, which is a pretty UI over OrgMode files. Also stores the flat files as text on the disk.
In my experience, some of the app descriptions can be quite cryptic or vague, not really giving enough detail to be sure that a given app does the one thing you care about.
Adding even just a single screenshot to the app listings would make it so much more user-friendly, it would really encourage less techy user to use F-droid too.
Drum on: for setting up percussion loops so you can play your instrument along with it.
Newpipe: youtube client
Slide: reddit client
Ghost Commander - two panel file manager with text editor
Call Recorder - records calls
Termux - terminal emulator with packages
Hacker's Keyboard - full keyboard, good for terminal and remote
Sky Map - astronomy app, formerly google's
Voice - audiobook player
Markor - markdown editor and todo.txt task list
Loop Habit Tracker - reminder and tracker for building habits
I'd like to have texting, camera, phone, maps, and music, with everything else requiring a decent effort to access. That way email and browser and other extra functions are available but inconvenient, so I'll either rethink what I'm doing or use a laptop in the many cases where it's far more appropriate.
It seemed like this should be doable with users, but I haven't seen a good way.
I made a post for this yesterday,but didn't get any good advice, so I'm trying again here.
I use this so I have a smartphone on wifi, and what amounts to a flip phone when I'm on data (just calls and texts...no email, no slack, no insta, etc etc). It supports modes too, so you can have "Nav" where Lyft and Maps have connectivity if you're getting around.
*Full disclosure: I made getChromium.
Lots of apps in it. I had no idea so many were using F-Droid.