android boot animation

i took the t-mobile stock bootanimation.zip and removed all images. having no animation reduces the disk usage, and speeds up boot.

http://android.modaco.com/topic/310040-androidmodaco-custom-boot-animation/page__view__findpost__p__1296104
then i happened upon this simple, not too large, neat animation by fusion0306. now, i'm split between the two, ie having no animation or having a simple animation.

rooting the pulse

two steps:

1. flash the recovery image
amon-ra

2. flash the system image
http://bit.ly/dyA33l

custom rom

http://android.modaco.com/content/t-mobile-pulse-pulse-modaco-com/309645/trimmed-vanilla-2-1-rom-v9/

Check the link above for a fantastic post#5 in the thread, looking at the innards of android. I hit this very late after, I had rooted and hacked my android, removing unnecessary built-in apps and tweaking some configs. I am a fan of minimalism. I need to revisit this...

android fonts

I can't view any non-english characters. I am told that android 2.2 resolved this issue. I won't be able to get Froyo soonish. So I have to live with this issue for the time being.

My workaround has been to use Opera Mini with fonts being rendered on the server. I can read many sites, though not all.

But this still leaves the other applications showing empty squares instead of legible characters in their languages. I am multi-lingual, and I do need multiple languages.

The other option that I am considering is to root the device, and replace the default font with a merged unicode font supporting all languages.

I haven't really considering rooting my phone yet. This issue might get me looking at this more seriously.

Some links:
http://mobilefiledownload.com/chinese-japanese-korean-arabic-hindi-fonts/
http://gadgetsdna.com/custom-fonts-installation-on-rooted-android-device/
http://android-devs.com/?p=33

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