Removing NIS plate to install SNS binding

My Salomon ski boots fit me much better than any NNN boot I tried. But these days half the skis on the market (if not more) are sold with NIS plates, which makes installing SNS bindings a bit cumbersome. Having tried some Atomic and Salomon skis, I decided that I like a particular model of Fischer skis better, but the NIS plate on them bugged the OCD part of me, which wanted to not have the stupid unnecessary plates. Contemplating this, I saw a Youtube video (in Russian language) of a guy removing the NIS plates from a pair of skis using a hand plane. Being a woodworker, I could not pass the opportunity to use my hand planes AND satisfy the OCD part of me at the same time, so I set out to remove the plate. Spoiler: I would probably not do it again. Continue reading Removing NIS plate to install SNS binding


What is Salomon SNS to NIS interface adaptor

I was researching Salomon’s adaptor to mount SNS bindings on top of NIS plates, but very few web stores that carried it all had a low resolution images of something black and oblong. It was obvious from description that it was meant to be used to mount SNS bindings to an NIS plate, but I could not understand what benefits it offered. Recently I bought a pair of the adaptors, and hopefully this post would help someone who would like to know more about it. Continue reading What is Salomon SNS to NIS interface adaptor


Restoring SMS messages using mmssms.db file

My Nexus 5x phone died from the “bootloop” syndrome.  I had unlocked bootloader on it and TWRP recovery image was installed, so I was trying hard to get at least some data off the phone.  Most of the time it would not boot at all, but I managed to boot into TWRP recovery after leaving the phone in the freezer for a few hours.

Once in TWRP, I was able to pull some data using “adb pull”.  This included a file that contains the SMS and MMS messages.  On my Nexus 5x the path to that file was /data/user_de/0/  My plan was to restore that file onto my temporary phone running LineageOS (CyanogenMod 14). I was going to overwrite the file using “adb push” while booted into TWRP recovery. Continue reading Restoring SMS messages using mmssms.db file