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

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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

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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/com.android.providers.telephony/databases/mmssms.db.  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

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