Rancilio S26

Rancilio S26 plumbed in, single group espresso machine. After the plumber fixed the washing machine valve I could finally install it on Christmas morning.

Pours shots like Guinness, steams milk like an Icelandic geyser! It’s great having a plumbed in machine ready to go whenever necessary.

I thought the Bezzera was big when I bought it but the new machine is a true monster.

I still need to either: shorten the drain hose to allow a smoother run into the sink or: install a double drain fitting under the sink to accept the coffee machine and washing machine waste.

Bezzera BZ-99 -> Rancilio S26

I have a tank-fill Bezzera BZ99. It has always had a small leak coming from the waste output nozzle that feeds into the drip tray, ie. when you’ve poured a shot the back pressure blow off squirts back into the drip tray via this output.

This works as expected but the problem is, when the machine is heating up, water is sputtering out of this nozzle and flowing around the drip tray and onto the bench. It seems to have gotten worse recently too.

Why would the machine heating up cause water to enter the drip tray? bombcup suggested it might be the boiler max level probe being dirty but I’ve removed it and cleaned it and put it back. The other probe to the right of the boiler isn’t actually connected (see image below).

Also, the water tank has two hoses leading back into it. What are these for? They seem to feed a sputtering of hot water back into the cold water tank.

and so the discussion *cough* raged..

Thread on TooMuchCoffee regarding the leaking Bezzera BZ-99.

In the meantime, I’ve managed to do my usual trick and, thanks to Suzanne & Phil from (Bullet Coffee) who found it and showed me, I’ve upgraded to a Rancilio S26, which I should be picking up this Saturday from Leicester with help from Harvey.

A far bigger machine (4L boiler vs. 1.5L) this will be fed directly from the water mains rather than tank filled. Big Daddy Wayne will most likely be taking the Bezzera off me once I sort out its leak, replace the tired hoses and patch the drip tray hole.

Rancilio S26

For we are young and free…

Free? Free to read what some bloke tells you you can damn well read!


The Federal Government is pushing forward with a plan to force Internet Service Providers to censor the Internet for all Australians. This plan will waste millions of dollars and won?t make anyone safer.

It won?t protect children: The filter isn?t a ?cyber safety? measure to stop kids seeing inappropriate content such as R and X rated websites. It is not even designed to prevent the spread of illegal material where it is most often found (chat rooms, peer-to-peer file sharing).

We will all pay for this ineffective solution: Under this policy, ISPs will be forced to charge more for consumer and business broadband. Several hundred thousand dollars has already been spent to test the filter ? without considering high-speed services such as the National Broadband Network!

A dangerous precedent: We stand to join a small club of countries which impose centralised Internet censorship such as China, Iran and Saudi Arabia. The secret blacklist may be limited to ?Refused Classification? content for now, but what might a future Australian Government choose to block?

Britain's New and Improved Bullsh*t Internet Laws

“The British government has brought down its long-awaited Digital Economy Bill, and it’s perfectly useless and terrible. It consists almost entirely of penalties for people who do things that upset the entertainment industry (including the “three-strikes” rule that allows your entire family to be cut off from the net if anyone who lives in your house is accused of copyright infringement, without proof or evidence or trial), as well as a plan to beat the hell out of the video-game industry with a new, even dumber rating system (why is it acceptable for the government to declare that some forms of artwork have to be mandatorily labelled as to their suitability for kids? And why is it only some media? Why not paintings? Why not novels? Why not modern dance or ballet or opera?).

So it’s bad. ?50,000 fines if someone in your house is accused of filesharing. A duty on ISPs to spy on all their customers in case they find something that would help the record or film industry sue them (ISPs who refuse to cooperate can be fined ?250,000).

But that’s just for starters. The real meat is in the story we broke yesterday: Peter Mandelson, the unelected Business Secretary, would have to power to make up as many new penalties and enforcement systems as he likes. And he says he’s planning to appoint private militias financed by rightsholder groups who will have the power to kick you off the internet, spy on your use of the network, demand the removal of files or the blocking of websites, and Mandelson will have the power to invent any penalty, including jail time, for any transgression he deems you are guilty of. And of course, Mandelson’s successor in the next government would also have this power.

What isn’t in there? Anything about stimulating the actual digital economy. Nothing about ensuring that broadband is cheap, fast and neutral. Nothing about getting Britain’s poorest connected to the net. Nothing about ensuring that copyright rules get out of the way of entrepreneurship and the freedom to create new things. Nothing to ensure that schoolkids get the best tools in the world to create with, and can freely use the publicly funded media — BBC, Channel 4, BFI, Arts Council grantees — to make new media and so grow up to turn Britain into a powerhouse of tech-savvy creators.

Lobby organisation The Open Rights Group is urging people to contact their MP to oppose the plans.

“This plan won’t stop copyright infringement and with a simple accusation could see you and your family disconnected from the internet – unable to engage in everyday activities like shopping and socialising,” it said.

The government will also introduce age ratings on all boxed video games aimed at children aged 12 or over.

There is, however, little detail in the bill on how the government will stimulate broadband infrastructure.”

from: www.boingboing.net – Britain’s new Internet law — as bad as everyone’s been saying, and worse. Much, much worse.

news.bbc.co.uk – government lays out digital plans

Fix Samsung Galaxy's 3D

This assumes you are running II5 firmware and know what adb is.

– Download ‘signed-google_ion-ota-14721.zip’ (51.5MB) from developer.htc.com.

– Extract ‘libhgl.so’ from the /system/lib folder in the zip file.

– In a command prompt, run adb remount

– In a command prompt, run adb push [location of file] /system/lib/libhgl.so

Originally: www.android-hilfe.de

Upgrading Samsung Galaxy i7500 to Galaxo ROM

This is the process I went through to upgrade my phone from II5 to the Galaxo ROM. This is for my information only. If you follow this and turn your phone into a paperweight, I don’t care.

Thanks to kam187 on androidforums.com for the bulk of the knowledge and the guys at hdblog.it for the ROM.

Before doing any of this, you need to upgrade your phone’s firmware to II5 first.

You need to have the sdk tools on your computer:

– Extract the android-sdk-windows-1.5_r3.rar files to a folder on your computer.

– Copy recovery.img from the 0.42 Recovery Image over the existing recovery.img in the tools – Copy folder.

You probably need to install the adb usb driver at this point, if you haven’t done this before, otherwise the phone won’t respond to command line actions:

– Turn on USB Debugging on the phone: Settings > Applications > Development > USB Debugging and wait for a prompt to install a driver.

– Install the correct adb driver from the usb_driver folder.

– For more information on the adb usb driver, see this post.

From kam187, the key things are:

– Never boot II5 after a wipe and BEFORE applying update.zip

– Never boot after update.zip without G.Apps restored

Copy the 0.42 Recovery Image and Galaxo ROM and the II5.tar to the phone:

– Connect the phone to the PC (use the factory cable, Rastaman-FB had issues with a non-Samsung cable) and mount the internal storage using the USB Connected button that appears in the Notification Bar, then Mount.

– Copy rectools.tar.gz (from the 0.42 Recovery Image) to the root of the internal storage.

– Copy the update.zip (from the Galaxo ROM) to the root of the internal storage.

– Find the II5 firmware I7500XXII5-PDA-CL64494-REV5(VIA).tar and rename it to II5.tar and copy this to the root of the internal storage (this is how the Google Apps are restored later). Your internal phone storage should look a bit like this..

i7500 internal storage galaxo rom

– Switch off the phone.

– Boot into fastboot mode by holding the Call button (bottom left) whilst powering on the phone with the Power button (bottom right). The phone should appear to be waiting..

– In Windows, go Start > Run and type cmd then press OK to open the DOS command prompt.

– Navigate into the Android SDK tools folder where adb.exe and fastboot.exe are located (On my machine it is: C:Androidandroid-sdk-windows-1.5_r3tools – Copy since I was using kam187’s repacked 1.5 SDK). Basically you need to type something like cdandroidandroid-sdk-windows-1.5_r3tools to get to the directory beneath where you have extracted android-sdk-windows-1.5_r3.rar or android-sdk-windows-1.6_r1.zip.

– Now, in this folder type: fastboot flash recovery recovery.img

– Once this is complete, pull out the phone’s battery and reinsert it to leave fastboot mode.

Now we boot into the 0.42 Recovery image:

– Reboot the phone in Recovery Mode by holding the Volume Down and Call buttons whilst pressing Power to power up the phone.

– You should see a green 0.42 Recovery Console screen like this

– Choose Nandroid backup to make a complete backup of your system.

– Choose Wipe data/factory reset to clear your phone and reboot into Recovery automatically.

– Choose Apply sdcard:update.zip to apply the Galaxo ROM and reboot into Recovery automatically.

– Choose Restore G.Apps to restore the Google Apps that were automatically backed up (you must have copied the II5.tar file to your phone).

– Reboot into a lovely new ROM!

If your phone hangs (like mine did) at the loading screen – did you remember to restore the Google Apps?

Galaxo ROM: http://forum.hdblog.it/showthread.php?t=4842

0.42 Recovery Image: http://forum.hdblog.it/showthread.php?t=3995

ROM Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0a-swBMfys8


Samsung Galaxy i7500 – run the HTC soft keyboard

I’ve just done this and I like the HTC keyboard. It seems faster and a bit better at predictive typing.

These are kam187’s instructions.

Original post here androidforums.com – htc keyboard on samsung!

– Download this zip file: Tastiera T9 Samsung Galaxy.zip

– Copy the two .apk files to the memory of you Galaxy (you can mount your SD card to your PC and copy the files – plug in the cable, pull down the notification bar and click ‘USB connected’, then mount the sdcard. It’ll show up as a new drive on your computer).

– Install Astro File Manager from the Android market.

– Open Astro File Manager find and click HTC_IME, click Open App Manager and then click the Install button.

– Open Astro File Manager find and click Clicker, click Open App Manager and then click the Install button.

Note: The installation of applications not sourced from the Android Market is blocked by default, so you will need to allow this.

– Go to Locale & Text in the settings menu and select Touch Input and Exit

– Go back into Locale & Text and in the Touch Input options choose the alphanumeric Keypad and exit.

– Now create a new text message and click and hold the text box and select Input method, and select Touch Input

(If you use adb you can just install the apk by typing adb install HTC-IME.apk and adb install Clicker.apk)

Here’s another set of instructions with some more details if you need them..

androinica.com – how to install the HTC Android soft keyboard without rooting your phone. No, that’s not the Australian version of ‘rooting’.

Samsung Galaxy i7500 I7500XXII5 Firmware Update


I’d done a lot of reading about flashing the i7500 and wasn’t convinced of the benefits. Bored and annoyed that Samsung UK have thus far not released upgrades that other countries have (VIA Germany for example) I decided ‘what the hell’ and did it anyway. Using the information in these two links it was exceptionally easy to move to II5 baseband. Thanks guys.

androidforums.com – flashing and rooting overview – cougar

dejancencelj.blogspot.com – flash rom samsung i7500 galaxy for dummies