May 23 2012

How to fix “Camera Failed” error on Samsung Galaxy S II (or other Samsung Android devices)

If you are reading this, you’ve probably had your Samsung Galaxy S II (or other Samsung device) display the apparently fairly common “Camera Failed” message.  Over the past month I too have had this annoyance pop up on my Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket several times.  Googling the problem yields suggestions ranging from uninstalling flashlight apps to returning phones.  While certainly there must be people who are in fact having hardware problems with the camera, I think most of us are having a software issue.  This issue totally feels like some system resources not properly releasing the camera, keeping it locked and preventing the camera app and other apps from accessing the camera hardware.

After a bunch of trial and error, I think I have figured out a consistent way to quickly and easily fix this problem when it does occur, releasing the camera hardware for use by any app. Continue reading


Dec 12 2011

Jon Stewart’s Review of the Stories on the Lost RQ-170 Sentinel Drone

Jon Stewart does a hilarious review of the lost Sentinel drone.  Enjoy!