TechCredo is a blog about mobile technology with focus on comprehensive guides, tutorials and articles rather than on news and frequent minor posts.
Since mid 2010, TechCredo mainly deals with Google’s open-source mobile OS Android. Some of the reasons for this are detailed in the post Android and I: A Love Story. TechCredo is a comparatively small fish in the vast sea of tech blogs. As of late October 2010, it receives around 125 000 pageviews a month.
The tech prefix is naturally short for technology – Credo is Latin for “I believe”. Combine the two, and it can be interpreted as the phrase “I believe in technology”, or that this is a site with opinions about technology – both assumptions are true. The phrase “I believe” is also a reference to the X-files: one of the top shows for nerds in the 90s.
Ever since I was a little kid in the 80s, I have been deeply fascinated by a certain kind of electronic gadgets. I remember that it often felt like they were surrounded by magic, and I still get that feeling now and then. It was bliss to learn everything I could about them. From the ColecoVision (it could play Atari 2600 games!), the Commodore C64, a bunch of Donkey Kong Game & Watches, the Sega Master System, Game Gear, various early incarnations of PDAs, the Amiga, to my first PC in 1994 – I have been nurturing this interest.
And now I’m just as intrigued by handsets as I was by computers 15 years ago, and smartphones are of course becoming our new personal computers. I more or less expect a mobile to be able to do all the things my PC can, in addition to being a solid camera, video recorder and GPS navigator.
I know this must sound a bit odd to some people, but when I use a good smartphone (especially if it’s fairly new and there’s lots left to discover), it’s like stepping into another world. I can’t change the real world much, but this digital frontier of zeroes and ones, black metal and plastic, AMOLED screens and computer chips I can bring to perfection. A smartphone is of course a tool of communication, and if one only tries I’m sure there’s something poetic to find in that. A mobile simply is the ultimate gizmo, it has so many uses, and to me it epitomizes all that I find fascinating about gadgets. I quote science-fiction author Arthur C. Clarke: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”.
For each new model, I’ve become more and more interested and initiated. From just having picked a handset that seemed good based on an ad in a magazine in the early 00s, to really let the selection process be a part of the interest. I love reading and learning about upcoming models, and when I get a new device, I try to discover everything about it: I find all the best apps, customize, tweak and optimize it to my liking and every need, make up my own designs, themes and wallpapers (stylish, clean and functional). I try to make it do stuff no other copy of that phone can, and make it much better than the original. And that’s what I love about the xda-developers.
I have a background in programming and in designing software and websites. I founded my own computer company in 1996 right after I had started high school. In February 2009, I felt like creating a website about the frontiers of mobile technology, so that’s what I did.
The site’s initial incarnation was GeekedOut.se, which I developed from scratch with HTML, PHP and CSS – it involved a lot of extra work and made maintaining and updating the content bothersome. GeekedOut.se later grew into what you see now: www.TechCredo.com. From the first of August 2010 until the beginning of March the following year, I worked as an editor for Androinica.com. At the time, it was one of the six largest Android blogs in the world. I left because I found a better job, writing about Android and mobile tech in my native tongue.
I’ve also been a guest editor as such esteemed tech sites such as PhoneDog.com and AndroidGuys.com. Over the years, my posts have been written about by publications such as Symbian-Guru.com (now defunct), WOMWorld/Nokia, WMPowerUser, 1800PocketPC and Swedroid.
In mid November 2010 I created the site AndroidAppolo.com (that I didn’t have time to maintain) that lets visitors browse and discover the top Android apps. My latest project is Androidenheter.se – a database of Android devices in Sweden and my personal blog is called A Smooth Sea (…never made a skilled sailor). I also made “How old were the actors?” – a website that shows how old the main actors were when making a movie, how old they are now and whether or not they’re alive.
I hope you enjoy TechCredo, and if you do – please spread the word. Feel free to drop me an email or leave a comment if you want to get in touch.
/Lars – Nerd since early childhood and frakking proud of it
“You, sir, are a God! :) Thanks for this extensive guide with very useful links/tips/info.”Marc Huggard, April 2011
“Dude, you stopped me from going insane and for that I genuinely and whole-heartedly thank you. This worked…to a degree (as I did not know which app was f**king up the phone I pretty much had to scrap all and start again—–but the key word is START….that is SO much more than I could do in my infinite loop it is awesome.PS: This is the absolute FIRST message I have EVER left ANYWHERE on the web….thanks again.”David, March 2010
“Terrific blog, so incredibly useful, insightful and well-written. Sincerely, thank U for taking the time to share Ur knowledge and experience: U’ve really helped me to make the most of my phone.
Cheers! David”Breathless, April 2010
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Juan, August 2010
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Zik, April 2009
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Caschit, May 2009
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Mads, April 2009
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kitman, April 2009
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DiLLio, April 2009
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Azumide, April 2009
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- Saving the Gadget? The Dilemma of an Android Fanatic
- PhoneDog.com (my guide to the now defunct Windows Mobile has been removed)