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How to Limit Data Usage on Tethered Android Devices

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Buying an affordable Wi-Fi Android tablet with no cellular data option is a way of getting it for even cheaper. It’s what I did with my Lenovo Tab E7. The few times I need to use the device on the go, tethering to my Pixel 2 XL is straightforward to set up and use.

But Android devices exchange a lot of data even when sitting idle.

How to keep data usage under control? By tweaking the tablet’s account synchronization settings I can cut down on cellular data usage by two-thirds.

Measuring data usage The first step is to get an idea of how much cellular traffic tethering generates, and how much I can save by playing with the system settings.

I did two simple tests to estimate the amount of data usage to expect from the tablet while tethered to the Pixel 2 XL, which has a 4G Vodafone cellular data plan.

In the Android settings of the phone, under Settings > Network & internet > Mobile network, a chart tracks how many MB of data have been used. In the tests I compared the value b…

The Experience of Launching a Newsletter on Product Hunt

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I launched my newsletter on Product Hunt. A few weeks earlier I had announced the newsletter, Practicing Google, and later sent the first three issues. How did launch day go on Product Hunt?

It was a dud.


Early results These data summarize the outcome of the launch, which added 2 subscribers to the 30 I had:
3 upvotes on Product Hunt (including the default upvote)1 user comment on Product Hunt (including the maker’s comment)0 reviews on Product Hunt53 Twitter interactions2 new newsletter subscribers This is not unexpected. Why? Because of an inescapable Catch-22: it takes a platform to build a platform.

I don’t have a platform. Twitter is the only social network I use (Facebook is a deal breaker) and my over 2700 followers are just not enough. Such an audience generates an average of a few interactions per tweet, not enough for any substantial promotion. This blog is 7 months old. My networking options and contacts are limited, too.

When starting out, everything happens at a snail’s pa…