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The Tato Series: An Interview With JRummy16

Exciting times around here seeing as how Kellex’s Droid X finally got some 2.2 love, but I wish all you DX users the best. (I was skeptical hehe.)

I got to have a very fun chat with JRummy the other day and can tell he is a very well spoken, smart individual. Throughout the Tato Series I have yet to converse with anyone that hasn’t come off as someone who isn’t extremely nice and knowledgeable in their respective fields including JRummy. Put all these guys in one room and North America might explode!

Task Killers, nicknames, future of LithiumMod, and even a possible interview with “The Great Tim-o-tato”? Ha! We’ll see about that!

Continue on….

Tim-o-tato: So can I have you introduce yourself and what it is you do?

JRummy16: Well, My name is Jared Rummler and on internet sites I usually go by the name JRummy16. Rummy has always been kind of a nick name so I went with it. I am from Southern California and besides working on Android I am a full time student at Cal State Fullerton and also have a full time job doing accounting. On my free time I love to hang out with my beautiful wife at the beach where I surf and skim board.

Tim-o-tato: Excellent! What are you currently in school for?

JRummy16: Accounting. Far from anything I do in the Android community but I have some opportunities that I don’t want to pass up. Learning and developing in Android has definitely opened my eyes into different things that I have grown to love though.

Tim-o-tato: Well I know that any work you put towards Android people will be happy with. What got you into Android to begin with?

JRummy16: I am fairly new to Android and the ROM world actually. I have always had a “nerd” side to me and when I purchased my Droid1 I wanted to learn everything about it. After rooting my device I wanted to unleash the full potential of my new toy. I think my first ROM was Bugless Beast 7.4 or something.  I started with simple hacks I could teach myself, then I got into creating themes where I learned simple but necessary things like xml’s, smali and backsmali, and Eclipse. I then started building ROMs. First they were based off of Cyanogen Mod (which I believe was the only source built ROM at the time). Then I began to teach myself Bash and Java (which I’m still doing) and started compiling my own ROMs from source.  So far it has been a fun and educational little hobby 🙂

Tim-o-tato: Wow! So JRummys first ROM was Bugless Beast?

JRummy16: Ha, yep!

Tim-o-tato: When you started working on all of this, did you have any clue that people would accept your work so widely? In other words, did you expect to become so popular?

JRummy16: I didn’t know what would become of my work. When I started I really looked up to AdamZ and Xeudoxus. Those are developers that do it just for the fun of developing and not for numbers or show (like many other developers too).  I am stoked that so many people have enjoyed my work. I compile ROMs and theme because that’s what I love to do and it’s just a bonus that others love it too.

Tim-o-tato: Awesome. So what got you thinking about making a *super* pink theme for Droid-Life then?

Tim-o-tato: Think it got people to check out the good work you were pumping out at the time?

JRummy16: Because Droid-Life is just that cool! When my wife got her droid I wanted to root and install a custom ROM for her but she was hesitant until I showed her my Pink-Life theme. She is still using it today and loves it. Also, I had a color scheme going I guess. Besides Pink-Life I have developed a green, blue, red and a cyan theme.

Tim-o-tato: My ex girlfriend really liked it too! Turns out she likes iPhones more though…(hence the Ex).
What types of things are you working on these days? Anything up those sleeves?

JRummy16: Lately I have been swamped with school and work but I can’t seem to step away from Android.  So, when I have time I have been working on a compilation of scripts which act much like BusyBox and getting them into a GUI. I have also spent some time working on more customization on status bar icons, SetCPU and other customization in the Settings App.

Tim-o-tato: Sounds good. I’m sure we’ll all be on the lookout. So may I ask you age Jared? I’m guessing you’re not “16”?

JRummy16: I’m 25. But what about you? When is Droid-Life going to have an interview with the amazing Tim-o-tato?

Tim-o-tato: Haha. I’m 21! The amazing? Hmm, I guess I could get use to that.


Tim-o-tato: So what are your thoughts about the Android community as a whole? Likes? Dislikes?

JRummy16: As a whole it is a great group. I have become friends with a great group of Developers and Theme makers. I talk constantly to JDLFG, Xeudoxus, {n8}, Liquid0624, and many others. I have also had a good opportunity to share what I have learned with other developers. I think I have spent more time talking, learning and teaching other people than I have spent developing because there are so many good people here.

Tim-o-tato: That’s what we like to hear! Hopefully it’s only gonna get better!! As someone that’s on the inside, where do you see Android a few years down the road?

JRummy16: I think Android has a huge potential and it’s obvious that the competition is scared. I’ll be sticking with it for a long time and hope to keep bringing some amazing work to the table.

Tim-o-tato: What type of phone did you have before your first Android phone? (which was? Droid? G1?)

JRummy16: My first Android phone was the Droid1 and before that I had a bulky ugly Windows Mobile phone.

Tim-o-tato: Ohh, so no I*hone?

JRummy16: Nope!

Tim-o-tato: Clever…

Time for my dumb silly Q’s…

Tim-o-tato: Task Killers: What is your view and opinion them?

JRummy16: I never used one and I think they are a bit over rated. :-/

Tim-o-tato: We hear that a lot!

Tim-o-tato: So Steve Jobs writes to you, say he needs your help with the new i*hone. Your response?

JRummy16: Lol! Umm…I would say heck yes, if it were April Fools day or if he offered me a ton of money!!

Tim-o-tato: Yea, ton of money would be nice I suppose…

Tim-o-tato: If you had to change your nickname, what do you think you would choose?

JRummy16: Mr.GinormousMuscles would probably be the best way to describe me…so probably that.

Tim-o-tato: Awesome! Who could argue?!?

Tim-o-tato: So you mentioned some other Developers you admire. Is there something you hope to be an innovator for maybe in the future? Or that you would like to create that isn’t already available?

JRummy16: There are always ideas and new things to work on. It has been a little of a slow start but Lithium Mod has some great developers and has some real potential.

Tim-o-tato: That’s good to hear that it’s still alive! Well we are ALL waiting. You’ll make us proud!

So before I let you go, is there ANYTHING you would like to ask the Droid-Life readers?

JRummy16: Sure. First, what do you look for most in a ROM (features, stability, theme, customization, etc.)?

Second, what is going to be your next device?

Tim-o-tato: That seems to be the question on everybodies mind. As contracts are starting to end, everyone wants to know what the next big thing is. In your opinion, what do you think the next big phone will be?

JRummy16: The droid X is starting to explode but for the next device honestly I’m not sure.

Tim-o-tato: Thanks so much for your time Jared! I myself and everyone at DL really appreciate it!!!

JRummy16: Your welcome! Thanks! 🙂

Tim-o-tato: Have a good one and talk soon!


Well that was fun! I had no idea I was “great”, buuut I am not one to argue with a guy like Jrummy, so I’ll run with it! Thanks for everyone reading these and letting me know that you care for it!

Huge props to JRummy for giving me his time!

So tell me…What’s gonna be the next big phone?!?


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  • gnarkill3

    Hey I just bought your overclock for the droid x and it keeps force closes

  • Rjfrank

    Awesome interviews. Kind of makes me want to look a little deeper into doing some things with my droid myself. Probably won't though, since these guys are doing such awesome work!


  • Awesome interviews. Makes me want to look a little deeper into doing some things myself. Probably won’t, though, since these guys are all doing such great work!


  • Cory

    So what happened to JIT Compiler? Jrummys Rome have always been my favorite…I'm glad that I asked for this interview last week and then magically it happens…this is why I freaking love droid-life.com!!! You guys are awesome!!!

  • jrummy16 seems to be VERY good a Fruit Ninja LOL.. check the leaderboards.. he's on the top

  • next phone would def. be the droid pro or droid 2 global. i still got the OG droid, but the keyboard is getting a little old…the phone has been rebooting alot lately..and my camera key is now a SHINY white instead of gold…i want a droid 2 🙁

    • junkyarddan

      Im running lithium mod and was able to download flash from the market. One day it wasn't there and the next it was.

  • Tim, from now on I'd like you to ask these guys “How much would Steve Jobs have to pay you to work on the i*hone 5?” Then we'd know who has the most loyalty 😛 everyone has a selling out point. I mean I'd work on the i*hone for $100,000 a year!

  • Calculatorwatch

    Haha, Tim, did you really break up with your girlfriend because of the i*hone?

    That's some hardcore Droid loyalty right there!

    • You gotta do what you gotta do. On my Facebook profile I set it to “In a Relationship – With my Droid”

  • Joanna Jadore

    I freaking love love love love love love love JRUMMY!! I rocked his Pink Life theme on my droid and at 1 point I thought about switching to Sprint to get the HTC Evo and once he confirmed that he wont be doing any work outside of Droid i decied to stay and wait for the DX to release! Cant wait to rock his themes again on my DX now that 2.2 has been released. Nothing but repect to you 🙂

  • I am running lithium mod now, and loving it. I have never had a significant issue with my D1 sine installing! Where work, many people have Droids, but I am the only one with Watermark'd Lithium Mod and it is the envy of may others. The only suggestion I could offer to this awesomeness, and I know someone else already has, is the need for OTA updates. Other than that, keep up the good work!

  • Keithsmnr

    No “What work are you currently doing for the next release of LithMod and any idea when we can expect it?”


    • You never ask Devs for ETAs…thats a rule 😛

  • RoadsterHD1

    What about Memory Boosters? I used to have a ton of home screen redraws due to OS shutting down launcher due to low memory. I installed the paid version of “Memory Booster” and set it up to recover memory every ten minutes and a 20% threshold, my white listed apps are Launcher pro and setcpu, the rest of the items are in as default, and now i have 50% less redraws. My phone seems more stable going from app to app. Not sure what the difference is between this and an actual task killer but it works way better than “advance task killer”

    • Stephen D

      I accidentaly hit like. Anyways, I just looked at the app and it sounds just like task killer.

  • RoadsterHD1

    Hey Tim, lets get pictures too, so we can put a face to the name and ROM….

    • Hey, thats a great idea 😉

    • youngnamlee

      I would also like to see their home screen set up. I'm obsessed with that. haha

  • RoadsterHD1

    Excellent job as usual Tim-o-tato. I look for stability in a ROM first, second appearance, 3 themes, 4 customizations, A ROM that uses very little RAM as the D1 has very little. A ROM that WILL NOT shut down launcher when it needs more memory!!!!! that I guess to me is the most important. I've never tried a JRummy ROM but I will now. Thanks Jared

  • Chris Nimon

    I have been using Lithium Mod since it dropped. I tried others but I go right back to LM. I haven'y had a single problem with stability, no FC's. Its fast, but the thing that I really love is that its a 1 stop shop. I pick my boot animation, kernel, theme and extas. Its so easy. I recently discovered the Absolute System which is just plain old awesome. It does so much I highly recommend checking it out. change boot, live wallpapers, fonts, flash recovery images, app management, file browser, etc. The ease of use with this is what makes it stand out from the rest of the pack. The ONLY thing I think it needs is to be set up for OTA updates. Maybe it would be possible to have set cpu and LauncherPro+ options?

  • mrl09

    Whooo whoooo CSUF student here also….. 🙂

  • Mr. Joshua

    I really like the ROM to be stable. I have run into minor issues with many ROMs with Froyo and exchange support, and it really just bugs me. So then I switch.

  • ajbattaglia83

    Awesome! Lithium mod is my favorite on the droid

  • The350zWolf

    Tim –MegaKuddos– on your interview series! It is nice to associate a human perspective into the ROMS that we use and, I should add, love.
    I would have probably shelved or chucked my original Droid, pretty much as any other of my old phones (moto rzr, lg choclate, etc) if it wasn't for these awesome guys that really their only motivation is community service. Thanks guys. All well deserved recognition!

    • Thanks man 🙂
      Don't worry, plenty more to come!!!!

  • Bgill55

    Good read. Jrummy has always been a stand up Guy and I'm glad to know him and call him friend. Jared when you come visit your grandparents hut me up.

    • Agreed. All you guys are too sweet 😉
      Bgill, keep your eye on your mailbox 🙂

      • bgill55

        I cant wait!!!! im adjusting my Stereo for optimal sound!! gonna get ready to dance!!!!

        • I hope you mean “mosh” and not dance =P LOL

          • bgill55

            Moshing is so 90’s I dance to the Pretty Screams!!!!!! thats Hardcore!!!!

  • Ghostrigger

    I'm patiently waiting to what Jrummy will put out next. As for new phone they haven't named it yet. And for what I'm looking for a totally packed HHGG rom themed out.

  • NuggsFan

    4G phone

  • nice job.

  • kulz


  • Thats avery nice!!

  • MikeCRock


    • noobs…..

      • MikeCRock

        Quite experienced, thank you. Just never been in a huge rush to get the 1st.

        • your welcome, uhmm(sarcasm) lost in translation i c

          • Anonymous

            Sorry, just assumed you were one of those haters. Just trying to have fun…

          • lol I really was jus messin with ya

      • Far from it 😛

    • Vantercol

      As far as first well done.
      As far as feeling more complete I'm working on that one myself.