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02.09.08 / inko9nito

Jailbreak (and fix) iPhone Firmware 1.1.3

I recently upgraded my 8 gig iPhone to the new 16 gig one, which unfortunately already came with the infamous 1.1.3 firmware. I spent quite some time looking for a guide on how to downgrade and this one by EffeXTC on ModMyiFone.com is by far THE best guide out there:

[HERE’S THE GUIDE]

Yes, I used it and yes it worked. Before you start, make sure you have WiFi access. You’ll need it to jailbreak 1.1.1.

Some applications haven’t been modified to work on 1.1.3 yet, so you will have trouble with OpenSSH, Customize and SummerBoard. Oh, and Edge. Yea! No worries though. You can fix them.

Fixes for Jailbroken 1.1.3

Fix Edge:
Go to Settings -> General -> Reset -> Reset Network Settings.

Fix OpenSSH:
Install Unix Subsystem and reinstall it. You might need to reinstall it a couple of times. You will NOT see the OpenSSH icon on your springboard but it will be running in the background. The username is root, and the password is alpine.

Fix SummerBoard:
Add the following source to your Sources: http://sleepers.net/~iphone/repobeta.xml

Then, under Tweaks install Smb Themes Fix.

Fix MobileChat and Apollo
Go to Installer -> Tweaks (1.1.3) -> IM Chat 1.1.3 Fix

Fix Customize:
I haven’t tried this, but here’s a guide on how to get Customize to work.

If you know some other fixes not listed here – post them in the comments 🙂
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01.29.08 / inko9nito

Books that make you dumb

Believe it or not, there is a website dedicated to “books that make you dumb” (or smart). Virgil Griffith compiled a diagram of 100 most popular books read by college students (based on their Facebook statistics, that’s kind of a bias in itself) and placed them in relation to that college’s SAT and ACT scores.

Before you look at the diagram in any detail, guess where The Holy Bible placed. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita was at the top.

The list is a bit biased though. Based on most universities’ Facebook “Favorite Music” stats most people listen to very mellow music: Jack Johnson, Radiohead and Coldplay always being in the top 5 or so. Are college kids Really that mellow? Or would the better question be are these the people who fill out their “Favorite blank” questions? Metallica, Muse and Rammstein would be at the top of my list but I didn’t fill it out. Just a thought.

Still, very curious results. Thanks Virgil 🙂

01.21.08 / inko9nito

PocketGuitar on iPod or iPhone

Saw Engadget showing off a new virtual guitar app for iPod/iPhone – PocketGuitar. Though I must admit that I doubted it for a second, but after installing it on my iPod and butchering the first few notes of Nirvana’s “Come as You Are” I was convinced – it works, it just takes some time getting used to. I’d rather play my out-of-tune real guitar than this thing, but it’s cool if you want to show off. You know you want to 🙂

Here’s what I did at 5 am. Very productive, I know:

Check out PocketGuitar on Google Code. They have quite a few juicy features in store for the next version. Can’t wait! 🙂 The bass is too quiet, but it’s not a huge concern since they already have it on the roadmap for the next version.
01.04.08 / inko9nito

Candidates on Net Neutrality

I was both surprised and delighted to discover that most of the candidates voted for Net Neutrality. If you side with democrats you have only one guy to worry about – Joe Biden, who (wrongfully) thinks that net neutrality is not a problem yet.

However, if you favor the republicans, you may want to take a look at the following list.

Here are the candidates who think that “content providers who pay more should have priority over other Internet traffic.” This means that if you can’t afford to pay for people to be able to access your site in a reasonable amount of time (that’s if they can access it at all!!) you are out of luck if any of these guys gets elected:

Rudy Giuliani John McCain Duncan Hunter Ron Paul
Rudy Giuliani John McCain Duncan Hunter Ron Paul

You don’t have to take my word for it, you check out the candidates and get more info about them for your self.


Tell Your Story

If you like the internet and/or if are a fan of any of the above guys – all is not lost! You can still try to save the net by writing to FCC! Lost cause? Not in the least! “The [FCC] has launched a public inquiry into whether it should protect Net Neutrality or let companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast dictate which Web sites you can use.” Today is the last day, so don’t put it off, it will only take a few minutes.