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iPhone Linux

November 29, 2008 3 comments

News broke yesterday that iPhone Dev Team member planetbeing has succeeded in booting a Linux 2.6 kernel on the iPhone. A lot of the required drivers are still not available so this is not a replacement for the iPhone OS, but it is the first step on the path to a working Linux on iPhone or iPod Touch hardware.

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1 Day savings at the Apple store

November 28, 2008 Leave a comment

Apple has reduced the price of a range of products for a one day sale running now. There are no massive reductions but if you intended to buy one of the products on offer it may be worth taking the plunge.

SimplyBurns for simple burning

November 27, 2008 Leave a comment

simplyburnsThings have not been going well in the disc burning dungeon at Basshead towers. The big name disc burning/video editing/everything but the kitchen sink software that I have used for a couple of years was struggling with dual layer discs. I tried everything I could think of. Firmware update for the Pioneer 215 drive? Already on the newest one. Burn at 4x or 2x instead of 8x? Didn’t make a difference, discs still either failed during burning or could not be verified. Change disc brand/dye type? No change, still burning coasters. Reboot and close all other apps/startup items before burning? Still no good.

The only thing I hadn’t tried at this point was some different software, and there’s quiet a bit of it available. The first one I tried is SimplyBurns, an oss/gnu disc burning package. It’s not flashy but offers a lot of funtionality. And the best part is that it flies through burning and verifying dual layer discs. These are from the same spindle that previously failed, burned at 8x with not a single coaster yet. Donations to the project are accepted, so give it a try and do the right thing if you find it useful.

uTorrent now in Mac beta

November 27, 2008 Leave a comment

utorrentBefore completing my switch to the Mac platform my favourite bittorrent client on Windows was uTorrent. It combined a good feature set with good performance and tiny system resource requirements. It was unavailable for Mac OS until recently when some alpha versions with limited functionality appeared. That’s now changed with the release of a Mac beta available from mac.utorrent.com. The site makes it clear that this is beta software so may contain serious bugs, but anyone looking for a lightweight bittorrent client should give this great piece of free software a try.

Quickpwn Tool 2.2 for Mac screenshots

November 23, 2008 Leave a comment

Where Pwnage tool creates a custom firmware image to send to your iDevice, Quickpwn modifies a standard firmware install that is already there. Before starting Quickpwn you need to udpate to the new firmware using iTunes. The Quickpwn process is quite simple, the screenshots below show the steps and it even walks you through getting the device into DFU mode. The last three images are photo’s of my iPod during the install which continues on the iDevice once Quickpwn has finished. Read more…

Pwnage Tool 2.2 for Mac screenshots

November 23, 2008 Leave a comment

Pwnage tool 2.2 supporting iPhone and iPod Touch firmware 2.2 was released late last night, and I have now had a chance to try it out. Nothing much different to the previous version, so here is a screenshot gallery of the process for anyone who hasn’t taken the plunge yet. It’s not quite as easy to use as Quickpwn as you have to manually put the iDevice into DFU mode then use iTunes to restore the package that Quickpwn makes. There are plenty of guides on the net for anyone needing guidance, so I won’t repeat it here. Read more…

iPhone/iPod 2.2 Jailbreak now available

November 23, 2008 1 comment

The iPhone Dev Team have updates their QuickPwn tool for Windows/Mac and Pwnage tool for Mac to support the latest 2.2 firmware. Full details and bittorrent download links are available from their blog, the software is also showing up on several other bittorrent sites. Before charging in I would recommend reading the post at the iPhone Dev Team site as there is a lengthy guide to which version you should use for each iDevice. Both versions have just arrived at Basshead Towers so I’ll be trying them out and posting some screenshots as soon as I finish typing.

Once again thanks to the iPhone Dev Team for their continued support of the jailbreak community, and hopefully certain news web sites will be a bit more positive this time around.

iPod/iPhone firmware 2.2 released

November 21, 2008 Leave a comment

The latest update to Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch devices is now available through iTunes, along with an iTunes update to 8.0.2. New features of the iPhone update include Google streetview, podcast downloads and updated Mail and Safari. The iPod Touch update does not include the streetview feature.

As usual the iPhone Dev Team are recommending you delay upgrading to v2.2 through iTunes until their Pwnage and QuickPwn tools are updated to support the new release. It’s probably worth holding off on the iTunes update as well since Apple appear to be increasing their jailbreak thwarting measures recently. I’m hoping that once a jailbreak for v2.2 is released it will include an unlock for iPod Touch streetview.

Further details of what’s new in the v2.2 update can be found at Techradar, DownloadSquad, AppleInsider and Macrumors.

Mac VM’s – November 2008 Part 1

November 18, 2008 Leave a comment

It’s been a while since I took a look at three Virtual Machine packages for the Macintosh, and all three have moved on from the previous versions. Parallels has recently seen a step to version 4, VMware Fusion is now on version 2 and so is Virtualbox. With the release of Parallels came claims of big speed improvements so it’s time to try all three again and see if one has edged ahead of the pack.

To start I decided to try a simple task. Most users  will likely be installing Windows (Vista was used here) in their VM, so the first tests are how long does it take, how many steps are involved and how good are the default options chosen for you. Read more…

Themes for iPhone and iPod

November 15, 2008 Leave a comment

There was a surge of activity in Cydia this week with several excellent themes appearing or being updated. Here’s some screenshots of my favourites, along with some tips on combining theme elements to get just what you want.

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Smoog by Giovanni Corti

Anything that features a Bass speaker for the Music icon is fine by me, and the rest of this theme doesn’t disappoint. Clear and easily distinguishable icons make it a pleasure to use, and I also like the icons for Cydia, Installer and the App Store being variations of the same design. They all do the same thing, so it makes sense to me. Read more…